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.

Preschool films

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.

Pajama-Rama

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.

Origami Club

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. 

Best friends and musical partners, Tom Thorpe on guitar and Bob Altschuler on banjo will play at the Bethlehem Public Library on Friday, June 5, at 1 p.m.

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.

Concert

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.

Conclusion of

career series

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.

Creation Station

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.

Tabletop gaming

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.

Crafternoon

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. 

The Friends of the Bethlehem Public Library are once again sponsoring two trips to Glimmerglass Opera this summer: Bernstein’s “Candide” on Monday, Aug. 3, and Verdi’s “Macbeth” on Monday, Aug. 17. The Glimmerglass trips have been an annual summer tradition for many years, and they are a great way to enjoy an elegant outing while supporting the Friends.

This year, Glimmerglass is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The world-renown company offers more than 40 performances of four operas in the months of July and August. There are very few venues that rival the acoustics and the ambiance of the company’s Alice Busch Opera Theater, which opened in 1987 along the shores of Otsego Lake just outside of Cooperstown.

Each bus will leave CDTA’s Delaware Ave. park-and-ride lot next to Mercato’s Restaurant at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the performance. The cost is $135 for each outing, which includes lunch at the Otesaga Hotel. Your check is your reservation, and there are no refunds unless your seat is sold. For more information, contact Polly Hartman at 439-3291.

Reservation deadline is June 23. In past years, these trips have sold out. You will find a reservation form in the May/June edition of “Footnotes” and online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Lend a hand

There are many opportunities for adults to volunteer in the Bethlehem area. Pick up a copy of our brochure that lists local not-for-profit organizations to see what each offers and how to get in. contact with them.  The brochure can be found on the library’s website www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/volunteers.asp and also in print at the library.

“Giraffes Can’t Dance”

On Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m., join WMHT educator Barbara Lukas to watch the story, read books, do an activity, and take home a book to keep. Sign up required. For age three and up with an adult.

Time Out for Tales

On Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m., join us for stories and fun for children up to age six and families.

Sewing machine basics

On Monday, May 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., come and learn the basics of sewing on a machine, and then try one of the library’s sewing machines and serger. For adults, and teens in grade six and up.

Tiny Tots

On Monday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m., come have fun with stories, songs and fingerplays for children up to age 35 months with a caregiver.

Tai Chi for Health

On Tuesday, May 19, at 10 a.m., 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 19 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. come to the library where we supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. No signup required. For kids and families.

Tiny Tots

On Tuesday, May 19, at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., come have fun with stories, songs and fingerplays for children up to age 35 months with a caregiver.

Family story time

On Wednesday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m., come to the library for stories, songs and activities for children up to age six with family.

Family playtime

On Wednesday, May 20, at 10 a.m., free play and socialization with toys, blocks, balls, and more. For children up to age six with family.

Listening party

On Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m., come listen to and discuss the greatest British pop diva, Dusty Springfield.. This program is for all ages. 7 p.m.

Pajama-Rama

On Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m., wear your PJs and bring a stuffed friend to the library. For children up to age six with family and friends.

Family story time

On Thursday, May 21, at 9:30 a.m., enjoy stories, songs and activities for children up to age six with family.

On my own

On Thursday, May 21, 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.

 

— 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. 

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