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!)
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
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!!!
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
Children 7 and under
Youth 8 to 12
Teens 13 to 18
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
Preschool Story Time
Stories and crafts for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers.
Stay after for Open Play: social play for kids, socializing for adults
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
An after school program for kids grades K-6. Join us to relax, imagine, and create!
12/5 Ornaments (see Craft-a-Thon above)
12/19 Christmas cards
12/26 & 1/2 No programs
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
Click for the 2019 nominees!
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
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
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.
complete 2020 list
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