BAPL invites everyone to explore our newest location, BAPL Coolidge–a satellite library embedded in Bethlehem Township–for a grand opening celebration on Saturday, August 24 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Housed in the historic Coolidge Building and open three days a week, BAPL Coolidge offers a curated collection of books, DVDs, audiobooks, and other library materials for children and adults, as well as two public computers and WiFi access. Patrons may pick up reserves and return their library books–and sign up for a library card right on site! The location will also host terrific free library programs for all ages, like the recent Eyes of the Wild live animal demonstration held in July. Renovating and refurbishing the space was a collaborative commitment between the Township and the library, and we are delighted to share the product of many people’s hard work with the whole community.
In a nod to the Coolidge Building’s history as a school house, and to the start of another school year, the theme of the grand opening will be “Kickin’ It Old School.” Community Outreach Librarian Regina Kochmaruk, who oversees operations at Coolidge, promises there will be old-fashioned treats, games, and activities for the whole family.
“I’m very excited and I guess a little proud, too, to be working at this community gem,” says Kochmaruk. “It feels right – I grew up in the Township, and while I have fond memories of visiting the Main library, I would have loved this in my neighborhood! I’m looking forward to building the collection, adding new programs, and simply making Coolidge a welcoming, dynamic space where the community can gather, read, work, and enjoy!”
Bethlehem Township is one of several municipal areas whose residents are served by the Bethlehem Area Public Library, along with the City of Bethlehem, Hanover Township, and the Borough of Fountain Hill. In addition to the Main Library, South Side branch, Bookmobile, and now BAPL Coolidge, later this year BAPL will be opening another satellite location in Fountain Hill in the form of an upcycled bookmobile that will be permanently docked on-site in the community.
“We are so excited to be writing the next chapter of BAPL, opening new facilities and expanding our services into the communities we serve,” says BAPL Executive Director Josh Berk. “This has been a long time coming and is the result of excellent collaboration with our community partners. The Coolidge Building is beautiful — come check it out!”
What: BAPL Coolidge Grand Opening Celebration
Where: BAPL Coolidge, 2740 Fifth Street, Bethlehem Township, PA 18020
When: Saturday August 24, 10am-3pm
BAPL Coolidge – general information
Hours: Tuesday: 10-3
Alternate Friday/Saturday: 10-3 (exact dates available online)
Web address: bapl.org/coolidge