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VSou learn the art of book folding on Monday, July 18 at 3 p.m. with Beth Dounane-Oldrich, Delmar resident and author of Book Folding for Beginners and Beyond. Book folding is the art of folding the pages of books to create a sculptural effect. This is an eco-friendly craft that turns used books into art, almost like a modern take on origami.

All materials will be provided, but if you have a hardcover book that you would like to turn into a work of art, please bring it along.

Dounane-Oldrich is a college teacher and lifelong craftsman. During the pandemic, she came across the art of book folding. After falling in love with this craft, she opened the Etsy store, Patternybooks. Her book, “Book Folding for Beginners and Beyond,” has step-by-step tutorials, helpful tips, and 12 unique patterns. Register using the online calendar at

Ukrainian crisis
In context

Do you feel perplexed by the news of the war in Ukraine? Bethlehem Public Library will host a roundtable on Monday, July 18 at 6 p.m. with University of Albany professors Timothy Sergay and David Rousseau to help put the international crisis into context.

This in-person program will take place in the community room of the library. Registration is mandatory. Participants can register using the online calendar at

Sergay is an associate professor of Russian languages, literatures and cultures. He has extensive experience in translating Russian texts and has written articles in Russian and English on poetry and translation theory.

Rousseau is associate professor of political science at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and associate professor at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. Rousseau’s research focuses on military conflict, shared identity, political development and foreign policy.

Read all
all summer

Summer readings are going well, and there’s still time to register! Registration for the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge is ongoing and is open to all ages. Once you’ve signed up, you can track your progress through challenge cards for a chance to win great prizes. Visit to get started.

Don’t know what to read this summer? Check out our reading list resources at to help narrow down your choices.

No judgment;
no fine

The loan without fine is finally here! The library no longer charges fines for overdue books and other materials. Replacement fees and fees for lost or damaged items still apply, and fines of $1 per day for Library of Things and ILL items, and $5 per day for museum passes and Wi-Fi access points, will remain. Visit for details.

Summer hours

The library is closed on Sundays in July and August. You can access the library catalog and other library services online at any time at

—Kristen Roberts


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