At Your Library

At Your Library 05.13.21

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

Guided Meditation at The Troy Public Library

TROY – The Troy Public Library will offer Meditation Classes on Wednesdays through June 30th at 6:30PM.

Learn a surprisingly simple yet powerful practice that can help you reduce stress, get recharged, and possibly get you “blissed-out” while seated comfortably in a chair. Led by Stress Management Coach Michael Fuselli, with over 35 years of meditation teaching and practice experience. Beginners are always welcome. Registration is required. This program will be presented using Zoom. Joining the presentation will require the installation of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device. Please register by calling 518-274-7071, online at or by stopping at the information desk.

This program is free and open to the public. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, New York.

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.

The Friends of the Rensselaer Library Meeting

RENSSELAER – The friends will meet on Thursday May 20th at 6pm for our regular meeting.  All friends are encouraged to attend. If you would like to become a member call Judy Brophy at 518-258-9837.

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.

Troy’s Tiffany Treasures

TROY – On Wednesday, May 26th at 6:30PM, P. Thomas Carroll, a graduate of Caltech and the University of Pennsylvania, and former Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway from 1997 to 2013, and the Executive Director of RiverSpark, New York State’s First Heritage Area, from 2002 to 2013, and now the Gateway’s “Senior Scholar” will be presenting his program “Troy’s Tiffany Treasures” for The Troy Public Library

Before he retired many years ago, noted Tiffany window restorer Bill Cummings named Troy the “Mother Load of Tiffany Windows in the World.” It has been argued that Troy may have more Tiffany windows per square mile in its downtown than any other place in the world. Whether or not that is true, there is no question that Troy’s Tiffany treasures are both stunning and internationally significant. Among other things, they include some very early Tiffany windows at Oakwood Cemetery, the first major all-landscape Tiffany window ever installed in a church, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a famed specially-commissioned Tiffany window at the Troy Public Library, an extremely rare all-Tiffany interior at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and over forty Tiffany windows in a single building at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. This lecture will give a brief biography of Louis Comfort Tiffany, trace the history of his stained glass business, review his legendary techniques for making stained glass, and then take a visual tour of the Tiffany treasures here in Troy. It will end with a discussion of a major discovery, not too long ago, about the source of the design for the famous Aldus Tiffany window at the Troy Public Library.

This program will be presented using Zoom. Joining the presentation will require the installation of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device. For more information call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at

Adult Evening Book Group Meeting

TROY – The Troy Public Library’s Evening Book Group will be discussing Zadie Smith’s Grand Union: Stories on Monday, June 7th at 6:30 PM.

Our monthly book group meets to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed. Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you! This meeting will be conducted via Zoom.

This discussion is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

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.

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

5/14: Virtual Anime Club (graded 6-12), 3:30 pm

5/17: Monday Book Discussions (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.

5/24: Monday Night Book Chat, 7pm (on our Facebook channel) no registration required.

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 and

North Greenbush Public Library Update

NORTH GREENBUSH – Too many idle hands at home? Get busy and help us clear out the library’s craft closet-request one of our craft kits! Pick up using Grab ‘N’ Go.

Spring is more than flowers and birds-think Bugs! Our May storytime kit theme-Bugs-comes with a book, an activity sheet, and a simple craft, designed for preschoolers, all for the keeping.

Our May Virtual Book Club, Monday, May 24, will be discussing Tara Westover’s memoir “Educated”, an account of her upbringing in a Mormon survivalist home in rural Idaho. The meeting will be held via Zoom at 6:30 pm. Call the library to have a copy set aside for you and to request the link.

Hours for both in-person appointments and Grab ‘N’ Go remain 10 AM to 3 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 2 to 7 PM on Tuesday and Thursday; Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM. Call the library at 518-283-0303. Patrons are required to wear masks for both appointments and Grab ‘N’ Go.

Services & Events at Castleton Public Library, 5/16-5/22

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

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


CPL Board of Trustees Meeting – Mon., 5/17, 7:00pm – May meeting of CPL’s Board. Open to the public. Email for Zoom connection info. 

Virtual Storytime with Miss Joelle – Wed., 5/19 – Join Miss Joelle for a story & rhymes/songs at home! New video posted every Wednesday. Full storytime series playlist:

Afternoon Book Club: The Night Tiger – Wed., 5/19, 1:00pm – Join us for an outdoor book discussion for adults! We’ll discuss The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. Books available for checkout at the library. Masks required. Register by 5/18 (the day prior) by email to or call 518-732-0879. 

Friends of CPL Meeting – Wed., 5/19, 7:00pm – Want to help raise funds for the library? Join the Friends of CPL! Email for Zoom connection info.

Storytime on the Lawn – Thu., 5/20, 11:00am – Join Miss Joelle for an outdoor storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Bring a blanket to sit on. Masks required for all participants age 2 and up.

Cool Science: Music – Kit available for pick-up through 5/29 – Make two types of musical instruments and learn the science behind sound!

Take & Make Crafts: Flower Crafts – Kit available for pick-up through 5/29 – Make flower-themed crafts to enjoy or give away!

Teen Time: Candy Sushi – Kit available for pick-up through 5/29 – For teens in 6th-12th grades only. Can you complete these tasks in one minute? Succeed and earn a prize!

Sand Lake Town Library News

SAND LAKE – Have you recently upgraded to Windows 10? Join trainer Nate Heyer for Intro to Windows 10 on May 27, 7pm and learn how to get the most out of it – customize your start menu & desktop, access settings and install apps. Bonus: learn how to stream videos and download digital library content for free using the Overdrive app. This and Polling, Quizzing, Signups & More with Google Forms on June 10, 7pm are the last two online sessions offered in partnership with Upper Hudson Library System. 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.

Wi-fi hot spots are available for 14-day loan. Hotspots allow you to connect your mobile enabled devices (laptop, smartphones, etc.) to the Internet. They are portable so you can connect your device almost wherever you go. Pick-up and drop-off at Sand lake Town Library only – these cannot be requested.

Congratulations to N. Patton, S. Maloney, A. Erickson, and J. Minotti on having their names drawn by the SLTL Friends to win a basket full of Dr. Seuss fun or a framed picture by artist Arlene Shulman.

We have expanded hours to 8pm on T – W – Th. So our current hours are: M & F 11 – 3, T-W-Th 11 – 8, Sat. 10- 2; computers are limited, so please call for an appointment if you wish to use one. Occupancy limits are still in place with a time limit of 1 hour. Located at 8428 Miller Hill Road.

Brunswick Community Library Events

BRUNSWICK – No contact pick up and the small book sale are on going in our shed.

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

5/17-22 Caterpillar Straw Races

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

Upcoming events include Garden Day on June 5th and Civil War Living History Event on July 10th 2021. For more information please visit our website @

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