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)

Home School Spelling Bee - HERE Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Click here to download an application
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Gingerbread House Contest

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Drop off entries:  Wednesday, December 5th 1-7pm

Judging/Voting:  Thursday December 6th through Wednesday December 12th

Winners Notified:  Thursday, December 13th

Contest Age Categories
o    Children 7 and under
o    Youth 8 to 12
o    Teens 13 to 18
o    Adults 19+

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded in each age category.

Prizes provided by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library

o    1st Place: $50
o    2nd Place: $25
o    3rd Place: $15
o    People‚Äôs Choice Winner: Gingerbread How-To book

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Saturday, December 1st 11am-1pm 

Mrs. Claus' Workshop

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Part of Christmas in Bethlehem

Stories with Mrs. Claus, crafts, and cookie decorating

Presented by the Friends of the Bethlehem Public Library

Thursday, December 13th 2:30-4pm

Homemade Holidays

Part of our Creative Kids program

Spend the afternoon making gifts for your family at this drop-in craft extravaganza!


Preschool Story Time

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

2 Times Each Week!

Tuesdays 10:30am AND Thursdays 6pm

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Creative Kids

Thursdays 2:30-4pm

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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Whatever Wednesdays!

Wednesdays 2:30-4pm

A new program just for kids grades 4 and up.  Lots of activities planned:  STEM projects, crafts, movies and more! 

Homework help is available too.

                                                                        Don't be bored.  Join us on Wednesdays!

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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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