At Your Library

At Your Library 06.30.22

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

North Greenbush Public Library Update

Get into the swim of things with Ms. Donna at our swimming themed Outdoor Storytime on Tuesday, July 5 at 11 AM. You’ll have a swimmingly good time with crafts, song and stories, without getting wet!

Dive into our “Oceans of Possibilities” summer reading program and be eligible to enter our raffle-the first of four raffle drawings is slated for Monday, July 11. Pick up a gameboard and calendar of events at the library. The more you read the more tickets you’ll have to enter the raffle!

Leave Zoom behind and turn off your computer, bring a lawn chair, then head on down behind Town Hall near the gazebo for an in-person book club meeting on Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 PM, when we will discuss Nita Prose’s book “The Maid”. Little does the hotel maid, 25-year-old Molly, realize that she is about to be framed for murder. Call the library at 518-283-0303 to have a copy of the book set aside, then read about the foibles and predicaments a murder can bring!

The library will close for Independence Day on Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 5, at 10 AM. Have a sparkling celebration!

Events at Castleton Public Library, 7/3-7/9

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!

Guided StoryWalk – Tues., 7/5, 10:30am – Join us (weather permitting) to explore the newest StoryWalk book together! July’s StoryWalk book is Hello, Moon by Julie Downing. This book will be up on the StoryWalk all month!

Pajama Storytime – Tues., 7/5, 6:00pm – Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to this evening storytime! For ages birth to 8 years.

Paint Splatter Monsters – Wed., 7/6, 3:00-6:00pm – Get creative with paint, construction paper, and paper bags to make an awesome monster puppet!

Smoothie Storytime – Thurs., 7/7, 10:30am – Join us to read a story about food and then learn about making smoothies with a community visitor!

Cool Science: Elephant Toothpaste – Thurs., 7/7, 3:00-5:00pm – Learn about chemical reactions by creating a fantastic foamy fountain of “toothpaste” fit for an elephant!

Rainbow Scratch Art – Fri., 7/8, 10:00am-6:00pm – Stop in to make cool rainbow scratch art using special paper!

Marble Fun Run – Sat., 7/9, 10:00am-4:00pm – Design & build a unique maze for a marble to go through, then drop a marble in and watch it work.

Pirate Treasure Hunt

Saturday July 2, 1 PM. Kids ages 3-6 are invited to a special pirate story-time and treasure hunt at the Rensselaer Public Library. Please call 462-1193 to sign up. The Library is located on East Street in Rensselaer, across from the train station. For more information about our summer reading events, go to

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.

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