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NEW website calendar listings: visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/events/upcoming

Visit the Bethlehem Area Public Library at 11 E. Church St. (main) or 400 Webster St. (Southside branch) or 2740 Fifth St. (Coolidge). For hours, information or to speak with staff members, call 610-867-3761 (Main-11 W. Church St.) or 610-867-7852; Webster St. (SouthSide branch) or 484-892-6267 (Coolidge). Library website: www.bapl.org

UPCOMING BOOK SALES: The March 22 and 25 book sales are canceled. The next book sales are set for noon to 8 p.m. May 17 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 and for July 12 and 15. Indoor book sale, Main Library basement. 50 shoppers at a time max. Follow COVID protocols. Most credit /debit cards accepted. Events, information: visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/events/upcoming

Main Library

Major renovations of the first floor, main library, March 1 through April. No computer or Studio 11 access for adults or the adult library collections, except for some new items. Reserves may still be picked up. Return items in the outdoor book drop.

Youth Services programming and scheduled events such as Yoga, Qigong, library clubs and some activities, continue. Other BAPL locations are open; the bookmobile is operating. To donate to BAPL’s 2022-2023 capital campaign, visit https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E349578&;id=1

Many children’s events are for children and accompanying adults only. No drop-offs. Check with the library or on the website to see if this applies to specific events.

All month: Homework help: Lehigh University Alpha Phi students from 4:30 to 6 p.m. help students with homework of any subject. No registration required. Mondays through Thursdays weekly unless otherwise noted. Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/

Wednesday, March 22

CANCELED: Book sale is canceled for March 22.Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com

Build It! Build all afternoon using LEGO’s, DUPLO’S, KEVA planks and more. No registration. All ages. 1 to 4 p.m. https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/build-it

Women in S.T.E.M.: Katherine Johnson and her role in NASA space missions through stories. Make an “O” ring flyer and experiment with flight. No registration. Grades K and up. 4 to 5 p.m. Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/women-stem-katherine-johnson

LGBTQ grades eight to 12. Play UNO and have fun. No registration.Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/lgbtq-uno-night-gr-8-12

Thursday, March 23

Baby Storytime. Stories, songs, bouncing rhymes. 10 to 10:30 a.m. Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/baby-storytime-27

Saturday, March 25

Canceled: Indoor book sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Main Library basement. Events, information: visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/events/upcoming

L.V. Book Fest Sale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/lehigh-valley-book-festival-all-day-0

Monday, March 26

Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs and rhymes for toddlers. 10 to 10:30 a.m. Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/toddler storytime-17

Choose Your Own book club: Choose a book published the decade you were born. For book suggestions, please email cwieder@bapl.org. Must register. Zoom link will be emailed the morning of the meeting. 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/choose-your-own-book-club-7

Thursday, March 28

Family Storytime. Stories, songs, fingerplays. No registration needed. 10 to 10:30 a.m. Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/family-storytime-18

TAB -Teen Advisory Board, grades six to 12. 4 to 5:15 p.m. Complete community service hours. Have a voice in the library. Help plan, prep for upcoming teen and family events. Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/teen-advisory-board-tab

Man Dog book #11 release party: “Twenty Thousand Fleas Under The Sea”. Dog Man crafts, activities and dog-themed snacks. 6:30 p.m. Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/dog-man-release-party

Lettuce Be Mindful (Zoom): Chef Justin Beaver’s tips, strategies for cooks of all abilities. Q&A. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Food Co-op. 7 to 8 p.m. Registration required: https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/lettuce-turnip-beet-mindful-cooking-energy-and-wellness

Books On The Hill

Tuesdays: Poem of the week at Books on the Hill. A new poem is selected and recited by performance poet/library staff Cleveland Wall. No registration needed.

Coolidge Branch

Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/

SouthSide Branch

All month: Anytime Storytime Corner. DIY story time, Different books and a free craft available every week. Visit www.bapl.org/events/anytime-storytime-at-south-side-2022-02-28/ for more information.

Anytime S.T.E.M. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Visit www.bapl.org/events/

Homework help, Monday -Thursday through the month when library is open. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Grades K to 12. Lehigh University Alpha Phi students help students with homework with any subject. No registration.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 16, 21, 23 and 30

The YMCA will be preparing and delivering meals to eat at the SouthSide library for adults age 18 and up while supplies last. 5 to 6 p.m. Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/free-dinners-adults-7

Food Allergies: We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

Thursdays through March 30

Storytime for you and your little one up to 24 months featuring stories, bouncing rhymes and songs. No registration. Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/baby-storytime-25

Tuesdays through April 18

Playtime - SouthSide. Stories, learning, fun. Ages 10:30 to 11 a.m. No registration needed. Visit


Wednesday, March 22

Where’s Waldo? Find Waldo & his friends hidden somewhere inside to get entered into a raffle for a free pizza and “Where’s Waldo?” The Magnificent Mini Boxed Set with magnifying glass. The winner will be contacted at the end of the month.Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/wheres-waldo-south-side-library-1

Thursday, March 23

Little Cookie Hand sewing. 5 p.m. Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/little-cookie-hand-sewing

Saturday, March 25

Spring Has Sprung. Kids and families spring celebration. Spring crafts, interactive science and a cool take-home project in the kids’ section. Stop in between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit https://bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/spring-has-sprung-saturday

The library makes every effort to ensure that programs may be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, contact the library.