At Your Library

At Your Library 03.04.21

East Greenbush Community Library Services & Programs

EAST GREENBUSH – Please Vote EG Library for “Best of Rest/Best Library” at Voting closes on 3/4.

Hours: Mon, 11-2pm for Returns only; Tue/Thu/Fri 11-6pm; Wed 11-7 pm; Sat 10-4pm; Building closed Sundays; Virtual library is always open! To minimize wait time, please limit the number of visitors to 1-2 family members per household. Information is subject to change, for updates call 518-477-7476 or visit Visitors are required to wear a mask, covering both mouth and nose, at all times when in the library or using our drive thru.

To learn more about programs or to register go to:

Upcoming Programs (registration is required unless noted):

3/5: Winter Reading Challenge ends, prize winners will be contacted after 3/5.

3/8: Monday Night Book Chat, 7p, our Facebook page (no registration)

3/9: Virtual Storytime, 10a

3/15: Pen to Pandemic Short Story Contest submission deadline; Monday Book Discussions: 10a or 7p; Monday Night Book Chat, 7p, our Facebook page (no registration)

3/16: Virtual Storytime, 10a

3/17: Trivia for Adults (via Zoom): Multi-Category, 7p

3/22: Crafts & Conversation, 11a; Monday Night Book Chat, 7p, our Facebook page (no registration)

Visit kids blog “Check It Out with Charlie” at Readers Advisory Services and Kids Book Bundles Fill out the online form with your preferences, we’ll select books to match and put them on hold for you! You can also call 518-477-7476 for help.

Borrow Laptops and hotspots! Kids tablets, movies-on-the-go, and audiobooks from Playaway. No car stereo or DVD player required.

Free Webinars, Articles, Workshops & Resources with topics in technology (for beginners to advanced, go to, business, career skills, education, and more at

North Greenbush Public Library Update

NORTH GREENBUSH – Life continues to get better. The North Greenbush Public Library found what most of us only dream about, additional hours to stay up and open, making your trip to the library a lot easier. We’ve added hours for making in-person appointments and Grab ‘N’ Go. Starting immediately, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday hours are now 10 AM to 3 PM; Tuesday and Thursday are 2 PM to 7 PM. Saturday remains the same, 10 AM to 2 PM.

A little Irish in each of us? Let’s celebrate with a St. Patrick’s Day theme take-home story-time kit, for ages 3 to 7. Each kit contains one free book, a book-themed craft, and a list of songs and activities for caregivers to try. Call the library to request one and pick-up using Grab ’N’ Go before the leprechauns do.

There’s still time to request ”The Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, the novel to be discussed at our upcoming virtual book club on March 23 at 6:30 PM. Kline captures the harsh conditions under which the 200,000 children transported from the eastern states to the midwest between 1854 to 1929 lived. Call the library at 518-283-0303 to reserve a copy and obtain the zoom meeting link.

Please remember to wear a mask for both appointments and Grab ‘N’ Go

Services & Events at Castleton Public Library, 3/7-3/13

CASTLETON – CPL is located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY. All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Castleton Public Library is open for walk-in service with limited capacity & services. Check or call for current info. We also offer curbside pick-up!


Cool Science at Home: Salt Crystals – Pick up kit any time from 3/1-4/3 – In this month’s science exploration, make salt crystals & learn about the crystallization process!

Take & Make Crafts: Food Fun – Pick up kit any time from 3/1-4/3 – Make a variety of fun, food-themed crafts – just don’t try to eat them!

Teen Time Kit: Candy Sushi – Pick up kit any time from 3/1-4/3 – For teens in 6th-12th grades only. Create delicious candy sushi at home! Pick up a kit & then watch a video to learn how to make it!

Share-a-Joke Challenge – Submit your videos from 3/1 through 3/29 to enter to win a prize! – Tell us a joke! Send a brief video of you telling a favorite joke to and you’ll be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate (3 winners drawn randomly!). For all ages. The deadline to send videos is 3/29. We’ll post a video showcasing all of the submissions on our YouTube channel on 4/2.

Coffee & Conversation – Tue., 3/9, 1:00pm – Grab coffee or tea (or lunch!) and join us for light, friendly discussion. For adults. Email for Zoom connection information.

Virtual Storytime with Miss Joelle – Wed, 3/10 – Join Miss Joelle for a story & rhymes/songs at home! We post a new video every Wednesday. Full playlist:

Friends of CPL Bottle & Can Drive – This fundraiser is ongoing! – Take your returnable bottles & cans to 6 Center Redemption, 550 South St., Rensselaer, NY 12144 & let them know you’d like to donate to the Friends of CPL.

Do You Like Green Eggs and Ham?

SAND LAKE – How about Fox in Socks? Maybe you love the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Or the one that started it all…The Cat in the Hat? Let your voice be heard this month at the Sand Lake Town Library! For a minimum donation of $2, you will receive a paper hat from The Cat in the Hat to vote for your favorite Dr. Seuss book. Simply write your name and contact info on the back to be entered to win a basket full of Dr. Seuss fun or a framed picture by former local artist Arlene Shulman. Oh, The Places You’ll Go with the Sand Lake Town Library Friends! Contact or visit to join this vibrant group of people dedicated to helping our community library.

Attention Local Authors! Enter Our Short Story Competition “Pen to Pandemic”

East Greenbush – At the East Greenbush Community Library, we love our local authors! In support of our home-grown talent, the Library, in partnership with the Town of East Greenbush and the Hart Cluett Museum, is hosting a short story competition. The theme is “Pen to Pandemic.” This work of fiction will be set in Rensselaer County during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any genre is welcome. The word count must be between 1500 to 2000 words. The contest is open to adults 18+ who reside in Rensselaer County. Participants must provide a name for their story when registering for the contest. All stories must be previously unpublished, original stories. Registration begins online January 15th at Submissions must be received by March 15, 2021 (.doc or .pdf format). See for more information. For questions, contact Jody Squadere, Adult Services Librarian at 518-477-7476 ext, 107.

Stories will be judged anonymously by a joint committee. The judges are Roberta (Bobbie) Reno, East Greenbush Town Historian, Kathy T. Sheehan, County & City Historian at the Hart Cluett Museum, and Frankie Y. Bailey, Professor at the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany (SUNY) and published author. Fifty (50) entries will be accepted. One entry per person. Two winners will be chosen (one from each age group; 18-49 and 50+). Winners will be notified by May 1, 2021. The Library will host a public reading for the winners to read their stories and publish their work.

Troy and the Draft Riots of 1863 – Local History Lecture

TROY – On Tuesday, March 16th at 6:30PM, Michael Barrett, Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway will discuss Troy and the Draft Riots of 1863 for the Troy Public Library.

While the city of Troy was a bustling industrial center during the

Civil War period, the lives of her workers reflected the same social, financial and emotional upheaval that had torn the nation apart. Local economic and political disparity had led to the early and successful organization of labor, and related political affiliations. These factors were compounded by the enactment of the first military conscription act in American history, which included provisions that many considered to be onerously weighted against the laboring class. This turmoil led to what has been called the second most destructive draft riot in the nation, necessitating some rather unusual governmental responses. This slide-illustrated lecture is a true story about the people and events that don’t always make it into the history books.

This program will be conducted via zoom. Please register using your email address, in order to receive a link to the presentation. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is necessary. For more information and to register call the library at 274-7071 or online at

Sisters in Crime, Upper Hudson Chapter –  The East Greenbush Community Library and The Albany Public Library Present Murderous March 2021 

ALBANY/EAST GREENBUSH – With Guest of Honor Sujata Massey – Winner of the 2019 Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award and Special Guest Alison Gaylin – Winner of the 2019 Edgar© for Best Paperback Original.

The Mavens of Mayhem will be joined by authors from New York City, Western New York, and New England. Free Virtual Conference – March 19th and 20th 

 For more information and to register:

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