What’s not to love about spending a chilly afternoon crafting a heartwarming gift for your sweetie – or yourself? Sign up for the library’s Sew It Yourself: Sweetheart Charms program on Friday, Jan. 18, at 3:30 p.m., and we’ll show you how to create hand-sewn felt heart-shaped charms with a pocket for a special note, treat or trinket — just in time for Valentine’s Day. All supplies will be provided; you can make one or a whole bunch. This program is for adults and teens. Registration is required. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org (click on the “Calendar” tab) or call 518-439-9314.
Intro to digital video editing
Are you intrigued by all of the possibilities presented by digital video editing – from creating your own show to organizing your home movies and photos in a fun and shareable way? It is now easier than ever with library laptops equipped with Adobe Premiere Elements, and we’ll show you how to do it.
Over the next few weeks, the library has scheduled a number of Adobe Premiere Elements training sessions as we gear up for the opening of our brand-new One Button audio/visual studio. Learn how to use the software to edit videos, create titles, insert transitions, add special effects, adjust audio and more to create a professional looking video suitable for a variety of media.
Two-hour training sessions take place Monday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m.-noon; Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m-1 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m.-noon.; or Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please sign up for only one session. Register online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org (Click on the “Calendar” tab) or call 518-439-9314.
Movie break for kids
Schools are closed Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but the library will be open. Kids and families are invited to drop by for a special Vacation Cinema at 10 a.m. featuring a fun, animated film about an ogre living alone in a swamp, who is suddenly invaded by a horde of fairy tale characters seeking refuge (PG, 90 min., Dreamworks Animation). Bring a blanket or pillow to get comfy on the floor.
On display at the library
During the month of January, the library’s hallway exhibit space is featuring photographs by Halina McKenney and works by Elissa Zweibach. In February, there will be featured artwork by Lauren Axeford and photos by Bert van Grondelle of the Schenectady Photographic Society.
Do you have artwork or a message you would like to share with others? The library has three different display and exhibit spaces available to the public on a first-come basis. It is easy to sign up through www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org by clicking on the “Book a Space” tab, or visit the Information Desk to see what is available.
The three different exhibit areas include: hallway wall space, which can be reserved up to 24 months in advance; three, 6-by-3-foot exhibit tables opposite the entrance to the library proper, which can be booked one to six months in advance; and locked exhibit cases in the hallway and Children’s Place, which can be reserved up to a year ahead of time.
These spaces provide a public forum for the community to engage with a diversity of ideas, and the library does not exclude materials based on the origin, background or views of those contributing to their creation. The library’s Displays and Exhibits policy, available on the website, provides additional guidelines.
Study hall at the library
The library has set aside dedicated group study space for Regents test prep 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.
— Kristen Robert