August 28, 2019

Introducing Playrow Plaza!

We are so excited to see Payrow Plaza come alive with color and activity and to watch its transformation into PLAY-row Plaza! Thanks to our friends at the Bethlehem Health Bureau for turning this space outside the library into a fun activity ground for kids! There’s hopscotch and learning activities and all sorts of fun […]

August 12, 2019

Coolidge Building Grand Opening!

BAPL invites everyone to explore our newest location, BAPL Coolidge–a satellite library embedded in Bethlehem Township–for a grand opening celebration on Saturday, August 24 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Housed in the historic Coolidge Building and open three days a week, BAPL Coolidge offers a curated collection of books, DVDs, audiobooks, and other library […]

August 5, 2019

Susan Wild’s Office Helps Donate Books to Coolidge Satellite Library

Megan Beste, District Director for Congresswoman Susan Wild, pleasantly surprised library staff at the new Coolidge satellite branch on Wednesday, July 24, when she dropped off a box of new books handpicked from the Library of Congress’s Surplus Books Program. The program’s mission is simply to help build library collections. The books and audio-books may be […]

July 17, 2019

BAPL Commissions Portrait of H.D. from Local Artist Angela Fraleigh

BAPL is thrilled to announce it has awarded its portrait commission of local literary great H.D. to Angela Fraleigh, painter, professor, and chair of the Moravian College art department! The completed museum-quality portrait will hang permanently in the Main Library at West Church Street, commemorating H.D. as a citizen of Bethlehem who made a tremendous […]

BAPL News, Finding HD
July 15, 2019

Recent write-up Round-up

There has been a lot going on at BAPL lately and we have the press clips to prove it! Here is a round up of recent write-ups (and one podcast!) on various goings on here at the library. “Turkeys and Trophies” (we’re a trophy),, 7/20/2019. “Bethlehem literary legend H.D. will be subject of new […]

July 12, 2019

ABE (Airport Book Exchange)

Today, the Library Directors of the Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton libraries stocked a new bookshelf in an unusual location: the airport! The initiative is cleverly called the Airport Book Exchange (or ABE) and is a collaboration with the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, operators of Lehigh Valley International Airport  (also known ABE Airport). Here is an article […]

June 3, 2019

2018 Annual Report

Here is the latest Annual Report from 2018! Read on to learn all about all the exciting things that happened last year.    

April 25, 2019

Lights! Camera! BAPL!

Here is a fun thing! Living Proof Pictures, a Lehigh Valley-based production company, shot a scene for their series Price of Faerie Tales at BAPL’s Main Library earlier this month. BAPL was briefly a TV set! The way it came to be is that Living Proof’s location scout Mindy Sedlock is a BAPL regular. Besides […]

April 1, 2019

Job Opening at BAPL: Part-time Youth Services Technician

The Bethlehem Area Public Library has an opening for a part-time Youth Services Technician. The position is 25 hours per week and pay is $17.37 per hour. PA Child Abuse, PA Criminal, and FBI Fingerprint clearances are required. Professional experience related to youth programming and library service required. Working two nights per week and every […]

March 14, 2019


We’re excited to bring back the Lehigh Valley Punk Rock Flea Market for its second year this spring! This year’s event will be held at the Ice House (56 River St, Bethlehem) rather than BAPL. The proceeds still benefit the library and there again will be so much cool stuff! It will be held Saturday, […]

March 11, 2019

Jenne’s Quest to Read 125 Books: February

February Books read this month: 10 Books read so far this year: 21 Another productive month of reading (mostly because I went on vacation and sat on the beach and read- sorry, not sorry). Read too many cozy mysteries again this month- I’m a bit of an addict. I went to a great book store […]

BAPL News, Jenne's Top Tenne
March 5, 2019

Digital Magazines at BAPL

Borrow digital magazines from the library using just your library card and the Flipster app. Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. These are full digital versions of top magazines covering business, leisure, fashion, product reviews, current events, […]