March 19, 2018

BAPL Book Sale!

BAPL Library Book Sale

Another book sale at the Bethlehem Area Public Library’s is happening this week! Hundreds of book shoppers come out to BAPL whenever the library is having a sale, and for good reason. According to Laurel Stone, Book Sale Facilitator and Volunteer Coordinator, the sale has over 20,000 books to choose from. That’s a lot of words and a lot of pages! The book sale also has hundreds of CDs, DVDs, and records for buyers to browse. From literary fiction to military non-fiction to beautiful and rare collector’s editions, this sale has just about anything you could want. To top it off, the prices are unbelievable. Most of the books are 50 cents to $1.00. That’s a price you can’t beat.

This incredible book sale with its incredible prices could not be done without the hard work of the library’s staff and volunteers. They are passionate about what they do, and they love doing it. When asked about what her favorite thing about BAPL’s book sales is, Laurel Stone said, “My volunteers. They’re in here with me every Monday and Wednesday morning and we always have a good time. They’re fabulous and they’re very dedicated. I love seeing people—they’re so excited when they come to the checkout and they’ve got a stack of books, and you say it’s $8.00, and they’re always like ‘Oh my God!’”

BAPL’s book sale will be happening this week on Wednesday, March 21st (noon-8PM) and Saturday, March 24th (10AM-4PM) at the Main branch of the Library on 11 West Church St., Bethlehem, PA. Cash is accepted, as well as most credit and debit cards. Feel free to donate your own used books to the library at any time. If you would like to learn more about BAPL’s book sales, be sure to visit

We hope to see you there and we hope to see you walk away with a stack of great books to read or to gift to your family and friends!

See below for some excellent books you’ll find at this week’s sale, recommended by Jennifer Khawam, BAPL intern:[/vc_column_text]

Recommended Books at This Week's Sale:


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Following centuries of descendants from a pair of half-sisters from Ghana, this sweeping generational novel  is sure to make an impact on how you see the world. In 18th century Ghana, half-sisters Effia and Esi are separated: one married off to a wealthy Englishman, the other imprisoned and sold to the American slave trade. Homegoing follows each of their descendants as they spread out across America. From Alabama to Harlem, this novel promises to deliver a peek into the ever-changing movements of time and how history influences our future, all while providing a moving and emotional look into each of the novel’s characters.


The Secret Place by Tana French
The Secret Place by Tana French follows Detective Stephen Moran, an investigator that comes across a photo given to him by teenager Holly Mackey. What is the photo of, you ask? The body of murdered Chris Harper with the caption “I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM” on it. And so Detective Moran and his colleagues goes on a thrilling adventure of trying to discover who killed the boy in the picture and why. His investigations take him to St. Kilda’s School, a girl’s boarding school full of an equal amount of gossip and cruelty.  As he grows closer to discovering the killer, Detective Moran will learn that a school full of teenage girls can be much more secretive and treacherous than he ever thought it could be.


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere, one of Neil Gaiman’s most famous works, takes place in a secret underground city called Neverwhere beneath the streets of London. This city that our main character Richard Mayhew falls into is a city of monsters, murderers, knights, and anything else that you can think of that is completely bizarre. Soon Richard will discover that an act of kindness he performs will throw him into a strange destiny and throw him out of his normal, every-day life. This book will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat and make you wish you can visit the world of Neverwhere yourself.

Young Adult

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is a beautifully written and fantastic tale of two star-crossed lovers separated by time and species. Karou is an artistic, blue-haired human going to art school in Prague. Nothing strange there, right? Well, besides being an art student, Karou is also a collector of teeth and a speaker of many languages (and not all of the languages she speaks are human). Enter Akiva, a beautiful angel that finds something familiar in Karou, but cannot quite figure out what it is. In a battle between chimera and angels, this fantasy is sure to keep you flipping pages late into the night and constantly wondering what’s going to happen next to our destined lovers.

Middle Grade

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

This heart-warming middle grade novel is sure to keep your youngster wanting to read more. During a hot summer in Naomi, Florida, Opal comes home with something from the grocery store that you usually wouldn’t find between the produce aisles: a dog named Winn-Dixie. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than Opal, but he sure does help her out at making new friends. There’s Miss Franny Block the librarian, Gloria Dump—an  old, blind woman that teaches much more than she can see, and an ex-con that allows the animals in his pet shop run loose when the shop is closed. All the while, Opal learns more about the mother that left her from her preacher father. With the help of Winn-Dixie , her new friends, and a summer storm, Opal goes on plenty of adventures and also begins to learn a thing or two about forgiveness and friendship.


The Islands of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime by Miles Harvey

This fascinating non-fiction book follows the trail of Gilbert Joseph Bland Jr., known as the Al Capone of cartography. Filled with beautiful illustrations, readers get to learn about the many thefts of ancient and centuries-old maps as well as important research from libraries all across the United States and Canada. This book is surely to interest anyone who has a curiosity for maps and intriguing heists.

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