How will Bethlehem Public Library serve the community in the 21st Century and beyond? You tell us! Please join your neighbors for a public workshop, or charrette, Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room to discuss the evolution of library services and how the library’s space can be used to best meet those needs.
The goal of the workshop is for Bethlehem residents to exchange ideas and priorities with the library’s architect, Paul Mays. This input will help the library develop an expression of what members of the community want us to be over the next decade and beyond. It will be an open, active brainstorming session and is an important milestone in the development of the Bethlehem Public Library Board of Trustees’ Long-Range Plan.
For more information, call 518-439-9314 or visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
Paul Mays, of Butler Rowland Mays Architects, LLP in Ballston Spa, specializes in library design and renovation. He has recently worked on the Colonie, Saratoga Springs, Guilderland and Kingston libraries, among others.
Get creative with a Cricut
If you haven’t checked out our Tech Room Makerspace in a while, then now is the time to stop by and see all of the great new tools we’ve been busy adding over the past couple of months.
Front and center is our brand-new Cricut Maker, which allows for precision cutting of paper, vinyl, fabric and other materials. This versatile tool is perfect for scrapbooking, quilting, creating custom cards, and more! It can even letter and emboss for a polished text presentation. Patrons will be responsible for bringing their own materials to use in the Cricut. Not sure how it works? Come see it in action at a demonstration Monday, Nov. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Cricut joins the Makerbot 3D printer, a die cutter, laminator, button maker, light tracing board and sewing machine available for use anytime during library hours. Visit our expanded Tech Room Makerspace today and set your imagination and creativity free at the library!
Trunk or Treat
Drop by Elm Avenue Park Wednesday, Oct. 23, beginning at 4 p.m. for a free Trunk or Treat community event, featuring dozens of creative trick-or-treating stations hosted by local groups such as the library Friends, area Girl Scout troops, the Bethlehem Tomboys, Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, Delmar-Bethlehem EMS, the Progress Club, Capital District Child Care Council, high school clubs, and more. This event is brought to you through a collaboration between the library and the Town of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation department. A costume parade begins at 4:15 p.m.
Make mass mailing easier
It is coming up on the time of year when many of us start to reach out to friends and relatives with holiday letters and cards. We’ll show you how to tame that extensive address list and make your mass mailings easier to manage using Microsoft Word and Excel to create merged address labels. Join us for our “Simplify Holiday Mailings” on Monday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or call 518-439-9314.
To Life!: Part VII
Richard Feldman returns to the library’s Coffee and Conversation series on Friday, Oct. 25 to showcase songs from popular American musicals about optimism and following your dreams, 1 p.m. Program is followed by a coffee break. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc.
— Kristen Roberts