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The optimism of popular American musicals is contagious, and Richard Feldman has been delighting library audiences over the years with his enthusiasm for the songs that inspire hope and encourage people to follow their dreams. Feldman returns Friday, April 20, with “To Life! Part IV,” a part of our ongoing Coffee and Conversation series
Feldman has directed and choreographed more than 125 musical productions at local venues and taught English, creative writing and American musical theater at Bethlehem Central High School for more than three decades. He’s also a frequent contributor to Bethlehem’s Humanities Institute of Lifelong Learning.
Coffee & Conversation
Coffee and Conversation programs are free and open to everyone. They begin at 1 p.m. and last about 60 minutes with a coffee and social hour following. The series is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.
Call (518) 439-9314 or visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org for more information.
Earth Day Story Walk
Celebrate Earth Day with the library and our friends from the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy Friday, April 20, at 10 a.m. as we enjoy an outdoor story walk at the Swift Preserve (near Bethlehem High School). Please register with MHLC at mohawkhudson.org/events.
If you are a Rubber Ducky Club member, this program for preschoolers and their caregivers counts toward early literacy milestones. Not a member? Sign up anytime at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/programs/children/rubber-ducky-club.
My Best Library Card
In this encore event, you can be the star of your own library card. On Wednesday, April 25, at 4 p.m., we’re setting up the green screen at the library to create images featuring you or your child in a Bad Kitty READ poster, and we’ll use that image to create and print a personalized library card on the spot.
Sign up at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. Cards will be processed on a first-come basis.
If you already have a Bethlehem library card, we can duplicate that information on the new one. If you don’t have a card, now’s the time to get one! Simply bring in a photo ID and proof of residence within the Bethlehem Central School District. (Non-BCSD residents can still receive printed cards, they just can’t be used as library cards.)
All about immigration
Presenters from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be at the library Monday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. for “Immigration 101,” a talk about what it takes for non-citizens to travel to or stay in the United States and what is expected. It promises to be an informative session about all of the intricacies involved in this often misunderstood process.
2018-19 budget information
Learn more about the 2018-19 library budget in the May/June edition of Footnotes and online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
On the ballot this year is a library levy 2.78 percent higher than last year, within the limit specified by New York State. The library budget vote and board election will be held Tuesday, May 15, at Bethlehem Central High School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
As the upgrade to the library’s HVAC system progresses, we will keep you informed through a dedicated construction page on our website (www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/hvac-project-updates), in-house postings and through social media, as well as this column.
Other upcoming events
All events are free and take place at Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. For more information, call (518) 439-9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
— Kristen Roberts