May 19, 2022

Planting a Pollinator Garden at the Coolidge Branch

"Ideally, seventy percent of our property should be devoted to native plants, and the other thirty percent for our favorite ornamentals," Master Gardener Consuelo Almovodar explained on Saturday at the Coolidge Branch during a presentation on the importance of planting native plants for beneficial insects and pollinators, all evidence of a healthy ecosystem. The event [...]
Coolidge Branch, Programs at BAPL
February 7, 2022

Black History Month Literature Challenge @BAPL!

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize the achievements of African Americans and celebrate the role they have played in our country’s history. At the Bethlehem Area Public Library, we are highlighting African American authors, literature, and movies during this month.  Visit the display by the Reference Desk for some of our staff […]

Programs at BAPL
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
April 5, 2021

Try something New in 2021 with the Toni Morrison Book Club!

Join the conversation about one of America’s most important novelists. The series is a collaboration between BAPL and Lehigh University. Moderators are Stephanie Powell Watts, Jasmine Woodson, Stacie Brennan, and Rayah Levy, Head of Adult Services at BAPL. Levy notes that despite being works of fiction, Morrison’s works powerfully represent the voices of the voiceless. […]

Book recommendations, Community, Programs at BAPL
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
September 9, 2020

Imagine Your Story Winners

BAPL would like to thank all of our participants for participating in the first-ever Summer Reading Writing Contest, “Imagine Your Story.” For the writing contest, the community was asked to submit an original prose or poem imagining their lives through the eyes of COVID-19. Participants responded through their writings what it’s been like living through […]

Programs at BAPL, Summer Reading
June 29, 2020

Antiracist Resources

The Bethlehem Area Public Library is committed to actively supporting essential conversations and actions to confront racism in America. This page will feature antiracist resources available in our collections, links to external resources, and information about library programs that promote antiracist conversation within our community and with our patrons. In our collections Antiracist reading Stamped […]

BAPL News, Book recommendations, Programs at BAPL, Reference
May 5, 2020

Our Favorite Poems for National Poetry Month – Final Week

During the month of April, National Poetry Month, we invited the community to submit a favorite poem to be shared online. We really enjoyed reading all of your favorite poems in April at BAPL! Enjoy these final week submissions by Jessica, David, Matt, and Brad. Thank you to all who participated!         […]

Programs at BAPL
April 28, 2020

Our Favorite Poems for National Poetry Month – Week 3

Enjoy these recent submissions by staff and community members of their favorite poems! Thank you to Rebecca, Regina, Mary Jane, Snowflake Princess, Ayla, Robert, Janine, Kate, Brenda,  and Judy for their recent submissions! All during the month of April, National Poetry Month, we are inviting the community to submit a favorite poem to be shared […]

Programs at BAPL
April 21, 2020

Our Favorite Poems for National Poetry Month – Week 2

Enjoy these recent submissions by staff and community members of their favorite poems! Thank you to Jeff, Edana, Julia, and David for their recent submissions! All during the month of April, National Poetry Month, we are inviting the community to submit a favorite poem to be shared online through BAPL. Poems can be submitted in […]

Programs at BAPL
April 14, 2020

Submit Your Favorite Poem for National Poetry Month!

During the month of April, National Poetry Month, we are inviting the community to submit a favorite poem to be shared online through BAPL. Poems can be submitted in Video, Audio, or Text form and entrees will be reviewed before being put online.  Our goal is to give patrons the opportunity to share their favorite […]

Programs at BAPL
December 9, 2019

Coming in March 2020 — Lehigh Valley Book Fest!

Inaugural Lehigh Valley Book Festival  March 27, 28 & 29, 2020  Let’s Play Books Bookstore, in partnership with the Bethlehem Area Public Library, is proud to present the Inaugural Lehigh Valley Book Festival, to be held annually, the last weekend in March, commencing in 2020. Join us as we celebrate books – their authors, illustrators, […]

Programs at BAPL
December 9, 2019

A Day in the BAPL

You may know that libraries, BAPL included, host a wide variety of events in addition to being the place where people come to check out books or do research. We host programs such as book sales, mindfulness training, children’s programs, films, concerts, even birthday parties. But did you know that we sometimes host them all […]

Programs at BAPL