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National Library Week Celebration

National Library Week Celebration

March 28, 2022

Focusing on the important role of local libraries from April 4th – April 8th

(Hanover Township, Pa.) – Since 1958, National Library Week is an annual event that highlights the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) and its ABE Book Exchange partners – Allentown Public Library, Bethlehem Area Public Library, and Easton Area Public Librarywill set-up informational tables to encourage the importance of reading/literacy, while sharing the many programs/activities/events available to the public provided by your local library.  

“This has been such a unique partnership opportunity for all of us!  As libraries, we are happy to support the Airport’s efforts and in turn, ABE is helping us to promote literacy and the work we do in our communities,” said Renee Haines, Director, Allentown Public Library.

WHEN:            Monday, April 4th – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 7 – 11:00 a.m. to1:00 p.m.

Friday, April 8th – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:         Wilfred M. “Wiley” Post Departure Concourse

Lehigh Valley International Airport, 3311 Airport Road, Allentown, PA 18109

The ABE Book Exchange was created in July 2019 has given hundreds of passengers something to read for their business trip or vacation.

“Whether passing time in the terminal or in the air, this partnership of regional assets to the community have promoted that literacy happens anywhere. with a good book and also promotes the sustained importance of literacy within the Lehigh Valley,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director of Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

Basically, passengers can take a book for their flight or leave a book if they are done with it before boarding or after arrival.

“We all seem to have less leisure time these days, but it’s still so important to get that reading in when you can — say on your next flight out of Lehigh Valley International Airport,” Josh Berk, Bethlehem Area Public Library.

Located in the Wilfred M. “Wiley” Post Departure Concourse, the exchange has been filled with donated books from all three local libraries.

“All three libraries are proud of our partnership with ABE, and hope that the books that we donate help to let your imagination take flight before takeoff!”, said Jennifer Long, Easton Area Public Library.

When a book leaves the shelf, boards a flight, finds a seat, and lands in a new destination; we encourage passengers to use the hashtag #FlyABEreads and share its journey!