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Teen FEAR FACTOR Tonight

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Unleash your inner hero. In keeping with the Teen summer reading theme, Unmask Heroes, an evening of mind-bending, stomach-turning, and strength-testing challenges are planned for Wednesday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library.  The Library’s Teen Advisory Board has developed their own version of the popular Fear Factor realty game show. Contestants will compete against each other in a variety of stunts for prizes. “It will be hilarious and gross at the same time,” says Dana Hoy, Head of Youth Services.

The event is free and open to teens in grades 6-12. Details

Magic Show INSIDE tonight

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kidmagicianThe Amazing Tom McDonnell performs his astounding magic tonight at 6:30PM. We’ll meet inside instead of the porch because thunderstorms are expected. If you can’t make tonight’s performance, he is appearing on Thursday evening at the South Side Branch.

More info here

Highlights of New Music

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Still – Richard Thompsontraveling kind

Beneath the skin – Of Monsters and Men

The traveling kind – Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

The Rat Pack story

100 percent Motown 70’s

Rehashed 4:20 Sampler – Arlo Guthrie

Click here for a list of new and recently ordered music

Adult Summer Reading Club Winners

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Congratulations to this week’s Summer Reading Club winners!

First prize recipient, Dan M won an autographed photo of Vince Curry and Betsy S second prize, a large cheese pizza from Martellucci Pizzeria.

Next Monday, July 6, we will give away a Philadelphia 76s autographed picture of Isaiah Canaan and an oil change from Automotive Electric Service.

Thanks to all our ASRC participants!

June 29 Back Porch Stories TREAT!

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kulkabook2Noon on Monday June 29 at Bethlehem Area Public Library we have a VERY SPECIAL treat in store for anyone who loves great children’s books and great illustration. Our Back Porch Stories in-person guest will be the INCREDIBLE artist/writer Joe Kulka! Bring the whole family for this FREE program. More info at

More about Joe Kulka at

The Amazing McDonnell

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Tom McDonnell, the favorite magician at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, amazes all ages with his illusions. He will perform at the Main Library on Tuesday, June 30. Details

A second show is scheduled for the South Side Branch on Thursday, July 2. Both one-hour shows are at 6:30 p.m. Both are FREE, and registration is required at the South Side Branch only. Register for the Branch performance here.

Be a hero….Tell your story.

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joshberk_reXvGovernor Tom Wolf and our elected officials are making crucial decisions about the coming year’s state budget right now. Tell Harrisburg about the importance of pubic libraries. Read what BAPL Director Josh Berk had to say in an op-ed piece for The Express-Times here.

This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is Every Hero Has a Story. Be a hero. Tell your story. Contact Governor Wolf, Senator Lisa Boscola, and your state representative today and let them know what your public library means to you. And if you need help contacting them or have any questions, ask a librarian! Contact Adult Services at