Bethlehem library patrons got back to the business of borrowing in 2022, with the number of items in circulation finally reaching pre-pandemic numbers. Below are some of your most-loved loans of 2022. 

Up first is our most-borrowed novel: “French Braid” by Anne Tyler, a joyful journey deep into one Baltimore family’s foibles. 

The most-borrowed DVD of 2022? “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” brought a new generation of Ghostbusters into the game.  

In non-fiction, this title rose to the top in 2022: “Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner, singer and guitarist of the musical project Japanese Breakfast. Her memoir touches on family, food, and grief as she recounts her relationship with her late mother.  

Readers couldn’t get enough of Holly Jackson’s twisty crime thriller “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder,” which was the most-borrowed young-adult title of 2022.  

In the latest of the Dork Diaries series, middle school drama queen Nikki Maxwell imagines all of her friends and family as fairy-tale characters, making “Tales From a Not-So-Happily Ever After” by Rachel Renee Russell the most-borrowed children’s book in 2022. 

Although laptop computers and Wi-Fi hotspots continue to be the most borrowed items in our Library of Things collection, the Nintendo Switch consoles are tops when it comes to things purely dedicated to entertainment.  

With brand-new digs in 2022, The Children’s Museum at Saratoga was the place to be, making it the most-borrowed museum pass of the year. 

Our reading room was once again a place to relax and linger in 2022. With so many periodicals to choose from, which one saw the most checkouts? The perennial favorite — People magazine.  

In e-books, “The Girl in His Shadow: A Novel” by Audrey Blake topped the most-borrowed list in 2022 for fiction. This historical fiction novel centers on one woman who believed in scientific medicine before the world was ready to believe in her. 

The much-talked about memoir “I’m Glad My Mom Died” by former child actor Jennette McCurdy details her struggle with fame and her relationship with an overbearing mother, making it the most-borrowed non-fiction e-books of 2022.  

The suspenseful and supernatural “Gallant” by V. E. Schwab was the most-borrowed digital young-adult title of 2022.  

Dav Pilkey was back on top again with “On Purpose: Cat Kid Comic Club Series, Book 3,” which was the most-borrowed children’s e-book of 2022. 

Downloadable audiobooks have quickly replaced CDs as the preferred way to listen to books. In the top spot for most-borrowed fiction titles for 2022 is “The Maid: A Novel” by Nita Prose. 

Today’s graphic novels take a visual approach to storytelling that appeals to people of all ages. Bethlehem’s most borrowed graphic novel of 2022 was “Heartstopper, Vol. 4” by Alice Oseman.  

Clearly people were in a mood to organize in 2022 with “Real Simple Organizing Basics: Declutter Now!” the most-borrowed digital magazine of the year.  

Visit our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org to search the catalog for your copy of these popular titles. We can’t wait to see what’s popular in 2023!

 

BPL by Gabriel Ratliff

Make your first impression count. Create a résumé that will catch the eye of a potential employer with Cypress Résumé. This new online service, offered for free to library patrons, can be accessed atwww.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. From the home page, click on the “Research” tab and look for the Cypress Resume link alphabetically. 

With Cypress Resume, you can craft a professional-quality resume in three simple steps: 

— 1. Enter your name, contact information, work history, and education; 

— 2. Choose the title of your desired job or simply the skill set you wish to highlight; and 

— 3. Choose from a collection of concise and professional job statements to ensure your résumé will stand out.  

That’s it! In just a matter of minutes, you will have a great-looking, well-written résumee that will give you the edge in today’s ultra-competitive job market.  

Paws to Read 

Learning to read, especially out loud, can be scary. A friendly face, particularly one with a wagging tail, can help ease reading jitters and build confidence. Our Paws to Read pups will listen calmly and quietly, as children in kindergarten thr9ugh fifth grade practice their reading skills. 

Paws to Read drop-in sessions are available Monday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; and Friday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Registration is not required. Each child will have a chance to read a book of their choice. Bring a favorite or pick one from the library shelves.  

Story time

anytime kits 

The library has a limited number of early literacy kits for families with children up to age 5. These kits include special story-time goodies like a book, egg shaker, scarf, bubbles, snack containers, and more — and are co-sponsored by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library. 

Enjoy some fun-filled learning time when you pair these kits with our Story-Time Online collection here: www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/storytime-online-activities.

Story-time kits are available to families in the Bethlehem Central School District. One kit per family. Sign up at bethlehempubliclibrary.org/take-home-activity-kits

Study hall 

Get ready for Regents at the library. We have set aside dedicated group study space for Regents test prep from Tuesday, Jan. 17, through Thursday, Jan. 26.  

Most study halls will take place in our community room, unless otherwise noted. Students and their tutors are welcome to drop in and stay as long as needed during scheduled hours. Visit bethlehem.librarycalendar.com for the full schedule.  

Closings and delays 

In the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Weather conditions can occasionally cause icing near the entrances and curbside pickup area that could lead to closure even when the town roadways are clear.

Call ahead at 518-439-9314 if you are unsure. Information may also be available on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
 

 

— Photo by Gabriel Ratliff

The Bethlehem Public Library is looking for feedback from patrons on how to update the library building.

As part of our long-range goals, the library is looking at ways to make our 50-year-old building more responsive to the needs of today’s community. Some of the updates we’re considering include an entrance more accessible to the parking lot and a permanent curbside pick-up and drop-off window — both based on comments we have heard time and again from library users. 

The board of trustees has recently contracted with architects at Ashley McGraw to come up with some design solutions to address these and other issues. The architects’ initial public presentation in December can be watched on our YouTube channel. They are also expected to be part of the agenda for the Jan. 9 board meeting. 

Your feedback is crucial as we continue this process, and we invite you to participate by viewing or attending these meetings. Our goal is to be the library this community needs well into the next 50 years, and the most important part of this planning process is you. 

A song’s

second life 

If you hadn’t heard Kate Bush’s super hit “Running Up That Hill” when it came out in 1985, chances are you know about it now. Last year, the Netflix series “Stranger Things” featured the song in a pivotal scene, and it put the 64-year-old singer-songwriter in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Global charts. 

At our Thursday, Jan. 12, Listening Party we’ll listen to and discuss the song, as well as the album, “The Hounds of Love,” on which it is featured. 

This is a hybrid presentation that begins at 7 p.m. Visit our calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up to receive an invitation to attend over Zoom, or arrive in person to participate. 

Homework help 

We’re halfway through the school year. Does your child need a little extra help? We’ve got the resources that can make a difference.

Cardholders have access to HelpNow by Brainfuse, a learning resource for all ages with personalized homework help in core subjects, as well as SAT preparation. Live one-on-one online tutoring is available for elementary, middle school, high school, and college students.  

Find HelpNow on the library’s Research page at bethlehempubliclibrary.org/webapps/research.asp

Study hall

Speaking of school, is your teen ready for Regents? The library has set aside dedicated group study space for Regents test prep from Tuesday, Jan. 17, through Thursday, Jan. 26.

Most study halls will take place in our community room, unless otherwise noted. Students and their tutors are welcome to drop in and stay as long as needed during scheduled hours. Visit our calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to see the full schedule.

 

Oh, what a night! Ring in the New Year with us (at a family-friendly hour) at the First Night Bethlehem Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. We’ll be joining the festivities at the Four Corners with photo props, giveaways, and coupons for free books for children and teens. 

First Night Bethlehem is a free, all-outdoor event for all ages. Stop by and enjoy roving entertainment by Luke McNamee and the annual The Ice Man Custom Ice Sculpture, this year in front of Delmar Marketplace. Fireworks will light the night at 6:30 p.m. 

Holiday closings 

Remember to stock up on your favorite books, movies, and videogames before the long New Year’s weekend. The library will be closed  Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1 and 2, for New Year’s. Doors will close at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31. 

Join “Gilded Ones”

author talk 

Our upcoming author talk with New York Times bestselling author of “The Gilded Ones” series Namina Forna has been rescheduled to take place Saturday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. Forna will be discussing her second installment in the series, “The Merciless Ones.”  

In “The Gilded Ones,” readers are introduced to 16-year-old Deka, who lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. On the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity — and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death. 

The second thrilling installment, “The Merciless Ones,” picks up six months after the conclusion of the first book as war is waging across the kingdom, and Deka and her army must stop the dark force growing in Otera. 

This virtual author talk is available exclusively to Bethlehem cardholders. Visit libraryc.org/bethlehempubliclibrary for more information, to register for upcoming talks, or to view past discussions. 

Bundle up! 

Brrrr! It’s cold outside, which makes it a perfect time to hunker down under some blankets and enjoy a good book. Not sure what to read next? Sign up to receive one of our Book Bundles. Share your reading preferences, and a librarian will hand-pick 10 books just for you. Fill out a Book Bundle request form here: 

bethlehempubliclibrary.org/book-bundle-request

Chill with Kanopy 

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

Kanopy isn’t just for kids either. The Great Courses on Kanopy cover everything from cooking instruction to history and finance to help you further your lifelong learning goals with the Great Courses.

Kanopy also has a diverse and engaging selection of more than 30,000 enriching and thought-provoking indie films, documentaries and hard-to-find foreign films.

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

 

Laminate it! Now you can easily preserve mementos, recipe cards, craft projects and so much more using the thermal laminator at the library. The library’s laminator is easy to use and centrally located at the Information Desk.

It is available on a first-come basis, and you only pay for the laminating sheets you use. Sheets come in three sizes: business card, letter, and menu (11.5-by-17.5 inches). The cost per sheet ranges from 25 to 85 cents. 

Heat-laminated items are durable and water-resistant, giving your fragile mementos the protection they deserve for years to come. 

December break 

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

— Join us for Snowflake STEAM Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. Learn about the science of snowflakes, including their geometry, then take what you’ve learned and cut your own relatively realistic paper snowflakes. For ages 8-13; registration required. Sign up at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com;

— Later on that day (Dec. 27) you’re invited to take flight with paper airplanes at 2 p.m. We’ll have lots of colorful paper and fun designs to try out. See how far your plane can fly in our big Community Room. For ages 8-13’

— On Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m., we’ll be hosting an informal screening of “Encanto,” the Disney hit (PG, 99 min.) about an extraordinary family who lives in the mountains of Colombia. Bring a blanket or pillow to get comfy in the Community Room;

— Create a pretty snowflake suncatcher Thursday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. to make you smile throughout the winter. For pre-K-grade 5;

— Also on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 2:30 p.m., you’re invited to join us for a screening of the Disney Pixar hit “Lightyear” (PG, 100 min.) about Legendary Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear. For kids and families;

— Grades 6 and up can get their game on Friday, Dec. 30, at 3:45 p.m. with a special holiday session of MarioKart 8 on the Nintendo Switch; and

— Our Creation Station returns in the New Year beginning Jan. 3. Stop by the Children’s Place through Jan. 8 and make your own snow-covered village. All materials will be provided. Show off your artistic talents and make your own little winter paradise.  

Closings

The library will be closed Saturday through Monday, Dec. 24 to 26, for the Christmas holiday, and Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1 and 2, for New Year’s. Doors will close at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve Saturday, Dec. 31. 

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

 

There are still some spots left for an upcoming demonstration of our new 3D printer — the MakerBot Method. 

The MakerBot Method is just as user-friendly as our original printer, with some notable improvements, including dissolvable supports, a non-stick build plate, enclosed build space, video monitoring, and more. Build your own 3D files or download a ready-to-print file from www.thingiverse.com

Demonstrations of the printer will take place in half-hour sessions Saturday, Dec. 17. We will show you how to select, size and send your projects to the printer, as well as how to change the filament to get a different look. Sessions take place in the Board Room. Visit our calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to check availability and to sign up. 

Ready to start printing on your own? Studio Makerspace time can be booked in two-hour blocks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays up to two weeks out through our Book a Space webpage.   

Explore all of the “extras” at the library 

Did you know your Bethlehem library card lets you borrow from our vast collection of books, movies, and more and also gives you access to the 28 other libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System?

Prefer to go digital? Our e-book and e-audiobook collection includes thousands of titles and is expanding all the time.

We also offer video-streaming services and a huge selection of online learning tools. When you borrow instead of buy, you can save hundreds of dollars a year! 

The library is about more than books and media, though, and, even if you are already a frequent library user, you might not be aware of all these “extras” we offer:

— Programs, concerts and events for the whole family — from early literacy and book discussion groups to craft and sewing classes;

— Laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots to borrow for digital access on the go;

— Online language-learning and citizenship resources;

— On-site printing, copying and faxing;

— Employment resources;

— One-on-one tech help

— 24-hour WiFi at five locations throughout town;

— An expansive Library of Things where you can borrow board games, household tools, musical instruments, telescopes, and more; and

— Passes that offer free admission to dozens of area museums. 

Most importantly, we are a community gathering place where everyone is welcome. If you have any questions, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 518-439-9314 or email

We look forward to your next visit to Bethlehem Public Library and can’t wait for you to discover all the great library services available to you!

Closings

The library will be closed Saturday through Monday, Dec. 24 to 26, for the Christmas holiday, and Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1 and 2, for New Year’s. Doors will close at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31. 

In the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Weather conditions can occasionally cause icing near the entrances and curbside pickup area that could lead to closure even when the town roadways are clear.

Call ahead at 518-439-9314 if you are unsure. Information may also be available on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

 

Did you know that pretend play helps children think symbolically and develop oral language skills? As children play store or pretend to be an animal, they talk about what they are doing and practice putting thoughts into words.

We believe toys and other learning activities are an important part of early literacy, and that’s why we make sure they’re available to our littlest patrons in the Children’s Place. We’ve recently added some fun new items, like a pint-sized grocery store, so be sure to schedule a playdate at the library soon to check them out.

The Children’s Place is a comfortable, welcoming place where children and their caregivers can spend some time connecting with others.

While you’re here, don’t forget to browse all of the amazing picture books on our shelves so you and your child can bring a favorite story or two home with you. 

Story times 

For more early literacy opportunities for your toddlers, swing by one of our weekly story times. 

Our Baby Bounce & Books for babies and toddlers up to age 35 months is a great way to introduce your child to a lifelong love of reading. These sessions take place every Tuesday through Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

Family Story Times are held Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. through Dec. 22. You and your child, ages 0 to 6, can enjoy stories, songs, and more together at the library. 

Coming up on Friday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m., we’ll be hosting a special Sensory Story Time, featuring traditional story-time components with sensory elements ideal for children who would benefit from a more low-key story time. This is for kids ages 2 and up with a caregiver. Visit our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up. 

Story times will resume in January and currently take place in the Community Room. They are open on a first-come basis, except for Sensory Story Time, which requires registration. All abilities are welcome. No signup is required unless noted. There may be a limited capacity for each session. When Bethlehem schools are closed or delayed, all story times are canceled. 

Upcycled jewelry 

All those old electronics are still good for something. On Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2:30 p.m. we’ll show you how to take apart old junk electronics and turn the components into one-of-a-kind wearable art. This program is for kids ages 11 to 18 and requires the dexterity and discipline to safely use sharp tools and materials. Visit our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up. 

Closings

The library will be closed Saturday through Monday, Dec. 24 through 26, for the Christmas holiday, and Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1 and 2, for New Year’s. Doors will close at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31. 

In the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Weather conditions can occasionally cause icing near the entrances and curbside pickup area that could lead to closure even when the town roadways are clear.

Call ahead at 518-439-9314 if you are unsure. Information may also be available on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.  

Trustees to meet 

The library’s board of trustees meets this Monday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. Meetings are always open to the public and can also be watched on our YouTube channel.

 

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Pretend play is an important part of early literacy because it helps children think symbolically and develop oral language skills. As children play store or pretend to be an animal, they talk about what they are doing and practice putting thoughts into words. 

Music to your ears: Our ever-popular concert series, A Little Sunday Music, will end its season Dec. 11 with harpist Elizabeth Huntley, who will present a winter-themed classical concert in our Community Room.

Ms. Huntley is principal harpist with the Glens Falls Symphony, and has accompanied a wide range of musicians, including Josh Groban, Barry Manilow, Roger Daltrey, and The Irish Tenors. She has performed locally at Caffé Lena, Proctors Theatre, Capital Rep, and the Cohoes Music Hall. 

The concert will begin at 2 p.m. A Little Sunday Music is sponsored by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library. 

Teen Book Boxes 

Cozy up with one of our Teen Book Boxes this winter. These special care packages for teens are filled with books and fun novelties to keep and enjoy. 

Teen Book Boxes are only available to BCSD residents in grades 6-12; one box per household. Sign up for the winter box is open Dec. 5 to 19. A link will appear in our online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com when registration is open.  

Space in this program is limited. An email will be sent to you once your spot has been confirmed, so please use an email address that you check regularly. Books are being chosen from a limited stock and specific requests cannot be accommodated. Each box will include 2-3 books. In January, participants will be contacted when their box is ready for pick-up or delivery.  

Teen Book Boxes are generously sponsored by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library. 

Closings and

other reminders 

The library will be closed all day Friday, Dec. 2, for staff training.  

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

Author talk with

Fredrik Backman 

Tune in Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. for a virtual discussion with bestselling author Fredrik Backman, whose new novel, “The Winners,” is the third installment of the Beartown series. Backman is also the author of the celebrated novel “A Man Called Ove,” which has been adapted into the English-language film “A Man Called Otto” starring Tom Hanks and scheduled for release at the end of December. 

This talk is offered to Bethlehem cardholders as part of the library’s partnership with the Library Speaker Consortium and will stream live to registered participants with an opportunity for questions.  

Get to know some of your favorite authors and enjoy Q&A opportunities with bestsellers through other virtual author talks through the Library Speakers Consortium. Recordings of past author events are also available. Visit libraryc.org/bethlehempubliclibrary for more information or to register for one or more upcoming talks.

 

As the days get shorter and the weather more unpredictable, we are making some small changes to our curbside service for staff and patron safety. Curbside is now available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

We’ve also reduced the number of drive-up spaces as more and more people opt to use our in-person service, and we’ve moved our walk-up pickup point closer to our garage access to take advantage of the lighting and sheltered space. 

Curbside pickup, which was launched in 2020 as a pandemic necessity, has remained popular even as in-person restrictions have eased. We continue to fine-tune this service, but rest assured it remains a core part of what we do. 

Thanksgiving hours 

The library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain closed Thursday, Nov. 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. Staff and trustees would like to wish our neighbors a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

The library will also be closed all day Friday, Dec. 2, for staff training.  

Download content

Did you forget to stock up on books for the weekend? Don’t worry: Hoopla has got you covered. With Hoopla, Bethlehem cardholders have on-demand digital access to ebooks and audiobooks, digital magazines, movies, music, comics and TV shows. The best part is there’s no waiting.

You can now get up to 10 instant borrows each month, but some titles are “Bonus Borrows” and won’t count toward your monthly total. Start reading with Hoopla today! Visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/borrow/hoopla for more information. 

When it comes to downloadable content from the library, Hoopla’s just the tip of the iceberg. Your library card also gives you access to OverDrive, Flipster and Kanopy. Visitwww.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and head to the library’s eContent page to learn more about these services and to see what’s available to download and stream. Need additional help? Just send us an e-mail to or give us a call at 518-439-9314. 

Sunday music 

Join us Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. for some classical chamber music by the Lark Strings. The quartet is made up of locally based musicians with extensive training and professional experience on an international level. Concerts take place in the Community Room and are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. 

Weather warning 

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

 

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Bethlehem staff and trustees are currently taking a closer look at the library building and how it could best serve the community.

At the end of 2019, the Bethlehem Public Library was starting to put the finishing touches on a long-range plan that would provide a blueprint for our future in terms of services and space needs. As we all know, things changed dramatically in early 2020 with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

We were able to adjust the long-range plan to be flexible enough to encompass a rapidly evolving outlook, but felt it was important to go back to the drawing board when it came to looking at the library building and how it could best serve our community.

Keeping in mind the public feedback we received when we started this process, we have once again turned our gaze toward the future of this building. We have recently hired an architect to come up with some ideas that incorporate those earlier comments while also addressing new issues that became apparent over the past couple of years.

We welcome your input as we move forward and encourage you to share your comments. Email your thoughts to Library Director Geoff Kirkpatrick through the online form at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/about-us/contact-us/contact-the-director.

Or stop by one of our monthly board meetings, which take place the second Monday of the month. Public comment is open at the beginning and end of each meeting.  

Yoga at the library 

Yoga has long been recognized for its many physical benefits, such as increased flexibility, balance and muscle tone, as well as mental benefits, including stress relief and improved concentration. 

Want to learn first-hand if this might be something for you? The library will be hosting two upcoming Community Yoga sessions with Dan May, who will share Jai Yoga School's Bhakti yoga tradition that includes song, cultural information and stories. Sessions will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. Community Yoga is a gentle and grounding community-level yoga class designed for practitioners of any skill level. Registration required for this program, but space is limited. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. 

More Sunday Music 

Our ever-popular concert series, A Little Sunday Music, continues the 2022 season Sunday Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. with some classical chamber music by the Lark Strings. The quartet is made up of locally based musicians with extensive training and professional experience on an international level.  

Concerts take place in the Community Room and are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. We would like to thank the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library for generously sponsoring this musical event. 

Thanksgiving hours 

The library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain closed Thursday, Nov. 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. Staff and trustees would like to wish our Bethlehem neighbors a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

The library will also be closed all day Friday, Dec. 2, for staff training.

 

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