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)

Monday, December 2nd  - Friday, December 6th


Create something to give (or to keep!)

glass ball ornament

Monday 12/2—painted wine bottles 6pm (adult craft)

Tuesday 12/3—Paper Santa ornaments 2:30pm (child craft)

Wednesday 12/4—Origami and felt ornaments 2:30pm (child craft grade 3+)

Mason jar gifts 6pm (adult craft)

Thursday 12/5—Glass ball ornaments 2:30pm (child craft)

Friday 12/6—Scented gifts:  pomanders and cinnamon stick ornaments 2:30pm (all ages)


Saturday, December 7th  11am-1pm

Mrs. Claus' Workshop

Mrs. Claus

A gift from the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library
Part of Christmas in Bethlehem

Join Mrs. Claus for stories, cookie decorating and crafts.

2nd Annual Gingerbread House Contest!!!

gingerbread house


Drop off by Monday, Dec. 9th 7pm

Voting:  Dec. 10th-16th

Prizes Awarded:  Tuesday Dec. 17th

Details and Entry form:  available at the library, or download here

Contest Rules check mark

Entry Form check mark

Recipes check mark

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


parent and child

Preschool Story Time

Tuesdays 10:30-11am

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

Stay after for Open Play:  social play for kids, socializing for adults

Messy paint girl

Whatever Wednesdays!

Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm

A varied program for kids grades 3 and up. Homework help is available too.

12/4 Ornaments (see Craft-a-Thon above)
    12/11 National Dice Day games
    12/18 Christmas movie & snacks
    12/25 & 1/1 Library Closed


Lego towerCreative Kids

Thursdays 2:30-3:30pm

An after school program for kids grades K-6.   Join us to relax, imagine, and create!

12/5 Ornaments (see Craft-a-Thon above)
    12/12 Legos
    12/19 Christmas cards

12/26 & 1/2 No programs

1000 Books logo

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 2019 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 2019-2020 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 2020 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

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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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