— Photo by Kate Lambert

Families rose to the challenge on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Bethlehem Public Library as they worked to create the tallest towers using just paper plates, plastic cups, and craft sticks.

The Great Give Back is an opportunity for library patrons statewide to partake in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. At the Bethlehem Public Library, our visitors can participate in the following three ways:

—  We are collecting household cleaning supplies for the Bethlehem Food Pantry through Oct. 21. Collection receptacles will be available in the lobby;

—  Drop in any time through Oct. 18 to color in a coloring sheet for Colorasmile.org, a non-profit group that distributes cheerful drawings to seniors, troops, and others in need of a smile; and 

—  On Friday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m., we’re holding a Cards of Hope event, where you can create cards with kind and inspiring messages to be given to seniors at local assisted-living facilities.

Trunk or Treat at Elm Avenue Park

How many treats do you get when the library and the Town of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation department team up to host an awesome Halloween extravaganza? A whole trunkload!

Drop by Elm Avenue Park Wednesday, Oct. 23, beginning at 4 p.m. for our inaugural Trunk or Treat community-wide event, featuring dozens of creative trick-or-treating stations hosted by local groups such as the library Friends, area Girl Scout troops, the Bethlehem Tomboys, Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, the Progress Club, Capital District Child Care Council, high school clubs, and more.

Halloween costumes are too special to wear just once, so strut your spooky stuff at the 4:15 p.m. parade before “trunk or treating” your way through the park. This free event is suitable for all ages.

Hiking the Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago, known in English as the Way of Saint James, is a 1,200-year-old pilgrimage  trail that runs from Germany through France and Spain to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people hike some or all of the trails that make up the route every year.

Learn more about hiking the trail, including its spiritual significance for many, along with tips and travel logistics, from two area residents who have first-hand knowledge of the trip. On Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m., Brendan Mooney of Delmar and Suzanne Holt of New Palz will share their experiences and answer questions.

Mooney spent time in Spain studying abroad and returned many times over the years to visit friends. He first hiked the 550-mile trail in September 2009 at the age of 59. He returned recently to become a Hospitalero, a volunteer who assists hikers by advising on where to purchase food, where to do laundry or translating at the medical clinic in the event of an injury. He calls the Camino “a metaphor for life.”

Holt walked the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon, Portugal in April of 2019. 

The Write Stuff

Get an up-close look at the venerable Writers Institute Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. with a screening of WMHT’s documentary “Inside the Writers Institute” followed by a discussion led by Mike Huber from the New York State Writers Institute.

— Photo from Bright Star Touring Theatre

Bright Star Touring Theatre will present “Little Red and the Big Bully Wolf” on Monday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library. Seating is limited for this special school vacation event.

The fire station is always an exciting place, and it’s the perfect setting to mark Fire Prevention Week with a special story time.

One of our Bethlehem librarians will be joining the firefighters at the Elsmere Fire Station at 15 West Poplar Drive in Delmar on Friday, Oct. 11, at 10:30 a.m. to share some stories, songs, a craft, and an up-close look at the fire trucks.

Touring theater

When the kids are home from school on Columbus Day, the library is the place to be!

On Monday, Oct. 14, Bright Star Touring Theatre will present “Little Red and the Big Bully Wolf” at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Follow Little Red as she embarks on a visit to Grandmother’s house, a trip fraught with trouble from the Big Bully Wolf.

Wolf is a menace to everyone he encounters until Little Red teaches him that no one likes a bully. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. This program is part of the Ann Seegal Memorial Storytelling Series.

Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theater company based in Asheville, N.C., serves nearly 2,000 audiences in schools, theaters, libraries, museums and more across the country each year. 

Python basics

Do you speak Python?

This general-purpose programming language has many uses, including web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence and more.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. the BCHS Robotics team will present “Intro to Python Coding” for those interested in learning some of the basics.

Bring your own laptop; but a limited number will be available to borrow, if needed. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518-439-9314. Please note if you need a laptop in your registration. This program is intended for adults and teens ages 12 and up.

An African-American family history

Retired University at Albany professor of Africana Studies and Delmar resident Dr. Maurice Thornton will be at the library Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. to share some stories about the men and women who make up his own ancestral history and talk about the work that went into researching, writing and publishing “The Thornton Family,” a 160-page book detailing the family’s perseverance in the face of unemployment, segregation and the tumultuous Civil Rights Era, stretching back from the time of his great grandparents in the mid-1800s to the present day.

A time for questions will follow his talk. People of all ages are welcome to attend.

Diabetes and meal planning

Our “Dining with Diabetes” series continues Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. This is the second of four sessions featuring a nutrition educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Learn multiple ways for diabetics to manage their health through menu planning, carb counting, portion control and label reading. Food samples will be available.

Subsequent “Dining with Diabetes” sessions will take place Oct. 23 and 30. Come to one or more; there will be different topics and food samples to try each week.

As a retired University at Albany professor of Africana Studies, Delmar resident Dr. Maurice Thornton has spent many years sharing the stories of African Americans throughout history. Earlier this spring, he decided to turn his focus to the men and women who make up his own ancestral history, writing and publishing the 160-page “The Thornton Family.”

The book details the family’s perseverance in the face of unemployment, segregation, and the tumultuous Civil Rights Era, stretching back from the time of his great-grandparents in the mid-1800s to the present day.

Thornton will be at the library on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. to share some of these stories and talk about the work that went into researching, writing, and publishing his family’s history.

Thornton, a veteran of the Korean War, is also a leading member of the 369th Veterans Association, an organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the story of the all-African-American 369th Infantry Regiment (the Harlem Hellfighters) and instrumental in obtaining the Medal of Honor for local World War I hero Henry Johnson.

Thornton was part of the historic March on Washington in August 1962 during the Civil Rights Movement and attended President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address as Congressman Paul Tonko’s official guest.

A time for questions will follow his talk. People of all ages are welcome to attend.

Sing along with the Delmariners

Local musicians Phil Teunim, Ron Tweedy, and Will Vail, also known as the Delmariners, return to the library Friday, Oct. 4, for a folk concert sing-along.

The performance is part of the Coffee and Conversation series, which features a variety of Friday afternoon performances and lectures for adults throughout the year. The concert begins at 1 p.m. and will be followed by light refreshments. Coffee and Conversation is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.

Learn how to eat well

Join us Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. for the first of four “Dining with Diabetes” sessions featuring a nutrition educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Learn multiple ways for diabetics to manage their health through menu planning, carb counting, portion control and label reading. Food samples will be available.

Subsequent “Dining with Diabetes” sessions will take place Oct. 16, 23 and 30. Come to one or more; there will be different topics and food samples to try each week.

On display

During the month of October, the library’s hallway exhibit space will feature historical photos of Bethlehem from Town Historian Susan Leath, as well as photographs, watercolors, and mixed media by David Gerard.

Do you have artwork or a collection you would like to share with others? The library has three different display and exhibit spaces available to the public on a first-come basis. It is easy to sign up through www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org by clicking on the “Book a Space” tab, or visit the Information Desk to see what is available.

Fall is officially here, and your garden is getting tired. At the library’s “Putting Your Garden to Bed” program, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Martie Teumim will talk about how to prepare your garden for its long winter’s nap.

Join us Monday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m., when Teumim will discuss amending the soil, protecting shrubs and trees, deer proofing, and more.

This event ties into the Seed Library that was introduced this spring. Programs like this have taken place throughout the growing season and are meant to support those new to gardening, as well as encourage fledgling farmers to continue participating in this sustainable activity.

Following its successful 2019 launch, the Seed Library will return next year with more seeds and a whole new crop of programs!

Ancestry DNA

Home Ancestry DNA tests have changed the playing field when it comes to researching your family tree.

Genealogist Lisa Dougherty will be at the library Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. to help demystify the test results. She will discuss how to use the test to facilitate family history research, as well as how to use the Ancestry DNA website, interpret ethnicity estimates, and find and read your matches.

Help for dementia caregivers

In partnership with Eddy Alzheimer’s Services, the library holds regularly scheduled Support and Guidance for Dementia Caregivers sessions, the next one of which is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Social workers will be available to speak with caregivers of individuals with dementia beginning at 11 a.m. Contact Sarah LaPierre ( ; 518-238-4164) to reserve a time slot.  This service is funded by a grant from NYS Department of Health.

Access for all

At the library, we work hard to be accessible to people of all abilities. Patrons who anticipate a need for accommodations to attend a program or use the library, are asked to contact the Information Desk at 518-439-9314, option 2.  We may need at least seven days of advance notice to accommodate some equal access needs, but many of these services are available immediately.

Below are some of the ways in which we strive to be accessible to everyone:

— Our public spaces are compliant with the Americans with disabilities Act;

— American Sign Language is available at programs (requires some advance notice);

— Assistive listening devices are available in the Community Room for programs and events. Patrons may wish to bring their own headphones;

— We custom print Braille library cards on site;

— We have Braille materials for children;

— Our home delivery service Books to People reaches patrons who are homebound;

— We have an extensive large-print materials section, and eBooks, and eMagazines provide an opportunity for font enlargement on e-readers;

— We can coordinate materials from the New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) for our patrons.

— Mobility devices are available to use on site, including a motorized scooter, walker with seat and wheelchair;

— Movies are shown with Subtitling for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing when possible; and

— An Optelec magnifying reader can enlarge research and other materials.

Giddy-up! Our Friday, Sept. 20, Coffee and Conversation promises to be a rollicking ride as local entertainer Chuck Oakes celebrates the American West with songs, photographs, and a screening of “The Best of the West” television pilot he created for PBS with support from the Kingston Trio.

Coffee & Conversation, which is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, is an hourlong program starting at 1 p.m. followed by a coffee break. A strong lineup continues through fall with topics that touch on music, history, culture and more. Pick up a flyer at the library or find the schedule online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Video editing

Bring your favorite tech-savvy kid with you to our Tuesday, Sept. 24, “Video Editing for Kids and Grown-ups” program and learn to use Adobe Premiere Elements to easily make fun edits to video files. Feel free to bring your phone and cable to upload a video. The program starts at 3:45 p.m. and is geared toward children ages 7 and up with an adult.

Remember to register your intergenerational group together. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518-439-9314. 3:45 p.m. 

All about Hospice

Community educator Carol Ann Tiberia-Sterrett will be at the library Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about how the service aims to enhance the quality of life of those it serves. At the “All About Hospice” program, you will gain a better understanding of Hospice; how it supports the individual and the families, how it relieves financial burdens, and how people come to Hospice to live well ... not to die.

Tiberia is an accomplished healthcare administrator with over 30 years of operational, managerial and clinical experience in many levels of care across the continuum, including managed care and health insurance across five states with a primary focus in New York. She currently sits on the Community Maternity Services board of directors and has been featured on the WNYT 13 Forum, TV 17, and on Schenectady Today in an effort to recognize, promote and support caregivers across the continuum.

STEAM fun for families

Families are invited to join us Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. for an ocean-themed STEAM Night. Hear a story and learn about the layers of the ocean, and create your own layered ocean in a jar. Register children individually at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Yoga

Find your balance at the library with hatha yoga led by a local instructor Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. Mats will be provided, but bring your own if you have one. Don’t forget a towel and some water, and be sure to wear comfortable clothing. Beginners welcome. Sign up online or call.

Fall fun

Let’s celebrate the first day of fall together on Monday, Sept. 23, at 3:30 p.m. with fall-themed stories and crafts for kids of all ages.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Two young readers find a pint-sized perch at the Bethlehem Public Library to pore over their pile of picture books.

Fans of graphic novels or those just interested in the creative process that goes into bringing these art-novel hybrids to life will not want to miss the Bethlehem Public Library’s upcoming author talk with the Capital District’s own Sean Lewis on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

An author of many talents, Lewis is co-creator and writer of the comic books “Saints,” “The Few,” “Coyotes” and the upcoming “Thumbs,” published by Image Comics. He is also the creator of the comic books “Betrothed” and “Clankillers,” published by Aftershock Comics. A noted essayist, he can be heard on NPR’s “This American Life” and most recently he directed the television pilot for “Adult Ed,” which will premiere at the TriBeCa Film Festival. Lewis is also an award-winning playwright who has traveled extensively performing in solo shows across the country.

Adults and teens ages 14 and up are welcome.

Library barnyard

Goats and chickens and pigs, oh my!

On Sunday, Sept. 15, the library will host a tiny temporary farm as the Traveling Petting Zoo heads our way bringing some friendly goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, bunnies and pot-bellied pigs. Stop by from 1 to 3 p.m. to meet these adorable critters. Don’t forget your camera!

Piece it together

Are you a puzzle pro? Would you like to test those skills against others for a chance to win prizes? Then sign up for our Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge Monday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. Come as a team (up to five) or by yourself to see how quickly you can put together a 300-piece puzzle.

Prizes will be awarded for the fastest three teams. Teens ages 14 and up are welcome. Call 518-439-9314 to register or do it online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Donate books for a good cause

The library is once again partnering with Grassroot Givers, a local nonprofit, to collect books for donation to local organizations and individuals in need. Collection day is Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library garage. 

The organization is particularly interested in early literacy, children’s and YA books. The Book Project is also seeking current adult paperback and hardcover fiction and nonfiction, as well as adult biography, self-help, cookbooks and history books.

Grassroot 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 1 p.m., will not be accepted.

Grassroot Givers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the connection between the needs in our community and those with resources to share.

For more information, visit www.grassrootgivers.com.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Children stake out a spot on the Green to take in the End of Summer Concert by Rick Bedrosian on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Bethlehem Public Library. Bedrosian played a pair of family-friendly shows to celebrate another successful summer of reading.

What’s in an Adirondack name?

Author and outdoor enthusiast Erik Schlimmer has spent a lot of time in the Adirondacks — from Good Luck Lake to Whiteface Mountain — and he’s gotten to know some of the places and their names pretty well. So well, in fact, that he’s written two books dedicated to Adirondack place-name history: “History Inside the Blue Line” and “Among the Cloud Splitters.” What he’s found is that “behind every name is a story, and that story’s usually pretty good.”

On Friday, Sept. 6, Erik will kick off the 2019 Coffee and Conversation series at the Bethlehem Public Library by sharing some of these stories and talking about the research that went into decoding the history behind hundreds of Adirondack names. The program — “Adirondack Place Names: Why is That Thing Over There Called That?” — starts at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a coffee break. Coffee and Conversation is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects Inc.

Erik first visited the library this spring to discuss his book “Cradle of the Union: Albany History Uncovered,” where he took a closer look at the street names of Albany. He has written for a number of outdoor publications and is also the author of “Thru Hiker’s Guide to America,” “Blue Line to Blue Line” and “My Adirondacks.”

Expedition Anniversary Party

It’s been one year since hundreds of library enthusiasts visited all 36 Upper Hudson Library System libraries. Everyone (whether you completed the expedition or not!) is invited to celebrate the anniversary of the Library Expedition on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Crossings in Colonie.

There will be cider and doughnuts, as well as fun activities. Enjoy a lovely fall day with fellow expeditioners from across the Upper Hudson Library System. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call.

Make a mandala

Intricate mandalas are a popular subject of adult coloring books, but where did they come from and what do they mean?

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., the library will host a Mandala Workshop, where you will be given a brief introduction on the history and significance of mandalas, then learn how to draw your own mandala and color it in.

Yoga at the library

This fall, you are invited to find your center at the library at one or more hatha yoga sessions led by a local instructor. The first session is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.

Mats will be provided, but bring your own if you have one. Beginners are welcome. Register online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Erik Schlimmer returns to the library to talk about some of the more unusual Adirondack nomenclature

The September/October Footnotes newsletter has been mailed, and it is packed with some excellent autumn programs, including the return of some of our popular series for adults.

Coffee & Conversation kicks off the season on Friday, Sept. 6, with “Adirondack Place Names.” Author and avid outdoorsman Erik Schlimmer returns to the library to talk about some of the more unusual Adirondack nomenclature.

According to Schlimmer, behind every name is a story, and that story’s usually pretty good! Coffee & Conversation, which is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, is an hour-long program starting at 1 p.m. followed by a coffee break.

A strong lineup continues through fall with topics that touch on music, history, culture, and more. Pick up a flyer at the library or find the schedule online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Book talk

After the summer hiatus, our book discussions begin anew in early September — with some changes. We have added a Monday evening group — Check ’em Out Books — to replace the Wednesday night group.

DayBooks discussions will take place at 1:30 p.m. monthly on a Monday and Thursday. Featured this fall are “Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan on Sept. 12 or 16, and “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid on Oct. 7 or 10.

Check ‘em Out Books meets Mondays and AfterDinner Books meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on alternate months. Those discussions will delve into “The Winter People” by Jennifer McMahon on Monday, Sept. 9, and “Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

New members are always welcome, and copies of the books are available at the information desk. Audio and downloadable copies may also be available. A list of discussion books through December is available online.

Listening Parties

Our monthly Listening Parties with Bethlehem librarian Michael Farley are also back! This is a great chance for you to join fellow music lovers and share your opinions about the artists that have shaped the musical landscape.

Up first is “Jazz and the Spoken Word” on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. Hear examples of jazz and spoken word poetry from the 1950s to the present.

Reminders

— Bethlehem Public Library will be closed Labor Day weekend, from Saturday to Monday, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. Regular Sunday hours resume Sept. 8;

— The free WiFi network at the Elm Avenue Pool complex and park, as well as the Five Rivers and the Colonial Acres Park signals, are available year-round — not just during the warmer months. The signal will appear on electronic devices as “Free Library WiFi” and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and

— Got books? The library is once again partnering with Grassroot Givers, a local not-for-profit, to collect books for donation to local organizations and individuals in need. Collection day is Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library garage. Grassroot Givers will accept only books that are in good shape and are dropped off during the designated collection time. They are especially interested in like-new children’s books.

— Photo by Kate Lambert

A bubble party was hosted by the Bethlehem Public Library at Colonial Acres Park in Glenmont on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Pop-Up Library events have taken place at community spaces throughout Bethlehem over the summer.

We explored a Universe of Stories this summer, and now it’s time to celebrate with a family-friendly concert on Wednesday, Aug. 28, featuring Rick Bedrosian from Hair of the Dog and Hey Jude. Enjoy classics by the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and more as we celebrate our summer reading accomplishments with music and dancing.

We’ll be hosting two concerts that day, one at 3:30 p.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m. If it’s nice out, concerts will take place on the Green, so bring a chair or blanket to get comfortable. In the event of bad weather, concerts will take place in the library’s community room.

Explore Space Land

Imagine the game Candy Land, but with a space theme. Then imagine it as a life-size version. Sound like fun? See for yourself Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 3 p.m. as we transform the Children’s Place into Space Land for kids and families. 

While you’re waiting your turn to embark on the out-of-this-world adventure, you can decorate an uplifting greeting card for Cards for Hospitalized Kids, which will distribute them to young people across the United States who could use a kind word.

Faux stained-glass fun

Color and take home a beautiful faux stained glass creation at our DIY False Stained Glass program on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. This project is fun yet simple enough for all levels of crafters to create something wonderful. For kids in grades 1-5.

Labor Day Weekend

Bethlehem Public Library will be closed Labor Day weekend Saturday-Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Access the library catalog and other library services online anytime atwww.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. Regular Sunday hours resume Sept. 8.

Internet to go

When it comes to the free WiFi access at the library — you can take it with you. The Bethlehem Public Library loans out Pocket WiFi hotspots that allow users WiFi access within the Sprint network anywhere in the United States. 

Say what you will about our wired world, but there is no denying that internet access opens up new possibilities in education, entertainment and commerce. By providing “Internet to Go,” the library is making sure that access is available to everyone in our community. 

Use the device to stream music or your favorite show or do some online research on your own time and in your own space — there are no restrictions as long as Sprint service is available.

The devices can be found on our Library of Things shelf near the Circulation Desk, and they are easily portable and can be borrowed for two weeks at a time. Bethlehem cardholders may request the WiFi devices, but anyone in the Upper Hudson Library System can check out the ones on the shelves on a first-come basis. The hotspots must be returned to the Bethlehem library circulation desk. Check one out today, and get your free library Internet to go.

The robotics team of Bethlehem Central High School demonstrates its robot at the Bethlehem Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 3, where team members provided tech help to the public.

Get crafty at the Bethlehem Public Library next week with a pair of programs that will have you whipping up some spa essentials or creating a special box to store your favorite memory keepsakes.

On Monday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m., join us as we learn how to make a do-it-yourself mocha lip scrub and coffee salt scrub to give your grooming a caffeine kick! Supplies will be provided, but registration is required. Although the Aug. 19 program is just for adults, we’re repeating it for ages kids ages 9 to 14 the following day, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m. Once again, registration is required.

Display your treasured memories in style when you decorate a small wooden memory box using decoupage on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. Bring an image of your choice for the lid; other paper samples and wooden box provided. Registration is required.

You can sign up for one or both of these programs online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518-439-9314.

Be a Friend

The Friends of Bethlehem Public Library meet on Monday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Want to know more about what the Friends do? Be sure to drop by – new members are always welcome!

The Friends are dedicated to increasing public awareness of the library’s mission, as well as sponsoring programs that enrich the entire community. Some of the library’s most popular events and activities are funded by the Friends, including mini-golf, bus trips to Glimmerglass or New York City and the ice cream social during the Evenings on the Green summer concert series finale.

If you’ve ever borrowed a WiFi hotspot or checked out a pair of binoculars, drum kit, karaoke machine or metal detector, you have the Friends to thank as well.

The Friends also underwrite the popular winter concert series, 

“A Little Sunday Music,” and they support the “Evenings on the Green” summer concert series and author visits.

Because of the Friends, Bethlehem patrons can check out free passes to a number of area museums and historic buildings, as well as a New York State Empire Pass. (You’ll find the complete list at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org; find “museum passes” under the “More” tab.)

The all-volunteer group meets on the third Monday evening, every other month. Meetings are open to the public. If you would like to play a greater role in this community organization, please contact the Friends liaison at .

Still some summer left

It’s not too late to sign up for summer reading at the library. Readers of all ages are invited to participate. Register online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org (Click on the Summer Reading image on the home page) or in person, and check out our upcoming programs on the website or in the latest version of the Footnotes newsletter.

Summer hours

The library is closed Sundays in July and August. You can access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

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