It’s time to get growing at Bethlehem Public Library! This spring, we are starting our very own seed library featuring a variety of open-pollinated vegetables and some herbs. Seed libraries like ours support sustainability and food security by allowing the community free access to the means of growing their own food.
Our seed library, located at the back of the Information Desk, will be self-serve with some limits on quantities. To get the seed library up and running, we’ve scheduled some great gardening programs for both new and experienced gardeners of all ages.
Join us Saturday, March 9, at 3 p.m. as we launch the seed library with a screening of “Seed: The Untold Story,” a documentary film about the importance of heirloom seeds (PG, 94 min., Seneca Falls Picture Company).
Later in the month, Eric de Long of Foxtail Community Farm will share some tips and tricks for starting seedlings at home, including low-cost options for light, water and heat requirements. Join us Sunday, March 31, from 2-3 p.m. and find out how to get a head start on the growing season.
In April, farmer and author Gary Kleppel makes a return visit to the library to talk about the ways that agriculture can improve environmental quality, public health and the economy. His program, “Eden 2.0: How Farming with Nature Can Save the Food System and the Planet,” will take place Tuesday, April 16, from 7-8 p.m.
Little gardeners are invited to join us Monday, April 22, at 2 p.m. for a special “Get Growing for Earth Day” event where they’ll hear stories and learn how seeds germinate before planting some to take home. Sign up for this program online, or call 518-439-9314.
You can expect even more exciting programs and additions to this new service in the coming months.
A Little Sunday Music wraps up the 2018-19 series on Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. with a vocal recital by Irina Tikhonenko, who will perform British and Russian classical art songs. Concerts are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. We would like to thank the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library for generously sponsoring another wonderful season of this ever-popular concert series!
Board candidate information
Nominating petition forms and informational packets are available at the library for candidates interested in serving on the Bethlehem Public Library Board of Trustees.
There is one seat on the 2019 ballot, currently held by incumbent Joyce Becker, who will not be seeking re-election.
Petitions must contain at least 49 signatures of voters residing in Central School District No. 6 of the towns of Bethlehem and New Scotland. Petitions must be filed with the District Clerk, Bethlehem Central High School, 700 Delaware Ave., Delmar by 5 p.m. on April 22.
The election and budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. at Bethlehem Central High School.
— Kristen Roberts