At Your Library

At Your Library 09.08.22

Harmonic Nature

Laura Cannamela will present “Harmonic Nature,” featuring her art, at the North Chatham Free Library on Sunday September 18 at 3 pm. She finds inspiration by observing the Kinderhook Creek and patterns in nature. She will show her work and discuss some of her art historical and geological sources, such as Japanese illustrations, ancient Chinese scholars’ rocks, and the glacially carved gorge in Valatie where she lives. She will also explain the ceramic and paper techniques she uses to interpret natural patterns. 

Laura Cannamela received her MFA in Painting from Queens College of CUNY before moving to the Hudson Valley area. Her artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions at galleries in New York and New England. Her ceramic sculpture was entered into the permanent art collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz. She was a Platte Clove Artist-In-Residence and has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and Martha Boschen Porter Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

To register, email the library: Audience will be limited. Registration is required.

North Greenbush Public Library Update

Put on your shoes and get over to the library today, Thursday, September 8, and vote on the North Greenbush Public Library 2023 budget and trustee election, from 10 AM to 8 PM in the lobby at the North Greenbush Town Hall entrance. Town of North Greenbush registered voters are eligible to

vote. For more details, visit

Ever wonder who lives in the forests? Bring your little ones to Outdoor Storytime on Tuesday, September 13, to hear about all those woodland critters, and join in song, story, and craft about our forest friends, starting at 11 AM on the lawn outside the library.

Get ready for cooler temperatures and more indoor time with a few new puzzles at the Friends of North Greenbush Library’s puzzle sale. The sale and 50/50 raffle is slated for Saturday, September 24, from 9 AM to 3 PM in the North Greenbush Town Hall Annex.

Our Tween Book Club will meet Thursday, September 29, at 5:30 to discuss “Dragonsong” by Anne McCaffrey. A craft and snacks will be available. Copies of the book are at the circulation desk.

Library hours are Monday-Friday, 10 AM-7 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM. Questions? Call the library at 518-283-0303.

Greenbush Historical Society Presents “Russell Sage, the Money King”

Please join the Greenbush Historical Society on Sunday, September 11, 2 PM, at the East Greenbush Community Library for historian Michael Barrett’s illustrated lecture about Russell Sage. Born in poverty, Sage was a self-made man who made himself into the quintessential “Robber Barron” of the Gilded Age. After leaving Troy for the richer pickings of NYC, his financial manipulations of the Wall Street stock market, the banking industry, railroads and other major corporations became the stuff of financial legend. Along with his primary partner Jay Gould, Sage pillaged and plundered the American economic marketplace for almost forty years, He was probably the wealthiest American at the time of his death in 1906. His wife’s reaction to his passing is one of the greatest stories of philanthropic retaliation in American history. The program is free and open to the public. Because seating is limited, please call the library at 518-477-7476 to register.

Sand Lake Town Library News

Sand Lake Town Library is welcoming fall with a free educational series on finance and retirement issues. Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 – 7:30pm learn how to protect yourself & your family from Identity Theft which impacts 1 in 3 adults.

Reducing Prescription Costs is the focus on Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 – 7:30pm. In October we’ll look at Social Security on 10/12, 6pm; Medicare on 10/19, 6:30pm; Wills & Healthcare Proxies on 10/26, 6:30pm.

A new adult writing class starts on Tuesday, September 13, 1:30 – 3pm. At the end of the six week course, participants will have their short story piece published in a short story magazine. Call 518-674-5050 to register.

LEGO Tuesdays – ages 4 and up can drop in anytime between 3:30pm and 6:00pm to build with our LEGOs. 

SLTL Board Meeting – Thursday, September 15, 6:45pm.

SLTL Friends Fall Book Sale! Saturday, September 17, 10am – 2pm; bag sale 1 – 2pm. We have a lot of new donations. Plus Tom Chesnut, Taborton Mountain Photography, will have a table of his photos at the sale. All proceeds from this special photo sale will be donated to the library.

Artist Reception & Live Demo with East Bank Arts Alliance, Saturday, September 24, 11am – 1pm. Enjoy refreshments while meeting the artists and watching them work. Their work will be on display in our program room September 6 – October 28.

Museum passes to The Clark, USS Slater, MASS MoCA, Albany Institute of History & Art, and Hancock Shaker Village are available for loan, as are wi-fi hotspots.

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

East Greenbush Library Fall Book Sale

Thousands of used books, DVDs, and audiobooks for adults and children. Huge selection, low prices! Cash, check, or credit card accepted. Friday, October 7 – Noon – 7 PM; Saturday, October 8 – 10 AM – 4:30 PM; Sunday, October 9 – BAG SALE – Noon – 3 PM. Proceeds to benefit the East Greenbush Community Library

Annual Library Election and 2023 Budget Vote on September 13, 2022

East Greenbush Community Library Annual District election will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. at the library (10 Community Way, East Greenbush). The 2023 budget was prepared with an eye toward maintaining the services and programs so valued by our community while still supporting library efforts to innovate and evolve. Four major considerations drove the development of the 2023 budget:

1. Maintain quality library services by providing vibrant physical and virtual spaces, developing diverse collections and programs, investing in technology safety and security, and supporting library staff who make this happen.

2. Join more than 25 UHLS libraries by migrating to “Fine Free” in January 2023, eliminating most fees for the late return of items.

3. Ensure the library’s long-term sustainability by replenishing reserve accounts to mitigate the financial impact of necessary but costly building repairs.

4. Offer transparency to the community by including all income and expenses, including gift, grant, and capital income and expenses, in the voter approved budget.

The proposed 2023 budget (including all fund accounts) is $2,332,682. In previous years gift, grant and capital funds were managed outside the budget. The tax impact on an average homeowner is $9.45/year increase. 

A second proposition on the ballot is for the election of two Trustees to serve five-year terms on the Library Board of Trustees. On the ballot are Michael Poost and Charlie Pensabene. 

For details go to or contact the Library Director, Jill Dugas Hughes, at 518-477-7476 or director @eglibrary.

Agatha Christie Trivia Night

Thursday September 15, 6:30 PM. Try your luck at trivia, enjoy tea food, and discuss Dame Agatha’s literary legacy. Ages 16+, please call to reserve your spot.

Rensselaer Public Library, 676 East St. Call 518-462-1193 or visit for more information.

Fall Market Day at the Poestenkill Library

The Friends of Poestenkill Library are pleased to bring back our popular Fall Market Day. The event will be held on Saturday, September 17th on the library lawn from 9am-12pm, with a rain date of Sunday the 18th. The board game sale is back, and we will also have our book sale, bake sale, a special raffle of a handmade quilted tote bag, and more, along with our hot food offerings. This is always a nice opportunity to chat with your neighbors and support the library, a community hub in the heart of the village. Hope to see you there!

Nassau Free Library Presents: The Importance of Focus- For Getting More of What You Want in Life

Thursday, September 15th, 6 pm

​Do you want more out of life?

Do you find yourself distracted?

Do you wish you could be more focused and achieve more?

​Former illusionist, Greg Dwyer will show you how to create real magic in your life for getting more of what you desire. Greg has worked backstage for Doug Henning’s The Magic Show and was seen by over six million people on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Greg knows how to make the impossible possible and has traveled the world sharing his insights with others. If you want more out of life and would like to focus on making it happen, this interactive 60-minute workshop is for you.

Please call the library to register (518)766-2715 or email The Nassau Free Library is located at 18 Church St. Nassau, NY 12123. Visit for more information.

East Bank Artists Exhibit at Sand lake Library

The East Bank Arts Alliance, including artists from upstate NY and the Hudson Valley, will exhibit their work at the Sand Lake Library Sept 6 – Oct 28. 

Representing diverse styles , paintings done in oil, watercolor , pastel and acrylic will be shown. Photography, mixed media and ceramics will also be included.

A reception will be held at the library on Saturday Sept. 24 from 11am – 2pm . Member artists will be doing live demos of still life , landscape and drawing . Light refreshments will be served. The Exhibit will be hung in the meeting room of the Sand Lake Library , free , open to the public and available during regular Library hours. Everyone is welcome.

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.

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