— 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.

Logo unlimited: The Bethlehem Public Library’s MakerBot 3D printer recently printed a library logo cookie cutter created on cookiecaster.com. Sadly, it did not print the cookies, too.

Ready to get a head start on your St. Patrick’s Day cooking and delve deeper into the history behind the cuisine?

On Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m., Harold Qualters, an Irish American Heritage Museum board member, will be at the Bethlehem Public Library to discuss the history of Irish cooking, from the ancient Celts to modern times. He’s the man behind the museum’s annual soda bread competition, so he’s got some winning soda bread techniques to demonstrate, along with recipes for participants to try at home. The program is open to adults and teens and will be held in the library’s community room.

For more information, call 439-9314

Focus on babies

The library has a couple of programs for parents and infants coming up this month that demonstrate ways to encourage bonding and togetherness.

On Monday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m., Sling Babies of the Capital District will be on hand with a selection of baby carriers for parents or expectant ones to try out for fit and comfort. During the Babywearing Basics program, the group will also show how to choose and safely use infant carriers. More information about Sling Babies can be found at www.slingbabies.org.

Later in the month, licensed massage therapist Kathleen Gates demonstrates the physical and emotional benefits of infant massage. The program takes place Friday, March 27, at 10 a.m. Babies, of course, are welcome.

Knit One, Purl One

On Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m., experienced knitters bring, your project and beginners bring, size 8 knitting needles to the library. The yarn and instruction are provided. This program is for adults and youth age nine and up. 2 p.m.

DayBooks

On Monday, March 9, at 1:30 p.m., come to the library to discuss “Fever” by Mary Beth Keane. New members are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

Board meets

The library’s board of trustees will meet on Monday, March 9, at 6 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.

Pajama-Rama

Wear your PJs and bring a stuffed friend to the library on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. This program is for children up to age six with family and friends.

Lego Club

We supply the Legos, and you supply the imagination at Lego Club. Kids and families are welcome on Tuesday, March 10, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Tai Chi for Health

Learn the ancient Chinese art that benefits health and wellness on Tuesday, March 10, 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.

AfterDinner Books

On Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m., join us at the library to discuss “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. New members are welcome. Copies available at the information desk.

Book Buddies

On Wednesday, March 11, at two sessions 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. These sessions are for kids in kindergarten through grade five.

Homework Helpers

Come to our Homework Center, a great place to do homework, on Wednesday, March 11, 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. Sessions are at 6:30 and 7 p.m.

Yoga for Kids

Join instructor Janine Murphy as she leads participants through poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques on Thursday, March 12, at 4 p.m. Please bring a mat or towel. This program is for school age kids and their families. 

 

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Busy builder: Children like this engaged boy, were hard at work Thursday, Feb. 19, creating Minecraft structures to be printed on the library’s 3D printer. The workshop was part of Bethlehem library’s February Break program lineup.

The 2014-15 season of A Little Sunday Music at Bethlehem Public Library closes on Sunday March 1, at 2 p.m., with a performance of Renaissance music by Duo Marchand.

Lutenist Andy Rutherford and singer/harpist Marcia Young named their duo after a family of court musicians that flourished in 17th Century France. In recent seasons the duo has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, the Connecticut Early Music Festival, Yale University, West Point, and the historic Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C.

A Little Sunday Music is generously underwritten by Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.

Tabletop Gaming

On Monday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m., drop in for games and snacks. This program is for adults and teens age 16 and up.

Lego Club

We supply the Legos, and you supply the imagination at Lego Club. Kids and families are welcome on Tuesday, March 3, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Tai Chi for Health

On Tuesday, March 3, at 10 a.m., come to the library and 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.

Book Buddies

On Wednesday, March 4, at two sessions 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. These sessions are for kids in kindergarten through grade 5.

Homework Helpers

Come to our Homework Center, a great place to do homework, on Wednesday, March 4, 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. Sessions are at 6:30 and 7 p.m.

Paws to Read

On Thursday, March 5, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., bring a book and read to a gentle dog who loves stories. For children in grades one through five.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Curious George stopped by the Bethlehem Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 7, for Take Your Child to the Library Day and decided to stick around for a while. On Monday, Feb. 16, the library said bon voyage to the popular primate.

There are so many ways to e-read at the Bethlehem Public Library, and our librarians are more than happy to help you get started.

The library’s e-readers are geared toward children, teens and adults. Some are pre-loaded with an author’s entire e-collection (great for vacation reading when you’re not in the mood to haul a bunch of books in your suitcase). Some simply put a selection of bestsellers at your fingertips. The library also has ready-to-load e-books for loan and a vast e-collection that can be accessed through Overdrive.

Patrons thinking about purchasing an e-reader or those who are just curious are encouraged to test-drive our Kindles and NOOKs to get a better feel for the devices. Our librarians can talk you through every step of using an e-reader, including how to download books using Overdrive. Directions are also available at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

If you’ve always wondered how e-readers worked but were unsure of where to begin, stop by the information desk, and we can get you on your way.

Don’t worry if you find that digital books aren’t your thing — we have plenty of the paper kind, too.

Planning ahead

Is it too early to start planning for warmer days? We certainly don’t think so.

We’re asking teens in grades six to 12 for their input on spring and summer programs at the library. Stop by Friday, Feb. 27, and share your ideas at the Teen Advisory Group meeting.

Catalog update

In the coming weeks, we will be rolling out our new integrated catalog and circulation system, with a go-live date set for March 31. Patrons should notice very little disruption as we make this transition. The exception is library holds, which may be unavailable at some point during the final two weeks of March as we migrate to the new system. The new catalog will offer a range of improvements, including the ease with which you can search, place holds and gain access to the library’s collection, including our e-books and e-audiobooks.

We have scheduled a demonstration in April of the new catalog to help you get acquainted with all it has to offer. More demonstrations will likely be scheduled as we get closer to implementation.

Seussabration

On Friday, Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m., join us for stories, crafts and a video. This program is for kids and families.

Vacation cinema

On Friday, Feb. 20, at 2:30 p.m., bring a blanket and pillow for comfy watching. Call 439-9314 for more information. This program is for all ages.

Performance

A Little Sunday Music program on Sunday March 1, at 2 p.m., features lutenist Andy Rutherford and singer/harpist Marcia Young performing  Renaissance music.

The musical storytelling duo Tales ‘n’ Tunes presents “From Snowflakes to Raindrops: Winter Into Spring” at the Bethlehem Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.

In their 20 years as a duo, storyteller Carol Connolly and musician Don Darmer have engaged people of all ages with stories of wit and wisdom from around the world. Connolly has collected and told folk and fairy tales of many traditions for over 30 years, performing throughout the Northeast and North Carolina. Darmer has performed locally with “Frosty Morning” and accompanied performances of Four Stories High, a Capital District storytelling quartet.

This program is an offering of the Ann Seegal Memorial Storytelling Series, and is open to all.

Winter break

Not heading south for the winter break? Neither are we. Stop by for some great library programs for all ages, including a farewell party for Curious George, Lego We Do workshop, and 3D printer fun. We’re also planning a Seussabration and family movie night. Check out a complete schedule at www.bplkids.org, and please note that sign-up is required for some programs.

Homework and reading help

Our Homework Helpers and Book Buddies programs pair young students with trained teen volunteers to provide reading and homework assistance in a setting free from peer pressure. So many students have benefited from these programs in the past, and the library has a new crop of volunteers eager to make a difference.

A recent change to evening hours was made to better accommodate working parents’ schedules. The half-hour sessions take place Wednesdays at 6:30 and 7 p.m. and are open to students in kindergarten through grade 5. Sign-up is required. For more information or to sign up, contact the library’s Youth Services desk at 439-9314, ext. 3012.

Valentines’s Bingo

 On Saturday, Feb. 14, at 2:30 p.m., join us for Valentine’s Bingo. Bring your sweetheart for some candy-heart bingo. This program is for families.

Bon Voyage, Curious George

On Monday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m., stop by for a movie and a craft, and to say goodbye to Curious George in person. This program is sponsored by Friends of Bethlehem Public Library. Families are welcome.

Edible Books Festival

On Monday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., everyone’s invited to see, judge, and taste edible art based on books. If you wish to enter an item, call 439-9314, ext. 4 for details.

Teen movie

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., join us for a movie. Call 439-9314, ext. 4 for information. This movie is for kids in grades six through 12.

Lego WeDo Workshop

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m., combine imagination with construction and simple computer programming to bring your creations to life. Call 439-9314, ext. 4 to sign up as a family; at least one adult must be present.

Cookie cutter design

On Thursday, Feb. 19, at 2:30 p.m., create a cookie cutter; print it on the library’s MakerBot 3D printer. Call 439-9314, ext. 4 to sign up. This program is for kids grade four and up.

Listening Party

On Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., we will be listening to recordings of Ornette Coleman, one of the most important and controversial jazz innovators. Explore jazz history; share stories.

Seussabration

On Friday, Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m., join us for stories, crafts and a video. This program is for kids and families.

Vacation cinema

On Friday, Feb. 20, at 2:30 p.m., bring a blanket and pillow for comfy watching. Call 439-9314 for more information. This program is for all ages.

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