Dog days at the Bethlehem Public Library: We see a lot of people coming through our doors every day — it’s a library, after all. We even have an occasional dog or two drop by for our Paws to Read programs. But it’s not every day we get a visit from the Big Red Dog himself, and when we do, it is a cause for celebration.

Clifford will be swinging by the library on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m., and he can’t wait to meet you. Join WMHT’s Barbara Lukas while you watch a short film featuring Clifford, make a craft and, best of all, meet everyone’s favorite crimson canine in person.

This winter break activity is a perfect outing for kids and families.

Winter break fun

The fun doesn’t stop when Clifford hits the road. The following day, Friday, Feb. 19, we’ll be celebrating Seuss-style as we mark the great Theodor Geisel’s upcoming birthday with crafts, games, stories, and videos. Stop by and join the Seussabration at 10 a.m.

Board’s meeting rescheduled

The library's board of trustees’ March meeting has been moved up to March 7 to accommodate a scheduling conflict. Meetings begin at 6 p.m., and are always open to the public.

Reference only a mouse click away

We’ve recently added materials from the Gale Virtual Reference Library to our databases. The GVRL e-books are available 24-7 with no wait and can be browsed, searched, and downloaded anytime from any Internet-connected device. Topics include test preparation, financial literacy, job readiness, computer literacy, do-it-yourself projects, and cooking. They are also integrated into the library’s online catalog, so they will show up if they match any of your searches.

The Gale Virtual Reference Library e-books can also be browsed by going online to www.bethlehemlibrary.org and clicking on “databases” in the Quick Links section.

GoPro at the library

The library’s addition of a half-dozen GoPro cameras and accessories to its collection has already received a lot of positive feedback. The cameras are easy to use and the picture quality is great. Come see what all the fuss is about.

Each GoPro Hero3+ camera is available to borrow for a week at a time and comes with a waterproof case, USB cable, rechargeable battery and 32GB MicroSD card. Also included are a chest mount harness and head strap harness, as well as a quick clip mount that can be used on a baseball cap. Available to borrow separately are a dog harness mount, child-sized chest harness and an arm harness mount.

When the calendar switched over to 2016, many of us vowed to be more mindful of what we eat. There are a lot of aspects to healthy eating, but most nutrition experts agree that preparing your own meals gives you greater control over what you are consuming, in terms of cost, calories, and flavor.

To help you meet your wellness goals by preparing your own nutritious meals, the Bethlehem Public Library is offering a “Healthy Seasonal Cooking” event on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 2:30 p.m. A ShopRite dietitian will show you how to cook meals using seasonal ingredients that taste good, are good for you and feature items readily available for the time of year.

Registration for this program is required. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org, in person, or by calling 439-9314.

Let them eat cake pops

Here’s a sweet idea for teens: Come to the library on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., for “Cake Pops and Crafts!” Whip up some yummy cake pops and create fuse bead masterpieces while they are baking. What better way to spend a chilly February afternoon?

Reference only

a mouse click away

We’ve recently added materials from the Gale Virtual Reference Library to our databases. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is a longtime publisher and aggregator of educational content, tools, services and other resources. The GVRL e-books are available 24-7 with no wait and can be browsed, searched and downloaded from any Internet-connected device.

Topics include test preparation, financial literacy, job readiness, computer literacy, do-it-yourself projects and cooking. They are also integrated into the library’s online catalog, so they will show up if they match any of your searches. GVRL funding is provided by the Upper Hudson Library System. 

The Gale Virtual Reference Library e-books are just one example of the many resources provided through our databases. If you haven’t checked out the list of materials available recently, it’s worth a browse at www.bethlehemlibrary.org, click on “databases” in the Quick Links section

E-filing your taxes

You can make an appointment for tax filing assistance with staffers from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. This is not a tax preparation service; it is meant to assist those who are looking to file online. If your household income is under $62,000, you can get free help filing your state and federal returns. Time slots are available at the library on Tuesdays through April 12, and appointments must be made in person at the information desk.

 

When the calendar switched over to 2016, many of us vowed to be more mindful of what we eat. There are a lot of aspects to healthy eating, but most nutrition experts agree that preparing your own meals gives you greater control over what you are consuming, in terms of cost, calories, and flavor.

To help you meet your wellness goals by preparing your own nutritious meals, the Bethlehem Public Library is offering a “Healthy Seasonal Cooking” event on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 2:30 p.m. A ShopRite dietitian will show you how to cook meals using seasonal ingredients that taste good, are good for you and feature items readily available for the time of year.

Registration for this program is required. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org, in person, or by calling 439-9314.

Let them eat cake pops

Here’s a sweet idea for teens: Come to the library on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., for “Cake Pops and Crafts!” Whip up some yummy cake pops and create fuse bead masterpieces while they are baking. What better way to spend a chilly February afternoon?

Reference only

a mouse click away

We’ve recently added materials from the Gale Virtual Reference Library to our databases. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is a longtime publisher and aggregator of educational content, tools, services and other resources. The GVRL e-books are available 24-7 with no wait and can be browsed, searched and downloaded from any Internet-connected device.

Topics include test preparation, financial literacy, job readiness, computer literacy, do-it-yourself projects and cooking. They are also integrated into the library’s online catalog, so they will show up if they match any of your searches. GVRL funding is provided by the Upper Hudson Library System. 

The Gale Virtual Reference Library e-books are just one example of the many resources provided through our databases. If you haven’t checked out the list of materials available recently, it’s worth a browse at www.bethlehemlibrary.org, click on “databases” in the Quick Links section

E-filing your taxes

You can make an appointment for tax filing assistance with staffers from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. This is not a tax preparation service; it is meant to assist those who are looking to file online. If your household income is under $62,000, you can get free help filing your state and federal returns. Time slots are available at the library on Tuesdays through April 12, and appointments must be made in person at the information desk.

 

When the weather gets chilly, any excuse for an outing is welcome, but a good excuse is even better. In the coming months, the Bethlehem Public Library is giving you several good excuses with two cinema series featuring popular films fresh from the theater. There’s mystery, drama, sci-fi adventure, comedy, and more.

The free matinees take place monthly from now until April at 2 p.m., on Friday and Sunday afternoons and feature PG and PG-13 titles geared toward adult audiences.

The series kicks off this Friday, Jan. 22, with “Mr. Holmes” rated PG and running for 104 minutes. On Sunday, Jan. 31, we will show “Love and Mercy”rated PG-13 and running for 121 minutes. Pick up a flyer at the information desk or check online for more information about upcoming titles.

Study hall at the library

Are you ready for Regents? The library has set aside dedicated group study space for Regents test prep through Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Most study halls will take place in our community room, unless otherwise noted. Students and their tutors are welcome to drop in and stay as long as needed during scheduled hours. The full schedule is available at the library and online at www.bplteens.org.

Tax filing help available

We are still making appointments for tax filing assistance with staffers from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. If your household income is under $62,000, you can get free help filing your state and federal returns. Returns must be e-filed. Time slots are available at the library on Tuesdays from Jan. 26 to April 12, and appointments must be made in person at the information desk.

Get a charged up

Don’t forget, the library’s new charging kiosk provides free, secure charging for most mobile devices. Each locker has three universally compatible charging cables – MicroUSB, iPhone 3/4/4S, and iPhone 5/5C/5S cords. Users simply need to key in a four-digit code to secure the locker and use the same code to retrieve their devices.

Weekly Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art that enormously benefits health and wellness. Tai Chi for Health meets at the library on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. The program offers instruction in the basic movements of the arthritis Tai Chi form and provide a solid foundation in Tai Chi for people of any age.

The sessions are led by librarian Cathy Brenner, who has studied Tai Chi for a number of years and is certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute.

The program is open to people of all ages and abilities. No prior Tai Chi experience is needed. Wear loose clothing and smooth-soled shoes.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

A sunbeam warms the Children’s Place in the Bethlehem Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 5, as a young patron proudly displays his alphabet skills.

For more than 30 years, the Bethlehem Public Library’s public access television network, BCN-TV, has provided an island of independent, local programming in a sea of corporate TV influences.

The station recently received funding through the cable franchise agreement with the town of Bethlehem, allowing it to upgrade its aging audio-visual equipment. The changes provide enhanced user and viewer experiences and have brought the station into the modern, digital age.

BCN-TV can now run as many programs as there are time slots, whereas before, programming was limited to the 15 “decks” available. Because of this, viewers can enjoy a fuller schedule over the weekend and holidays. In another change, the station can accept digital video files in addition to DVDs.

So where does all the great content on BCN-TV come from? Community organizations, religious groups, and advocacy coalitions, for starters. The station also broadcasts important municipal events like town, planning and school board meetings, as well as political forums. But most importantly, BCN-TV programming can come from you — you are the “public” in public access television.

Anyone is welcome to submit non-commercial programming for the station, as long as it falls within the rules outlined in the user agreement. Beginning in February, BCN-TV staff will be available to provide training and production expertise for programs intended for presentation on its channel.

BCN-TV airs on Time Warner channels 17 and 116.2, and Verizon FiOS channel 28. Find out more at HYPERLINK "http://www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/"www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org (click on the quick link for public access TV). A monthly program guide is available in the library and online.

Study hall at the library

This month, we are once again offering dedicated group study space for Regents test prep. From Monday, Jan. 18, through Wednesday, Jan. 27, students individually, with tutors, or in small groups can spend some time at the library getting ready for their upcoming exams with minimal distractions.

Most study halls will take place in our community room, unless otherwise noted, and students are welcome to drop in and stay as long as needed during scheduled hours. The full schedule is available at the library and online at HYPERLINK "http://www.bplteens.org/"www.bplteens.org. Another study hall series will be offered later in the school year.

Tax filing help

We are now making appointments for tax filing assistance with staffers from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. If your household income is under $62,000, you can get free help filing your state and federal returns. Returns must be e-filed. Time slots are available at the library on Tuesdays from Jan. 26 to April 12, and appointments must be made in person at the information desk, at which time you will be provided with a list of items you will need to bring.

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