Bethlehem Library Notes for Thursday, March 19, 2020

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has meant a lot of disruption in our everyday lives, and the library is no exception. As a public gathering place, we have been vigilant in our desire to protect the health of the people who use the library, as well as those who work here.

In our tiered response to the growing concern, up to and including our current closure, we have implemented a number of measures that have had an impact on the way we serve the public. Please know that we do not make these decisions lightly, but they are important steps that we as a library can make in helping to slow the pandemic.

For the time being, the library will remain closed until further notice. We will do our best to keep you informed of any updates through our website and on social media, where we plan to keep up a regular presence highlighting tips, activities, suggested reading, and more. We’ll also be looking at ways to provide other limited services during the closure.

In the meantime, we’d like to remind you of the many online resources available to Bethlehem cardholders without even stepping foot in the library. If you don’t already have a library card, you can sign up online at You can:

— Download e-books, audiobooks and e-magazines through OverDrive. Additional e-magazines are available through Flipster. Click on the eContent graphic on the library’s home page at to see what’s available;

— Stream movies or explore one of The Great Courses through Kanopy. The digital content can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. To get started, or visit; and

— Browse our Research page for access to local history resources, newspaper archives, encyclopedias, Consumer Reports and more.

In the coming months, please remember to check our calendar frequently for the most up-to-date program and schedule information.

We look forward to being able to resume the innovative and exciting programs and services you love, and we thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times.