At Your Library

At Your Library 06.17.21

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.

Book Seller New Summer Hours

TROY – The Book Seller will be open on Saturdays from 10-1 and Wednesdays from 4-6. We offer gently used books of all types, plus CDs.

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

Decoding the Mysteries of Cats, or Why Cats Do What They Do

TROY – Ever wonder watch your cat do something crazy and wonder what they could be thinking? Monday, June 21st, at 6:00 pm, Feline Behaviorist, Stephen Quandt, most recently the Feline Behavior Coordinator for the Animal Care Centers of NYC ( and of the will be speaking at this feline behavior webinar for the public that explains cat behavior from the perspective of the evolutionary and adaptive forces that help shape their lives.

There will be a Q&A at the end where you can ask general behavior questions or questions that pertain to your own feline friend!

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. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 2nd Street, Troy, New York.

Understanding Shakespeare – Titus Andronicus

TROY – Join the Troy Public Library on Wednesdays, July 7th – August 4th 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 “Titus Andronicus.” 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 July 7th 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.

Summer at Rensselaer Public Library

RENSSELAER – The Tails and Tales reading club will run from June 19 to August 14th at the Rensselaer Public Library. Children ages 4-12 can participate in two ways- online and in person, sharing what they have read for prizes and prize drawing chances. Kids can come in to the library to report reading during all our open hours. The Library will have take-home crafts, a stuffed animal sleepover, scavenger hunt and other activities. Go to for more details.

East Greenbush Community Library

EAST GREENBUSH – Open: 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 are still required when inside the building, when using the drive-thru, and outdoors if you are not able to socially distance yourself from others.

Effective July 1st: Library will resume collection of fines and fees for overdue, lost, or damaged materials. Drive-thru book drop is open 24/7 as well as at circulation. For details about the policy go to

Farmers’ Market Wednesdays, 4-7pm Rain or Shine. Like & Follow us on Facebook for market news & special events at or visit our events calendar at

Check out the new story along the library’s StoryWalk path! Families can enjoy the outdoors while reading a story.

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

6/18: Virtual Armchair Traveller Series: National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame, 1pm

6/21: Monday Morning Book Discussion, 10am; Monday Evening Book Discussion, 7pm

6/23: Farmers’ Market, 4-7p – Food vendors, Friends Mini Book Sale, Library Circulation Services, Wireless Wednesday Drop-In Tech Help (5-7p)

6/30: Farmer’s Market 4-7p – Food vendors, Friends Mini Book Sale, Circulation, Drop-In Tech Help (5-7p); Live Outdoor Concert with the Joe Gorman Duo, 7p

Check It Out with Charlie kids’ blog:

Readers Advisory Services:

Kids Book Bundles:

Borrow laptops and hotspots! Kids’ tablets, movies-on-the-go & audiobooks from Playaway.

Free webinars, articles, workshops & resources:

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Digital Library

News from the Friends of the Rensselaer Library

RENSSELAER – A member from the Friends will be at the Monday Concerts at Riverside Park to sign children up for the 2021 summer reading program “Tails and Tales” which runs from June 19-August 14, The program is open to children ages 4-13.  This program keeps children engaged in reading over the summer months.  We will be selling goodies and have information about how to become a member of the Friends and how to obtain a library card.  Don’t forget the library has passes to the Slater, Ft. Crailo, Albany History & Art and the Clark Museum.  

We will be at the Wednesday concerts  July 7, 14, 21 and 28th. at the Northend Firehouse selling goodies.

Services & Events at Castleton Public Library, 6/20-6/26

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!

Our Take-Home Kits and Events:

Cool Science at Home: Paper Rockets – Kit available for pick-up through 6/25 – Make your own paper rockets and learn the science behind how they work!

Take & Make Crafts: Rainbow Crafts – Kit available for pick-up through 6/25 – Brighten up your day with rainbow-themed crafts!

Teen Time Kit: Design Your Journal – Kit available for pick-up through 6/25 (6th-12th grades only) – Take a blank journal and make it your own with fun decorations and designs!

CPL Board of Trustees Meeting – Mon., 6/21, 7:00pm – Email for Zoom connection info.

Virtual Storytime with Miss Joelle – Wed., 6/23 – Join us for a story and rhymes/songs that you can participate in at home! A new storytime video is posted every Wednesday. All videos are available on-demand. Complete Virtual Storytime playlist:

Summer Reading Club Kickoff – Sat., 6/26, 10:30am–3:30pm – School is out and Summer Reading is in! Sign up for our Summer Reading Club and pick up a coupon for a free Stewart’s ice cream cone! Can’t come today? You can sign up all summer long!

Sand Lake Town Library Board Meeting, Book Sale & More

SAND LAKE – SLTLibrary Board of Trustees will meet Thursday, June 17 at 6:45pm. The location will be posted on the library’s website the day of the meeting.

On Saturday, June 26 visit the annual SLTLibrary Book Sale between 10am – 2pm. Also, kids can sign up that day for the summer reading program, get their reading bags, and participate in a brief activity. If you miss sign-up on the 26th, you can still sign up either online or at the library during the following days.

Museum passes are coming in for the summer: currently we have MASS MoCA, The Clark, and the USS Slater, as well as the Empire Pass which allows one vehicle entrance to most NYS Parks and Dept. of Environmental Conservation Facilities.

The SLTLibrary Book Club will meet the first Wednesday of the month, July 7, at 7pm to discuss “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes.

Check the library website at for more events and information or call 518-674-5050. Hours are Mon – Thurs 11 – 8, Fri 11 – 3, and Sat 10 – 2.

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