— Photo from University at Albany

Mathias Vuille, University at Albany Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, will discuss the main impacts of climate change, both locally and globally, on Aug. 20 at the Bethlehem Public Library.

Reminder: For the month of August, the library will be closed for in-person use on Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Curbside pickup will be available, however, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Author talk

with Liz Moore 

Participate in a live author event Tuesday, Aug. 9, with New York Times Bestselling author Liz Moore as she discusses her international bestseller, “Long Bright River,” and her other works.  

The novel takes place in Philadelphia, where Moore has lived for a decade. She traces the story of two sisters estranged from each other but bonded by their choices. Mickey is a cop, and Kacey lives on the streets in the vice of addiction. When Kacey disappears, Mickey panics over her sister’s safety — obsessed with finding the culprit and her sister before it’s too late. 

Drawing on deeply personal volunteer work, Liz Moore spins a story that is both graphically honest and dignified. “Long Bright River” puts a very human face on the effect that addiction can have on generations of families and communities. 

Visit our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up for this virtual event, facilitated by the Library Speakers Consortium. Visit libraryc.org/bethlehempubliclibrary to browse upcoming author talks. 

Ocean animal fun 

Take a deep dive into ocean animal lore Tuesday, Aug. 9, as we take a closer look at our tuxedoed friend – the penguin. Join us again on Tuesday, Aug. 16, when we will focus on the fish. 

Our Ocean Animal Exploration programs begin at 11 a.m. and are for children in pre-K through second grade. Enjoy themed stories, activities and a craft on the Green. Please register each child who will be attending. Visit our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up. 

A conversation

about climate change 

Climate change is increasingly affecting our planet and its inhabitants. Despite a strong consensus within the scientific community about humanity’s role in climate change, the implementation of adaptation and mitigation measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions has proven very difficult.  

On Monday, Aug. 20, University at Albany Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science Mathias Vuille will discuss the main impacts of climate change, both locally and globally. A main part of the presentation will focus on how we might be able to reduce our vulnerability by transforming our infrastructure and energy production, despite the existing technological, socioeconomic, and political challenges.  

Visit our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up. 

Bundle up or binge 

Not sure what to read, watch, or listen to next? Our Book Bundles for all ages include selections hand-picked for you by one of our librarians based on the reading preferences you share through this form: www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/book-bundle-request. We use that information to narrow down 10 curated picks in your favorite genres and formats — maybe with a surprise or two thrown in!

 

— Photo provided by artist 

David Engel's “Captain Nemo’s Adventure Academy” will delight audiences of all ages at the July 28 Thursdays in the Park event, sponsored by the Bethlehem Public Library and the town of Bethlehem, held at Elm Avenue Park in Bethlehem. 

Dive into a madcap homage to Jules Verne’s famous maritime hero with David Engel's “Captain Nemo’s Adventure Academy” at the Thursday, July 28, Thursdays in the Park event! 

Captain Nemo himself will be on hand to entertain, inspire, and challenge while quenching your thirst for knowledge of the Wonders of the Deep. Hear delightful tales about our watery blue planet, the giant squid, the elusive angler fish, and even how whale poop is part of the cycle of life. 

Thursdays in the Park is a family-friendly series that takes place every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. through Aug. 18. Shows take place at Elm Avenue Park unless noted. This series is presented by the library and the Town of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department and is co-sponsored by Friends of Bethlehem Public Library and Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department. 

Other upcoming events:

— Aug. 4: Storyteller Diane Edgecomb’s “Trail Mix”;

— Aug. 11: Playin’ with Fire  (at Henry Hudson Park); and

— Aug. 18: The Traveling Lantern Theater Company’s “Camp Ocean.” 

Get crafty

with Creativebug 

Try something new and crafty this summer. Creativebug provides thousands of high-quality, on-trend arts and crafts instructional videos. You’ll find fun and engaging classes for artists and makers of all skill levels. In addition to instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, baking and more – all taught by experts – you’ll have access to downloadable patterns and supply lists.  

Creativebug delivers expert instruction straight to your favorite device so you can learn at your own pace – anytime and anywhere. You will need your library card to start an account. Visit www.creativebug.com/lib/bethlehemlibraryand get inspired for your next project! 

Stream the Great Courses 

You don’t have to be heading back to school to learn something new. Check out The Great Courses on Kanopy and further your lifelong learning goals with a robust selection of college-level video courses on a number of topics including economics, fine arts, music, history, literature, philosophy, science, mathematics, social sciences, professional development and better living. 

Use your Bethlehem library card to access the streaming video service. In addition to The Great Courses, Kanopy offers a catalog of more than 30,000 indie films, documentaries and hard-to-find foreign films. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Visit www.kanopy.com/en/bethpl to get started. 

Summer hours 

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

Bollywood dancing for tweens and teens 

On Saturday, July 30, at 11 a.m. instructors from Narthanalaya School of Arts will be at the library for a Bollywood dancing session for tweens and teens ages 10-16. 

Bollywood dancing combines a colorful, theatrical style with unique gestures and movements that are used to tell a story through dance. It blends traditional Indian dance with more modern influences like jazz and hip-hop.  

Visit our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up.

 

— Photo from the Narthanalaya School of Arts 

Bollywood dancing: Instructors from the Narthanalaya School of Arts will teach kids ages 10 to 16 dancing that blends traditional Indian dance with modern influences like jazz and hip-hop at the Bethlehem Public Library on July 30.  

At their Monday, July 11, organizational board meeting, the Bethlehem Public Library trustees approved the following 2022-23 slate of officers:

— Mark Kissinger, president;

— Michelle Walsh, vice president;

— Caroline Brancatella, secretary;

— Sharon Whiting, board treasurer; and

— Lisa Scoons, Upper Hudson Library System board representative. 

At the same meeting, newly elected trustee Sarah Patterson was sworn in. Board meetings are generally held the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. and are open to the public. Meetings are also broadcast live and archived on the library’s YouTube channel. 

Summer hours 

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

For the month of August, the library will also be closed for in-person use on Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Curbside pickup will be available, however, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 

Bollywood dancing

for tweens and teens 

Last month, we held a Bollywood dancing program just for kids, but why should they have all the fun? On Saturday, July 30, at 11 a.m. instructors from Narthanalaya School of Arts will return for a session just for tweens and teens! 

Bollywood dancing combines a colorful, theatrical style with unique gestures and movements that are used to tell a story through dance. It blends traditional Indian dance with more modern influences like jazz and hip-hop.  

Students ages 10 to 16 are invited to learn more about this tradition with a demonstration by Narthanalaya School of Arts, followed by instruction and a brief performance.

Visit our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up. 

Museum road trip 

Are you planning a trip to the Finger Lakes this summer? Don’t forget to borrow our newest museum pass, which gets you free admission to the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass.  

We’ve also got dozens of great passes to museums and cultural centers closer to home, like Historic Cherry Hill, the USS Slater, Crailo State Historic Site and more. Our museum passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not requestable or renewable. Visit our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org to see what’s available. 

Up for a challenge? 

Summer reading is going strong, and it’s not too late to sign up! Registration for the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge is happening now and open to all ages. Once you sign up, you can track your progress through challenge cards for a chance to earn some great prizes. Visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-2022 to get started. 

No judgment, no fines 

The library no longer charges fines for overdue books and other media. Replacement fees and charges for lost or damaged items still apply, and fines of $1 per day for Library of Things items and interlibrary loan items, as well as $5 per day for museum passes and Wi-Fi hotspots, will remain.

 

— From “Book Folding for Beginners and Beyond”

Beth Dounane-Oldrich of Delmar will teach book-folding at the Bethlehem Public Library.

Come learn the art of book folding Monday, July 18, at 3 p.m. with Beth Dounane-Oldrich, Delmar resident and the author of “Book Folding for Beginners and Beyond.” Book folding is the art of folding pages in books to create a sculptural effect. This is an eco-friendly craft that transforms used books into art, almost like a modern-day twist on origami.  

All materials will be provided, but if you have a hardcover book that you'd like to make into a piece of art, feel free to bring it.  

Dounane-Oldrich is a middle school teacher and a lifetime crafter. During the pandemic, she came across the art of book folding. After falling in love with this craft, she opened up the Etsy store, Patternybooks. Her book, “Book Folding for Beginners and Beyond,” contains detailed tutorials, helpful hints and 12 unique patterns. Sign up using the online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com

Ukraine crisis

in context 

Feeling perplexed about news of the war in Ukraine? Bethlehem Public Library will host a panel discussion Monday, July 18, at 6 p.m. featuring University at Albany professors Timothy Sergay and David Rousseau to help put the international crisis in context. 

This in-person program will be held in the library’s Community Room. Registration is required. Participants can sign up using the online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com

Sergay is an associate professor of Russian languages, literatures and cultures. He has broad experience translating Russian texts and has written articles in Russian and English on poetry and translation theory. 

Rousseau is associate professor of political science at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and associate professor at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. Rousseau’s research focuses on military conflict, shared identity, political development and foreign policy.   

Read all summer

Summer reading is going strong, and there’s still time to sign up! Registration for the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge is happening now and open to all ages. Once you sign up, you can track your progress through challenge cards for a chance to earn some great prizes. Visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-2022 to get started. 

Not sure what to read this summer? Check out our reading list resources at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/borrow/what-to-read-next to help you narrow down your choices.  

No judgment,

no fines 

Fine-free borrowing is finally here! The library no longer charges fines for overdue books and other media. Replacement fees and charges for lost or damaged items still apply, and fines of $1 per day for Library of Things items and interlibrary loan, as well as $5 per day for museum passes and Wi-Fi hotspots, will remain.  Visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/fine-free-at-the-library for details. 

Summer hours 

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

 

— Photo from Bethlehem Public Library staff

Gray skies couldn’t dampen the mood at the Thursday, June 22, Bethlehem Senior Chorus concert on the library Green.

Dive into reading: The 2022 Summer Reading theme, Oceans of Possibilities, explores aquatic animals and stories inspired by the sea. Readers of all ages can be a part of this refreshing trend by registering for our Summer Reading Challenge. Track your reading progress through our online challenge cards for a chance to earn some great prizes.

Summer Reading is about more than just books. In case you were wondering, audiobooks do count toward your total. And our youngest library friends can also participate by having someone log the books that are read to them, in addition to other cool pre-literacy activities. We’ll be hosting ocean-themed programs all summer long at the library, so be sure to check out the calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to see what’s coming up!

Need some Summer Reading inspiration? We can help! Our staff can assemble a custom Media or Book Bundle just for you to take to the beach, camping, or on that upcoming road trip. Just fill out the form on our website so we can learn a little about your reading preferences. Once you’ve heard back from us that your bundle is ready, stop by to pick it up, or drive by for curbside service. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org/book-bundle-request to make your request. 

For more information about Summer Reading and to sign up for the challenge, visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-2022

Fine-free borrowing

As part of our preparations to go fine free in July, we recently removed existing fines from Bethlehem cardholders’ accounts. This means everyone will start our fine-free era with a clean slate! 

The library is officially going fine free July 1. From that day forward, we will no longer charge fines for overdue books and other media. Replacement fees and charges for lost or damaged items still apply, and fines of $1 per day for Library of Things items and interlibrary loan items, as well as $5 per day for museum passes and Wi-Fi hotspots, will remain.  

Fine free means judgment free. If you’ve been avoiding the library because you’re worried about paying fines, we are happy to welcome you back! Click here to register for your new card online (www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/borrow/online-library-card-application), or give us a call at 518-439-9314 or e-mail us at to check if you already have a card.

Summer music

A staple of summer, our Evenings on the Green summer concerts series are always free through the generous support of the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library. This year, concerts will take place every Tuesday at 7 p.m. from July 5 to 26. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will take place the following day.  

The library’s casual outdoor concert series has been around for more than four decades. Concert-goers can bring a blanket or lawn chair, pick a spot on the Green, and get ready to listen to some great music. Evenings on the Green concerts are always free and appropriate for all ages: 

— July 5: Zan and the Winter Folk;

— July 12:  Narrow North;

— July 19: The Lustre Kings; and

— July 26: Musicats.

 

— Photo by Kristen Roberts 

The Bethlehem Public Library is starting to bring back the toys in the children’s area – and there are even more on order! The return of toys is part of the final phase of the library’s phased reopening plan. 

Get to know some of your favorite authors and enjoy Q&A opportunities with bestsellers through one of the following virtual author talks available to Bethlehem cardholders. Talks will occasionally feature more than one author at a time, and additional copies of the featured books will be available.

These two talks are coming soon:

— June 29 at 7 p.m.: Author talk with Reavis Z. Wortham: “The Texas Job”

Reavis Z. Wortham will discuss his new book, “The Texas Job.” Set in 1931, this well-crafted crime novel features Texas Ranger Tom Bell, a supporting character in “The Right Side of Wrong,” Wortham’s third Red River mystery. Bell becomes a target when he discovers a dead body on the outskirts of Pine Top, a bustling oil boomtown in East Texas; and

— July 7 at 9 p.m.: Author talk with Alka Joshi: “The Henna Artist” 

Join us for an enchanting evening with New York Times Best Selling author and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Alka Joshi as she discusses her captivating and bestselling novels, “The Henna Artist” and “The Secret Keeper of Jaipur.” 

Alka Joshi was born in India and immigrated to the United States when she was 9 years old, and published her debut novel, “The Henna Artist,” at the age of 62. Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, “The Henna Artist” leads the audience on a journey through 1950s post-independence India that is all at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel. 

In this interview, Alka will share her inspirations for her work, how her mother’s life story has influenced her writing, and her experience and role in the creation of a Netflix series based on her books. 

To sign up for one of these talks or see what other ones are coming up, visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/author-talks.

Read with us

this summer 

Sign up for our 2022 Summer Reading Challenge today and start tracking your progress through challenge cards for a chance to earn some great prizes. This year’s theme, Oceans of Possibilities, explores animals and the stories inspired by the sea.   

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to everyone — pre-K to adults.  

Register online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org, and join us for the Summer Reading kickoff Friday, June 24, as our friends from the Puppet People present two performances of “The Pirate of Book Island.”  

Coming soon:

Fine-free borrowing 

Bethlehem Public Library is going fine-free on July 1, 2022. From that day forward, we will no longer charge fines for overdue books and other media. Replacement fees and charges for lost or damaged items still apply, and fines of $1 per day for Library of Things items and interlibrary loans, as well as $5 per day for museum passes and Wi-Fi hotspots, will remain.  

Fine free means judgment free. If you’ve been avoiding the library because you’re worried about paying fines, we are happy to welcome you back! Click here to register for your new card online (www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/borrow/online-library-card-application), or give us a call at 518-439-9314 or e-mail us at to check if you already have a card.

 

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

“Bethlehem Public Library loves Pride Month,” says Kristen Roberts. “Be sure to check out some of the great librarian-recommended titles in our display at the Information Desk because ‘books show us every color of the rainbow.’”

A fine farewell: Great news!

Bethlehem Public Library is going fine free on July 1, 2022. From that day forward, we will no longer charge fines for overdue books and other media.  

Going fine-free means you will no longer receive daily fines on overdue books and media. “No fines” does not mean “no responsibility.” You are still responsible for returning your items — we do want them back! 

Replacement fees and charges for lost or damaged items still apply, and fines of $1 per day for Library of Things items and interlibrary loan, as well as $5 per day for museum passes and Wi-Fi hotspots, will remain. Cardholders owing $10 or more will have their accounts blocked until the amount is paid down.

Materials that are more than 30 days overdue are assumed lost, and you will be billed for the replacement costs. However, if you bring back the item, those charges will be dropped. Please remember that other people may want the item you borrowed, so don’t hesitate to return it. 

As always, e-content never accrues any fines and will automatically be returned at the end of the lending period. E-content is always accessible to Bethlehem cardholders regardless of fines or fees on a cardholder’s account. 

Why go fine free?  

Daily small charges called fines are “compliance charges” used to incentivize material returns, but research has shown those small fines do not significantly contribute to those returns. Eliminating those charges reduces barriers to library access and creates a more positive library experience for patrons and staff at the Circulation Desk.

Overdue fines on average make up less than one quarter of one percent of the library’s annual budget. The library has been able to shift other budget lines to make up for the lost revenue. 

If you’ve always thought of paying your fines as a donation to the library, you still can. Donations to the library can be made through the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library. Your donation will support critical library programs and services. To learn more or donate online, visit bit.ly/FriendsBPL

Fine-free means judgment-free. If you’ve been avoiding the library because you’re worried about paying fines, we are happy to welcome you back! Click here to register for your new card online (www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/borrow/online-library-card-application), or give us a call at 518-439-9314 or e-mail us at to check if you already have a card. 

For more information about fine-free lending, visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/fine-free-at-the-library

Let’s dance! 

Bollywood dancing has long had international appeal for its colorful, theatrical style and unique gestures and movements that are used to tell a story through dance.  

Children in first through fifth grades are invited to learn more about this tradition at our Bollywood Dancing for Kids program on Saturday, June 24, at 11 a.m. Join us on the Green for a demonstration by Narthanalaya School of Arts, followed by instruction and a brief performance.  

Visit our calendar at Bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up. 

Juneteenth reminder

The library will be closed Sunday, June 19, in honor of the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth.

 

By Kristen Roberts

Meet us at the park: What’s more fun than an evening of silly antics, magic or music? Watching it all live and in-person with your family and friends!

Let’s get together in the park this summer for live entertainment featuring some of your favorite performers. The library has teamed up with Bethlehem Town Parks and Recreation to offer Thursdays in the Park, a family-friendly series every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. from June 16 to Aug. 18. This series is co-sponsored by Friends of Bethlehem Public Library and Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department.

Back by popular demand is our first performer in the series: Heard. Energetic and upbeat, this band will be kicking things off June 16 with a vibrant sound that incorporates influences from West Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and beyond.

The following week, the zany Zucchini Brothers will be playing music for kids of all ages. On June 30, The Rumble Kings, an old-school guitar band, will rock South Bethlehem Park. And that’s just the month of June!

Check out the complete summer lineup below:

— June 16: Heard: World Jazz;

— June 23: Zucchini Brothers;

— June 30: Rumble Kings at South Bethlehem Park;

— July 7: Ron Cain’s Captain HurriCain’s Underwater Adventure Magic Show;

— July 14: Doc Benson Band;

— July 21: Out of the Box;

— July 28: David Engel’s Captain Nemo’s Adventure Academy;

— Aug. 4: Storyteller Diane Edgecomb’s Trail Mix;

— Aug. 11: Playin’ with Fire at Henry Hudson Park; and

— Aug. 18: The Traveling Lantern Theater Company’s Camp Ocean.

Shows take place on the special events lawn at Elm Avenue Park unless otherwise noted, with space available on a first-come basis. Visit bethlehem.librarycalendar.com for additional details.

Speak up

with Pronunciator

Explore the world by learning a new language! While there are a lot of language-learning programs out there, Pronunciator, the library’s online language resource, takes a personalized approach to make learning work for you. Just select the language and topics you love, the skills you want to build, and how much you want to study each day, and Pronunciator will build a personalized course just for you. You can choose from over 160 languages to learn, including American Sign Language.

Bethlehem cardholders can access Pronunciator on the library’s website at bethlehempubliclibrary.org. Click on the “Research” tab in the main menu bar.

Juneteenth

The library will be closed Sunday, June 19, in honor of the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth, a holiday that marks the day a Union regiment brought news to remote Texas that the Emancipation Proclamation had ended slavery – 2-1/2 years earlier.

Members of the Upper Hudson Library System are invited to take part in “We Who Believe in Freedom: A Community Conversation,” a special presentation in honor of Juneteenth.

Gather virtually over Zoom Monday, June 20, at 7 p.m. for a free community conversation with Dr. Alice Green about her book “We Who Believe in Freedom: Activism and the Struggle for Social Justice.” Green founded the Center for Law and Justice, a civil rights organization, in 1985, and serves as its executive director.

Sign up at bit.ly/3uUggZ5.

 

Tomb with a view: Our Coffee and Conversation series for adults continues Fridays at 1 p.m. in person on the Green, and on June 3, we’ll be heading down the Nile — with a crafty twist!

Hear all about the archeological find of the 20th Century — the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. View some examples of the treasures found and Egyptian masks. A fun Egyptian-themed craft will follow the presentation. Visit our calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up.

What’s cooking?

Did you miss it the first time around? Back by popular demand is our virtual Lebanese Cooking class with Robert Khalife on Wednesday, June 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Khalife, a native of Lebanon, will prepare several dishes popular in his native country. This is a live cooking class for those wishing to cook along, or it could be viewed as a cooking demonstration.

Recipes will be provided in advance. Participants will be able to pick up kits at the library containing some unique spices and ingredients prior to the program. This program is open to adults and teens 16 and older. Visit our calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up.

Stroll with us

Head out for some fresh air and enjoy an outdoor story at one of the following Story Strolls in the Town of Bethlehem:

— On Bethlehem Public Library grounds, starting at the Delaware Avenue entrance;

— Pine Hollow Arboretum in Slingerlands;

— The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s Normans Kill West Preserve; and

— Elm Avenue Town Park by the playground; the Story Stroll is on the lower loop trail.

Story Strolls promote literacy, physical activity and time together for caregivers and children as you follow a story along on a numbered path.

Wi-Fi out and about

Spending some time outdoors this weekend? Don’t forget you can tap into our vast network of Free Library WiFi in public places throughout town. Stream some music, find a trail map, or check for upcoming events – without using up your phone’s data.

You’ll find Free Library Wi-Fi 24 hours a day, seven days a week outside the library building, at the Elm Avenue park and pool, at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, at Colonial Acres Park in Glenmont and the Town Hall parking lot and playground.

Whenever you see “Free Library WiFi” show up on your device, you’ll know you’ve tapped into the library’s growing digital network that provides Internet access all over town.

Wi-Fi to go

When it comes to free library Wi-Fi — you can also take it with you. The library loans out Wi-Fi hotspots to Bethlehem cardholders. Use the device to stream music or your favorite show or do some online research on your own time and in your own space — there are no restrictions as long as cell service is available.

The devices are easily portable and can be borrowed for two weeks at a time. Search the catalog at bethlehempubliclibrary.org to request yours.

 

The library would like to thank voters for approving the $4.3 million budget levy for 2022-23. Your ongoing support will allow the library to continue to invest in physical and electronic resources, while making adjustments for expected increases in energy costs and building maintenance over the coming year.

As a service-driven organization, we’ve taken a close look at our staffing needs, and the 2022-23 budget provides for the addition of two new staff positions, with one dedicated to coordinating and supporting volunteer and accessible employment opportunities at the library. We also remain mindful of our role in removing barriers to library access within our community, and the 2022-23 budget supports our move to a fine-free model in the coming months.

On Tuesday, May 17, voters also elected Sarah Patterson to a five-year term on the board of trustees. She said her goal as a trustee is to help the library continue to serve the community in new and innovative ways, while still maintaining the loaning of books as a core component.

The library’s board meetings take place on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. and are always open to the public.

Longtime trustee

exits board

Next month, the Bethlehem Library Board of Trustees will bid farewell to Mary Redmond, who is stepping down from her post after two five-year terms, five years of which she served as board president.

Redmond, during her tenure as trustee, helped shepherd through a massive heating-ventilation-air-conditioning upgrade and kept a watchful eye on the library’s financial reporting. The library and board of trustees have benefited from her community connections and perspective.

Memorial Day

Bethlehem Public Library will be closed Memorial Day weekend Saturday to Monday, May 28 to 30. Access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Watch for us in the town Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, this fantastic community event returns, and we can’t wait to be a part of it. See you there!

A conversation

about social justice

Bethlehem patrons, as members of the Upper Hudson Library System are invited to take part in “We Who Believe in Freedom: A Community Conversation,” a special presentation in honor of Juneteenth.

Gather virtually over Zoom Monday, June 20, at 7 p.m. for a free community conversation with Dr. Alice Green about her book “We Who Believe in Freedom: Activism and the Struggle for Social Justice.” In discussion with Paul Grondahl, director of the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany, Green will talk about her experience as a life-long advocate for social justice, discuss historic and continuing challenges in our community, and share the work she is currently doing and how community members can help.

To sign up, visit bit.ly/3uUggZ5. A Zoom link sent following registration.

This program is presented in collaboration with the Center for Law and Justice and the New York State Writers Institute and is provided by the Upper Hudson Library System.

 

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