Hey, Summer Readers, don’t forget to request your prizes online as summer winds down. You earned them! Children and teens can use our book prize request for, and selections can be retrieved at curbside pickup. Adults can redeem their points for raffle tickets through their ReadSquared accounts. Visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-2020 for details.
What to expect when we re-open
As staff continue to work out the details and timing involved in bringing back in-person library browsing – our goal is to have it available by early September – it remains our highest priority to keep you safe.
This means that when we do open our doors, your library experience is going to look a little different than pre-pandemic times. Hours will be limited as we stagger this service with curbside pickup. You’ll be able to “shop” for your books inside the library, but there will be constraints on the number of people in the building at one time and masks will be required. Public meeting spaces will not be available, as well as access to computers and other in-house library technology. Children’s toys and library seating have been removed, and patrons will be asked to limit their time inside the library to selecting and checking out their materials.
We know this will be a big change for all of us who have come to see the library as a place to gather with friends and neighbors, but we are looking forward to serving you in this way until we are able to safely gather together as a community once again.
Pop-Up Library, curbside and more
Even as we work toward opening our doors, we continue working hard to get books and other library materials to you through curbside pickup, Book Bundles and our Pop-Up Library. Visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/pop-up-library-curbside-pickup-and-returning-your-library-items for hours and details.
Stream the Great Courses
Ready to learn something new? Check out The Great Courses on Kanopy and further your lifelong learning goals with a robust selection of college-level video courses on a number of topics including economics, fine arts, music, history, literature, philosophy, science, mathematics, social sciences, professional development and better living. Use your Bethlehem library card to access the streaming video service at bethpl.kanopy.com.
Live tutoring with HelpNow
As your children get ready to head back to school – in whatever form it may take – we would like to remind you that Bethlehem cardholders now have access to HelpNow by Brainfuse, an easy and intuitive learning resource for all ages and levels with personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies), as well as SAT preparation.
There is a skill-building tool for all types of learning styles – from flashcards to practice quizzes and videos.
Live one-on-one online tutoring is available in math, science, writing and other subjects for elementary, middle school, high school and college students from 2-11 p.m. daily. All Brainfuse tutors have at least a four-year degree and are background checked.
Find HelpNow on the library’s Research webpage (www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/webapps/research.asp).
— Kristen Roberts