Can divided Americans, even those from the same political party, find a way to come together in a time of crisis? Chris Gibson, a former Army colonel and Republican congressman who served from 2011 to 2017, thinks so. He outlines his vision for America in the book “Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream,” which he will discuss at the library Saturday, March 3, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Gibson, a lifelong resident of Kinderhook from a working-class background, rose from private to colonel in the U.S. Army before running for Congress in 2010. “Rally Point” is his analysis of the current political environment and a conservative roadmap to moving beyond a nation divided.
Gibson’s talk will take place in the Community Room and is free and open to everyone. A book signing will take place afterward.
Make your move
It’s easy to find yourself at a career crossroads. Maybe the job you always wanted doesn’t feel like the right fit anymore. Perhaps you took some time off to care for family and find yourself behind on the latest workplace skills. If that sounds like you, come to the library Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. for “Navigating Career Transitions,” and learn how to best leverage your skills if you are considering a career change or re-entering the workforce. Job coach Patricia Sibilia will share strategies to help you network and gain confidence for your next career move.
Get ready for your close-up
It’s far too late for you to end up on the Oscars stage this year, but it’s never too soon to dream, and we’ve got everything you need to start making some movie magic! Recently added to the Library of Things is a trio of handheld HD camcorders that are lightweight and easy to use. Files are also a snap to share. The camcorders are available on the Library of Things shelf behind the Information Desk and can be checked out for seven days at a time.
We also have made it easier for you to turn that raw footage, or video and stills from your phone or other media sources, into a multi-media presentation using Premiere Elements. We recently installed the user-friendly software on eight of the public laptops available to borrow inside the library with no time limits. Premiere Elements is an intuitive video editing program that provides step-by-step guides for simple tasks or preformatted themed video options, like weddings, travel and more, to give your home movies a polished look. It’s easy to take your cinematography skills to the next level at the library.
New station listings online
You can easily find out what is on and coming up on BCN-TV, Bethlehem’s public access channel, with a new dynamic guide on the library’s website. The listings are continually updated and project the schedule a week out. Find the new weekly BCN-TV guide online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/webapps/tvschedule.asp.
Other upcoming events
All events are free and take place at Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. For more information, call (518) 439-9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
Friday, Feb. 23
Vacation Cinema: Despicable Me 3
Gru meets his long-lost, charming and more successful brother who wants to team up for a heist (PG, 90 min., Universal Pictures), 10 a.m. For kids and families.
Use your puzzle-solving skills to break the code and open the locked box before time is up. If you like “escape rooms,” then you’ll enjoy this, 2:30 p.m. Sign up online or call.
Sunday, Feb. 25
Sunday Cinema: The Glass Castle
(PG-13, 127 min., Lionsgate)
Film series with titles suitable for adult audiences, 2:30 p.m. Shown with Subtitling for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing when possible.
Monday, Feb. 26
Morning Concert: The Expressions
We’re joining our friends from the Center for Disability Services for a morning of music with a group ready to entertain with their interpretation of Beatlemania, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Refreshments will be served.
— Kristen Roberts