At Your Library

At Your Library 08.11.22

Upcoming Programs and Events at Poestenkill Library

Saturday, 8/13, 11:00 – Family Tie Dye Day. Bring your own garment to dye. We’ll also have bubbles, lawn games, face painting, a fundraiser raffle, and Kona Ice will be on hand selling shaved ice to help keep everyone cool! Rain date to be determined if necessary.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous gift certificate or product donations for our fundraiser raffle; 4 J’s Farm, Amanda’s Beauty and Barber Shop, Dragonfly & Owl LLC, Gipfel Coffee Company, and Hollywood Drive-In Theater. 

Monday, 8/15, 10:30 – Bubbles & Sensory Play. During this free play event, youngsters will be able to explore our ocean themed sensory bin, play with bubbles, and have fun socializing with other children. Ideal for toddlers and preschoolers.

Wednesday, 8/17. 3:30 – 5:30 – Teen Beach Book Club and Social Circle – Come hang out with friends, relax outside in comfy beach chairs, and play lawn games with friends! No registration required.

Thursday, 8/18, 3:30 – Shark Tooth Art – We have a JAW-SOME art project in store for the kids! We’ll be using real shark teeth to create silhouette wall art. All supplies provided. Registration strongly recommended.

Fridays, 10:15 – Storytime with Ms. Erin. Please note storytime will be held outside on the porch, weather permitting.

Saturday, 8/20, 10:30 – Join Kateri Rhattigan of Higher Place Yoga at the library for another free yoga class. Yoga on the Library Lawn is great for tweens, teens, and adults. No yoga experience required. Please bring your own water bottle and a yoga mat. No registration required.

Events at Castleton Public Library, 8/14-8/20

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: Sweet Structures – Kits available 8/8-8/20

Take & Make Craft: Rainbow Scratch Art – Kits available 8/8-8/20 

Edible Art – Mon., 8/15, 1:00-4:00pm – Create your own unique artistic sculptures and structures out of food and eat them when you’re all finished!

Kaleidoscopes – Tues., 8/16, 12:00-6:00pm 

Pajama Storytime – Tues., 8/16, 6:00pm – Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to this evening storytime! For ages birth to 8 years. 

Afternoon Book Club – Wed., 8/17, 1:00pm – Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl. Books available for checkout at the front desk starting 7/20.

Police Storytime – Thurs., 8/18, 10:30am – We’ll read a book about police officers, then get to meet a real-life police officer and see his police car! All ages.

Paint & Punch – Thurs., 8/18, 6:00pm – Space is limited – please register; call 518-732-0879. Join instructor Noreen Powell to paint a picture while you enjoy refreshments. For adults and teens ages 15+.

Bubbles! – Fri., 8/19, 11:00am-2:00pm – Make unique 3-D bubble wands and see what kinds of bubbles you can create!

Learning about the Monarch Butterfly! – Fri., 8/19, 4:00-5:00pm – Location: Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156. Registration required; please call 518-732-0187. Learn all about the monarch butterfly! Participants will be able to see live monarch caterpillars, and learn all about the monarch butterfly life cycle. The program will end with a short story about butterflies read by CPL staff. Recommended for ages 5-12. 

Perler Bead Crafts – Sat., 8/20, 10:00am-4:00pm – Come make something awesome out of perler beads!

Movies in the Park – Sat., 8/20, 8:15pm – Join us for a family movie under the stars at Schodack Island State Park! Call 518-732-0879 for movie title.

North Greenbush Public Library Update

If you’re between 10 and 12 years old, you’re invited to cool off during this hot summer on Thursday, August 11, for our first Tween Book Club meeting at 5:30 PM. Have a snack, put together a craft, then settle in to discuss “Counting by 7s” by Holly Sloan; copies are available at the circulation desk.

Artists of all ages will want to “Paint the Sound”, a music and art, creative virtual program, from the Pollack-Krasner House and Studio on Long Island. This live zoom tour and workshop, on Wednesday, August 17, at 1 PM, will explore how various modern artists, such as Pollack, Matisse, and Bearden, were inspired by the Jazz age. You’ll work alongside an educator from the Jackson Pollock estate demonstrating techniques for creating abstract art inspired by music. Paint and brushes will be available at the library for patrons registering for the event. Call the library to register or at:

Have computer or device questions? Delia Hubbard, the Digital Literacy Educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, will be at the library on Thursday, August 18, from 2-3 PM to answer your questions! Help is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Think retirement is boring, uneventful? Think again! When a group of senior citizens meets weekly to discuss unsolved crimes, then comes across a murder in their midst, the comedy and intrigue begins! Pick up a copy of the book at the library, “The Thursday Murder Club”, then join our in-person book club discussion on Wednesday, August 24, at 6:30 PM behind Town Hall, near the Gazebo, weather permitting. Come early with a lawn chair, and grab dinner at the Town’s Food Truck night. We’ll Zoom if the weather is inclement. Newcomers are welcome.

Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 Am to 7 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM. Call us at 518-283-0303 with questions.

Short Story Cafe (Virtual Discussion Group)

Join us for Troy Public Library’s Short Story Café, meeting Wednesdays, September 28th –November 2nd, 6:30- 8pm. Author David Sylvester is our host for this six-week informal discussion of the short story form that examines how writers handle structural elements such as plot, character, and theme in their writing.

Each week we will read and discuss two (sometimes three) stories by well-known (and some lesser-known!) masters of the form. No writing experience is necessary, but this is a writer-friendly discussion. All materials will be available in advance at the front desk and should be read before the discussions.

Mr. Sylvester is the author of two collections of short stories, I Would Tell You If I Could (2020) and Still Life (2022).

This is a virtual program and will be conducted via zoom.

Troy Public Library Evening Book Discussion

The Troy Public Library’s Evening Book Group will be meeting on Monday, September 12th, at 6:30pm. We will be discussing Christy Lefteri’s “The Beekeeper of Aleppo.” Copies of the book will be available at the checkout desk throughout the month of August.

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 will be a hybrid meeting, participants may choose to attend either in-person, or through Zoom.

This discussion 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.

Grafton Community Library News

Run For Roses, August 14

5 K Race at 9 am and Kids Fun Run at 10 am.

Full brochure and registration information can be obtained at Grafton Library Website:

Adult Color & Unwind Evenings at the Troy Public Library

Join us for this series of adult color and unwind evenings. Participants will be provided coloring pages and materials to work with while listening to relaxing music or being read aloud a variety of funny, heartwarming, or thrilling short stories by the hosting librarian. Refreshments will be provided. This event will be held Monday evenings on August 15, September 19, and October 17, 2022, 6:00-7:00 pm.

This in-person event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register call the library at 518-274-7071 or register online at The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

Sustenance and Style: 17th Century Foodways in the Hudson River Valley

Join us at the Troy Public Library, on Monday, August 29th at 6:00pm For this history talk presented by Crailo and Schuyler Mansion State Historic Sites.

The Dutch arrived on Manhattan and the Hudson Valley very early in the 17th century. Here they found some familiar foods, but many were entirely new to the Dutch palate and grew in a landscape vastly different from the one they left in Europe. Learn how colonization changed Dutch dining habits – both in the foods available and in the way these foods were prepared and consumed. Additional insight into Native American and African dining experiences will be included as well.

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.

Round Table Art Group

The East Greenbush Community Library will host a mixed media art show of the Round Table Art Group for the entire month of August 2022.

The show will display a range of mixed-media pieces including paintings, photographs, travel journals and paper and needle crafts.

The Round Table Art Group includes artists from around the Capital District.  Member experience ranges from years to decades of making art.  Some members are formally trained while others are self-taught.

The show at the East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY  12061 will be open for viewing during Library hours.

For more information about the show or the Round Table Art Group, contact Ellen Hughes at

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