Bethlehem Library Notes for Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The robotics team of Bethlehem Central High School demonstrates its robot at the Bethlehem Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 3, where team members provided tech help to the public.

Get crafty at the Bethlehem Public Library next week with a pair of programs that will have you whipping up some spa essentials or creating a special box to store your favorite memory keepsakes.

On Monday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m., join us as we learn how to make a do-it-yourself mocha lip scrub and coffee salt scrub to give your grooming a caffeine kick! Supplies will be provided, but registration is required. Although the Aug. 19 program is just for adults, we’re repeating it for ages kids ages 9 to 14 the following day, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m. Once again, registration is required.

Display your treasured memories in style when you decorate a small wooden memory box using decoupage on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. Bring an image of your choice for the lid; other paper samples and wooden box provided. Registration is required.

You can sign up for one or both of these programs online at or call 518-439-9314.

Be a Friend

The Friends of Bethlehem Public Library meet on Monday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Want to know more about what the Friends do? Be sure to drop by – new members are always welcome!

The Friends are dedicated to increasing public awareness of the library’s mission, as well as sponsoring programs that enrich the entire community. Some of the library’s most popular events and activities are funded by the Friends, including mini-golf, bus trips to Glimmerglass or New York City and the ice cream social during the Evenings on the Green summer concert series finale.

If you’ve ever borrowed a WiFi hotspot or checked out a pair of binoculars, drum kit, karaoke machine or metal detector, you have the Friends to thank as well.

The Friends also underwrite the popular winter concert series, 

“A Little Sunday Music,” and they support the “Evenings on the Green” summer concert series and author visits.

Because of the Friends, Bethlehem patrons can check out free passes to a number of area museums and historic buildings, as well as a New York State Empire Pass. (You’ll find the complete list at; find “museum passes” under the “More” tab.)

The all-volunteer group meets on the third Monday evening, every other month. Meetings are open to the public. If you would like to play a greater role in this community organization, please contact the Friends liaison at .

Still some summer left

It’s not too late to sign up for summer reading at the library. Readers of all ages are invited to participate. Register online at (Click on the Summer Reading image on the home page) or in person, and check out our upcoming programs on the website or in the latest version of the Footnotes newsletter.

Summer hours

The library is closed Sundays in July and August. You can access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at