At Your Library

At Your Library 09.24.20

Results for East Greenbush Library 2021 Budget Vote & Election

EAST GREENBUSH – The proposed budget for the East Greenbush Community Library was presented to voters at the annual Library Election and Budget Vote held on September 15. The proposed budget of $2,067,581, which is 3.2% decrease (which is in response to a total income loss of $68,967) and is below the NYS Property Tax Cap, passed with a margin of 6 to 1. 

The total taxable value of the East Greenbush Library Special Legislative District has increased approximately 1.4%. This will result in taxes remaining essentially flat. The proposed levy from East Greenbush this year is $1,722,454. The estimated cost will be $0.90 per assessed $1,000 property value, which is $0.01 less than in 2020. Cost to the taxpayer with a house assessed at $200,000 would be approximately $180. Copies of the budget are available on East Greenbush Community Library’s website, at  

A second proposal on the ballot is the election of two Trustee positions on the Library’s Board of Trustees. The newly elected Library Trustees are Camille Engel and Lewis Dubuque, both will begin serving their five-year terms on January 1, 2021. The other candidates on the ballot, Charles Pensabene and Michael Thoma, both had a strong showing. 

North Greenbush Public Library Update

NORTH GREENBUSH – The Board of Trustees of the North Greenbush Public Library thanks the voters of the North Greenbush Library District for their overwhelming support for the 2020 budget,” stated Board President Kenneth Bodgan, following a successful turnout for the Sept. 10 vote.

This Saturday, Sept. 26, the Friends of North Greenbush Public Library is hosting a garage sale to benefit the library at 56 Streamview Lane, Wynantskill, from 9 AM to 3 PM. The Friends’ initiatives in support of the library include fundraisers, developing community programs, and advocating for the library. Community support by ideas or membership is always welcomed. Our Virtual Book Club will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 PM. We will discuss “The Giver,” winner of the 1994 Newberry Award, by Lois Lowry; it was released as a movie in 2014.. Call the library to reserve a book.

Take-home craft kits have returned for the fall with a leaf suncatcher and an apple coffee filter craft kit available during Grab ‘N’ Go hours. The crafts are appropriate for ages 4+. Call the library at 518-283-0303 to arrange pick-up.

Grab ’N’ Go pick-up or appointment hours are Mon/Wed/Fri 10 AM to 2 PM, and Tue/Thur 3 PM to 7 PM. Patron appointments are limited to 20 minutes, for browsing the collection, to print, copy, or fax. For Grab ’N’ Go and appointments, call the library at 518-283-0303.

Repurposing Found Objects Into Garden Art with Denise Maurer

TROY – Master Gardener and Interior Designer Denise Maurer will be presenting a workshop entitled Repurposing Found Objects Into Garden Art on Tuesday, September 29th at 6PM, via Zoom for the Troy Public Library.

Have a lot of odd glass pieces that have been collecting dust? Learn how to make garden totems and flowers for the garden. How about an old lamp base? Wire a moss lined basket to it to transform it into a graceful planter. Discover ways to repurpose found objects into something else. We’ll share inspiration and instruction in this fun class. You’ll need to bring your creativity.

This program is free and open to the public. Please make reservations by calling the library at 518-274-7071 or register online at 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. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 2nd Street, Troy, New York.

The Book Seller is Open

TROY – The Book Seller, a project of The Friends of the Troy Public Library, is open each Saturday from 10-2 at the Lansingburgh Library, 27 114th St. There are new “gently used” books on the shelf each week, and a safe environment to browse. All proceeds support programs, services and purchases which enhance the Library buildings and the experience of the patrons.

Nassau Free Library News

NASSAU – Writers Get-Together is meeting on Zoom each first and third Thursday of the month at 6 pm. If you are writing memoirs, short stories, essays and/or exploring creative writing, this is a supportive space for you. For more information, please call Claudia at (518) 766-0182.

Uncovering and Recovering Race in America: A Reading and Discussion Group

TROY – On Tuesday, October 6th & 20th, November 3rd & 17th and December 1st & 15th at 6PM, Dr. Jennifer Thompson Burns will lead a reading and discussion group at the Troy Public Library.

This reading and discussion group will explore the inception, inculcation, and function of race in American society. We chose this topic to improve our understanding of systematic, and social, inclusion and exclusion in American systems. Our goal is to tease out the implicit ways race serves as a real, and imagined, force in the lives of all Americans. This group will explore racial dynamics in America, centering on the intersectional forces imbedded in systematic racism to better understand the racial disparities in economics, health care and mass incarceration in America today. The first book the group will read is Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt. Please have this book read for the October 6th meeting. Copies of the book are available at the check out desk.

Registration is required and is limited. For more information and to register call the library at 518-274-7071or online at 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. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

Services & Events at Castleton Public Library, 9/27-10/3

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

Notes on Library Service:

Castleton Public Library is open to the public for walk-in service! Please note that building capacity and services offered will be limited during this time. Check our website ( or call us at 518-732-0879 for the most up-to-date information about what services were are currently providing. We also continue to offer curbside pickup service for your convenience!

Our Events, 9/27-10/3:

Cool Science at Home: Slime! – Kit available for pick-up at the library through 10/2

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

Take & Make Crafts: Fun Fall Crafts – Kit available for pick-up at the library through 10/2

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

Virtual Storytime – New video posted Wednesday, September 30.

Join Miss Joelle for a story and rhymes/songs that you can participate in at home! Enjoy storytime anytime, when it’s convenient for you. A new storytime video is added to our Virtual Storytime playlist every Wednesday. The full playlist can be found here:

Sand Lake Town Library News

SAND LAKE – The Sand Lake Town Library Book Club will be discussing “Autumn” by Ali Smith on Wednesday, October 7 at 7pm. Contact the library for information on joining the discussion.

Ask about our weekly storytime packets and take-home craft kits.

Looking for ways to get involved in your community? Why not consider becoming a library trustee? We are currently looking for individuals to complete a term and to fill new terms starting January 2021.

SLTLibrary hours have been extended on Tuesday and Thursday. Current hours for appointments are M & W 11 – 3, T & Th 11 – 6 and Saturday 10 – 2. Plus downloadable ebooks and audiobooks are available 24/7 through the OverDrive and Hoopla platforms – links to both are in the sidebar on our webpage.

Check our online community calendar for events in our area. Local non-profit community groups can submit events for the calendar to

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