GREAT Family Sing-along Concerts

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ys_rayowen14webRay Owen’s Sing-along Family Concert is on TODAY – not once, but TWICE – 11AM at the South Side Branch (must register for Branch show @ ) AND tonight at 6:30PM at the Main Library (No registration necessary.) These are GREAT family events and they are FREE!!! Get full information at

South Side ramp construction update

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Normal access to the Branch has been restored! The new ramp is in place and temporary handrails have been installed. The final step will be the installation of a permanent handrail, which will take a few weeks to be constructed. Thank you to patrons and staff, alike, for your patience during the construction.

Children love planting flowers…

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flowerpotfenceOur garden stories and activities tomorrow night on June 10 at the Family Fun Night may spark a life long interest in gardening! Maybe they’ll tackle your yard next! Your child will plant flowers in the garden behind the Main Library following the inside activities. We’ve been given permission from the city to maintain the garden. Here’s our chance to show our civic pride!

Details here

Highlights of New Music

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The complete 1961 Village Vanguard recordings – John Coltranecoltrane-complete village vanguard

Corazon – Santana

All shook down – The Replacements

Natalie Merchant – Natalie Merchant

Head or heart – Christina Perri

Neon Steeple – Crowder

Click here for a list of new and recently ordered music

New DVDs – Highlights

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Orange is the new black.  Season oneorange is the new black season one


Lone survivor

I, Frankenstein

Inevitable defeat of Mister & Pete

Life of a king

Click here for a list of new and recently ordered DVDs


Men of Steel tonight!

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Bethlehem Steel’s blast furnaces are silent, but the men who worked there remember what it was like to work at The Steel and grow up in south Bethlehem. Former steelworkers Lester Clore and Richie Check will speak about their experiences at the South Side Branch tonight from 6:30 to 7:45 PM. Lester Clore worked as a rigger for 33 years and is now a volunteer with the Steelworkers’ Archives Speakers Bureau. Richie Check also worked as a rigger for most of his 43 years at Bethlehem Steel. He and 11 of his relatives worked at The Steel and climbed the hill to their homes afterward. His story is like most of the steelworkers whose families moved from Europe to find work in Bethlehem’s biggest industry. Mr. Check is a founding member of the Steelworkers’ Archives Speakers Bureau.

Free and open to the public. Details

South Side Branch ramp construction update

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The concrete has been poured! There is now new ramp and step access to the front doors and a freshly poured sidewalk. These additions are still inaccessible as the concrete cures and a temporary handrail is installed. This should be done by early next week. The final step will be to have a permanent handrail created and installed, which will take a few more weeks. Once done, access to the front doors of the Branch will be much improved. Check back here for updates!

A tribute to Maya Angelou

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indexTo honor the life and work of our nation’s foremost writer, poet, Civil Rights activist and educator, the  Library is planning a tribute to Maya Angelou on Tuesday, June 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM with an Open Mic session. Rabbi Sholomo Ben Levy, Assistant Professor of  History at Northampton Community College, will begin the evening with a brief reflection of Mayo Angelou’s life. Writers, poets, educators, dancers, musicians, students and community leaders are invited to participate.

Please join us. More here