At Your Library

At Your Library 08.18.22

Happenings at the Stephentown Memorial Library

Lots of Fun Things Happening at SML

• Story Time—Wednesdays at 10:00

• Mahjong—Thursdays at 4:00 and Saturdays at 11:00

• New Magic, the Gathering Club—2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 4:00. No experience necessary!! All are welcome

• LEGO Club—1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 4:30

SML Live at the Library Line Up

Fridays at 7:00 

The Stephentown Library and Stephentown Historical Society are pleased to announce the schedule of fantastic musicians who will be performing at the library on Friday nights this summer. All are welcome to attend and all shows are FREE!!! 

August 12—Dimes for Dollars

August 19—The Echoes

August 21—Tom Corrigan and Mike McMann

Rhonda’s Reptiles

Saturday, August 13 at 11:00

We have been looking forward to seeing Rhonda and her reptiles all summer! Now is your chance to get up close to snakes, and tortoises, and other fun reptiles.

Registration is not required but is helpful! 

Paint the Sound

Wednesday, August 17 at 1:00 

How can you paint the rhythm of a drum or the sound of a piano? This live zoom tour and workshop will explore the ways in which modern artists such as Pollock, Matisse, Bearden, and others were inspired by the Jazz age. Following a presentation and tour of the barn studio, work alongside an educator from the Jackson Pollock estate as she demonstrates techniques for creating abstract art inspired by music. Have paint, drawing, or collage supplies on hand.

This program will be held at SML and we will link to the class via zoom. Attendees are welcome to join either in person or via zoom at home. Please register online or by calling the library.

End of Summer Reading at SML

Saturday, August 20 starting at 11:00

11:00—Song Writing with River Jack Z from the Zuccini Brothers

12:30—Song performance!

12:30—Ice Cream Sundae Party

6:00—Teen Night

Blood Drive

August 23 from 1:00 to 6:00

Please consider donating! The need is enormous right now.

Events at Castleton Public Library, 8/21-8/27

Events & Take-Home Kit:

Cool Science: Salt Crystals – Kits available 8/22-9/3

Take & Make Craft: Collage Art – Kits available 8/22-9/3 

Canimals – Mon., 8/22, 12:00-6:00pm – Use your imagination and our supplies to transform recycled cans into animals!

Cool Science: Earthquakes – Tues., 8/23, 3:00-5:00pm – Using blocks and legos, we will learn about what causes earthquakes and how to build structures that are better able to withstand earthquakes. 

Pajama Storytime – Tues., 8/23, 6:00pm – Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to this evening storytime! For ages birth to 8 years. 

Teen Time: Buttons for Your Bag – Wed., 8/24, 4:00pm – Decorate your own custom buttons to put on your backpack or jacket! For teens going into 6th-12th grades in the fall. 

Friends of CPL Music on the Lawn – Wed., 8/24, 6:00-7:30pm – Presented by the Friends of Castleton Public Library. Enjoy live music by Scarlet Duo on the front lawn! All ages.

Apple Storytime – Thurs., 8/25, 10:30am – As summer comes to an end, apple season begins! Learn about how apples grow and taste apples and cider at this yummy storytime.

Summer Reading Finale Party – Thurs., 8/25, 4:00-6:00pm – It’s time to celebrate all the reading you did this summer! Join us for a life-size Candyland game and other fun games!

Legomania – Fri., 8/26, 10:00am-6:00pm – We’ll have lots of Legos out for this all-day build-a-thon!

Bridge Club – Fri., 8/26, 10:30am – Geared toward beginners and players who need a refresher.

Knock Hockey – Sat., 8/27, 10:00am-4:00pm – Play tabletop hockey at the library with your friends or family!

Movies in the Park – Sat., 8/27, 8:15pm – Join us for a family movie under the stars at Schodack Island State Park!
Call 518-732-0879 for movie title.

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.

Sand Lake Town Library Board Meeting and Events

The Sand Lake Town Library Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, August 18 at 6:45 pm at the library and will discuss the 2023 proposed budget and a library construction grant.

SLTL Friends will meet on Tuesday, August 23, 6:30pm. There are still a few days left to add your name and book to their Adult/Teen summer reading drawing.

Join us in the remaining days of summer for…

Adult Writing Class – Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:00pm – two sessions left.

LEGO Tuesdays – Drop in anytime between 3:30pm and 6:00pm to build with our LEGOs. 

Letterboxing – pick up instructions at the library circulation desk.

Coming in September: 

Book Club – Wednesday, September 7, 7pm discussing “The Swerve” by Greenblatt.

ID Theft on Wednesday, September 21, 6:30pm. Lower Prescription Costs, Wednesday, September 28, 6:30pm.

Artist Reception and demo with East Bank Artists’ Alliance on Saturday, September 24, 11am – 1pm.

Museum passes to The Clark, the USS Slater, MASS MoCA, Albany Institute of History and Art, and Hancock Shaker Village are available for loan.

Located at 8428 Miller Hill Road, Averill Park. Hours: M-TH 11 – 8; F 11 – 4; Sat 10 – 2. Masks encouraged.
Call 518-674-5050 with questions.

Upcoming Programs and Events at Poestenkill Library

Saturday, 8/20, 10:30 AM – Yoga on the Library Lawn. Join Kateri Rhatigan 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 prior yoga experience required. Please bring a yoga mat and we recommend bringing a water bottle as well. No registration required.

Wednesday, 8/24, 6:30 PM – Horseshoe Crab Exploration. Children are invited to join Ms. Phil at the library for a fun and informational evening learning about horseshoe crabs. Did you know they are older than dinosaurs? Children will learn fascinating facts, examine actual horseshoe crab shells, and make a horseshoe crab craft during this program. Registration is recommended, not required. You can register by calling the library at 518-283-3721.

Saturday, 8/27, 10:30 AM – Through purposeful outdoor play children will explore sensory, motor, communication, and divergent thinking skills with scavenger hunts, art projects, comparing, classifying, discussion, and more. Registration is not required, but is greatly appreciated. You can register by calling the library, or online with the link in our events calendar at

Seed Saving Workshop

Growing your own food from seed is rewarding. Learning how to save seeds, remarkable and generous organisms, for planting another season takes gardening to a new realm. Learn which fruits and veggies are best for seed saving and how to reserve a portion of your crop to let it grow to the seed-setting stage. 

In this virtual presentation on August 29 from 6:30-7:30 PM, Sue Sie, creator of Dirty Gaia, will demonstrate how to harvest the seeds, and take you through the basics of wet (tomatoes, cucumbers, melons) and dry (beans, peas, kale, lettuce) threshing. These essential building blocks will support you through all your gardening days.

This free program is presented by Dirty Gaia and sponsored by the Columbia County Libraries Association.

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.

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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