South Side Branch News – February 13, 2014

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The Bethlehem Area Public Library South Side Branch is closed on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

The following programs will be rescheduled:

Zumba – call South Side Branch for more information at 610-867-7852

Toddlers on the Move storytime – extra session will be added on March 20, 2014

Bethlehem Unbound – rescheduled for February 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Homework Help – canceled

No items are due today, they will be due on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

The bookdrop is open.

Bethlehem Unbound first in a series is this week!

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beth unboundJoin us once a month (or just come when you can) to explore stories, poetry, and short novels about social justice and urban living culture.

Hosted by Lehigh University at the South Side Branch on Thursday, February 13 as part of the Global Citizenship Capstone Project.  Refreshments served. No registration. Open to the public. Free.   Also, March 13 and April 10.  Details here


Bethlehem Unbound: Stories from an Urban Dweller

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City dwellers enjoy unique benefits, yet also face many challenges that come with urban living.  Please join us as we explore what it means to be an urban dweller in a city like Bethlehem – through poetry, stories, short novels and discussions about social justice, labor, culture and family.  Refreshments will be served.  No registration.

Hosted by Lehigh University students participating in the Global Citizenship Capstone Project.

Bethlehem Unbound dates are:  Thursdays on February 13, March 13, and April 10th at 6:00 PM at the South Side Branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library.  400 Webster St.  610-867-7852.

RED Day at the Branch

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RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year-round commitment to improving our local communities. Keller Williams staff spent the day painting and cleaning the basement level of the South Side Branch. They also helped with moving the books back upstairs following the Branch’s recent renovation.

New Library Hours begin January 2, 2013

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Beginning January 2, the Bethlehem Area Public Library is trimming hours due to budget constraints. Reducing public hours along with a corresponding reduction in staffing costs will help the Library cover an additional $230,000 in expenses for 2013. The Library is assuming additional expenditures that have been previously subsidized by the City of Bethlehem. As a result the Main Library, 11 W. Church Street, will open an hour later Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Thursday through Saturday closing hours will remain the same as currently.

The South Side Branch, 400 Webster Street, will open an hour later at noon each day. The changes will go in effect when the Branch reopens March 2 after privately-funded renovations are completed.

Programs and services will also be affected by the new hours. The Library’s bookmobile schedule will be adjusted and posted online. The revised schedule will go in effect on January 22.

Executive Director Janet Fricker is looking for other sources of revenue in hope that the hours will be able to be reinstated in 2014. Phone the Library for more information at 610-867-3761.

Holiday Cookie Exchange

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Join us for a holiday tradition at the South Side Branch on Thursday, December 6 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Bring 2 – 4 dozen homemade cookies for tasting & swapping, along with the recipe.  There will be a Cookie Decorating Demonstration as well as a Best Cookie Contest with prizes.  Bring the family for the children’s activities.  Register online or phone 610-867-7852.

Holiday Booksale @ South Side Branch

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The South Side Branch, 400 Webster Street, is having a BOOK SALE on Saturday, December 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Choose from hundreds of books, music CD’s, DVDs and Spanish material (adult and children).  Most items are priced at $1.00 or $ .50.

Come out and see the fabulous selections the BOOK SALE  has to offer.  All proceeds benefit the library.

Major credit cards accepted.  NO HANDICAPPED ACCESS TO BOOK SALE ROOM.

More info here

Items due during our storm closures

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Any items due back at the Main Library, Tuesday October 30 or Wednesday October 31, could be returned without penalty, Thursday November 1st.

Items due at South Side Branch, during last weeks closures, are due TODAY, Tuesday November 6th.