At Your Library

At Your Library 07.01.21

Shorts Out Loud at the Lansingburgh Branch of the Troy Public Library

TROY – 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 8th through August 19th at 6:30 PM on the lawn at our Lansingburgh Branch.

Reader Musician

July 8th Stanley Hadsell George Wilson

July 15th Deb Zaffuts William Simcoe

July 22nd Marggie Skinner Casey Chapman

July 29th Sid Fleisher Ray Andrews & Mike Rivest

August 5th Sandra Rouse Harry Pellegrin

August 12th Barbara Stubblebine Mike Gregg

August 19th TBA Julia Alsarraf

The 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. Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit upon. Registration is suggested. To register, call 518-274-7071 or online at

EG Library Celebrates Pen to Pandemic Short Story Contest Winners

EAST GREENBUSH – On June 5th, the Library’s Pen to Pandemic Contest came to a close with a reception to honor the participants at the East Greenbush Community Library. The authors presented their work at an outdoor reception on the library patio on June 5th to a crowd of Town and Library dignitaries, as well as other participants, friends, and family members. The four stories presented were all chosen for cleaving to the strict criteria of time and place, while each story was beautifully rendered, thoughtful, and original. The event opened with remarks from Library Director, Jill Dugas Hughes, and an introduction from Jody Squadere, Librarian and project lead. For the age 18-49 category, first place winner Eva Dacier read from her story “When Maddie Met Hazel” which drew upon the historical unsolved murder mystery of teenager Hazel Drew from Sand Lake and used diary entries to bring her characters to life. First place winner of the age 50+ category, James Chicoine read his savagely funny story “Things Have Gone Crazy in the Manor” which took a deep dive into the historical myths and stories of Rensselaer County. Runner-up Kelly Gallagher read her story “The Falls” about the moments when a parent realized that her child looked to her for learning about the natural world with reverence and trust. In “The Zumba Barn” runner-up Julie Lomoe humorously touched on so many things that people have had to face during this pandemic, including managing her own emotional wellness while dealing with usually reasonable people doing a 360 degree turn and reacting with hateful and irrational behavior. We will be publishing the collection of these and all eligible stories in a book called Pen to Pandemic: A Community Anthology from the Time of COVID-19 with Troy Book Makers. The book is slated to be available in early September 2021. We know these wonderful stories will pique your interest and resonate with our community.

What’s Happening at The Clark Art Institute?

TROY – Vicki Saltzman will join us via Zoom on Monday, July 12th at 6PM to discuss the Clark Art Institute and their current exhibits.

Vicki Saltzman, The Institute’s Director of Communications, will join us to give an overview of the Clark and their current exhibits, Ground/Work, Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed, Erin Shirreff: Remainders, Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway, plus everything else going on at The Clark.

This program is free and open to the public. 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 make reservations by calling the library at 518- 274-7071 or online at

Troy Public Library- Adult Summer Reading Program

TROY – Sign up now for our fully online Adult Summer Reading Program, going on now through August 14th! Summer is the perfect time to relax with a good book. This summer, challenge yourself to read every day, whether it be for 5 minutes or an hour and log your time to earn points. (1 minute = 1 point, they add up fast! And yes audiobooks count). There will also be fun missions where you can earn bonus points!

Earn points by logging your daily reading time. Once you have enough points you can use them to enter into the prize raffle. Prizes include gift cards to local Troy businesses including DeFazio’s Pizza, Snowman Ice Cream, Manory’s Restaurant, River Street Bead Shop, and Seasons Cafe and Tea House.

Register at:

This year’s Adult Summer reading is sponsored by The Friends of the Troy Public Library.

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.

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

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.

East Greenbush Community Library

EAST GREENBUSH – Library Closed for holiday: July 4th & 5th. Open Hours (until 7/3): 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 We no longer require fully vaccinated visitors to wear masks indoors or out. The Library follows CDC universal guidance which encourages those unvaccinated to continue to wear masks indoors and practice social distancing. We have lifted capacity limits and visit lengths and will still ask visitors to sanitize upon entering. For more information, visit

7/1: Library will resume collection of fines/fees for overdue or billed items (

7/6: Hours are Mon/Tue/Thu 10-6p; Wed 10-8p; Fri/Sat 10-4p

7/20: Public Hearing of Preliminary 2022 Library Budget, 6:30 pm in the library. Public is welcome to attend.

Summer Reading Challenge (SRC)! Kids, teens, and adults are invited to participate in this year’s SRC, Tails & Tales, now thru 8/13. We are excited to once again offer Beanstack, an online program that allows participants to easily track their reading progress.

Full list of kids’ programs & registration (*) available at

7/7: Virtual Storytime*, 10am; Family Fun at the Market (drop in), 4-7 pm; Farmer’s Market 4-7 pm (rain or shine): Food Vendors, Friends Mini Book Sale, Drop-In Tech Help, & Fishin’ with Fran (education & activities).

7/14: Live Outdoor Music Concert with Tanager* 7 pm

Readers Advisory Services: Kids Book Bundles: Borrow laptops, hotspots, kids’ tablets, movies-on-the-go & audiobooks from Playaway.

Tech & Other:, https://eglibrary,

Services & Events at Castleton Public Library, 7/4-7/10

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

Have you signed up for our Summer Reading Club yet? Summer Reading is open to all ages, and you can register any time, all summer long. The more you read, the more chances you have to win a raffle prize! Sign up in the library anytime or register online at

Events and Take-Home Kits:

Take & Make Craft Kit: Paper Mosaic Art – Kit available for pick-up 7/5-7/10 – Unleash your creativity and make beautiful paper mosaic art!

Cool Science at Home Kit: Parachutes – Kit available for pick-up 7/5-7/10 – Make a miniature parachute and learn how gravity and other forces work!

Salt Painting – Tue., 7/6, 1:00-4:30pm – Create unique artwork using salt, glue, and food coloring! This event will be held outdoors. Registration for a specific time slot is recommended; call 518-732-0879.

Virtual Storytime with Miss Joelle – Wed., 7/7 – Join us for a story and rhymes/songs that you can participate in at home! A new video is posted every Wednesday. All videos are available on-demand. Complete playlist:

Teen Time: Duct Tape Crafts – Thu., 7/8, 4:00pm – Use duct tape to make a flower, wallet, and more! For teens going into 6th-12th grade in the fall. This event will be held outdoors. Registration recommended; call 518-732-0879.

Games on the Lawn – Fri., 7/9, 11:00am-2:30pm – Bring your family to play giant Connect Four, giant Jenga, and ladder toss! This event will be held outdoors. Registration for a specific time slot is recommended; call 518-732-0879.

Summer Reading at Rensselaer Public Library

RENSSELAER – Kids ages 4-12 are invited to participate in Tails and Tales, the 2021 summer reading club. Any time the library is open, kids can tell us about what they are reading to get a small prize. Kids can also join online and earn digital badges and raffle chances. We will also have weekly take-home crafts and online storytimes.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover, July 15. Drop off your fluffy friend for an overnight adventure at the library. Each child will receive a scrapbook of their stuffed animal’s adventures. Please drop off your toy by 1 PM on the 15th, they can be picked up the next day after 1, but no later than July 21.

Photo Scavenger Hunt- July-August. Get your scavenger hunt list (at the library or on our website) and see how many pictures you can do from the list. A select few items can be submitted for our online photo contest.

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