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The Bethlehem Area Public Library, in partnership with the National Museum of Industrial History, is proud to present TUG!, a new Bethlehem Steel-themed children’s book by BAPL children’s librarian Catherine McCafferty. TUG! is a picture book about a tow tractor that helped...

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    Josh Berk, Executive Director of the Bethlehem Area Public Library, was on ABC Action News. Watch the story to learn the fate of the forty-year old overdue book, “Happy Birthday Baby Jesus.” ...

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I Like Being Loud in the Library (Official Music Video) The Bethlehem Area Public Library (BAPL) released a music video today! The song is called I Like Being Loud in the Library  and features the voices and musical talents of many community members. The song was written by Library...

The Bethlehem Area Public Library is proud to announce a major upgrade to a one-of-a-kind local resource. Check out BAPL’s World War II database, where you can find over 12,000 entries on local service people from WWII. This collection includes the many accounts in The Bethlehem...

Bethlehem Area Public Library had early 20th century poet Hilda “H.D.” Doolittle’s childhood home recognized as a Literary Landmark, near where the Bethlehem Area Public Library now stands. The library is now using GoFundMe to raise money to commission a portrait...

      Bike Bethlehem  and the Bethlehem Area Public Library are featured in a Public Libraries Online  story about libraries nationwide who have bike-lending programs. ...

Scott Thomas, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS), announced that PaILS saw additional growth in 2017  with the addition of the Bedford County Library System, Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity, Bangor Public Library, Tunkhannock Public Library,...

The STAR Library Network (STAR_Net) reports that over 7,000 libraries are hosting eclipse events! Check out this map for locations. Libraries across Pennsylvania are planning events and providing special  glasses for their patrons.  Here’s a sample of what some are doing: Altoona...

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      Scott Thomas, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS), announced that PaILS saw additional growth in 2016 adding the entire Blair County Library System , the Pocono Mountain Public Library in Tobyhanna and the Eastern Monroe Public...

Bethlehem Township wants to know what its community thinks about funding the Bethlehem Area Public Library.  Read this Morning Call article. ...