Bethlehem Library Notes for Friday, June 10, 2016

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Author and historian the Rev. Gary Ferris re-enacted a World War II Armed Forces broadcast at the Bethlehem Public Library on Friday, June 3, as part of the Coffee and Conversation series.

Visit a museum for free. We've recently added some great new museum passes to our collection, just in time for your summer weekend getaways.

Your library card allows you to borrow individual and family passes to more than a dozen regional museums. Family budgets get a reprieve when parents and kids can visit Hancock Shaker Village, the Children’s Museum at Saratoga, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex in New York City  and more for free.

New to the library this year are passes for the Binghamton Zoo, Bronck Museum, Hildene, National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and Olana State Historic Site, among many others. Check out the rest of the collection at

A musical journey

Up next in our Coffee & Conversation series is the lost Radio Rounders’ “Politics and Patriots” program on Friday, June 10, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Take a break from the vitriol of this campaign season while enjoying a selection of the political songs that accompanied the campaigns and administrations of yesteryear. The Lost Radio Rounders, a duo featuring Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay, will perform the music that chronicled the triumphs and tragedies of American statesmen from George Washington to F.D.R.

Lindsay, on guitar, banjo and piano, is a local photographer, educator and recording engineer. He has taught New York State cultural history, American music history, audio/video technology, and photography at the fifth-12th-grade levels. Eck, who plays mandolin, guitar, dobro, ukulele and banjo, is a songwriter with four solo albums to his credit. He is also a widely published music critic and radio personality, as well as a visual artist focusing on portraits of American roots musicians.

The “Politics and Patriots” concert takes place in the library’s community room. A one-hour coffee and social hour will follow the performance.

The event is free and open to all and is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. The final Coffee & Conversation program, “Chocolate Delights,” is scheduled for June 17, at 1 p.m., and will feature storyteller Kate Dudding sharing a variety of chocolate-themed tales.

Digital magazines

The library has recently introduced a second way to read popular magazines for free on a computer or mobile device — Flipster. You can access Flipster on your cellphone, computer or tablet — including the Kindle Fire — as long as it is connected to the Internet.

Anyone can read and download the magazines inside the library, but you will need your Bethlehem library card to access them off site. Click on the Flipster icon at to get started, or click on our “eBooks & eMagazines” link to find out more about the service.

Go to our website or call or visit the library for help getting started.