— Photo by Kristen Roberts
Getting hooked on fishing: Concentration is evident in the face of this girl as she tries her hand at casting. On Tuesday, July 28, children gathered on the Bethlehem Library Green for a casting clinic with library Director Geoff Kirkpatrick. They were using the library’s new fishing poles, donated by local pro fisherman Dennis LaGrange with reels from Bass Pro Shops. Fishing poles of all sizes are now available to check out at the library.
Nothing says summer like spending a lazy afternoon dropping a line in the water and hoping for a nibble. Now you can try your hand at fishing or introduce a little one to the sport without investing in a pricey fishing pole that may or may not be used more than once.
New to the Bethlehem Public Library, would-be anglers of all ages can check out ready-to-use fishing poles of every size. The poles, given to the library by local bass fishing pro Dennis LeGrange, are outfitted with reels donated by Bass Pro Shops. They can be checked out for 28 days at a time, with one renewal allowed.
Last week, some of our young patrons took the fishing poles for a spin at a casting clinic on the Green, where they honed their skills and competed for prizes.
Included with each fishing pole are two hooks and a bobber that you get to keep, along with information about local fishing spots and suggested titles to read up on before you head out. Please remember that anyone over the age of 15 needs a license to fish in the state of New York.
Fishing licenses may be purchased at any town hall, Walmart stores, Dick's Sporting Goods and online at the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s website (www.dec.gov).
Tai Chi on the Green
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art that enormously benefits health and wellness. The gentle movements are said to help focus and calm the mind. On Friday, Aug. 7, at 9:15 a.m., Cathy Brenner, who has studied Tai Chi for many years and is certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute, will lead a session of Tai Chi on the Green outside the library. As many of you know, she is also a librarian here at the library.
The program is accessible to people of all ages and abilities. No prior Tai Chi experience is needed. Wear loose clothing and smooth-soled shoes. Tai Chi on the Green will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.
Through a partnership with the town, the library is now providing free WiFi access at the Elm Avenue Park pool complex. It will appear on electronic devices as “Free Library WiFi” and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
As construction on Borthwick Avenue continues, we will do our best to provide frequent updates about the best way to access our parking lot. You can find the latest news via Facebook and Twitter, which also scrolls live on our website, or give as a call at 439-9314.
Copies of the 2015-2016 Community Contacts are now available at the information desk literature rack. Groups are indexed by subject and cover a wide range of skills and interests. The list can also be accessed through our website by clicking on the “more” tab and selecting “community contacts” from the menu.
On Friday, Aug. 7, at 2:30 p.m., bring a blanket or pillow, and we provide the popcorn to our summer cinema. Call 439-9314 for details. This program is for kids and families.
On Monday, Aug. 10, at 9:30 a.m., tiny tots can enjoy stories, songs and fingerplays. This program is for children up to age 35 months with a caregiver.
On my own summer story time
On Monday, Aug. 10, at 10:30 a.m., and Thursday, Aug. 13, at 9:30 a.m., children age 3 to 6 can enjoy stories, songs and fun while parents wait at our café tables.
Jack and the beanstalk
On Monday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m., come to the library and listen to a story about Jack and the beanstalk, learn about the life cycle of a real bean, and then plant one to grow at home. For kids and families. Sign up is required. Please call 439-9314.
On Monday, Aug. 10, at 3 p.m., children are matched with a teen volunteer to practice reading skills and build confidence. Bring a book or choose one from the library. Call 439-9314, option 4 to sign up. This program is for kids in kindergarten through grade 5.
On Monday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m., the board of trustees will meet. This meeting is open to the public.
On Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m., children are matched with a teen volunteer to practice reading skills and build confidence. Bring a book or choose one from the library. Call 439-9314, option 4 to sign up. This program is for kids in kindergarten through grade 5.
Maker Week: Sharpie Lab
On Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 10 to 11 a.m. get creative with the library’s huge collection of Sharpies. Make art, toys, and more. This program is for kids in grades six through 12. Sign-up required, please call 439-9314.
Make a game
On Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m., make and label your own I Spy Bottle game to take home. This program is for age 3 and up with a caregiver.
Maker Week: Fabric arts
On Thursday, Aug. 13, from 10 to 11 a.m., join us for some hand-sewing projects, including customizable cozies for your digital device. This program is for kids in grades six through 12. Sign up required, please call 439-9314.
Family summer story time
On Thursday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m., join us for stories, songs and activities for children up to age 6 with family.
A super whodunit: What do you get when a bunch of superheroes gather to discuss the capture of a criminal mastermind? Most likely mayhem and murder.
On Monday, July 20, at 6 p.m., the Bethlehem Public Library is the scene of the crime as the Assassination at the Annual Superhero Assembly, a murder mystery game for grades six through 12, unfolds.
Teens will take on the roles of uber personalities such as Blue Blaze, who has the power of fire; The Red Wonder, who fights crime with the power of rap; and Nerdon, whose brains give him the edge on evil. It’s up to this group of heroes to show what they’re made of and band together to find the traitor in their midst.
And no one gets out of there until the notorious Da Bomb is stopped.
Sign up for this program is required. Call 439-9314 or drop by the information desk to register.
There are so many amazing real-life superpowers to be found in nature. Some animals can navigate in the dark using only sound, others have the uncanny ability to blend in with their surroundings, and still others have adaptations that allow them to jump high or run fast (although not quite over tall buildings or at the speed of sound).
Nature educator George Steele will be at the library on Friday, July 17, to talk about some of these talented animals. The program starts at 10 a.m., and is for children in grade one and up with their families.
Later on in July, drop by the library for a program about some small creatures that have a big impact. Honeybee Heroes takes place Wednesday, July 22, at 2 p.m. Hear the buzz about these hardworking ecological heroes and how to keep a hive happy, and stick around for a honey tasting and craft. All ages are welcome.
During the summer, the library will be closed on Sundays, with regular Sunday hours resuming Sept. 13. You can access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
On Friday, July 17, at 2:30 p.m., bring a blanket or pillow; the popcorn is provided. Call 439-9314 for details. This program is for kids and families.
On Monday, July 20, at 9:30 a.m., join us for stories, songs, and fingerplays for children up to age 35 months with a caregiver. 9:30 a.m.
On my own summer
On Monday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m., join us for stories, songs, and fun for children age three to six while parents wait at our café tables.
On Monday, July 20, at 3 p.m., children are matched with a teen volunteer to practice reading skills and build confidence. Bring a book or choose one from the library. Call 439-9314, option 4 to sign up. This program is for kids in kindergarten through grade five.
Book Buddies are offered again on Tuesday, July 21, at 10 a.m. Children are matched with a teen volunteer to practice reading skills and build confidence. Bring a book or choose one from the library. Call 439-9314, option 4 to sign up. This program is for kids in kindergarten through grade five.
On Tuesday, July 21, at 2 p.m., join yoga instructor Janine Murphy for fun yoga poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. Bring a mat or a towel. This program is for kids and families.
Evenings on the Green
On Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m., Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle perform acoustic, folk, Americana, and blues-style originals and favorites.
On my own summer
On Monday, July 23, at 9:30 a.m., join us for stories, songs, and fun for children age three to six while parents wait at our café tables.
Family summer story time
On Thursday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m., join us for stories, songs, and activities for children up to age six with family.
On Thursday, July 23, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., we supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. For kids and families.
On Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m., children are matched with a teen volunteer to practice reading skills and build confidence. Bring a book or choose one from the library. Call 439-9314, option 4 to sign up. This program is for kids in kindergarten through grade five
The sound of summer: Ready for some music to your ears?
The Bethlehem Public Library’s annual summer concert series, Evenings on the Green, kicks off on Wednesday, July 1, with a performance by Three Quarter North, an ensemble of homegrown musicians performing bluegrass, folk and roots music.
The rest of the month features an equally strong lineup with family-friendly performances by Mother Goose Jazz Quintet on July 8, Skip Parsons on July 15, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle on July 22, and Moonshine Holler closing out the series on July 29. You’ll find the schedule online at www.bethlehempubliclibray.org, in the latest issue of our Footnotes newsletter, or at the library information desk.
The Evenings on the Green series has been entertaining the community for more than four decades. Join us this July for one or all of these great performances. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pick a spot on the Green, then sit back, relax and enjoy. Concerts will move indoors if it rains.
Evenings on the Green concerts are always free, appropriate for all ages, and they take place every Wednesday in July at 7 p.m.
Ice cream social
To further sweeten the experience, the Friends of the Library will be holding an ice cream social and membership drive at the July 8 concert. Nothing says summer like a cool treat and some outdoor tunes.
At the June 15 board of trustees meeting, library staffers and fellow trustees bid farewell to President Jeremy Martelle and Vice President John McCarthy, whose terms wrap up at the end of the month. The library is grateful for the time and energy they have devoted to the board over the years — a five-year term is no small commitment —and we wish them the best in all their future endeavors.
Our Summer Reading Program is under way. Sign up online and in the library. Get all the details in the July/August issue of “Footnotes.”
Holiday and summer hours
The library will be closed on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
The library is also closed Sundays in July and August, beginning July 5.
On Friday, June 26, from 10 to 10:30 a.m., join us in the Community Room for short films based on picture books. This program is for children up to age six with family.
Time Out for Tales
On Saturday, June 27, at 11 a.m., come to the library for stories and fun. This program is for children up to age six and families.
I Forgot Day
On Thursday, July 2, at 10 a.m., join us to create a card for an important birthday or holiday? This is the perfect time to celebrate. Don’t forget to stop by the library to create a card or craft for someone special. For kids and families.
On Thursday, July 2, at from 1:30 to 4 p.m., bring three yards of fabric to the library and make a custom pair of pajama pants. Both boys and girls are welcome. For kids in grade six through 12. Sign up required, call 439-9314.
Purls of wisdom: One of the nice things about knitting is how easily the repetition and rhythm can bring on a contemplative state. Despite the activity’s solitary nature, the global community of knitters continues to grow. To acknowledge that greater community, Worldwide Knit in Public Day started a decade ago as a collective celebration of the craft and its enthusiasts.
On Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., area knitters and potential knitters of all ages are invited to take part in this simultaneous gathering of knitters around the world by heading over to the Bethlehem Public Library. Join other knitters and share helpful hints while drawing some attention to your craft. Not a knitter yet? There will be beginner classes and free needles and yarn, while supplies last, courtesy of The Spinning Room in Altamont.
Weather permitting; participants are welcome to take their knitting to the library Green, so bring a chair or blanket. Light refreshments will be provided; feel free to bring a picnic lunch.
Demonstrations, drawings for library bags and bookstore gift cards, and “yarn bombings” will take place throughout the day.
This program is free and open to everyone. For more information, call 439-9314 or visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
Make it yours
Our MakerBot 3D printer has been available to patrons since early 2014, and it has seen steady use since that time. However, it remains a source of wonder to the uninitiated. If you haven’t taken the MakerBot for a test drive yet, we invite you to schedule an orientation. Once you’ve been certified, you can set up time to use the printer independently. There’s no reason to be intimidated by the technology — it really is easy to use, and we have staffers on hand to get you started and help you troubleshoot.
Printer time can be reserved in two-hour blocks. The only cost to you is the price of the plastic material used, which tends to be pennies for most completed projects. Call or visit the information desk for more information or to schedule an orientation.
Read It Forward
Teens, its Read It Forward time again at the library. This year, the featured book is “I Have a Bad Feeling About This” by Jeff Strand. No due dates, no late fees, no worries. Just read the book, tell a friend about it, and pass it on. A limited number of books will be available at the library.
For details, see the guidelines found in each book, visit www.bplteens.org or stop by the desk in the Children’s Place. Keep the reading chain going this summer, and tell us what you think about the book. This is a collaborative project with the Upper Hudson Library System.
On Friday, June 12, from 10 to 10:30 a.m., join us in the Community Room for short films based on picture books. This program is for children up to age six with family.
Time Out for Tales
On Saturday, June 13, at 11 a.m., come to the library for stories and fun for children up to age six and families.
Alphabet story time
On Monday, June 15, at 10 a.m., join us for a story, video, and craft for children up to age six and families.
On Tuesday, June 16, at 7 p.m., wear your PJs and bring a stuffed friend to the library. This program is for children up to age six with family and friends.
On Wednesday, June 17, from 7 to 8:15 p.m., paper folders everywhere are welcome to come to the library, and bring your own project or fold something with us. This program is for all ages.
Listening Party: Be the DJ
On Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m., bring up to three or four of your favorite tracks (any genre) on CD to play and discuss.
Who doesn’t love a good reason to get fancy? The Bethlehem Public Library’s youngest patrons will be dressed in their elegant best as they celebrate the end of spring story time with dancing, games, and a promenade around the library on Friday, May 29, at 10 a.m. Families will want to have their cameras handy because this event has photo opportunities galore.
Most preschool prom activities will take place in the library’s community room.
On Friday, June 5, at 1 p.m., the library will host a concert featuring Bob Altschuler and Tom Thorpe, who play what they call “American acoustic music,” a mix of bluegrass, country, folk, blues, and originals. Best friends and musical partners, Altschuler and Thorpe have performed together for more than 30 years.
Altschuler is a banjo performer, instructor, and writer. He performs and records with four bands, and is in two bands with Thorpe. A certified Wernick Method jam instructor, Altschuler has been on the faculty of Banjo Camp North since 2003 and teaches at Pete Wernick's Bluegrass Camp.
This program is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. and is free and open to everyone.
The final two programs in our Career Crossroads series are scheduled for the coming week. The first, will be held on Tuesday, June 2, at 7 p.m., and will discuss technology career training at Schenectady County Community College, with an emphasis on the Supply Chain Management program. A résumé writing workshop on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m., wraps everything up, giving participants the skills they need to market themselves to potential employers.
The series, which began in April and has covered local training opportunities and job-seeking skills, was made possible through NYS Assembly Priority Project funding facilitated by Assemblymember Patricia Fahy. The funding is also being used to purchase additional library computers for resume and cover letter writing, as well as computer classes, so the career search can continue even after the series has ended. In addition, the library offers free job coaching by appointment throughout the year.
For more information about these programs, call 439-9314, visit the library’s website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org, or pick up a flyer at the information desk.
Time Out for Tales
On Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m., join us for stories and fun for children up to age six and families.
On Monday June 1 through Sunday, June 7, get creative in the Children’s Place with the theme Eric Carle Caterpillar. The schedule for the Creation Station is Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
On Monday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m., we provide Dominion, Munchkin, and Ticket to Ride with its USA 1910 expansion pack. Feel free to bring your own favorite tabletop games. Snacks will be served. This program is for adults and teens age 16 and older.
Join us on Thursday, June 4, at 4 p.m., for a medley of crafts to make and take. This program is for or school-age kids.