September 23, 2020

Join the Friends of the Library Today

There’s never been a better time to join the Friends of the Library. The Friends are a dedicated group of library lovers and volunteers, who advocate for the library and raise money–through memberships and fundraising events–to support BAPL and its mission.

What do the Friends support?
Friends funds underwrite the majority of free, innovative programs and events at BAPL. Money for programs is not in the library’s budget. Without support from the Friends, these kinds of free programs and events at BAPL would not happen:
  • Summer reading performers and prizes.
  • Craft and art supplies for all ages.
  • Incredible guest speakers, workshops, and classes.
  • Improvements, like the Cohen Room at Main, and special needs, like repairs, as they arise.
This spring, BAPL transitioned quickly from in-person programming to online events. From DIY crafts  to story times, conversational Spanish to Qigong meditation, we could still gather, and learn, remotely. Friends funds supported a reimagined summer reading program that reached almost 900 children, families, and adults between June and August. In conjunction with the Bethlehem Historic District Association, the Friends also sponsored Dialogues on Racial Justice, a multi-week series that created space for crucial antiracist conversation.
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BAPL continues to offer a rich slate of programs, virtually and socially-distanced, thanks to the creativity and passion of its staff–and the support of the Friends. As a truly public institution, libraries will be a critical part of the recovery process, aiding workforce development, early and lifelong literacy, technology access, and so much more. The programs supported by the Friends will continue to be a vital part of how we engage and grow–and stay connected–now and in the future.
How can I help?
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