At Your Library

At Your Library 05.11.23

Events at Castleton Public Library, 5/14-5/20

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: Dinosaur Crafts – Kit available for pick-up anytime through 5/27 – Are you a dinosaur fan? Make awesome dinosaur crafts at home with this kit!

CPL Board of Trustees Meeting – Mon., 5/15, 7:00pm – Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Cool Science: Straws and Tubes Engineering Challenge – Tue., 5/16, 3:00-5:00pm – Learn about engineering and construct something exciting using straws, toilet paper rolls, and tape! 

Pajama Storytime – Tue., 5/16, 6:00pm – Feel free to wear pajamas or bring a stuffed animal to this evening storytime! Ages birth to 8 years.

Afternoon Book Club: Seven Days in June by Tia Williams – Wed., 5/17, 1:00pm

Friends of CPL Meeting – Wed., 5/17, 5:30pm – Members of the public are welcome. 

Special Visitor Storytime: Plant a Seed – Thu., 5/18, 10:30am – An environmental educator from Schodack Island State Park will join us for this special storytime about how plants grow! Participants will plant a seed to take home and watch it grow!

Bridge Club – Fri., 5/19, 10:30am – Come play bridge with us! Geared toward beginners and players who need a refresher. 

Clay Mosaic Art – Sat., 5/20, 11:00am-3:00pm – Create a unique mosaic using clay and beads! All ages welcome.

North Greenbush Public Library Update

Crafternoons are happening in the Children’s Room every Thursday from 3-5 PM. Storytime for pre-schoolers, with songs, games, and a related craft, all based on a theme, is held in the Town Hall Annex on Tuesday mornings at 11 AM.

Mothers are special people, and we’re celebrating that with a Mother’s Day card-making station, with plenty of supplies for your children to create a one-of-kind hand-made card. Come to the Children’s Room on Friday, May 12, between 12 and 7 PM, or Saturday, May 13, between 10 AM and 2 PM.

We supply the Legos, you bring your imagination to our Lego Club on Monday, May 15,from 5:30-6:30 PM.

Our Tween Book Club (ages 10-12) will meet Saturday, May 20, at 12:30 PM, to discuss the graphic novel version of “I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912” by Lauren Tarshis. There will be a related craft and snacks.

Get on the road with the Upper Hudson Library Expedition, a self-guided tour of our 36 unique libraries, ongoing through July 31. Stop in to pick up your Expedition map and get your library adventure started!

Use Hooplas ‘Bonus Borrows’ this month to access audiobooks, eBooks, comics, and video titles without using your monthly borrows. More fun guaranteed!

Our Virtual Adult Book Club will discuss “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” by Oliver Sacks. We will Zoom on Tuesday, May 30, at 6:30 PM. Books are available at the Circulation Desk. Call for the meeting link.

Library hours are Monday-Friday, 10 AM to 7 PM, and Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM. Call 518-283-0303 for more information.

Sand Lake Town Library Board Meeting and Events

LEGO Tuesdays, 3:30 – 6pm. Drop in, bring a friend, build! We have lots of LEGOs to design with. See previous designs in the photo gallery section at

Storytime, Wednesdays at 11am. Learn early literacy skills through stories, rhymes and song, followed by a simple craft. 

SLTL Board of Trustees meets Thursday, May 18 at 6:45pm – approval of updates to policies on fines and circulation periods.

SLTL Friends Meeting, Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30pm.

Author Visit with Karen DeBonis to discuss her book “Growth: A Mother, Her Son, and the Brain Tumor They Survived” on Wednesday, May 24 at 6pm. 

SLTL will be closed Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29 for the Memorial Day weekend, but our digital offerings are always available.

New art display: wonderful landscape photos of near and far by Ron Greenberg through June 30. 

Join the 2023 Upper Hudson Library Expedition and become a #Library36er! Prizes available after visiting 6, 12, and 24 libraries; visit all 36 and get a “gold” library card! Runs through July 31. Info at or at your local library.

Museum passes are available for The Clark, MASS MoCA, Hancock Shaker Village, Norman Rockwell Museum, & the Albany Institute of History and Art.

Located at 8428 Miller Hill Road, Averill Park. Hours: M-TH 11 – 8; F 11 – 4; Sat 10 – 2. Call 518-674-5050 with questions.

Events at Troy Public Library 5/14 – 5/20

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.

Brick Builders – Mon, May 15, 3:30 p.m. (Lansingburgh) Join us for some lightly structured Lego fun; build off a theme or get creative! Legos provided. For ages 5+. Children under 8 must have a caregiver present at all times.

Healthy Tasty Snacks! Tues, May 16, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Lansingburgh) Participants will learn how to make quick meals and snacks. 

DIY Woven Coasters – Tues, May 16, 5:30 p.m. (Lansingburgh) Learn to weave using cardboard looms and make some adorable coasters! Impress your friends and family, or gift them to ones you love. All materials and instruction will be provided. RR

Tween/Teen Craft Night Tues, May 16, 6:00 p.m. (Main) Bring only yourself and your crafty mind as we make new crafts each month. Bring them home to show off! For youth ages 11-17.

Adult Movie Night – Wed, May 17, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Main) Join the library for our first Adult Movie Night, kindly sponsored by the Friends of the Library. We will be watching a movie starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano. Hint, it rhymes with the “Dig Stick” RR

Storytime Learn and Play – Thur., May 18, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. (Main) & Fri., May 19, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. (Lansingburgh) We will share stories, songs, movements and more! For children ages 0-5 with a caregiver. 

Seed Library Launch – Fri, May 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Lansingburgh) Join us on this day to see what seeds we have in store and get a few planted and ready to go in the ground at home.

Saturday Morning Yoga – Sat, May 20, 10:00 a.m. (Main) Join local yoga teacher Allison for a morning yoga workout. Class can be modified for all skill levels. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfy clothing.

Greenbush Historical Society Presents “Protection From Evil”

Please join the Greenbush Historical Society on Sunday, May 21, 2 PM, at the East Greenbush Community Library. Our speaker will be Walter Wheeler who will discuss the use of talismans throughout history—from ancient times to the present. Merriam-Webster defines talismans as “an object held as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune.” 

This can be an object that holds protective powers and all cultures have manifestations of such objects. Evidence of protective talismans have been found at early 17th century archaeological sites and existing buildings throughout the Hudson Valley. Wheeler’s talk will present examples of some of these practices, such as symbolic markings or carvings, foundation deposits, and horseshoes hung over doors, from 1625 to the present. 

The relationship to similar European practices will be covered. All GHS programs are free and open to the public but registration at the library is required. Please call 518-477-7476 to reserve a seat.

NCFL Presents Theatrical Reading of Scenes from Mrs. Greenthumbs Book

On May 21 at 3 pm, the North Chatham Free Library has a real treat in store for dedicated gardeners, especially those who enjoy humor mixed with good solid advice. Local, multitalented actor Sally McCarthy will offer a theatrical reading of scenes from the book “Mrs. Greenthumbs: How I Turned A Boring Yard Into A Glorious Garden And How You Can Too” by Cassandra Danz. This program is held in fond memory of Ms. Danz. She was a comedian who worked with Chicago’s famous Second City, later made her home in Hudson and became a bestselling garden writer. A skilled landscape designer herself, she saw with a wry eye the silly things people do to ruin their yards and gardens and is remembered for her personality and wit. 

Sally McCarthy has been active in many tri-state venues for several decades, most recently in “Invitation to a March” at the Ghent Playhouse, for which she was given great reviews. Many of us have laughed at her annual performances in PantoLoons at the Playhouse. Although she can dance, sing and be hilarious, Sally admits she did not inherit her own mother’s green thumbs. 

The program will take place outdoors in the library’s garden if weather permits, or in case of bad weather at the nearby North Chatham United Methodist Church. 

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of The Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered in Columbia County by CREATE Council on the Arts.

EG Community Library Programs

Open: Mon/Fri 10-6p; Tue/Wed/Thu 10-8p; Sat 10-5p; Sun 1-5p. We offer programs for adults, teens & kids. Register at or call 518-477-7476.  Location: 10 Community Way, E. Greenbush. The library will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday – Saturday 5/27, Sunday 5/28 & Monday 5/29.

Wednesdays, 7-9p: Wednesday Night Book Chat (WNBC). What have you been reading lately? Share your recent reads and gather recommendations from librarians and other readers. Look for our post:

5/14, 2p: An Injustice at Greenbush Cantonment, the Execution of Pvt Samuel Helms presented by EG Town Historian, Bobbie Reno. Register.

5/17, 11-1p: EGPD: Car Seat Check at the library. Appointments are recommended, contact EGPD at 518-479-2525.

5/18, 1p: 3rd Thursday Movie: Crazy Rich Asians. Register.

5/21, 2p: Historical Society: Protection from Evil presented by Wally Wheeler. Register.

5/23, 6p: Virtual Trivia! Join as an individual or team. Register.

Upcoming Programs at Poestenkill Library

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) will meet on Thursday, 5/11, at 6:00 PM. TAG’s mission is to expand and promote young adult services at Poestenkill Library through teen engagement, cooperation, and partnership. At this month’s meeting we’ll be talking about summer programming and new ideas! All interested teens are welcome to attend. No registration required. 

Drop-in to the library on Saturday, 5/13, between 10:00 and 1:00 to make a paper flower bouquet and/or a card for all the wonderful moms in your life. Participants can create their own design or follow the instructions at the craft station to create a bouquet like our example. No registration required.

Children and their guardians are invited to the library for stories and crafts every Friday at 10:15 am at Storytime with Ms. Erin. 

Teens and adults can plan for a relaxing evening of diamond painting on Wednesday, 5/24, at 6:00 PM! We’ll be making mandala design corner bookmarks. No experience required however, we have a limited number of supplies for this program so registration is required. Please call the library at 518-283-3721 to register.

In honor of National Senior Health and Fitness Day Maria Patrick, Certified Health Coach and Qi Gong Instructor from Core Four Health Coaching, will be leading a Qi Gong class at the library on Wednedsay, 5/31 at 6:00 PM. The class will consist of gentle warm-up moves, stretching exercises, deep breathing and flowing movements. The class is appropriate for all ages and all fitness levels. You may participate in the class either standing up or seated. No prior experience with Qi Gong is necessary. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing, and may want to bring a yoga mat or blanket/towel to stand on and a water bottle. Registration is required for this program. Please call the library at 518-283-3721 to sign up.

You can visit our online calendar at for more details on these or any of our upcoming programming and events.

Poestenkill Library/Clement Scholarship

The Poestenkill Library/Clement Scholarship of $1000 is available again this year for a 2023 high school graduate who is attending a two or four-year college in the Fall. 

The student is asked to write a 500-word essay expressing their love of reading and mail it to the library at 9 Plank Rd Poestenkill, NY 12140, email it to or bring it directly to the library. 

The deadline is 6/16/23. The candidate must be a Poestenkill resident but can attend any high school or be home schooled. Please put all pertinent information – name, address, phone #, and name of college on a separate sheet of paper so the winner can be picked solely on the content of the essay.

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