Bethlehem Library Notes for Wednesday, March 10, 2021

— Photo by Wes Washington

Larry Kirwan visits Barnes & Noble Tribeca’s yearly Tribute to James Joyce. Kirwan will talk about his life’s work in a virtual program March 21 at the Bethlehem Public Library.

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and home chefs interested in Irish cooking are invited to join us as we celebrate the flavors of the Emerald Isle at a virtual Irish Cooking Class on Tuesday, March 16, at 11 a.m. 

Irish favorites like soda bread, shepherd’s pie, and corned beef are comfort-food classics, but did you know that you can enjoy hearty Irish cooking that is also low in calories, fat, sugar and salt? At our Irish Cooking Class, Karen Roberts Mort, an Albany County Cornell Cooperative Extension resource and nutrition educator, will share some healthy recipes with an Irish twist.  Go to our online calendar at to sign up. 

An author talk

that rocks 

Rock star, playwright and author Larry Kirwan will drop by for a virtual visit Sunday, March 21, at 2 p.m. to talk about his life and work, including his new novel “Rockaway Blue,” a look at one father’s post-9/11 search for truth. 

Kirwan was the leader of the Irish political rock band Black 47 for 25 years and has written 17 plays and musicals, three novels, a memoir and “A History of Irish Music.” A political activist, he is an Irish Echo columnist and a celebrity host/producer of Celtic Crush on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. 

In anticipation of his virtual visit, the library has three copies of "Rockaway Blue" to give away. Register for the program to enter to win a copy. Winners will be notified March 10 and books can be picked up at the library.  Go to our online calendar at to sign up. 

The buzz

about pollinators 

Join us Wednesday, March 24, at 4 p.m. to learn more about pollinators and the important work they do at our Skype a Scientist program with Amy Geffre from the Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego. This talk is for everyone — from kindergarteners to senior citizens. A question and answer session will wrap things up.  Go to our online calendar at to sign up. 

Trivia time 

Compete for bragging rights as the top know-it-all at our Thursday, March 25, Trivia Night for adults! Get together over Zoom with other trivia buffs for an evening of wit and whimsy focused on wide-ranging general trivia knowledge. We’ll be self-scoring on the honor system. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Go to our online calendar at to sign up. 

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. 

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. 

We now have a texting option for curbside pickup. Call or text – it’s your choice! Please note that your cellphone plan's standard text messaging rates apply. 

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