At Your Library

At Your Library 03.09.23

Compost is Black Gold

On March 15 from 10-11 AM, join Master Gardener Kathryn Schneider at the North Chatham Free Library as she covers the biochemistry of composting, what to put in the mix, types of bins, and how to avoid problems. Learn how to generate compost from kitchen scraps and yard waste and manage the process to yield piles of valuable material. Email to register. 

This presentation is provided by the Library’s Live & Learn Committee and is supported in part by the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, and the Bank of Green County Charitable Foundation. The Library is at 4287 Route 203, North Chatham.

Finding Fire Teen and Adult Program by local author Logan S. Kline

Logan S. Kline, local author and illustrator of “Finding Fire” is excited to present his award-winning picture book to teens and adults interested in the process of making a children’s picture book at the Sand Lake Town Library on March 30 at 6:00 PM. 

As Logan presents the process of making “Finding Fire,” he will share his original illustrations, dummy books, publisher’s proofs, and more. Character design, the importance of page turn, and the challenges of the revision process will also be explored. For more information, contact the library at 518-674-5050 or email Jill Rembetski at Sponsored by the SLTL Friends.

S-a-v-e the Date

On Friday, March 31st at 7:00pm, the Friends of the Sand Lake Library will hold a Spelling Bee at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts. Teens and adults can participate in teams of 2 people. 

We are challenging local businesses, community workers, politicians and other organizations to send at least one team to our Sand Lake Spelling Bee! Sign ups will be online and in-person at the library this month. Winners will go on to compete at the Upper Hudson Spell-Off on April 30th. Email with questions.

Nassau Free Library Programs

Please call the library to register for programs. (518)766-2715 or email

Thursdays in March at 6 pm: Beginner Yoga

Tuesday, 3/14 6 pm: Pi Day! Pie Baking Contest- Help us celebrate Pi day by entering our pie-baking contest! Adults and teens are invited to bring their best pies and taste all the contest pies as well. The winner of the contest will get bragging rights, plus a gift card! 

Wednesday 3/15 10-11 am: Bring Your Own Device Event- Do you need help with using your digital device? Drop into the Nassau Free Library with your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to get help from Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Digital Literacy Educator, Delia Hubbard. Delia is available on a first-come-first-served basis and will be happy to help with logging in, finding your files, basic skills, or just getting to know your devices.

Friday, 3/17 6 pm: Open Mic Night- Open Mic has been a monthly hit for 4 years now! Join us for Open Mic night where we invite local performance artists of all kinds to gather and share their art at the Library. Sign-up for walk-in performers begins at 5:45 pm. Performers should be prepared for a 10-15-minute set. 

Tuesday, 3/21 6 pm Craft Night: Beginner Embroidery- Have you ever wanted to learn embroidery? You can! Lynn Kane will be here to show you how. (Program is for Teens and Adults). 

Tuesday, 3/28 4 pm Nassau Free Library Book Club- New members welcome! 

Tuesday, 3/28 6 pm Lego Club

Tuesday, 3/28 6 pm Knitting Night! Do you knit? Or maybe you have always wanted to learn? Join us for a fun and casual way to relax. Bring an already-started project or start a new one! 

Thursday, 4/6 6 pm Master Gardeners: Planting a Meadow- Dreaming of warm weather and gardening? Gardens start with a dream, but planning is key! Local Master Gardeners Bob and Marie Weiboldt will give us their gardening insights on how to get started!

North Greenbush Public Library Update

March brings the vernal equinox, the Sugar Moon and the return of Daylight Saving Time! And at the library, it means ‘Bring Your Own Device Help:’ Delia Hubbard, the Digital Educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, will be here on Wednesday, March 15 from 1 to 2 PM to get us past the digital divide with your devices. Call the library to reserve a 15-minute appointment, or just drop in!

Get ready for a day of the green! We’ll be on a St Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt searching for shamrocks between 10 AM and 7 PM on Friday, March 17. A wee prize for a wee one!

No hammers needed! Bring your little builder to the library to build with our LEGO, Monday, March 20 from 5:30-6:30 PM. Bring your imagination, we supply the LEGO.

Tuesday Pre-school Storytime and Thursday Crafternoons continue! Storytime is held in the North Greenbush Town Hall Annex at 11 AM, with songs, games, and a related craft. Thursday Crafternoons in the Children’s Room, between 3 and 5 PM, feature crafts based on book characters.

Humor, romance, a touch of suspense- and love! Pick up a copy of “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry ‘ by Gabrielle Zevin at the circulation desk, the March choice of our Virtual Book Club, slated for discussion on March 28, via zoom.

We are open Monday-Friday, 10 AM to 7 PM, and Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM. Call us at 518-283-0303.

Events at Castleton Public Library, 3/12 – 3/18

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

Events & Take-Home Kit:

Take & Make Craft: Crafting Bonanza! – Pick up anytime now through Saturday, 4/1 – Get creative and make unique art with a variety of craft materials. 

Pajama Storytime – Tues., 3/14, 6:00pm – Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to this evening storytime! For ages birth to 8 years.

Afternoon Book Club – Weds., 3/15, 1:00pm – Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. Books available at the front desk. 

Cool Science: Cold Air Balloon – Weds., 3/15, 3:00 – 5:00pm – Learn about endothermic chemical reactions as we blow up a balloon using baking soda and vinegar! 

Friends of CPL Meeting – Weds., 3/15, 5:30pm – Want to help support and raise funds for CPL? Come join the Friends! All are welcome. 

Special Visitor Storytime: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Thurs., 3/16, 10:30am – An environmental educator from Schodack Island State Park will join us for this special storytime all about being green. 

Potato Stamps – Fri., 3/17, 11:00am – 2:00pm – Learn about the basics of printmaking by designing and carving your own stamp with this easy-to-find root vegetable. All ages welcome. 

Friends of CPL Breakfast Fundraiser – Sat., 3/18, 9:00 – 11:00am – Location: Rens. Elks Lodge 2073, 683 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY 12061. Enjoy breakfast while you help benefit the library! Cost is $11.00 for a full breakfast of 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, home friends, pancakes, toast, and a beverage.

Strange History at Rensselaer Public Library

Thursday, March 23 at 6 PM. Strange History from along the Erie Canal with Schoharie Crossing. 

Explore the intriguing stories that feature murder, mayhem, arson, accidents and more in the history of the Erie Canal and Fort Hunter. For adults, families welcome. Please call the Rensselaer Public Library at 462-1193 to sign up. The Library is located at 676 East Street in Rensselaer, near the train station.

Berkshire Sampler with Author Kevin O’Hara

To honor St. Patrick’s Day, author Kevin O’Hara will present “A Berkshire Sampler,” reading selected short stories at the North Chatham Free Library on Sunday, March 19 at 3 pm. 

A lively Q&A with the audience will follow the reading. The library is located at 4287 Route 203, North Chatham. Registration is required. Email:

Events at Troy Public Library 3/12 – 3/17

Troy Public Library (Main) is located at 100 2nd Street, Troy, NY. The Lansingburgh Branch is located at 27 114th Street, Troy, NY. All events are free and open to the public. Registration may be required and is designated with an “RR.” Call (518) 274-7071 with any questions or to register.

Chair Yoga – Mon, Mar 13, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Lansingburgh) Join us every Monday for Chair Yoga, performed using a chair for balance and support. Focus will be on yogic breath work and relaxation. Please wear loose/comfortable clothing and bring your yoga mat (because it gives participants more traction). RR

Family Game night – Mon., Mar 13, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Main) Come to family game night in the Young People’s Room. Play our board games or bring your own!

Adult Craft Monday: Woolen Air Diffusers – Mon, Mar 13, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Main) Join the library for an all-natural woolen diffuser workshop. Participants will create adorable diffusers for home or car out of felt wool balls. The diffusers are finished with a decorative clothespin and a cute tassel and then infused with essential oils of choice. All materials will be provided. RR

Healthy Tasty Snacks – Tues, Mar 14, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Lansingburgh) SNAP-Ed NY in collaboration with The Food as Medicine Program will be offering a series of nutrition education workshops. Participants will learn how to make quick meals and snacks. There will be recipe demonstrations using in-season produce, and suggestions on ways to eat healthy on a budget.

Bring your Own Device Tech Help – Thurs, Mar 16, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Lansingburgh) Drop in with your laptop, tablet, or smart phone to get help from Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Digital Literacy Educator, Delia Hubbard. 

Friday Knit & Crochet – Fri, Mar 17, 10:00 – 11:00 p.m. (Main) Join the library for a bi-weekly stitching group. Whether you have experience knitting or crocheting or you want to start learning a new skill, this group is for you!

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