Be the star of your own library card with your BPL My Best Library Card. On Tuesday, Jan. 9, we’re setting up the green screen at the library to create images featuring you or your child in a Bad Kitty READ poster, and we’ll use that image to create and print a personalized library card on the spot.
Sign up at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org for the 2-3:30 p.m. or 3:30-4:30 p.m. timeslot. Cards will be processed on a first-come basis.
If you already have a Bethlehem library card, we can duplicate that information on the new one. If you don’t have a card, now’s the time to get one! Simply bring in a photo ID and proof of residence within the Bethlehem Central School District. (Non-BCSD residents can still receive printed cards, they just can’t be used as library cards.)
You are a one-of-a-kind library user, and now your card can be as unique as you are!
Study hall at the library
The library has set aside dedicated group study space for Regents test prep through Monday, Jan. 15, through Wednesday, Jan. 24. 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 www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/programs/teens/study-hall.
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.
Sewing at the library
The sewing machines at the library will keep you in stitches with a number of creative programs for all ages.
On Friday, Jan. 5, join us for “Sew It Yourself: Infinity Scarf” and learn how to make your own fashion-forward (and warm!) accessory. Bring 2 yards of a soft, but not stretchy, fabric to create a fashionable scarf. You can also bring your own matching thread or use what we have on hand. Basic sewing machine knowledge is required. Sign up at www.bethlehempubliclibrary (click on the “calendar” tab) for one session at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.
We also make the sewing machines available for independent use during Open Sewing sessions, the next of which takes place Monday, Jan. 8, from 6-8 p.m. Sign up for a two-hour block of time, and bring your own project and supplies. Volunteers may be available to assist you. More open sewing sessions are scheduled for Jan. 27, Feb. 5 and Feb. 19. See our website for details and to sign up.
Are you a sewing enthusiast looking to share your expertise with others? The library is looking for experienced sewers to help patrons with a basic overview of machine sewing in addition to project assistance. An ongoing commitment is preferred. Questions? Give us a call at (518) 439-9314.
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.
Monday, Jan. 8
Do you have a new iPad? We’ll show you how to use it. Bring your iPad and Apple ID and password, 10 a.m.-noon. Sign up online or call.
Discuss “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys, 1:30 p.m. Copies are available at the information desk. Large-print audio and downloadable copies may be available.
Fun and Games for Grownups
An adults-only gathering where you can play games, including chess, color and socialize, 6-8:30 p.m. Snacks served!
Library board meets
All meetings are open to the public, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 9
Sign up for one session per night and try your hand at chess with our teen volunteers, 5:30-6:30 p.m. OR 6:30-7:30 p.m. All experience levels welcome. For grades K-5.
Wednesday Jan. 10
Trivia Night for Adults
Come alone or as a team and match wits with others, 7 p.m. Prizes donated by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.
Discuss “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi, 7 p.m. Copies are available at the information desk. Large-print audio and downloadable copies may be available.
— Kristen Roberts