During the month of September, the library’s hallway exhibit space will feature photographs from the Picturing Bethlehem Photography Contest. A reception for the contest entries will be held later in the month on Friday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Winners in each age category will be announced and prizes will be awarded. Enjoy some refreshments as you admire the photographs of our community.
In October, the hallway exhibit spaces will feature photography and mixed media by Carole Fults and mixed media by Ellie Prakken.
Do you have artwork or a message you would like to share with others? The library has three different display and exhibit spaces available to the public on a first-come basis. It is easy to sign up through www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org by clicking on the “Book a Space” tab, or visit the Information Desk to see what is available.
The three different exhibit areas include: hallway wall space, which can be reserved up to 24 months in advance; three, 6-by-3-foot exhibit tables opposite the entrance to the library proper, which can be booked one to six months in advance; and locked exhibit cases in the hallway and Children’s Place, which can be reserved up to a year ahead of time.
These spaces provide a public forum for the community to engage with a diversity of ideas, and the library does not exclude materials based on the origin, background or views of those contributing to their creation. The library’s displays and exhibits policy, available on the website, provides additional guidelines.
Join the conversation
Staff and trustees are looking for your input as we begin a discussion about the long-range goals for the library. We’d like to know what kinds of services are of value to you — whether they are something we currently provide or something we do not yet offer. As we look to the future, we intend to balance the maintenance and upkeep needs of our 45-year-old building with any community-supported enhancements that add value to your library experience.
Please consider sharing your thoughts with us by reaching out to the Board of Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org or Library Director Geoff Kirkpatrick at email@example.com. We expect this to be an ongoing conversation, and your feedback is important.
You are also welcome to stop by one of the month Board of Trustees meeting, usually held the second Monday of every month. All meetings are open to the community, and there is time set aside for public participation at the beginning and end of each meeting. The Board of Trustees meets next on Monday, Sept. 17.
Labor Day Weekend
Bethlehem Public Library will be closed Labor Day weekend Saturday-Monday, Sept. 1-3. Access the library catalog and other library services online anytime at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. Regular Sunday hours resume Sept. 9.
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.
Friday, Aug. 31
Bring a blanket or pillow; we’ll supply the popcorn, 2:30 p.m. For kids and families.
Tuesday, Sept. 4
Personal Safety for Kids
In this personal safety program for elementary age children, educators from the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center will discuss boundaries in regards to personal space, such as comfortable and uncomfortable touches, 2:30 p.m. Please note: Explicit body parts will be mentioned in this program. For grades K-5 and families.
— Kristen Roberts