June 30, 2020

BAPL is now offering touchless borrowing!

Starting Tuesday June 30, BAPL is thrilled to begin offering touchless check-out services! You may place a hold or request a book online or over the phone, and visit Main, the South Side branch, or Coolidge for touchless pickup. How do I place a hold or reserve a book? Call the Main, South Side branch, […]

June 29, 2020

Antiracist Resources

The Bethlehem Area Public Library is committed to actively supporting essential conversations and actions to confront racism in America. This page will feature antiracist resources available in our collections, links to external resources, and information about library programs that promote antiracist conversation within our community and with our patrons. In our collections Antiracist reading Stamped […]

BAPL News, Book recommendations, Programs at BAPL, Reference
June 23, 2020

A Celebration of Latinx Stories at BAPL: from 1976-Today

IN 1976, BAPL’s South Side Branch became an intellectual haven for Bethlehem’s Latinx residents and a “fiesta para todos” would celebrate the library’s new multi-cultural vision and resources available for the Hispanic community. In 2019, through a Mellon Grant from Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium and in partnership with Lehigh University, BAPL’s Janine Santoro began […]

BAPL News, Bethlehem Latinx Oral History Project, South Side Branch
June 22, 2020

Summer Food Service Program at BAPL South Side

The Bethlehem Area School District provides free meals for children in Bethlehem ages 18 and under during the summer. The South Side Branch of BAPL (400 Webster St.) is happy to serve as a pick-up location. Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pickup Mondays (meals for 2 days) and Wednesdays (meals for 3 […]

BAPL News, South Side Branch
June 16, 2020

Love Notes to the Library

We’ve gotten some email love notes and even some actual love notes on the books being returned. Keep them coming. We miss you too and love seeing your notes!  😻😻😻                                

June 8, 2020

Starting Tuesday June 9: Bring Your Books Back to BAPL!

Starting Tuesday June 9, the Bethlehem Area Public Library will accept fine-free returns of all library materials currently on loan to our patrons. There are over 15,000 items checked out! It will take us some time to receive and return them all to our collection safely. In order to prepare to lend them out to […]

May 27, 2020

No library items due

All library items have been renewed with a due date of July 1. This is updating a previous announcement which stated that today (May 27) was the due date. No items are due today! We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience. Stay home and stay safe and we’ll see you soon.

May 5, 2020

Access Ancestry.com from home!

Access to Ancestry.com from home has been extended to BAPL patrons from home for the month of May. It can be accessed under “My account” here (top right of page). You will then need to log in using your library card number. Ancestry is a great genealogy tool. It is typically only available in the […]

April 28, 2020

A Message from the Friends of the Library

Dear Friends, There is no question that our lives and our communities are enduring uncertainty and tumult. I am writing to you to let you know that the work the Friends do to support the Bethlehem Area Public Library will continue. Thank you to our many Friends and our individual and business sponsors for your […]

BAPL News, Friends of the Library
April 27, 2020

BAPL Receives Laros Grant

The Bethlehem Area Public Library was one of twenty-five City organizations to receive a $2,000 grant from the R.K. Laros Foundation last week. Unlike the typical Laros grants which are awarded for lasting capital projects (such as BAPL’s Cohen Room renovations), this special grant focuses on operational expenses. Many non-profits are facing an uncertain future […]

April 20, 2020

Join us virtually for Eric Klinenberg’s keynote

Hello, Library Lovers: We are happy to share with you information on the Moravian College InFocus Symposium on “Scarcity, Poverty, and Inequality,” happening online Wednesday-Thursday, April 22-23. Note especially the keynote address by Eric Klinenberg (“Spaces of Equality: Facing a Pandemic”) on Wed., April 22 at 6:30 PM. Information (including a link for registering) is available […]

April 13, 2020

Access Ancestry.com from home!

Ancestry.com is now available to BAPL patrons from home! It can be accessed under “My account” here. This genealogy tool is typically only available in the library, but for this month (through the end of April), access is being extended to home use. Discover your family history and start your family tree! Ancestry has billions […]

April 1, 2020

Coming Soon: A Mural to BAPL Southside

BAPL is happy to announce that our South Side location will be the home of a new mural this year! We are working with the folks at the SouthSide Arts District to install a 4′ x 8′ painting on the exterior of the branch. The painting (shown below) is by Bethlehem artist Devyn Briggs. Check […]

BAPL News, South Side Branch
March 26, 2020

BAPL Goes Online: Favorite and New Services Now Available From Home

For many of us, there is no greater feeling than browsing bookshelves–running your finger along the spines, feeling the inspiration, searching for your next great read among your fellow seekers. But we can’t get to the library these days; the Pennsylvania Department of Education closed all public libraries in the state until at least April […]