Friends of Bethlehem Public Library is an advocacy group dedicated to increasing public awareness of the library, and their generosity has supported many important library programs and services.
Want to know more? The Friends of Bethlehem Public Library are holding their annual organizational meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. New Friends and those interested in the all-volunteer group are always welcome.
At the Dec. 16 meeting, the Friends will vote on agenda items, including a revision of the organization’s bylaws, a draft of which is available at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/about-us/friends-of-bethlehem-public-library.
They will also select those serving on the Board of Directors. The meeting will begin with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m.
To help the Friends better plan, those who would like to attend dinner should email [email protected]
Some of the library’s most popular events and activities are supported by the Friends, including bus trips to Glimmerglass and New York City, and the ice cream social during the Evenings on the Green summer concert series finale, as well as museum passes and our growing Library of Things collection.
Recently the Friends purchased umbrellas to be used by patrons as needed on rainy days.
The Friends also support the Krakower-Storch Family Technology Fund founded by Joe and Naomi Storch to purchase items for the library’s collection that use technology to inform, educate or entertain.
The Friends of the Library meet on the third Monday evening, every other month. Meetings are open to the public.
If you would like to play a greater role in this community organization, introduce yourself at the next meeting or contact the Friends liaison at [email protected]
The library will be closed Tuesday through Wednesday, Dec. 24 and 25, for the Christmas holiday, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day.
We’re always open online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
Understanding elder abuse
At the Thursday, Dec. 12, Elder Abuse Workshop, you will learn how to identify elder abuse and neglect and how to take action if you suspect it is happening.
The 6:30 p.m. program is presented by the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program of St. Peter’s Heath Partners.
Storm and ice warning
In the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening.
Weather conditions can occasionally cause icing near the entrances that could lead to closure even when the town roadways are clear.
Call ahead at (518) 439-9314 if you are unsure. Information may also be available on our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
The chill zone
On Wednesday, Dec. 18, it’s time to unwind at the library. Say goodbye to the stress of the season as you indulge in a little self care with some tea, cookies, classical music and relaxing activities like adult coloring books and puzzles. Chill out with us at 7 p.m. Teens 14 and up welcome!
Yoga for preschoolers
Preschoolers will love the mash-up of stretching and stories in our “Story-Based Yoga” program Friday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. with yoga instructor Janine Murphy.
Murphy will teach yoga poses to kids up to age 3 and their caregivers through story, helping to focus the mind while building strength. Dress comfortably and bring a mat or towel.
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.
Friday, Dec. 13
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Afternoon
Join your friends to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch!
Snacks provided, 3:45 p.m. For ages 9 and up.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Dungeons and Dragons
Use your imagination and problem-solving skills while meeting and socializing with others who enjoy role-playing games, 2:30 p.m.
All playing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own dice or D&D 5th Edition Character Sheet. For grades 6-12.
— Kristen Roberts