Bethlehem Library Notes for Wednesday, September 22, 2021

North American music is what it is today largely because of the contributions of Native Americans and Colonial people as they shared their traditions. The diversity of vocalizations, dances, and instruments enriched their culture, transmitted their beliefs, strengthened them when weary, and enlivened and soothed their spirits.

Come and experience these musical traditions on Friday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. with Dawn Collins, a certified music practitioner, as we kick off our Friday afternoon Coffee and Conversation series. 

Next up in the series, on Oct. 1 at 1 p.m., we’ll be hosting Rick and Marilyn for an afternoon of music tentatively scheduled to take place outside on the Green. Please dress accordingly.  

Coffee & Conversation is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects. Please visit our calendar at for details. 

Thousands of magazines

at your fingertips 

E-book and digital audiobook users have long taken advantage of the extensive collection available through OverDrive and the Libby app, but did you know there are literally thousands of magazine titles to download from there as well? Cardholders can find niche publications that cater to specific crafts or hobbies, as well as popular titles focusing on travel, entertainment, technology and more. Even better, many have back issues available through 2018. 

To look for a specific magazine, visit and click on the OverDrive/Libby icon. Start with a title search. Magazines will be designated as a series. You can then narrow down your search by choosing “Magazine” as one of the filters. If back issues are available, you’ll see that option once you click on your selection. 

If you don’t have anything specific in mind, you can browse the entire collection by selecting “Magazines” in the drop-down menu under “Collections.” From there you can use filters to narrow it down by interest. 

Can’t find what you’re looking for through OverDrive and Libby? Bethlehem cardholders can access even more magazine titles through Flipster, available here:


Books to People 

Our Books to People free delivery service is available to homebound residents of the Bethlehem Central School District and can be especially helpful to those who need to take extra precautions to avoid exposure to the Coronavirus. With Books to People, selected materials are delivered (no contact!) every other week via the library van. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about this service, call the library at 518-439-9314 or visit

Donate a

musical instrument 

Vanguard, a group of volunteer supporters of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, is seeking donations of musical instruments for low-income Capital District children whose families aren’t able to cover the rental or purchase fees. They will be on the library Green Saturday, Sept. 25, from  to 4 p.m. for a special collection event. Donated instruments should be gently used and in good condition.