In the early days of the stay-at-home order this spring, many of us spent the days baking, sautéing and cooking our way to some semblance of comfort as we tried to make sense of the surging virus that had upended our lives.
At that time, the Upper Hudson Library System put out a call for those recipes that were a part of our pandemic cooking repertoire with the promise that they would be assembled and shared with the greater library community. That time has come! The Upper Hudson Community Cookbook is now available as a free pdf featuring dozens of mouth-watering recipes, including a couple from our Bethlehem neighbors: Sheryl R.’s Microwave Chocolate Truffles, Jennifer Y.’s Sambuca Mushrooms and Crustless Spinach Quiche from Susan S.
Check out those recipes and more at www.uhls.org/UHLS_Community_Cookbook.pdf.
On Friday, Nov. 9, we’ll be going underwater – again, virtually – to explore some of the shipwrecks found in rivers, lake, oceans and even on land with Dr. Daria Merwin of the New York State Museum. learn about underwater and maritime archaeology, and find out what these amazing sites can tell us about the past. This program, which takes place on Zoom at 1 p.m., is part of the library’s Coffee and Conversation series co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. Log in online to enjoy the presentation followed by time to chat and ask questions. To sign up, visit the online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com and select the program you’re interested in.
Did you know that although some items in our Library of Things collection have been moved out of circulation due to pandemic-related safety concerns, there are still plenty of cool “things” to check out, such as trail cameras, slide scanners, digital projectors and more? We’re also allowing Bethlehem cardholders to put most of these items on hold, so they can be picked up curbside or during our open hours. Visit our website at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org to see what’s available.
Library of Things items can be returned inside the library or through our “reverse curbside” process, where we roll out a quarantine bin to your car in our curbside checkout area of the parking lot.
Library hours and more
The library is open from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Masks are required, and we are limiting the number of people inside the library at once so there might be a short wait before entering at busier times. Because others might be waiting, we are asking everyone to limit their time inside to simply selecting and checking out materials.
Curbside pickup is currently available from 1-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 1-6 p.m. Friday.
Visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/coronavirus-information for the latest library service updates.
— Kristen Roberts