BAPL's Youth Services serves kids, teens, parents and teachers with materials and programs thoughtfully designed to encourage reading, inspire imagination, and support development of information literacy skills.
The Bethlehem Area Public Library is a great place to find the books, interactive media, free programs, and electronic resources that help develop reading skills, foster a life-long love of learning and that can give every child Room to Grow. Take advantage of all the Library offers and visit frequently.
Young Readers & Early Literacy
One of the simplest pleasures in life is sharing a story with
a child. The exchange of words and ideas as you savor each page and picture creates a memorable moment for adult and child alike. More importantly, reading aloud builds language skills, nurtures young imaginations and lays the foundation for future success in school and in life.
What Parents Can Do
Early literacy begins at birth, but parents can start reading aloud with a child at any time and at any age. When you read together, you invest in your child’s sense of self-worth and their ability to relate the world around them. And your Library is here to help, providing parents with the framework and resources to nurture a child’s reading and information literacy skills.
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Search for programs and then register online using your library card
Check out an awesome collection
of new and classic books, audiobooks, magazines, movies and cool music
Encourage literacy through play with themed reading bags and kits, puppets, toys and puzzles
Stay connected with FREE internet access and super e-Resources like Tumblebooks and POWER Library
Bethlehem Area Public Library offers Storytimes, Toddler Play Dates, Holiday Parties, Family Fun Nights, Teen Events, Book Discussions and so much more.
We also work with national, regional and community agencies to deliver services
to families and schools. Look for our Outreach Van making visits around town.
And of course, the BAPL Bookmobile makes weekly visits to neighborhoods just like yours.