Bethlehem Public Library
Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Children and Young Adults

All Bethlehem Public Library events are free and open to all residents and visitors of the North Country!

Children age 6 and up can get their own card
Bring a parent to the library and sign up!
(Proof of residency required)

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Bethlehem Reads!

 A Town-wide Summer Program!

How many books can a town read in one summer?  We want to know!!

Every book read adds a mosaic piece to our mural.

When you finish a book, let us know:

»Call us 869-2409

» Email us:

» Stop in and tell us

» Post it on our Facebook page (BethlehemLibraryNH)

»Post it on our survey:


No sign up required!  No library card necessary!

Bethlehem residents only, please

Program runs through Labor Day

Summer Reading Program for kids PreK-4th

Click here for Grades 5-12 Program

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June 26th 11am - Kickoff at the Colonial!

Steve Blunt & Marty Kelley:   “Let’s Rock ‘n’ Roll & READ!”

Steve and Marty

Musician Steve Blunt and children's author Marty Kelley team up to offer sing-along, read-aloud, laugh-a-lot musical entertainment! 

Fun for the whole family!

Tuesdays in July 11am - Libraries Rock programming

July 3rd - White Mountain Science - making music with technology

July 10th - Mary Sturtevant - making music together with flutes

July 17th - Marsha Dickerman - sing along

July 24th - Jillian Reed - concert

July 31st - Barbara Treadway - Introduction to Rock Climbing

Thursday, July 19th 10am

  CLiF Summer Readers Program

Simon Brooks

Storyteller Simon Brooks

    Every child goes home with a new book!

Co-hosted by Bethlehem Elementary School

Tuesday, August 7th 11am - Finale at the Town Gazebo! 

Grammy-nominated singer Judy Pancoast Performs

Judy Pancoast

Singer/songwriter Judy Pancoast performance

Friends of the Library serve up ice cream sundaes for everyone

Prizes will be awarded to those children who turned in reading logs

Summer Reading Program for Tweens/Teens Grades 5-12


Pick up a 9-square Bingo card.  Complete the card, get a raffle ticket for the Grand Prize. 

Complete multiple cards for more chances to win!


Friday, June 29th 2pm

For Tweens/Teens only

Snacks will be served

Pizza Party!

Friday, August 3rd 

Everyone who completed a bingo card is invited, and may bring a friend

Grand Prize winner will be announced


Preschool Story Time

Stories and crafts for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers.  

2 Times Each Week!

Tuesdays 10:30am (until 6/19; will resume in the fall)

Thursdays 6pm (continuing through the summer)

Kids creating

Creative Kids

Thursdays 2:30-4pm (until 6/21; will resume in the fall)

An after school program for kids 5-12.  Something different each week:  crafts, STEM, Legos and more. 

Join us to relax, imagine, and create!

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NH 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten follows a nationwide early literacy initiative that encourages families to read to their young children and to use the resources available to them at their public libraries. It is a fun, exciting,  and free way to start your child on the path to reading! 

For children age birth to 5 years old

Ask any staff for more information




Ladybug Award

Click for the 2018 nominees!

Sponsored by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, the Ladybug Picture Book Award was established in 2003 to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children's picture books. NH children from preschool through 3rd grade are invited to vote for their favorite in November of each year.


Great Stone Face Award Nominees

 Click for complete 2017-18 list

The Great Stone Face Book Award is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire (CLNH) and is given each year to an author whose book receives the most votes from 4th through 6th graders throughout the state. Each year a committee chooses 25 recently published titles, which children then use as a guide for voting. The vote takes place every April during National Library Week, and the winner is announced in May. The purpose of the award is to promote reading enjoyment, to increase awareness of contemporary writing, and to allow children to honor their favorite author.

Isinglass Award Nominees  

Click for complete 2018-19 list

The Isinglass is a book award contest for kids in 7th and 8th grade. Middle school kids nominate fiction and nonfiction works, and a committee chooses 20 of the suggested books. Voting for the favorite book on the list takes place in the spring. Like the Great Stone Face Award, the Isinglass Award winner is announced in May.

Flume Award Nominees

Click for complete 2018-19 list

The Flume: NH Teen Reader's Choice Award was created in 2005 in response to a New Hampshire teens' request to have a book award geared towards high school students. This award is a state-wide venture led by a collaborative effort from school and public librarians. Each year teens nominate titles, published within the last two years, they think deserve to be recognized. Librarians then narrow the group of titles to a list of 13. Teens then vote for the winning title from the list of 13. 

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