Bethlehem Library Notes for Friday, July 1, 2016

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Summer Reading kicked off at Bethlehem library on Wednesday, June 22, with a performance by Jester Jim, who charmed the all-ages audience with wacky beatboxing, juggling, and high-energy antics.

The sound of summer: Our annual summer concert series, Evenings on the Green, begins Wednesday, July 6, with a performance by GB5, who will be playing popular hits from the 1960s on. Next up, on July 13, Red Haired Strangers will perform some covers and some original country blues.

The rest of the lineup is equally strong, with family-friendly performances by Loosely Wound String Band on July 20; Electric City Chorus on July 27; Toss the Feathers on Aug. 3; and Andy the Music Man closing out the series on Aug. 10 with an ice cream social and membership drive at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by our Friends of the Library. You’ll find the schedule online at, in the latest issue of our Footnotes newsletter, or at the library information desk.

The Evenings on the Green series has been entertaining the community for more than four decades. Join us this summer for one or all of these great performances. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pick a spot on the Green, then sit back, relax and enjoy. Concerts will move indoors if it rains.

Evenings on the Green concerts are always free, appropriate for all ages, and they take place every Wednesday in July at 7 p.m.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The library is also closed Sundays in July and August, beginning July 3. You can access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at

Read It Forward

Teens, have you ever read a great book that you just can’t wait to share with friends? That’s the idea behind our annual Read It Forward campaign, and it’s so easy to participate. This year, the featured book is “The Raft” by S.A. Bodeen. This YA survival tale follows Robbie, a globe-trotting teen, who is left fighting for her life after her plane goes down in shark-infested waters. A limited number of copies are available at the library in the teen area. Just read the book, tell a friend about it, and pass it on. No due dates, no late fees, no worries!

For details, see the guidelines found in each book or stop by the desk in the Children’s Place. Keep the reading chain going all summer long, and tell us what you think by filling out a short survey at the library. This is a collaborative project with the Upper Hudson Library System.