— Photo from Bethlehem Public Library volunteers

Catfish Charlie got some help, with washboard accompaniment, from a diminutive Spider-Man when he played songs and told tales about the great outdoors on Monday, Aug. 8, at the Bethlehem Public Library.

When it comes to the free WiFi access at the library, you can take it with you.

Bethlehem Public Library has started loaning out Pocket WiFi hotspots that allow users WiFi access within the Sprint network anywhere in the United States.

Say what you will about our wired world, but there is no denying that internet access opens up new possibilities in education, entertainment, and commerce. By providing “Internet to Go,” the library is making sure that access is available to everyone in our community. As WiFi usage at the library and the library-sponsored signal at the town pool continues to grow, adding portable hotspots to our catalog was the logical next step.

Use the device to stream music or your favorite show or do some online research on your own time and in your own space, there are no restrictions as long as Sprint service is available. You can even take it with you on vacation if you still crave that connection with the outside world.

The devices can be found on our special collections shelf near the information desk, and they are easily portable and can be borrowed for two weeks at a time. Bethlehem library cardholders may request the WiFi devices, but anyone in the Upper Hudson Library System can check out the ones on the shelves on a first-come basis. The hotspots must be returned to the Bethlehem library circulation desk. Check one out today, and get your free library internet to go.

Amazing animal disguises

Did you know that some animals are masters of disguise? Learn how they hide in plain sight at our animal camouflage program for kids and families on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. You’ll also get a chance to create your own camouflage pattern.

Ready to race

Educators from the Tang Teaching Museum will be dropping by on Wednesday, Aug. 24, for an art activity that ties in with our summer reading theme of “On your mark, get set … READ!” From 2 to 3 p.m. kids in grades one to five are invited to create a colorful felt-on-felt racing flag featuring images related to health and fitness. Sign up online or call to register.

 

Mark your calendars because we have a busy week coming up, filled with some exciting summer reading programs for kids and families.

On Monday, Aug. 15, our friends from Five Rivers will be at the library for a program about migration. Do you have what it takes to go the distance? Find out when you put yourself in an animal’s “shoes” to learn the many migration hurdles they face on their epic journeys. “Five Rivers Presents: Going the Distance” starts at 2 p.m. and takes place in the library Community Room.

We’ll be keeping you on your toes with a program the following day to harness your inner ninja. Hone your skills in espionage, throwing, meteorology, geology and more at Ninja U on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Be sure to bring a long-sleeved T-shirt to create a ninja disguise. This program is for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Later on in the week, we’ll marvel some more at the animal kingdom as we learn about the ways animals use camouflage to hide from their enemies. We’ll also spend some time making our own “camo” patterns. “Animal Camouflage” takes place Thursday, Aug. 18, from 2:30-3:15 p.m. in the Community Room.

Summer reading is going strong through the end of the month with programming, prizes and more! Don’t forget to report your reading progress.

Take us with you!

How do you improve on a vacation? Bring the library along for the ride!

We’ve got a lot of cool special collection items that can add excitement to your summer adventure. Borrow one of our Orion StarBlast telescopes and get a whole new perspective on the night sky. Or check out one of the metal detectors (we have them for adults and kids) and turn your next beach outing into a treasure hunt.

We’ve also got GoPro cameras and accessories so you can capture your summer YouTube moment, and fishing poles for all ages if you are looking for a more contemplative way to pass the time.

You’ll find these items and more on our Special Collections shelf behind the Information Desk.

 

Mark your calendars because we have a busy week coming up, filled with some exciting summer reading programs for kids and families.

On Monday, Aug. 15, our friends from Five Rivers will be at the library for a program about migration. Do you have what it takes to go the distance? Find out when you put yourself in an animal’s “shoes” to learn the many migration hurdles they face on their epic journeys. “Five Rivers Presents: Going the Distance” starts at 2 p.m. and takes place in the library community room.

Inner ninja

We’ll be keeping you on your toes with a program on Tuesday, Aug. 16 to harness your inner ninja. Hone your skills in espionage, throwing, meteorology, geology, and more at Ninja U. Be sure to bring a long-sleeved T-shirt to create a ninja disguise. This program is for kids in kindergarten through grade five.

Animal kingdom

Later on in the week, we’ll marvel some more at the animal kingdom as we learn about the ways animals use camouflage to hide from their enemies. We’ll also spend some time making our own camo patterns. “Animal Camouflage” takes place Thursday, Aug. 18, from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. in the community room.

Summer reading is going strong through the end of the month with programming, prizes and more. Don’t forget to report your reading progress.

Take us with you!

How do you improve on a vacation? Bring the library along for the ride. We’ve got a lot of cool special collection items that can add excitement to your summer adventure. Borrow one of our Orion StarBlast telescopes and get a whole new perspective on the night sky.

Or check out one of the metal detectors (we have them for adults and kids) and turn your next beach outing into a treasure hunt. We’ve also got GoPro cameras and accessories so you can capture your summer YouTube moment, and fishing poles for all ages if you are looking for a more contemplative way to pass the time.

You’ll find these items and more on our Special Collections shelf behind the information desk.

 

Who doesn’t love the great outdoors? Especially this time of year when warm days and nights beckon you outside to enjoy the fleeting northeast summer. Catfish Charlie is a huge fan of getting outside and exploring nature, and he’s going to be at the library Monday, Aug. 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. for a super celebration of the great outdoors.

Joined by his puppet pals Skeeter the bear and Hubert the hound dog, Catfish Charlie will use songs and humor to share his love of camping and fishing and all things “outdoors.” Get ready for a rousing, family-friendly performance that includes sing-alongs with the ukulele and harmonica.  Please note, the topic may be all about the outdoors, but the program will take place inside the library’s community room.

“Catfish Charlies Great Outdoors” is presented by A Barrel of Fun Productions, based in the Finger Lakes region of the state. Founder Art Miller is a professional entertainer who works as a musician, clown, comedian, puppeteer, magician, ventriloquist, and more. His co-performer, Terri Miller, studied acting at UCLA and is a professional musician, actress, puppeteer and teacher. She has a background working with at-risk children in theater, music and art.

Speaking of fishing …

Don’t forget, you can check out ready-to-use fishing poles of every size at the library. The poles, given to the library by local bass fishing pro Dennis LeGrange, are outfitted with reels donated by Bass Pro Shops.

Included with each fishing pole are two hooks and a bobber that you get to keep, along with information about local fishing spots and suggested titles to read up on before you head out. Please note that anyone 16 and older needs a license to fish in the state of New York.

Got game?

Does your family have game? Then stop by Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., for an all-ages game night featuring bingo, bean bag toss, cup stacking, tabletop board games and more. Snacks will be served.

Evenings on the Green

The final performance of our summer Evening on the Green series takes place on Aug. 10 and features Andy the Music Man, who will be closing out the season with an energetic and interactive family-friendly performance.

Stop by a little early and enjoy an ice cream social and membership drive at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by our Friends of the Library.

Evenings on the Green concerts are free, appropriate for all ages, and start at 7 p.m. in the outdoor concert space at the library.

 

On your mark, get set — rhyme!

Richie Phillips , veteran local radio personality and former co-host of “Sean and Richie” on WGNA, is bringing his kid-friendly “Rhyming with Richie” songwriting program to Bethlehem Public Library today, ,  July 28, at 2:30 p.m.

The program is free and suitable for kids and families.

For more information, call 439-9314 or visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

More Flipster to flip through

Our patrons are loving the library’s new digital magazine service Flipster, and now there’s even more to love. We have nearly tripled the collection to include dozens of additional titles, such as “Bon Appètit”, “Popular Mechanics” and many more. See the complete list by clicking through the Flipster icon on our website.

Since its launch earlier this summer, Flipster has seen robust use, and many people have remarked on its user-friendly interface that allows readers the option of downloading a title or just flipping through it in a browser. Another bonus is the ability to track down back issues and easily print pages a big plu for fans of “McCall’s Quilting,” “Popular Woodworking”, and other magazines for hobbyists that include patterns and project plans. Also a plus, the number of simultaneous users for any given title means potential readers aren’t likely to get turned away.

And just so our digital-magazine-loving patrons have plenty of options, Bethlehem cardholders still have access to the UHLS shared digital magazine catalog through Overdrive.

August Evenings on the Green

Our Evenings on the Green concert series continues into August with a performance Wednesday, Aug. 3, by Toss the Feathers. The band, which plays traditional Irish tunes, features Amy Schoch on fiddle and vocals; Dave Smith on banjo, bouzouki, mandolin and vocals; and Liam O'Neill on uilleann pipes, whistle and vocals.

Andy the Music Man is closing out the season on Aug. 10 with an energetic and interactive family-friendly performance. Stop by a little early and enjoy an ice cream social and membership drive at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by our Friends of the Library.

Evenings on the Green concerts are always free, appropriate for all ages, and they take place every Wednesday in July at 7 p.m.

 

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