Please join your neighbors for a public workshop 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. We are looking for feedback from all members of our community, whether they are regular library users or not. The workshop will be an open, active brainstorming workshop 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.
Now in its 18th year, the library’s annual winter concert series, A Little Sunday Music, opens its 2019-20 season Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. with a performance by the Adirondack Baroque Consort, one of the oldest early music groups in the United States. “The Songs & Poems: A Claire Loux Centennial, 1919-2019,” will feature the poetry and songs of Loux, a lifelong resident of Delmar. Please note that unlike other concerts in the series, this one will start at 3 p.m.
The music of the recorder is a good fit for Loux’s poetic style, and along with vocals and keyboard, the program will present a centennial sampler of her musical and literary creations memorializing familiar places in the Capitol District.
A chance meeting at the Austerlitz Post office between Loux and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay led to friendship, with Millay encouraging the young Loux’s poetry. Loux’s collected works, “Far Horizons, The Poems & Selected Songs” was published posthumously by Dovehouse Editions. Poet Laureate Carl Sandburg and the late jazz pianist Marian McPartland were among Loux’s correspondents later in life.
A Little Sunday Music continues Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. with the Etude Club of Schenectady, which was founded in 1925 to provide an opportunity for women musicians to meet and perform for one another. After a short break in January, the concert series resumes Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. with Melanie Chirignan, a flautist known for musicality and versatility of repertoire accompanied by accomplished local pianist Michael Clement. A performance by the Musicians of Ma’alwyck rounds out the series on March 10 at 2 p.m.
Concerts are free and open to the public. A Little Sunday Music is sponsored by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.
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Join us Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. for a presentation by Times Union Editor Rex Smith titled “Ethical Journalism in Challenging Times.” Smith will share his insights on the challenges journalism faces in the digital era and with the current political climate. All ages welcome!
Use your Bethlehem library card to access Kanopy streaming video. Kanopy offers a catalog of more than 30,000 indie films, documentaries and hard-to-find foreign films. To get started, click on the eContent graphic on the library’s homepage at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
— Kristen Roberts