January 4, 2022

January Story Times and Youth Events at the Main Library

There are lots of great events for families and kids of all ages at the library this month. Check them out! Every Picture Tells a Story art workshop for grades 1-5, Saturday, January 8, 11:00-12:00 Discover the work of great artists through stories and hands-on art activities. Learn about a famous artist, their technique, and […]

Kids & Teens
December 14, 2021

Thank You, Patrons, For a Sleigh Full of Holiday Cheer

Sonia and Mara, representatives from the Parents as Teachers program, stopped by Monday to fill up their sleigh with holiday cheer – clothing, educational toys, books, and other children’s goodies contributed by generous patrons and library staff.  Lissette Maldonado, P.A.T. Program Supervisor wished to share these words with the library community, “I am so thrilled […]

BAPL News, Community, Kids & Teens, outreach
December 7, 2021

Holiday Events at BAPL!

There are lots of fun holiday events coming up at BAPL locations this month — check them out! Make Reindeer Fly at South Side, December 13, 4pm, BAPL South Side! Santa Comes to South Side! December 15, 4:30pm, BAPL South Side Holiday Storytime and Cookie decorating event at the Main Library, December 18, 11am Snowy […]

Kids & Teens, Programs at BAPL
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