At Your Library

At Your Library 08.19.21

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.

Library Budget Vote & Election: Tues. 9/14, 9a-9p in the library. Applications to request an absentee ballot are available at the library and online at You must be a registered East Greenbush voter.

Friends Book Sales: 8/25, 9/1 & 9/8: Friends Mini Book Sales (at the market), 4-7p

Farmers’ Market: Every Wednesday (rain or shine) 4-7p. For market updates, go to

Library programs & registration (*): Check our events page for the status of in-person kids and teen programs.

8/23 & 8/30, 7p: Monday Night Book Chat (Library Facebook page)

8/25, 4-6p: Wireless Wednesday Drop-In Tech Help (in library)

8/26, 7pm (via Zoom)*: Race, Space and Mobility in America: A Community Conversation Driving While Black. Join Dr. Gretchen Sorin, author, and Ric Burns, documentarian, in a lively conversation about their joint project “Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America.” Register at to receive your Zoom link.

8/28: Project Linus Community Quilt Kit* Registration begins today! Project kits will be available for pickup 9/3 and include materials to sew 5 “log cabin variation” quilt blocks that will be used to make quilts for children in need.

Readers Advisory Services:

Kids Book Bundles:

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

Tech & Other:,

*New* Ancestry, America’s News, Black Life in America, Consumer Reports, HeritageHub, and Times Union. Go to

News from Castleton Public Library, 8/22-8/28

CASTLETON – Want to work with us? We’re currently seeking a part-time Library Aide! For more information and to learn how to apply, visit

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

Events & Take-Home Kits:

Take & Make Craft: Egg Carton Caterpillar – Kit available for pick-up 8/23-8/28 – Create your own caterpillar craft using an egg carton!

Cool Science at Home: Rock Candy – Kit available for pick-up 8/23-9/4 – Make your own delicious rock candy treat and learn about the science behind solutions!

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt – Tue., 8/24, 1:00-5:00pm – Come to the library and get your outdoor scavenger hunt task list! When you finish the scavenger hunt, you can return to the library and claim your prize! The scavenger hunt instructions will be available inside the library.

Virtual Storytime – Wed., 8/25 – Join us for a story & rhymes/songs at home! Full playlist at:

Music on the Lawn – Wed., 8/25, 6:00-7:30pm – Presented by the Friends of Castleton Public Library. Enjoy live music by Gone Gray on our front lawn! All ages. The Friends will be selling refreshments during the concert.

Storytime on the Lawn – Thu., 8/26, 11:00am – Join Miss Joelle for a special outdoor storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Please bring your own blanket for your family to sit on.

Summer Photo Challenge – send photos by Fri., 8/27 – What have you been doing for Summer Reading Club? Send photos of you making crafts, doing experiments, reading & more, and you could win a gift card in a randomly drawn raffle. Your photo might also be used in our Summer Reading Finale Video! Email photos by 8/27 to

Meditation Group

TROY – The Troy Public Library will offer Meditation Classes on Tuesdays, through September 28th at 2PM at our Lansingburgh Branch.

Are you interested in learning how to relax your mind and body? Come to a safe place to let go of your cares and worries. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, all are welcome. Bring your ideas and suggestions to the group!

Contact Ray Reuter at the Empowerment Exchange at 518-235-2173 for more information.

This program is free and open to the public. The Troy Public Library’s Lansingburgh Branch is located at 27 114th Street, Troy, New York.

Poestenkill Library Celebrates 20 Years in Current Home

POESTENKILL – Every library has stories besides those that fill the shelves.

When Michael Ferguson approached Poestenkill Library Director Margie Morris in 2000 with an idea for his Eagle Scout Project, she was politely appreciative. Little did she know, Ferguson would become legendary for his help in moving the Library from the Town Hall basement to the renovated Dwyer House.

Ferguson wanted to move the books. “What we had planned on taking two days,” said Morris, “took him and his Boy Scout crew just 6 hours. It was unbelievable.”

Using CAD (computer-aided design) to create a layout of the new library’s shelves, consultation with Morris, and his knowledge from a visit to Mabey’s Moving & Storage, Ferguson determined that 15” of books would fit in a single box. He then wrapped and labeled 15” sections of books in the Town Hall basement A1, A2, etc. and had fellow Boy Scouts and other volunteers box the books while keeping those wrapped 15” segments intact. The Scouts loaded the books in the trucks provided by their parents, who drove the books across the parking lot to the new Library where Scouts and volunteers stacked the labeled books on each correspondingly labeled new shelf.

“It was just incredible,” Morris said. “I don’t remember a single error or issue with the placement of a book.”

This is just one of many stories the Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Poestenkill Library anticipate hearing at the Anniversary Open House on September 18, 1-3 PM. All are welcome to share and to listen.

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