War Time Memories of Robert H. Diehl: 1942-1945, My Part in WWII

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Check out a new historical page-turner and excellent Primary Source on World War II in our Local History Room. Bethlehem native and WWII veteran, Robert H. Diehl, has recently donated an interesting compilation of his WWII memoirs. His moving, detailed story commences with graduation from Liberty High School on June 15, 1942 and spans his military years while stationed at numerous Army posts, from Indian Town Gap, PA to Saipan, Marianna Islands, and duty stations in-between. Robert’s memoir concludes with the Japanese surrender and his return to civilian life in Bethlehem.

To view BAPL’s 1940s Bethlehem Globe-Times newspaper articles on Robert Diehl and many other local WWII veterans, visit http://www.bapl.org/lochist/histhome.htm.

BAPL’s New Online E-Resources

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Wondering how to spend the waning days of winter? Have fun and check out BAPL’s numerous helpful and new online E-Resources:

Access World News
Access World News offers one of the most comprehensive collections of full-text newspapers globally, including The Express-Times and The Morning Call. It provides extensive coverage at local, state, regional, national and international levels. This fully searchable web-based resource features the vast majority of U.S. newspapers, along with almost 1,000 hard-to-find local and regional titles.

Morning Call Digital Microfilm
ProQuest Digital Microfilm™ features microfilmed copies of The Morning Call, starting in 2010. Users can navigate by publication, title, date and page number. Photos, graphs and tables are replicated, providing cover-to-cover full image content.

Proquest Discovery has been replaced with MasterFILE Premier
MasterFILE Premier provides full-text for magazines, reference books and primary source documents. This e-Resource also provides an Image Collection containing photos, maps & flags.

Click on Power Library to find additional electronic resources, including EBSCOhost, where adults and kids alike will find all they need to prepare A+ school projects.

Highlights of New Music

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Is there anybody out there? – A Great Big World great big world2

Now that’s what I call music! 49

Grammy.  2014 nominees

Inside Llewyn Davis: original soundtrack recording

Bad blood – Bastille

Give the people what they want – Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

Click here for a list of new and recently ordered music

Call Round For a Ceili!

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You’ll certainly feel like dancing when you hear Celtic group, Amarach, live at BAPL on Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 pm.  Composed of talented young brothers Corey and Connor Purcell and band member Clint Dye, they bring the best in traditional Celtic music with the button accordion, Irish flute, tin whistle, cittern, guitar and bodhran.  Register at http://www.bapl.org/adultprograms.html or call 610-867-3761 x224.  Concert is free.  Parking is available in the garage.

Announcing the Alverta M. Serfass Book Sale Room…

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alverta_plaqueAlverta Serfass volunteered at BAPL since 1967. Her family moved boxes of books and other library materials from the Library’s old location on Market Street  to the new location on Church Street. Afterwards, she became the Library’s first volunteer at the new location. She helped librarians with the organization of materials on the second floor.

In 1977 the Library began having book sales twice a year. The first year the book sale netted $3,762. Alverta helped with those early fundraising efforts and found her niche. Eventually she was in charge of the entire book sale operation, supervising a dedicated corps of volunteers. Alverta oversaw selection, priced more valuable items, and sorted and displayed the books. On her watch, the Library netted over $927,000 to present from the book sales.

Alverta volunteered 50-60 hours a month. Although, Alverta was “80-something,” she had the stamina, humor and perseverance of a much younger person. We will remember her fondly and already miss her wisdom and friendship.

Introducing Dr. Seuss to the next generation…

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Girl readingWe’re a part of the Read Across America event to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Family Fun Night at the Main Library on Tuesday, March 4 will celebrate all things Seuss! You might even meet Thing 1 and Thing 2! Stories, games, crafts & music!

No registration. Open to the public. Ages 3 & up.

More here

Storytime classes unlock the imagination & spark learning

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reading-teacher-colorChildren’s exposure to books at early ages influences their reading readiness, cognitive abilities, and vocabulary. The Main Library is offering Storytimes with separate classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and families. The Library’s Storytime classes develop language skills and promote letter, number and color recognition. And they’re FUN!

Register your infant, toddler, or preschooler in our five week sessions that begin March 10.

Computer Class this Saturday…

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laptop 2Do you know someone who could use some help using the Internet to search for information? Google is not always the best way to search. Register for this class at the Branch to learn how to quickly find accurate information from reliable sources.

More info and to register, click here