The library would like to thank voters for approving the $3.75 million budget levy for 2016-17 on Tuesday, May 17, by a vote of 2,127 to 457. Your continued widespread support has allowed us to remain a vibrant and dynamic institution, able to offer the innovative services and materials that enrich the lives of those in our community.

Voters on Tuesday also elected newcomer Paula Rice to a five-year term on the board of trustees. We welcome her to the board, and would like to remind everyone that our board meetings, which typically take place on the second Monday of the month, are always open to the public.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed Memorial Day weekend Saturday through Monday, May 28 to 30. Access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

The library at your doorstep

Books to People  is a free library delivery service available to residents of the Bethlehem Central School District who are unable to visit the library because of a permanent or temporary medical condition.

The library van will deliver requests every two weeks, and pick up returns. You can request books, circulating magazines, DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks.  You can ask for your favorite authors, large print or specific genres, such as mystery, thrillers or romance.

To ask for this delivery service, contact the library information desk at 439-9314, press 2.

Be a summer volunteer

We’re looking for volunteers who will be in grade six to 12 in September to help with our summer reading program. Our teens staff the summer reading desk, assist with online submissions, read to children, review books, and help with programs and activities. Applications are available online at www.bplteens.org and in the library. They will be accepted until 9 p.m., June 6 or until all positions are filled. Volunteers must attend an orientation session.

Study hall at the library

Group-study space for exam prep will be available in June at the library. Study space will be set aside in the community room or the board room; check the schedule online at www.bplteens.org or in the library for details. New this year, there will be scheduled breaks for relaxation and fun. De-stress with snacks or a visit with a therapy dog. See schedule for times and activities.

 

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Talking with their hands, a girl and her father  in Bethlehem library’s Once Upon a Sign spring-themed program learn how to make the sign for “butterfly” on Friday, May 13. The next Once Upon a Sign story time will be held June 10 at 10 a.m.

First it was fishing poles and GoPro cameras, then telescopes and slide scanners, now we have added metal detectors to the list of things you can borrow with a Bethlehem Public Library card.

Turn your next day at the park into a treasure hunt with the Bounty Hunter Time Ranger detector with top-of-the-line features, including a submersible search coil and a 4-inch gold nugget coil. You can also check out a youth-sized version that is easy for little ones to carry and use. Metal detectors must be checked out and returned to the library and can be borrowed for seven days at a time. Patrons are responsible for providing two nine-volt batteries for operation.

The metal detectors are part of our special collection, which has sometimes been referred to as a “library of things” in recent news coverage of a trend that is gaining momentum as more people embrace the sharing economy. The library isn’t exactly a newcomer to this sharing economy, in fact, it’s something libraries have been doing all along with books and other materials.

These new collection items just seemed like a natural extension of that idea. Why invest in pricey equipment when you are only going to use it once or twice? Or maybe there’s something in our special collection you were thinking about buying but wanted to test out first. Perhaps you never even thought about using a metal detector or a GoPro camera before you saw one on the shelf at the library, but had a blast all the same. Whatever your reason, our special collection items provide opportunities to learn and try something new.

The metal detectors, along with many other items in our special collection, have been underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

A village to help you age in place

The Village Movement began in 2001 with the establishment of Beacon Hill Village in Boston. Many Capital District seniors have expressed an interest in forming similar “villages” membership-driven, grassroots organizations that, through both volunteers and paid staff, coordinate access to affordable services to assist aging in place. These services can include recreational and wellness programs, home repairs, social and educational activities, and other day-to-day needs enabling individuals to remain connected to their community throughout the aging process.

A representative from the Albany Guardian Society will be at the library Tuesday, May 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. to provide an introduction to the Village Movement.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed Memorial Day weekend Saturday through Monday, May 28 to 30. Access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

 

Dogs make great listeners. They don’t interrupt or snicker if you stumble over your sentences. They have infinite patience, and they adore a kind word and some attention. It is these traits that make them such great nonjudgmental book buddies for kids in grades one to five who’d like a little practice reading aloud, a skill that can build self-confidence and expand vocabulary.

This month, a canine visitor will be stopping by the Children’s Place in the Bethlehem Public Library to listen to some stories during our two Paws to Read sessions. Drop in any time between 3:45 and 4:45 p.m. on May 5 or 26 (both Thursday), and bring a favorite book or borrow one of ours to read to a gentle dog. No sign up required.

Take a trip with friends

The Friends of the Library are once again sponsoring two trips to Glimmerglass Opera this summer: Puccini’s La Bohème on Monday, Aug. 1, and Monday, Aug. 22.

The Glimmerglass trips have been an annual summer tradition for many years, and they are a great way to enjoy an elegant outing while supporting the Friends. Each bus will leave CDTA’s Delaware Avenue park-and-ride lot next to Mercato’s Restaurant at 9:30 a.m., on the day of the performance. The cost is $135 for each outing, which includes lunch at the Otesaga Hotel. Your check is your reservation  —  no refunds unless your seat is sold. For more information, contact Polly Hartman at 439-3291.

Seats fill quickly. You will find a reservation form in the May/June edition of Footnotes and online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

Use text messaging

Patrons of the library and other UHLS member libraries can now receive text messages for hold pickups, overdue reminders, and courtesy notices.

It’s easy to opt in to this service through your library account. Once you update the information in your account settings and click “submit,” you will receive a confirmation message. For help getting started, visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or ask a library staffer.

Text message notices are in addition to phone and email notices. You can cancel the messaging service anytime by replying STOP, STOP ALL, END, QUIT, CANCEL, UNSUBSCRIBE or by asking a staff member at the circulation desk.

If your mobile service charges text messaging rates, those rates will apply.

 

 
As warmer weather beckons more people outside to enjoy two favorite activities — fishing and bicycling – Bethlehem library is there to get springtime off to a great start.

We make it easy for you to cast a line with ready-to-use fishing poles of every size. 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.

May is National Bike Month. Are you ready to ride? After a season of storage, your bicycle may need a little maintenance to get road ready. The library has a 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. Change a flat, adjust the brakes and derailleurs, or fix a wobbly seat – all at the library. Attached to the Fixit station by cables are Philips and flat-head screwdrivers, six sizes of Allen wrenches, six sizes of box wrenches, and two tire levers. 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.

Board election update

The candidates for library trustee have been invited to participate in a Meet the Candidates night Wednesday, May 4, at 6 p.m. Stop by and learn more about who they are and their goals for the library. The discussion will be taped and broadcast on BCN-TV, the library’s public access cable channel.

A brochure featuring profiles of the candidates will be available at the library and online beginning May 4. Running for the open board seat this year are Caroline Brancatella and Paula Rice.

Learn more about the 2016-17 library budget in the May/June edition of “Footnotes” and online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. The trustee election and budget vote take place Tuesday, May 17.

Fashion forward

For two months, the teens in our Project Runway series have been making their fashion dreams a reality by creating original clothing designs. On Saturday, April 30, at 3 p.m., they will share the finished products in their very own fashion show.

Everyone is invited to cheer for these up-and-coming designers and see the end result of weeks of sizing, snipping and sewing.

 

— Photo by Kristen Roberts

Every toe was tapping Friday, April 15, at the Bethlehem library as bluegrass duo Bob and Tom performed before an appreciative audience.

Patrons of the Bethlehem Public Library and other Upper Hudson Library System member libraries can now receive text messages for hold pickups, overdue reminders, and courtesy notices.

It’s easy to opt in to this service through your library account. Once you update the information in your account settings and click “submit,” you will receive a confirmation message. For help getting started, visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or ask a library staffer.

Text message notices are in addition to phone and e-mail notices. You can cancel the messaging  or by asking a staff member at service anytime by replying stop, stop all, end, quit, cancel, unsubscribe at the circulation desk.

If your mobile service charges text messaging rates, those rates will apply.

Free job coaching

The library offers year-round free job coaching services for adults preparing to enter or re-enter the job market. Get expert one-on-one help with various job-hunting skills: resumés, cover letters, written and online applications, interview protocol, and LinkedIn accounts. Hour long appointments are available; call 439-9314, ext. 3009.

Make some noise

We’re getting spring break week off to a lively start with some energizing tunes from Jack and Steve of the Zucchini Brothers on Monday, April 25, at 2 p.m. Kids can let off steam and celebrate their well-earned time off with a little high-spirited dancing and singing along to these seasoned children’s performers. Sure beats sitting at a desk. All ages are welcome.

This is just the start of a full week of fun. Check out our Spring Break flyer online at www.bplkids.org or pick one up at the library to find out more great ways to spend your vacation days.

RAD for Seniors

Awareness and defense strategies can keep you safe at any age. That is why the library is once again joining forces with the Office of the Albany County District Attorney to offer an Aggression Defense self-defense course, this time geared specifically for seniors.

The 10-session program, which takes place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, May 2 through 27, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., instructs participants in physical defense techniques and defensive strategies, all with an understanding of the specific concerns that are unique to seniors.

The program is free and open to men and women 55 and older. Participants are required to attend all 10 sessions. There will be no classes May 11 and 13. For more information, call 439-9314.

 

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