— Photo provided by The Wheel

The Wheel, a six-member band playing music by the Grateful Dead, will cap the Bethlehem Library’s afternoon celebration, launching Summer Reading’s Universe of Stories. The Wheel will perform on The Green at 7 p.m.

Get ready for liftoff! Summer Reading sign-up begins soon, and this year’s theme —  A Universe of Stories — promises a lively summer of programs, reading, concerts, and crafts that are out of this world.

We love getting Summer Reading started off right, so this year we are launching it with an afternoon of all-ages events on Wednesday, June 26.

The fun begins at 4 p.m. with balloon artist Daryl Baldwin creating whimsical sculptures while guests rub elbows with the one-and-only Llama Llama from the popular books by Anna Dewdney.

Enjoy an all-ages read-in at 4:30 p.m. and get a jump on your Summer Reading goals. Later on, things start rocking on The Green at 7 p.m. with The Wheel, a six-piece band covering mostly Grateful Dead tunes.

Also beginning June 26, you can register for the Summer Reading challenge to earn cool prizes for meeting a variety of reading goals. Adults, teens, school-age children, and preschoolers can sign up in person or online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Look for even more great Summer Reading programs on our website or in the July-August edition of the Footnotes newsletter.

Make your mark

With the launch of Summer Reading comes the return of our all-ages bookmark contest, so break out those colored markers and get drawing!

Please use original art only and nothing computer-generated. Entries will be accepted through Aug. 30. Contest entries will be judged anonymously by library staff, and winners will be announced online and in the library in late September. Winning bookmark designs will be printed for distribution in the library.

Pick up an entry form at the library or find it with the Summer Reading information online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Egg watch

The eggs in our Children’s Place “Incubation Eggsperiment” are getting closer to hatching. We’ve marked June 20 as hatch day, but it could be anytime around then. You may even be able to catch the hatching in action on the live-streaming Chick Cam featured on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Holiday and summer hours

Please note, the library will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The library is also closed Sundays in July and August, beginning July 7. You can access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Save the date

For the fourth summer in a row, the library will transform into an 18-hole miniature golf course on Sunday, July 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. Golfers of all ages, from pros to duffers, can enjoy this favorite family pastime inside the library’s delightfully climate-controlled environs.

This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information!

— Photo by Bethlehem Public Library staff

Incubating eggs in the Children’s Place at the Bethlehem Public Library get a careful turn.

This spring, you may have noticed a welcoming outdoor nook at the Bethlehem Public Library just off the Children’s Place, filled with fun-sized furniture and whimsical decorations. The brand new Ian Boegel Memorial Patio is just the place to hang out and enjoy sunny days with your library friends.

This new space has been generously funded by Ian’s family and friends in memory of the Bethlehem resident and frequent Children’s Place visitor.

Read, relax, or make your mark with a colorful chalk creation! With the Memorial Patio, our young visitors are invited to enjoy the library inside and out.

Hudson Valley history

Coffee and Conversation wraps up it spring series Friday, June 14, with a presentation about Crailo State Historic Site by Sam Huntington, who will talk about the early Dutch inhabitants of the upper Hudson Valley and the heritage of the 18th-Century site built by Hendrick Van Rensselaer.

Coffee and Conversation is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects Inc., and is free and open to everyone. The program begins at 1 p.m. and last about 60 minutes with a coffee and social hour following.

Call 518-439-9314 or visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org for more information.

Just for fifth-graders

Middle school can seem like an awfully big place when you don’t know that many people. That’s why the library is holding a special event just for fifth-graders to hang out and get to know one another Friday, June 14, at 3:30 p.m.

Make some Sharpie art with fifth-graders from all of the Bethlehem schools and meet with teen librarian, Tori. Snacks will be served!

Bowie’s “Space Oddity”

In the final Listening Party of the season, we’re departing from the usual “Be the DJ” format to focus on a fan favorite that also ties in with the “Universe of Stories” Summer Reading theme.

On Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m., we’ll be taking a closer look at David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” to mark the 50th anniversary of the breakthrough single that launched his decades-long career. Join fellow music lovers and share your personal impressions and memories.

Our Listening Parties are like a book club, but for music. Bethlehem librarian Michael Farley will facilitate the discussion, which is co-sponsored by Voorheesville Public Library.

Egg watch

Don’t forget to drop by the Children’s Place to see how our “Incubation Eggsperiment” is coming along as we hatch a brood of chicks inside the library. You may even be able to help us turn the eggs!

We’re also live-streaming their progress through the Chick Cam featured on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

The library at your doorstep

Books to People is a free library delivery service available to residents of the Bethlehem Central School District who are unable to visit the library because of a permanent or temporary medical condition.

The library van will deliver requests every two weeks, and pick up returns. You can request books, circulating magazines, DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks. To ask for this delivery service, contact the library Information Desk at 518-439-9314.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Tell your story: The Studio Makerspace at Bethlehem Public Library is a user-friendly space that allows anyone with an Upper Hudson library card to self-produce his or her own video.

By Bethlehem Public Library continues to take the lead in putting new technology within everyone’s reach with our Studio Makerspace and One Button recording system. The studio, which celebrated its grand opening this spring, has recently been enhanced with sound-dampening drop ceilings and LED [light-emitting diode] lighting to provide an even better user experience.

The 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 your 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 no longer limited by staffing and is now 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.

The hallmark of the Studio Makerspace is the One Button system, which records and saves an mp4 file directly to a USB flash drive in one step. Laptops with Adobe Premiere Elements are available 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 may 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.

Read It Forward

Teens, it’s Read It Forward time again at the library! This year, the featured book is “Miles Morales: Spider-Man” by Jason Reynolds. No due dates, no late fees, no worries! Just read the book, tell a friend about it, and pass it on. A limited number of books will be available at the library.

For details, see the guidelines found in each book, visit www.bplteens.org or stop by the desk in the Children’s Place. This is a collaborative project with the Upper Hudson Library System.

What’s hatching at the library?

Don’t forget to drop by the Children’s Place to see how our “Incubation Eggsperiment” is coming along as we hatch a brood of chicks inside the library. We’re also live-streaming their progress through the Chick Cam featured on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

On Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m. Environmental educator George Steele will return for the second part of the “eggsperiment.” At the “Inside the Egg” program, he will show everyone how to candle the eggs to take a look at how the embryos are developing. Once they hatch, the chicks will hang around the library for a week or so before heading to the farm.

— Photo from Bethlehem Public Library staff

Reading to a dog was part of the fun on May 18 when the Bethlehem Public Library held a Forever Home pet adoption day, featuring a number of adoptable cats and dogs.

At the Bethlehem Public Library, we’re counting our chickens as they hatch this June — and you can too! For our “Incubation Eggsperiment,” we’ll be hatching a brood of chicks inside the library and live-streaming their progress through the Chick Cam featured on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Environmental educator George Steele will drop by on Saturday, June 1, at 3 p.m. to get things started with a “Meet the Chickens” program for kids and families. This is your chance to meet a rooster and a hen and learn about how the egg incubator in the Children’s Place works. The Chick Cam will go live the following Monday.

On Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m., Steele will return for the second part of the “eggsperiment.” At the “Inside the Egg” program, he will show everyone how to candle the eggs to take a look at how the embryos are developing.

Then the waiting begins as we gently rotate and tend to the eggs. Those watching the livestream will know things are getting close when hairline cracks appear as the chicks start pecking their way out.

Once they hatch, the chicks will hang around for a week or so before heading to the farm. Everyone is invited to record the progress of the eggs and post photos on Twitter and Facebook using #bplchickens.

Budget passes,

board welcomes new member

The library would like to thank voters for approving the $4.06 million budget levy for 2019-20 on Tuesday, May 21, with an 84 percent approval rate. Your widespread support has allowed us to continue offering and improving the programs, services, materials, and community spaces you’ve told us you’re looking for.

Voters on Tuesday also elected newcomer Michelle Walsh to a five-year term on the board of trustees. We welcome her to the board, and would like to remind everyone that our board meetings, which typically take place on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m., are always open to the public.

Glimmerglass​ seats going fast

Don’t miss out on your chance to spend a summer afternoon with Friends! There are still a few seats left for the Friends of the Library bus trip to Glimmerglass Opera’s “La Traviata” on Tuesday, July 30.

The Glimmerglass trips have been an annual summer tradition for many years, and they are a great way to enjoy an elegant outing while supporting the Friends. The bus will leave CDTA’s Delaware Avenue park-and-ride lot next to Mercato’s Restaurant at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the performance.

The cost is $135, which includes lunch at the Otesaga Hotel. Your check is your reservation — no refunds unless your seat is sold. For more information, contact Polly Hartman at 518-439-3291.

Reservation forms are available online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Friends of Bethlehem Public Library have for years sponsored an annual trip to the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown. This year’s trip is on July 30 to see “La Traviata.”

There are still a few seats left for the Friends-sponsored bus trip to Glimmerglass Opera’s “La Traviata” on Tuesday, July 30.

The Bethlehem Public Library’s Glimmerglass trips have been an annual summer tradition for many years, and they are a great way to enjoy an elegant outing while supporting the Friends. The bus will leave CDTA’s Delaware Avenue park-and-ride lot next to Mercato’s Restaurant at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the performance.

The cost is $135, which includes lunch at the Otesaga Hotel. Your check is your reservation — no refunds unless your seat is sold. For more information, contact Polly Hartman at 518-439-3291.

Reservation forms are available online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Read and play to build empathy

How do we encourage empathy in young children? Believe it or not, playing and reading are important ways to build their emotional literacy skills.

Want to know more? On Thursday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m., a Capital District Child Care Council educator will be at the library to present “Exploring Feelings Through Books & Play” for caregivers of infants and toddlers.

Learn fun ways to encourage empathy in children as you read to and play with them. Reading provides opportunities to talk about feelings, while caregiving play, such as taking care of dolls and grooming stuffed animals, can be a fun way to encourage empathy and other friendship skills. Children are welcome.

BCN-TV reminders

Bethlehem’s public access station, BCN-TV, features productions that range from 30-second public-service announcements to long-running series. Shows span a wide range of topics — public affairs and poetry, religion and relationships, music and medicine, education and environment. Local school and town board meetings are also cablecast, and a community calendar runs daily.

You can easily find out what is on and coming up on BCN-TV with our online guide. The listings are continually updated and project the schedule a week out. Find the new weekly BCN-TV guide online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/webapps/tvschedule.asp.

You can watch BCN-TV on Spectrum Channel 1301 and Verizon Fios Channel 28.

New life for old home movies

Do you have some old home movies on VHS that you would like to digitize? You can now borrow an analog video converter from our Library of Things. 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 Studio Makerspace to make a digital copy using the library’s equipment.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

A Senior Sock Hop at Bethlehem Town Hall Friday, May 10, was a nostalgia trip for guests 60 and older. The event was a collaboration among Bethlehem Public Library, Bethlehem Senior Services, and Bethlehem Senior Projects Inc.

Meet some adoptable furry friends Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m. during the Bethlehem Public Library’s first-ever Forever Home Pet Adoption Day.

A number of local dog and cat rescues will be joining us in the Community Room and the Board Room, and there will be fun activities throughout the day, including a craft for children, therapy dogs to read to, dog and cat toys to make for donation to local rescues, and more.

Get to know some sweet animals looking for a forever home, as well as the local pet adoption organizations that foster them as they await adoption.

This event is supported by the Friends of the Library, who will be on hand to collect donations of pet food and supplies for local animal rescues.

Those who meet their “forever friend” at the event will be eligible for a special gift once the adoption is complete.

Art and Woodstock

Next up in our Coffee and Conversation series is “Historic Woodstock Art Colony” on Friday, May 17.

Art historian Karen Quinn, from the New York State Museum, will talk about America’s first intentionally created, year-round arts colony and discuss the museum’s Arthur A. Anderson collection, which represents the diversity of works created there.

The collection, which was recently donated, features more than 1,000 works by almost 200 hundred artists. Highlights of those works on display in the museum’s West Gallery through the end of the year.

Coffee & Conversation programs are free and open to everyone. They begin at 1 p.m. and last about 60 minutes with a coffee and social hour following. The series is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.

How does your garden grow?

Did our Seed Library inspire you to give gardening a try but you’re still a little unsure of how to get started? We’ll help you cultivate that green thumb Sunday, May 19, at 2:30 p.m. with a Gardening 101 program presented by Master Gardener Judith Fetterley. She will provide an overview of gardening, including site assessment, plant selection, tools and tips.

This event supports the BPL Seed Library, which is located behind the Information Desk and features a variety of open-pollinated vegetables and some herbs and flowers.

Budget and candidate info

The library has a proposed budget of $4.3 million for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The levy portion of that comes in at $4 million – a proposed increase of 3.31 percent, within the state-mandated cap.

A detailed budget chart is available online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org, along with information about the candidates for the Board of Trustees and their statements from the library’s Meet the Candidates night. On the ballot this year is one open seat on the board.

A sock hop for seniors: Adults 60 years and up are invited to take a trip down memory lane at the Bethlehem Town Hall on Friday, May 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at a special sock hop-themed “Seniors” Prom, co-hosted by the Bethlehem Public Library and the Bethlehem Senior Services in conjunction with Bethlehem Senior Projects Inc.

Poodle skirts and rolled-up jeans will be the attire du jour, but feel free to dress your best in whatever strikes your fancy! We’ll be flashing back to a time when radio was king with the King himself, as prom guests get a chance to mingle with an oh-so-cool Elvis impersonator.

There will even be a green-screen portrait opportunity that will put prom-goers in a classic car cruising down the open road! Other photo ops include the “Malt Shop” and a cutout jukebox. Cut a rug to live music by Betsy and the ByeGons, or just sit back and enjoy the tunes. Light refreshments will be available.

Please register for the free Seniors Prom through Bethlehem Senior Services, Inc. by calling 518-439-4955, ext. 1176. The event takes place at Bethlehem Town Hall.

Constructive conversation

The Better Angels Capital Region Alliance will be holding a moderated workshop at the library on Saturday, May 11, that will focus on encouraging an atmosphere of listening and reflection among red and blue participants as opposed to debate.

The three-hours Red/Blue workshop begins at 11 a.m. During that time, participants will work to debunk stereotypes, share what is most important to them, listen respectfully to others, disclose their own point of view and identify common grounds.

To register, email .

Untangling DNA

Are you one of the thousands who have taken an Ancestry DNA test to learn more about your heritage or connect with distant relatives? Maybe you are confused by the results or unsure of what they mean.

On Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m., the library will be hosting “Understanding Your Ancestry DNA Test” with genealogist Lisa Dougherty. She will discuss what you can expect from a DNA test, along with DNA myths and interpreting ethnicity estimates.

Budget and candidate info

The library has a proposed budget of $4.3 million for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The levy portion of that comes in at $4 million — a proposed increase of 3.31 percent, within the state-mandated cap. A detailed budget chart is available online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org, along with information about the candidates for the board of trustees and their statements from the library’s Meet the Candidates night.

The library board will provide an overview of the budget at the Monday, May 13, meeting at 6 p.m. Voting takes place Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bethlehem Central High School.

— Photo submitted

Happy trails: Bethlehem Public Library, in collaboration with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, held an Earth Day Exploration story time at the Rail Trail on Thursday, April 25.Kristen Roberts

Music writer Jesse Jarnow will explore the life and times of celebrated folk musician Pete Seeger in a multimedia presentation Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. titled “Pete Seeger Centennial: Wasn’t That a Time.” The talk will feature photos, recorded music, and live performances by banjoist Richie Stearns and folk fiddler Rosie Newton.

Seeger’s music laid the groundwork for the immense popularity of folk and folk-rock in the 1960s. He was a founding member of The Weavers, a musical quartet that included Fred Hellerman, Lee Hays, and Ronnie Gilbert, and whose socialist connections and anti-authoritarian ideologies got them professionally blacklisted at the height of their fame.

A longtime social activist, Seeger was a strong voice for the environment and civil rights and an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War.

Jarnow is the author of “Wasn’t That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for the American Soul.” He is also a disc jockey on the New York City radio station WFMU, and his writing has also appeared in the pages of music journals such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Relix, Wired, and DownBeat as well as The New York Times.

This program is an Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center’s “New York Living Legacy” project, which celebrates the work of legendary New York State performing artists and events through performances and community outreach activities. A centennial musical tribute to Pete Seeger will take place on May 23 at The Egg Performing Arts Center at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Trustees candidate forum

On Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m., the library will be hosting a Meet the Candidates night, where those running for the Bethlehem Public Library Board of Trustees have 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 available to watch on our website (www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org), as well as broadcast on the public access channel BCN-TV.

Running for the one open board seat this year, in ballot order, are Michelle L. Walsh, Brian Nussbaum, Marc Gronich, Regina Bryde-Kalet and Alan Okun. A booklet featuring profiles of the candidates is available at the library, and the information is also available online.

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. Library board seats have a term of five years.

2019-20 library budget information

The library has a proposed budget of $4.3 million for the 2019-20 fiscal year. A detailed budget chart is available online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. The library board will provide an overview at the Monday, May 13, meeting at 6 p.m. Voting takes place Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bethlehem Central High School.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

The Bethlehem Public Library’s 2019-20 budget is $4.3 million and maintains funding for materials, programs, and community spaces, all within the state-mandated spending cap.

The Bethlehem Public Library has proposed a budget of $4.3 million for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The levy portion of the budget comes in at about $4 million, an increase of 3.31 percent over last year and within the state-mandated spending cap.

The spending plan allows the library to continue offering and improving the programs, services, materials, and community spaces our patrons are looking for. It allocates additional funding for library materials, including e-books and the Library of Things, as well as more of the concerts, expert lecturers, and author visits that are in high demand.

The budget also takes into account upcoming capital expenses to keep our facility comfortable and safe, as well as expected increases in professional services and property tax refunds.

“The 2019-20 budget represents our commitment to being an important part of the community, today and many years from now, while staying within the state-mandated tax cap,” said library director Geoffrey Kirkpatrick.

A detailed budget chart is available in the May/June issue of the Footnotes newsletter and online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Bethlehem Central School District residents will vote on the budget on Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bethlehem Central High School.

Also on the ballot is one full-term, five-year seat. A list of candidates will be available on the library website (www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org) on Wednesday, April 24. An informal Meet the Candidates evening will be held at the library on Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m

Glimmerglass​ with Friends

The Friends of the Library are once again sponsoring two trips to Glimmerglass Opera this summer: “La Traviata” on Tuesday, July 30, and “Showboat” Saturday, Aug. 17.

The Glimmerglass trips have been an annual summer tradition for many years, and they are a great way to enjoy an elegant outing while supporting the Friends. Each bus will leave CDTA’s Delaware Avenue park-and-ride lot next to Mercato’s Restaurant at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the performance.

The cost is $135 for each outing, which includes lunch at the Otesaga Hotel. Your check is your reservation — no refunds unless your seat is sold. For more information, contact Polly Hartman at 518- 439-3291.

Seats fill quickly. You will find a reservation form in the May/June edition of Footnotes and online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Join the conversation

Coffee and Conversation continues Friday, April 26, with “Win, Place or Show.” A representative from the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will discuss the history of thoroughbred racing as the Kentucky Derby approaches.

Coffee & Conversation programs are free and open to everyone. They begin at 1 p.m. and last about 60 minutes with a coffee and social hour following. The series is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects Inc.

Are you sticking around for spring break? So are we! You can pick up a schedule at the Bethlehem Public Library or by visiting www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Drop by for a program and check out some books, magazines, or movies while you’re here to enjoy at home. We’ve also got musical instruments, GoPro cameras and virtual reality headsets to borrow, or take home a museum pass and go on a day trip with the family.

Below are some of the week’s highlights for kids and families.

— Friday, April 19: Vacation Cinema

A yellow stuffed bear with a red T-shirt and all its woodland pals help an adult rediscover the joys of life (PG, 104 min., Walt Disney), 10 a.m. Bring a blanket or pillow to get comfy on the floor;

— Monday, April 22: Snap Circuits

Have fun and learn about electricity and circuit basics as you work in teams to explore the library’s different circuit kits, 10:15 a.m. For ages 9 to 14;

— Monday, April 22: Get Growing for Earth Day

Read a story and learn how seeds germinate and plant your own seeds to take home, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sign up online or call;

— Monday, April 22: Family Book Discussion: “All of-a-Kind Family”

Read Sydney Taylor’s story about five sisters growing up in New York City in the early 1900s and then join in a family discussion, 3:30 p.m.

— Monday, April 22: Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Wear your PJs and bring your stuffed animal for stories, fun, and a snack, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. After a group photo, your stuffed animal is invited to spend the night at the library. Pickup begins the following day at 10 a.m. and continues through 5 p.m. on April 25. Sign up online or call;

— Tuesday, April 23: Silent Wings: Birds of Prey

Explore the fascinating world of hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles with the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York, 11 a.m. to noon or 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Space is limited;

— Wednesday, April 24: Preschool Challenge

Your baby, toddler, or preschooler can talk, read, write, sing, and play their way to reading as we provide a variety of fun activities in the Community Room, 2 p.m.;

— Wednesday, April 24: KBA: Kids Builder Association

Build your own fun with Legos, Snap Circuits, K’nex, blocks, puzzles, origami and more, 6:30 to 8 p.m.;

— Thursday, April 25: Earth Day Exploration

Meet at the Van Dyke Preserve in Bethlehem for crafts, story time and a short hike, 10 a.m. to noon. Co-sponsored by the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. To register, go to mohawkhudson.org/events;

— Thursday, April 25: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Afternoon

Join your friends to play Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo Switch, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Snacks will be served. For grades 6-12; and

— Friday, April 26: Vacation Cinema

A stuffed bear in a red T-shirt and his friends embark on an adventure to find their donkey friend’s missing tail. (G, 63 min., Disney), 10 a.m. Bring a blanket or pillow to get comfy on the floor.

Holiday closing

The library will be closed Sunday, April 21, for the Easter holiday. Regular hours will resume on Monday, April 22, at 9 a.m. We’re open online all the time atwww.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

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