At Your Library

At Your Library 05.18.23

Nassau Free Library Programs

Open Mic Night: Friday, May 19, 6pm- A Nassau Free Library tradition! Share your talents or be part of the audience! If you’d like to perform a 10-15 set contact the library. (518) 766-2715

Nassau Free Library Birding Walk: Monday, May 22, 9 am Ooms Conservation Area- Are you interested in birds or birdwatching? Suzanne Cardinal, (Bird Biologist and Teen Specialist at the Nassau Free Library) will meet us at Ooms Conservation Area in the main parking lot. During this program, we will walk on the trail around the pond to view some birds. Participants are encouraged to wear waterproof boots or shoes, and bring binoculars and a birding field guide, or a smart device with a field guide installed. For more information or to register, please contact the library at (518)766-2715 or email Registration is required. Ooms is located at 480 Rock City Road, Chatham NY 12037.

Nassau Free Library Book Club: Tuesday, May 23, 6pm Reading: The Other Side of the Coin by Angela Kelly. New members welcome! 

LEGO Club Tuesday, May 30, 6pm- Children of all ages join together to create and play, using the library’s large collection of LEGOS.

Knitting Night! Tuesday, May 30 6pm- 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! 

Kitchen Herbs-Myth, Magic, Folklore & Uses Program: Thursday, June 1, 6pm- We’ll also go over how to grow these low-maintenance herbs, how to use them, and simple recipes for your own health and wellness. The speaker will be Janis Fallon, one of Rensselaer County’s Master Gardeners. RSVP

International Potluck Club: Spain- Tuesday, June 6, 6 pm This time we are heading to Spain! Bring a dish to share inspired by Spanish cuisine, and enjoy meeting new and old friends, all the while enjoying music and the sights of Spain. RSVP.

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. 

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 circulation periods and fines.

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. Can a woman who never learned to stand up for herself find the courage to speak up for her son?

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

On 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.

Check the Community Calendar at for events around town. Submit non-profit community events to with the subject “calendar.”

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 or to register for programs.

North Chatham Free Library (NCFL) Announces “A Wine Tasting for the Season” Event

Explore, taste, and savor a sampling of wines at this special fund-raiser to support the North Chatham Free Library and hosted by North Chatham resident, sommelier, and world acclaimed wine expert Daniel Johnnes on Saturday, June 3 from 5 to 7 P.M. Join us and mix and mingle in the Back Library Garden at 4287 Rte. 203. The cost per person is $45 and reservations are required by Sunday, May 27, due to limited space. To secure a booking, simply sign up at or stop by the library in person.

Johannes’ career is unparalleled in the wine world, currently serving as Wine Director for Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group, which includes over 15 restaurants in New York City and internationally. Johnnes also manages the wine program for American Express’s Centurion New York, located in the One Vanderbilt building. 

He has received two of the highest honors from the French Republic for his efforts in the furtherance of French wine and culture by being named a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole (2016) and Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite (2023). Johnnes is a three-time James Beard Award winner, as well as the prestigious Who’s Who Among Food & Beverage in America award. 

He is also the founder of, which offers intimate wine experiences, consulting services, and an exclusive club.

Annual Book & Puzzle Sale, Nassau Free Library

Friends of N.F.L. Annual Book & Puzzle Sale – June 10, 2023

Do you have your SUMMER READING planned? Or are you in need of new material and maybe new puzzles? The Friends of the Nassau Free Library will hold their annual Spring Book and Puzzle Sale, Saturday, June 10th at the Nassau Free Library, 18 Church Street, Nassau, NY 12123. Hours for the sale will be Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (bag sale at 1:00). Gently used Jigsaw puzzles will also be available on Saturday. Parking is in back or across the street in the church lot. 

Beginning May 22nd donations of gently used books, both hard back and paperback and puzzles are being accepted at the library. The deadline for contributions is Saturday, June 3, 2023. No text books or encyclopedias and all deliveries should be during library hours. Complete puzzles in original boxes, please! Puzzles may be brought to the library beginning Monday, May 22nd up to June 3rd at 6:00 PM. Phone 518-766-2715 for more information or friends@nullnassaufreelibrary.Org

East Greenbush 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: 

5/18, 1p: 3rd Thursday Movie: Crazy Rich Asians. Join us to watch this outrageously funny rom-com about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families rife with gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. Register.

5/21, 2p: Historical Society: Protection from Evil – history of 17th-century talisman found in the Hudson Valley, presented by Wally Wheeler. This talk will present some examples of these practices such as symbolic building carvings, foundation deposits, shoes placed in walls, horse skulls in eaves, etc. from c. 1625 to the present. Some of these practices are actively engaged in even today; their relationship to similar European practices will be discussed also. Register.

5/23, 6p: Virtual Trivia! Find out what everyone is raving about. Join as an individual or team. Register.

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.

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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