Spring 2022 Newsletter
Holiday Schedule
The library will be closed in observance of the following holidays:
Memorial Day-May 30th
Independence Day-July 4

Inclement Weather
In case of inclement or severe weather, closing information can be found at the following locations:
Helping Hands 2021-2022
In November, all area residents received the library’s annual Helping Hands Campaign appeal letter. Thank you to all those who have donated; your generosity is greatly appreciated! If you haven’t yet made a contribution, please consider doing so; it’s never too late to support your public library. Donations can be made in-person, by mail, or online.
Rise To The Challenge
Thank you to Our Donors!
Platinum Level
Gold Level
King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC

McPhillips CPA & Company, LLC

Silver Level
Master Supply Line

PrintCom Solutions
Other Donors
Longley Insurance
Agency, Inc.
Strategic Planning for the Library’s Future: Your Input is Vital!
The Southern Lehigh Public Library is beginning a unique strategic planning process and needs your help to ensure the library exceeds expectations in serving the community for many years to come! This unique process, known as Program-Centered Planning, includes an intensive effort to hear honest feedback and brilliant ideas from all of the library’s key stakeholders, i.e. donors, municipal and school district funders, library employees, members of the library’s Board of Directors, and especially you – our patrons and community residents!
We invite all community residents to attend a “discovery” session in-person in the library’s meeting rooms OR virtually via Zoom, on Wednesday, April 6, 6:30-8:30PM or Saturday, May 21, 9:30-11:30AM, where we will discuss the library’s current situation and its future. During the session, specially-trained facilitators will ask community residents to review several key areas, which include:
  • Developing a comprehensive vision for the library.
  • Current essential relationships/partnerships.
  • Great things about the library or things that the library does currently.
  • Services or other things that currently are not working well (or not working at all).
  • Worries and concerns for the library’s future.
  • Hopes and dreams for the library’s future.
  • Supports needed to accomplish goals.

If you plan to attend virtually via Zoom, please click on the appropriate link below at the time of the meeting.
Join on Wednesday, April 6, 6:30-8:30PM

Join on Saturday, May 21, 9:30-11:30AM

We truly hope you will join us to provide your perspective, feedback, and ideas. Your input will be used to develop the goals and corresponding action steps of the library’s strategic plan. Now is your chance to make your voice heard!
The Library Loves its Volunteers!
Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 17-23 and it’s the perfect time to honor the volunteers who contribute their time and talent in so many different ways! Library volunteers manage our Book Sale Room, shelve returned items, keep the shelves in order so patrons can find what they are looking for, make minor repairs, lend us their green thumb for gardening tasks, assist with Friends programming, and more! We celebrate and appreciate all that you do for the library!
The theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition to books. Most importantly libraries also connect communities to each other. Overall, the theme is an explicit call to action—an invitation for communities to join, visit, or advocate for their local libraries. At SLPL we are celebrating National Library Week by launching some fun activities:
  • Story Walk – Walk the circular trail on the library’s side of the park and read a fun children’s story while enjoying the outdoors!
  • Bunny Trail – In collaboration with Southern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce’s event that highlights local businesses, adults and children can search for the hidden bunny in the library throughout the month of April; adults receive a puzzle piece in their effort to win a prize from the Chamber and children will receive a small prize from the library.
  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – If you have a preschooler, join the fun, read to your child, log the titles, and your child will earn prizes along the way. Register your child here on Beanstack
  • Mystery activities – You’ll have to visit the library to participate in other fun activities!

Show the library how we connect with you and participate in the #MyLibrary promotion on social media. Use the hashtag #MyLibrary on Instagram, Twitter or the I Love Libraries Facebook page to express your love for Southern Lehigh Public Library! The ALA (American Library Association) will gather all the entries, and one randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card. This promotion starts Sunday, April 3rd and ends on Saturday, April 9th. Don't forget to tag us @solehipl!
The Southern Lehigh Bunny Trail
April 1st - 30th
To highlight small businesses in the community, the Southern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce will be hosting The Southern Lehigh Bunny Trail.
Visit the library, as a participating business, to look for the hidden bunny. Children will receive a small prize and adults will receive a puzzle piece. This piece, in conjunction with puzzle pieces from other participating businesses, will form a spring-themed image. Once this image is complete participants will be eligible for great prizes from the SL Chamber of Commerce. Click here for more information or visit the
Adult Book Discussion Group
3rd Thursday of Every Month 7:00-8:30pm
Please email ashleynemurphy@gmail.com for Zoom link to March 17th meeting. Beginning in April, meetings will be in-person at the library.
March 17th
Disappearing Earth
-Julia Phillips
April 21
Born a Crime
-Trevor Noah
May 19th
The Song of Trees
Stories From Nature's Great Connectors
-David George Haskell
June 16
-Nella Larsen
Gentle Yoga with Deanna Nagle
Fridays @ 10:00am ~ $10 per class
~ Appropriate for all fitness levels ~
Classes will continue being held via Zoom until the weather warms up and they can be held in-person outdoors at the library. Please check our website for updated info.
special displays
Library Recycles Greeting Cards
Recycle Greeting Cards
Do you eventually toss greeting cards that you receive for birthdays and holidays? Please donate them to the library! We’ll recycle them and turn them into bookmarks! We cut them in a way that reveals only the beautiful art work and we remove any personal messages or signatures. We also apply labels listing the library’s address, telephone number, web address and hours of operation.
Exciting News for Family History and Genealogy Lovers!!
On April 1, 2022, the 1950 Census will be released, and users will be able to access it for free through a dedicated website. This population census is the 17th decennial census of the United States. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has digitized and will provide free online access to the 1950 Census population schedules for U.S. states and territories, enumeration district maps, and enumeration district descriptions.  

Visit the website for more information: https://www.archives.gov/research/census/1950
Monthly happenings worth noting...
March is National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month was established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It is a month to learn how to make healthy food choices and to develop healthy eating and activity habits. The theme for 2022 is “Celebrate a World of Flavors” which embraces global cultures and cuisines! Check out some of these titles at the library! Click the links below for more information:

April 14 every year is International Moment of Laughter Day, a day to remind people to laugh out loud every day. Originator Izzy Gesell says laughing out loud is as essential as breathing.
“Laughter comes right after breathing as just about the healthiest thing you can do. It relieves stress, instills optimism, raises self-confidence, defuses resistance to change, and enhances all your relationships.” Don’t wait until April 14; share a chuckle with someone else every day! Don’t forget that your friendly public librarian likes a good laugh too!
May is Historical Preservation Month
Did you know that Southern Lehigh Public Library has a Local History Reference collection? Check it out this month as we celebrate Historical Preservation Month! You can start right here in Southern Lehigh by visiting the Coopersburg Historical Society. They have a new exhibit in place, through most of 2022, entitled "Opportunities That Built A Community". It tells the story of many of the businesses located at the 18th century crossroads that became the borough of Coopersburg. Their museum also provides tours, by appointment only. Visit the Coopersburg Historical Society Facebook page or email coopersburghistory@gmail.com.

Don’t limit yourself to the Southern Lehigh area, explore the whole Lehigh Valley by visiting the Lehigh Valley Heritage Center in Allentown; visit their website at LehighCountyHistoricalSociety.org for information on events and exhibits. Don’t forget about the wonderful museums and historical sites in Bethlehem; information on events, exhibits, and tours is available at HistoricBethlehem.org. For some more comprehensive information about historical organizations throughout Lehigh, Northampton and some adjoining counties; visit the Lehigh Valley Passport to History. There are approximately 49 organizations that participate in this program. This website includes content about the organizations, hours of operation, and programs they feature. There is also a resource for teachers to find programs for their students. Look for "Teacher's Night Out" coming in May.
Want to travel a little further from home for some fascinating history? Check out the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission website at phmc.pa.gov for a listing of events, exhibits, and tours state-wide.
Book Sale Room Donations Welcome!
Children and Youth
Miss Colleen's Book Reviews for Children & Teens
Amos McGee Misses the Bus

Written by Philip C. Stead Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

10 years after the phenomenally successful, Caldecott Medal-winning classic, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, we get to meet back up with the gang in a brand new, heartwarming story.
Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, is very considerate and always on time. But after a late night planning a surprise for all his friends, Amos is tired. So tired that he falls asleep during breakfast and misses his bus to the zoo!
Now he knows he won't have time for the surprise he planned for his friends. Unless... maybe his friends can step in and help him out.
Philip Stead's gently humorous tale of friendship and kindness satisfies fans of the first book while Erin Stead's elegant drawings bring a whole new life to a beloved classic.

This is a wonderful book that shows how friendship can be gentle, warm, and caring, as well as helpful! 
It Fell from the Sky

Authors and Illustrators Terry Fan and Eric Fan

From the creators of the critically acclaimed The Night Gardener and Ocean Meets Sky comes a whimsical and elegantly illustrated picture book about community, art, the importance of giving back—and the wonder that fell from the sky.
It fell from the sky on a Thursday. None of the insects know where it came from, or what it is. Some say it’s an egg. Others, a gumdrop. But whatever it is, it fell near Spider’s house, so he’s convinced it belongs to him.
Spider builds a wonderous display so that insects from far and wide can come look at the marvel. Spider has their best interests at heart. So what if he has to charge a small fee? So what if the lines are long? So what if no one can even see the wonder anymore?
But what will Spider do after everyone stops showing up?

The Fan Brothers did it again, with such a wonderfully whimsical illustrated story which casts shadows of light and dark on the importance of coming together as a community and overcoming greed and selfishness.
Phoebe and Her Unicorn
(Volume 1 of the Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series)
Author and Illustrator Dana Simpson

It all started when a girl named Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and she used it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection? Indeed they can, and that's how Phoebe and Her Unicorn unfolds.
This beautifully drawn graphic novel follows the unlikely friendship between a somewhat awkward girl and the magic unicorn who gradually shows her just how special she really is. Through hilarious adventures where Phoebe gets to bask in Marigold's "awesomeness," the friends also come to acknowledge that they had been lonely before they met and truly appreciate the bond they now share.

This is such a fun story about an unlikely friendship between a capricious little girl and a sarcastic unicorn. The characters and story definitely have the vibe of Calvin and Hobbes, but also stay true to their own unique story and friendship. This first volume will have you hooked and you’ll want to read all 14 volumes (the 15th volume will be available on May 24, 2022).
Root Magic
- Eden Royce
Debut author Eden Royce arrives with a wondrous story of love, bravery, friendship, and family, filled to the brim with magic great and small. 
It’s 1963, and things are changing for Jezebel Turner. Her beloved grandmother has just passed away. The local police deputy won’t stop harassing her family. With school integration arriving in South Carolina, Jez and her twin brother, Jay, are about to begin the school year with a bunch of new kids. But the biggest change comes when Jez and Jay turn eleven— and their uncle, Doc, tells them he’s going to train them in root work. 
Jez and Jay have always been fascinated by the African American folk magic that has been the legacy of their family for generations—especially the curious potions and powders Doc and Gran would make for the people on their island. But Jez soon finds out that her family’s true power goes far beyond small charms and elixirs…and not a moment too soon. Because when evil both natural and supernatural comes to show itself in town, it’s going to take every bit of the magic she has inside her to see her through. 
This book is full of magic and history. The way it ties the two together through culture is wonderful. It’s a timeless story that tugs at your heartstrings. The timeline and characters are well developed and the writing is strong enough for even adults to find enjoyable. Royce’s writing is also very atmospheric and can literally transform the reader and make them feel like they are really part of the story. I can see why this book won the Walter Dean Myers Honor Award for Outstanding Children's Literature!
Me (Moth) 
- Amber McBride
A debut YA novel-in-verse by Amber McBride, Me (Moth) is about a teen girl who is grieving the deaths of her family, and a teen boy who crosses her path.
Moth has lost her family in an accident. Though she lives with her aunt, she feels alone and uprooted.
Until she meets Sani, a boy who is also searching for his roots. If he knows more about where he comes from, maybe he’ll be able to understand his ongoing depression. And if Moth can help him feel grounded, then perhaps she too will discover the history she carries in her bones.
Moth and Sani take a road trip that has them chasing ghosts and searching for ancestors. The way each moves forward is surprising, powerful, and unforgettable.
Here is an exquisite and uplifting novel about identity, first love, and the ways that our memories and our roots steer us through the universe.
This book was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. It is told in verse, which is so fitting for this hauntingly beautiful, sad, and heart wrenching story. 
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
The goal of “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” is to read 1000 books with your child before the child reaches kindergarten age. Read any book to your child (and yes you can repeat books). If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read 1,095 books in three years!
To sign up for the program, create an account for your family on Beanstack. You will be able to register and track your progress through our Beanstack webpage or the Beanstack app available on Google Play and Apple App stores. Be sure to add your child as a reader and set their age   level. Once set up, your child will be able to join 1000 Books as well as other seasonal reading and learning adventures. If you need help registering, email the library at staff@solehipl.org or visit the circulation desk.
Everything you read together counts—even reading your child’s favorite book over and over again. You can count books your child hears at library storytimes (virtual or in-person), at preschool, as well as reading with a sibling, caregiver, or grandparents. Record your reading in Beanstack. Your child will earn online badges in Beanstack on their way to their 1000 books goal. Stop by the library when prompted to pick up any physical incentives. You can also record your reading with a paper log, available through the resources page on 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’s website: 1000booksbeforekindergarten.org Return the completed log to the library and pick up your incentive(s). All incentives must be redeemed in-person. Please pick up your incentive(s) within 6 months of completing the 1000 Books program.  
Name and logo are used with permission from the 1000 Books Foundation
PA One Book 2022
In this heartfelt and universal story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, a mother and daughter look forward to their special Saturday routine together every single week. But, this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong; ruining story time, salon time, picnic time, and the puppet show they’d been looking forward to going to all week. Mom is nearing a meltdown…until her loving daughter reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all.
Since its inception in 2006, the PA One Book project has been a valuable program that highlights the importance of early literacy development in young children and the significance of reading early and often to children, as well as engaging them in conversation and other activities around books.
Our library will be promoting this initiative through a story time with an activity, the first week of April, in conjunction with Week of the Young Child and National Library Week.
Additional information on this initiative will be posted on our website, as well as the PA One Book website as it is available.
Other Community Groups Meeting @ SLPL
Code Advantage will be holding coding and robotics classes at SLPL Mondays 3/21-5/9, 3-7 p.m.; Thursdays 3/17-5/19 (skip 3/24), 3-6 p.m.; Saturdays 3/26-5/14, 9:30-1:30 p.m. 

Please click here for more information or contact office@codeadvantage.org
Drama Kids of Southern Lehigh, Upper Bucks, and Northwest Montgomery Counties will be meeting at SLPL Tuesdays 3/22-5/31, 4-8 p.m.; and Saturdays 3/19-6/4, 2-4 p.m. 

Please click here for more information or contact dramakidspa4@gmail.com
Spring Children and Family Programming
**Registration Opens 3/14/22 at solehipl.org**
     Puppy Storytime: Storytime with therapy dogs.
Saturday, March 19th 11:00am

      Game Play: Get your bodies moving with some fun indoor games, toys, and movement activities (Ages 3 – 6).
Monday, March 28th at 10:30am

      Yoga Storytime with Deanna Nagle – Ages 3 – 7 years old:
Monday, April 4th at 10:00am

     Storytime Session 1 (Mixed Ages):
Tuesdays at 10:00am – March 29th – May 24th
(Please sign up for only one 9 week session)

      Storytime Session 2 (Mixed Ages):
Tuesdays at 11:15am – March 29th – May 24th 
(Please sign up for only one 9 week session)

      Virtual Storytime on Zoom:
Wednesdays at 10:00am – March 30th – May 25th

      Storytime Ages 4-6yrs old:
Thursdays at 1:15pm – March 31st – May 26th

       Infant Storytime Ages Birth-18 months:
Every other Friday at 10:30am – April 8th, April 22nd , May 6th, May 20th

       Outdoor Storytime:
Mondays at 10:30am – April 11th , May 2nd, May 16th

      Pajama Storytime:
Thursdays at 6:30pm – April 7th and May 12th

       Kids Book Watch Parties on Zoom: Learn about new books as they are brought to life in mini movies.
Mondays at 10:00am – April 25th and May 23rd

      Kids BINGO on Zoom:
Thursday at 6:30pm – April 28th

      Baby Rembrandt Preschool Art Program (Ages 2-5):
Friday at 10:30am – April 29th

      Nature Program with Lehigh County Conservation District:
Friday at 10:30am – May 13th