April 21, 2022

In Memory of Helen Bush

Helen P. Bush, 90, of Hanover Township, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2022. Helen was born in Bethlehem and was the loving wife of Elmer R. Bush. Helen attended Liberty High School where she later worked as a secretary prior to her retirement. Her family asks that contributions be made to  the Bethlehem Area […]

February 28, 2022

Emil Signes & the BAPL, Libraries & Life

Emil Signes has been on the library board of BAPL since 1985. That’s actually before BAPL was BAPL (it was just the Bethlehem Public Library when he started – the “Area” was added soon after he was appointed, as neighboring communities began to join). As he begins another year of service to the library, Dr. […]

June 24, 2021

In Memory of Foster Leonhardt

The obituary of Foster Leonhardt was brought to our attention this week because of the note “Because Foster loved to read and in lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in his memory to the Bethlehem Area Public Library.” Needless to say, we were touched. We went on to read the obituary and were moved by […]

June 21, 2021

BAPL is Switching from Overdrive to CloudLibrary!

The Bethlehem District Libraries have brought on a new platform for eBook and eAudiobook lending. The new platform, cloudLibrary™, will provide an app that is extremely easy for all users, and allows for the library to better manage its content and offer far more to you through a partnership with other libraries across PA. On […]

June 18, 2021

Check Out These Books for World Refugee Day

You can find all of these books in the Bethlehem Area Public Library catalog to check out and read! Click on their links to check availability. Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egnéus When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini* The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani A Land of […]

June 16, 2021

The Friends of the Library Present a Summer Literary Salon!

Bethlehem Area Public Library’s Friends of the Library will be holding a Summer Literary Salon benefit on Wednesday, July 21, 2021! The Friends of the Library is a group of dedicated volunteers who raise money to underwrite the library’s innovative programming and support the library’s growth. A gift to the Friends supports: Storytime, art, and […]

May 24, 2021

Show Your Support for BAPL with Buy-A-Book!

The Buy-A-Book campaign is back at the Bethlehem Area Public Library, allowing you to show support for one of your favorite community centers by making a donation that will go towards the purchase of new books for the library. Every $30 Buy-A-Book gift to BAPL purchases a new book that will receive a special bookplate honoring a […]

April 13, 2021

On Arab American Heritage Month and Books

I grew up with the angelic voice of Fairouz playing in the morning, and the awakening scents of Arabic coffee wafting in the air of my home (more than once a day because Arabs love their coffee and cannot go a day without that tiny cup of bitter caffeine). The Arabic language filled the halls […]

BAPL News, Uncategorized
April 7, 2021

A Make-Your-Own Ernest Hemingway Story

Ernest Hemingway helped to redefine American writing in the early 20th century through his stories and novels. One of his most characteristic and influential traits was his spare and direct style. And it is with that that we have decided to have a little fun. You can use the below list of typical Hemingway words, […]

March 17, 2021

World Class Virtual Museum Tours

With the help of librarians from across the country, we are happy to present this list of museums to our BAPL patrons. Virtual museum tours are a creative field trip idea for students as well as a safe, fun way to engage the entire family. There is also the added bonus of accessibility; you can visit […]

December 15, 2020

Light the Menorah!

On December 14, Director Berk was happy to join Rabbi Yaacov Halperin of Chabad of the Lehigh Valley and Stephanie Augello from the City of Bethlehem Mayor’s Office to ceremonially light the menorah located outside City Hall. A City fire truck was on hand to hoist him up to the high candles, but they were […]

November 9, 2020

BAPL Library Board Meeting to be held via Zoom 11/9/2020

Please note that the Bethlehem Area Public Library’s November board meeting will be held online on November 9, 2020 at 6pm. The virtual meeting will be open to the public as attendees. Attendees will be able to listen to the meeting and make comment at the designated time, following typical public comment procedure.   To […]

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
October 27, 2020

Make Your Own Egg Carton Quijada

Hey kids, friend of BAPL and children’s music performer DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) brings you a fun musical craft: an egg carton quijada. The quijada is a rattling percussion instrument found in South American and Central American music. It’s typically made from an animal’s jaw bone. This one is made from an egg carton. The supplies to […]

September 24, 2020

BAPL Ghost Story Writing Contest

Chillier weather, darker evenings, and the lonely rustle of leaves scratching at the door – the perfect time for sharing a good ghost story! Here’s a chance to thrill us and chill us with your own best spooky stories. PLEASE READ the rules carefully and fill out the form completely. For further questions, please email […]