Bethlehem Library Notes for Wednesday, March 8, 2023

— Photo by Bethlehem Public Library staff

A cactus with personality: The Bethlehem Public Library wrapped up winter break with a drop-in program to decorate cacti that were squishy, not spiky. 

Ready, set — grow! It’s almost time! Our seed library returns this spring with a variety of open-pollinated vegetables, herbs, and some flowers. Bethlehem cardholders may choose up to 10 seed packets per household using our online “shopping” portal from March 13 to April 10.

You’ll be able to browse the different categories and learn more about the varieties of seeds available. During this time, walk-in requests cannot be filled. We’ll be in touch with you when they are ready to be picked up curbside or at the checkout desk.  

Beginning April 11, seed packets may be selected in person at the Information Desk while supplies last. 

Seed libraries like ours support sustainability and food security by allowing the community free access to the means of growing their own food. 

New to gardening? You’ll find some items in our Library of Things that will help you cultivate your burgeoning hobby:

— Sprout seeds faster and more reliably with a seedling heat mat and thermostat-controller combo set. Simply place under a planter with seeds ready to grow and watch them germinate quickly and vigorously; and

— A suitable soil environment is important for the healthy growth of plants. We’ve got soil testers that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes made by gardeners, such as over- or under-watering or planting in an area with insufficient lighting. It will even highlight potential issues with soil that is too alkaline or acidic.  

Search our catalog at to see what’s available. 

Make it a

museum day 

Chilly days are made for museums, and we’ve got your ticket! Check out our huge collection of individual and family passes to dozens of regional museums, including Albany Institute of History and Art, the Children’s Museum at Saratoga, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, MASS MoCA, Hildene, Olana State Historic Site, and more for free.  

Museum passes may be borrowed for three days and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; there are no requests or renewals. Please be sure to check museum websites for hours and current exhibit information, as well as any ticket reservation requirements. Some museums may ask you to show your library card with your pass when you arrive. 

Visit our website at to see what’s available. Our museum pass collection is generously supported by the Friends of Bethlehem  

Trustee candidate

info available 

Nominating petition forms and informational packets are available at the library and online for candidates interested in serving on the Bethlehem Public Library Board of Trustees. There are two seats on the 2023 ballot, currently held by incumbents Mark Kissinger and Caroline Brancatella, who are both seeking re-election.   

Petitions will need at least 94 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 17. The election will be held Tuesday, May 16.