Are you ready to become a 36er by visiting all of the libraries in the Upper Hudson system during the 2018 Library Expedition?
Then kick off your journey with us on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. Meet your fellow expeditioners, and enjoy some crafts and games as you set off on your goal to explore your area libraries. Learn more about the Library Expedition at uhls.org/expedition.
Fall programs for adults
The kids may be heading back to school, but lifelong learning continues at the library as some of our most popular adult series return for the fall season.
Our Coffee & Conversation series kicks off the season Friday, Sept. 7, with “Proctor: A Man, His Theater, Our Heritage,” an illustrated look at the history of Proctor’s Theater and its founder Frederick Freeman Proctor.
Coffee & Conversation, which is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects format, is an hour-long program starting at 1 p.m. with a coffee and social hour following.
A strong lineup continues through fall with topics that touch on music, history, culture and more. Pick up a flyer at the library or find the schedule online.
After the summer hiatus, our book discussions begin anew in early September. DayBooks has added an additional day to accommodate its growing ranks.
Discussions will now take place at 1:30 p.m. monthly on a Monday and Thursday. Featured this fall are “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston on Sept. 13 or 17, and “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald on Oct. 4 or 8.
Both books are PBS Great America Read titles.
Two evening book discussions — AfterDinner Books on Wednesdays and AfterDinner Too on Tuesdays — meet at 7 p.m. on alternate months. Those discussions will delve into “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller on Sept. 12, and “The Leavers” by Lisa Ko on Oct. 9.
New members are always welcome, and copies of the books are available at the information desk. Audio and downloadable copies may also be available.
Our monthly Listening Parties with Bethlehem librarian Michael Farley are also back. This is a great chance for you to join fellow music lovers and share your opinions about the artists that have shaped the musical landscape.
Up first is Joni Mitchell on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. Mitchell, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, created a personal hybrid of pop, folk and jazz.
More information about all of these programs can be found in the latest edition of Footnotes, mailed to every home in the Bethlehem Central School District, and online at bethlehempubliclibrary.org
• The free WiFi at the Elm Avenue Pool complex and park, as well as the Five Rivers network that was activated this spring, is available year-round — not just during the warmer months.
The signal will appear on electronic devices as “Free Library WiFi” and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
• Got books? The library is once again partnering with Grassroot Givers, a local nonprofit, to collect books for donation to local organizations and individuals in need. Collection day is Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library garage.
Grassroot Givers will only accept books that are in good shape and are dropped off during the designated collection time. They are especially interested in like-new children’s books.
• Regular Sunday hours resume this Sunday, Sept. 9. The library is open from noon until 5 p.m.
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
Monday, Sept. 10
Find out what Facebook is all about and how to use it, 10 a.m. to noon. For adults new to Facebook. Sign up for one session.
Fun and Games
An adults-only gathering where you can play games, including chess, and socialize, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Snacks served.
— Kristen Roberts