September 29, 2021

Homework Help at BAPL

Homework help is available at the Main Library and the South Side Branch. At South Side, students from Lehigh are available to help students in Kindergarten through 12th grade with any subject, Monday – Thursday from 4:00-5:30 PM. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call the South Side Branch at 610-867-7852. At the Main […]

Kids & Teens
March 26, 2021

Youth Services, Main Library: April 2021 events and happenings

Main Library Story Times are held outside near the tea house or on the side porch. Events will be modified to observe social distancing guidelines. Masks are a must for those 2 years of age and older. Please bring a blanket for seating. No registration is required. Natural Wanders: Stories and experiences in nature for […]

Kids & Teens
December 30, 2020

Ghost Stories Before Christmas

In the spirit of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, we are pleased to announce the winners of BAPL’s first Ghost Story Writing Contest – yes, after Christmas! Liberty High School student, Isabella Morales (at right), won First Place for her story entitled “A Bizarre Halloween.” Andrea Girardot’s story “Hey, Yasuko” was the winner in the […]

BAPL News, Kids & Teens, Programs at BAPL
December 29, 2020

My “ArtSmart” Experience — Josh Berk

My 2020 “ArtSmart” Experience — Josh Berk I was happy to work with the Bethlehem Area School District and ArtsQuest for another successful semester of “ArtSmart” this year. ArtSmart is the after-school enrichment program held at the Banana Factory that brings art programs to hundreds of middle and elementary school students each year. This year […]

Kids & Teens
November 5, 2020


BAPL Books is happy to announce the publication of a new children’s book: TUG! by Catherine McCafferty.  Bethlehem’s history comes to life in this picture book brought to you by the Bethlehem Area Public Library and the National Museum of Industrial History. TUG is a tow tractor helping Bethlehem’s steelworkers to do their very best. […]

Kids & Teens, Uncategorized
June 17, 2020

Join our Virtual Summer Reading Program

Summer at My Library: Imagine Your Story (June 22-August 15), our summer reading and learning program has gone virtual. This free program is open to preschool through grade 12 participants in the City of Bethlehem, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem Township, and Hanover Township (Northampton Co.) Read, complete challenges, and record your progress for small prizes and […]

Kids & Teens
May 6, 2020

Virtual Visit from children’s author Lauren Tarshis

Readers love the “I SURVIVED…” books by children’s author Lauren Tarshis. She loves visiting schools and libraries to talk about her books and her research and to chat with kids. She can’t do that these days of course, so she’s visiting us virtually. Check it out! (Also her dog makes an appearance :))     […]

Kids & Teens
April 20, 2020

Meet the Author: Jennifer Hansen Rolli

While you’re home, let the stories come to you! Author Jennifer Hansen Rolli has recorded a few of her stories for you. Claudia & Moth Just One More Just For Me She also has some fun printable worksheets and educator guides on her website here. Jennifer is a Pennsylvania author and illustrator, who attended Kutztown […]

Kids & Teens
February 11, 2020

Anime Club at BAPL

Did you know BAPL has an Anime Club? Kelly Fitzpatrick, of the Main Library’s Youth Services department, first launched the group last year, and youth services patrons are coming together around a shared love of Japanese film and television animation. “It’s something I’m very passionate about, and I knew there was an interest in it […]

Kids & Teens
September 24, 2019

BAPL Plants a Tree at Coolidge in Honor of Peace Day

On Saturday, September 21st, patrons at our Coolidge location celebrated Peace Day with a Family Storytime Event that kicked off with a tree-planting ceremony at the satellite library in Bethlehem Township. The tree was generously donated by the Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority, a financing authority which Director Steve Hunsberger says “is all about community.” For […]

Kids & Teens
May 28, 2019

Author Chris Grabenstein Visits BAPL

Author Chris Grabenstein, who has written the bestselling Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series and co-authored numerous books with James Patterson, visited BAPL Main Library on May 22, 2019.  Mr. Grabenstein spoke about his works, the adaptation of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library into a film, and his experiences as a writer.  He then took questions from the audience, […]

Kids & Teens, Programs at BAPL
May 22, 2019

Summer Fun at the Library June 8-August 17

Summer at the Bethlehem Area Public Library will be out of this world, with the theme of A Universe of Stories for its SummerQuest program (June 8-August 17). SummerQuest is a new twist on the traditional Summer Reading Program: It still involves reading, but also includes learning (and family) activities that range from taking a […]

Kids & Teens