Visitors from Wunsapana Farm, Teri Conroy and a pair of llama stopped by the Bethlehem Public Library on Tuesday, April 18, for a special llama story time and meet-and-greet.

At the Bethlehem Public Library, we’re making it easy for your little one to get excited about early literacy with a new experience that is all it’s quacked up to be!

Our Rubber Ducky Club, which launches May 1, is a brand-new educational early literacy program for you and your child to do together — creating special moments and encouraging a love of language and reading.  It may be a while before your child starts kindergarten, but he or she is already developing the skills that will lead to success in learning to read, write, and be part of the school environment. Rubber Ducky Club makes learning those skills fun, and it is a great way for families to create some special moments together.

Designed for children from birth to those entering kindergarten, Rubber Ducky Club focuses on five basic early literacy skills: talk, read, write, sing, and play. Record your child’s progress online and earn badges and prizes when you reach learning milestones.

It’s easy to register online, or visit us at the Children’s Desk, and we’ll help get you started. All abilities are welcome. Registration opens May 1. To register online, go to:  bethlehempubliclibrary.beanstack.org.

To get things started off right, we’re having a Rubber Ducky Club Kickoff Party on Friday, May 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. It’s a ducky-themed extravaganza to celebrate the launch of this exciting new program. We can’t wait for you to join the club!

Budget review

Don’t forget, the proposed 2017-18 budget will be presented at the Monday, May 8, Board of Trustees meeting at 6 p.m.; we encourage you to attend. On the ballot this year is a library levy 2.07 percent higher than last year, within the limit specified by New York State.

You can view the proposed budget in the May/June edition of Footnotes. It is also posted in our lobby and online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Also on the ballot is one seat on the board of trustees with a term of five year. Incumbent board President Mary Redmond is running unopposed. The trustee election and budget vote will take place Tuesday, May 16, at Bethlehem Central High School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m..

New Flipster titles

We’ve recently added a dozen new titles to Flipster, our popular, user-friendly digital magazine service. Bethlehem cardholders now have access to “Better Homes & Gardens”, “Glamour”, “Martha Stewart Living”, “Taste of Home”, “Family Circle”, “Food and Wine”, and more. To access the magazines, go to our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and click on the Flipster icon on the home page.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Bibliophiles sign on: Students from Slingerlands Elementary School visit the Bethlehem Public Library on Thursday, April 13, for a tour and to sign up for their very own library cards.

For the past few weeks, the teens in our Project Runway: Go Green series have been making their fashion dreams a reality by creating original clothing designs using recycled and repurposed materials. On Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, at 3 p.m., they will share the finished products in their very own fashion show.

Everyone is invited to cheer for these up-and-coming designers and see the end result of weeks of sizing, snipping and sewing.

Candidate forum

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. for a Meet the Candidates night. The idea behind this forum is to give candidates for the Bethlehem Public Library Board of Trustees a chance to share a little more about themselves and why they chose to run for a seat on the board. The forum will be taped and broadcast on BCN-TV, the library’s public access cable channel, as well as online.

There is one seat with a five-year term on the ballot this year. Incumbent board President Mary Redmond will be seeking re-election.

The chief responsibilities of the board of trustees is to see that the best possible library service is provided to the community, to assure adequate financing and proper money management, to act as library advocates, and to review policy on a regular basis, and develop new policy as need arises.

2017-18 budget

Learn more about the 2017-18 library budget in the May/June edition of Footnotes and online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.  On the ballot this year is a library levy 2.07 percent higher than last year, within the limit specified by New York State.

The library budget vote and board election will be held Tuesday, May 16, at Bethlehem Central High School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

      Upcoming events

All events are free and take place at Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar.  For more information, call 439-9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

The schedule includes:

— Friday, April 21, Coffee and Conversation: The Extraordinary Mr. Edison. A representative of the SUNY Poly CMOST Traveling Museum will share some slides and artifacts that will illuminate Edison’s life and inventions, from 1 to 3 p.m. The hourlong program is followed by a coffee hour featuring beverages and light refreshments;

—  Sunday, April 23, True Wilderness. Multimedia presentation will provide a glimpse of the Adirondacks in all four seasons through the eyes of Erik Schlimmer, author and creator of the 235-mile Trans Adirondack Route, at 2 p.m.;

—  Tuesday, April 25, STEM Challenge: Chenille Towers. Build the highest tower – with some challenges thrown in, 3:45 p.m. For grade one through five. Sign up online or call; and

— Thursday, April 27, Teen Poetry Slam. Perform or read the poem you entered in our poetry writing contest (more details) or read one that you love that was written by somebody else, 4 to 4:45 p.m. For grades six through 12.

 

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Young engineers craft chairs out of newspapers during a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program at the Bethlehem Public Library on Tuesday, March 28.

Coffee & Conversation, the library's popular Friday afternoon lecture series returns this spring with an exceptional lineup of speakers and musicians. Kicking off the new season, and back by popular demand, is Richard Feldman, who will be presenting “To Life! Part II” on Friday, April 7, at 1 p.m.

Back in September, Feldman packed the house with a celebration of the songs of optimism and hope from popular Broadway musical scores by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and more. He returns with more beloved selections from American musicals featuring music by Jerome Kern, Cy Coleman and Jerry Herman among others!

Feldman has directed and choreographed more than 125 musical productions at local venues and taught English, creative writing and American musical theater at Bethlehem Central High School for 33 years. He’s also a frequent contributor to Bethlehem’s Humanities Institute of Lifelong Learning.

Coffee & Conversation programs continue through April with “Theories of Laughter” on the 14th, featuring Skidmore professor Beck Krefting; “The Extraordinary Mr. Edison” with Elizabeth Lafergola of SUNY Poly CMOST on the 21st; and “Shakespeare in the Garden” on the 28th, featuring speaker Cathie Gifford with the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Coffee & Conversation programs begin at 1 p.m. and last about 60 minutes with a coffee and social hour following. Programs are co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.

Pat Fahy

New York State Assemblymember Patricia Fahy will be holding a discussion at the library on Wednesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. about the state budget. The talk will take place in the Community Room, and everyone is welcome.

Poetry for all

The library is hosting a poetry contest for all ages to celebrate National Poetry Month. Submissions will be accepted through April 30. First-place winners in each age group (grades kindergarten through grade three; grades four through six, grades seven through nine; grades 10 through 12; and adult) will get a prize and have their poem displayed in the library in May.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 16. Access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at bethlehmpubliclibrary.org.

Finger Lakes bus trip

There is still time to sign up for the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library Finger Lakes bus excursion and winery tour on Saturday, May 13. The trip will include stops at three wineries in the Finger Lakes region, lunch, and a visit to a cheese shop and Mennonite store.

The bus will depart the Delmar Park and Ride at 6:30 a.m. and return around 9 p.m. The cost is $135 per person. Forms are available in the March/April edition of Footnotes and online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. For more information, call Elissa Zwiebach at 573-7184.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Center of attention: Oliver, the reading dog, entertains a crowd of eager readers at the Bethlehem Public Library’s March 23 Paws to Read session. The next Paws to Read is scheduled for Thursday, April 6, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Sip and sightsee with friends: The Friends of Bethlehem Public Library have added a new bus trip to their lineup — a Finger Lakes excursion and winery tour Saturday, May 13.

The trip, which would make a perfect pre-Mother’s Day outing, will include stops at three wineries in the Finger Lakes region, lunch, and a visit to a cheese shop and Mennonite store. The bus will depart the Delmar Park and Ride at 6:30 a.m. and return around 9 p.m.

Your check is your reservation; there are no refunds unless your seat is sold.

The cost is $135. Forms are available in the March/April edition of Footnotes and online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. Checks can be made out to Friends of Bethlehem Public Library. For more information, call Elissa Zwiebach at 573-7184.

Poetry for all

April is National Poetry Month, and scribes of all ages can celebrate by entering a poem in our poetry contest. Submissions will be accepted April 1 through 30. First-place winners in each age group (grades kindergarten through grade three; grades four through six, grades seven through nine; grades 10 through 12; and adult) will get a prize and have their poem displayed in the library in May.

We’ve got even more poetry plans for April. Adults are invited to Play with Poetry on Tuesday, April 4, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Have fun with unscrambled poetry, magnetic poetry, blackout poetry, book spine poetry and more. Share your favorites in the last half hour.

Later on in the month, we are holding a pair of poetry slams – one for teens and one just for kids and families. Participants are invited to read the poems they entered in our poetry writing contest or one they love that was written by somebody else, or they can simply come by to hear some great poems. The Teen Poetry Slam takes place Thursday, April 27, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. The Poetry Slam for Kids is the following day, Friday, April 28, from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

The Bard abridged

Don’t forget, Gaslight Theater Company of the Capital Region will be performing “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” Thursday and Friday, March 30 and 31, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m. This popular comedy, which enjoyed a nine-year run at the Criterion Theatre in London, uses just three actors and some clever parody to tell the Bard’s tales.

 Performances will take place in the Community Room, with doors opening 15 minutes prior to showtimes.

Board candidate information

Nominating petition forms and informational packets are available at the library information desk for one open seat on the Bethlehem Public Library board of trustees. The seat holds a full term of five years, which begins in July. Incumbent and board president Mary Redmond will be seeking re-election.

— Photo from Bethlehem Public Library staff

Borrow one of the Bethlehem library’s birdwatching kits for kids and get started on a new hobby.

William Shakespeare was a prolific playwright with 37 (or 38 or more, depending on the source) plays to his credit, and watching them all could mean a significant investment of time. Fear not, fans of The Bard with little time on your hands, Bethlehem library is now giving you three chances to enjoy his complete works — albeit humorously abbreviated — in one sitting.

Gaslight Theater Company of the Capital Region will be performing “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” Thursday and Friday, March 30 and 31, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m. This popular comedy, which enjoyed a nine-year run at the Criterion Theatre in London, uses just three actors and some clever parody to tell the Bard’s tales. It’s Shakespeare for fans and neophytes alike.

Performances will take place in the community room, with doors opening 15 minutes prior to showtimes.

Winging it

Let your imagination take flight at the library as photographer Warren Green share’s some of his newest work in digital photography, focusing on birds and other natural wonders of the Adirondacks.

Wings and Wonders of the Adirondacks takes place Wednesday, March 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the community room. The event is co-sponsored by the Audubon Society.

Speaking of birds …

We are now loaning out birdwatching kits for kids. The supplies come in a cute clear backpack and include binoculars, bird identification books and an easy-to-follow bird chart.

They can be borrowed for a week at a time and are located in the Children’s Place near the board games. We’re also circulating binoculars for adults so all ages can join in the birdwatching fun.

Try Atomic Training today

Access in-depth online tech and career tutorials from trusted sources using the library’s Atomic Training database. Training tutorials on more than 150 software applications are quick, concise and easy to understand. Novices can work their way through the tutorials from the beginning, while those with some proficiency can skip ahead to troubleshoot a particular area.

To watch videos at the library or remotely from home with a library card, visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and click on “databases” in the quick link options. Or visit the Information Desk for help getting started.

Board candidate information

Nominating petition forms and informational packets are available at the library information desk for one open seat on the Bethlehem Public Library board of trustees. The seat holds a full term of five years, which begins in July. Incumbent and board president Mary Redmond will be seeking re-election.

The election and budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 16, from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. at Bethlehem Central High School.

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