Bethlehem Public Library director Geoffrey Kirkpatrick is pleased to announce three new administrative appointments:

Catherine Stollar Peters is the library’s new head of circulation and technical services. She is former head of branch services for Albany Public Library’s Delaware, Howe and Arbor Hill branches. She is also an adjunct professor and Ph.D. candidate at UAlbany’s School of Information Science. Peters replaces Mary Trevor Thomas, who retired in August after twelve years of service at the library;

Christine McGinty is the library’s head of public services, a new position that blends the former youth and adult services departments. McGinty has been the library’s head of youth services for seven years. Prior positions include service at the Albany and Newark Public libraries. She holds a masters degree in library science from UAlbany; and

Gordon Noble, adult services librarian has been appointed manager of information and readers’ advisory. He replaces Maureen Brown, who retired in July after 20 years as the library’s head of adult services. A reference librarian at the Bethlehem library since 2001, Noble has coordinated its extended interlibrary loan service for 11 years. He earned his masters degree in library science from UAlbany.

Holiday hours
The library will be closed Saturday through Monday, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, for the Labor Day holiday. Sunday hours resume Sept. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. Access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at

On Thursday, Aug. 21, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., the Bethlehem Public Library End of Summer party: Science Expo will offer dancing, face painting, crafts, slime making, composting, demonstrations, and The Energy Bike. All ages are welcome.

Book party

On Monday Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. join us at the library for Fancy Nancy and The Wedding of the Century. Wear fancy clothes, hear Jane O’Connor’s latest book, do a craft, and have some fancy fun. Families are welcome.


On Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m., the library will supply the Legos, and you supply the imagination. Try Lego challenges and build friendships. This program is for kids and families.

Just dance

On Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. the library has family dancing, Wii-style.

On Thursday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m., join us at the Bethlehem Public Library for Wii games and board games, from Super Smash Bros. to Pick-Up-Sticks. For kids in grades six through 12.

Cloud science

On Friday, Aug. 15, at 10:30 a.m., the library will offer stories and activity stations that will reveal how clouds make rain. Families are welcome.

Gak! What is that?

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 2:30 p.m. come to the library and make crazy putty with common laundry ingredients. For kids in grade one and up with a caregiver.

Teen sewcial

On Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m., use the library’s sewing machines to work on a project, or bring a hand-sewing project to work on. Some supplies are provided. Please bring your own fabric. For kids in grades six through 12.

Homebrew 101

A member of the Albany Brew Crafters homebrew club will present Homebrew 101 on Wednesday Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library. Topics include equipment, ingredients, recipe sources, extract versus grain brewing, and large-batch versus small-batch brewing. No beer will be made or sampled during this program.

Books sought

The library is partnering with Grassroot Givers, a local nonprofit, to collect books for donation to local organizations and individuals in need. Collection day is Saturday Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1p.m., at the library garage. Donations must fit the following criteria: current adult paperback fiction and nonfiction; current adult hardcover fiction and nonfiction; current children’s board books; current children’s hardcover and softcover picture books; current elementary and middle school chapter books; current adult biography, self-help, cookbooks, and history books.

Grassroots Givers will not accept books older than 10 years; torn or moldy books; encyclopedias; videos, tapes, or CDs; magazines; computer books older than three years; test prep books older than the current year; textbooks of any kind, including law and medical books.

Donations that do not meet these criteria, and donations brought before 10 a.m. or after 1p.m., will not be accepted.

For more information, visit or call Mary Partridge-Brown of the Grassroot Givers’ Book Project, at 542-1276. 

Fizz, Boom, Tang!

On Thursday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library, The Tang Teaching Museum will explore movement, center of gravity, and balance in artwork. Figure out how to make free-standing mixed-media creations. This program is for children in grades one and up. Please call 439-9314 to sign up.

Who grew my soup?

Also on Thursday, July 31, at 2:30 p.m., Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Virginia Dorwaldt and Ronnie Siegel will be on hand for Tom Darbyshire’s story, a garden activity, and Gazpacho. This program is for children ages six through eight with an adult. Please call to sign up.


On Friday, August 1, at 10 a.m., Five Rivers staff will help us identify New York’s species, poisonous and not. This program is for families.

Creative stitches

On Monday, August 4 through Friday August 8, at 9:30 a.m. to noon, Members of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America help with embroidery projects. Attendance at all five sessions is required. This program is for children ages 9 and up. Please call to sign up.

Tabletop Gaming Night

Also on Monday, August 4, at 6:30 p.m., drop in for games and snacks. This program is for adults and teens ages 16 and up.

Fun erupts at the library

On Tuesday, August 5, at 2:30 p.m., build a volcano and set it to erupt. This is for children in Kindergarten and up with caregiver. Call to sign up.

Grandmas got gigs and

 gigabytes, too!

Also on Tuesday, August 5, at 7 p.m., longtime educators Felicia Bordick, Carol Ann Margolis, and Lynne Shatsoff share ideas for tech-savvy interaction with the younger set. This program is for grandparents, parents, and caregivers.

Minute to win it

On Wednesday, August 6, at 2 p.m., compete in crazy games that you have got to get done in 60 seconds! This is for children in grades six through 12.

On Tuesday, July 8, at 2:30 p.m., explore buoyancy and density with demonstrations and hands-on experiments at the Bethlehem Public Library. This summer science program is for kids in kindergarten and up with a caregiver.

Pajama rama

On Tuesday, July 8, at 7 p.m., hear the Scrubby Bear story, learn his hand-washing song, see “glo-germs” and get a Clean Hands Club card. This program is presented by the Red Cross for kids up to age six with family and friends.

Evening on the Green

On Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m., The Lustre Kings will perform authentic rockabilly music at the library. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Concerts move indoors if it rains.

Social robotics

On Thursday, July 10, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., presenters from UAlbany’s Social Robotics Workshop will talk about robot-human interaction. Participants will program a robot to perform a simple task. This program is for kids in grades six through 12.

Saratoga Racetrack

On Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m., Allan Carter, historian for the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga, will share images and anecdotes of the historic track’s greatest moments. His colleague Jim Melia will describe physical changes made to the track over the years.

What’s that?

On Friday, July 11, at 10 a.m., the Five Rivers staff will help us explore macro invertebrates from an area pond. Families are welcome.

Summer cinema

On Fridays, July 11 through Aug. 29, at 2:30 p.m. bring a blanket or pillow to the library and we provide the popcorn for a summer film. Call 439-9314 for details. Kids and families are welcome.