— Photos by Kristen Roberts

Adult newcomers to computers can learn the basics one-on-one with a library-trained volunteer by signing up for Computer Partners at the Bethlehem Public Library. Call the library at (518) 439-9314 for more information.

The library’s 2016-17 season of A Little Sunday Music continues on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. with a concert by the Helderberg Madrigal Singers performing music that was first heard centuries ago in the castles, cathedrals, synagogues, drawing rooms and village greens of medieval and Renaissance Europe.

The group is composed of sopranos Martha Bond and Sarah Johnson Popiel, altos Dawn Dana and Beth Gurzler, tenor Dick Dana, and basses David Metz and Tim Smith. When the music calls for accompaniment, members’ talents on the recorder, krumhorn, viola da gamba, oboe, guitar and percussion are employed.

Founded in 1978 by a group of Capital District singers who relished the challenge and rewards of a cappella music, the ensemble’s repertoire has grown to more than 400 works. The Helderberg Madrigal Singers are all Capital District residents with experience in other groups, including Albany Pro Musica, Glimmerglass Opera, Octavo Singers and more.

Frequently performed composers include Thomas Morley, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, Guillaume de Machaut, Heinrich Isaac, among many others.

A Little Sunday Music is generously underwritten by Friends of Bethlehem Public Library. The library is located at 451 Delaware Avenue in Delmar.

Senior chorus

December is a musical month. The Bethlehem Senior Chorus presents “As Evening Comes” Friday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. in the Bethlehem town hall. Directed by Claudia Summers, the chorus is a mixed group of about 60 senior citizens who have enjoyed singing and entertaining folks in the community for more than a decade.

Open to all, the concert is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. Please note that this event does not take place at the library. Bethlehem town hall is located at 445 Delaware Ave., in Delmar.

Closing reminder

The library will be closed Friday, Dec. 2, to accommodate a staff development training session. Our bookdrops will be open, but there will be no telephone service. We’re always open online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Storm warning

Please remember that in the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Call ahead.

Upcoming events

Drop by the evening of Monday, Dec. 5, for “Fun and Games for Grownups,” an adults-only gathering where you can play games, color and socialize. It all takes place from  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Snacks will be served.

On Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7 to 8 p.m., longtime teacher Christopher Conway will share some Spanish-language basics and useful vocabulary for traveling in “Spanish for Beginners.” Sign up online or call.

 

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Supreme Ultimate Boxing: Participants in the Bethlehem Public Library’s Tai Chi program marked World Diabetes Day on Monday, Nov. 14, with the Tai Chi for Diabetes form.

Providing free and equal access to computers and the Internet has been an important part of the library’s mission for a long time, and the popularity of our public access computers is a testament to that – there are many times when every station is spoken for.

Beginning this month, we are able to get more computers in front of the people who need them by offering laptops that can be checked out and used anywhere on site until the library closes. We’ve got more than a dozen Chromebooks, which are suitable for browsing the web, online research, accessing Gmail and more. Also available are four Microsoft Office-enabled laptops, perfect for word-processing or resume-writing.

To borrow a laptop, all you need is a valid library card. They can be used anywhere on library property, including the comfy chairs in our hallway and – when the weather eventually warms – our grounds outside. Our super-fast WiFi makes it easy to search the web or stream video. Laptops are available for one-day use and must be returned at least 15 minutes before closing.

Tech tools

If you want to raise your comfort level with the electronic devices and media out there, you can get one-on-one coaching at the library by scheduling a half-hour appointment. A librarian or volunteer can help you with your smartphone, tablet, or eReader. You can also learn how to setup and manage an email account, get started on Microsoft Word, or navigate Facebook and Twitter.

Make an appointment at least a week in advance by visiting the information desk or calling the library at 439-9314, ext. 3009.

We’d also like to remind you that the library has a number of tech tools available for the public to use, including Makerbot 3D printers, a VHS-to-DVD conversion deck and a flatbed scanner that will scan photos, slides and negatives. There’s also a large-format scanner and color printer, as well as Adobe programs for photo and video editing. Visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and click on “tech tools” to learn more.

Thanksgiving hours

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

Also, the library will be closed Friday, Dec. 2, to accommodate a staff development training session.

STEM programs

On Friday, Nov. 25, from 2 to 3 p.m., we’ll be holding a LittleBits Workshop for kids in grade two to five. They’ll learn how to make electric circuits that control lights, sounds, movements and more with LittleBits magnetic building blocks. Sign up online or call.

Teens in grades six to 12 can learn how to program and control the Ozobot, a tiny robot, using only paper and markers at the Ozobot Robotics program on Monday, Nov. 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. Registration is required.

— Photo from Sonny and Perley

Sonny and Perley — the husband-and-wife duo of pianist Sonny Daye, left, and vocalist Perley Rousseau — will perform at the Bethlehem Public Library Friday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. The concert will feature selections from the Great American Songbook and more.

Our Coffee and Conversation series is wrapping up its 2016 season this Friday with a page from the Great American Songbook and more featuring local legends Sonny and Perley.

The  husband-and-wife duo of vocalist Perley Rousseau and pianist Sonny Daye will present a mixed concert that introduces listeners to the material they regularly draw from, including the Great American Songbook (the Golden Age of popular songs from the 1920s through ’50s), post Golden Age material from 1960-1980, international cabaret, and bossa nova.

Sonny and Perley have spent the last several years developing and perfecting their unique repertoire and have performed extensively throughout the region and abroad.

The hourlong concert 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.

Emergency prep

Join us Saturday, Nov. 19, for “In Case of Emergency,” a program that will give you the tools and resources you’ll need to prepare for, and recover from, any type of disaster. Attendees receive an emergency prep starter kit.

The program is free and open to everyone, but you must register with Citizen Preparedness Corps at www.prepare.ny.gov/training-events. Trainings are led by the New York National Guard, working with experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

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.

The sky’s the limit

Don’t forget, the library now has Orion StarBlast 4.5” telescopes for loan. When you borrow one, you get everything you need to start stargazing – the telescope itself, a carrying bag, lens brush, Celestron flashlight, guides to the night sky, and an easy-to-follow user manual. Telescopes are available to borrow for one week at a time.

Free job coaching

Bethlehem Public Library offers free one-on-one job coaching for adults seeking to enter or re-enter the job market. Find out how to craft effective resumés and cover letters; learn the finer points of written and online applications, LinkedIn accounts, and interview protocol. Call 439-9314, ext. 3009 for an appointment.

— 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.

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