Do you enjoy talking about books with fellow readers? Are you stuck in a reading rut and in need of some inspiration? Then consider joining one of the library’s three different book discussions for adults. There’s Daybooks, which takes place monthly at 1:30 p.m on a Monday and a Thursday; Check ’Em Out Books, which meets at 7 p.m. every other month on a Monday; and AfterDinner Books, which alternates months with Check ’Em Out and takes place at 7 p.m. on a Tuesday night.
Daybooks will meet next on Monday, Jan. 13, or Thursday, Jan. 16, to discuss “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson.
Discussions are facilitated by Bethlehem librarians, who carefully select books spanning a variety of topics and genres. Sometimes the authors even drop by to provide additional insight (such as Paul Castellani who will be joining us for the Feb. 11 “Natalie’s Wars” discussion at AfterDinner Books). Pick up a bookmark or visit us online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/programs/adult/book-discussionsfor additional 2020 titles.
New members are always welcome, and copies of the books are available at the Information Desk. Audio and downloadable copies may also be available.
Bethlehem Public Library’s annual report for fiscal year 2018-19 is now available online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org. Printed copies are available as a bookmark in the literature rack at the Information Desk.
Don’t forget to check out our Tech Room Makerspace and see all of the great new tools we’ve added recently.
Front and center is the Cricut Maker, which allows for precision cutting of paper, vinyl, fabric and other materials. This versatile tool is perfect for scrapbooking, quilting, creating custom cards, and more. It can even letter and emboss for a polished text presentation. Patrons are responsible for bringing their own materials to use in the Cricut.
The Cricut joins the Makerbot 3D printer, a die cutter, laminator, button maker, light tracing board and sewing machine available for use anytime during library hours.
Want to see these tools in action? Drop by the library for a Tech Room Makerspace open house Monday, Jan. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.
While some of your favorite eMagazines can still be found in Flipster, many UHLS digital magazines are now available from OverDrive, so you can get your eBooks, digital audiobooks and magazines all in one place.
Bethlehem cardholders will have access to additional Flipster titles beyond the Upper Hudson collection. Visit the website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and click on the eContent button to begin your search.
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.
Join your friends to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch on Friday, Jan. 10. Snacks provided, 3:45 p.m. For ages 9 and up.
Enjoy some fun and stories before bedtime, 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15. For children up to age 6 with caregiver.
Does music require humorous lyrics to be funny or can it be evoked in the abstract? Listen to and discuss some examples, 7 p.m.
— Kristen Roberts