If you are looking to grow your business or seek out new career or marketing opportunities in the new year, get a head start with Bethlehem Public Library’s powerful digital research tool, ReferenceUSA, a big data resource that grants access to continuously updated business and residential information in the U.S. and Canada for research, marketing, job seeking and more.
Local small business owners and marketing professionals can get a leg up and optimize marketing prospects using the data on ReferenceUSA, as well as the site’s sophisticated mapping tool that helps identify potential customers. Beyond the marketing and business possibilities, ReferenceUSA is a valuable tool for general research, such as locating individuals or information about healthcare professionals.
To access the site through Bethlehem Public Library, visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org and click on the “Research” tab. On the research page, you’ll find ReferenceUSA listed in alphabetical order. The service is free for anyone to use on-site at the library, where the data collected can be downloaded and saved. Bethlehem patrons can also access the site remotely using a library card.
Ready to relax
Did you resolve to be more mindful in the new year? We can help. Join us Friday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. for an introduction to Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese art that promotes health and wellness. De-stress with the gentle flowing movements and breathing exercises of Qi gong. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. All abilities welcome. The class is taught by certified instructor and Bethlehem librarian Cathy Brenner.
Study hall at the library
The library has set aside dedicated group study space for Regents test prep from Tuesday, Jan. 15, through Thursday, Jan. 24. Most study halls will take place in our community room, unless otherwise noted. Students and their tutors are welcome to drop in and stay as long as needed during scheduled hours. The full schedule is available at the library and online at www.bplteens.org.
Please remember that in the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Call ahead. Updated information can also be found on our Facebook page and website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
Do you know a kid who loves to play chess or wants to learn how? Tell them to sign up for one of our Chess Club sessions in January and February. At Chess Club, teen volunteers play chess with school-age children of all experience levels. Upcoming Chess Clubs will be held Jan. 15 and 29, and Feb. 5 and Feb. 19, at 5:30 p.m. Sign up at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
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, Jan. 11
Film series with titles suitable for adult audiences. See www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org for a list of titles. Shown with Subtitling for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing when possible, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 13
Knit One Purl One
If you’re an experienced knitter, bring your current project. If you’re a beginner, bring size 8 knitting needles; we’ll provide yarn and get you started, between 2 and 3 p.m. For adults, teens and kids age 9 and up.
Monday, Jan. 14
Discuss “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer, 1:30 p.m. Copies are available at the information desk. Large-print audio and downloadable copies may be available.
Library board meets
Meetings are open to the public, 6 p.m.
— Kristen Roberts