— 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.


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.


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.


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.

By Kristen Roberts

Eat your words. Satisfy your hunger for reading at the Bethlehem Public Library’s first ever Edible Books Festival on Monday, Feb. 16. Modeled after similar programs at libraries all over the world, this event invites patrons of all ages to create and share edible art based on a book. Your entry can look like a book, illustrate a theme or scene from a book, play on the title (see www.books2eat.com for inspiration), or depict something about books in general.

All entries must be related to books or a particular book, entirely edible, appropriate for family viewing, and displayed on disposable serving dishes; no serveware will be returned.

Drop off your entry between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. All entries must include a card with the book title, your name, and a list of ingredients. You may choose to display your entry with a copy of your book.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. for viewing and judging, and everyone’s invited. Two people’s choice awards will be given — one for the “punniest” entry and one for best in show. Call 439-9314 to sign up.

After that, we will eat the books.

Memorial donation

 A memorial donation in the name of longtime library patron Nancy Henderson is being used to purchase more than 50 books for the library Children's Room. Nancy, who passed away in September, taught for 26 years at Hamagrael Elementary School. Each book purchased through the donations of Nancy’s friends and family will bear a bookplate in her honor.

The library is pleased to receive monetary donations for the purchase of memorial items. Every effort is made to select an appropriate purchase in a subject area designated by the donor. For more information about our policy on gifts, memorials and bequests, visit our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and click on the Board of Trustees link, or call the library at 439-9314.


On Monday, Feb. 9, at 1:30 p.m., join our book discussion of The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst. New members are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

Board meets

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

Sewing machine basics

On Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., learn the basics of the sewing machine. You can try out one of the library’s sewing machines. This program is for adults and teens.

AfterDinner Too

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., the book discussion is Cartographer of No Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy. New members are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

During the month of January, the Bethlehem Public Library will be hosting a Rape Aggression Defense self-defense course presented by the Office of the Albany County District Attorney and the Albany County Sheriff’s Department.

The program, which takes place on Fridays, Jan. 9 through 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., 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. It is not a martial arts program; the goal is escape and survival.

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.  Snow dates are Feb. 6 and 13.

Snowy and Warm

It may be cold outside, but your preschooler is in no mood to hibernate. What’s a parent to do? At the Snowy and Warm program at 10 a.m., on Monday, Jan. 12, kids age two and up can play with some “unmeltable” snow at the library without freezing their fingers.

Do the Snowy Pokey

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, kids can kick it into high gear and get their bodies moving to winterized versions of their favorite songs and dances while they do the Snowy Pokey. The fun starts at 1:30 p.m., and is open to children six and under and families.

Listen up

Join fellow jazz enthusiasts at the library’s monthly Listening Parties to hear the best in jazz, explore jazz history and share stories. This month, the featured artist is Tal Farlow, the bebop guitarist who helped define modern jazz guitar. In Doug Ramsey’s collection of essays called “Jazz Matters,” he wrote that “part of the fascination with Farlow’s playing is that he plays close to the edge of time.”

Drop in on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. to hear more. Everyone is welcome.

A reminder

There will be no story times held during the month of January, but there is still plenty to do. Check out our calendar online at bplkids.org. Story times will resume in February.

Storm warning

Please remember that in the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Call ahead.

Board meets

On Monday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m., the library’s board will meet. This meeting is open to the public.

More upcoming events

Daybooks meets on Monday, Jan. 12, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss Book of Ages by Jill LePore. New members are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

Afterdinner Books meets on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. to talk about Orbit by John Nance. New members are welcome. Copies available at the information desk.