Bethlehem Library Notes for Wednesday, March 4, 2020

It’s time to start thinking spring! As we celebrate the return of our Seed Library, we have invited experienced local gardener Charlie Brenner to talk about germination boxes, a cost-effective way to achieve better seed germination in less time.

Join us on Saturday, March 7, at 3 p.m. for “All About Germination Boxes” and afterwards browse the Seed Library to see how you can get growing with us.

The Seed Library, located at the back of the Information Desk, will be self-serve with some limits on quantities. You’ll find a selection of open-pollinated vegetables and some herbs and flowers to choose from. Seed libraries like ours support sustainability and food security by allowing those in the community free access to the means of growing their own food.

Musicians of Ma’alwyck

A Little Sunday Music wraps up the 2019-20 series on Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. with a performance by Ann Marie Schwartzand Sten Isachsen of the Musicians of Ma’alwyck. Schwartz on violin and Isachsen on guitar will perform a selection of chamber pieces popular in America during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Concerts 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 another wonderful season of this ever-popular concert series!

Book sale volunteers needed

The Friends of Bethlehem Public Library will be holding their Spring Book Sale Bash once again this year from April 3 to 5.

Whether you’re looking to rehome some of your beloved past reads or find a few great deals, this is the event for you. The weekend-long Book Sale Bash offers an opportunity to donate books, CDs and DVDs in good condition, or purchase like-new items at a huge discount.

This epic sale is no small thing, and the Friends could use all the help they can get with setup, sorting, sales and cleanup. Would you like to volunteer? Visit or check out the Friends page at for more information or to sign up.

On-demand streaming with Kanopy

Use your Bethlehem library card to access Kanopy streaming video. Kanopy offers a catalog of more than 30,000 indie films, documentaries and hard-to-find foreign films. In addition, Kanopy provides access to an excellent selection of The Great Courses, 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.

Films 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.

Board candidate information

Nominating petition forms and informational packets are available at the library Information Desk for candidates interested in serving on the Bethlehem Public Library Board of Trustees. There are two seats on the 2020 ballot, currently held by incumbents Lisa Scoons and Brian Sweeney.  Scoons is seeking re-election, while Sweeney will be stepping down in June.