At Your Library

At Your Library 07.15.21

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

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

Hemingway Night at Rensselaer Library

RENSSELAER – Wednesday July 21, 6-8 PM. Celebrate Ernest Hemingway’s birthday with trivia, mocktails and book discussion. Ages 18 and up. (Reminder, unvaccinated individuals need to wear masks while visiting our library.) Sponsored by the Friends of the Rensselaer Public Library. Please call 518 462-1193 to sign up. More information at

Local Children’s Book Authors

EAST GREENBUSH – Come meet over ten local children’s book authors and author/illustrators from 4-7pm at the East Greenbush Farmers’ Market, 10-20 Community Way, on Wednesday, July 28.

The authors will discuss their book publishing journey, share their latest books, and be available to sign copies of their books. Browse and pick up summer reading for your children or grandchildren.

A portion of sales will be donated to the Friends of East Greenbush Community Library. For more information:

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.

Poestenkill Library Hires New Director

POESTENKILL – The Poestenkill Library has hired Amanda Martinez-Kirby as the new Library Director. Having relocated to the Capital Region from Pennsylvania, Martinez-Kirby most recently served as the Director of the Western Allegheny Community Library where she expanded library programs and services, in addition to forming lasting partnerships with community organizations and the local school district. From clerk to director, she has relished her work in public libraries and has a particular appreciation for the vital role a library plays in a small, rural town. “Libraries are the beating hearts of small communities,” she said. “They have the ability to adapt to meet people’s needs and to provide something for everyone.” Margie Morris, the Director of the Poestenkill Library since 1999, will retire at the end of the summer. Martinez-Kirby will assume her position on September 8.

Book Seller New Summer Hours

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

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

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.

For more information, log on to

Nassau Free Library News

NASSAU – Acoustic Open Mic “Outdoor Edition” Sat. July 17th, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Calling all Musicians, Poets, Raconteurs, and Comedians! Welcoming you back to Rensselaer County’s most eclectic Open Mic!

RSVP the open mic host @:

Enjoy our wonderful music program outdoors in the library parking lot.

Advance sign-up is preferred for performers and audience; due to COVID 19, attendance is limited and walk-ins may be turned away. Sign-up for walk-in performers begins at 12:30 pm. The minimum performance age is 12. Please bring your own chair. Refreshments will not be available but feel free to bring your own picnic lunch. Microphones and PA are provided for voice and acoustic instruments. **Electric instruments may be played at acoustic level, to be determined by the host. Instrument amps are not provided.

*Rain date: Sun. July 18, 2021 1:00pm – 4:00 pm*

The Nassau Free Library is located at 18 Church St. in Nassau, NY 12123.

East Greenbush Community Library

EAST GREENBUSH – The library is open! Come in, browse and borrow: Mon/Tue/Thu 10-6 | Wed 10-8 | Fri/Sat 10-4 | Closed Sunday. Virtual library is open 24/7/365.

*New digital resources available*, America’s News, Black Life in America, Consumer Reports, HeritageHub, and Times Union. Learn more at

For a full list of kids’ programs & to register (*) go to Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing. To learn more & register go to:

7/16: Capture the Flag (grades 6+)*, 1p

7/19: Monday Night Book Chat, 7p Facebook; Monday Book Discussions*, 10a or 7p

7/20: Tuesdays Under the Tent (Drop-In), 10-4p, join us for some family fun & activities! Public Hearing of Preliminary 2022 Library Budget, 6:30p in the library. Public is welcome to attend.

7/21: Virtual Storytime*, 10a; Farmers’ Market, 4-7p (rain or shine): Vendors, Friends Mini Book Sale, Wireless Wednesdays Drop-In Tech Help (5-7p, rain location inside library)

7/22: Arts & Crafts for Grown-Ups: Artist Trading Cards*, 4:30p

7/26: Monday Night Book Chat, 7p on our Facebook channel

7/27: Trivia Night: Summer Theme*, 6p on the patio (or inside in the case of inclement weather)

7/28: Virtual Storytime*, 10a; Farmers’ Market Vendors & Special Events, 4-7p (rain or shine): Local Children’s Book Authors’ Event, 4-7p at the market with 10+ authors expected for Q&A and book sale. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Friends; Friends Mini Book Sale; Wireless Wednesdays Drop-In Tech Help (5-7p, rain location inside library)

7/29: Live Outdoor Music Concert on patio with the Joe Gorman Duo* 7p

Readers Advisory Services:

Kids Book Bundles:

Borrow laptops, hotspots, kids’ tablets, movies-on-the-go & audiobooks (Playaway).

Tech & Other:,

North Greenbush Public Library Update

NORTH GREENBUSH – There is still time to join our “Tails and Tales” summer reading program! Our next raffle will be held July 26th. From infant to adult, we have you covered when you register at http:/ Each book read earns a raffle ticket, so the more you read, the greater your chances of winning one of our four biweekly drawings.

Where have all the Teddy bears gone? To the Teddy Bear Sleepover at the North Greenbush Library! Children can drop off a stuffed animal to join the sleepover by 4 PM on Wednesday, July 21; pick them up on July 22. Then watch a slideshow of the animals’ shenanigans on our Facebook and YouTube channel on July 22.

The library Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, August 5th at 7 PM in the meeting room at the Village of Eastwyck at 1 Eastwyck Circle (off Best Road). The public is welcome to attend. The library hours are Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 7 PM and Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM. Masks are required by all patrons to enter the library.

Events at Castleton Public Library, 7/18-7/24

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? All ages can sign up all summer long! The more you read, the more chances you have to win our raffle prizes. Stop in to register in person, or register online at

Take-Home Kits & Events:

Take & Make: Summer Crafts – Kit available for pick-up through 7/24 – Celebrate the summer with fun, seasonal crafts!

Cool Science: Skittles Science – Kit available for pick-up through 7/24 – Explore diffusion using Skittles candies!

Send Some Love – Mon., 7/19, 1:00-4:30 – Write and draw on postcards to mail to family members and friends! Held outdoors. Registration recommended; call 518-732-0879.

CPL Board of Trustees Meeting – Mon., 7/19, 7:00pm – Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Yoga – Tue., 7/20, 6:00pm – 45-minute yoga session w/instructor Rachel Toolan. Held outdoors. Bring your own mat. All skill levels welcome. Ages 12 & up.

Virtual Storytime – Wed., 7/21 – Enjoy 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:

Afternoon Book Club: The Second Mrs. Hockaday – Wed., 7/21, 1:00pm – Join us for an outdoor book discussion for adults! We’ll discuss The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers. Registration recommended — call 518-732-0879.

New York Raptors – Wed., 7/21 6:00pm – Meet birds of prey! Live hawks, owls and falcons will come for a face-to-face exploration of what it takes to be a raptor. Held outdoors; please bring a blanket or lawn chairs for your family to sit on. Registration recommended — call 518-732-0879.

Teen Time: Bookend Painting – Thu., 7/22, 4:00pm – Decorate bookends for your home library! For teens going into 6th-12th grade in the fall. Held outdoors. Registration recommended — call 518-732-0879.

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