Building design reaches next phase
At the November board meeting, architects from Ashley McGraw presented the completed schematic design outlining proposed updates to the library’s 50-year-old building. Renderings show a dramatic new exterior that complements the existing architectural details, as well as a vibrant and exciting space for children and teens. The proposal includes expanded meeting and quiet study spaces, as well as ample room for the library’s traditional collection. In addition to these improvements, the schematic design also addresses components of the aging building, such as asbestos abatement and the demolition of the mezzanine level.
With the completion of the schematic design phase, the library begins now to look at costs and other logistics to be put in place before the project goes to a public vote. Comments and feedback are always welcome. To learn more about the project and view architectural renderings, visit www.bethlehempubliclibrary..
Usually when you’re enjoying your tea or coffee, the goal is to keep the contents inside the cup until you’re ready to take a sip. Usually. On Tuesday, Nov. 28, however, we’re inviting you to play with your food and create a masterpiece from spatters and spills. Make watercolor creations out of the sepia stains or experiment with the different hues and shades you can make with this unconventional painting medium.
This program, which runs from 7-8:30 p.m. is for artists of all ages. All children under 9 should be accompanied by an adult at all times. Visit bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up. Registration closes Nov. 26.
Be a star
Join us Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m. for a fun craft night for adults and teens. We’ll be creating a whimsical star ornament out of clothespins that will brighten your home this season. This project is suitable for ages 12 and up. Visit bethlehem.librarycalendar.com to sign up.Registration closes Nov. 28.
Have a harp
Next up for A Little Sunday Music, harpist Elizabeth Huntley returns to the library for another winter-themed concert Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. She is the principal harpist with the Glens Falls Symphony, and has accompanied a wide range of musicians, including the Irish Tenors, Josh Groban, Barry Manilow and Roger Daltrey. She has appeared locally, from Caffè Lena to Proctors Theatre, Capital Rep and the Cohoes Music Hall.
This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.
The library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, and remain closed Thursday, Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24. Staff and trustees would like to wish our Bethlehem neighbors a very Happy Thanksgiving!
The library will also be closed all day Friday, Dec. 1, for staff training.