We know people do judge a book by its cover. It’s part of what makes wandering among the shelves looking for something new to read so enjoyable. To replicate that experience, we’re turning our library inside out and bringing you a pop-up browsing experience on our plaza (the entrance walkway off the parking lot).
At our Pop-Up Library, you’ll find hot new releases and popular titles for kids, teens and adults. The Pop-Up Library will be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-6 p.m. – weather permitting! Visit our website (bethlehempubliclibrary.org) for any changes to dates or hours.
While browsing the Pop-Up Library, please observe the following rules:
Masks must be worn at all times.
One person or family per browsing area.
Practice social distancing and keep 6 feet apart.
Hand sanitizer will be available to use.
We are always looking for new ways to bring you the library experiences you love while being mindful of everyone’s safety during this ongoing pandemic. Curbside pickup got books and other materials back in your hands, but the Pop-Up Library is perfect for when you just want to look around and don’t have a specific title in mind to request.
Still not sure what you feel like reading? You can now request a personalized Book Bundle! Just fill out our online request form (bethlehempubliclibrary.org/book-bundle-request), and our librarians will personally select 10 items for curbside pickup based on your preferences. Book Bundles are available for kids, teens and adults.
Raise a glass to history
Local history buffs or anyone who just likes to hear wild tales from days gone by will want to join us Friday, July 24, for a “Sip and Learn: Virtual Cocktail Hour” focused on Albany’s Prohibition days. Fix yourself a drink and settle in as Maeve McEneny-Johnson, education and heritage coordinator with Discover Albany, takes you on a virtual tour through the tumultuous history of Albany during the era of Prohibition.
What was Albany like during this time? What’s the line between prohibition fact and fiction? Maeve will dish on the juicy local gossip behind the secret speakeasies, the bootleggers who supplied them, and the suspect politicians who perhaps had ulterior motives in keeping Albany a dry town. There may even be a dash of murder thrown into the mix!
Happy Hour begins at 7 p.m., but you must pre-register with your e-mail in order to receive your Zoom invitation from the library. Sign up here: bit.ly/2ZATnug.
So much Summer Reading left
Imagine Your Story as you participate in our 2020 Summer Reading Challenge entirely online – from sign-up to claiming your prizes, along with a full schedule of virtual programs. It’s super easy, fun and a great way to have a summer adventure. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-2020 to get started.
— Kristen Roberts