The Bethlehem Public Library has recently added a fun, new reading program that you and your child can access from home. Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.

This engaging resource for children in grades pre-kindergarten through grade three will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Your children can access Scholastic BookFlix anywhere there is an Internet connection, it’s like having access to the library’s collection 24 hours a day, seven days a week. BookFlix includes:

— 110 classic video storybooks each paired with a related nonfiction eBook;

— Spanish language versions of 32 pairs;

— Read-aloud supports so students can hear each book narrated and also hear definitions of key words and directions for each activity read aloud;

— Educational games and activities so children can show what they have learned;

— Safe, age-appropriate web links selected by Scholastic’s editors so kids can extend their learning on a topic; and

— Meet the author section to learn more about the author of each fiction book.

BookFlix is specifically created to support non-, beginning and reluctant readers — it’s the perfect resource for independent reading practice at the library and at home. Check it out at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. For more details or questions, give us a call at 439-9314.

Concert series ends on a floral note

The library’s winter concert series "A Little Sunday Music" wraps up its 2015-16 season Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m., with a recital by soprano Bien Baez. The performance, titled "A Bouquet of Song," brings together a selection of art songs, arias, and popular music with a floral theme.

Baez has been a chorister at Glimmerglass Opera and with what is now known as Opera Saratoga. She is also a frequent recitalist in the Capital District, and serves as choir member and soloist at Emmanuel Baptist Church. She studies voice with noted singing coach and accompanist Michael Clement, who will accompany her in this program.

A Little Sunday Music is generously underwritten by Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.

Board meets

The library’s board of trustees meeting has been rescheduled for March 7 to accommodate a scheduling conflict. The meeting begins at 6 p.m., and is open to the public.

Dog days at the Bethlehem Public Library: We see a lot of people coming through our doors every day — it’s a library, after all. We even have an occasional dog or two drop by for our Paws to Read programs. But it’s not every day we get a visit from the Big Red Dog himself, and when we do, it is a cause for celebration.

Clifford will be swinging by the library on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m., and he can’t wait to meet you. Join WMHT’s Barbara Lukas while you watch a short film featuring Clifford, make a craft and, best of all, meet everyone’s favorite crimson canine in person.

This winter break activity is a perfect outing for kids and families.

Winter break fun

The fun doesn’t stop when Clifford hits the road. The following day, Friday, Feb. 19, we’ll be celebrating Seuss-style as we mark the great Theodor Geisel’s upcoming birthday with crafts, games, stories, and videos. Stop by and join the Seussabration at 10 a.m.

Board’s meeting rescheduled

The library's board of trustees’ March meeting has been moved up to March 7 to accommodate a scheduling conflict. Meetings begin at 6 p.m., and are always open to the public.

Reference only a mouse click away

We’ve recently added materials from the Gale Virtual Reference Library to our databases. The GVRL e-books are available 24-7 with no wait and can be browsed, searched, and downloaded anytime from any Internet-connected device. Topics include test preparation, financial literacy, job readiness, computer literacy, do-it-yourself projects, and cooking. They are also integrated into the library’s online catalog, so they will show up if they match any of your searches.

The Gale Virtual Reference Library e-books can also be browsed by going online to www.bethlehemlibrary.org and clicking on “databases” in the Quick Links section.

GoPro at the library

The library’s addition of a half-dozen GoPro cameras and accessories to its collection has already received a lot of positive feedback. The cameras are easy to use and the picture quality is great. Come see what all the fuss is about.

Each GoPro Hero3+ camera is available to borrow for a week at a time and comes with a waterproof case, USB cable, rechargeable battery and 32GB MicroSD card. Also included are a chest mount harness and head strap harness, as well as a quick clip mount that can be used on a baseball cap. Available to borrow separately are a dog harness mount, child-sized chest harness and an arm harness mount.

When the calendar switched over to 2016, many of us vowed to be more mindful of what we eat. There are a lot of aspects to healthy eating, but most nutrition experts agree that preparing your own meals gives you greater control over what you are consuming, in terms of cost, calories, and flavor.

To help you meet your wellness goals by preparing your own nutritious meals, the Bethlehem Public Library is offering a “Healthy Seasonal Cooking” event on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 2:30 p.m. A ShopRite dietitian will show you how to cook meals using seasonal ingredients that taste good, are good for you and feature items readily available for the time of year.

Registration for this program is required. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org, in person, or by calling 439-9314.

Let them eat cake pops

Here’s a sweet idea for teens: Come to the library on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., for “Cake Pops and Crafts!” Whip up some yummy cake pops and create fuse bead masterpieces while they are baking. What better way to spend a chilly February afternoon?

Reference only

a mouse click away

We’ve recently added materials from the Gale Virtual Reference Library to our databases. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is a longtime publisher and aggregator of educational content, tools, services and other resources. The GVRL e-books are available 24-7 with no wait and can be browsed, searched and downloaded from any Internet-connected device.

Topics include test preparation, financial literacy, job readiness, computer literacy, do-it-yourself projects and cooking. They are also integrated into the library’s online catalog, so they will show up if they match any of your searches. GVRL funding is provided by the Upper Hudson Library System. 

The Gale Virtual Reference Library e-books are just one example of the many resources provided through our databases. If you haven’t checked out the list of materials available recently, it’s worth a browse at www.bethlehemlibrary.org, click on “databases” in the Quick Links section

E-filing your taxes

You can make an appointment for tax filing assistance with staffers from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. This is not a tax preparation service; it is meant to assist those who are looking to file online. If your household income is under $62,000, you can get free help filing your state and federal returns. Time slots are available at the library on Tuesdays through April 12, and appointments must be made in person at the information desk.

 

When the calendar switched over to 2016, many of us vowed to be more mindful of what we eat. There are a lot of aspects to healthy eating, but most nutrition experts agree that preparing your own meals gives you greater control over what you are consuming, in terms of cost, calories, and flavor.

To help you meet your wellness goals by preparing your own nutritious meals, the Bethlehem Public Library is offering a “Healthy Seasonal Cooking” event on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 2:30 p.m. A ShopRite dietitian will show you how to cook meals using seasonal ingredients that taste good, are good for you and feature items readily available for the time of year.

Registration for this program is required. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org, in person, or by calling 439-9314.

Let them eat cake pops

Here’s a sweet idea for teens: Come to the library on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., for “Cake Pops and Crafts!” Whip up some yummy cake pops and create fuse bead masterpieces while they are baking. What better way to spend a chilly February afternoon?

Reference only

a mouse click away

We’ve recently added materials from the Gale Virtual Reference Library to our databases. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is a longtime publisher and aggregator of educational content, tools, services and other resources. The GVRL e-books are available 24-7 with no wait and can be browsed, searched and downloaded from any Internet-connected device.

Topics include test preparation, financial literacy, job readiness, computer literacy, do-it-yourself projects and cooking. They are also integrated into the library’s online catalog, so they will show up if they match any of your searches. GVRL funding is provided by the Upper Hudson Library System. 

The Gale Virtual Reference Library e-books are just one example of the many resources provided through our databases. If you haven’t checked out the list of materials available recently, it’s worth a browse at www.bethlehemlibrary.org, click on “databases” in the Quick Links section

E-filing your taxes

You can make an appointment for tax filing assistance with staffers from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. This is not a tax preparation service; it is meant to assist those who are looking to file online. If your household income is under $62,000, you can get free help filing your state and federal returns. Time slots are available at the library on Tuesdays through April 12, and appointments must be made in person at the information desk.

 

When the weather gets chilly, any excuse for an outing is welcome, but a good excuse is even better. In the coming months, the Bethlehem Public Library is giving you several good excuses with two cinema series featuring popular films fresh from the theater. There’s mystery, drama, sci-fi adventure, comedy, and more.

The free matinees take place monthly from now until April at 2 p.m., on Friday and Sunday afternoons and feature PG and PG-13 titles geared toward adult audiences.

The series kicks off this Friday, Jan. 22, with “Mr. Holmes” rated PG and running for 104 minutes. On Sunday, Jan. 31, we will show “Love and Mercy”rated PG-13 and running for 121 minutes. Pick up a flyer at the information desk or check online for more information about upcoming titles.

Study hall at the library

Are you ready for Regents? The library has set aside dedicated group study space for Regents test prep through Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Most study halls will take place in our community room, unless otherwise noted. Students and their tutors are welcome to drop in and stay as long as needed during scheduled hours. The full schedule is available at the library and online at www.bplteens.org.

Tax filing help available

We are still making appointments for tax filing assistance with staffers from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. If your household income is under $62,000, you can get free help filing your state and federal returns. Returns must be e-filed. Time slots are available at the library on Tuesdays from Jan. 26 to April 12, and appointments must be made in person at the information desk.

Get a charged up

Don’t forget, the library’s new 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.

Weekly Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art that enormously benefits health and wellness. Tai Chi for Health meets at the library on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. The program offers instruction in the basic movements of the arthritis Tai Chi form and provide a solid foundation in Tai Chi for people of any age.

The sessions are led by librarian Cathy Brenner, who has studied Tai Chi for a number of years and is certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute.

The program is open to people of all ages and abilities. No prior Tai Chi experience is needed. Wear loose clothing and smooth-soled shoes.

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