The Listening Parties music appreciation series continues with a special program on Thursday, Nov. 19, called “Renditions,” where participants will explore the fluid boundaries between jazz and other musical genres. The discussion, which begins at 7 p.m., will close out the series for 2015. More Listening Parties return in 2016, kicking off with Antônio Carlos Jobim, primary creator of bossa nova, on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.
Listening Parties at the library are a great way to meet up with fellow music lovers and share your personal impressions and memories, rediscover milestones in music history, and talk about the artists that have shaped the musical landscape. Bethlehem librarian, Michael Farley facilitates the discussions.
Swing by the library on Saturday, Nov. 21, between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and bring your game face. BPL is joining other libraries across the globe for a celebration of gaming during International Games Day @ Your Library. Board games and more will be available for use in the library, and all ages are encouraged to participate.
In recognition of the library’s changing and dynamic role and the increasing value of gaming to literacy improvement, the American Library Association founded International Games Day in 2009. The event continues to grow, with more than 1,000 libraries around the world joining ours to showcase gaming programs and services. Gaming of all types at the library encourages young patrons to interact with a diverse group of peers, share their expertise with others (including adults), and develop new strategies for learning.
Don’t forget, you can now sign up online for library programs that require registration. To get started, simply click on the “events” tab on the library’s home page at HYPERLINK "http://www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/"www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. Browse the calendar and locate the event you would like to attend. Programs that require registration will be underlined. When registration is complete, a screen will pop up letting you know your information has been received. If the program is full, you may be added to a waiting list.
We still accept registration by phone or in person at the information desk or the Children’s Place desk. Give us a call at 439-9314 if you have any questions.
Thanksgiving is almost here. Just a reminder that the library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, and remain closed Thursday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27. Of course, we’re open all the time online at HYPERLINK "http://www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/"www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
Time Out for Tales
On Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m., join us for stories and fun for children up to age 6 and families.
Stories and play
On Monday, Nov. 23, at 9:30 a.m., and again on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 9:30 a.m., stories and songs in the community room, followed by free play for children up to age 6 with family and friends.
On Monday, Nov. 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. come to the library and learn the basics of sewing on a machine, and try out our sewing machines and serger, or just drop by to use one for your own project. This program is for adults and teens in grade 6 and up.
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 9:30 a.m. stories and songs in the community room, followed by free play for children up to age 6 with family and friends.
Watch and build
On Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. enjoy “The Lego Movie” rated PG and 101 minutes long, and you can build as you watch. This program is for kids and families.
We all know librarians are good at finding the answers, but how do they measure up when they don’t have their reference materials at hand? Find out Monday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. when the Bethlehem Public Library hosts “Are You Smarter Than a Librarian?” a trivia tournament that will test the random knowledge of BPL’s best.
Come on down and match wits with our team of librarians. Put together your own team of three to five people, or sign up solo and be placed on a team. They’re up for the challenge … are you?
Refreshments will be served, and prizes will be awarded. Sign up online or give us a call at 439-9314. We hope to see you there.
Mountain ranges near and far
Author and outdoorsman Alan Via has been a familiar face at the library in recent years, entertaining audiences with stories and snapshots from his many outdoor adventures. He returns Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. for a brand-new slide show titled “The Mountains are Beautiful —Everywhere.”
Via will take guests on a virtual tour of mountain ranges near and far, from the Adirondacks and the Catskills to the Dolomites and Alps. The spectacular photography will be accompanied by his stories and observations.
This is Via’s fourth presentation at the library. Past programs have included last year’s “Off the Beaten Path: A Celebration of the Catskill ‘Hidden Peaks’ in Four Seasons,” “Hiking in Utah” in 2012, and “Climbing the Catskill Peaks” in 2011. On more than one of those occasions, a canine companion has joined Alan for his talk.
He is a Slingerlands resident, winter 46er and author of the hiking guide
“The Catskill 67: A Hiker’s Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks Under 3,000 Feet.” He has hiked extensively throughout the United States and Canada.
This program is free and open to the public.
The write stuff
NaNoWriMo may be a silly word, but the goal of National Novel Writing Month is serious – create the first draft of a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. The library is here to encourage that creative endeavor by offering writing and collaboration space in our board room for adults taking up the NaNoWriMo challenge.
Join other would-be authors in this exciting literary pursuit on Fridays, Nov. 6 to 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 28, from noon to 4 p.m. Drop in for one or more sessions at your convenience; instruction is not provided. Visit nanowrimo.org for more details and tips for getting started.
Time Out for Tales
On Saturday, Oct. 31. at 11 a.m. join us for stories and fun for children up to age 6 and families.
On Monday, Nov. 2 at 9:30 a.m., and on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., the library will have stories, songs, and fingerplays. This program is for children up to age 35 months with caregiver.
On Monday, Nov. 2 at two sessions, 6:30 and 7 p.m. children from kindergarten to grade 5 are matched with a teen volunteer to practice reading skills and build confidence. Bring a book or choose one at the library. Sign up online or call.
On Monday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. we provide Dominion, Munchkin, and Ticket to Ride with its USA 1910 Expansion Pack. Bring your own favorites. Snacks will be served. For adults and teens age 16 and older.
Family story time
On Wednesday, Nov. 4, and Thursday, Nov.5, at 9:30 a.m. join us for stories, songs and activities. This program is for children up to age 6 with family.
On Wednesday, Nov. 4 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.
On Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. kids in grades 3 to 5 will work with partners to explore some of the projects in the Lego Technic series. Sign up online or call.
On My Own
On Thursday, Nov. 5 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.
Paws to Read
On Thursday, Nov. 5 from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. children in grades 1 to 5 bring a book and read to a gentle dog who loves stories.
Teen writing workshop
On Nov. 5, 12, and 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. learn creative writing techniques and participate in a peer review group. Just bring paper and pen. Presented by Matt Galletta for kids in grade 8 to 12. Sign up online or call.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Monday, Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m., DayBooks will discuss “China Dolls” by Lisa See.
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.
The library’s board will meet on Monday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in the board-room.
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.
On Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 9:30 a.m. stories, songs and activities for children up to age 6 with family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Thursday, Sept 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. we supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. For kids and families.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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