— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Good eggs: Preschoolers put their math skills to good use at the Bethlehem Public Library’s Measure Up program held Friday, April 24. The program is one of the many activities the library holds throughout the year focused on science, technology, engineering, and math, known as STEM.

For two months, the teens in the Bethlehem Public Library’s Project Runway series have been making their fashion dreams a reality by creating original clothing designs based on a favorite book. On Saturday, May 2, at 3 p.m., they will share the finished products in their very own fashion show.

Everyone is invited to cheer for these up-and-coming fashion designers and see the end result of weeks of sizing, snipping and sewing using the six machines owned by the library and the skills acquired along the way.

Weather report

Learn what it’s like to be a meteorologist and everything that goes into the complicated process of coming up with a weather forecast. Meteorologist Jason Gough will talk about his profession at the library on Monday, May 4, at 7 p.m.

Gough is a frequent presenter at schools and other community groups. He has been with WNYT’s NewsChannel First Warning Weather Team since 2004.

Call for teen volunteers

The library is looking for volunteers who will be in grades six to 12 in September to help with our summer reading program. These volunteers staff the summer reading desk, assist with online submissions, read to children, review books, and help with programs and activities.

Volunteering at the library is a great way to serve the community and interact with other readers of all ages. It also looks great on a college application.

Volunteer applications are available beginning May 1 online at www.bplteens.org, and in the library. They will be accepted until 5 p.m. June 7 or until all positions are filled. Volunteers must attend an orientation session.

For more information, call 439-9314 or visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. The library is located at 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar.

Play-doh Fun

On Friday, May 1, at 10 a.m., let your ideas take shape in a craft you can keep. Materials are  provided. This program is for children ages two through six with family and friends.

Project Runway

On Saturday, May 2, at 3 p.m., our teen designers who have been hard at work for the past two months creating outfits inspired by favorite books will have a fashion show.

Time Out for Tales

On Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m., join us for stories and fun for children up to age six and families.

Knit One, Purl One

On Sunday, May 3, from 2 to 3 p.m., if you’re an experienced knitter, bring your current project. If you’re a beginner, bring size 8 knitting needles; we’ll provide yarn and get you started. This program is for everyone age nine and up.

Creation Station

Get creative in the Children’s Place with the theme May Flowers. The schedule for Creation Station is from Monday through Friday, May 4 to 8, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 10, from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Tiny Tots

On Monday, May 4, at 9:30 a.m., come to the library for stories, songs and fingerplays for children up to age 35 months with a caregiver.

Origami Club

On Monday, May 4, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., may the force be with your folding at the “Star Wars” edition.

Learning LinkedIn

On Tuesday, May 5, from 7 to 8 p.m., library job coach volunteer Tina Grant will help you spruce up your online presence and teach you how to position yourself as a professional using the online career networking site LinkedIn.

Tai Chi for Health

On Tuesday, May 5, at 10 a.m., come to the library and practice the ancient Chinese art that benefits health and wellness. Our program offers instruction in basic movements for people of any age. No prior experience is required. Wear loose clothing and smooth-soled shoes.

Lego Club

On Tuesday, May 5, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., we supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. No signup required. This program is for kids and families. 

Tiny Tots

On Tuesday, May 5, at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., come to the library for stories, songs and fingerplays for children up to age 35 months with a caregiver.

Family story time

On Wednesday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m., join us for stories, songs and activities for children up to age six with family.

Family play time

On Wednesday, May 6, at 10 a.m., come to the library for free play and socialization with toys, blocks, balls and more. This program is for children up to age six with family. 

Family story time

On Thursday, May 7, at 9:30 a.m., join us for stories, songs and activities for children up to age six with family.

On My Own

On Thursday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m., children ages three to six are invited to enjoy stories, songs and fun while parents wait at our café tables. 

Sheep’s crook in hand, Gary Kleppel poses with his dog, Tory. Kleppel who raises grass-fed lamb in Knox and who teaches at the University at Albany, will discuss his book, “The Emergent Agriculture: A New Paradigm in Food Production,” on April 26 at the Bethlehem Public Library.

Author and University at Albany professor Gary S. Kleppel, Ph.D, will discuss his latest book, “The Emergent Agriculture: A New Paradigm in Food Production” at 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 26, at the Bethlehem Public Library. The book examines a new model of agriculture based on fundamental ecological principles as a viable alternative to industrial food production.

Dr. Kleppel is a professor of biology who has spent the past decade studying sustainable agriculture and the ecology of human-dominated landscapes. He will discuss and provide examples of how ecology-based agriculture is gaining traction in areas along the Hudson Valley.

Kleppel and his wife operate a small farm west of Albany that produces grass-fed lamb, wool, free-range poultry, and eggs, and artisan breads.

A question-and-answer period and book signing will follow the discussion.

This program is free and open to everyone. For more information, call 439-9314 or visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Study hall at the library

May and June are big months for studying, with the AP exams and Regents taking place in that two-month span. The library has noticed a huge increase in the number of people using the library as a study space during that time and has responded in recent years by opening up our community room and additional spaces to accommodate the crowds.

From May 1 through10 and May 31through June 23, space will be available for drop-in study during non-school hours. Students are welcome to come alone, with a tutor, or in a group. A complete schedule will be posted in the lobby, and is available online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and at the library information desk.

Preschool math

On Friday, April 24, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., come to the library and explore measurement with fun activities. This program is for children age six and up with a caregiver.

World Tai Chi Day

Join people all over the world as they gather to practice tai chi and Qigong on Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m. This event will take place on the Library Green, weather permitting.

New library catalog

Learn about the library’s new catalog, including how to search for books, DVDs and other materials at the library on Monday, April 27, at 2 p.m. Check our website www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and the information desk for additional dates..

Wii Sports Night

On Monday, April 27, from 7 to 8 p.m., drop in for some Wii Sports fun. This program is for children in kindergarten through grade 12 plus families.

Cyber security

On Tuesday, April 28, from 7 to 8 p.m., UAlbany professor Brian Nussbaum will discuss recent cyber threats that have made the news and how federal, state, and local government, as well as private organizations, are responding to them.

Lego Club

On Tuesday, April 28, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., we supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. This program is for kids and families.

Tai Chi for Health

Learn the ancient Chinese art that benefits health and wellness at the library on Tuesday, April 28, at 10 a.m. This program offers instruction in basic movements for people of any age. No prior experience is required. Wear loose clothing and smooth-soled shoes. 

Salad potluck

On Wednesday, April 29, from 6 to 7 p.m., we provide the lettuce and you bring your favorite topping to share. Call 439-9314 to sign up and for more information. This program is for kids and families. 

Book Buddies

On Wednesday, April 29, with sessions at 6:30 and 7 p.m., Little Buddies read and do activities with Big Buddies to build reading skills and self-confidence. Call 439-9314 for more information and to sign up. For kids in kindergarten through grade five.

Homework Helpers

On Wednesday, April 29, with sessions at 6:30 and 7 p.m., our Homework Center is a great place to do homework, with teen volunteers on hand to help out. Call 439-9314 for more information and to sign up. For kids in kindergarten through grade five.

Balloon Decathlon

On Thursday, April 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., stop by the community room and use your brains and body to compete in all 10 stations. This program is for kids and families.

Paws to Read
On Thursday, April 30, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., kids in grades one through five can bring a book and read to a gentle dog who loves stories. 

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Tai chi at the library: Librarian and tai chi instructor Cathy Brenner leads a morning class at the Bethlehem Public Library on Tuesday, March 17. The free classes continue on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. through April 28. The ancient Chinese art is said to promote health and wellness.

 

It’s easy to find yourself at a career crossroads. Maybe the job you always wanted doesn’t feel like the right fit anymore. Perhaps you have a year or two of higher education under your belt but are uncertain where it will take you. You could still be in high school wondering how to get the most out of your future.

Wherever you may be in your professional life, an upcoming slate of programming at the Bethlehem Public Library is designed to give you the information you need to get your career heading in the right direction.

Over the next couple of months, this series will cover job hunting, interview skills and career planning, with an emphasis on high-tech training options and computer-assisted searching and networking. These programs are made possible through NYS Assembly Priority Project funding facilitated by Assemblymember Patricia Fahy. The funding will also be used to purchase additional library computers for resume and cover letter writing, as well as computer classes.

Kicking things off on April 7, CareerZone and Online Job Resources will teach participants how to navigate the state’s CareerZone website and other online resources that can assist with a job search. On April 13, parents and high-schoolers can learn more about how TEC SMART— a part of HVCC — is preparing students for emerging high-tech careers.

The following month, on May 5, the library will host Learning LinkedIn, which will cover ways job seekers can spruce up their online presence and position themselves as professionals.

Finishing out the series are two programs in early June. The first, held June 2, will discuss technology career training at Schenectady County Community College, with an emphasis on the Supply Chain Management program. A Resume Writing workshop on June 3 wraps everything up, giving participants the skills they need to market themselves to potential employers.

All of these programs are free and open to everyone. For more information about this series, call 439-9314, visit the library’s website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or pick up a flyer at the information desk.

In addition to this series, the Bethlehem Public Library offers free job coaching by appointment throughout the year.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 5. Access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at bethlehmpubliclibrary.org.

Paws to Read

Today, Thursday, April 2, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., kids in grades one through five can bring a book and read to a gentle dog who loves stories.

Origami Club

On Friday, April 3, at 3 p.m., kids in kindergarten through grade eight can learn new folding techniques with original projects for all abilities, or bring in one to collaborate on.

Tabletop gaming

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

Fuse beads

On Monday, April 6, at 2:30 p.m., let your imagination take shape with fuse bead art to make and take. This program is for school age kids with a caregiver.

Lego Club

On Tuesday, April 7, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., we supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. This program is for kids and families.

Tai Chi for Health

On Tuesday, April 7, at 10 a.m., come to the library to learn the ancient Chinese art that benefits health and wellness. This program offers instruction in basic movements for people of any age. No prior experience is required. Wear loose clothing and smooth-soled shoes.

Job resources

On Tuesday, April 7 from 7 to 8 p.m., join us at the library to discover websites and databases that can assist with a job search, as well as the state’s CareerZone site that helps you discover what career might be right for you. NYS Assembly Priority Project funding facilitated by Assembly member Patricia Fahy.

Yoga for kids

On Thursday, April 9, at 10 a.m., instructor Janine Murphy will lead participants through poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. Bring a mat or towel. This program is for school age kids and families.

Vacation cinema

On Friday, April 10, from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m., bring a blanket and pillow to get comfy while you watch a movie. The movie is rated PG and will be 107 minutes long. All ages are welcome.

Strawbees

On Friday, April 10, from 10 to 11 a.m., experiment with geometric shapes and create engineering marvels. This program is for kids in kindergarten and up with families. 

— Kristen Roberts

Learning the latest: A patron is trained to use the library’s MakerBot 3D printer on Wednesday, March 18. A one-hour orientation is required before independent use.

By Kristen Roberts

The Bethlehem Public Library would like to express its gratitude to the estate of Guilderland resident Marian J. Roberts for the bequest of nearly $8,000. The initial $2,500 was received in 2013 and used to help fund centennial activities. The library accepted the remainder last month.

For information about gifts, memorials, and bequests, or to make a gift, please contact Library Director, Geoffrey Kirkpatrick at 439-9314 or view the library’s policy online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Board candidate

information

Nominating petition forms and informational packets are available at the library information desk for two seats on the library board of trustees, each for a full term of five years.

Petitions must contain at least 74 signatures of voters residing in Central School District No. 6 of the towns of Bethlehem and New Scotland. Petitions must be filed with the District Clerk, Bethlehem Central High School, 700 Delaware Ave., Delmar by 4:30 p.m. on April 20.

Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 19, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bethlehem Central High School.

A quick catalog reminder

As we near the March 31 go live date for our new integrated catalog and circulation system, we’d like to remind you that you will not be able to make requests or renew items on March 30. Requests and renewals made prior to that date will be transferred to the new system. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.

Infant massage

On Friday, March 27, from 10 to 11 a.m., massage therapist Kathleen Gates demonstrates the physical and emotional benefits of infant massage.

Teen Film

On Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m., come watch a movie rated PG-13, and nosh on snacks. This program is for kids in grades six through 12.

Lego Club

On Tuesday, March 31, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., we supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. This program is for kids and families. 

Tai Chi for Health

On Tuesday, March 31, at 10 a.m., come to the library and learn the ancient Chinese art that benefits health and wellness. Program offers instruction in basic movements for people of any age. No prior experience is required. Wear loose clothing and smooth-soled shoes. 

Book Buddies

On Wednesday, April 1, with sessions at 6:30 to 7 p.m., Little Buddies read and do activities with Big Buddies to build reading skills and self-confidence. Call 439-9314 for more information and to sign up. This program is for kids in kindergarten through grade five.

Homework Helpers

On Wednesday, April 1, with sessions at 6:30 and 7 p.m., our Homework Center is a great place to do homework, with teen volunteers on hand to help out. Call 439-9314 for more information and to sign up. This program is for kids in kindergarten through grade five. 

Paws to Read

On Thursday, April 2, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., bring a book and read to a gentle dog who loves stories. This program is for kids in first through fifth grades.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

A young reader shares a book about wolves with the Paws to Read canine volunteer named Kitty. The next Paws to Read session at Bethlehem Public Library is scheduled for today, March 19, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

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