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.

 

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Best friends Frog and Toad dropped by Bethlehem Public Library for some high fives and hugs on Thursday, July 7. The two were getting ready for their guest appearance at the July 10 mini-golf event.

You shouldn’t have to choose between going to the movies and paying the cable bill. There’s room in the budget for both at the Bethlehem Public Library with our free coffee and cinema summer film series for adults.

First up this Friday at 10 a.m. is the critically acclaimed “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” a charming tale about a group of British retirees who travel to a hotel in India and find it doesn’t quite match the description in the advertisements.

Subsequent films in the series include “Bottle Shock” on July 22, “Encounters at the End of the World” on July 29, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” on Aug. 12, “The Lunchbox” on Aug. 19, and “No Place on Earth” on Aug. 26.

Showtimes are at 10 a.m. and coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available. Flyers are available at the Information Desk, or check out the calendar at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org for more information.

All about bikes

It’s bicycle season, and the library can help you get ready to ride. On Thursday, an expert from Steiner’s Sports will be here at 7 p.m. to talk about bicycle safety and maintenance in a program for all ages.

Speaking of bicycle maintenance, you can give your bike a tune-up right here using the library’s public-use bicycle service station near the entrance closest to the parking lot. The Dero Fixit device features hanger arms that bring the bike off the ground and allow the pedals and wheels to move freely. It also includes all of the tools needed to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance on the spot.

Adjacent to the station is a heavy-duty air pump with a universal pump head that accommodates all valve stem types. The best part is no appointment is necessary. The library’s bicycle service station is free for anyone to use, 24 hours a day.

Go fish

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.

Summer hours reminder

During the summer, the library is closed on Sundays, with regular Sunday hours resuming in September. You can access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Summer Reading kicked off at Bethlehem library on Wednesday, June 22, with a performance by Jester Jim, who charmed the all-ages audience with wacky beatboxing, juggling, and high-energy antics.

The sound of summer: Our annual summer concert series, Evenings on the Green, begins Wednesday, July 6, with a performance by GB5, who will be playing popular hits from the 1960s on. Next up, on July 13, Red Haired Strangers will perform some covers and some original country blues.

The rest of the lineup is equally strong, with family-friendly performances by Loosely Wound String Band on July 20; Electric City Chorus on July 27; Toss the Feathers on Aug. 3; and Andy the Music Man closing out the series on Aug. 10 with an ice cream social and membership drive at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by our Friends of the Library. You’ll find the schedule online at www.bethlehempubliclibray.org, in the latest issue of our Footnotes newsletter, or at the library information desk.

The Evenings on the Green series has been entertaining the community for more than four decades. Join us this summer for one or all of these great performances. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pick a spot on the Green, then sit back, relax and enjoy. Concerts will move indoors if it rains.

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

Holiday hours

The library will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The library is also closed Sundays in July and August, beginning July 3. You can access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Read It Forward

Teens, have you ever read a great book that you just can’t wait to share with friends? That’s the idea behind our annual Read It Forward campaign, and it’s so easy to participate. This year, the featured book is “The Raft” by S.A. Bodeen. This YA survival tale follows Robbie, a globe-trotting teen, who is left fighting for her life after her plane goes down in shark-infested waters. A limited number of copies are available at the library in the teen area. Just read the book, tell a friend about it, and pass it on. No due dates, no late fees, no worries!

For details, see the guidelines found in each book or stop by the desk in the Children’s Place. Keep the reading chain going all summer long, and tell us what you think by filling out a short survey at the library. This is a collaborative project with the Upper Hudson Library System.

 

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