Bethlehem Library Notes for Wednesday, June 12, 2019

— Photo by Bethlehem Public Library staff

Incubating eggs in the Children’s Place at the Bethlehem Public Library get a careful turn.

This spring, you may have noticed a welcoming outdoor nook at the Bethlehem Public Library just off the Children’s Place, filled with fun-sized furniture and whimsical decorations. The brand new Ian Boegel Memorial Patio is just the place to hang out and enjoy sunny days with your library friends.

This new space has been generously funded by Ian’s family and friends in memory of the Bethlehem resident and frequent Children’s Place visitor.

Read, relax, or make your mark with a colorful chalk creation! With the Memorial Patio, our young visitors are invited to enjoy the library inside and out.

Hudson Valley history

Coffee and Conversation wraps up it spring series Friday, June 14, with a presentation about Crailo State Historic Site by Sam Huntington, who will talk about the early Dutch inhabitants of the upper Hudson Valley and the heritage of the 18th-Century site built by Hendrick Van Rensselaer.

Coffee and Conversation is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects Inc., and is free and open to everyone. The program begins at 1 p.m. and last about 60 minutes with a coffee and social hour following.

Call 518-439-9314 or visit for more information.

Just for fifth-graders

Middle school can seem like an awfully big place when you don’t know that many people. That’s why the library is holding a special event just for fifth-graders to hang out and get to know one another Friday, June 14, at 3:30 p.m.

Make some Sharpie art with fifth-graders from all of the Bethlehem schools and meet with teen librarian, Tori. Snacks will be served!

Bowie’s “Space Oddity”

In the final Listening Party of the season, we’re departing from the usual “Be the DJ” format to focus on a fan favorite that also ties in with the “Universe of Stories” Summer Reading theme.

On Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m., we’ll be taking a closer look at David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” to mark the 50th anniversary of the breakthrough single that launched his decades-long career. Join fellow music lovers and share your personal impressions and memories.

Our Listening Parties are like a book club, but for music. Bethlehem librarian Michael Farley will facilitate the discussion, which is co-sponsored by Voorheesville Public Library.

Egg watch

Don’t forget to drop by the Children’s Place to see how our “Incubation Eggsperiment” is coming along as we hatch a brood of chicks inside the library. You may even be able to help us turn the eggs!

We’re also live-streaming their progress through the Chick Cam featured on our website at

The library at your doorstep

Books to People is a free library delivery service available to residents of the Bethlehem Central School District who are unable to visit the library because of a permanent or temporary medical condition.

The library van will deliver requests every two weeks, and pick up returns. You can request books, circulating magazines, DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks. To ask for this delivery service, contact the library Information Desk at 518-439-9314.