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At Your Library 06.27.19

Catholic Charities Representative in New Lebanon and Stephentown

This month, the Catholic Charities social services representative will be in New Lebanon and Stephentown for persons aged 60 and above, and/or their caregivers, on Thursday, June 27. She will be at the New Lebanon Library from 10 am to 1 pm, and at the Stephentown Library from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. In addition to providing information about senior services, she is also able to connect caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or other dementias to a NY State funded program that provides free support services for those family caregivers. Persons from any community in the eastern sector of Columbia and Rensselaer Counties are welcome. You may walk in or call 518-925-0682 to make an appointment.

There is no charge for this service provided by Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services and sponsored by the Seniors’ Ministry of Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph, New Lebanon. For further information, you may call the Catholic Charities staff person directly at the number above, or contact Mary Linton, RN, 518-733-0469.

Book Nook News

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown is open again on July 6 from 9:00 am until noon. There have been a lot of new donations so please come by and see what’s new! The July half-priced specials are on Fern Michaels, James Patterson and Jonathan Kellerman. As always, the history, biographies, cookbooks, religious, self-help are all 6/$1. School will be out by July and so to keep your kids reading, all children and young adult books are 10/$1 this month. Stop by and check us out. Please no VHS tapes, textbooks or encyclopedias. See you at the Book Nook!

Nassau Village Historian hosting local history presentations

Nassau Village Historian Kurt Vincent will be hosting three “encore performances” of local history presentations at The Nassau Free Library in July and August. Beat the heat in the cool Community Room as the illustrated slideshow “Nassau at 200” traces this history and development of Nassau Village and the surrounding areas in our bicentennial year. Originally presented in March for the Esquatak Historical Society, the Library shows will take place on Monday, July 15 and repeated on Tuesday, August 13, both at 6:30 pm. On Tuesday, July 30, also at 6:30 pm, “Trolleys Across the Hudson” will trace how Southern Rensselaer County once was home to the first intermodal light rail system in America. Through period photos, personal recollections and even a few sound effects, take a ride on the trolley from downtown Albany all the way to beautiful Nassau. This show was first presented at the 2018 Nassau Local History Fair. All presentations are free. The Library is located at 18 Church Street (US Route 20) in Nassau Village.

Friends of  the Poestenkill Library

Photo Marcia Hopple, President of the Friends of the Poestenkill Library, left, and Jenna Miller, award recipient.

Averill Park High School graduating senior Jenna Miller was recognized by the Friends of the Poestenkill Library at the School’s annual awards night in June.   The Friends group launched an annual award to a college bound senior at Averill Park High School in 2017, to honor the student’s support for libraries and literacy.  Qualifications include volunteering with a library or literacy organization, or any other activity to encourage reading and access to the written word.  The recipient must be a resident of Poestenkill.  The award this year was $250.  Students are chosen by the high school awards committee.  Jenna is the daughter of Val and Ed Miller and says, “I appreciate that I have had a local library that has allowed me to discover my love for reading and is doing the same for my little brother.” Jenna has volunteered for the Library, including maintenance of the flower beds that add to the Library’s community impact.Jenna will attend Daemen College in Amherst N.Y., where she is accepted into their five-year physician’s assistant program.

North Greenbush Public Library Announces New Director

The North Greenbush Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Klimack as Library Director. Ms. Klimack, who served as Assistant Director at the Sand Lake Town Library, replaces Daryl McCarthy who retired in January after 25 years of service. While at the Sand Lake library, Ms. Klimack introduced programs of interest to all community members including weekly “Tech Help” sessions. She also organized displays of works by local artists and Artist Receptions for the community; and introduced innovative children’s programs like scavenger hunts and other fun ways to help children learn about the library. A graduate of the University at Albany, with a Dual Masters in History and Library Science, Ms. Klimack brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. Prior to her tenure at Sand Lake, she worked as an archivist at the NYS-Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Bureau of Historic Sites and at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Ms. Klimack stresses the importance of libraries to community life, saying “public libraries need to be community hubs; friendly, welcoming places where people can get books by their favorite authors, check out the newest DVD, receive help with technology and have access to a host of other resources.” The library will sponsor a “Meet the Librarian Day” on Friday, July 12TH, from noon to 8 p.m. We will provide light refreshments and hold a fine amnesty day for North Greenbush Library materials. Please join the Board of Trustees in welcoming Ms. Klimack to the North Greenbush Public Library.

East Greenbush Community Library

10 Community Way, East Greenbush. 518-477-7476 or

Go to for a complete listing of all storytimes, programs for children, and youth summer reading events.

*Registration required.


Farmers’ Market, Wednesdays 4-7:30pm Rain or Shine.

6/27: Children’s Summer Reading Challenge Launch Party begins at 2pm OR 6:30pm

7/1: Safe Space for Writing with the Sisters in Crime*, 1pm; Monday Evening Book Discussion, 7pm

7/2: Drop-In Tuesday Tech Time, 4-6pm; Family Movie Night*, 6:30pm

7/3: Open Recreation Space, 9:30am-2:30pm; Crafts for Kids, 4pm at the Farmers’ Market. Visit the volunteens at the library tent to make crafts!

Nassau Free Library Programs

STORYTIME- Every Wednesday @ 10:30am

BEGINNER’S YOGA Sat. 6/22 & 6/29 10:30 am

SUMMER READING KICK- OFF PARTY- Thurs. 6/27 6-8pm Join us for a Nassau Free Library tradition!

We’ll have a bounce house, face painting, crafts, Stewart’s ice cream sundaes & more!

BUTTERFLY RELEASE BY THE TRAVELING FARM- Fri. 6/28 2-3PM Winterberry Farm with educator Lynn Sprague.

HEALTHY LIVING FOR YOUR BRAIN & BODY- Mon. 7/1 2:30pm-3:30pm

Get tips on healthy living from the latest Research by the Alzheimer’s Association.

DYKEN POND Visits- Tues. 7/2 3-4pm A traveling pond will “splash” its way into the Nassau Free Library with live fish, salamanders, frogs, and insects.

Please call to register for programs (518)766-2715

Sand Lake Town Library events

BOOK SALE – Saturday, June 29, 10am – 3pm. Shop a wide variety of “new” and used books for adults and kids – fiction and nonfiction, plus many DVDs, some music CDs and even a couple of LPs for those who like to go old school.

LIBRARY FAIR – Saturday, June 29, 11am – 2pm. We will kick off at 11:00 with a ceremony to open the new scent garden installed by Girl Scout Troop 1580, followed by a story at 11:30 with Assemblyman Jake Ashby. Enjoy the Bounce House, face painting, games and Uncharted Wild’s amazing reptiles!

ART DISPLAY – Don’t miss Merry Lee Kraft’s amazing photos – up though the end of June. Next month: Acrylic paintings by Lynne Ware.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP – We have the opportunity to host a mental health support group led by a professional mental health talk-therapist with 20 years field experience. Meetings twice monthly, on Wednesdays at 6pm. Please let us know soon if you are interested – we need 2 more people to start the group.

CLOSING July 4th for the holiday.

Sand Lake Town Library is located across from Miller Hill School, 2nd floor – 8428 Miller Hill Road, Averill Park 518-674-5050.

Grafton Community Library

Saturday, June 29 11 am – 1 pm Summer Reading Registration Forms deadline. Bring it in that day and we’ll give you a root beer float.

Events at Castleton Public Library, 6/30-7/6

Located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033

All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Pool Noodle Unicorns – Monday, July 1, 12:00-4:00pm Make your own unique unicorn using a pool noodle and craft supplies!

Monday Mile Community Walk – Monday, July 1, 5:00pm Location: Intersection of Main Street and Scott Avenue Weather permitting. All ages (age 10 & under must be accompanied by adult).

After Dinner Book Club – Monday, July 1, 7:00pm

Cool Science: Astronomy – Tuesday, July 2, 4:00-6:00pm Learn about astronomy, make constellation viewers, and use cookies to create the phases of the moon!

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, July 2, 6:00pm

Patriotic Crafts – Wednesday, July 3, 2:00-8:00pm

Get ready for the 4th of July with some fun crafts to celebrate and decorate your home!

Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, July 5, 10:00-11:00am Drop in playtime for children ages birth-5 to strengthen early literacy skills while playing.

Bridge Club – Friday, July 5, 10:30am-12:30pm

Recycled Art: Egg Carton Caterpillars – Friday, July 5, 12:00-6:00pm Create your own creepy, crawly colorful caterpillar using an egg carton and art supplies!

Knock Hockey – Saturday, July 6, 10:00am-4:00pm

Bring a friend to the library and play a game of tabletop hockey!

Summer Program at the North Chatham Library – Events Calendar

Programs are 12-2 pm, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration required. Open to anyone and free! Register with us at (518) 766-3211,, or

July 8: Herbs.

July 9: Phases of the Moon.

July 10-11: Coding Robotics for Kids.

July 14: “A Universe of Dance,” with Vanaver Caravan at 3 pm in the N. Chatham Firehouse.

July 15: Fairy Gardens.

July 16: Music and Movement; 12 pm ages 7 under, 1 pm ages 8 up.

July 16: Canoeing on the Hudson from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Contact (518) 766-0010 or to reserve your spot.

July 17: “Out of this World” Watercolors.

July 18: Send a Message Flag to the Great Beyond.

July 22: Print Making.

July 23: Music and Movement (see above).

July 24: “Out of this World” Watercolors.

July 25: “Space: First Mime on the Moon” with comic mime Robert Rivest.

July 29: Cooking with Flowers.

July 30: Astronomy Talk and Star Viewing at 8 pm.

July 31: Outer Space Sculpture.

August 8: Five STARLAB miSci Planetarium Shows starting at 10 am.

August 13: “Over the Moon Animal Adventure” with Animal Embassy at 2 pm.

Troy Public Library Evening Book Discussion

The Troy Public Library’s Evening Book Group will be discussing Born A Crime by Trevor Noah on Monday, July 1st, 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 discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at

Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy.

A Universe of Music and Dance: Old Time fiddle and banjo concert and dance

Join us at the Troy Public Library on Thursday, June 27, 6-7:15 pm, and kick up your heels to live fiddle music by the Peter, Paul and George trio. The program begins with a concert of sizzling hot fiddle and banjo tunes and a couple of fun songs too! This tradition of community dancing and music has been handed down from generation to generation. We play music and lead people of all ages (2 to 102), especially those who have not danced before, in easy to-learn American barn-dance favorites: circles, squares, singing games and contras. While participation in the dancing is encouraged — and it’s hard to sit still — it’s fun to just listen to the music and watch too!

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

This program is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is recommended.

For more information and to register, call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

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