A group of dancers dropped by for the Bethlehem Public Library’s Just Dance Wii program on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The ample floor space and big screen in the community room make it easy to get a groove on. Similar programs are held at various times throughout the year.

Bethlehem

By Kristen Roberts

We’ve got more treats than tricks for you this year as we gear up for some super Halloween fun at the Bethlehem Public Library.

There’s still time to take part in our costume swap this Saturday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop off your gently used costumes from now until Friday and receive a ticket to pick out one that’s new to you on the day of the swap. It’s a great way to recycle and repurpose those outgrown get-ups and save some money while you’re at it. We are accepting costumes in all sizes — from infant to adult.

Pumpkin fun

What makes a pumpkin great? Your very own artistic touch. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. kids 3 and up and their families are invited to the library to watch an animated Halloween classic and decorate a pumpkin. It’s BYOP — bring your own pumpkin — but we’ll provide the decoupage supplies.

Halloween parade

Our Halloween festivities culminate with one of our most popular events of the year — the Halloween Parade through the library for children up to age 6 and their families. The parade is so popular, in fact, that we have scheduled two of them, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. Festivities will kick off with some seasonal movie shorts and a craft before trick-or-treaters make their way through the library. Costumes are optional.

Roadwork update

The library has been informed by the town’s contractors handling the roadwork along Borthwick Ave. that paving of the road will likely take place sometime in the coming weeks. When this happens, the lack of access and parking means the library will be forced to close on that day. We do not yet know when paving will occur, but we hope to have enough warning to allow us and our patrons time to reschedule any activities or events that were to take place at the library that day. We understand the inconvenience this causes, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we accommodate the detours, delays, and closings related to this road construction project.

As always, we will do our best to keep you informed about last-minute changes that affect access to the library. Check Facebook and Twitter (which also appears on our website’s home page) for the latest, or give us a call at 439-9314. We’d also like to remind you that you can always search our catalog, make requests, renew items and access our databases 24 hours a day at HYPERLINK "http://www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/"www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Antiques appraisals

Tickets are still available for the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library Antiques Appraisal on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to1 p.m. This year, appraisals will take place in the Tawasentha Room at the Normanside Country Club. Moving the venue outside of the library means that appraisers may now offer a purchase price for some items. Get your timed tickets at the library information desk for $5 per item.

Sew together

On Friday, Oct. 16 with sessions at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. kids and parents will work together to make a stuffed toy. Basic sewing machine experience recommended for the parent. This program is for kids ages 3 to 6 with a caregiver. Sign up for one session by calling 439-9314. 

Personal digital archives

On Friday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. learn how to preserve digital photos, e-mails, documents, or videos. Sign-up is required by calling 439-9314.

Teen SEWcial

On Friday, Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m. kids in grades 6 thorugh 12 make a tri-pocket tote with room for all of your stuff. Basic sewing machine knowledge is recommended. Bring one-and-a-half yards of fabric with coordinating thread optional. Sign-up is required by calling 439-9314. 

 

 

Friends meet

On Monday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. the Friends of the library will meet. New members always are  welcome. 

3D Printer demonstration

On Monday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon join us for a demonstration of the library’s  MakerBot 3D printer. These demos will demystify the cutting-edge technology. Learn how the printer works and what can be created with it. Sign-up is required, call 439-9314. 

 

STEM Night: Engineering a Bright Future

On Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. learn more about the jobs of the future and what Bethlehem Central School District is doing to help prepare students for these lucrative careers. 

Card game club

On Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. join us to play cards, from classics like Uno to newer games like Fluxx. This program is for kinds in grades 6 to 12. 

Fuse bead art

On Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4 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. 

Friends of Bethlehem Public Library is once again sponsoring an antiques appraisal event in October — with a couple of notable changes. This year, appraisals will take place in the Tawasentha Room at the Normanside Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Moving the venue outside of the library means that appraisers may now offer a purchase price for some items.

Tickets are required and go on sale at the library information desk on Friday, Sept. 11, until all are gone. The timed tickets are $5 per item, with a maximum of three tickets per person. They may be purchased in person only, by cash or check; no phone purchases, no credit cards.

The following appraisers have donated their services:

— Mark Lawson, specializing in estate jewelry, coins, paintings, fine antique decorative arts, rare collectibles;

— Dennis Holzman; specializing in historically significant items, traditional antiques and fine art, stylish objects, rare and out-of-print books, printed ephemera, manuscripts, photographs; and

— Nancy Toomer; specializing in china/glassware/silver, buttons, jewelry, paintings/prints, Adirondack/fishing lures, art glass/pottery, rugs, toys/dolls/mechanical banks, books/ephemera.

Space for the event was generously donated by the Normanside Country Club.

Sunday hours resume

Regular Sunday hours resume this Sunday, Sept. 13. The library is open from noon until 5 p.m.

Time Out for Tales

On Saturday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m., join us for stories and fun for children up to age 6 and families. 

 

Book Buddies

On Monday, Sept. 14 at two sessions 6: 30 and 7 p.m., childrenin kindergarten through grade 5 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. 

Food pantry

On Monday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 20 drop off your donations of toothpaste, canned fruit, cleaning supplies, and more to support the Bethlehem Food Pantry and pick up a sticker or bookmark as a reward.

School’s Out Cinema

On Monday, Sept. 14 at 2:30 p.m. bring a blanket and get comfy for a film. This program is for kids and families. 

DayBooks

On Monday, Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m., DayBooks will discuss “China Dolls” by Lisa See. 

Back-to-School Crafts

On Monday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 2:30 p.m. stop by the teen area to outfit yourself for the school year with fuse bead keychains, bottlecap magnets, and more. This program is for grades 6 through 12. 

Board meets

The library’s board will meet on Monday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in the board-room.

Tiny Tots

On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 9:30 and again at 10:30 a.m. join us for stories, songs and fingerplays for children up to age 35 months with a caregiver. 

Family Storytime

On Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 9:30 a.m. stories, songs and activities for children up to age 6 with family. 

 

Family Playtime

On Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. free play and socialization with toys, blocks, balls, and more. This program is for children up to age 6 with family. 

Card Game Club

On Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. our card game club meets. This group meets monthly to play cards, from classics like Uno to newer games like Fluxx. For grades 6 through 12. 

September STEM

On Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. kids will team up, brainstorm, and document their solutions to save Fred the gummy worm in this classic science activity. For kids in kindergarten through grade 5.

Pajama-Rama

On Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. wear your PJs and bring a stuffed friend to enjoy some fun and stories before bedtime. Up to age 6 with family and friends. 

Family Storytime

On Thursday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m. stories, songs and activities for children up to age 6 with family. 

On My Own

On Thursday, Sept. 17 at 10:15 a.m. join us for stories, songs and fun for children age 3 to 6 while parents wait at our café tables..

Tai Chi for Health

On Thursday, Sept. 17 at 11:15 a.m. practice the ancient Chinese art that promotes health and wellness while focusing on the core movements in the Tai Chi for Arthritis form. All ages and abilities are welcome. 

Lego Club

On Thursday, Sept 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. we supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. For kids and families. 

Listening parties

Listen to the quirky genius and a founder of modern jazz Thelonious Monk on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

 

 

This fall, the Bethlehem Public Library is reprising the Rape Aggression Defense course presented by the Office of the Albany County District Attorney’s Office and the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

The program, which takes place on Fridays, from Sept. 11 to Oct. 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and is a comprehensive, women-only course in rape aggression defense. The aim is to promote awareness, prevention, and risk-avoidance strategies through basic, hands-on defense training.

R.A.D. is not a martial-arts program; the goal is escape and survival. The idea behind R.A.D. training is to instruct women in techniques that will help them harness the body’s natural fight or flight instinct during an attack.

The R.A.D. program is open to adults and teens 16 and older. This is an active participation class. Parental consent forms for minors and health release forms for all participants are required, and will be completed at the first session.

Call 439-9314 for more information and to sign up. Classes tend to fill up quickly, so early registration is encouraged.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed from Saturday to Monday, Sept. 5 to 7, for the Labor Day weekend. You can access services and information anytime on our website, www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

The trustees and staff wish you a safe and happy holiday.

 Regular Sunday hours resume on Sunday, Sept.13.

Summer cinema

On Friday, Sept. 4, at 2:30 p.m., bring a blanket or pillow; we’ll provide the popcorn for a summer movie. This event is for kids and families.

Creation Station

From Tuesday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept. 13 join us to make a craft in the Children’s Place with the theme of “Apple Trees.”

Tiny Tots

On Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tiny Tots will have stories, songs, and fingerplays for children up to age 35 months with a caregiver.

Family story time

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

Family play time

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m., come for free play and socialization with toys, blocks, balls, and more. This program is for children up to age 6 with family.

Book discussion

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. AfterDinner Books will discuss “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. 7 p.m.

Family story time

On Thursday, Sept. 10, at 9:30 a.m. stories, songs and activities for children up to age 6 with family.

On My Own

On Thursday, Sept. 10 at 10:15 a.m. join us for stories, songs, and fun for children age 3 to 6 while parents wait at our café tables.

Tai Chi for Health

On Thursday, Sept. 10 at 11:15 a.m. practice the ancient Chinese art that promotes health and wellness while focusing on the core movements in the Tai Chi for Arthritis. All ages and abilities are welcome. Class will take place outside; there is no rain location.

 

Lego Club
On Thursday, Sept. 10 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., we supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. This program is for kids and families

— 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.

Free WiFi

 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.

Construction continues

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.

Community contacts

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.

Summer cinema

 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.

Story time

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.

Book Buddies

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.

Board meets

On Monday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m., the board of trustees will meet. This meeting is open to the public.

Book Buddies

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. 

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Teens at last week’s Sew-cial made snazzy pajama pants. The Bethlehem Public Library holds a number of sewing programs for teens and adults during the year.

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.

Animal heroes

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.

Honeybee Heroes

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.

Reminder

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.

Summer cinema

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.

Story time

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

story time

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.

Book Buddies

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.

 

Family Yoga

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

story time

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.

Lego Club

On Thursday, July 23, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., we supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. For kids and families. 

Book Buddies
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

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