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).

CHARCOAL AND PASTEL PORTRAITURE BY BRUCE ROBERT BARKER:  Seventeen of Rensselaerville artist Bruce Robert Barker’s charcoal and pastel portraits are on display in the Hannay Room at the Library.  

These finely rendered portraits hint at veiled secrets and emotions in their subjects.  What stories lie behind the features captured in historical figures, a veritable rogue’s gallery of instantly recognizable politicians, and seemingly ordinary folk?

Born and raised in Albany County, Bruce earned a BA in Studio Art (Sculpture) from SUNY Geneseo, completed graduate study in sculpture at SUNY Albany and the University of Iowa (under the tutelage of Richard Stankiewicz and Julius Schmidt respectively), and received a MA in Education from The College of St. Rose.

Bruce has worked as a custom cabinetmaker/architectural woodworker, civil engineering draftsman, architectural project manager, and machine component designer with several local and international companies.  He has taught technical drawing, CAD/solid modelling, woodworking, welding, and metal casting in three area school districts. He also plays guitar and bass in various bands and is a builder of string instruments.

The show will be at the Library during the months of March and April, 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.  LEGO uses play to open up the world of math, science and cooperative problem-solving to young minds.   The colorful blocks ignite natural curiosity and build confidence as children bring their ideas to life. 

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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