New Museum Passes

Need something to do this summer? 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
  • Elmwood Park Zoo
  • Independence Seaport Museum
  • Liberty Bell Museum
  • Museum of the American Revolution
  • Mütter Museum
  • National Liberty Museum
  • Philadelphia Magic Gardens
  • Reading Public Museum

Visit the Museum Pass Information page to learn more

Kids Eat Free

Grab and Go lunches

for any child under the age of 18

are distributed

Monday through Friday

from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Stop by with your kids !

Lunches are distributed on the front lawn of the library.

In case of bad weather, the lunches will be distributed in the Community Room.

Manga Mondays

Manga Mondays for Teens and Tweens!

Register Online Now!

Mondays, June 21-August 9, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Introduction to manga techniques and comics. Each session will have a special prize giveaway. For ages 10 and up. Supplies provided.

Program will take place in person and virtually via Zoom.

Register in advance beginning June 7th in person or online.

May Manga Book Talk

May Manga Book Talk

Manga Book Talk for May: One Piece

Ahoy mateys!! Join Ms. Ximena as she tells you about the mega-popular manga, One Piece!! Arrgghh!!

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

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.