At Your Library

At Your Library 10.10.19

Local Benefits of the 2020 Census

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. Doreen Dan of our local Department of Commerce will be giving a brief presentation at the library outlining the benefits of obtaining a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census, and opportunities for local residents. This information session will be held Wednesday, October 16th at 6:00pm at the Troy Public Library. The library is located at 100 2nd Street, Troy NY 12180.

Cyber Safety Workshop

The Internet has drastically changed the way that we interact with the world and it’s important that everyone understand what the cyber risks are and also know what to do to combat these threats. Staff from the New York State Office of Information Technology Services will be providing a great overview of the cyber threats as well and tips and tricks to maintain a safe & secure online life! This workshop will be held at the Troy Public Library on Wednesday, October 30th, at 6:00 pm.

Caves and Caverns of New York State

Join us Wednesday, November 6th, at 6:00 pm at the Troy Public Library when Bill Cotrofeld will speak about the caves of New York State, how they were formed, early explorers and caving equipment and safety, along with a video presentation.

Bill and two high school friends in Albany, NY became interested in cave exploring (commonly known as “spelunking”), after finding a book in the Albany Public Library titled “Underground Empire” by Clay Perry of Pittsfield, Mass. Using the cave information in the book they then turned to the New York State Museum Geology Bulletins for the areas mentioned to try and locate the caves themselves. They found two early NYSM publications that had entire chapters written on the caves in several areas of New York State. Together with USGS topographic maps and the NYS Museum information they were able to locate virtually all of the now famous caves in New York State. Next was a trip to the Army- Navy Store to purchase helmets, carbide lamps, boots, etc. For the next four years Bill and his buddies spent just about every free weekend exploring the caves in the Helderberg Mountains and Schoharie Valley.

In 1956 Bill joined the National Speleological Society (NSS), an International organization composed of people interested in the study of caves (speleology) and exploring caves. Bill received his Life Membership in the NSS at his 50-Year milestone , and is now approaching his 65-Year Membership.

This program is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 100 2nd Street, Troy NY 12180.

Nassau Free Library Programs

Storytime: Every Wednesday 10:30am

Pajama & Book Drive: Oct.1 and Nov. 1. Bring a set of PJs and a book for kids size 6months-16. All pajamas and books will go to the Nassau Resource Center for children in need.

Library Writing Center- Tuesdays 2-5pm Call the library to reserve a one half-hour time slot.

Library Computer Skills Lab- Thursdays 2-5pm Call the library to reserve a one half-hour session to learn basic computer skills for success.

Open Mic Night: Fri. 10/11 6pm

Beginner’s Yoga- Sat. 10/5, 10/12, 10/26-10:30am

Lego Club- Wed. 10/16 6pm

Fitness Fusion- Thurs. 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 6pm

Pajama Storytime Sat. 10/19 10:30am

Animal Tracks and Signs: The Oldest Writing on Earth- Mon. 10/21 6:30pm- This program will open your eyes to the stories animals leave as they live their lives all around us. It will change what you see during your next walk or hike.

Purl Jam Knitting Group- Wed. 10/23 6-8pm

Financing your Education Workshop Thurs. 10/24 6-7:30pm- Scott Ahrens from the New York State Dept. of Financial Services will be speaking about how to finance your child’s college education.

Cookbook Club & Potluck Mon. 10/28 6:30pm Theme: Harvest.

Ted Talks Coffee & Conversations- Bird and Butterfly Migration: Tues. 10/29 3pm

Book Group I: Tues. 10/22 7pm

Teen Cafe: Wed. 10/30 6-8pm

Trick or Treat @ the Library: Stop into the library on Halloween night while you’re trick or treating in the village!

The Nassau Free Library is located on 18 Church St. in Nassau. Please register for programs. (518)766-2715 Visit us on Facebook & the web at

Fall into October at the Library!

Join us at the library for bushels of fun during the month of October.

Meditation for the Whole Family: On Oct. 13 at 3pm Drew Assini, MA, LCADC, will lead us in meditation that everyone in the family can do, each in their own way. No prior experience necessary.

The Myth and Allure of Bees: “Bee” informed. Learn with Fariel English about mankind’s relationship with bees and honey from the age of the dinosaurs to not-quite the present on Oct.24 from 10-12.

“Creativity and Resilience:” On Oct. 27 at 3pm Artist Linda Baker-Cimini will present her engaging and often absurd art. This event is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

How to Save Money: Gift Thrifty Holidays: Find the holidays overwhelming and a big drain on your budget? Take this workshop on Oct. 30 with Theresa Mayhew to learn strategies to get more holiday joy, lower your stress and reduce your holiday spending. Runs from 10-11:30.

For more information about any of these events, contact the NCFL at (518) 766-3211 or, or stop in and visit us at 4287 NY-SR 203, North Chatham.

East Greenbush Community Library 10/10-10/17

10 Community Way, East Greenbush. 518-477-7476 or

*Events with an asterisk require Registration.

Costume Swap donations being accepted now through October 11th. Costume Swap is on 10/12, noon to 2pm. Visit or call the Children’s Room for details.

Mascot Design Contest (grades K-12). Help us create an official mascot for the Children’s Room. Submission forms due by 10/19. Visit or call the Children’s Room for guidelines and submission form.

10/10: Diabetes 101*, 6pm

10/11: Adult Open Recreation Space, 9:30am – 2:s0pm; Discovery Play (ages 1-5), 10am

10/12: Costume Swap, 2pm – see details above about how to get a swap ticket for this event.

10/13: University at Albany’s Confucius Institute Chinese Musicians and Cultural Presentation, 2pm

10/14: AARP Smart Driver Course*, 9:30am-4pm; Comic Book Club (ages 9-13)*, 1pm; Crafter Eve: Paint N’ Sip (Seltzer), 6pm

10/15: Drop-In Tuesday Tech Time, 4-6pm; Mat Yoga with Camie*, 5:30pm

10/16: English as a New Language*, 9:30-12:30pm; Adult Open Recreation Space, 9:30am-2:30pm; Teen Anime Club, 3pm; Free Monthly Movie*, 6:30pm

Brunswick Library Events

Brunswick Community Library | 518-279-4023

4118 State Highway 2 | Troy, NY 12180

Special Events:

Friday, October 18 @ 6:00 pm – Altered Notebook Class (Please call 518-279-4023 to sign up.)

Saturday, October 19 – 11:00 am to 5:30 pm – AARP Driver Safety Course ($20 for AARP members, $25 for non members)

Tuesday, October 22 @ 10:30 am – Tots Music Class

Friday, October 25 @ 2:00 pm – Homeschool Board Game Day

Thursday, October 31 – 4:00 to 6:00 pm – Trunk or Treat

Book Clubs:

Wednesday, October 9 @ 10:30 am – Carnegie’s Maid

Fridays, October 18 & 25 @ noon – Carrie (Book & Movie discussions)

Tuesday, October 22 @ 6:00 pm – The Island of Sea Women

Friday, October 25 @ 6:00 pm – The Library Book

Weekly Events:

Mondays & Wednesdays @ 1:00 pm – Bridge Club

Mondays & Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm – Adult Yoga

Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 10:30 am – Tots Time

Thursdays @ 1:00 pm – Knitting Circle

Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – STEAM Class

Events at Castleton Public Library, 10/6 – 10/12

Located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033

All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Learn & Play Storytime – Thursday, October 10, 10:30am – Children ages birth to 5 years are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement while building their early literacy and motor skills!

Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, October 11, 10:00-11:00am – Playing is learning! With a variety of age-appropriate toys and blocks provided, this playtime is designed for children ages birth to 5 to strengthen their early literacy skills while playing with caregivers & friends.

Bridge Club – Friday, October 11, 10:30am – For beginners and those needing a refresher.

Paint a Mini Pumpkin – Friday, October 11, 4:00-8:00pm – Come paint your own mini pumpkin for Halloween! A 2nd Friday event.

Legomania! – Saturday, October 12, 10:00am–4:00pm – We’ll have our big Lego bins out all day for this epic build-a-thon!

Sand Lake Town Library Events

Storytime – Thursdays at 11:30am. Learn early literacy skills and strategies with your pre-schooler while enjoying stories, rhymes and a simple craft. Learn about the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program while you are here.

Pre-school Playtime – Fridays at 11am. Drop in with your pre-schooler to meet and play with other pre-schoolers. We have duplo blocks, Potato Heads, and more.

Closing – The library will be closed for Columbus Day, Monday, October 14.

Stretch & Strengthen – New Day: Wednesdays at 11:15am. Gently stretch and strengthen your muscles. Bring a yoga mat or large towel and wear comfortable clothes.

SLTLibrary Board Meeting – Thursday, October 17 at 6:45pm.

Rain or Shine Storytime – Formerly a popular program at the State Museum, its creator has offered to bring it to Sand Lake. Come join the fun Saturday, October 19, 11 – 12:30pm.

The Great Give Back – Saturday, October 19. Please help us give back to our community by donating personal hygiene items to be given to Doors of Hope for distribution. We will be collection throughout the week.

Census 2020 Recruitment at the SLTLibrary – Tuesday, October 22, 11am – 2pm learn about job opportunities with Census 2020. If you are a US Citizen, age 18 or older by April 2020, this could be the summer job for you. Computers will be available to start the job application process.

Builders’ Club – Wednesday, October 23, 3:30 – 5:30pm.

Check Out Flipster!

Wynantskill, New York— Flipster provides digital access through your library to the magazines you know and love. Read the complete contents of over 60 popular digital magazines on your computer or mobile device. There is no separate account to set up, your library card grants you access from wherever you are. Titles include People, US Weekly, The New Yorker, Forbes and many more. The free Flipster app for your mobile device is available on the iTunes Store and on Google Play. For links and more information, see the library website:

North Greenbush Public Library, 141 Main Avenue, Wynantskill, NY 12198

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