The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, February 18, in observation of the Presidents Day holiday.

CHECK OUT OUR NEW HOURS !  Effective January 1, 2019, we will be open 2-7 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9-2 on Wednesday and Saturday (no change).

PASTELS & CHARCOAL DRAWINGS BY RITA BUTTIKER:  Thirteen of Freehold artist Rita Buttiker’s pastel paintings and charcoal drawings are on display in the Hannay Room at the Library.

With an eye for accurate detail, Rita’s landscapes record the natural beauty she observes in the Catskill region.   Her drawings and figure studies of her extended family have resulted in many commissioned portraits.

Born and educated in Switzerland, Rita received her art education at the Sacchi in Florence, Italy, the State University of New York in Albany, Albany Junior College, and the Malden Bridge School of Art.   She has studied with Franklin Alexander and acclaimed pastel artist Stanley Maltzman.

Rita has won numerous prizes and awards for her work and has exhibited widely in the Capital Region, Kent, Connecticut and Baltimore, Maryland.  Her work is in private collections throughout the US as well as Switzerland and Spain.  She is also past curator of the Greenville Library Community Gallery.

The show will be at the Library during the months of January and February, and can be seen during regular library hours.  Our thanks to Peter Keitel, former President of the Bethlehem Art Association, for curating the exhibit.

Memorial Brick

Memorial Brick Fundraiser:  We invite you to join us in enhancing our new outdoor area for reading, meeting and programs. By purchasing a commemorative brick, you can honor your friends and family, memorialize a loved one, or promote your business or organization.  To learn more or order your brick:


LEGO Club:  Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 PM  Drop in to play and create with LEGO.  We supply the blocks; you bring the imagination.

Storytime:   Wednesday mornings from 11 AM to Noon  Join Miss Lee for stories, songs, and movement activities designed for infants to children up to five years old.  In addition to developing pre-reading skills, singing, moving to music, and playing instruments all help foster a sense of rhythm and timing that are essential elements in developing the part of a child’s brain that shapes math skills.

Read to Lefty (Registered Therapy Dog):  Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30 PM (once a month)  If your child is self-conscious or reluctant to read, he or she may feel more comfortable reading to a dog.  Because dogs aren’t judgmental, the child relaxes and focuses on the reading.

Family Programming:  Thursdays from 5 to 7:00 PM, Drop in and try one of our board games or puzzles — or bring your own!  This unstructured program is open to ALL ages.  (Miss Lee is also available for homework help.)

Technology Walk-In Wednesdays:   Do you have a new smart phone or tablet, but don’t know how to download books?  Need to brush up on your computer skills – or obtain basic skills?  See Amy on Wednesdays between 10 AM and 1 PM for FREE, personalized, one-on-one instruction.

Artists Group:  Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2:15 PM.  The group is open to all who are interested in developing their creativity through the visual arts.  New members are welcome.

Library Book Discussion Group:  Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6 PM.  New members are welcome.  Contact the library for the month’s selection.

Memoir Writing Group:  Meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at 11 AM.   Led by Lila Hollister Smith, this group is open to all who are interested in self-expression through the art of writing.  New members are welcome.

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