What was the best year ever in the entire history of pop music? For many people, pop’s best year coincides with whatever year they turned 18. Aside from that, it’s interesting to note that Billboard and Rolling Stone agree – it was 1984. An argument could also be made that 1982 was, if not the best, then perhaps at least as exceptional. And possibly the most extraordinary, visionary and left of center album of the year was Kate Bush’s “The Dreaming.”
At the Thursday, July 30, Zoom Listening Party, we’ll be taking a closer look at a number of musical selections from 1982, as well as what made “The Dreaming” so groundbreaking for the time. Sign up here to be part of the live discussion: bit.ly/3eX6nP2. If you can’t make it to the live event, you can listen to the clips and learn more about the artists on the Listening Parties Blog at bethlehempubliclibrary.org/programs/listening-parties-online.
Explore a story at the Town Park
We’ve partnered with the Town of Bethlehem NY Parks & Recreationto present a StoryWalk at Elm Avenue Park featuring the book “The Wall in the Middle of the Book” by Jon Agee. StoryWalks promote literacy, physical activity and time together for caregivers and children as you follow a story along on a numbered path. To enjoy the StoryWalk, park by the playground at the Elm Ave park. The StoryWalk is on the lower loop trail.
This StoryWalk was supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services Program and by Upper Hudson Library System. The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
Looking to explore some picture books at your own pace? Our librarians have put together some Storytime Online Kits highlighting popular titles like “The Kissing Hand,” “The Day the Crayons Quit,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and more. Each “kit” features a video of the story being read – sometimes even by the author – along with several related activities to do at home. Visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/programs/children/story-time/storytime-online-kits and then click on the cover you want to explore. New stories are being added every week!
Summer Reading all summer long
You can 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 easy, fun and a great way to have a summer adventure. Visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-2020 to get started.
Curbside and building updates
Did you know you can now get your library items to go? Curbside pickup is available at the library from 1-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 1-6 p.m. Fridays. Visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/curbside-pickup. We are also accepting returns 24/7. Please follow the parking lot signs and use the designated drop-off sheds. Just a reminder: Returned materials are now quarantined for 96 hours so they will not show up as checked in right away.
— Kristen Roberts