Library Stop: Bethlehem Public Library, CT

Bethlehem Public Library
32 Main Street South
Bethlehem, CT 06751

Last week a co-worker told me about Bethlehem, Connecticut and how people drive from all over to mail their Christmas cards from the town’s Post Office so their cards have a Bethlehem postmark.

Who could resist a little road trip to check out a town called Bethlehem in December?

We took a drive last Sunday and it was lovely. Bethlehem is in the north-west part of the state. Population 3,422.

Laura didn’t know where we were going and when we got there I surprised her by pulling out some holiday and Christmas cards for us to write out and mail from the town post office. It hasn’t been a very festive holiday season for us due to an illness in the family, so writing out some cards in Bethlehem added a bit of cheer to the experience.

Being Sunday, the library was closed, but I took a picture of it to share with you all today.



The library in Bethlehem started in 1857 as a fee for membership book collection. The public library was established in 1900 and the current library building was dedicated in June 1969. The library won the Connecticut Association of Library Boards Award of Excellence for Small Libraries in 2002. That’s impressive considering their collection wasn’t fully computerized until 2012.

You can read about Bethlehem’s Christmas card tradition here.


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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