At Your Library

At Your Library 06.23.22

Sand Lake Town Library News

Open Studio Night Thursday, June 23, 4:30 – 7pm – Finding it hard to complete your art/craft projects? Beginner or expert, bring your projects to the library and get inspiration from other artists/crafters to get the job done!

SLT Library Board of Trustees rescheduled meeting date is Thursday, June 23, 6:45pm.

Uncharted Wild on June 25 at 11am will kick off our Summer Reading Program. Feel, see, and learn firsthand about a wide variety of reptiles and other exotic animals. Don’t miss it! If you can’t make it to the show, you can still sign up for summer reading either online or at the library.

SLT Library Book Sale will be June 25, 10am – 2pm; bag sale 2 – 3pm. 

SLTL Friends meeting Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30pm.

Summer Storytime starts Thursday, June 30 at 1pm. Mr. Dave is ready and rarin’ to go with lots of popular themes. In the meantime, kids’ Take & Make kits are available weekly at the circulation desk.

LEGO Club will return weekly starting Tuesday, July 5, 3:30 – 6:00pm. 

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

Events at Castleton Public Library, 6/26-7/2

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

Events & Take-Home Kit:

Cool Science at Home Kit: Bouncy Balls – Kit available for pick-up through 7/7 – Let’s learn about polymers and how to make bouncy balls using borax, baking soda, and glue!

Take & Make Craft Kit: Paper Mosaic Art – Kit available for pick-up through 7/7 – Unleash your creativity and make beautiful paper mosaic art!

Reptile Adventure – Mon., 6/27, 6:00pm – Meet live tortoises, lizards, and snakes! Participants will get the opportunity to touch and hold some animals, and they’ll be able to watch animals eat fruit & eggs. We’ll also discuss ecology, adaptations, and invasive species. Funding for this event provided by Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program.

Teen Time: Sharpie Tie-Dye – Tues., 6/28, 4:00pm – Simple, fun tie-dyeing using Sharpies! Bring a t-shirt or other item. For teens going into 6th-12th grades in the fall.

Cool Science: Fireworks in a Jar – Wed., 6/29, 3:00-5:00pm – Make colorful food coloring “fireworks” in a jar and learn about density and polarity!

Patriotic Crafts – Thurs., 6/30, 1:00-6:00pm – Get ready for the 4th of July with some fun crafts to celebrate and decorate your home!

Chalk the Walk – Sat., 7/2, 10:00am-4:00pm – Make our sidewalk colorful using sidewalk chalk!

Troy Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program

Join our adult summer reading program this year, running June 21 – August 19! 

Register online by visiting:

Log your time spent reading to enter our online raffle. Win great prizes and gift cards from local Troy Businesses, including Sawtooth Jewelry Studio, the River Street Beat Shop, Market Block Books, River Rocks Jewelry & Bead Shop, and more! 

This program 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.

Summer Reading Fun for Teens and Adults

How do you choose the books you read? Sometimes the best books are ones you hear about from another person, especially when they say “This book made me think of you. You’ll love this!” The Sand Lake Town Library Friends would like to tap into that power by building a shared community resource of book recommendations.This idea started when a library patron recommended The Reading List by Sarah Nisha Adams to library director, Mindy Fowler. In this novel, a chance encounter with a list of library books leads people from different backgrounds to read books they may never have considered and find common ground. As a tie-in for teens and adults to the Summer Reading Program “Oceans of Possibilities,” we’d like to know what book(s) you’d put on your reading list.

Look for our “What’s Your O.P.B.?” (Ocean of Possibilities Book) display in the library. Take a minute to add the title of a book (or 2!) that inspired you, made you laugh, taught you a lesson, or otherwise opened you up to oceans of possibilities. At the end of the summer, we’ll type up the recommendations and make the list available on our website. Your recommendation makes you eligible for a special drawing at the end of August. We’ve also created a list of fiction and nonfiction books that somehow relate to the ocean. Pick one of these books, give it a read, then tell us why you would (or would not) recommend it. Go ahead, take the plunge…oceans of possibilities await! Contact us at or stop by the library on Saturday, June 25th — we’ll be there helping with the Book Sale!

Shorts out Loud!

The Troy Public Library is pleased to present “Shorts Out Loud!” consisting of fifteen minutes of LIVE acoustic music followed by a contemporary short story read out loud, on Thursdays from July 7th through August 18th at 6:00 PM, with dates at both our locations.

Shorts out Loud at Troy Public Library, Main Library:

Reader Musician

July 7th Barbara Wood Sydney Worthley

July 14th Nancy Klepsch George Wilson

August 4th Sid Fleisher Mike Gregg 

August 11th Sandra Rouse William Simcoe

Shorts out Loud at the Lansingburgh Branch:

Reader Musician

July 21st Barbara Stubblebine Julia Alsarraf

July 28th Debra Zaffuts Connor Armbruster

August 18th Fredda Merzon Connor Armbruster

The Troy Public Library’s Main location is at 100 2nd Street. Troy Public Library’s Lansingburgh Branch is located at 27 114th Street, Troy. This program is free and open to the public. It has been funded through the support of  The Friends of the Troy Public Library. Weather permitting this is an outdoor event. Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit upon. Registration is suggested. To register, call 518-274-7071 or online at

Solar Boats from the Hudson River to the Pacific North-West

Join us at the Troy Public Library, on Monday, July 18th at 6:00pm for this engaging talk with David Borton. 

David taught physics in Africa with the Peace Corps along with his bride Harriet. They came back to RPI for graduate school where David got a Ph.D. in physics, while Harriet got a Masters in physics. In the 1974, during the oil crisis, they couldn’t buy gasoline and David started R&D into solar energy, the only energy source that makes sense for this small blue planet.

Later RPI asked David to teach Solar Energy Engineering, and in 1982, the family built a solar powered house in which they still live 40, years later.

David combined his lifelong love of canoes, Adirondack Guide boats, and solar energy into a patented practical solar electric boat technology company. Son Alex led David on a 1400 mile solar powered, 27 foot boat voyage, the first ever actually, from Bellingham to Ketchikan Alaska and on to Juneau and Glacier Bay.

This program 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.

Next Steps Computer Classes at Troy Public Library

Join us for this series of classes aimed at boosting your skills and comfort level with computers. Classes will be held Wednesdays, July 6- July 27, 5:30-7:30pm. Classes are taught by Digital Literacy Educator, Delia Hubbard, of Rensselaer County, Cornell Coopertative Extension. 

In this session we will be covering the following topics:

July 6: Social Media Basics

July 13: Lifestyle Apps

July 20: Organizing Your Files

July 27: Typing a Document

Bring your laptop, or you may use one of the computers provided by CCE.

This in-person event 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.

Summer at Rensselaer Library

Summer Reading Kick-off: Saturday June 25, 11-2. Start off your child’s summer with a celebration of reading! Food, balloon twisting, face painting and other fun activities for kids ages 4-12. Sponsored by the Friends of the Rensselaer Library.

Weekly Craft time starts June 28 at 2 PM, and the full summer schedule of events will be issued soon.

Rensselaer Public Library is on East Street in Rensselaer, across from the train station. For more info go to

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