January’s Teen Take Out

High School Artists Deliver Exhibit

Building 21 High School students exhibit art at the library!

Painting by Chris Pinho

Students from Allentown’s Building 21 High School have provided our community with an original art exhibit that includes a variety of paintings, drawings and mixed media pieces here in the Allentown Public Library.

For this display, students in grades 10 through 12 were given freedom of self-expression without limits on theme, medium or size. This freedom has provided them with the opportunity to lend their work and voice to the community, and to show what they experience through realism or abstraction.

Bringing an art exhibit to the library provides these student artists the opportunity to learn what is required to take their art on the road. It engages them in how and where their art will be displayed, and what is necessary to make it accessible to the public. You can follow them on Instagram at @artaptb21.

Our goal is to connect art with the community.

Andrew Ward ~ Visual Arts Department Head and teacher

Be sure to visit the library to enjoy the full scope of the work created by these artists who live and go to school right here in Allentown. Now through January 15th!

New Museum Passes

Looking for something to do? Get the kids out to experience some of the cultural offerings of the area! The library is now offering passes to the following regional museums to be checked out by Allentown residents.

  • Allentown Art Museum
  • America on Wheels
  • Da Vinci Science Center
  • Independence Seaport Museum
  • Liberty Bell Museum
  • Museum of the American Revolution
  • Mütter Museum
  • NMIH National Museum of Industrial History
  • National Liberty Museum
  • Philadelphia Magic Gardens
  • Reading Public Museum

Visit the Museum Pass Information page to learn more

What It Is

returned book

by Lynda Barry

Allentown Public Library received a *new* book in our book return. After the mandatory 72 hours in quarantine, the Circulation Department tried to check it in.

It has none of the typical markings that we expected, like our stamp, a barcode, a call tag or a security insert. It does have an APL sticker inside and it included a handwritten note.


I stole this book from the library when I was 14 years old. I found it while cleaning out my childhood stuff at my parent’s house.

It brought me so much joy as a teen, and it was a shame I took the opportunity from others.

Coincidentally, I too work at a library now and understand the pain & struggle of stolen books. I assume this book was replaced not too long after I stole it, and I assume it probably won’t be readded to your catalog since it’s been so long.

But, I think it deserves to call the library home.

                                                                                                Sincerely, Z.”

The library added the book to our collection in 2008, and we suspect that as a new book, that’s about the time it went missing. We just wanted to take this opportunity to say, “Thanks Z, for returning the book,” and to affirm your conclusion that public libraries benefit everyone. The library and its collections act as a community hub, bringing people together and connecting them to other communities and the world.

WANTED: Music Fun

photo courtesy Pexels.com

Need a little musical outlet but don’t have access to instruments?

Mess around with music or get serious about your rhythm! Check out Chrome Music Lab’s fun site for kids or kids at heart.

This open source resource offers you the ability to play with music in a fun and colorful way. With arpeggios, rhythms, a song maker, melody maker, chords, piano rolls, Kadinsky and more you’ll be entertained and inspired to play songs and melodies of your own creation.

Give Chrome Music Lab a try, but be careful using it. It may cause nearby listeners to break into some spontaneous dancing.

And, if you want some other ideas for at home fun with a side dish of learning, try another option.

*Sourced from Library IQ.

Have you run out of Writing Ideas?

Do you need to practice ahead of your latest haiku, epic, short story, novel or anthology? Get those creative writing juices flowing!

Educators, parents, and creative writers of any age or experience level can benefit from a story-prompt generator.

We learned about an award-winning site called The Story Starter that has over 350 billion prompts, so it will be impossible to run out of options (unless you are immortal, and maybe that’s your story.)

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels

With internet access you can retrieve a writing prompt and switch to a pencil and paper or an antique typewriter to bring your imagination to life. If you prefer the modern approach to storytelling, you can use your favorite document software like Microsoft Word, Apache OpenOffice Writer, Scribd, or Apple Pages.

If the prompts generated seem too advanced for your young writer, there’s also The Story Starter, Jr. link at the top of the Story Starter home page where you can get a quarter of a million possible basic prompts.

Share what you’ve written using The Story Starter site by emailing APL at allentownplref@gmail.com. Be sure to use the subject line: “Story Starter,” and include your name, and we’ll find a way to highlight your writing.

Sourced from LibraryIQ