Are you sticking around for spring break? So are we! You can pick up a schedule in the library or by visiting www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
Drop by for a program and check out some books, magazines or movies while you’re here to enjoy at home. We’ve also got musical instruments, GoPro cameras and virtual reality headsets to borrow, or take home a museum pass and go on a day trip with the family.
The following are some of the week’s highlights for kids and families:
Friday, April 19: Vacation Cinema
A yellow stuffed bear with a red T-shirt and all its woodland pals help an adult rediscover the joys of life (PG, 104 min., Walt Disney), 10 a.m. Bring a blanket or pillow to get comfy on the floor.
Monday, April 22: Snap Circuits
Have fun and learn about electricity and circuit basics as you work in teams to explore the library’s different circuit kits, 10:15 a.m. For ages 9-14.
Monday, April 22: Get Growing for Earth Day
Read a story and learn how seeds germinate and plant your own seeds to take home, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sign up online or call.
Monday, April 22: “All of-a-Kind Family”
Read Sydney Taylor’s story about five sisters growing up in New York City in the early 1900s and then join in a family discussion, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, April 22: Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Wear your PJs and bring your stuffed animal for stories, fun and a snack, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. After a group photo, your stuffed animal is invited to spend the night at the library. Pickup begins the following day at 10 a.m. and continues through 5 p.m. April 25. Sign up online or call.
Tuesday, April 23: Silent Wings: Birds of Prey
Explore the fascinating world of hawks, falcons, owls and eagles with the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York, 11 a.m. to noon OR 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Space is limited.
Wednesday, April 24: Preschool Challenge
Your baby, toddler or preschooler can Talk, Read, Write, Sing and Play their way to reading as we provide a variety of fun activities in the Community Room, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24: KBA: Kids Builder Association
Build your own fun with Legos, Snap Circuits, K’nex, blocks, puzzles, origami and more, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 25: Earth Day Exploration
Meet at the Van Dyke Preserve in Bethlehem for crafts, storytime and a short hike, 10 a.m. to noon. Co-sponsored by the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. To register, go to mohawkhudson.org/events.
Thursday, April 25: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Afternoon
Join your friends to play Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo Switch, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Snacks will be served. For grades 6-12.
Friday, April 26: Vacation Cinema
A stuffed bear in a red T-shirt and his friends embark on an adventure to find their donkey friend’s missing tail. (G, 63 min., Disney), 10 a.m. Bring a blanket or pillow to get comfy on the floor.
Take a hike!
Author and outdoor enthusiast Alan Via will be at the library Wednesday, April 17, to share a visual tour of great places to hike— some with water where dogs or kids can splash and most within a short drive. His “Great Hikes All Around Us” talk will begin at 7 p.m. A locater map and list of hikes to be discussed are available on the library’s website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/great-hikes-all-around-us.
The library will be closed Sunday, April 21, for the Easter holiday. Regular hours resume Monday, April 22, at 9 a.m. We’re open online all the time at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
— Kristen Roberts