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 give every child confidence in life. 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
What Parents Can Do
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.
New: Try ABC MOUSE at the library
online early learning environment can now be accessed for free through
the BAPL wired and wireless networks, and from all devices including
tablets and cell phones.
Let us hear from you
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.