Bethlehem Library Notes for Thursday, March 12, 2020

Our Seed Library at the Bethlehem Public Library is set up and ready for spring. Pick up your seed selections behind the Information Desk and get growing with us!

On Friday, March 13, we’re hosting “Ready, Set, Grow,” a special Seed Library program for our littlest gardeners, where we’ll read all about plants and growing things, and then plant something to take home.

The program starts at 10 a.m., and participants should dress for a mess. This program is for children up to age 6 with a caregiver.

Button-maker demonstration

Check out the button makers in our Tech Room Makerspace and give them a test drive at our Button Maker Demonstration Monday, March 16, from 6 to p.m. Drop in and see how you can use these fun maker tools to create cool, quirky accessories or whip up something for your next group event. We have three different sizes to choose from, and magnetic backs are also available. There is a small fee for materials used.

The tools in the library’s Tech Room Makerspace are available to use anytime during library hours and provides access to equipment and technology that a lot of people don’t have at home. In addition to the button makers, we’ve got a Cricut Maker, which allows for precision cutting of paper, vinyl, fabric and other materials.

These tools join the Makerbot 3D printer, a die cutter, laminator, light tracing board, photo lightbox and sewing machine.

An Irish Afternoon with Toss the Feathers

Enjoy a lively afternoon performance Wednesday, March 18, by Toss the Feathers playing a mix of traditional Irish music and songs. The music begins at 2 p.m.

Toss the Feathers features Amy Schoch on violin, viola and vocals; Dave Smith on bouzouki, banjo and vocals; and David Pease on Irish flutes and whistles.

Since its establishment in 2015, the group has played a number of venues across the Capital Region with a focus on being a live, local band that’s fun to hear and dance to.

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.

Would you like to volunteer? Visit or check out the Friends page at for more information or to sign up.

Board-candidate info

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.

Petitions must contain at least 50 signatures of voters residing in Central School District No. 6 of the towns of Bethlehem and New Scotland. Petitions must be filed with the District Clerk, Bethlehem Central High School, 700 Delaware Ave., Delmar by 5 p.m. on April 20. The election and budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 19.