Sheep’s crook in hand, Gary Kleppel poses with his dog, Tory. Kleppel who raises grass-fed lamb in Knox and who teaches at the University at Albany, will discuss his book, “The Emergent Agriculture: A New Paradigm in Food Production,” on April 26 at the Bethlehem Public Library.

Author and University at Albany professor Gary S. Kleppel, Ph.D, will discuss his latest book, “The Emergent Agriculture: A New Paradigm in Food Production” at 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 26, at the Bethlehem Public Library. The book examines a new model of agriculture based on fundamental ecological principles as a viable alternative to industrial food production.

Dr. Kleppel is a professor of biology who has spent the past decade studying sustainable agriculture and the ecology of human-dominated landscapes. He will discuss and provide examples of how ecology-based agriculture is gaining traction in areas along the Hudson Valley.

Kleppel and his wife operate a small farm west of Albany that produces grass-fed lamb, wool, free-range poultry, and eggs, and artisan breads.

A question-and-answer period and book signing will follow the discussion.

This program is free and open to everyone. For more information, call 439-9314 or visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Study hall at the library

May and June are big months for studying, with the AP exams and Regents taking place in that two-month span. The library has noticed a huge increase in the number of people using the library as a study space during that time and has responded in recent years by opening up our community room and additional spaces to accommodate the crowds.

From May 1 through10 and May 31through June 23, space will be available for drop-in study during non-school hours. Students are welcome to come alone, with a tutor, or in a group. A complete schedule will be posted in the lobby, and is available online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and at the library information desk.

Preschool math

On Friday, April 24, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., come to the library and explore measurement with fun activities. This program is for children age six and up with a caregiver.

World Tai Chi Day

Join people all over the world as they gather to practice tai chi and Qigong on Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m. This event will take place on the Library Green, weather permitting.

New library catalog

Learn about the library’s new catalog, including how to search for books, DVDs and other materials at the library on Monday, April 27, at 2 p.m. Check our website www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and the information desk for additional dates..

Wii Sports Night

On Monday, April 27, from 7 to 8 p.m., drop in for some Wii Sports fun. This program is for children in kindergarten through grade 12 plus families.

Cyber security

On Tuesday, April 28, from 7 to 8 p.m., UAlbany professor Brian Nussbaum will discuss recent cyber threats that have made the news and how federal, state, and local government, as well as private organizations, are responding to them.

Lego Club

On Tuesday, April 28, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., we supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. This program is for kids and families.

Tai Chi for Health

Learn the ancient Chinese art that benefits health and wellness at the library on Tuesday, April 28, at 10 a.m. This program offers instruction in basic movements for people of any age. No prior experience is required. Wear loose clothing and smooth-soled shoes. 

Salad potluck

On Wednesday, April 29, from 6 to 7 p.m., we provide the lettuce and you bring your favorite topping to share. Call 439-9314 to sign up and for more information. This program is for kids and families. 

Book Buddies

On Wednesday, April 29, with sessions 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. For kids in kindergarten through grade five.

Homework Helpers

On Wednesday, April 29, with sessions at 6:30 and 7 p.m., our Homework Center is a great place to do homework, with teen volunteers on hand to help out. Call 439-9314 for more information and to sign up. For kids in kindergarten through grade five.

Balloon Decathlon

On Thursday, April 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., stop by the community room and use your brains and body to compete in all 10 stations. This program is for kids and families.

Paws to Read
On Thursday, April 30, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., kids in grades one through five can bring a book and read to a gentle dog who loves stories. 

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Tai chi at the library: Librarian and tai chi instructor Cathy Brenner leads a morning class at the Bethlehem Public Library on Tuesday, March 17. The free classes continue on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. through April 28. The ancient Chinese art is said to promote health and wellness.

 

It’s easy to find yourself at a career crossroads. Maybe the job you always wanted doesn’t feel like the right fit anymore. Perhaps you have a year or two of higher education under your belt but are uncertain where it will take you. You could still be in high school wondering how to get the most out of your future.

Wherever you may be in your professional life, an upcoming slate of programming at the Bethlehem Public Library is designed to give you the information you need to get your career heading in the right direction.

Over the next couple of months, this series will cover job hunting, interview skills and career planning, with an emphasis on high-tech training options and computer-assisted searching and networking. These programs are made possible through NYS Assembly Priority Project funding facilitated by Assemblymember Patricia Fahy. The funding will also be used to purchase additional library computers for resume and cover letter writing, as well as computer classes.

Kicking things off on April 7, CareerZone and Online Job Resources will teach participants how to navigate the state’s CareerZone website and other online resources that can assist with a job search. On April 13, parents and high-schoolers can learn more about how TEC SMART— a part of HVCC — is preparing students for emerging high-tech careers.

The following month, on May 5, the library will host Learning LinkedIn, which will cover ways job seekers can spruce up their online presence and position themselves as professionals.

Finishing out the series are two programs in early June. The first, held June 2, will discuss technology career training at Schenectady County Community College, with an emphasis on the Supply Chain Management program. A Resume Writing workshop on June 3 wraps everything up, giving participants the skills they need to market themselves to potential employers.

All of these programs are free and open to everyone. For more information about this series, call 439-9314, visit the library’s website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or pick up a flyer at the information desk.

In addition to this series, the Bethlehem Public Library offers free job coaching by appointment throughout the year.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 5. Access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at bethlehmpubliclibrary.org.

Paws to Read

Today, Thursday, April 2, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., kids in grades one through five can bring a book and read to a gentle dog who loves stories.

Origami Club

On Friday, April 3, at 3 p.m., kids in kindergarten through grade eight can learn new folding techniques with original projects for all abilities, or bring in one to collaborate on.

Tabletop gaming

On Monday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m., drop in for games and snacks. This program is for adults and teens age 16 and up.

Fuse beads

On Monday, April 6, at 2:30 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.

Lego Club

On Tuesday, April 7, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., we supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. This program is for kids and families.

Tai Chi for Health

On Tuesday, April 7, at 10 a.m., come to the library to 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.

Job resources

On Tuesday, April 7 from 7 to 8 p.m., join us at the library to discover websites and databases that can assist with a job search, as well as the state’s CareerZone site that helps you discover what career might be right for you. NYS Assembly Priority Project funding facilitated by Assembly member Patricia Fahy.

Yoga for kids

On Thursday, April 9, at 10 a.m., instructor Janine Murphy will lead participants through poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. Bring a mat or towel. This program is for school age kids and families.

Vacation cinema

On Friday, April 10, from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m., bring a blanket and pillow to get comfy while you watch a movie. The movie is rated PG and will be 107 minutes long. All ages are welcome.

Strawbees

On Friday, April 10, from 10 to 11 a.m., experiment with geometric shapes and create engineering marvels. This program is for kids in kindergarten and up with families. 

— Kristen Roberts

Learning the latest: A patron is trained to use the library’s MakerBot 3D printer on Wednesday, March 18. A one-hour orientation is required before independent use.

By Kristen Roberts

The Bethlehem Public Library would like to express its gratitude to the estate of Guilderland resident Marian J. Roberts for the bequest of nearly $8,000. The initial $2,500 was received in 2013 and used to help fund centennial activities. The library accepted the remainder last month.

For information about gifts, memorials, and bequests, or to make a gift, please contact Library Director, Geoffrey Kirkpatrick at 439-9314 or view the library’s policy online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Board candidate

information

Nominating petition forms and informational packets are available at the library information desk for two seats on the library board of trustees, each for a full term of five years.

Petitions must contain at least 74 signatures of voters residing in Central School District No. 6 of the towns of Bethlehem and New Scotland. Petitions must be filed with the District Clerk, Bethlehem Central High School, 700 Delaware Ave., Delmar by 4:30 p.m. on April 20.

Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 19, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bethlehem Central High School.

A quick catalog reminder

As we near the March 31 go live date for our new integrated catalog and circulation system, we’d like to remind you that you will not be able to make requests or renew items on March 30. Requests and renewals made prior to that date will be transferred to the new system. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.

Infant massage

On Friday, March 27, from 10 to 11 a.m., massage therapist Kathleen Gates demonstrates the physical and emotional benefits of infant massage.

Teen Film

On Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m., come watch a movie rated PG-13, and nosh on snacks. This program is for kids in grades six through 12.

Lego Club

On Tuesday, March 31, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., we supply the Legos; you supply the imagination. This program is for kids and families. 

Tai Chi for Health

On Tuesday, March 31, at 10 a.m., come to the library and learn the ancient Chinese art that benefits health and wellness. 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, April 1, with sessions at 6:30 to 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. This program is for kids in kindergarten through grade five.

Homework Helpers

On Wednesday, April 1, with sessions at 6:30 and 7 p.m., our Homework Center is a great place to do homework, 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. 

Paws to Read

On Thursday, April 2, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., bring a book and read to a gentle dog who loves stories. This program is for kids in first through fifth grades.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

A young reader shares a book about wolves with the Paws to Read canine volunteer named Kitty. The next Paws to Read session at Bethlehem Public Library is scheduled for today, March 19, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Logo unlimited: The Bethlehem Public Library’s MakerBot 3D printer recently printed a library logo cookie cutter created on cookiecaster.com. Sadly, it did not print the cookies, too.

Ready to get a head start on your St. Patrick’s Day cooking and delve deeper into the history behind the cuisine?

On Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m., Harold Qualters, an Irish American Heritage Museum board member, will be at the Bethlehem Public Library to discuss the history of Irish cooking, from the ancient Celts to modern times. He’s the man behind the museum’s annual soda bread competition, so he’s got some winning soda bread techniques to demonstrate, along with recipes for participants to try at home. The program is open to adults and teens and will be held in the library’s community room.

For more information, call 439-9314

Focus on babies

The library has a couple of programs for parents and infants coming up this month that demonstrate ways to encourage bonding and togetherness.

On Monday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m., Sling Babies of the Capital District will be on hand with a selection of baby carriers for parents or expectant ones to try out for fit and comfort. During the Babywearing Basics program, the group will also show how to choose and safely use infant carriers. More information about Sling Babies can be found at www.slingbabies.org.

Later in the month, licensed massage therapist Kathleen Gates demonstrates the physical and emotional benefits of infant massage. The program takes place Friday, March 27, at 10 a.m. Babies, of course, are welcome.

Knit One, Purl One

On Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m., experienced knitters bring, your project and beginners bring, size 8 knitting needles to the library. The yarn and instruction are provided. This program is for adults and youth age nine and up. 2 p.m.

DayBooks

On Monday, March 9, at 1:30 p.m., come to the library to discuss “Fever” by Mary Beth Keane. New members are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the information desk.

Board meets

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

Pajama-Rama

Wear your PJs and bring a stuffed friend to the library on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. This program is for children up to age six with family and friends.

Lego Club

We supply the Legos, and you supply the imagination at Lego Club. Kids and families are welcome on Tuesday, March 10, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Tai Chi for Health

Learn the ancient Chinese art that benefits health and wellness on Tuesday, March 10, at 10 a.m. This program offers instruction in basic movements for people of any age. No prior experience is required. Wear loose clothing and smooth-soled shoes.

AfterDinner Books

On Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m., join us at the library to discuss “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. New members are welcome. Copies available at the information desk.

Book Buddies

On Wednesday, March 11, 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 five.

Homework Helpers

Come to our Homework Center, a great place to do homework, on Wednesday, March 11, 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.

Yoga for Kids

Join instructor Janine Murphy as she leads participants through poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques on Thursday, March 12, at 4 p.m. Please bring a mat or towel. This program is for school age kids and their families. 

 

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