At Your Library

At Your Library 05.06.21

The Book Seller Extended Hours

TROY – The Book Seller will now be open on Saturdays from 10 to 4 at the Lansingburgh Library. We offer gently used books of all types, plus CDs. and a “new” collection of lite reading and romance novels.

The Book Seller is a project of the Friends of the Troy Public Library. All proceeds go to programs and materials at the library. Plus we underwrite infrastructure improvements, both at Main and the Lansingburgh Branch. For more info go to or follow us on Facebook at

Stunning Succulents

TROY – Master Gardener and Interior Designer Denise Maurer will be presenting a workshop entitled Stunning Succulents on Monday, May 10th at 6:30PM, for the Troy Public Library.

You’ve got to love succulents. Give them plenty of sun, and water occasionally, and they will reward you with show stopping textures, colors and offspring. Learn how easy it is to incorporate them into your home- and landscapes. Buying and growing tips will be included along with plenty of inspiration to create succulent dish gardens and vertical mosaics.

This program will be conducted via zoom. Please register using your email address so that we can send you a link to the presentation. This program is free and open to the public. Please register online at or by calling (518)274-7071.

Jigsaw Puzzle Sale to Benefit Poestenkill Library

POESTENKILL – The Friends of the Poestenkill Library are having another huge jigsaw puzzle sale to re-stock your collection! We will offer many dozens of good condition used puzzles, on the lawn of the Poestenkill Library, on Saturday, May 15 (rain date Sunday, May 16). Hours are 9 – noon. The library is at 9 Plank Road, Poestenkill 12140. Proceeds benefit the Library. Masks and social distancing will be required to protect against coronavirus. Please be prepared to wait in line to approach the tables of puzzles if there is a crowd. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Prices are $5 for 1000-piece puzzles and $3 for fewer than 1000 pieces. Our inventory has grown steadily since our last sale in the fall, so come to choose from great brand name puzzles like White Mountain, Wysocki, and Hometown. For more information contact Marcia at 518 283 5353.

Understanding Shakespeare – Othello

TROY – Join the Troy Public Library on Thursdays, May 20th – June 17th from 6:30PM – 7:30PM for our Understanding Shakespeare workshop.

This will be a five-session program on how to understand Shakespeare’s plays. We will start our discussion with Act 1 of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello.” Then in the following four weeks we will discuss the play one act at a time. This program will allow the participants to put the play in a variety of contexts, such as its relationship to his other works and to the modern existential world. Tom Bulger, Shakespeare Scholar and retired professor from Siena College will lead this workshop.

Please have Act One read for the May 20th discussion.

This program is free and open to the public. This program will be conducted using Zoom. Registration is necessary. For more information and to register, call the library at 274-7071 or online at The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

Sand Lake Town Library Appreciates its Volunteers!

SAND LAKE – “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” (Sherry Anderson). The Sand Lake Town Library wants to recognize its priceless volunteers who range in age from their teens to their 70’s. Reliable, resilient and resourceful is how our town librarian describes them. When you request a book from the library, it is often these volunteers who find it for you. Besides this, they work making the garden planters welcoming and attractive, help with the summer library fair and summer book programs, and even teach classes, such as knitting. If you see one of these priceless people at the market or the library, you might want to join us, the Board of Sand Lake Town Library Trustees, in thanking them. Thanks to Alex Gaboury, Joan Gross, Art Mardon, Pat Mulligan, Meegan Sweet, and Eileen Van Oort!

Sand Lake Town Library News

SAND LAKE – There are still opportunities to participate in our Upper Hudson Library System’s online tech series. Trainer Nate Heyer will lead Introduction to Microsoft Excel on Thursday, May 13 at 7pm. Learn how to navigate the Excel interface, enter and format data, perform simple calculations, and create tables to sort data in this beginner’s class. Intro to Windows 10 will be on May 27, 7pm and Polling, Quizzing, Signups & More with Google Forms on June 10, 7pm. Sessions will be held online via GoToMeeting. See our website ( for details and the registration link.

Is your community organization or non-profit having an event? Send us the details ( and we’ll add it to the Community Calendar hosted on the Sand Lake Town Library website.

Also, we have wi-fi hot spots available for 14-day loan. Wi-fi hotspots allow you to connect your mobile enabled devices (laptop, smartphones, tablets,) to the Internet. The hotspot is portable so you can connect your device almost wherever you go – home, the park, in the car, etc. Pick-up and drop-off at Sand lake Town Library only – these cannot be requested.

Current hours: M-W-F 11 – 3, T-Th 11 – 6, Sat. 10- 2; computers are limited, so please call for an appointment if you wish to use one. Located at 8428 Miller Hill Road.

Brunswick Community Library Events

BRUNSWICK – Lifting appointments and switching to a head count beginning Monday, May 3. No contact pick up in our shed is on going.

Take home STEAM kits are offered daily as supplies last with a new kit each week.

5/3-8 Grow Marigolds (for Mom)

5/10-15 Coffee Filter Butterfly

5/17-22 Caterpillar Straw Races

5/24-29 Edible DNA (nonedible option available)

Library Community Helps Sews Quilt Blankets for Kids in Need

EAST GREENBUSH – When library patron, Syma Lapides, reached out to the East Greenbush Community Library to suggest participation in Project Linus we couldn’t anticipate how strongly our community would respond to this effort. It was overwhelming! Over 40 registrants picked up their kits of precut fabric and instructions to sew individual blocks. We received enough blocks to create 6 or 7 quilts. Some sewers came back with enough to make at least 2 child-size quilts. We even received a finished quilt and a full quilt top. Library staff, Jody Squadere and Marcia Rossetti, used their artistic skills to create beautiful designs by arranging the blocks for the quilts. In March 2021, Syma Lapides, patron and Project Linus volunteer began assembling the first of many quilts from the completed blocks received. Library Board Treasurer, Lynne Oudekerk, volunteered her skills by creating a crib-sized quilt top. Four quilts will be on display at the library in September. Almost all participants expressed interest in volunteering directly with the local chapter of Project Linus. Many were so appreciative to have the opportunity to help as this one grandmother of three explains. “Thank you for the opportunity to help. It was a great teaching tool to teach my 3 grandchildren (ages 13, 9 and 3) about community service, math, and empathy.” The first mission of Project Linus is to “Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Learn more at Jody Squadere exemplifies the library’s connection to the community, “we hope that these quilts will bring warmth, comfort, and maybe even delight to the children who receive them. Our intention is for each quilt, created by many hands to be a loving community embrace.” Go to for library events & activities.

East Greenbush Community Library

EAST GREENBUSH – Open Hours: Mon, 9-4 pm; Tue/Thu/Fri 10-6pm; Wed 10-7 pm; Sat 10-4pm; Building closed Sundays; Virtual library is always open! Get updates at 518-477-7476 or Masks & social distancing required. Please keep visits brief. Closed 5/30 & 5/31 for Memorial Day.

Friends Raffle Basket Fundraiser: Beekman 1802 products. $1/ticket on sale now. Drawing is 5/7.

Registration is required for all programs unless noted otherwise. Register at

5/7: *New Series* Armchair Traveller Virtual Presentation: NY State Museum presents an in-depth examination of Thomas Hart Benton Murals, 1 pm

5/10: Monday Night Book Chat; 7 pm on library Facebook channel (no registration required)

5/11: Virtual Morning Yoga with Lisa, 9 am; Virtual Storytime, 10am

5/12: Virtual Trivia, 7 pm

5/15: Seedling Tunes & Tales (age 4+), 11 am on library patio

5/17: Monday Book Discussion (features a different book for each session), 10 am or 7 pm

5/18: Virtual Storytime, 10am

5/20: Hands-On Virtual Cooking Class “All-Star” Picnic themed foods with Felisha Chandler from CCE, 6:30 pm

5/22: Friends Grab-A-Bag/Grab-N-Go Book Sale, 11-1 pm at the library shed.

5/25: Virtual Storytime, 10am

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 at ( &

Nassau Free Library News

NASSAU – The Nassau Free Library will be open to the public Monday-Friday, 12pm-6pm.  Appointments are no longer necessary for entrance into the library.   Parking Lot Pickup service will still be available by calling the library when you get to the parking lot.  We are open Saturdays 10am-12pm for pickup only.  Masks are required inside the building. 

Acoustic Open Mic  “Outdoor Edition”  

Sat.  May 15, 2021, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Calling all Musicians, Poets, Raconteurs, and Comedians! Welcoming you back to Rensselaer County’s most eclectic Open Mic!

RSVP the open mic host @:

Enjoy our wonderful music program outdoors in the library parking lot. 

Advance sign-up is preferred for performers and audience; due to COVID 19, attendance is limited and walk-ins may be turned away.  Sign up for walk-in performers begins at 12:30 pm.  Performers should be prepared for a 15-20 minute set.  Masks are required and NYS social distancing rules are expected to be followed by performers and audience.  The minimum performance age is 12.  Please bring your own chair. Refreshments will not be available but feel free to bring your own picnic lunch.  Microphones and PA are provided for voice and acoustic instruments. PA and mics were donated by the Friends of the Nassau Free Library. *Rain date:  Sun. May 16, 2021  1:00pm  – 4:00 pm*

Outdoor Yoga at Village Commons Park- Sunday May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13  at 11am: Enjoy the benefits of Yoga for health, mind, body, and spirit.  Space is limited so please sign up for every class you would like to attend.  $5/class suggested donation. Bring a yoga mat if you have one.  Classes will take place in the Village Gazebo. Village Commons Park is located at 8 John St. in Nassau NY. RSVP the library at (518)766-2715 or email

The Nassau Free Library is located at 18 Church St. in Nassau, NY 12123.

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