It’s time to wax poetic. April is National Poetry Month and we’re inviting poets of all ages to celebrate by entering our month-long poetry contest.

Think you’ve got the “write” stuff? E-mail your original work from April 1 to 30 to . Poems using visual elements may be emailed as PDFs. Be sure to tell us your phone number and grade level (if applicable) when sending your poems. Winners will be posted online in May. 

Visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/national-poetry-month-contest for more information. 

The thrill of the hunt 

Looking for something fun to do with your family that gets you out of the house in a safe and socially distant way? We’ve got just the thing! Throughout the month of April, stop by for a self-guided outdoor scavenger hunt on library grounds and see if you can find all of these spring-themed items:

— One friendly bee welcoming you to the library;

— Two butterflies fluttering together;

— Three fairy homes made from ripe red apples;

— Four green frogs leaping from a limb; and

— Five polka-dot pinwheels spinning side by side. 

Pet Show and Tell 

You know your pet is the most adorable, loveable animal in the whole world, and now you have a chance to show off that perfect creature at our virtual Pet Show and Tell Wednesday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. 

We will begin the Zoom event by reading a fun picture book about pets. Then, everyone will get a chance to show and tell us about their pet. Let us know their name, what they’re like, and the story of how you got them. If you do not have a pet, you can show us a favorite stuffed animal, or tell us about your dream pet.  

After show and tell, you are invited to stick around to make fleece dog toys to donate to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Sign up in advance in order to pick up supplies for the dog toys from the library. Each person will receive materials to make two toys: one to keep and one to donate. 

The dog toy craft is recommended for ages 8 and up. Please register each family member who would like to make a dog toy. This can include adult family members. Families with all ages of children are welcome. Visit our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com and select the date and event to sign up. 

The Civil War:

A Military History 

History enthusiasts, this one’s for you! Coffee and Conversation is presenting a four-part series featuring noted speaker Giacomo Calabria highlighting the military science of the American Civil War. 

Learn about the inner-workings of the Lincoln administration, emancipation, Union and Confederate military strategies, Civil War era weapons and technologies, and some of the major battles and campaigns. Audience participation is encouraged! Please feel free to bring questions for open discussion. 

This series takes place Fridays, April 9-30, at 1 p.m. and is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. and grant-funded by Humanities New York. Visit our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com and select the date and event to sign up.

— Photo of a sketch from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

The writings of French author and traveler Alexis de Tocqueville are the subject of a four-part virtual series, Democracy in America, with guest speaker Giacomo Calabria, through the Bethlehem Public Library.

In March 2020, the library was faced with an unprecedented challenge as we closed our doors in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

As difficult as it has been, this past year has inspired us to find new and creative ways to be the library you deserve while being mindful of everyone’s health and safety. Our 2020 annual report shows how these efforts have paid off. A copy of the annual report is available on our website: bit.ly/3dcVF86

While the numbers show a drop in overall circulation — not unexpected under the circumstances — they also tell the story of all the ways we managed to have an impact on our community in spite of the restrictions we were up against. We plan to continue moving those numbers in a positive direction in 2021, and we’re grateful for your ongoing support, which makes all of this possible.  

Missed it in person?

Watch it on YouTube 

Last fall, we hosted the four-part virtual series Democracy in America highlighting the writings of Alexis de Toqueville and featuring popular guest speaker Giacomo Calabria. The series, grant-funded by Humanities NY, is now available to watch on our YouTube channel (bit.ly/2ObFak4). 

Some background: In the early 19th Century, de Toqueville, a French aristocrat, political scientist and historian, travelled extensively throughout the United States analyzing American society. Following his travels, he penned the well-known “Democracy in America,” which describes the young country’s emerging political system. 

Graphic novels

Hoopla’s on-demand access to popular e-books, audiobooks, streaming video and music has been a huge hit with our cardholders. Many of you are also discovering one of the features that sets Hoopla apart from other digital services and enhances our collection as a whole – its vast selection of graphic novels and comics. 

Fans of the genre will appreciate the diverse collection of 15,000+ titles from dozens of different publishers (not just big names like Marvel and DC) and including works spanning different genres and interests from the last 100 years. 

Both fans and newcomers to graphic novels will like Hoopla’s user-friendly browsability. You can search by genre, publisher, audience or popularity, and you’ll also find links to series pages with other volumes and editions listed. The digital reading experience is also a plus, with Hoopla's built-in technology that enables full-page and panel-by-panel views for an immersive experience. 

If you haven’t yet explored the world of graphic novels, Hoopla’s expansive catalog gives you the perfect excuse to check it out! Visit hoopladigital.com to get started. 

Library hours 

The library is currently open for in-person use, as well as curbside pickup. Hours are subject to change, so please visit our website for the most up-to-date information.  

The library building is open: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Curbside hours remain: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

We are ready to welcome you back as we reopen our doors to in-person library use! Stop by and browse our shelves for that perfect book you didn’t even know you needed.

Make copies or use the printer. Pick up a giant stack of picture books to enjoy with your child at home. Or get answers to all those burning reference questions — in person.

Please note, masks that cover the nose and chin will be mandatory inside the library building, regardless of a person’s vaccination status, and we are requiring everyone to sanitize their hands upon entry. We’re also limiting the number of patrons inside to 15 at a time, which means there might be a short wait before entering.

You may also notice some changes to the way things look inside. At this time, inside seating and public computers will not be available, but we have a number of Chromebooks that can be checked out for at-home use, along with Wi-Fi hotspots to help you get connected. 

The library building is open: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Curbside hours remain: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Just a reminder, although the building will be closed on Sundays, the self-serve copier will still be available in the entranceway during curbside hours.

Our phased-in reopening plan is guided by state and local guidelines, as well as the latest scientific recommendations. Visit our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org for more information. 

Tax forms

The tax filing deadline has been extended to May 17. Do you need forms? We’ve got them at the library.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for with our pre-printed forms, just let us know — we might be able to print one out for you. Forms are available in the library during browsing hours or for curbside pickup. 

Fun and games 

Need a break from the monotony of a pandemic schedule? It’ll be game on Monday, March 29, when you join us virtually for an ultimate mash-up of games — bingo, trivia, scavenger hunts, and more! Get together with other adults for an entertaining evening of games while staying safely at home.

Our Ultimate Game Night starts at 7 p.m. Go to our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up. 

Put down some roots 

Get growing with our 2021 seed library featuring a variety of open-pollinated vegetables, herbs and some flowers. You can now select your seeds online for pickup. The seed library is currently available to Bethlehem cardholders only and is limited to 10 seed packets per household. Visit webapps.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/seeds/categories.asp to see what’s available.  

Library of Things 

Did you know that, although some items in our Library of Things collection have been moved out of circulation due to pandemic-related safety concerns, there are still plenty of cool “things” to check out, such as trail cameras, slide scanners, digital projectors and more? Visit our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org to see what’s available.

— Photo provided by the Bethlehem Public Library

Pollinators and the important work they do  will be the subject of the Bethlehem Public Library’s virtual Skype a Scientist program on Wednesday, March 24, at 4 p.m. with Amy Geffre from the Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego. This talk is for everyone — from kindergarteners to senior citizens.  Go to our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up.  

Our seed library is back and ready to put down some roots with a variety of open-pollinated vegetables, herbs, and some flowers. New this year is an online “shopping” portal that makes it easy for you to select your seeds for curbside pickup.

On our seed library webpage, you’ll be able to browse different categories and learn more about the varieties through links to the Hudson Valley Seed Co., where our seeds are sourced from.

You can choose up to 10 seed packets per household, and when you check out, you’ll be asked for your name, contact information and library card number. We’ll get in touch with you when your seeds are ready to be picked up. The seed library is currently available to Bethlehem cardholders only.  

To see what’s available, visit webapps.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/seeds/categories.asp

Welcome back

We’ve got some great news! We’re gearing up for a return to in-person browsing, scheduled for Monday, March 22. Although we have worked hard to bring the library to you while our doors have been closed, we are looking forward to this next step in our phased reopening so we can reach even more of our community. 

We are still ironing out some details, such as the days and hours that the building will be open, but rest assured our current curbside hours will not be affected by this change.   

Just a reminder:

— Masks that cover noses and chins will be required for everyone. Bandanas, neck gaiters, and face shields without a mask are not acceptable. Masks will be mandatory regardless of a person’s vaccination status. If you are not feeling well or running a fever, please visit us when you are feeling better;

— We have installed touch-free faucets in our public restrooms and have located hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the library. Everyone will be asked to sanitize their hands before browsing;

— We will be limiting the number of patrons inside the library at one time. It might also mean there could be a short wait before entering;

— Because others might be waiting, we are asking you to limit your time inside to simply selecting and checking out materials;

— Children under 12 must be accompanied by a caregiver;

— Inside seating, children’s toys, and public computers are not available at this time. A limited-use printing station will be set up;

— Programs, board meetings, and other events will continue to be virtual at this time. To find out what’s coming up, check out our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com; and

— In coordination with the other libraries in the Upper Hudson system, returned materials are quarantined for 48 hours. You can drop them off in the designated sheds in the library parking lot.  

A copy of our phased reopening plan, which is updated as new information becomes available, may be viewed on our website (www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org).

— Photo by Wes Washington

Larry Kirwan visits Barnes & Noble Tribeca’s yearly Tribute to James Joyce. Kirwan will talk about his life’s work in a virtual program March 21 at the Bethlehem Public Library.

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and home chefs interested in Irish cooking are invited to join us as we celebrate the flavors of the Emerald Isle at a virtual Irish Cooking Class on Tuesday, March 16, at 11 a.m. 

Irish favorites like soda bread, shepherd’s pie, and corned beef are comfort-food classics, but did you know that you can enjoy hearty Irish cooking that is also low in calories, fat, sugar and salt? At our Irish Cooking Class, Karen Roberts Mort, an Albany County Cornell Cooperative Extension resource and nutrition educator, will share some healthy recipes with an Irish twist.  Go to our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up. 

An author talk

that rocks 

Rock star, playwright and author Larry Kirwan will drop by for a virtual visit Sunday, March 21, at 2 p.m. to talk about his life and work, including his new novel “Rockaway Blue,” a look at one father’s post-9/11 search for truth. 

Kirwan was the leader of the Irish political rock band Black 47 for 25 years and has written 17 plays and musicals, three novels, a memoir and “A History of Irish Music.” A political activist, he is an Irish Echo columnist and a celebrity host/producer of Celtic Crush on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. 

In anticipation of his virtual visit, the library has three copies of "Rockaway Blue" to give away. Register for the program to enter to win a copy. Winners will be notified March 10 and books can be picked up at the library.  Go to our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up. 

The buzz

about pollinators 

Join us Wednesday, March 24, at 4 p.m. to learn more about pollinators and the important work they do at our Skype a Scientist program with Amy Geffre from the Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego. This talk is for everyone — from kindergarteners to senior citizens. A question and answer session will wrap things up.  Go to our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up. 

Trivia time 

Compete for bragging rights as the top know-it-all at our Thursday, March 25, Trivia Night for adults! Get together over Zoom with other trivia buffs for an evening of wit and whimsy focused on wide-ranging general trivia knowledge. We’ll be self-scoring on the honor system. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Go to our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up. 

Library hours

No-contact curbside pickup is now available seven days a week. Staff are also available by phone and email. Please email or give our Information Desk a call at or call 518-439-9314. 

Curbside hours are currently: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 

We now have a texting option for curbside pickup. Call or text – it’s your choice! Please note that your cellphone plan's standard text messaging rates apply. 

Visit our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org for hours of service and building updates.

This year's GameStop stock-buying surge has sparked a renewed interest in day trading, with phrases like “short sell” and “hedge fund” becoming part of our everyday conversation. If you’re a would-be investor inspired to hunt for the next big thing, we’ve got the tools to help.

For Bethlehem cardholders, investment resources like Morningstar and Value Line provide analysis and let you follow market ups and downs as you look for that profitable pattern. Find Morningstar and Value Line on our Research webpage: webapps.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/research.asp

New curbside feature 

Curbside service was first rolled out this summer as a way to get books and other library materials out to people while our doors are closed. Over the past few months, it’s been enthusiastically embraced by those who prefer a contact-free library experience or who simply enjoy the convenience of it. 

We’ve worked hard to make curbside pickup as quick and efficient as possible, and we are continuing to fine-tune it as we go, adding hours and other services. We are currently testing an option that will let you text us when you arrive for curbside pickup.

We’re hoping this adds one more layer of convenience for our users. So if you see the “Text Us” option next time you drop by, please give it a try. If you prefer to talk to us in person, don't worry, the phone call option is still available. Your feedback and experience will help us refine the curbside process even more! 

A program

for parents 

Parenting during a pandemic is not easy, and sometimes it can be hard to know how to respond when your child starts acting up. In a partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany, the library is offering a virtual program for caregivers designed to further develop that crucial relationship between caregiver and child. Join us on Zoom Monday, March 15, at 7 p.m. for Positive Discipline Strategies for Caregivers. 

This interactive research-based program will focus on positive discipline strategies – that really work – for toddlers and preschoolers. Talk about what you do when your child is behaving well, how you can control the situation (instead of the child or their emotions), reasons why your child may be misbehaving, and what skill or value you are teaching when you correct your child’s behavior. 

To sign up, visit our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com. Children are welcome at this program.   

Library hours 

No-contact curbside pickup is now available seven days a week. Staff are also available by phone and email. Please email or give our Information Desk a call at or call 518-439-9314 and we do everything we can to get your questions answered. 

Curbside hours are currently: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 

Visit our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org for hours of service and building updates.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Coming soon: Bethlehem Public Library staff are busy packaging and organizing seeds for the 2021 seed library launch in March. Seeds will be available to request online and picked up curbside. Stay tuned for details. 

There is still time to register for one of our Kindness Kits for Kids. The kits include a free book for your child to keep and one to give to a friend, along with other crafts and fun activities. Kits are available for children up to age 11; BCSD residents only; one per child.

You will need your library card to get started, and you will be contacted once your kit is ready to be picked up. To sign up for your Kindness Kit, visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/kindness-matters/kindness-kits-for-kids. Our Kindness Kits are generously co-sponsored by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library. 

Digital literacy 

The Upper Hudson Library System is hosting dozens of online digital literacy classes through GoToMeeting. These classes are available at no cost to library cardholders in the system, including Bethlehem. Now you can brush up on some of those skills that look great on a resume.

Classes include Facebook Pages for Business; Introduction to Google Apps Suite; Introduction to Microsoft Excel; Introduction to Windows 10; Digital Organization Sampler; Email Marketing with Mailchimp; and Polling, Quizzing, Signups and more with Google Forms.  

To see what’s available or to sign up, visit bit.ly/2M5lMnU

Warm up

with story time 

All winter and into spring, you’ll find some of your favorite storytime and early literacy programs on Zoom. Bring your baby, toddler or preschooler and join us online for stories, music and activities. Some programs will even have crafts or activities to do together that you can pick up at the library in advance. 

Connect with all your library friends virtually! Winter and Spring Potpourri programs take place on a Tuesday or Wednesday at 2 p.m. Visit our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com for dates and times.  

Trustee candidate

petition packets available 

Nominating petition forms and informational packets are available at the library through curbside pickup or digitally by e-mailing for candidates interested in serving on the Bethlehem Public Library Board of Trustees. There is one seat on the 2021 ballot, currently held by incumbent Harmeet Narang, who is seeking another 5-year term on the board.   

Petitions will need at least 98 signatures of voters residing in the Bethlehem Central School District. Petitions must be filed with the District Clerk, Bethlehem Central High School, 700 Delaware Ave., Delmar by 5 p.m. on April 19. The election will be held Tuesday, May 18. 

New Facebook page 

Don’t forget to follow us on over to our new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BethPL! Our new page features all of the latest library news, information about library services and upcoming events, and a way to engage with fellow library fans. 

Library hours 

No-contact curbside pickup is now available seven days a week. Staff are also available by phone and email. Please email or give our Information Desk a call at or call 518-439-9314 and we do everything we can to get your questions answered. 

Curbside hours are currently: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 

Visit our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org for hours of service and building updates.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts 

The Bethlehem Public Library now offers self-serve copying inside the building’s entryway during curbside pickup hours. 

Our building may be closed, but you can still make letter-sized black-and-white or color copies at the library. For your convenience, we’ve set up a self-serve copier in the entry vestibule of the library to use during our curbside pickup hours.

(P.S. You can also use it to print pdf or jpg documents from a USB flash drive.) For information and more printing options: www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/services/tech-tools/wireless-and-mobile-printing

Please note: Only one person or family group is allowed in the vestibule area at a time. 

Tax forms are here 

Tax forms are also available in the entry vestibule or through curbside pickup. Don’t see the forms you’re looking for? Give the Information Desk a call at 518-439-9314 and if they are available online, we will print them out for you to be picked up curbside. 

Good start 

Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means — it’s time to get your garden started. Starting seeds at home saves money and lets you decide what you want to grow. The library has recently added home seed-starting kits to our Library of Things collection, so you can give it a try. Our kits include special indoor grow lights and seedling heat mats to help your seeds sprout quickly and vigorously.  

We also have soil meters available to borrow so you can find out if you’re providing a suitable soil environment for your plants. To search for these or other items from our Library of Things collection, visit our online catalog at catalog.uhls.org/iii/encore/search

Coming soon: Our Seed Library returns next month. Stay tuned for more information. 

Kindness – pass it on! 

“In the end, only kindness matters.” — Singer-songwriter Jewel 

Be sure to follow us on social media to share all the ways acts of kindness have made a difference in your life. What are your favorite quotes about kindness? Share them by tagging us at #BPLKindness. For more information about Kindness Matters at Bethlehem Public Library, visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/kindness-matters

Upcoming events 

Registration is required for the following programs. To sign up, visit our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com

Winter Potpourri:

Shapes Are Everywhere 

It's all about shapes! Join us Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. for a story time for preschoolers dedicated to shapes, where we'll read stories and do a fun shape-themed craft. Craft kits will be held under your name for curbside pickup the week leading up to the program. You must register to receive a craft kit.  

Antiracist book talk

Join us virtually Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion group for adults dedicated to reading books by diverse authors in order to gain a better understanding of race and racism. This month’s book is “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  

BYOBB: Bring Your

Own Book (& Beverage) 

Take part in a relaxed discussion for adults Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. of what books you’ve been reading, and share your opinions and recommendations. Hated a book? Loved a book? Chat with other readers in the community!

 

— Photo by  Kristen Roberts 

A colorful balloon and bouquet were left at the Bethlehem Public Library curbside pickup area recently. The gift brought cheer to staffers and ties in nicely with the library’s Kindness Matters campaign.

Did you miss all the Hoopla back in spring when we added the all-in-one digital service that allows you to instantly borrow audiobooks, eBooks, comics, music, movies, and TV? Well, February is a Bonus Borrows month, which means it’s a great time to get acquainted with all that Hoopla has to offer. 

Hoopla has been a big hit with cardholders, and there are a couple of things that make it stand out. First, there are no wait times — even on popular new releases.

Second, the Hoopla catalogue greatly expands our selection of graphic novels and comics — a genre that continues to grow in popularity. Even better, when Bonus Borrows are available, you have hundreds of options that won’t count toward your monthly borrowing limit. 

New to Hoopla? Go to www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/borrow/hoopla and see what it’s all about. 

To browse this month’s Bonus Borrows, visit www.hoopladigital.com/collection/12175

In appreciation

of kindness 

“Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

One of the most surprising things about our Kindness Matters project this winter is just how good it has made us feel to connect with our community through personalized notes and special surprises for library users. It is so nice to see the assembled Kindness Kits and Book and Media Bundles lined up and ready for pickup — knowing they will be brightening someone’s day. 

And we appreciate all the kindness that has been coming back to us from the community — from the colorful balloon and bouquet left at one of our curbside pickup tables to the notes of gratitude thanking library staffers for being so willing to go the extra mile to help. We are pleased to see so many people paying the kindness forward, and it is this kind of shared joy that will help us all see this pandemic through to the end. 

Other Kindness Matters activities continue this month with Boredom Busters for Books to People, surprise giveaways (new ones have just arrived!) tucked into Book and Media Bundles, Kindness Kits for Kids and more. For more information, visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/kindness-matters

Be sure to follow us on social media to share all the ways acts of kindness have made a difference in your life. Share it by tagging us at #BPLKindness. 

Kindness Matters is generously co-sponsored by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library. 

Library staff are here to help 

Tax season has begun, and we know that for many people, the library is their go-to for forms and information. Although our building is currently closed for in-person use, there are a lot of ways we can still help – from printing out forms for curbside pickup or pointing you in the direction of other available resources. Please email or call (518) 439-9314 and we will do everything we can to get your questions answered. 

No-contact curbside pickup is now available seven days a week: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts 

The Bethlehem Public Library staff assemble Kindness Kits for Kids, which feature fun games and crafts along with a book to keep and one to share with a friend to pass the kindness on.

The library is now offering no-contact curbside pickup seven days a week. Curbside pickup is now available on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. If you are new to using our curbside service, please visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/curbside-pickup to get started.  

Curbside hours are currently Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 

Although the library building is closed to the public, staff are available to answer questions by calling 518-439-9314 or by emailing .   

Thousands of magazines

at your fingertips 

E-book and digital audiobook users have long taken advantage of the extensive collection available through OverDrive and the Libby app, but did you know there are literally thousands of magazine titles to download from there as well? Cardholders can find niche publications that cater to specific crafts or hobbies, as well as popular titles focusing on travel, entertainment, technology and more. Even better, many have back issues available through 2018. 

Take a look at just some of the great titles you'll find: Adirondack Explorer, Adirondack Life, Audubon, Gardens Illustrated Magazine,The Economist, New York Magazine, Wine Spectator and more. 

To borrow an e-magazine through OverDrive, visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and then navigate to the OverDrive collection or download the OverDrive or Libby app to your digital device. To look for a specific magazine, start with a title search. You can then narrow down your search by choosing “Magazine” as one of the filters.  

If you don’t have anything specific in mind, you can browse the entire collection by selecting “Magazines” in the drop-down menu under “Collections.” From there you can use filters to narrow it down by interest.  

Can’t find what you’re looking for through OverDrive or Libby? Bethlehem cardholders can access even more magazine titles throughFlipster. 

Kindness matters 

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop  

Everyone can benefit from kindness, regardless of their age. Our Kindness Matters campaign continues with surprise giveaways tucked into Book and Media Bundles, Boredom Busters for Books to People, Kindness Kits for Kids and more! For more information, visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/kindness-matters

Be sure to follow us on social media to share all the ways acts of kindness have made a difference in your life. Have you witnessed or been the recipient of an act of kindness? Share it by tagging us at #BPLKindness.  

Kindness Matters is generously co-sponsored by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library. 

New Facebook page 

Follow us on over to our new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BethPL, which features all of the latest library news, information about library services and upcoming events, and a way to engage with fellow library fans. Beginning February 2021, our old page will no longer be updated, so like or follow us here so you don’t miss out! 

Not on Facebook? You’ll also find us on Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads and YouTube.

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