At Your Library

At Your Library 08.27.20

Longtime Library Employee Announces Retirement

NORTH GREENBUSH – “I want you to know that I have always, absolutely loved working here at the library,” said Jo Ann Greene, who retired from the North Greenbush Public Library on Friday, August 28. “During my 36 years here, I have had the pleasure of serving so many wonderful patrons,” said Greene. “Many of them are now good friends and ‘family’.” In 1984, when the library moved from the former bus barn adjacent to St. Jude the Apostle Church, Greene helped set up the library’s 48,000 items, now 67,000. “I worked on so many Summer Reading programs and of course, my favorite…Storytime!” The library’s Tuesday Storytime has been Greene’s domain since 1986. She watched a new generation evolve; “I’ve done it for so long that I am now seeing the youngsters who came to Storytime with their own children.” While working on the library’s book sales, Greene would be on Main Ave waving a sign, inviting people to the library. “Her commitment, her energy, her long-lasting dedication will be missed,” stated library director Mary Klimack. Greene was appointed interim director between the retirement of Director Daryl McCarthy and the hiring of the current director, Mary Klimack. “During her tenure at the library, she was a reliable and supportive associate of three directors… as interim director, she surpassed the Board of Trustees’ high expectations,” stated Ken Bogdan, board chairman. Greene’s leaving with “so many great and wonderful memories to cherish,” signifies the end of an era. “We are going to miss her,” said Klimack. “But we are so excited for her to go and enjoy the retirement that she so rightly deserves.” Reminiscing, Jean Holmes, board trustee, said “When I think of Miss Jo I am reminded of a quote from Fred Rogers Neighborhood: “Listening is when love begins: listening to ourselves and…neighbors.” “While I look forward to my retirement, I will truly miss working with my “second family.” And if you see Mrs. Greene around town, make sure to congratulate her on her retirement!

Adult Summer Reading Program at Troy Public Library

TROY – Sign up now for our fully online Adult Summer Reading Program! This program runs  now through September 12th and is for all readers 18 and up. Once registered you will be able to earn points by tracking your reading and attending online programs. Once you earn enough points you will be able to enter our raffle to earn gift cards to local businesses and restaurants including DeFazio’s, Market Block Books, River Rocks Bead Shop, Culinary Square, Snowman, and the River Street Beat Shop. Register today 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. Registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the library online at The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

This Week at the East Greenbush Community Library

EAST GREENBUSH – Current library building hours: Closed Sunday & Monday (virtual resources & programs remain available). Open Tuesday – Friday, 11-6pm and Saturday, 9-1pm for drive-thru window (pick up holds only, no returns), returns (book drop is closed, returns are only accepted at front door during open hours) & in-library browsing (limited time & capacity). For service updates and hours call 518-477-7476 or visit

Learn more about the following events and register at:

8/31: Monday Night Book Chat, 7pm on library’s Facebook channel.

9/2: Outdoor Farmers’ Market, *new time* 4-6:30pm (rain or shine).

9/3: “Virtual Meet the Candidates Night, 7pm. Learn more about the 4 people who have qualified to be on the ballot for 2 open Library Trustee spots. Check library online calendar for details. Candidate bios available here:

9/15: Library 2021 Budget Vote and Election, 9am-9pm in the library. Details available online at:

We’re collecting items for our Community Archival Project. For details or to submit materials go to Be sure to get the kids involved too!

Readers Advisory Services for adults: and Kids Book Bundles Fill out the online form with your preferences, we’ll select books to match and put them on hold for you! You can also call 518-477-7476 for help.

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The BookSeller at the Lansingburgh Library will be Open Saturday 10-2

LANSINGBURGH – The Book Seller at the Lansingburgh Library will be OPEN Saturday 10-2 . We will follow the same safety protocols as the library with our own sneeze guard. There are new “gently used” books on the shelves, still only $1 for adult books and 25 cents for children’s books. Find us at 27 114th St. Lansingburgh (the same block as the Snowman). Brought to you by the Friends of the Troy Public Library

Sorry, no additional donations until we have sold a bit of our back log.

Adult Evening Book Group Meeting

TROY – The Troy Public Library’s Evening Book Group will be discussing Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power on Monday, September 14th at 6:30 PM.

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 meeting will be conducted via 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

What’s Happening at The Clark Art Institute?

TROY – Vicki Saltzman, The Institute’s Director of Communications, will be here to give us an overview of the Clark and their current exhibits, Lines from Life: French Drawings From the Diamond Collection, Pia Camil: Velo Revelo, Lin May Saeed: Arrival of the Animals, 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

Services & Events at Castleton Public Library, 8/30-9/5

CASTLETON –  Located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033. All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

We’re currently offering in-person visits by appointment and curbside pick-up! For the most up-to-date information about visiting the library, see, call us at 518-732-0879, or send an email to We’re here to serve you!

Love eBooks and digital audiobooks? With your library card, you can enjoy free eBooks, digital audiobooks, digital magazines, music, movies, TV, and more! Visit for a complete list of our digital resources.

Attention Summer Reading Club participants! Remember – Monday, 8/31 is the last day to submit your summer reading record! Log online or hand in your paper record at the library by 6:00 pm on Monday, August 31 to be entered to win our prize drawings! Youth participants can also pick up their goody bags from now through 9/11!

Virtual Storytime

New episode posted Wednesday, 9/2

Join Miss Joelle for a story and rhymes/songs that you can participate in at home! A new storytime video is posted every Wednesday. All videos are available on-demand to fit your schedule. The complete Virtual Storytime playlist can be found here:

Cool Science at Home: Slime!

Kit available for pick-up at the library from 9/4 through 10/2 (call 518-732-0879)

In this science exploration, make your own slime and learn about polymers! How-to video and handout will be added to our Cool Science playlist on 9/4. Full playlist:

Take & Make Crafts: Fun Fall Crafts

Kit available for pick-up at the library from 9/4 through 10/2 (call 518-732-0879)

Get excited for autumn with an assortment of fall-themed crafts! How-to video will be added to our Take & Make Crafts playlist on 9/4. Full playlist:

Sand Lake Town Library News

SAND LAKE – Are you looking to brush up on your workforce tech skills? We have some classes available for you online…

August 29, 10am – 12pm Introduction to Google Apps Suite for beginners will provide an overview of the free tools available with a Google or Gmail account as well as the best practices for making use of Google’s apps.

September 3, 7 – 9pm Introduction to Windows 10 for beginners will teach you how to get the most out of the Windows 10 interface. As a bonus, learn how to stream videos and download digital library content for free using the Overdrive app.

Contact the library to reserve a seat in either of these online classes via GoToMeeting .

Coming soon to Butler Park! SLTL hopes to have a StoryWalk installed in Butler Park by the playground by the end of the month. Check our website for details.

Weekly craft kits and storytime packets are available through the end of August.

The library is currently open by appointment for browsing and computer use Mon/Wed 11 – 3; Tues/Thurs 2 – 6; Sat 10 – 2. Make a 20 minute appointment by calling 518-674-5050. Everyone must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when entering the building; if you are unable to wear a mask or feel anxious about coming inside, we have curbside service available.

Check our website and community calendar for more things to do online and in our area.

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