Bethlehem Public Library’s Coffee & Conversation series wraps up the fall season Friday, Nov. 2, with “Songs of Our Empire State” performed by the Lost Radio Rounders. Explore New York State’s great history on a musical journey that will find you whaling with “The Montaukers,” fighting the Battle of Saratoga and on a trip along the Erie Canal.
The Lost Radio Rounders, a duo featuring Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay, have performed extensively around the Capital District. Lindsay, on guitar, banjo and piano, is a local photographer, educator and recording engineer. He has taught New York State cultural history, American music history, audio/video technology, and photography at the fifth-12th-grade levels. Eck, who plays mandolin, guitar, dobro, ukulele and banjo, is a songwriter with four solo albums to his credit. He is also a widely published music critic and radio personality, as well as a visual artist focusing on portraits of American roots musicians.
The “Songs of Our Empire State” concert takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. in the library’s community room. A one-hour coffee and social hour will follow the performance. The event is free and open to all and is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.
Intro. to digital video editing
Are you intrigued by all of the possibilities presented by digital video editing? Create your own show! Make your special event footage an event of its own! Tie your home movies together in a watchable way! It is now easier than ever with our library laptops equipped with Adobe Premiere Elements, and we’ll show you how to do it.
We’ve scheduled several training sessions in the next two months that will teach you how to use Adobe Premiere Elements to edit videos, create titles, insert transitions, add special effects, adjust audio and more to create a professional looking video suitable for a variety of media.
The first two-hour training takes place Monday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m.-noon. Additional classes take place Monday, Nov. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m.; and Thursday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please sign up for only one session. Register online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518-439-9314.
Your input is important
Tell us what you think! If you haven’t had a chance to fill out the library services survey included in the November/December Footnotes, we encourage you to take the time to do so and return your answers to us before Nov. 30. An online version at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org can be filled out and submitted electronically, and a large-print version can be picked up at the library Information Desk.
Annual report available
Bethlehem Public Library’s annual report for fiscal year 2017-18 was included in the November/December Footnotes and is now available online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. This report highlights some of the library’s exciting achievements and programs over the past year, along with important circulation and collection information that tells the tale of how our users are interacting with the goods and services we offer.
Other upcoming events
All events are free and take place at Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. For more details, call 518-439-9314 or visit
Friday, Nov. 2
Join others in the challenge of writing a
novel in one month during National Novel Writing Month, 5-8 p.m. Writing instruction not provided. Visit nanowrimo.org for details.
Sunday, Nov. 4
Knit One Purl One
If you’re an experienced knitter, bring your current project. If you’re a beginner, bring size 8 knitting needles; we’ll provide yarn and get you started, 2-3 p.m. For adults, teens and kids age 9 and up.
The Empire State and the War of Empires
A WWI 100th Anniversary event! History scholar and UAlbany Professor Richard Fogarty will discuss several aspects of the global war that New Yorkers joined in 1917, 2-4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 5
Fun and Games
An adults-only gathering where you can
play games and socialize, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Snacks served!
Sewing machines will be available for independent projects, 6-8 p.m. Bring your own supplies. Volunteers may be on hand to assist you. Register for up to two sessions.
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Sign up for one session per night and try your hand at chess with our teen volunteers, 5:30-6:30 OR 6:30-7:30 p.m. All experience levels welcome. For grades K-5.
Thursday, Nov. 8
Discuss “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway, 1:30 p.m. Copies are available at the information desk. Large-print audio and downloadable copies may be available
— Kristen Roberts
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