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Visit the Bethlehem Area Public Library at 11 E. Church St. (main) or 400 Webster St. (Southside branch) or 2740 Fifth St. (Coolidge) or visityoutube.com/channel/UCsuAN4Af6kv3jQl1us_WkWQ/featured and www.bapl.org/events/categories/virtual-events for a variety of items. For hours, information or to speak with staff members, call 610-867-3761 (main) or 610-867-7852 400; Webster St. (Southside branch) or 484-892-6267 (Coolidge). Chat service and general information: visit bapl.org (main) or at facebook.com/paBAPL or bapl.org/ssmain.htm (Southside) or bapl.org/coolidge/ (Coolidge).

Events are held live and virtually; refer to BAPL calendar for details.

REQUEST ITEMS FROM THE LIBRARY for Bookmobile pickup: call 610-867-3761, ext. 399 or email info@bapl.org for adult materials. Children’s items: call 610-867-3761, ext. 499 or email youthservice@bapl.org at least one day in advance of pickup. Select pickup location: bookmobile before submitting request.

RENEWALS FROM HOME: log in to account atbapl.org or call 610-867-3761 (ext. 299) for the circulation desk.

SOUTHSIDE BRANCH: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. Call 610-867-7852 for more information.

BOOKMOBILE SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS: Contact mhenninger@bapl.org to be notified about cancellations. Updates posted on news blogs atbapl.org; click ‘BAPL News’ on left-side of menu.

BOOKS ON THE HILL, Stanley & Spiegel, Fountain Hill: hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; closed Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. alternate Fridays and Saturdays.

EVENTS CALENDAR: Visitbapl.org/events/

BOOK SALES: The next book sales are set for noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 (visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/bapl-book-sale-5) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 (visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/bapl-book-sale-6). Main Library basement. 50 shoppers at a time max. Follow COVID protocols. Most credit /debit cards accepted.

ALL LIBRARIES THANKSGIVING EVE: Nov. 22- closing at 5 p.m.


For information re: hours including time and date changes, information or to speak with staff members, call 610-867-3761 or 610-867-7852 400 or visit www.bapl.org



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 necessary – this is a drop-in between 1 and 5 p.m. event.


Nov. 30

Family story time. Ages two to five. Themed story times featuring picture books, puppets, childhood rhymes, songs and a simple craft. 10:15 to 11 a.m. Must register, visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/family-storytime-coolidge-8587


Reminder: Accessible by stairs only.


Playtime at the Southside Library: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Children up to four years old, parents and caregivers. Sharing, being silly and having fun. No drop-offs allowed. Visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/playtime-library-46

Tuesdays and Thursdays (not Thanksgiving)

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: Tuesdays: bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/free-dinners-adults-80; Thursdays: bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/free-dinners-adults-81

Food Allergies: No guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.


Preschool Storytime at Southside Library: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Children up to four years old, parents and caregivers. Sharing, being silly and having fun. No drop-offs allowed. Visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/preschool-storytime-south-side-8

Wednesdays till Dec. 7 (not weekly; check dates).

Homework Help: Lehigh University students available to help students in grades K-12 with any subject. No registration is necessary. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 28, 29, 30; and Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7. Information: call 610-867-7852 or visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/after-school-homework-help-0

Tuesday, Nov. 5

“Sneezy the Snowman.” Afterward, each group will create a fun melted snowman craft while enjoying some ice cream. Register only one parent/guardian per family; do not register individual children. Space is limited, if you can no longer make it please cancel your registration ahead of time. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/winter-storytime-family-craft-8223


Mondays in November

Toddler story time stories and songs. 10 to 10:30 a.m. for two to three and one-half year olds. Visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/toddler-storytime-2-3-12-year-olds-8237

Tuesdays in November

Family Story time; stories, songs, and finger plays for the family. 10 to 10:30. Visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/family-storytime-32

First and Third Tuesdays ‘till Dec. 19

Fiber Arts: Bring knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, sewing and fiber project. Monthly themes, challenges, yarn exchange. All ages, experience levels. 6 to 8 p.m. First and third Tuesdays; ends December 19. Must register: visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/fiber-arts-friends-22

Wednesday, Nov. 22

Main Library closes at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 23; Friday, Nov. 24:

Closed for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, Nov. 25

Ray Gurz’s new Jacob Ridley book about skateboarding. Copies will be available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/ray-gurz-author-event-new-jacob-ridley-book-here-7677

Chess for beginner / intermediate players with Master Chess Player Chris Giannaras. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register at bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/chess-beginners-and-intermediate-players-two-hour-chess-tournament-7076

Escape Room. Two sessions: 2 and 2:45 p.m. Bring a friend or form a team (eight persons max participants per session). Register by calling the Youth Services Department at 610-867-3761, option 4. Grades six to 12. Information: visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/escape-library-escape-room-7749

Monday, Nov. 27 -Thursday, Nov. 30

Moravian University’s America Reads tutors help with school assignments. Grades K to 12. No registration required. 4 to 6 p.m. Visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/homework-help-moravian-university-tutors-18

Monday, Nov. 27

Build with LEGOS. No registration required. Noon to 7 p.m. Visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/build-it-8281

Open Mic Night, hosted by Bill Medei. Music, comedy and poetry. Performers arrive at 5 p.m. to sign up. 15-minute time limit for musicians; six-minute time limit for poets and comedians. No registration required. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/open-mic-night-bapl-16

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Indoor book sale, noon to 8 p.m. Main Library basement. 50 shoppers at a time max. Follow COVID protocols. Most credit / debit cards accepted. Events, information: visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/bapl-book-sale-5

Voces de la Comunidad: Bethlehem’s Latino trailblazers as they answer the question: “What has it meant to be a Latino in Bethlehem and how is that changing?” Voces de la Comunidad oral history archive presenters share snapshots of the community’s accomplishments from 1969 to the present. 6 to 7:45 p.m. Must register: visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/voces-de-la-comunidad-latino-reflections-life-bethlehem

Diverse Voices book club. “Black Cake”by Charmaine Wilkerson, a novel about an inheritance of secrets, memories and a culture shared through food. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Must register. Visit bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/diverse-voices-book-discussion-black-cake-charmaine-wilkerson-7289

Writer’s Workshop. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Open to anyone who writes in any genre, from novels to cover letters to essays. We will use the first 45 minutes to write together, setting goals and working independently. Prompts will be available if you need inspiration. The last 30-45 minutes will be open for workshopping your writing with other group members and peer-reviewing works in progress. Information: bethlehemarea.librarycalendar.com/event/writers-workshop-7310