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
May 20, 2019

Happy Birthday, Spike!

Have you ever been to a lizard’s birthday party?! The Bethlehem Area Public Library celebrates one each year, for one very special lizard. Spike is the library pet who is loved by all. This year he turned three. We had games and cake and even a magic show. Check out the video below from our […]

Kids & Teens
May 8, 2019

Pennsylvania Youth Ballet at BAPL

The Pennsylvania Youth Ballet came to BAPL’s Main Library last night to present a family-friendly version of Coppelia. They also taught the audience some ballet! If you missed the program, or want to see it again, the dancers will be at our South Side Branch on May 21 at 6:30 pm. Learn more about Pennsylvania […]

Kids & Teens
May 6, 2019

ExploraStory at BAPL

Liberty High School MDS students (Multiple Disabilities Support Program) visited BAPL Main’s library in April for ExploraStory, a story and art program designed for special-needs adults. Students heard and saw the collage-based story Rain Fish, by Lois Ehlert, then created collages of their own with a variety of materials and pictures. The Youth Services Department […]

Kids & Teens
April 22, 2019

Spring Challenge aka The Reading Olympics!

Earlier this month, the Spring Challenge Competition was held at Easton High School. This competition is like the Olympics for young readers! Each team needs to be familiar with the books on a lengthy reading list and they complete against one another to answer questions related to the book. It’s like a quiz show for the […]

Kids & Teens
April 5, 2019

Pajama Drive at BAPL and City Hall

In partnership with the Bethlehem Health Bureau and in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month, a Pajama Drive for Foster Children is being held through April 30, 2019. Please consider donating a pair of new pajamas. Sizes are needed for children from ages birth to 18 years old. Pajamas can be dropped off in bins […]

Kids & Teens