If you haven’t yet checked out the entries in our Picturing Bethlehem photography contest celebrating the town’s 225th anniversary, then now’s the time. The photographs are on display in the library’s lobby and feature a diverse look at the people and places that make up the Town of Bethlehem.
On Friday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 7:45 p.m., we’ll be holding a special reception for all contest participants where we’ll announce the winners in each age category and award the prizes paid for by the Friends of the Library. Refreshments will be served.
The photographs will remain on display through the end of the month.
Learn how to avoid scams
On Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., representatives from Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York and AT&T will be at the library to talk about how to recognize and avoid scams that prey on seniors, as well as provide tips for safely navigating the internet. Attendees will be encouraged to log the scams they encounter on the BBB’s “Scam Tracker.” Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518-439-9314 to register.
Get ready to roll
Got any plans on Saturday, Sept. 29? Then come to the library and we’ll explore the Town of Bethlehem together as we celebrate our community on a “slow roll,” or leisurely paced bicycle tour.
We’ll be starting the day at 9 a.m. with a relaxed 10-mile ride showcasing the town’s green spaces and areas of cultural and educational significance. The tour is co-sponsored by the Bethlehem Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee and New York Bicycling Coalition and is open to everyone, although riders should be comfortable navigating roadways. Bathrooms and drinking fountains will be accessible in the library lobby.
We slow things down even more with an all-ages-and-abilities ride at 11 a.m. This tour will meander over to the Rail Trail and back, wrapping up with some refreshments and crafts.
Both rides begin and end at Bethlehem Public Library and include a bicycle safety education component.
Support local lit
Albany County is home to many established authors, as well as those who have yet to be discovered. On Sunday, Sept. 30, we celebrate our area’s writers with a Local Author Book Fair, headlined by award-winning audiobook narrator George Guidall, whose keynote address kicks off the event at 1 p.m.
Guidall, an acclaimed and prolific narrator, has lent his voice to classics like “Crime and Punishment,” “The Iliad,” “Don Quixote” and more. In addition to his award-winning work as an audiobook narrator, Guidall has enjoyed a career in theater, including starring roles on Broadway. He will talk about the process of turning a written art form into a spoken one.
The book fair, featuring works for sale, follows from 2 to 4 p.m.
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, Sept. 21
Coffee and Conversation: Musical America
with the Delmariners
The Delmariners will perform a musical tour of America— from the whaling ports of the East to the historic railroads heading west, 1-2 p.m. program; 2-3 p.m. coffee hour. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.
Sunday, Sept. 23
‘Finding Your Feet’
(PG-13, 111 min.,
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, Sept. 24
Trivia Night for Adults
Come alone or as a team and match wits with others, 7-8:30 p.m. Limit of 10 teams. Prizes donated by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.
— Kristen Roberts