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.

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Bus trips

  • Visit NYC with Friends this December 7. This trip is now full.

Supporting summer reading!

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.

Sign up for email notifications

You can receive email notifications of the Friends’ programs, book sales and other events.
Click here to sign up.

Help the Friends and the Storch family support new technology

Joe and Naomi Storch founded the Krakower-Storch Family Technology Fund with a lump-sum donation of $1,000, and pledged to match up to $1,000 of other donations to the fund each year for five years. The money is used to purchase items for the library’s collection that use technology to inform, educate or entertain.

The fund was established in honor of Naomi and Joe’s parents, Judith and Stephen Krakower, Genie Storch, and Sam Storch, and their grandparents, the late Nathan and Rita Romm, the late Israel and Betty Tenenbaum, the late Minnie and Eliot Storch, Richard and Eleanor Krakower, and Sonya Rose.

Click the button below to donate.

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.

This year’s annual meeting will be Monday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Friends members can vote on the agenda items, which will include a revision of the bylaws (click here to view a draft of the revisions) and a vote on the slate of candidates for the Board of Directors.

If you have comments on the bylaws or are interested in being on the Board of Directors, please contact Mary Phillips ( by December 5.

The meeting will begin with a pot luck dinner at 6 p.m. If you would like to attend, please let Mary Phillips ( know by December 11, so the Friends can better plan for dinner.

2019 Board of Directors

President – Jeremy Johannesen

Vice-President – Polly Hartman

Treasurer – Richard Naylor

Secretary – Mary Phillips

Directors – Barbara Kling, Elissa Zweibach, Mike Levin, Marsha Levin and Lee Younge

Friends of Bethlehem Public Library bylaws

Friends of Bethlehem Public Library bylaws DRAFT REVISION


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