Longtime knitters know how easily the repetition and rhythm of knitting can bring on a contemplative state of mind. Sharing that activity with others is a great way to socialize, exchange ideas and tips, as well as troubleshoot.
The library holds regular Knit One, Purl One group knitting sessions to promote that kind of collaboration among fellow enthusiasts. Knitters ages 9 and up and of all abilities are invited to join us on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 2 to 3 p.m. Bring your current project or start a new one. If you’re a beginner, bring size 8 knitting needles; we’ll provide yarn and get you started.
Our next Knit One, Purl One session will be held Sunday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Party with Pete the Cat
Crafts! Dancing! Cupcakes! Need we say more? Get inspired by Pete the Cat’s newest book, “Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes,” and decorate a cupcake in his honor Monday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 439-9314.
Study hall at the library
Are you ready for Regents? The library has set aside dedicated group study space for Regents test prep through from Monday, Jan. 16, through Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Most study halls will take place in our community room, unless otherwise noted. Students and their tutors are welcome to drop in and stay as long as needed during scheduled hours. The full schedule is available at the library and online at
The Krakower-Storch Family Technology Fund, established at the end of 2016 by Bethlehem residents Joe and Naomi Storch will be used by the library to purchase items for our collection that use technology to inform, educate or entertain. Over the next five years, Joe and Naomi have pledged to match up to $1,000 per year of other donations to the fund. To donate to the Krakower-Storch Family Technology Fund, please contact Library Director Geoffrey Kirkpatrick at 439-9314, ext. 3022.
If learning a foreign language is on your list of things to do in the new year, check out Mango Languages, a fun and easy-to-use, self-paced language learning program with more than 70 language courses. It’s easy to get started, just head to our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and click on the Mango Languages icon on the home page. You’ll be asked to create an account using your email address, and then you’ll be ready to say “bonjour” to your new language.
Please remember that in the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Call ahead.
All events are free and take place at Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. For more information, call 439-9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org
Friday, Jan. 13
Super Smash Afternoon
Join your friends for an afternoon of Super Smash Bros. on the WiiU, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Snacks will be served.
Sunday, Jan. 15
Watch an encore presentation of “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount, PG-13, 110 min.) starring Meryl Streep as a socialite-turned opera performer, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 17
Sign up for one or all sessions and try your hand at chess with our teen volunteers. All experience levels welcome, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For kids in grade K-5.
Wednesday, Jan. 18
Wear your PJs and bring a stuffed friend to enjoy some fun and stories before bedtime, 7 p.m. Up to age 6 with family and friends.
Thursday, Jan. 19
Listen to and discuss a musical sampling of his 50-year career to celebrate what would have been his 70th birthday, 7 p.m.
— Kristen Roberts