May 1, 2019

#Whitman200 at BAPL

Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday is being honored around the country (and beyond!) this year. We were a little early (his birthday was May 31, 1819) in getting the party started, but what a party it was! On April 30, 2019 at the Main Library, we hosted 52 different readers performing the 52 sections of Walt’s […]

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April 3, 2019

National Bookmobile Day is April 10

BAPL is celebrating National Bookmobile Day  on April 10, 2019. Visit Bookie Monster on Payrow Plaza from 5-7pm and snap a shelfie. Also, it’s National Poetry Month so BAPL’s resident poet laureate Matt Wolf will be on hand to write you your very own poem for $1. All proceeds support children’s programs at the library. […]

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April 1, 2019

Calling all Baseball Fans!

Has your pulse not returned to normal since the Phillies signed Bryce Harper? Do names like Robin Roberts, Richie Ashburn, Ed Delahanty, and Mike Schmidt bring a smile to your face? Join us for a fun and fascinating look at Philadelphia Phillies history at the Main Library on April 24 at 6:30pm. The presentation is […]

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March 11, 2019

Experimento Returns: The Return of Experimento (Experimento III)

We’re back. A new year, a new Experimento. This one is benefiting the Bethlehem Area Public Library’s new recording studio, Studio 11. Again, we will bring you live group improvisation without a net. This event has many local stars and artists who are well-known beyond the Lehigh Valley. Here is the lineup: Visual artist: Barnaby […]

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March 2, 2019

Friday Morning Book Group at BAPL

Looking for a fun and engaging book group?  Want to read some interesting and thought-provoking new literature?  We are excited to be hosting the Friday Morning Book Group at the Main Library. The group, which has been meeting for over twenty years in the community, is hosted by Mary Pat Beebe and discusses one fiction […]

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February 19, 2019

Eat, Drink & Be Merry with the Friends of the Library!

Celebrate the talents of the Lehigh Valley! This year’s Friends of the Bethlehem Area Public Library fundraiser, Valley Variety,  features a variety show-style program of local musicians and other entertainers, a silent auction, and a dessert and wine bar. The event will be hosted by George Hrab, drummer, guitarist, composer & all-around entertaining fellow. The […]

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January 22, 2019

Found Footage at BAPL, Feb 20

Found Footage at BAPL Catch a peek at some rare, unusual, and intriguing local film at the Bethlehem Area Public Library. Hosted by Allentown’s Alternative Gallery as part of their “(in)sight Film Series,” the February 20 Main Library event will offer a view of Lehigh Valley history that is rarely seen. The footage includes personal […]

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January 7, 2019

Storytime at the YWCA Adult Day Center in Hanover Township

When Outreach Librarian Regina Kochmaruk delivered library materials to the YWCA Adult Day Center in Hanover Township in November, she was reminded of her own grandmother who had suffered from Alzheimer’s, and immediately thought about offering library programming created specifically for this special population of seniors living with memory impairment. Regina wanted to offer an […]

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December 4, 2018

Matt & Kate on the Radio!

If you missed the live airing of Lehigh Valley Arts Salon where Matt Wolf and Kate Racculia talk about BAPL Books, you can listen now on the internet! Here is the link to the full recording on — check it out! Thank you to Silagh White for having us on her show!

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December 3, 2018

Moravian Beeswax Candle Trimming Workshop [pictures]

One of our favorite seasonal events was held on Saturday as we met to trim beeswax candles in the Moravian tradition. Beeswax candles with red paper frills have been part of the Moravian Christmas tradition for hundreds of years. The use of beeswax and the color red are both symbolic and beautiful. This event was […]

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November 27, 2018

Craig Thatcher Channels Jimi Hendrix at BAPL [pictures]

Local guitar great Craig Thatcher played a tribute to all-time guitar great Jimi Hendrix with a concert at BAPL on November 24. It was the final event in our year-long celebration of the opening of the Main Library at City Center 50 years ago. What better way to commemorate the library’s first half-century than with […]

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October 5, 2018


BAPL is hosting a FRANKENREADS event on Wednesday October 31. This all-day event is a marathon reading of the entire novel! These readings are taking place all over the world on Halloween to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s acclaimed novel. A family-friendly event for all ages, with snacks and treats and book giveaways. […]

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September 24, 2018

Upcoming Events at the Main Library

There are some really interesting events coming up the next few weeks at BAPL. Here are some highlights — we hope to see you there! September 29, 2pm: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Hispanic Heritage Month is a nationally observed time to recognize and celebrate the traditions, contributions, diversity, and strength of citizens whose ancestors come from […]

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