Bethlehem Public Library has added Braille library cards to its array of community services. The cards are printed in-house on the library’s MakerBot 3D printer. They are made of biodegradable plastic and measure 1.5- x 4-inches. A Braille card is available to anyone eligible for a library card. It provides access to the entire collection, including large-print books, audiobooks, ereaders and ebooks—all practical options for people with limited vision.

The library also has several ereaders available for loan, and offers one-on-one instruction in their use.

Braille cards are available at the library circulation desk; bring a photo I.D. and proof of current residence. Those holding conventional Bethlehem Public Library cards can receive a Braille card with the same number.  Because they are printed in-house, Braille cards are ready within a few days of request. Call 439-9314 for more information or to request a Braille card.

Winter Sew-cial

On Friday Dec. 26, at 3 p.m., use the library’s sewing machines or hand-sew your choice of winter-related sewing projects. This program is for kids in grades six through 12.

The Bethlehem Public Library will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 24 and 25, for the Christmas holiday. The library will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday Dec. 31, and remain closed on Thursday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday.
Access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org

On Thursday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m., the Teen Advisory Group will meet at the Bethlehem Public Library. TAG shares ideas and helps plan programs and activities for teens at the library. This group is for kids in grades six through 12.

Schedule change

The library will open at 1 p.m. on Friday Dec. 5, so that library employees may attend an on-site staff development session in the morning. Outdoor book drops will be open. There will be no telephone service in the morning. The public may access the catalog and other library services online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Saturday movie

On Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2:30 p.m., join us for a movie rated for all ages. Call 439-9314 for more information.

A Little Sunday Music

On Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m., the library’s A Little Sunday Music will present bass-baritone Steve Dahlin and soprano Margaret Lampasi performing songs by Henry Purcell.

A Little Sunday Music is generously underwritten by Friends of the Bethlehem Public Library. The library is located at 451 Delaware Ave. in Delmar.

Knit One, Purl One

On Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m., experienced knitters can bring a project and beginners can bring size 8 knitting needles to this group. Yarn and instruction will be provided. This program is for adults and youth ages nine and up.

Daybooks

On Monday Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m., our Daybooks group will discuss Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. New members are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

Board meets

On Monday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., library’s board will meet. This meeting is open to the public.

On Friday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m., bring a blanket and pillow for comfy watching of a PG rated movie at the Bethlehem Public Library. Call 439-9314 for details.

Saturday movie

On Saturday, Nov. 29, at 2:30 p.m., join us for a movie rated for all ages. Call 439-9314 for more information.

Book discussion

On Monday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. the Young at Heart: YA book discussion group will discuss The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. New members are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 6 p.m., the American Red Cross Blood Drive will be at the Bethlehem Public Library

Call 1-800 Red-Cross for more information and to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Paws to Read

On Thursdays, Nov. 6 through Dec. 18, from 3:45-4:45 p.m., drop in to the library with a favorite book and read to a gentle dog who loves stories. For children in grades one through five. (No session Thanksgiving Day Nov. 27.)

Pillowcase project

On Friday, Nov. 7, at 4:15 p.m., come to the library and decorate a pillowcase to hold your emergency supplies. This program is presented by the American Red Cross and is for kids in grades three and up. Call 439-9314 to sign up.

Daybooks

On Monday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m., the book discussion will be The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls. New members are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

Board meets

On Monday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m., the library board will meet. This meeting is open to the public.

Tabletop gaming night

On Monday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m., drop in to the library for games and snacks. This program is for adults and teens age 16 and up.

Lego Club

On Tuesdays, Nov. 11 through Dec. 30, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. you can enjoy Lego Club at the library. We supply the Legos, you supply the imagination. For kids and families.

Afterdinner Books

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., the book discussion is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. New members are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

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