Bethlehem Library Notes for Wednesday, February 24, 2021

— 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 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

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 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! 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 for hours of service and building updates.