June 15, 2018

New Releases | Kanopy

We’re excited to announce a slate of new releases available through Kanopy, the service for streaming free online movies with your library card. Check them out!

June 7, 2018

StoryWalks are Back!

A StoryWalk is a fun, educational activity that places the pages from a children’s story along a popular walking route in the community. BAPL is happy to be a partner in this program with the Bethlehem Health Bureau and St. Luke’s University Health Network. This year the StoryWalks will be up from June – September. […]

April 25, 2018

Matthew Landis Author Event at BAPL

This past week, young adult author Matthew Landis visited the Bethlehem Area Public Library to give a talk to Northeast Middle School kids about his new book The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody. He also talked about what it’s like being a social studies teacher and an author, and he gave some great […]

April 19, 2018

What’s New at BAPL in Young Adult Fiction, April 2018

Here are just a few new YA books that BAPL has acquired recently for you to pick up and read. Remember, you’re never too old for young adult fiction. You may just find your next favorite book in this stack of YA picks… The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan When Leigh Chen […]

April 18, 2018

Top 10 Books to Read in Spring, Brought to You by the Stacks of BAPL  

Spring time has arrived in the Lehigh Valley, despite the cold weather we’re still getting. What better way to think spring than to read some great books that remind you of warmer weather? Here are 10 recommendations that you can pick up from the Bethlehem Area Public Library. Who knows, maybe all this spring reading […]

April 12, 2018

Pennsylvania House Passes National Library Week Resolution-BAPL Celebrates

BETHLEHEM, PA (12 April 2018) – This week a resolution was passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The resolution set out to recognize a week in April (from the 8th to the 14th) as “National Library Week,” a week sponsored by the National Library Association. This recognition was realized this week in the passing […]

April 6, 2018


]The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was commemorated this past week with the help of the Bethlehem NAACP, YWCA Bethlehem, Lehigh University, Bethlehem Area Public Library, and all who came out to remember the irreplaceable work of this great man. On the morning of April 4, many gathered at Packer […]

February 13, 2018

Kanopy is Here: Stream A Free Film Every Month!

BAPL is proud to announce the popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free to library card holders. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku. For now, the library’s subscription is capped at 250 films per month; individual […]

Audiovisual, BAPL News, DVDs
January 17, 2018

BAPL Receives Grant from R. K. Laros Foundation

The Bethlehem Area Public Library is pleased to announce it has received a generous grant of $10,000 from the R.K. Laros Foundation. The funds will support the transformation of the Bob Cohen Room at BAPL, assisting with the purchase of a floor-to-ceiling glass movable wall for the renovated space, and were presented to Library Executive […]

BAPL News, Cohen Room
October 18, 2017

New Titles

The regular new item lists will be back soon in a new and improved form as we complete our upgrade to a new computer system. For now, here is a selected list of recently added items: NEW DVDS Snatched Masculin Feminin Going in style Gifted Ghost in the shell Father Brown.  Season four   NEW […]

September 21, 2017

Important Announcement: New Computer System at BAPL

No items will be due back from October 9-12. Please return or renew your items on or after the 13th. No overdue fines will be charged for these days. No new library cards will be issued from October 9-11. Library cards must be present to check out on October 9 – 11. There will be […]

August 28, 2017

BAPL’s new Literary Landmark!

Hilda Doolittle Plaque Dedication, Bethlehem Area Public Library, September 8, 4pm The Bethlehem Area Public Library is being added to a national list of Literary Landmarks. A new plaque honoring the birthplace of the great 20th century poet Hilda Doolittle (1886 –1961) will be unveiled Friday, September 8th at a 4pm ceremony that will include […]

BAPL News, Local History
August 25, 2017

BAPL Podcast! Interview with Geoff Gehman

Welcome to Episode One of BAPL’s new podcast. Author, journalist, and all around great-guy Geoff Gehman is my first guest (and my first Geoff). We talk about baseball great Carl Yastrzemski, who is the subject of Geoff’s upcoming event at BAPL on September 28. We also talk about Geoff’s latest writing project and we even […]

BAPL News, Podcast, Programs at BAPL