Teddy Bear Picnic

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adoptionBring your children, their favorite teddy bears, and a sandwich for a Teddy Bear Picnic in honor of Hug a Bear Day on Monday, November 7 at noon. We will provide a snack, beverages, stories, songs and a craft.

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50,000 words in one month!

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NaNoWriMo_logoThat’s the challenge of National Novel Writing Month. So, the Main Library is providing a comfortable place every Saturday in November to write and be encouraged by other writers.

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Writing Workshop for teens…

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iStock_000020658968XLargeGrades 6-12. Get ready for National Novel Writing Month in November with a writing workshop at the Main Library! Kick start your novel or short story with lively imagination stretchers and story-starters. Sometimes all you need is an idea and the first line! Saturday, October 29 at 2pm.

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Film series: Does art imitate life?

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dreamstime_xs_11195398Watch the Academy-award winning film, The Best Man, with a fictitious plot derived from the controversial Kennedy-Nixon presidential campaign, at the Main Library on Saturday, October 29 at 1:30 pm.  Appropriate to today’s contentious political environment, the film is directed by Franklin Schaffner who also directed Papillon, Patton, and The Boys from Brazil. Free popcorn! Register today!

Halloween is happening here!

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zombiescastlewebBethlehem Area Public Library invites the public to celebrate the spookiness of the season with a choice of four programs. On Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 pm both the Main Library, 11 W. Church Street, and the South Side Branch, 400 Webster Street, will host family Halloween parties. Come in costume for stories, crafts, and games. Registration is required at the South Side Branch, only.

Author Katherine Ramsland brings tales of the macabre at Who’s Out There: The Menace of Ghosts, Rippers and Serial Creepers on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 pm at the Main Library. The program will include discussion of the prolific writer’s  latest books, Confession of a Serial Killer and The Ripper Letter. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Students in grades 6 to 12 are encouraged to compete in the Teen Fear Factor on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30 pm at the Main Library. Dress in costume for the disgusting challenges. Prizes will be awarded to top competitors. No registration.

True or False: Violence and the Qur’an

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dreamstime_xs_34715679Perceptions of Islam in the modern western imagination categorize it as a faith that advocates violence. Whether this is a true statement will be explored at the Main Library on Monday, October 24 from 6:30 to 8 pm. Akbar Keshodkar, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of History and Sociology; Director of the Africana Studies program at Moravian College, will present a program on the Fallacy of Violence in the Qur’an.  Explore verses in the Qur’an and evaluate how violence is discussed. Also, there will be a conversation about which groups of Muslims advocate violence in the name of Islam today. Register now!

The story of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues

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music scoreHear the music of The Count Basie Orchestra, Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five, the electrifying blues of Muddy Waters, “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” – two versions, and Motown selections at the Main Library on Tuesday, October 18.  East Stroudsburg Professor Emeritus Patrick Dorian’s presentation will trace the music performed by and listened to by African-Americans from the 1930s through the 1960s. It will focus on how the musical styles evolved and expanded from a primarily race-based audience into a mass audience. Any jazz lover will enjoy this program! Register today! More here

Block Party today!

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girlblocks2Block Party at the Main Library this morning. Playing is learning!  Ages 2 and older with an adult. No registration. Free and open to the public.

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