Nominating petition forms and informational packets are available at the library Information Desk beginning Monday, Feb. 24, for candidates interested in serving on the Bethlehem Public Library Board of Trustees. There are two seats on the 2020 ballot, currently held by incumbents Lisa Scoons and Brian Sweeney. Scoons is seeking re-election, while Sweeney will be stepping down in June.
Bethlehem Public Library takes very seriously its responsibility to serve the community by providing access to resources and programming that enhance the quality of life of our residents. Our trustees make this possible through their dedication and vision, and they fill a very important public service role that affects every tax-paying resident, whether that person has stepped foot in the library or not.
Board meetings are held at the library monthly and are open to the public. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. and last about two hours. Trustees are expected to regularly attend. Petitions must contain at least 50 signatures of voters residing in Central School District No. 6 of the towns of Bethlehem and New Scotland. Petitions must be filed with the District Clerk, Bethlehem Central High School, 700 Delaware Ave., Delmar by 5 p.m. on April 20.
The election and budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 19, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bethlehem Central High School.
A better bag
When the state ban on single-use plastic bags begins March 1, shoppers will be encouraged to bring their own reusable bags to shop. Get ready to tote your goods in style by customizing your own shopping bag at the library Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. We will provide the bag and fabric paint, you provide the inspiration. Teens welcome!
The March/April edition of Footnotes has been mailed, and it’s full of some great summer programming for all ages. You can also pick up a copy in the library or view it online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
Winter break fun
On Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m., we’re building with boxes. Join us as we stack ’em up and see how big our box build can get – like blocks, but bigger. For kids and families.
Stop by later that day at 2 p.m. for a family book discussion focusing on Lesa Cline-Ransome’s “Finding Langston,” a story about a family’s move from Alabama to Chicago during the Great Migration.
On Friday, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. we’re hosting another Escape-room like adventure, but this time it is for kids in grades two through five. For our “Breakout EDU: Help Hansel and Gretel,” participants will use their code-breaking skills to help Hansel and Gretel find their way home after visiting the not-so-scary witch. Registration required.
To register for programs, visit the website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and click on the calendar or call 518-439-9314.
Dorms and food
Just because you’re about to begin your higher education doesn’t mean you have to lower your food standards for the next few years. At the Friday, Feb. 21, Dorm Room Delicacies program, a Hannaford dietitian will show soon-to-be college-bound students how to make healthy dishes using the appliances and utensils found in a typical dorm room. The program, geared to teens ages 13-17, begins at 2 p.m. Sign up online or call.
Intro to internet
For computer beginners, we will go over the basics of using the Internet, focusing primarily on the world wide web, 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.
Sign up for one session per night and try your chess with our teen volunteers, 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24. For grades K-5.
— Kristen Roberts