For more than 15 years, Bethlehem Public Library’s annual winter concert series, A Little Sunday Music, has entertained and delighted audiences, and you can expect more of the same with a 2018-19 lineup that includes some very talented musicians and ensembles.
A Little Sunday Music opens Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. with “Over There: Songs of World War I” featuring Linda Russell and her trio performing the marching tunes, humorous ditties, love songs and wistful laments that were popular when the Great War raged in Europe a century ago. This performance is also part of the library’s WWI 100th Anniversary series.
A historical musician, Russell takes listeners on a journey that is both entertaining and enlightening by punctuating her musical performances of actual songs from the period with anecdotes and facts from primary source material. Russell began her professional career by performing for 16 years as a balladeer at Federal Hall National Memorial in New York City. She continues to sing and play ballads, broadsides, love songs, marches and dance tunes of early America at national, state and local historical venues.
A Little Sunday Music continues Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. with Eric Roth, who will present a program of 19th century guitar music. After a short break in January, the concert series resumes Feb. 10 with audience favorite The Bleecker Consort, who will play a diverse set of instruments, including early strings, reeds and a variety of percussion. A vocal recital by Irina Tikhonenko rounds out the series on March 10.
Concerts are free and open to the public. A Little Sunday Music is sponsored by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.
What are the costs and rewards of philanthropic giving? In “Philosophy of Philanthropy,” a four-part series grant-funded and sponsored by Humanities New York, Dr. Erzsebet Fazekas will talk about the key issues behind charitable giving: motivation, the selection of recipients and worthy causes, and the impact of giving on the donors and society in general. Join us for one or more of the following programs. All sessions run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 12:
The Ethics of Giving
Monday, Nov. 19:
Motivations and Impact
Monday, Nov. 26:
To Whom or
For What to Give?
Monday, Dec. 10:
What and How Much
Blood drive at the library
The Library is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, Nov. 15, from noon to 6 p.m. in the Community Room. Donors must be at least 17 years old and in good general health.
Walk-ins are welcome. Call 1-800 RED-CROSS or go to www.redcrossblood.org to register or for more information.
The library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, and remain closed Thursday, Nov. 22, for Thanksgiving holiday. The library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.
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, Nov. 9
Stories and More:
Listen to stories about color, then make magic happen with milk, food coloring and a dab of dish soap, 10 a.m. For children up to age 6 with family.
(PG, 111 min.)
A WWI 100th Anniversary event! Film series with titles suitable for adult audiences. Shown with Subtitling for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing when possible, 2:30 p.m.
Join others in the challenge of writing a novel in one month during National Novel Writing Month, 5 to 8 p.m. Writing instruction not provided. Visit nanowrimo.org for details.
Monday, Nov. 12
Stop Motion Shorts
Work in teams to create one-of-a-kind stop motion shorts using Legos and iPads, 2-4 p.m. For ages 9 and up. Sign up online or call.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
Tai Chi for Health
Weekly class explores the Tai Chi for Energy form. No experience is needed; all ages and abilities are welcome. Wear loose, comfortable clothes, 4 p.m. Participants will build on skills from week to week. Teens welcome.