These days, technology is proving vital to staying connected and managing so many of the tasks that we were once able to handle in person. The library wants to make sure everyone in our community has access to the tools they need to navigate these challenging times, so we’ve added dozens of Chromebooks to our catalog that can be requested and checked out by Bethlehem cardholders for 28 days at a time. To request a Chromebook: bit.ly/2XFORJg.
Books to you
Our doors may be closed for now, but we’ve got a number of ways to get books and other library materials into your hands.
Book Bundles: Not sure what to read next? Sign up to receive a Book Bundle — selections hand-picked for you by one of our librarians based on your reading preferences. To get started, grab your library card and visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/book-bundle-request to fill out a Book Bundle request form.
Request your items through our online calendar and get them to go. Curbside pickup is available at the library from 1-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 1-6 p.m. Fridays. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org/coronavirus-information for details. We are also accepting returns 24/7. Please follow the parking lot signs and use the designated drop-off sheds. Returned items are quarantined for 96 hours so they won’t show up as returned on your account right away.
Pop-Up Library on the Plaza: You’ll find hot new releases and popular titles for kids, teens and adults that you didn’t even know you needed until you saw it. The Pop-Up Library will be available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 2-6 p.m. through the end of August – weather permitting!
Books to People: Our Books to People free delivery service is available to homebound residents of the Bethlehem Central School District and can be especially helpful to those who need to take extra precautions to avoid exposure to the Coronavirus. With Books to People, selected materials are delivered (no contact!) every other week via the library van. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org/services/books-to-people for more information.
Explore a story outside
We’ve partnered with the Town of Bethlehem NY Parks & Recreation to present a StoryWalk at Elm Avenue Park featuring the book “The Wall in the Middle of the Book” by Jon Agee. To enjoy the StoryWalk, park by the playground at the Elm Avenue Park.
Burn off some excess energy with us as we wiggle, shimmy and jump our way through a Dance and Movement virtual storytime Thursday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. with local dance instructor Janell Timmany.
— Kristen Robe