Bethlehem Public Library News: Meet the Library Board Candidates – Spotlight News – The home of The Spot 518


On Wednesday, May 4, the two trustee candidates discussed their backgrounds and goals for the library during a virtual Meet the Candidates event. Watch their presentations and learn more about the candidates through their responses to our questionnaire available online:

There is one open seat this year, and on the ballot are Sarah Patterson and Annie Scott.

Sarah has been a resident of Bethlehem for 13 years and an adjunct professor of American history for seven years at Siena College and SUNY Albany. She has two sons (nearly) 10 and 7 who attend Elsmere Elementary, and in her spare time she enjoys reading and traveling.

Annie is a consultant who has supported FOCUS Churches Food Pantry, Capital Roots, Grassroots Givers and Pine Hollow Arboretum. She is a mother of two young children who love reading and the library, and she enjoys walking around the Four Corners with her husband, children and dogs.

Bethlehem Public Library has a proposed budget of $4.58 million for the 2022-23 fiscal year. The levy portion of the budget is approximately $4.3 million, an increase of 3.25% over last year and within the spending cap imposed by the state.

Residents of the Bethlehem Central School District will vote on the budget Tuesday, May 17 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Bethlehem Central High School.

Get ready to ride

May is National Bike Month. Is your bike ready to roll? The library has a bicycle service station for public use near the entrance closest to the car park which is free of charge 24 hours a day. The Dero Fixit device includes suspension arms that lift the bike off the ground and allow the pedals and wheels to move freely. It includes all the tools needed to perform basic bicycle repairs and maintenance on the spot. Change a puncture, adjust brakes and derailleurs, or fix a wobbly seat – all at the library. Attached to the Fixit station by cables are Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers, six sizes of Allen wrenches, six sizes of box-end wrenches and two tire levers. Next to the station is a heavy-duty air pump with a universal pump head that fits all valve stem types.

If you’re cycling to the library but haven’t brought your padlock, no worries! You can borrow one of ours with your library card. Now you can take your time browsing through books and gear or enjoying a library program knowing your bike is safe.

Fundraising for the sale of books between friends

The Friends of Bethlehem Public Library will be hosting a book sale fundraiser in Library Square on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, from noon to 4 p.m. On sale will be books and other materials that have been removed from the library collection and are in excellent condition. state. Many are duplicate copies of popular titles, and larger print titles will be available.

Prize is cash only per suggested donation; Friends will not be able to give change.

Enjoy live music while you shop with the following artists scheduled for Saturday, May 21:

• Noon-1pm: Guitarist Warren Sieme will play familiar tunes for families.

• 2-3pm: Jazz trumpeter Steve Lambert and guitarist Joe Finn will perform.

Story time reminder

Please note that Family Story Hours inside the library on Fridays have a very limited number of places available. Registration is required, and this program is not available without an appointment.

We continue to offer regular family story times, baby jumps and books, as well as music and movement outside on the green. Visit our calendar at to see what’s available.

Memorial Day Closing

The Bethlehem Public Library will be closed Memorial Day weekend from Saturday to Monday May 28-30.

—Kristen Roberts


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