Where do we go from here? Chaos or Community

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mlkAs a follow-up to the well-attended racial  disparity and criminal justice panel discussion last month, Dr. Brian Alnutt, Assistant Professor of History at NCC, is presenting a Black History Month lecture at the Main Library tonight. Using Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

Dr. Alnutt will bring historical context to how our country has changed since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and speculate what are the next steps. He will re-examine Dr. King’s core concepts and entertain audience questions and discussion. The program is from 6:30 to 7 :45 p.m. More here

The Race, Crime & Justice video can be streamed from here

Kidz Art Zone rescheduled to March 7

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paint tubeThere are still spaces open for Kidz Art Zone is rescheduled to March 7. There are a few spaces open for this class at the Branch. Learn about Greek mythology and the night sky before constructing a 3D constellation. Bonus: it will be edible! Ages 6-12. Free & all materials supplied.

Call the Branch to register at 610-867-7852. More here



Teen Trivia Night tonight!

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shockedteensBrave the cold and come to a Game and Trivia Night for middle school and high school students beginning at 6:30 p.m. Popular board games, a trivia challenge, and snacks. Bring friends! Did we mention- snacks?!!! Park in the garage except in the police or city council spaces.  Details

Have you signed up your toddler?

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guyHealthy toddlers are ready to learn! Toddlers at Play is a 5 week series for toddlers and their parents or caregivers. Children, ages 1-3, play with educational toys and explore music and art activities. Each week childhood professionals from the community serve as resources and interact one-on-one with parents, answering questions on an individual basis. Siblings welcome! Free!

Register here for South Side Branch on Tuesdays beginning February 17

Register here for Main Library on Fridays beginning February 27

Book Talk canceled for Saturday

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Register for the next Book Talk scheduled for Saturday, February 21 here

Building Bonanza on Saturday

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buildbonanzaPlaying with Lego and Duplo blocks triggers engineering and math skills! Bring your children, ages 3-10, for a Building Bonanza on Saturday, September 13 at 2 PM at the Main Library.

More here

Parking is available in the garage beneath the Library on Saturdays except in police spaces.


Understanding Islam

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The personal enrichment series, East Meets West: Faith & Philosophy, at the Main Library continues on Wednesday, January 21 with a program about the Islam faith and Muslim culture. Dr. Kenneth B. Cragg, adjunct professor of philosophy and religion at NCC, will be the guest speaker. He is the author of numerous books on the Muslim experience and the Christian response including Christians and Muslims: From History to Healing.

The one hour program begins at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Parking is available in the garage under the Library except in police or city council spaces. More here

Race, Crime & Justice

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Just a reminder to register for this important public dialog about racial disparity and the criminal justice system. Please join our distinguished panelists on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30PM at the Main Library. (Parking is available in the garage beneath the Library except in spaces reserved for police).

Sholomo B. Levy, Associate Professor of History at NCC and contributing editor for African American National Biography and African American Lives, will be the moderator for the panel. The panel includes:

  • James Braxton Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. Professor Peterson is the author of The Hip Hop Underground and African American Culture. He has appeared as a race and politics expert on MSNBC, BBC, CNN, and Fox News.
  • Vertel Martin, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at NCC. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and earned a B.S. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a M.S. from NYIT. Professor Martin spent 22 years in law enforcement with the City of New York including NYPD Internal Affairs, 9-11 NYPD Missing Persons Task Force, and Lieutenant-Commander with NYPD Detective Squad.
  • Mark DiLuzio, Chief of Police for the City of Bethlehem. Chief DiLuzio is in command of 154 officers, civilian employees and the City’s 911 Center. He holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from DeSales University and has received numerous commendations including the Colonel John Schaeffer Pennsylvania State Police Excellence in Law Enforcement Award.

Register now