On Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., join us at the Bethlehem Public Library to listen to recordings of pianist, composer, and arranger George Russell. Explore jazz history and share stories.

Pirate party

On Friday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m., come to the library for crafts and a Disney animated film classic rated G. Call 439-9314 for details. This program is for kids ages three and up with family; costumes are optional.


On Friday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m., the library has Yoga poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques for kids with Janine Murphy. Bring a towel or yoga mat and dress comfortably. This program is for kids in kindergarten through grade five with family.

Knit one, Purl one

On Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m., join us for both experienced knitters with a project and beginners who should bring size 8 knitting needles; yarn and instruction provided. This program is for adults and youth ages nine and up.

Author talk

Pauline Bartel, author of The Complete Gone With The Wind Trivia Book, will give a talk at the library on Friday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m.

On the 75th anniversary of the film’s release, her focus is the drama that roiled behind the scenes and almost doomed one of the greatest movies of all time. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program. The program is cosponsored by Bethlehem Senior Porjects Inc. The library is located at 451 Delaware Ave. in Delmar.

On Friday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m., the Bethlehem Public Library will offer family dancing with Wii on the big screen. This program is for kids in kindergarten through grade 5 with family.


On Monday, Sept. 8, at 1:30 p.m., the Daybooks group will discuss

Tenth of December by George Saunders. New members are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

Board meets

On Monday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. the library’s board will meet. This meeting is open to the public.

Young at Heart

On Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m., the book discussion for teens and adults will be The Maze Runner by James Dashner. New members are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

Afterdinner Books

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. this group will meet to discuss The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan. New members are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Health will meet at the library on consecutive Wednesdays at 11 a.m., from Sept. 10 to Oct. 29. The program will offer instruction in basic movements that provide a solid foundation in tai chi for people of any age.

The sessions will be led by Cathy Brenner, who has studied Tai Chi for six years and is certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute.

The program is accessible to people of all ages and abilities. No prior experience is needed. Participants should wear loose clothing and smooth-soled shoes.


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 www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org

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 www.grassrootgivers.com or call Mary Partridge-Brown of the Grassroot Givers’ Book Project, at 542-1276.