— Photo by Kristen Roberts

A smiling elephant was among the participants in one of two not-so-spooky parades on Monday, Oct. 31, for pint-sized trick-or-treaters at the Bethlehem Public Library. The parades made their way through the main part of the library to the delight of patrons and staffers.

It’s that time of year again — time for the return of our ever-popular winter concert series, A Little Sunday Music. The Etude Club of Schenectady opens the 2016-17 season on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. with a performance of chamber music by Mendelssohn, Mihaud, Brahms, and more. Expect to hear a variety of soloists, duos and trios on piano, violin, cello, flute, and clarinet.

The Etude Club brings together women from all over the Capital District who share a love of music study and performance. It was founded in 1925 by Louise Newkirk. The club traditionally focuses on the music of recognized masters, but is open to performing pieces by composers in many genres.

A Little Sunday Music continues with a performance by the Helderberg Madrigal Singers on Dec. 4 and a recital by soprano Rose Hargrave on Feb. 5. The 2016-17 season closes with Capital City String Quartet featuring pianist Michael Clement on March 5.

A Little Sunday Music is generously underwritten by Friends of Bethlehem Public Library. All concerts are free and open to everyone.

A salute to naval heroes

On Friday, Nov. 11, the focus of our Coffee and Conversation series will be “Heroes All Around Us,” featuring staff from the USS Slater.

This program explores the fascinating history of destroyer escorts, the USS Slater and the lives of three men who served in the United States Navy during World War II and are tied in some way to these trim but deadly warships. The first is Frank Slater, killed in action at Guadalcanal and for whom the USS Slater is named. The second is Leonard Roy Harmon, who served alongside Frank Slater aboard the USS San Francisco and would go on to receive the posthumous distinction of being the first African-American to have a ship named in his honor. Finally, the remarkable story of the USS Samuel B. Roberts will be examined, highlighting the actions of Paul Henry Carr.

The hourlong program begins at 1 p.m. and is followed by a coffee hour featuring beverages and light refreshments. Coffee and Conversation is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.

Second chance to catch ’em all!

Did you miss the first Pokémon hunt last Sunday? Don’t worry, we are hosting a second session of Pokémon Go(es) to the Four Corners on Friday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. Meet at the library with your Pokémon Go app ready to play, and we’ll provide the free WiFi with our mobile hotspot devices as we walk to the Four Corners to see if we can catch ’em all. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Holiday hours

The library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and remain closed Thursday, Nov. 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

Do you know what NaNoWriMo means? It’s a catchy way of referring to National Novel Writing Month, which just happens to be this November.

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to create the first draft of a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. The library is here to encourage that creative enterprise by offering writing and collaboration space in our board room for adults taking up the NaNoWriMo challenge.

Join other would-be authors in this exciting literary pursuit beginning this Friday, Nov. 4.  Other drop-in times include Nov. 11 and 18, both Fridays, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop by for one or more sessions at your convenience; writing instruction is not provided. Visit nanowrimo.org for more details and tips for getting started.

Legendary producer John Simon in the house

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the library is hosting a talk with living legend John Simon, an accomplished music producer, composer, writer, and performing artist in pop, rock, television, movies, and on Broadway. Simon was one of the top record producers in the United States during the late ’60s and the ’70s.

He will be at the library, at 1 p.m. to discuss how he first became involved with The Band and producing (and occasionally playing on) their albums. This is a first-come, first-admitted event; doors will open at 12:45 p.m. For more information, visit our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or give us a call at 439-9314.

This program is part of the Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center’s “New York Living Legacy” project, which celebrates the work of legendary New York artists.

The “Living Legacy” program includes other events and activities related to The Band’s legacy that will take place at The Egg throughout the months of November and December. Visit their website at www.theegg.org to learn more.

Let’s catch ’em all!

Get ready to go Pokémon hunting. Meet at the library on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. with your Pokémon Go app ready to play, and we’ll provide the free WiFi with our mobile hotspot devices as we walk to the Four Corners to see if we can catch ’em all. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. We’ll be hosting a second session of Pokémon Go(es) to the Four Corners on Friday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. Come to one or both.

Not sure how to play? No worries. Email librarian Cathy Brenner at to ask questions or set up a tech help appointment.

Learn to meditate

Are you interested in learning more about meditation and mindfulness? On Sunday, Nov. 6, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., the library will be hosting instructors from the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany who will go over the basics and provide an introduction to meditation. Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing.

— Provided by The Egg

John Simon, producer of The Band’s iconic albums, will be at Bethlehem Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. as part of a lecture circuit that will stop at a number of area libraries.

Music lovers, mark your calendars. We’ve got an event coming up on Nov. 5 that you won’t want to miss. Take a load off and spend an afternoon at the library with John Simon.

An accomplished music producer, composer, writer and performing artist in pop, rock, television, movies and on Broadway, Simon was one of the top record producers in the United States during the late ’60s and the ’70s, responsible for producing dozens of recordings, including The Band’s iconic albums (as well as classics by Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Blood, Sweat & Tears, among many others).

He will be at the library on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. to discuss how he first became involved with The Band and producing (and occasionally playing on) their albums “Music from Big Pink,” “The Band” and “The Last Waltz,” offering insight into how the compositions, arrangements and instrumentation came together. This is a first-come, first-admitted event; doors will open at 12:45 p.m. For more information, visit our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or give us a call at 439-9314.

This program is part of the Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center’s “New York Living Legacy” project, which celebrates the work of legendary New York artists.

The “Living Legacy” program includes other events and activities related to The Band’s legacy that will take place at The Egg throughout the months of November and December. Visit their website at www.theegg.org to learn more.

Get charged up

Don’t forget, the library’s charging kiosk provides free, secure charging for most mobile devices. Each locker has three universally compatible charging cables – MicroUSB, iPhone 3/4/4S, and iPhone 5/5C/5S cords. Users simply need to key in a four-digit code to secure the locker and use the same code to retrieve their devices.

Culture conversation

Our Coffee & Conversation series rounds out the month of October with a program on Friday, Oct. 28, titled “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” Learn about the dramatic landscapes, rich Buddhist culture and local cuisine of Bhutan through the photographs and stories of Delmar couple Jerry Andritz and Carole Nemore. The hourlong program begins at 1 p.m. and is followed by a coffee and social hour featuring beverages and light refreshments.

An interest in Pinterest

Learn how to plan with Pinterest and use the popular social media tool to inspire and organize holiday projects. It’s easy to get started, and we’ll show you how on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 439-9314.

 

—Photo from Bethlehem library staff

The Puppet People entertained an audience of all ages at the Bethlehem Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 9, with a retelling of three of Aesop’s more well-known fables, including “The Tortoise and the Hare.”

We’re gearing up for some super Halloween fun at the library.

What makes a pumpkin great? Your very own artistic touch. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. kids three and up and their families are invited to the library to watch the Charles Schulz animated classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” and decorate a pumpkin. It’s BYOP — bring your own pumpkin — but we’ll provide the decorating supplies.

Our Halloween festivities culminate with one of our most popular events of the year — the Halloween Parade through the library for children up to age six and their families. The parade is so popular, in fact, that we have scheduled two of them, at 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. Festivities will kick off with some seasonal movie shorts and a craft before trick-or-treaters make their way through the library. Costumes are optional.

Books to people

“Books to People” is Bethlehem Public Library’s free delivery service provided for patrons living within the Bethlehem Central School District who are unable to visit the library. If you qualify, a librarian selects items from our collections based on your interests. These items are delivered every other week by the Bethlehem Public Library van.

Choose from a wide variety of new and classic fiction and nonfiction in several formats: print, large-print, audiobooks, and Playaways. (A Playaway is an audiobook and player in one neat package.)

You can also choose magazines from our periodicals collection, as well as our CDs and DVDs.

You qualify for Books to People if you live in the Bethlehem Central School District and if you have a permanent or temporary physical disability or medical condition that prevents you from coming to the library. There is no age restriction. The library van will make deliveries to your home every two weeks and pick up materials ready for return.

To request the Books to People delivery service for yourself or someone you know, call the library at 439-9314. A librarian will take your name, address and phone number, ask about what you would like to receive, and set up a delivery schedule. Deliveries will begin shortly after your request is processed. You can end the service at any time.

Understanding Alzheimer’s

In the second part of our Understanding Alzheimer’s series, Communication Strategies,  we’ll be learning about ways to understand the verbal and behavioral messages of someone with Alzheimer’s, as well as identify strategies that might facilitate communication.

Join presenter Maura Fleming of the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. for this informative presentation. This program is co-sponsored by Community Caregivers and the Alzheimer’s Association. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 349-9314.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

A tentative firefighter tries on a helmet at Selkirk Station No. 2 in Glenmont, where participants enjoyed stories, crafts, a demonstration of firefighter gear, and a tour of the trucks. It was one of six Bethlehem library story times held simultaneously on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at fire stations throughout Bethlehem.

As we wrap up Teen Read Week at the Bethlehem Public Library, we’d like to remind you that you can stop by the teen area anytime through Saturday, Oct. 15 to enjoy our interactive display and see how to vote online for your pick of the teens’ top 10 book award nominees.

The fun doesn’t stop when Teen Read Week ends. On Monday, Oct. 17, we’ll be making cool illuminated pop-up cards with easy electrical circuits using LED lights and copper tape. Paper circuits and pop-up cards begins at 7 p.m.

Our 3Doodler 3D pens are going to get a workout during the 3Doodler Eiffel Tower program on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 3 to 4 p.m., where teens compete with their friends to build a model of the Eiffel Tower with the 3Doodler and a template.

Both programs are for teens in grades six through 12. Sign up online or call.

Listening parties

Our next Listening Party focuses on some musicians that you may have heard a little something about — The Beatles. On Thursday, Oct. 20, we’ll be focusing on their post-breakup solo work. Join fellow music lovers at 7 p.m. for what is sure to be a lively conversation.

A community room with a view

Author and outdoor adventurer Alan Via returns to the library on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with “Above It All,” the second program in our National Parks 100th anniversary celebration. Enjoy a slideshow celebrating the spectacular mountain scenery and more that can be found in the national parks.

Alan is a Slingerlands resident, winter 46er and author of the hiking guide “The Catskill 67: A Hiker’s Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks Under 3,000 Feet.” He has hiked extensively throughout the United States and Canada. This program is free and open to the public.

Looking to volunteer?

There are many opportunities for adults to volunteer in the Bethlehem area. Our booklet “Volunteer Opportunities for Adults” lists local not-for-profit organizations and information about how to get in contact with them. The brochure can be found on the library’s website www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/volunteers.asp and also in print at the library.

Speaking of volunteering, are you handy with a sewing machine and willing to share your knowledge with others? Experienced sewers are needed to help patrons with their projects on library machines. Call the library at 439-9314 to find out more.

The library is also looking for volunteers in grade  six through 12 who are willing to teach chess to younger kids and play games with them on Tuesday evenings. Call or email Tori at 439-9314, ext. 3034, or email her at tori@ bplteens.org and see how you can get involved.

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