September 3, 2019

South Side Branch of Bethlehem Area Public Library to Host “Silver Scream” Halloween Benefit

The Bethlehem Area Public Library (BAPL) is hosting a benefit bash this year at the South Side Branch (400 Webster Street) on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 7 pm to 10 pm. SILVER SCREAM AT THE SOUTH SIDE, inspired by classic Hollywood horror, is an adults-only Halloween party featuring treats and live tunes, cocktails, a raffle, a costume contest–and some spooky surprises.

All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will go toward installing an elevator at the historic South Side Branch, making the Branch’s fantastic slate of programs for children and adults accessible for all. Currently, programs are held in the basement of the almost 90 year-old building, which is inaccessible for strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, and anyone with limited mobility. In order for the South Side Branch to be a truly inclusive place for all, an elevator is a necessary update.

The event has already been generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library, as well as Merchants Bank and the Fraternal Order of Police Star Lodge #20, representing the men and women of the Bethlehem Police Department. The West Philadelphia Foot Tappers will liven up the party with jazz and ‘30s swing.

“Halloween is a time where people can dress up, party, and laugh at what they are afraid of,” says South Side Branch Adult Services Technician Janine Santoro. “SILVER SCREAM will be an event where community members can do all of these things, while knowing they are contributing to a great cause that they will all be able to benefit from.”

And “librarians,” says Executive Director Josh Berk, “know how to party.”

For more information about attending the event or to become a sponsor, email or

-What: Silver Scream at the South Side, A Halloween benefit for the South Side Branch of BAPL

-Where: Bethlehem Area Public Library, South Side Branch 400 Webster Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015, 610-867-7852

-When: Saturday October 26, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

-Admission: $40 per person. All proceeds directly benefit the elevator renovation at the Branch. 

Credit card reservations may be made online at (direct ticket link: Silver Scream at the South Side), or by calling either the Main library at 610-867-3761 or the Branch at 610-867-7852. If you would like to pay by check, make payable to Bethlehem Area Public Library and send directly to the Main library at 11 W. Church Street, Bethlehem PA 18018, with a memo that you are purchasing tickets for SILVER SCREAM.

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