March 23, 2022

BAPL on the Radio!

BAPL Director Josh Berk was interviewed by WLVR this month about Studio 11! They also interviewed some performers who use the studio, as well as Christi Buker of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Give it a listen here: Studio 11 proves libraries are not just books      

BAPL News, Studio 11
January 16, 2022

Studio 11 Year in Review, 2021

Even with COVID protocols making it unavailable for the first half of the year, 2021 ended up being a busy year in Studio 11. We had 127 sessions booked over the six months it was open, from June-December 2021. It’s great to see (and hear) all the of beautiful music being recorded there. We had […]

Studio 11
November 12, 2021

11Fest: Live and Loud!

Eleven performers rocked the library on November 11, in the now annual tradition known as 11Fest. The festival and the date are inspired by the library’s Studio 11, whose name was inspired by our address (11 W. Church St.) and by the movie Spinal Tap (“Turn it up to eleven!”). To really bring home the […]

Studio 11
November 19, 2020

Make a Purchase to Support Studio 11

Hi Friend! You can purchase one of the below to help support Studio 11, the FREE public recording studio at BAPL. Some are things you’d have to come pick up at the library. Some are lessons/services that can be done remotely. Check out the links!  And here’s a link to easily give $11 dollars if […]

Studio 11
November 10, 2020

11Fest Fundraiser!

Thank you for stopping by 11Fest! You can watch on BAPL’s YouTube channel here. And there are lots of ways to support the studio! You can purchase one of the items or services/experiences below, or just make a donation. Here’s a link to easily give $11 dollars. You will help us fund the operation of […]

BAPL News, Studio 11
December 30, 2019

The year that was in Studio 11

Let’s look back at this first year of Studio 11 at BAPL! The stu (as we affectionately call it) opened in March of 2019 so we’re looking at less than a full calendar year, but it’s still fun to use the end of the year as a time to look back. And what a year […]

Studio 11
December 9, 2019

Chuck Rissmiller brings the Lovesick Blues to BAPL

We were happy to partner with PBS39 last month to host a screening of the new Ken Burns documentary Country Music at BAPL. To make it a special night we invited Bethlehem’s own golden-voiced country crooner Chuck Rissmiller to perform before the film right here in Studio 11. The audience thoroughly enjoyed his take on […]

Studio 11
November 12, 2019

I Like Being Loud in the Library (Official Music Video)

The Bethlehem Area Public Library released a music video today! The song is called “I Like Being Loud in the Library” and features the voices and musical talents of many community members. The song was written by Library Director Josh Berk. “I actually wrote most of the song years ago when I was a children’s […]

Studio 11
September 3, 2019

Local Artist Matt Bednarsky Records Bob Dylan Cover in Studio 11

Singer/songwriter Matt Bednarsky has lived in Greenwich Village, Nashville, and even Peru, but he currently calls the Lehigh Valley home.  He’s released three studio albums and toured the country and the world, including Canada, Europe, and Australia.  In 2015, Concerts in Your Home named Bednarsky an Artist of the Year.  Most recently, however, Bednarsky has […]

BAPL News, Studio 11
July 12, 2019

Master Your Story! Interview with Director Berk

BAPL Director Josh Berk was a guest on Kim I Plyler’s “Master Your Story” podcast. Kim is the CEO of SahlComm in Bethlehem. The podcast is born out of her belief that “everyone has a story and through those stories we can help change the world.” She’s interviewed lots of interesting people across a variety […]

Studio 11
June 25, 2019

Podcasts in Studio 11

A couple of area podcasters have started using Studio 11 to cast their pods. Kim Plyler is one of them. And two of her recent guests have been friends of BAPL! George Hrab was kind enough to MC this year’s Friends of the Library event and Michael Scuotto has been recording his musical here at […]

Studio 11
June 6, 2019

Any opera buffs out there?

Check out this recording from Studio 11! What a voice! We don’t know the name of the piece or the composer — ring a bell to anyone? Fantastic!  

Studio 11
April 8, 2019

Gracious Gra3ce, a recording artist from Rwanda!

Gracious Gra3ce, a recording artist from Rwanda, is currently studying here in the Lehigh Valley. So she stopped by Studio 11 to work on vocals for her song “Niduhumure.” It’s all finished now and she just released it on her YouTube channel. You can check it out here.   WTG, Gra3ce, sounds great!      

Studio 11
March 21, 2019

Director Berk is a guest on “Poorly Edited Podcast”

Lab Two Twelve is a local multimedia production company that showcases musicians, artists, photographers, filmmakers, and more. This week, that “and more” includes library directors! BAPL’s Josh Berk was a guest on Lab Two Twelve’s “Poorly Edited Podcast” along with Matt Molchany of Shards Recording Studio. They talked about “Studio 11“(the new recording studio at […]

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