Screen-free stories for kid
Hey parents, you’re going to love the Toniebox – the newest addition to our Library of Things! A Toniebox uses audio storytelling to introduce developing readers to the wonders of narrative long before they can read the words in a book. We’ve got 15 kits to choose from featuring some of your child’s favorite characters like Disney Princesses and the Paw Patrol gang. Just place the character on the Toniebox and enjoy their stories and songs!
What is it? The Toniebox is a soft, screen-free speaker for children. Using magnetic figurines called Tonies, toddlers and young children can navigate storytelling and music independently.
Designed just for kids ages 3 and up, the Toniebox is a great companion for screen-free independent play. The controls are designed with little listeners (and
little hands) in mind, so kids can easily adjust volume, fast forward, rewind and change stories all on their own. Even swapping stories is simple. Just place a different Tonie on the box to begin a new adventure!
Our Toniebox kits are available for a two-week loan period and are requestable. They must be picked up and returned to the Bethlehem Circulation Desk and will accrue late fines of $1 per day. Visit bit.ly/467puBd to see what’s available.
An Expedition celebration
Be part of the Upper Hudson library love fest at the Library Expedition Celebration party Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Pruyn House in Latham. Lovers of libraries of all ages are invited – Expeditioners or not. Drop by anytime between 4-7 p.m. and enjoy bear sightings, games, music, cider, doughnuts and more. Feel free to bring a blanket, a picnic and your Expedition map for autographing by artist Ira Marcks.
Buy some books; support the Friends
Mark your calendar for the Friends’ fall fundraiser book sale at the library! Stock up on some new-to-you books and DVDs Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
For sale on the library plaza will be books and other materials that have been removed from the library collection and are in excellent condition. Many are duplicate copies of popular titles. Enjoy music while you shop with Moonshine Holler at 11 a.m. and Matt Cusson at 1 p.m.
Pricing will be cash-only by suggested donation; the Friends will not be able to make change.
Donate books; help Grassroot Givers
Looking for an opportunity to donate books? Bethlehem Public Library is partnering with Grassroot Givers, a local nonprofit, to collect like-new books for donation to local organizations and individuals in need. Collection day is Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the library garage.
Donations to the Book Project must fit the following criteria: current adult paperback fiction and nonfiction; current adult hardcover fiction and nonfiction; current children’s board books; current children’s hardcover and softcover picture books; current elementary and middle school chapter books; current adult biography, self-help, cookbooks, history books.
This story appeared on page 4 of the September 6, 2023 print edition of the Spotlight