The September/October Footnotes newsletter has been mailed, and it is packed with some excellent autumn programs, including the return of some of our popular series for adults.
Coffee & Conversation kicks off the season Friday, Sept. 6, with “Adirondack Place Names.” Author and avid outdoorsman Erik Schlimmer returns to the library to talk about some of the more unusual Adirondack nomenclature. According to Schlimmer, behind every name is a story, and that story’s usually pretty good!
Coffee & Conversation, which is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, is an hourlong program starting at 1 p.m. followed by a coffee break. 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 at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.com.
After the summer hiatus, our book discussions begin anew in early September – with some changes. We have added a Monday evening group — Check ’em Out Books — to replace the Wednesday night group.
DayBooks discussions will take place at 1:30 p.m. monthly on a Monday and Thursday. Featured this fall are “Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan on Sept. 12 or 16, and “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid on Oct. 7 or 10.
Check ‘em Out Books meets Mondays and AfterDinner Books meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on alternate months. Those discussions will delve into “The Winter People” by Jennifer McMahon on Monday, Sept. 9, and “Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje on Tuesday, Oct. 15. New members are always welcome, and copies of the books are available at the information desk. Audio and downloadable copies may also be available. A list of discussion books through December is available online.
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 “Jazz and the Spoken Word” on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. Hear examples of jazz and spoken word poetry from the 1950s to the present.
— Kristen Roberts