At Your Library

At Your Library 10.15.20

The Book Seller is Open Saturday

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: fiction and non fiction, books for children, young adults and adults, plus a safe environment to browse.

Sand Lake Town Library News

SAND LAKE – The Library Board of Trustees will meet virtually on Thursday, October 15 at 7pm. Connection info for the meeting will be posted that afternoon on the library’s website.

The library will be participating in The Great Give Back, October 17, with a canned goods/personal items drive to benefit Doors of Hope. Items can be dropped off at the library between October 13 and October 17.

New storytime packets are available starting each Thursday.

The SLTL StoryWalk™ is now in place along the edge of the playground at Butler Park. A StoryWalk™ is an outdoor reading experience, complete with activities to do as you walk and read. Come down this weekend and check it out. StoryWalk™ was supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services Program and by Upper Hudson Library System. The StoryWalk™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

The library is currently open by appointment for browsing and computer use Mon/Wed 11 – 3; Tues/Thurs 11 – 6; Sat 10 – 2. Computer use is limited to 30 minutes; maximum time in the building is 1 hour. 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, curbside service is available.

Looking to be more involved in your community? Would you like to help our library grow? The Sand Lake Town Library Board of Trustees is looking for new members. Call 518-674-5050 or email director@nullsandlaketownlibrary.org for more information.

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

North Greenbush Public Library Update

NORTH GREENBUSH – Saturday hours return to the North Greenbush Public Library (hoorah!) beginning this Saturday, October 17, with Grab ’N’ Go pick-up and 20-minute appointments available from 10 AM to 2 PM, just in time for your pre-Halloween graveyard excursion, with the aid of our Graveyard Lantern kit! Designed for teens and adults, you’ll get a link to a video tutorial with complete instructions. And with fall’s leaves quickly piling up, our Halloween take-home craft kit is ready, in addition to our leaf sun-catcher and apple coffee filter craft kit. The kits are appropriate for children four years and older and may be requested using the library’s Grab ’N’ Go service.

A new addition to the library’s DVD collection, “A Hidden Life,” is based on true events in a small Austrian mountain town in 1943–a farmer’s defiance of evil–his love of life, wife, family, and God–and his defiance of fascism, refusing to take the loyalty oath to Adolf Hitler, required of every Austrian soldier. “We saw the hate in their eyes. We’d forgotten our true father.” The relentless weeping strings of the violin, music composed by James Newton Howard, tears at the fabric of your heart as you witness a community ostracizing the morality and faith embodied in this man–a movie not to be missed.

To request an appointment for copy, print, fax, and browsing, or for Grab ’N’ Go, call the library at 518-283-0303. Appointment and Grab ’N’ Go hours are Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat 10 AM to 2 PM and Tue/Thur 3-7 PM.

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

TROY – On Tuesday, October 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 www.thetroylibrary.org. 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.

Devlin Barrett Author Visit

TROY – On Wednesday, October 21st at 6PM, Washington Post reporter and Troy native, Devlin Barrett, will join us via Zoom to discuss his newly published book, October Surprise: How the FBI Tried to Save Itself and Crashed an Election.

Devlin Barrett writes about the FBI and the Justice Department. He was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for National Reporting, for coverage of Russian interference in the U.S. election. He has covered federal law enforcement for more than 20 years, and has worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, and the New York Post. His book, October Surprise: How the FBI Tried to Save Itself and Crashed the Election tells the story of the 2016 Election, which altered American political history. The event that broke Hillary’s blue wall in the Midwest and swung Florida and North Carolina was an October Surprise, and it was wholly a product of the leadership of the FBI. This is the inside story by the reporter closest to its center.

Copies of the book are available for sale at Market Block Books. This program is co-sponsored by The Friends of The Troy Public Library.

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. This program is free and open to the public. For more information and to register call the library at 518-274-7071or online at www.thetroylibrary.org. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

East Greenbush Community Library Events

EAST GREENBUSH – Hours: Monday 11-2pm returns only, Tuesday 11-6p, Wednesday 11-7p, Thursday 11-6p, Friday 11-6p and Saturdays 10-2p. Visit us during open hours for 30-minute in-library browsing (limited computer use and seating is now available), drive-thru hold pickup and returns at the front door. Virtual library is always open! For updates call 518-477-7476 or visit eglibrary.org.

New Services: Limited computer use and limited seating now available; visits limited to 30-minutes. Inquire at the reference desk for more information about computer use. Print wirelessly to the library printer from any device, anywhere. Learn more at https://eglibrary.org/about/services/wireless-printing/. Mobile hotspots and laptops are available for loan (limited quantity/loan period).

Learn more about programs or register at https://events.eglibrary.org

10/16: Virtual Games (grades 6-12), 3:30pm, register.

10/19: Monday Night Book Chat, 7pm on our Facebook channel.

10/21: Hands-On Virtual Cooking Class with Cornell Cooperative Extension, 6:30pm, register.

10/28: Virtual Family Halloween Bingo, 6:30pm, register.

Storytime: visit our calendar, social media, and YouTube channels for dates and times.

*New* Check It Out with Charlie blog – it’s chock full of Charlie’s favorite jokes & books! https://eglibrarykids.wordpress.com/

Readers Advisory Services for adults: https://eglibrary.org/adults/recommendations/ and Kids Book Bundles https://eglibrary.org/children/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.

Understanding Shakespeare – All’s Well That Ends Well

TROY – Join us at the Troy Public Library on Thursdays, October 22nd – November 19th from 6:30PM – 7:30PM for our Understanding Shakespeare workshop.

This will be a five-session program on how to understand Shakespeare’s plays. We will start our discussion with Act 1 of Shakespeare’s comedy “All’s Well That Ends Well.” In the following four weeks we will discuss the play one act at a time. This program will allow the participants to put the play in a variety of contexts, such as its relationship to his other works and to current events. Tom Bulger, Shakespeare Scholar and retired professor from Siena College will lead this workshop. Please have Act One read for the October 22nd discussion.

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.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is necessary. For more information and to register, call the library at 274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

October at Rensselaer Public Library

RENSSELAER – Trick or Treat at the Library: Saturday, October 31 from 11-3. Stop by the Rensselaer Public Library to get a non-food treat and take a picture at our photo station.

Maker Lab: pick up a free craft kit each Friday in October, connected to an online video and selection of books and links. Oct 16, 3D printing, Oct 23, Coding Robots, Oct 30, Slime. Ages 6-12.

Masks must be worn at all times while in our library. Walk-in hours are 12-3 on Mondays, 11-3 Tuesday through Saturday. Call ahead as we might be at capacity. Curbside pickup and appointments can be set up by calling 518-462-1193. Rensselaerlibrary.org.

Short Story Reading and Discussion Group

TROY – On Wednesdays, through November 18th at 6PM (no meeting October 21), Short Story writer David Sylvester will lead a reading and discussion group at the Troy Public Library. Local short-story writer Dave Sylvester hosts The Short Story Café, an 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 stories by well-known (and some lesser-known!) masters of the form. Copies of the stories will be available in advance and should be read before the discussions. 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 first set of stories is available at the information desk of the main library. For more information and to register call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

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