Nominating petition forms and informational packets are available at the library Information Desk beginning Monday, Feb. 24, for candidates interested in serving on the Bethlehem Public Library Board of Trustees. There are two seats on the 2020 ballot, currently held by incumbents Lisa Scoons and Brian Sweeney. Scoons is seeking re-election, while Sweeney will be stepping down in June.

The library takes very seriously its responsibility to serve the community by providing access to resources and programming that enhance the quality of life of our residents. Our trustees make this possible through their dedication and vision, and they fill a very important public service role that affects every tax-paying resident, whether that person has stepped foot in the library or not.

Board meetings are held at the library monthly and are open to the public. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. and last about two hours. Trustees are expected to regularly attend.

Petitions must contain at least 50 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 5 p.m. on April 20.

The election and budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 19, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bethlehem Central High School.

A better bag

When the state ban on single-use plastic bags begins March 1, shoppers will be encouraged to bring their own reusable bags to shop. Get ready to tote your goods in style by customizing your own shopping bag at the library Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. We will provide the bag and fabric paint, you provide the inspiration. Teens welcome!

Winter break fun

There’s still time to enjoy some winter break fun at the library!

On Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m., we’re building with boxes. Join us as we stack ’em up and see how big our box build can get – like blocks, but bigger. For kids and families. Stop by later that day at 2 p.m. for a family book discussion focusing on Lesa Cline-Ransome’s “Finding Langston,” a story about a family’s move from Alabama to Chicago during the Great Migration.

On Friday, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. we’re hosting another Escape-room like adventure, but this time it is for kids in grades 2-5. For our “Breakout EDU: Help Hansel and Gretel,” participants will use their code-breaking skills to help Hansel and Gretel find their way home after visiting the not-so-scary witch. Registration required.

To register for programs, visit the website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and click on the calendar or call 518-439-9314.

Dorm Room Delicacies

Just because you’re about to begin your higher education doesn’t mean you have to lower your food standards for the next few years. At the Friday, Feb. 21, Dorm Room Delicacies program, a Hannaford dietitian will show soon-to-be college-bound students how to make healthy dishes using the appliances and utensils found in a typical dorm room. The program, geared to teens ages 13 to 17, begins at 2 p.m. Sign up online or call.

Experience some library love this Valentine’s Day with a pair of programs for the young and young at heart.

On Friday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m., we’re hosting “Sweetest Day” for children up to age 6 with their caregivers. Hear some sweet stories and stay to decorate a sweet treat!

Later that day, enjoy “Isn’t It Romantic: Valentine’s Day Songs,” a concert featuring singers Eric and Linda Braun, along with Richard Nabozny performing romantic songs from the Great American Songbook, as well as sing-alongs and poetry. The music starts at 2 p.m.

Winter break

What do you do when the kids have a whole week off of school in the middle of winter? Head to the library, of course! We’ve got fun programs scheduled the entire winter break. Check out the complete list atwww.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or pick up a flyer at the library.

Things start out a little wild Monday, Feb. 17, with an educational program from Reptile Adventure featuring live snakes, lizards and turtles. Seating is limited with programs at 10:30 a.m. or 1:15 p.m.

It’s school break week, but we have some fun scheduled for preschoolers, too! On Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. join us and our friends from Brightside Up (formerly the Capital District Child Care Council) for “Little Blue Truck: A Sensory Learning Experience.” Children up to age 6 and their caregivers can share in the adventure of Little Blue and his animal friends as they work together to rescue a truck stuck in the mud.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, teens in grades 6 to 12 can prepare to “Pass or Fail on the Oregon Trail” a Breakout EDU program that is an Escape Room-like adventure where participants solve a series of puzzles that will help them and their friends travel westward on the Oregon Trail. This program requires registration.

The following day, Wednesday, Feb. 19, children and teens ages 9 and up are invited to learn about the properties of a variety of essential oils and make an infused wooden bead necklace or bracelet. The program takes place at 2 p.m., and registration is required. 

On Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m., we’re building with boxes. Join us as we stack ’em up and see how big our box build can get – like blocks, but bigger. For kids and families.

Get some reading in during the winter break and stop by the library Thursday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. for a family book discussion focusing on Lesa Cline-Ransome’s “Finding Langston,” a story about a family’s move from Alabama to Chicago during the Great Migration.

On Friday, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. we’re hosting another Escape-room like adventure, but this time it is for kids in grades 2 to 5. For our “Breakout EDU: Help Hansel and Gretel,” participants will use their code-breaking skills to help Hansel and Gretel find their way home after visiting the not-so-scary witch. Registration required.

To register for programs, visit the website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and click on the calendar or call 518-439-9314.

— Photo by Kate Lambert

Nesting: Children and their caregivers work to build nests out of the same materials birds might find in the wild at the Bethlehem Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 29, during Family STEAM Night. 

Warm up to the second half of our popular winter concert series, A Little Sunday Music, which resumes Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library with flautist Melanie Chirignan, accompanied by pianist Michael Clement.

Chirignan is known for her musicality and versatility of repertoire. As an orchestral player, she has performed with the New York Chamber Players Orchestra, Albany Pro Musica, Octavo Chamber Orchestra, Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic, and others. She has also performed with jazz bass legend Nat Reeves, traditional Irish harpist Hailey Hewitt, and the Philadelphia Fife and Drum Corps.

Chirignan earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance and music education, graduating magna cum laude from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. She earned her master’s degree in flute performance at the Hartt School. She has taught general music, chorus, and orchestra, and has taught every level from elementary school to conservatory-level students.

Pianist Michael Clement has served as staff accompanist and vocal coach for Skidmore College and The College of Saint Rose. He has been on the music staff for Opera Saratoga, Long Beach Opera, and the Florentine Opera. Currently, he is the pianist for the Mendelssohn Club of Albany, is Minister of Music at Emmanuel Baptist in Albany, and performs in venues throughout the Northeast.

A Little Sunday Music wraps up the 2019-20 series on Sunday, March 8, with the Musicians of Ma’alwyck, a popular local chamber ensemble specializing in music performed in America during the 18th and 19th centuries.

A Little Sunday Music is sponsored by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.

Castellani visits

Our book discussion groups always have room for one more reader, and with a variety of meeting days and times, there’s sure to be a group that fits your schedule.

Coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 11, the library is holding a special AfterDinner Books discussion about “Natalie’s Wars” by Paul Castellani featuring a visit from the author himself! The novel tells the story of a woman who struggles through World War II on the homefront and in the years after with a husband suffering from the psychological fallout of war. Castellani, a university professor and Capital Region writer, has published numerous articles on public policy, and “Natalie’s Wars”is his second novel. His first was the well-reviewed “Sputnik Summer,” detailing life in the Adirondacks in the late 1950s. AfterDinner Books meets every other month on a Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Book Discussions

Daybooks, our afternoon discussion group, meets at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, or Thursday, Feb. 13, to discuss “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. Daybooks meets twice a month, every month.

Check ’Em Out Books, which alternates every other month with AfterDinner Books meets next on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. to talk about Jeannette Walls’ “Half Broke Horses.”

Discussions are facilitated by Bethlehem librarians, who carefully select books spanning a variety of topics and genres. Pick up a bookmark or visit us online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/programs/adult/book-discussions for additional 2020 titles.

— Photo by Kate Lambert

All About Me: Kids make self-portrait collages at the Bethlehem Public Library on Monday, Jan. 20,  to celebrate the things that make them special.

Of course you can (and should) take your child to the library any day, but on Saturday, Feb. 1, we are celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day with a special performance by magician Doug Bartels at 2:30 p.m.

Stop by to discover all there is to borrow and enjoy at Bethlehem Public Library and then stay for Bartels’ fun, interactive show. When you and your child spend the day with us, you will find that libraries are magical places — with or without a magician on hand! Seating for the magic show may be limited.

Bartels has been performing magic for kids and adults in the Capital District for over 40 years. He has won many awards for his magic and is a member of the prestigious magic society known as The Magic Circle.

Take Your Child to the Library Day was founded in 2012 by a Connecticut librarian, with libraries across the country joining in the following year. It is held on the first Saturday in February and is meant to showcase what libraries do for children and families, as well as raise awareness of the services we offer.

Pop in to make pop-up cards

February can be cold and dreary, but you could brighten someone’s month with a cool pop-up card. Stop by the Community Room Monday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. and we’ll show you how to much a whimsical pop-up card for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion. Oh, and there will be snacks! This program is intended for adults.

Check mates

Do you know a kid who loves to play chess or wants to learn how? Tell them to sign up for one of our Chess Club sessions. At Chess Club, teen volunteers play chess with school-age children of all experience levels.  Our next Chess Club is Tuesday, Feb. 4, with sessions at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sign up for one timeslot per night at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. See the website for additional Chess Club sessions.

Support for dementia caregivers

Caring for a loved one with dementia is challenging on the best of days, and it can be hard to know where to find answers to your many questions.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 11 a.m. social workers from Eddy Alzheimer’s Services will be available at the library to speak one-on-one with caregivers of individuals with dementia. This is a regularly occurring event funded by a grant from  the NYS Department of Health.

Storm and ice warning

In the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Weather conditions can occasionally cause icing near the entrances that could lead to closure even when the town roadways are clear. Call ahead at (18-439-9314 if you are unsure. Information may also be available on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Sharing ideas: On Thursday, Jan. 16, a local Girl Scout troop dropped by the Bethlehem Public Library to brainstorm some long-range planning ideas with Library Directory Geoff Kirkpatrick, at right. The library is currently in the process of evaluating its services and spaces for current and future needs.

Tell your story with the Studio Makerspace at the Bethlehem Public Library.

The library’s Studio Makerspace makes it easy to share stories and ideas with a greater audience through self-produced videos, TV shows, podcasting, and more. It’s also a great way to record and preserve personal histories or create presentations for distance-learning. The only limit is one’s imagination.

This self-service model and its user-friendly audio-visual equipment is right in line with the library’s mission of providing the tools and training to help people reach their goals — instead of doing the work for them.

It also means studio availability is not limited by staffing and is accessible seven days a week. Anyone with an active Upper Hudson library card can book studio time in three-hour increments through the library’s online calendar. Public access to these cutting-edge tools helps bridge the digital divide in our community and creates opportunities that were once limited to those with professional experience.

Laptops with Adobe Premiere Elements are available to use in the library for video editing, and the library also loans out handheld digital video cameras, so anyone is free to take their show on the road.

Content created in the studio can be made for personal use, distributed online or, if the producer is a not-for-profit organization, for broadcast on BCN-TV, the library’s public-access channel, which is available on Spectrum Channel 1301 and Verizon Fios Channel 28.

Video editing

Sign up for the Monday, Jan. 27, Adobe Premiere Elements training session to learn how to edit videos, create titles, insert transitions, add special effects, adjust audio and more to create a professional looking video suitable for a variety of media. The 10 a.m. class is one of many regularly scheduled Premiere Elements beginner programs.

Register online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org (click on the “Calendar” tab) or call (518) 439-9314.

One-on-one genealogy help

Are you just getting started researching your family history and don’t know where to begin?  Do you have a genealogical “brick wall” to get through? Are you interested in learning about family history resources available through the library or online?

Get one-on-one help with these and other family history topics by booking an appointment at the library. At a genealogy help appointment, a librarian will highlight available resources and teach you how to use them, but they do not do the genealogical research for you.

To make an appointment, fill out the form online at bethlehempubliclibrary.org, stop at the Information Desk, or call 518-439-9314, ext. 3009.  Appointments last one-hour and must be made at least one week in advance.

Storm and ice warning

In the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Weather conditions can occasionally cause icing near the entrances that could lead to closure even when the town roadways are clear. Call ahead at 518-439-9314 if you are unsure. Information may also be available on our website atwww.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Are you ready for Regents exams? The Bethlehem Public Library has set aside dedicated group study space for Regents test prep from Tuesday, Jan. 14, through Thursday, Jan. 23.

Most study halls will take place in our community room, unless otherwise noted. Students and their tutors are welcome to drop in and stay as long as needed during scheduled hours. The full schedule is available at the library and online at www.bplteens.org.

Planning our future

At the Jan. 8 We Heard You meeting, library architect Paul Mays outlined some of the ideas from the public that have emerged as priorities during the library’s long-range planning discussion, and everyone who visits the library from now until the end of the month will get a chance to weigh in.

Inside the library, you’ll see a pair of easels featuring the ideas that have been discussed. Get a sticker dot when you check out materials or talk to a staffer, and place it next to the concept that most aligns with your library priorities.

Big data at your fingertips

If you are looking to grow your business or seek out new career or marketing opportunities in the new year, get a head start with Bethlehem Public Library’s powerful digital research tool, ReferenceUSA, a big data resource that grants access to continuously updated business and residential information in the U.S. and Canada for research, marketing, job seeking and more.

Local small business owners and marketing professionals can optimize marketing prospects using the data on ReferenceUSA, as well as the site’s sophisticated mapping tool. Beyond the marketing and business possibilities, ReferenceUSA is a valuable tool for general research, such as locating individuals or information about healthcare professionals.

To access the site through Bethlehem Public Library, visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and click on the “Research” tab. On the research page, you’ll find ReferenceUSA listed in alphabetical order. The service is free for anyone to use on-site at the library, where the data collected can be downloaded and saved. Bethlehem patrons can also access the site remotely using a library card.

New life for old home movies

Do you have some old home movies on VHS that you would like to digitize? Make a digital copy of those precious memories from a VCR, camcorder or other analog sources using the Elgato Video Capture. 

The device includes RCA and S-video cables, as well as a SCART adapter. They are available to borrow on a first-come basis, and must be picked up and dropped off at Bethlehem Public Library.

If you have a VHS tape but no longer the device to play it, you can reserve some time in the tech room to make a copy using the library’s equipment. You will need to bring your own DVD-R.

Get creative

The library’s Tech Room Makerspace features the Cricut Maker, which allows for precision cutting of paper, vinyl, fabric and other materials. In addition to the Cricut, we’ve got the Makerbot 3D printer, a die cutter, laminator, button maker, light tracing board and sewing machine available for you to use anytime during library hours.

See these tools in action at our Tech Room Makerspace open house Monday, Jan. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Party hats and festive bubbles: Children and their families danced and made crafts at the Bethlehem Public Library as they counted down to the new year at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Do you enjoy talking about books with fellow readers? Are you stuck in a reading rut and in need of some inspiration?

Then consider joining one of the library’s three different book discussions for adults. There’s Daybooks, which takes place monthly at 1:30 p.m on a Monday and a Thursday; Check ’Em Out Books, which meets at 7 p.m. every other month on a Monday; and AfterDinner Books, which alternates months with Check ’Em Out and takes place at 7 p.m. on a Tuesday night.

Daybooks will meet next on Monday, Jan. 13, or Thursday, Jan. 16, to discuss “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson. 

Discussions are facilitated by Bethlehem librarians, who carefully select books spanning a variety of topics and genres. Sometimes the authors even drop by to provide additional insight such as Paul Castellani who will be joining us for the Feb. 11 “Natalie’s Wars” discussion at AfterDinner Books.

Pick up a bookmark or visit us online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/programs/adult/book-discussions for additional 2020 titles.

New members are always welcome, and copies of the books are available at the Information Desk. Audio and downloadable copies may also be available.

Annual report

Bethlehem Public Library’s annual report for fiscal year 2018-19 is now available online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. Printed copies are available as a bookmark in the literature rack at the Information Desk.

Get creative with a Cricut

Don’t forget to check out our Tech Room Makerspace and see all of the great new tools we’ve added recently.

Front and center is the Cricut Maker, which allows for precision cutting of paper, vinyl, fabric and other materials. This versatile tool is perfect for scrapbooking, quilting, creating custom cards, and more. It can even letter and emboss for a polished text presentation. Patrons are responsible for bringing their own materials to use in the Cricut.

The Cricut joins the Makerbot 3D printer, a die cutter, laminator, button maker, light tracing board and sewing machine available for use anytime during library hours. 

Want to see these tools in action? Drop by the library for a Tech Room Makerspace open house Monday, Jan. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.

eMagazines

While some of your favorite eMagazines can still be found in Flipster, many UHLS digital magazines are now available from OverDrive, so you can get your eBooks, digital audiobooks and magazines all in one place. 

Bethlehem cardholders will have access to additional Flipster titles beyond the Upper Hudson collection. Visit the website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and click on the eContent button to begin your search.

Storm and ice warning

In the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Weather conditions can occasionally cause icing near the entrances that could lead to closure even when the town roadways are clear. Call ahead at 518-439-9314 if you are unsure. Information may also be available on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Keep track of plans and ideas better in the new year through bullet journaling! On Saturday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. the Bethlehem Public Library is holding Bullet Journal 101 for beginners.

Bring a journal or notebook and see how easy and fun it can be to get organized. If you already keep a bullet journal, you’re invited to share your insight and experience. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518-439-9314.

 

New iPad? No problem!

Do you have a new iPad? We’ll show you how to use it at our iPad Basics program on Monday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. Bring your iPad and Apple ID and password. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518-439-9314.

 

We Heard You

In November, we asked our Bethlehem friends and neighbors to take part in a public brainstorming workshop to talk about the evolution of library services and how the library’s space can be used to best meet those needs. Now library architect Paul Mays returns for a We Heard You meeting to talk about those responses and what priorities emerged from that discussion.

Please join us Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. as we present some of the ideas we’ve heard from library users and other members of the community. If you were unable to join us at the November meeting, you can use this opportunity to share your own thoughts and goals for the library. This is an ongoing ideas-gathering process that is an important step in the development of the Bethlehem Public Library Board of Trustees’ Long-Range Plan.

For more information, call 518-439-9314 or visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Paul Mays, of Butler Rowland Mays Architects, LLP in Ballston Spa, specializes in library design and renovation. He has recently worked on the Colonie, Saratoga Springs, Guilderland, and Kingston libraries, among others.

 

Learn with Kanopy

Did you resolve to learn something new in 2020? The Great Courses on Kanopy can help! From cooking instruction to history and finance, further your lifelong learning goals with the Great Courses. This streaming video service is available to Bethlehem cardholders.

Kanopy digital content can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. To get started, click on the eContent graphic on the library’s home page at www.bethlehempubliclibrary or visit bethpl.kanopy.com.

 

Storm and ice warning

In the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Weather conditions can occasionally cause icing near the entrances that could lead to closure even when the town roadways are clear. Call ahead at 518-439-9314 if you are unsure. Information may also be available on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

It’s been a busy year of borrowing at Bethlehem Public Library, but some items went out more than others. We’ve tallied up some of the most-loved loans of 2019, broken down by category and based on the number of times those items were checked out. 

The most borrowed novel of 2019 was the atmospheric bestseller “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. In the non-fiction category, the most borrowed book was Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming,” which was also the top circulating audiobook of the year.

The most borrowed DVD was “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which focused on the life and times of Queen singer Freddie Mercury. The CD in our collection that went out the most in 2019 was Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” with its catchy tunes and tie-in with the traveling production that made a stop at Proctors in 2019.

Our Library of Things continued to grow in 2019, adding guitar-effects pedals, trail camera kits, and more. Technically, the most borrowed items from this collection over the past year were WiFi hotspots and laptops, but the Nintendo Switch was tops in things borrowed strictly for entertainment. Our most popular museum pass in 2019 was to MiSci in Schenectady.

People magazine was the most borrowed magazine in 2019 in both its physical and digital form. (Us Weekly came in a close second in the eMagazine category.) 

It was a clean sweep in the e-book category with Bethlehem patrons borrowing Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” more than any other title. In the e-audiobook category, “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt was tops.

Bethlehem’s most borrowed young-adult book of 2019 was Jarrett Krosoczka’s “Hey, Kiddo,” a memoir about growing up in a family struggling with addiction. Younger kids were eager to follow Dog Man on his next adventure, making “Brawl of the Wild” by Dav Pilkey the year’s most borrowed children’s book.

We can’t wait to see what’s popular in 2020!

Chill with Kanopy

Hey, parents! Kanopy Kids can be your secret boredom-busting weapon this winter break. The streaming video service for Bethlehem cardholders offers a wide selection age-appropriate, thoughtful entertainment for your children, like PBS classics “Super Why,” shows based on popular storybooks and full-length films.

Kanopy digital content can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. To get started, click on the eContent graphic on the library’s home page at www.bethlehempubliclibrary or visit bethpl.kanopy.com

Holiday hours

The library will be close at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, and remain closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. We’re always open online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Storm and ice warning

In the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Call ahead at 518-439-9314 if you are unsure. Information may also be available on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Everyone loves a break from the school-and-homework routine but, by Day 3, restlessness can settle in, and many families will be looking for new ways to be entertained and engaged. Look no further than the Bethlehem Public Library!

Here’s a sweet start to your winter break: On Friday, Dec. 20, we’re hosting a Cookie Decorating Challenge for teens at 3:30 p.m. Use colored frosting, sprinkles, and candy to decorate sugar cookies, and then vote for your favorite creations! Sign up online or call.

Come back to the library Monday, Dec. 23, for a Super Smash Bros. Afternoon at 2 p.m. Join your friends to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch and enjoy some tasty snacks. This program is for kids ages 9 and up.

The library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25, but you won’t want to miss our Vacation Cinema on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 2 p.m. featuring an adventurous teen who moves from the jungle to high school but soon embarks on a journey to the Lost City of Gold. The Paramount film runs for 100 minutes and is rated PG.

Color your world purple on Friday, Dec. 27, a 10 a.m. when you watch a video adaptation of “Harold and the Purple Crayon” (and more Harold stories!) and do some purple art activities. This event is for kids and their families.

Teens are invited to use their imagination and problem-solving skills while meeting and socializing with others who enjoy role-playing games at the Sunday, Dec. 29, Dungeons and Dragons gathering at 2:30 p.m. All playing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own dice or D&D 5th Edition Character Sheet.

Winter is a great time to read together as a family, and on Monday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m., we’re holding a Family Book Discussion to talk about “Winnie’s Great War,” Lindsay Mattick’s story of a real-life bear cub during World War I that was the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh. We hope you can join us!

We’ll be saying farewell to 2019 on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at our New Year’s Eve Party. Make a noisemaker and enjoy some bubbles and dancing as we count down to the new year at a more family-friendly hour. Come by at 11 a.m.

For more information or to register for any of these programs, go to www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518-439-9314.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed Tuesday through Wednesday, Dec. 24 to 25, for the Christmas holiday, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. We’re always open online atwww.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Storm and ice warning

In the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Weather conditions can occasionally cause icing near the entrances that could lead to closure even when the town roadways are clear. Call ahead at 518-439-9314 if you are unsure. Information may also be available on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

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