Attention, gamers! Are you itching to try out the Nintendo Switch? We have the consoles available to borrow from our Library of Things. We’ve also got dozens of Nintendo Switch games to choose from. Spend some time on a delightful deserted island with “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” go on a “Super Mario Odyssey” or immerse yourself in the land of Hyrule in “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” Visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and search the catalog for “Nintendo Switch” to see what’s available.
Be an armchair archaeologist
On Friday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m., we’ll take a closer look at Fort Orange with Dr. Michael Lucas, curator of Historical Archaeology at the New York State Museum. Following Henry Hudson’s famous voyage of 1609, Dutch traders and farmers established a presence within today’s boundary of New York. Dr. Lucas will talk about the everyday objects the Dutch brought with them and what archaeology can tell us about their multiple uses.
This Coffee and Conversation program takes place on Zoom. Log in online to enjoy the presentation followed by time to chat and ask questions. To sign up, visit the online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com and select the name and date of the program.
Check ’Em Out Books, an every-other-month evening book discussion group, meets Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. on Zoom to discuss “Wildland” by Rebecca Hodge. In this debut novel, a woman struggling to choose between fighting or surrendering to cancer in the aftermath of her husband’s death risks her life to rescue two children stranded in the middle of a deadly wildfire. Copies of this book are available without any wait on Hoopla.
Book discussions are open to everyone; registration is required. To sign up, visit the online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com and select the name and date of the program.
For young readers, there’s more than one way to enjoy favorite stories like “Stellaluna,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and “Click, Clack Moo.” The library is loaning out Wonderbooks and VOX Books versions of these titles and dozens more. VOX Books and Wonderbooks are audio books that live in print books. The permanently attached readers transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read-along. There’s no need for computers, tablets or CDs. Kids can simply push a button to listen and read.
These read-alongs combine high quality picture books and non-fiction with audio recordings that capture children’s attention and make learning and literacy development fun. There’s a speaker for parent and child or group listening plus an earphone jack for individual use. Visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and search the catalog for “VOX” or “Wonderbooks” to see what’s available.
Library hours and more
The library is open from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday.
— Kristen Roberts