— 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.

Scare up some fun.

Do you know a child who has a talent for telling terrifying tales? We’re looking for storytellers in grades 1 to 6 who can spin a yarn that is both creative and creepy to enter the library’s online Spooky Stories contest. Beginning Oct. 1, interested young writers can go to www.bplkids.org, click on the link, and enter their original scary stories of 500 words or less.

Need a little help getting started? Come to our “Spooky Stories: Good Beginnings” writing program on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. to get your creative juices flowing. We’ll listen to some successful scary stories and brainstorm ideas to get those creative juices flowing.

The winning story will be posted online and transformed into a library storywalk display. You’ll find more details at www.bplkids.org. Last day to enter: Oct. 31.

A welcome place

The library has always been a place where people of all abilities are welcome. That’s why we support the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities’ Welcome campaign to promote community inclusion. You can too by submitting your own welcome message on social media using hashtags #nysopwdd #welcome.

Alzheimer’s programs

This October, the library is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York to offer a pair of programs targeted to those who care for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. Maura Fleming, a presenter with the Alzheimer’s Association, will discuss “The Basics,” an overview of what you need to know about memory loss and the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Fleming returns Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. for “Communication Strategies,” where she will talk about ways to understand the verbal and behavioral messages of someone with Alzheimer’s and identify strategies that may help caregivers connect and communicate.

The programs are free, but registration is required.

WiFi at playground

We’ve boosted the library WiFi signal at the town park to include areas around the tennis court, the parks and rec building, and the brand-new playground area, which is located behind the pool complex. We’re looking at other public areas where we can provide free WiFi to residents in the future, so stay tuned to find out where we’re going next.

Drink up

The newly installed replacement water fountain near our parking lot entrance has a very special feature — a sensor-activated bottle filler. A counter near the top righthand side of the fountain shows how many water bottles are saved from the landfill with each use. A refreshing and eco-friendly addition to the library.

Bestselling author Ann Leary, whose writing credits include “An Innocent, A Broad,” “The Good House,” and “Outtakes From a Marriage,” will be stopping by the library on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. to discuss her creative process and her latest book, “The Children.”

Leary’s novels have always had a certain New England sensibility to them, and “The Children” continues that tradition with the story of a wealthy but unconventional Connecticut family.

Leary’s work has been translated into 18 languages, and she has written for “The New York Times,” “Ploughshares,” “National Public Radio,” “Redbook” and “Real Simple” among other publications. “The Good House” is currently in development for a feature film. She and her husband, Denis, live on a small farm in northwestern Connecticut.

Copies of her books will be available for purchase at the event through I Love Books. The author will also be signing copies following her talk. Because space is limited, this free event is first-come, first-admitted, and doors will open at 1:45 p.m. Leary’s talk is a Writers and Friends program underwritten by Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.

Clear out clutter at book donation event

The library is once again partnering with Grassroot Givers, a local nonprofit, to collect books for donation to local organizations and individuals in need. Collection day is Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library garage.

Donations to the Book Project must fit the following criteria: current adult paperback fiction and nonfiction; current adult hardcover fiction and nonfiction; current children’s board books; current children’s hardcover and softcover picture books; current elementary and middle school chapter books; current adult biography, self-help, cookbooks, history books.

Grassroot Givers will not accept books older than 10 years; torn or moldy books; encyclopedias; videos, tapes or CDs; magazines; computer books older than three years; test prep books older than the current year; textbooks of any kind, including law and medical books.

Donations that do not meet these criteria, and donations brought before 10 a.m. or after 1 p.m., will not be accepted.

Sewing volunteers

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. An ongoing commitment is preferred. Call the library at 439-9314 to find out more.

Stamp sampler

In our display cases in the library hallway this month we highlight selections from the stamp collection of Richard Covuoto of Bethlehem. Over approximately three decades, Mr. Covuoto amassed a robust collection that was representative of important milestones in American history. On display is just a small part of it, but every stamp has a story to tell. Check them out from now until the end of September.