Don’t miss this Book Sale! Today and Saturday!

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bookstackI’m not kidding! We received some beautiful art books in perfect condition. These are books that originally sold for $75 to $100 that are now quite affordable for your personal collection. Among the rest of the books, you will truly find something that is just perfect for everyone on your gift list. Don’t forget the music and DVDs, too!

Wednesday, December 3: noon to 8PM

Saturday, December 6: 10AM to 4PM

Volunteers restock throughout the sale. Park in the garage after 4:30PM today and all day Saturday. More at


#Giving Tuesday

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giving tuesdayStart a NEW Holiday tradition December 2nd

Black Friday… Cyber Monday… Let’s get back to the gratitude that we remember on Thanksgiving Day. Your Library is a place of inspiration and discovery because of people like YOU who give back in a meaningful and intentional way. Be a part of something big on Tuesday, December 2. Give to the Library that educates, informs and entertains. More here

Fast Fun @ the Library

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raceflagHow do engines work? What makes engines run fast? Find out at a Speed Racing Science program at the Main Library on Saturday, November 29 at 10:30 a.m.  Michael Lemke and Judy Milositz, automotive and engineering instructors from the Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School, share the exciting science behind engines, catapults and robot cars.  Participants will build (and take home) a speedy vehicle and put science into action with a final Puff Mobile Race! Geared to students in  grades 1-5. FREE! No registration. Parking is available in the garage beneath the Library except in police spaces. Details


New Audiobooks on CD

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Pegasus - Danielle Steelrobin roberts

Private India: city on fire – James Patterson with Ashwin Sanghi

Revival – Stephen King

41: a portrait of my father – George W. Bush

The assassination of Margaret Thatcher: stories – Hilary Mantel

Everybody’s got something – Robin Roberts with Veronica Chambers

Click here for a complete list of new audiobooks and playaways

Author Interview: Shane Burcaw (appearing at BAPL on Nov 29!)

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We are so excited to be hosting Shane Burcaw for an author talk and book-signing on November 29 from 2-4pm! Books will be available for purchase. The event will be held in the lovely Laros Room. A good time is guaranteed. GUARANTEED I SAY. Register here.

A Bethlehem native, Shane is the author of Laughing at My Nightmare, an incredibly hilarious and moving memoir. He is also an entrepreneur, award-winning blogger, Emmy-winning producer, and inspirational speaker. Born with a progressive neuromuscular disease, Shane has been battling a weakening body since birth. Early on he discovered that approaching his problems with a sense of humor made them much easier to deal with and overcome. He shares that message on his popular blog and through his nonprofit organization, Laughing At My Nightmare, Inc.

And today, he answers some questions from BAPL Library Director Josh Berk!Shane Burcaw

JB: First off, I have a very librarian question to ask about the book. Its subject heading in the Library of Congress bibliographic record indicates “juvenile non-fiction.” When you wrote, did you intend it to be for young people? Teens? Any specific audience in mind?

SB: One of my early concerns was that my publisher wanted it to be a YA book. I worried that they would censor me to make the book more “appropriate.” But after several discussions with my editor, I realized YA doesn’t necessarily mean PG-13. They let me tell my story exactly how I wanted to, so the only audience I was imagining while writing was “someone who hasn’t met me.” There’s swearing and sex and other topics that might not be the best for very young readers, but otherwise, the book is an honest reflection of life, which I think teens will identify with.

JB: Who are some of your favorite authors and literary inspirations?

SB: George Saunders has been my favorite lately. His short stories are incredible. I’ve been a fan of Hemingway for many years, and I think some of my simple-sentence stylings are a reflection of reading and studying his work. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is the last book I read that made me go “Wow.”

JB: Is there anything you’ve ever wanted to do at a book signing but haven’t had the chance to do yet? Should we hire a metal band or dancers or something? 

SB: Can we get a get a smoke machine and leave it on for the entire duration of my reading?
(Ed. note: Yes.)

JB:  Is it true that you are a Phillies fan? Me too! This is not a very good question.

SB: I am, unfortunately. It was not a fun season to be a Phillies fan.

JB: Do you have plans for a second book? Mind if I pitch some titles? I have Shane New World, The Shaner in the Rye, and One Hundred Years of Shane-itude. Feel free to use any or all of those.

SB: I will be using all of these. Or how about Uncle Shane’s Cabin?  I am working on some new projects though. Don’t want to give too much away, but this memoir won’t be the last book you see by me…

Thanks so much to Shane for answering these questions! And thanks to you for reading! I hope to see you at the library on November 29! 

Register here.

Highlights of New Music

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cohen-popular1989 – Taylor Swift

Sonic highways – Foo Fighters

Now that’s what I call music! 52

Popular problems – Leonard Cohen

Sound of a woman – Kiesza

Black star elephant – Nico & Vinz

Click here for a list of new and recently ordered music

International Games Day here!

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gamesdaylogoTens of thousands of people all around the world will be playing games at their local library on Saturday, November 15 in the seventh annual celebration of  International Games Day.  Celebrate our community’s connection to each other and to libraries on six continents. The Main Library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Drop in to be part of a global event!


New DVDs – Highlights

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A most wanted manA.Most.Wanted.Man

Jersey boys

How to train your dragon 2

Wish I was here

The lifeguard

Vera.  Set 4

Click here for a list of new and recently ordered DVDs