Pocono Author and Editor Has Spicy New Jazz Novel Under Contract

Local editor and author Debbie Burke (The Poconos in B Flat) has done it again, with her first novel now under contract. Glissando: A Story of Love, Lust and Jazz has been signed by Waldorf Publishing with a release date of July, 2018. While The Poconos in B Flat was a historic look at the [...]

Celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day at the Banana Factory March 2

You may not like green eggs and ham, but you’ll love ArtsQuest’s free storytime event in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2. Come celebrate the beloved children’s author starting at 10 a.m. this Thursday in the Crayola Gallery of the Banana Factory Arts Center, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem. In honor of Dr. Suess’ [...]

National Museum of Industrial History Kicks Off New Year with Young Reader’s Program

The National Museum of Industrial History starts the New Year by announcing its brand new Young Reader’s Program.  This engaging series features award-winning children’s literature to educate and inspire younger generations with stories of industrial history.  Each date will include a fun and interactive show and tell component that will be fun for the whole [...]

Local Non-Profit announces its 95th Library in its 18th Country

Children’s Library Opens in Zambia Judith’s Reading Room, a local literacy nonprofit organization founded in 2010 recently announced that it opened its 95th library in the world in its 18th country. The Mukwashi Trust School, serving 385 children in grades Pre-K through 9th, near Lusaka, Zambia is the latest recipient of a custom, hand-picked collection [...]

2017 Freedom Through Literacy Award Kick-Off

2016 Freedom Through Literacy Award Winner Ms. Kelly Stoops, Allentown, PA Lehigh Valley, Pa. Judith’s Reading Room kicked off its 2017 Freedom Through Literacy Award over the weekend at the 2016 Keystone State Reading Association’s (KSRA) 49th annual conference in Seven Springs, PA. Board members staffed a display that highlighted the organization’s 2016 [...]

Bethlehem Public Library & ArtsQuest Partner for Free Weekly Storytime Starting Sept. 15

Families from Bethlehem and beyond can enjoy a fun-filled educational experience deigned to promote visual literacy as the Bethlehem Area Public Library and ArtsQuest partner on a weekly Toddler Storytime at the Banana Factory Arts Center, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, starting Sept. 15.  The free program, set for Thursdays, 10-10:45 a.m., will take place [...]

Judith’s Reading Room Donates 1,000 Books to Allentown S.D. “Book Blast” Program

Judith’s Reading Room, a nonprofit literacy organization established in 2010, donated more than 1,000 new books valued at $5,000 to honor its 2016 Grand Prize “Freedom Through Literacy” Award winner, Kelly Stoops. Kelly, a beloved Allentown teacher, passed away in July, 2015. In her memory, teachers at Roosevelt Elementary School celebrated Kelly’s award winning literacy [...]

$10,000 Freedom Through Literacy Award Winners Announced

Lehigh Valley Women Among Winners Judith’s Reading Room announces that two of its 2016 Freedom Through Literacy Award winners hail from the Lehigh Valley. Grand Prize winner, Kelly Ann Stoops, will be awarded posthumously. Kelly Ann, brainchild of the innovative family literacy project “Book Blast,” in the Allentown School District, died in 2015. Allentown’s Ms. [...]

‘Oilcloth Stories’ Readings & Book Signings by Carol Henn at SteelStacks

New book by Bethlehem author weaves tales of region’s immigrants with personal recollections for captivating take on life in South Bethlehem Start this holiday season with a different kind of story, a story about those whose tales were often left untold—until now. On Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at noon at SteelStacks, Bethlehem author Carol [...]

Judith’s Reading Room Celebrates Veterans Day

By Boxing Over $10,000 in Books for VA Hospitals in 3 States Judith’s Reading Room celebrated its 65th month of boxing books for active duty troops and veterans at its final Boxing Party on Monday. Thirty-four community volunteers ranging in age from 3 to 70 gathered at the organization’s southside Bethlehem headquarters. Packing 965 mostly [...]