Marissa Epler, a librarian at BAPL Coolidge, spoke with many visitors at the official opening of the new facility, but she had also seen many more prior to that date.
Jurnee Tingle and her daughter Kysha live a short walk from the new library. They expect to be frequent visitors.
Josh Berk, director of the Bethlehem Area Public Library, is happy that the library can now serve the people of Bethlehem Township. directly. Residents can order books to pick up at Coolidge, and they can also return them there. There is ample parking, too, at the new facility.
An excellent jazz ensemble from Nazareth, C’est la Vie, played a broad range of tunes ranging from Django Reinhardt to popular hits. The group features Szolt Vegh, guitar, and Mike Burns, bass. A third member was away on vacation.
Steve Samuelson, Pa. House of Representatives, 135th District; Jake Glessner, representative of Lisa Boscola, Pa. State Senate, 18th District; John Merhottein, Bethlehem Township Commissioner; Marcia Hahn, Pa. House of Representatives, 138th District; Josh Berk, executive director, BAPL; and Regina Kochmaruk, outreach librarian, BAPL.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DENNIS GLEWGuests gather on the Coolidge lawn to hear brief comments from dignitaries and to witness the official opening of the new branch library.
John Merhottein (right), a Bethlehem Township commissioner and trustee of BAPL, advocated for developing a branch library in the township. He is joined at the dedication by another library trustee, township Supervisor Jack Nagle.
7137. While others at Coolidge busied themselves with official duties, Matt and Danielle Mutarelli of Bethlehem Township did what libraries are here for: they searched for books to check out.
An excellent jazz ensemble from Nazareth, C’est la Vie, played a broad range of tunes, ranging from Django Reinhardt songs to popular hits. The group features Szolt Vegh, guitar, and Mike Burns, bass. A third member was away on vacation. The lively music attracted listeners of all ages.
BAPL opens township location
If Bethlehem Township residents ever wished that the public library were nearer by, they got their wish Aug. 24, with the grand opening of Bethlehem Area Public Library Coolidge, a satellite library at 2740 Fifth St.
Once upon a time the Coolidge Building was a schoolhouse, and as this school year was only days away, the theme of the event was “Kickin’ It Old School.”
BAPL Coolidge, a result of the combined work of the township and BAPL, will be open three days a week, with Community Outreach Librarian Regina Kochmaruk overseeing operations. In addition to the paper and audio book collection and DVDs, there are two public computers and wifi access. Patrons can sign up for a library card, borrow and return books, and participate in free library programs. If they wish to borrow a book from the main library, it will be delivered to BAPL Coolidge at a cost of 50 cents.
A festive atmosphere prevailed throughout the event. After eagerly touring the newest BAPL branch, visitors were treated to refreshments, including hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream. Then it was time to enjoy the outdoor concert provided by a lively two-piece ensemble, “C’est la vie.”