3200 Preston Lane,
Center Valley, PA 18034
610-282-8825
Building & Curbside Hours:
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 10am - 9pm
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10am - 5pm
Holiday Schedule
The library will be closed in observance of the following holidays:
Christmas Eve - Dec. 24th
Christmas Day - Dec. 25th & 26th
New Year's Eve - Dec. 31st
New Year's Day - Jan 1st & 2nd
Inclement Weather
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In case of inclement or severe weather, closing information can be found at the following locations:
~Library’s website at www.solehipl.org
~Library’s FaceBook page
~Library’s telephone messaging system at (610)282-8825
~WFMZ Channel 69 Storm closing info on TV or online at wfmz.com/stormcenter
My items renew automatically?
 Most items that patrons physically check out at the library will automatically renew 2 (two) times. If patrons have chosen email or text messaging in their account as the preferred method of communication, patrons receive a courtesy notice letting them know whether the item was renewed (or not) and the new due date. If an item is not renewed, usually it is because another patron has placed that item on hold and is waiting for it to be returned. Some items checked out at the library are not able to be renewed at all; automatic renewals do not apply to electronic or downloadable items.
Helping Hands Campaign
2022-2023
As the library launches its 2022-2023 Helping Hands Campaign, we are celebrating 60 years of serving our community!  Your donation to this campaign will assist us in providing top notch library services and programs to residents for the next 60 years! Thank you for your support!
Pierogie Fundraiser
SLPL will be teaming up with Bayou Boys Pierogies for a pierogie sale: February 1st - February 15th, 2023. Each order consists of 1 dozen frozen pierogies. Available flavors include potato & cheese, buffalo chicken, jalapeño popper, and bacon & cheese pierogies.
Gift Cards to The Bayou Easton, The Bayou, Wiz Kidz, and Wiz Kidz 2 will also be available.

All orders will be distributed at the library on March 13, 2023 from 4pm-7pm.

Proceeds benefit the Southern Lehigh Public Library.
Read Between the Wines 2022
There’s nothing to “whine” about!  Read Between the Wines: Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, held October 15, 2022 was a huge success!  Thank you to all who sponsored the event, food, or silent auction baskets, those who attended, and the Board members, staff, and volunteers who worked to make the event run smoothly!  This event raised $14,798 for the library’s operating budget. Mark your calendar for next year’s event on Saturday, October 21, 2023 - you won’t want to miss it!
Holiday Giving Project 2022
Library staff invites you to join us in…
SUPPORTING SCHOOL LIBRARIES
Donate books featuring popular characters, Superheroes or Spanish language books 
OR
Gift cards to Amazon, B&N, or Ollie’s
  • Choose a book character tag or a store gift card tag from the tree on display beginning November 28
  • Purchase a book or gift card that fits the tag you chose
  • Bring the book or gift card to the library and place it in the appropriate bin under the tree anytime November 28-December 30
  •  Items will be donated to Allentown School District Libraries 
Book Sale Room
The library is accepting donations of fiction and nonfiction books (less than 10 yrs old), video games, and audio books on CD that it will sell in its Book Sale Room with all the proceeds benefitting the library's operating budget. Please limit your donation to 3 boxes or bags at any one time. For a detailed description of what we can accept please click here and click on the box to expand "Item Donations".
*Please Note: Music CDs and DVDs are no longer accepted.
Do you have some items that the library cannot accept? Please click here for a detailed description of what can be placed in the Better World Books bins located in our parking lot closest to the patio. This organization sells items online to benefit literacy efforts in third-world countries and the library also receives a small portion of the proceeds. 
Please Note: If the bins are full and barricades are up, please do not leave donations on top of the bins or on the ground because they will be ruined during inclement weather. Library staff report full bins to BWB in a timely manner and we are not responsible for the timing of pick-ups.
Adult Programs & Events
AARP TaxAide will be held here in our Meeting Rooms on Wednesdays, beginning February 1st through April 12th, 2023. Appointments can be scheduled between 1-4 p.m.  More information will be forthcoming.
Gentle Yoga with Deanna Nagle

Fridays 9am ~ $10 per class until 12/30/22
*Price change as of 1/1/23 ~ $12 per class*

~ Appropriate for all fitness levels ~ 
Classes are held in-person in our community meeting room. Previously purchased Flex Cards* may be used for classes in-person and in the library. Flex Card holders are WALK-INS. There is NO NEED TO REGISTER ONLINE with a Flex Card. All other participants must register online, prior to class.
*New Flex Cards are no longer available for purchase.
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Special Displays
December:
Fa la la...Check out our collection of Christmas themed musical CDs
January:
New year, new skill - Check out our collection of how-to books.
February:
We're seeing red...book covers. Check out a book with a crimson cover.
Do you have a special collection to share?
 The library is looking for display items for its lobby display case in 2023. If you have a special collection of items and/or memorabilia that you would be willing to loan, please contact the Library Director at lsaeger@solehipl.org. Displays remain in the locked case for two month intervals and must comply with the library’s Display Case policy.
We are especially requesting memorabilia from World War II for display during one 2-month interval. Check out the current display of featured items from a local resident’s trips to Africa.
'Tis the Season For Extra Holiday Borrows on hoopla!
As a gift from us to you, our loyal patrons, hoopla checkouts increase from 6 to 10 for the holidays. Borrow up to 10 titles for the month of December. 
Friends of SLPL
11th Annual Baker's Choice Holiday Cookie Sale
No time to bake this holiday season? You can buy homemade holiday treats and help out the library at the same time! We are looking for volunteers to bake cookies, and customers to buy and eat cookies! 
 
Both bakers & buyers need to sign up in advance @ SLPL
$10 for a 1 lb. box of assorted cookies.
Payment is due when you place your order. 
*May contain nut products*
Cookie bakers drop-off times:
Wed. Dec 14th; 10am-5pm
Thu. Dec. 15th; 10am-9pm
Cookie buyers pick-up times: 
Fri. Dec. 16th; 12:30-5pm
Sat. Dec. 17th; 10am-Noon
Friends of SLPL Membership Drive
Looking for a holiday gift that keeps on giving all year? Friends of SLPL partnered with Dan Schantz Greenhouse and are selling Monthly "Maddness" Cards for $20 each. The cards feature a different monthly give-away that is redeemable at Dan Schantz Greenhouse & Cut Flower Outlet in Emmaus, plus coupons for savings on additional purchases. That’s 12 free gifts throughout the year!
Monthly Happenings
December
National Handwashing Awareness Week
December 5-11, 2022
Personal hygiene begins and ends with our hands. And though we’re taught as youngsters to wash our hands before dinner, it’s important to remember that germs don’t care what time of day it is. Clean hands prevent sickness. So it’s especially important to learn the basics about hand hygiene so that you, too, can become a champion hand washer! 
Check out this link for important reminders: National Handwashing Awareness Week
January
Global Community Engagement Day- January 28,2023
Global Community Engagement Day is on January 28 every year, and we’re getting ready to celebrate humanity’s greatest efforts to make this world a better place! Community engagement is the process of engaging with community groups to address and solve issues that impact the well-being of the community. Together we can do so much, which is why community engagement is so important. There are many ways to engage in your community and we suggest these ideas 1) Explore programs and services at Southern Lehigh Public Library (yes, it’s shameless self-promotion), 2) Attend a municipal meeting at Upper Saucon Township www.uppersaucon.org, Lower Milford Township www.lowermilford.org, or Coopersburg Borough www.coopersburgborough.org and learn what’s going on in your municipality, or 3) Attend a Southern Lehigh School Board meeting and learn about the happenings in our local educational system, www.slsd.org
February
World Read Aloud Day, February 1, 2023
World Read Aloud Day is celebrated on the first Wednesday in February and takes place on February 1st this year. This is a day dedicated not just to reading, but to the art and practice of reading aloud. Stories were passed down from generation to generation even before writing was invented. Oral forms of storytelling were the earliest way of preserving human knowledge, insight, and creativity. This day helps us bring this tradition back to reading while promoting literacy. The library has many, many great books that you can share and read aloud to a child, OR… try listening to an audio book being read aloud to you!
Do you eventually toss notecards, blank postcards or 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.
Children and Youth
Miss Marilla's Book Reviews
Easy Picture Book
Darling Baby - Maira Kalman
Perfect for grandmas, grammys, nanas, nonis, gigis and memaws everywhere! Here is the sweetest story of time spent between a loving grandmother and her beloved grandbaby. The format has the feel of a casual diary, with handwritten text and personal observations. The setting is the coast, and there are so many amazing things to experience together. Some are beautiful, like a thousand tiny silver fish jumping out of the water at the same time. Some are sad, like a deceased sea turtle being washed out to a watery burial. And some are funny, like the man who carries his leftover party pie home in his hat. Brightly colored illustrations mirror the many faces of nature: sun, night, rain, flowers. But time spent with those you love is the brightest color of all! 
Easy Picture Book
The Longest Letsgoboy - Derick Wilder
This is the best children's book about pet loss (specifically dog) that I have encountered. Do not approach this book without a box of tissues! Told from an elderly dog's perspective, with the nonsensical (but not nonsense) names he has given to his world: "Fireball floats across brightblue, playing hide-and-seek with puffers. Swirlies ruffle the fur on my upsidedown." But best of ALL the things is Little, his foreverfriend. Together they explore, "runjumping and tailchasing" until our narrator is "dogtired, so I must slowstep." Child and dog revel in each other's company...even just sitting, staying, being. When shadows stretch out, it is time to go. Our dog is not afraid, he knows Little will be okay and he is ready. When he crosses into the beautiful, his oldbones feel new, he can runjump again. And he watches over Little, happy as the seasons pass and she eventually welcomes a new awwwpuppy. This title will be a comfort to children (or anyone) suffering the pain of pet loss. It can be hard to think about a replacement, but this story lovingly illustrates that there can be no replacement. Love remains for the old...and can also grow for the new. 
Juvenile Fiction
Press Start! series - Thomas Flintham
Calling all videogame-loving early readers! The action of this series all takes place within a young boy's handheld gaming device. "Animal Town" is populated by pixelated animals and, of course, super bad guys. Think Bowser arriving in his latest spaceship. If only there was a hero to defeat him! Oh wait, there is. Super Rabbit Boy to the rescue! Each chapter is short, and uses a comic book format, with activity panels and speech bubbles. The word count is low, making this a perfect next step for kids ready to move on from leveled readers. They'll probably be done with the whole thing before they even realize it! Accessible and entertaining, this series will make your reader feel accomplished as they fly through it. Game over? Just play again.
Children's Art Show - Postponed
Look for more information coming this Spring!
Children & Youth Programming
Family Holiday/Winter Themed Zentangle Class (Ages 10+):
For Parent/Caregiver and child(ren)
Monday, December 5th at 6:30pm
Enjoy a fun family night out exploring your artistic side. Participants will learn
various seasonally-inspired tangles that can be used on notecards, gifts,
bookmarks, or something of your own creation.

Kit’s Interactive Theatre Presents Mrs. Claus:
Thursday, December 8th at 6:30pm
Join Mrs. Claus, Herbie the Elf, and dance with the sugarplum fairies. Partake in the Christmas tales and holiday songs in this merry yuletide show. Performance combines literature, dance, music, imagination, and improvisation with a great mixture of humor. Kids and adults are cast right into the show.
Great for ages 4 through adult.

Kids Make & Take Crafts Evening Program (Ages 3+):
Monday, December 12th 6:30pm. 
Come out for some crafting fun

Kids Make & Take Crafts Morning Program (Ages 3+):
Tuesday, December 13th 10:30am.
Come out for some crafting fun

Virtual Holiday Storytime on Zoom:
Wednesday, December 14th at 10:00am

Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks Holiday Music Class Session 1: Thursday, December 15th at 10:00am
~Please sign up for only one session~

Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks Holiday Music Class Session 2: Thursday, December 15th at 10:45am
~Please sign up for only one session~

Holiday Storytime Yoga w/ Deanna Nagle (Ages 3+):
Monday, December 19th at 10:30am

Morning Movie at the Library:
Tuesday, December 20th at 10:15am
Come dressed up as your favorite Disney Princess or Character to watch
and sing along with “Frozen Sing-Along.”

Miss Maggie Sings
“Happy Holidays With Miss Maggie Sings!”:
Wednesday, December 21st at 10:30am
Enjoy a family holiday concert with Miss Maggie Sings

Kids New Year’s Eve Eve Dance Party:
Friday, December 30th at 10:30am

Mixed Age Indoor Storytime (Session 1):
Tuesdays January 10th – February 28th  at 10:00am
~Please sign up for only one session~

Mixed Age Indoor Storytime (Session 2):
Tuesdays January 10th – February 28th  at 11:15am
~Please sign up for only one session~

Virtual Storytime on Zoom:
Wednesdays January 11th – March 1st at 10:00am

Infant Storytime (Ages Birth - 18months):
Every other Friday on January 13th, January 27th , February 10th, February 24th at 10:30am

Evening PJ Storytime:
Thursday, February 2nd and Thursday, March 2nd at 6:30pm

Storytime Yoga w/ Deanna Nagle (Ages 3+):
Thursday, January 12th at 10:30am

Miss Melissa’s Aardvarks Music Class:
*A Family Place Program; Thursdays January 19th
February 16th at 10:00am

Game Play (Ages 3 years old and up):
Fridays January 20th & February 17th at 10:30am
Get your bodies moving with some fun indoor games and movement equipment.

Kids Chess Club (Ages 8 – 17 years old):
Thursday, December 22nd ; Thursday, January 26th ;
Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30pm
Parents with chess playing skills encouraged to stay and help

Lego Free Build (Ages 6 – 14 years old):
Saturday, January 28th at 11:00am
Come use your imagination to create your own Lego masterpieces to be
displayed in the library

Kids Book Flix on Zoom:
Friday, February 3rd and Friday, March 3rd at 10:00am
Learn about new books as they are brought to life in mini movies.

Kids BINGO on Zoom: February 6th at 6:30pm

Nature Program w/ Lehigh County Conservation District (Ages 3-6 years old):
Thursday, March 2nd at 10:00am

Morning Movie at the Library:
Tuesday, March 7th at 10:15am
Join us for the movie “Toy Story” and snacks at the library
 
Children’s programming is funded by donations received from local residents to the library’s annual Giving Tuesday Campaign in November.
 
*Family Place Programs have been (partially) funded by the Institute of Museum and
Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
as administered by the PA Office of Commonwealth Libraries
Southern Lehigh Public Library
3200 Preston Lane, Center Valley, PA 18034 | 610-282-8825