Friends of Bethlehem Public Library


Friends of Bethlehem Public Library supports cultural and educational programs for the community and assists the library with special projects and purchases not covered by traditional funding.

Be a Friend

Print and mail a copy of the Friends membership application (pdf) or make a special donation at any time. Thank you for your continuing support.

Join online

Membership Categories

Bus trips

Get involved

  • Serve on the Friends’ board of directors or volunteer at Friends-sponsored library events.
  • Contact Friends liaison Geoffrey Kirkpatrick at (518) 439-9314, ext. 3022, or any Friends board member.
  • Learn about advocacy for libraries.

Services to our community

  • Bus trips to New York City, Glimmerglass and other destinations
  • Museum passes for loan
  • A Little Sunday Music annual winter concert series
  • Writers and Friends author series past guests: Donald Westlake, Jeffery Deaver, Russell Banks, Susan Cheever, Julia Spencer-Fleming and others
  • Kids and Friends performance series
  • …and more!


The Friends board meets on the third Monday of every other month at 6:30 p.m. The annual meeting is held the third Monday in December at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.

2018 Board of Directors

President – Jeremy Johannesen

Vice-President – Polly Hartman

Treasurer – Elissa Zwiebach

Secretary – Mary Phillips

Friends of Bethlehem Public Library bylaws


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