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.



On Friday Jan. 2, at 10 a.m., come to the Bethlehem Public Library and celebrate the New Year with a Wii dance party. Families are welcome.

Family movie

On Friday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m., join us to sing along with one of last year’s most popular family movies. Call 439-9314 for more information. This program is for children and families.

 Knit One, Purl One

On Sunday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m., experienced knitters, bring a project and beginners, bring size 8 knitting needles to Knit One, Purl One. Yarn and instruction are provided. This program is for adults and youth age nine and up.

Tabletop gaming

 On Monday, Jan. 5, at 6:30 p.m., come to the library for tabletop gaming night and snacks. This program is for adults and teens ages 16 and up.

Book Buddies

On Wednesdays, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25, 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. (No session February 18.) This program is for kids in kindergarten through grade five.

Homework helpers

On Wednesdays, Jan. 7 to Feb. 25, at 6:30 and 7 p.m. homework help is provide for kids in kindergarten through grade five.

Call 439-9314 for more information and to sign up. (No session February 18.)


On Sunday, Dec. 28, at 2:30 p.m., the Bethlehem Public Library will present the Amazing Mr. Snide performing classic magic. His alter ego Dr. Heckle performs the same feats using the tools of modern technology. Physics or phabulous? Space is limited. Families are welcome.

Building challenge

On Monday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m., join us to team up and build a weight-bearing bridge out of drinking straws and tape. How many pennies will your bridge hold? A STEM program for school-age children; call 439-9314 to sign up.

Bethlehem Public Library has added Braille library cards to its array of community services. The cards are printed in-house on the library’s MakerBot 3D printer. They are made of biodegradable plastic and measure 1.5- x 4-inches. A Braille card is available to anyone eligible for a library card. It provides access to the entire collection, including large-print books, audiobooks, ereaders and ebooks—all practical options for people with limited vision.

The library also has several ereaders available for loan, and offers one-on-one instruction in their use.

Braille cards are available at the library circulation desk; bring a photo I.D. and proof of current residence. Those holding conventional Bethlehem Public Library cards can receive a Braille card with the same number.  Because they are printed in-house, Braille cards are ready within a few days of request. Call 439-9314 for more information or to request a Braille card.

Winter Sew-cial

On Friday Dec. 26, at 3 p.m., use the library’s sewing machines or hand-sew your choice of winter-related sewing projects. This program is for kids in grades six through 12.

The Bethlehem Public Library will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 24 and 25, for the Christmas holiday. The library will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday Dec. 31, and remain closed on Thursday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday.
Access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org