At Your Library

At Your Library 10.22.20

The Book Seller is Open Saturdays

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. In addition to “ gently used” books for all ages, there are Classical, Country and Pop CDs and Audio Books, plus a safe environment to browse.

The Election, The Supreme Court Nomination: You Have Questions, We Have Answers

TROY – On Tuesday, October 27th at 6PM, Professor Robert Whitaker, will lead a discussion group at the Troy Public Library. How do presidential elections work? What is the Electoral College and why do we have it? What does the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg mean for the future of the Supreme Court? How are justices appointed to the Court? Political Science Professor at Hudson Valley Community College, Robert Whitaker, will give a short presentation on presidential elections and the Electoral College, as well as Supreme Court and judicial appointments, and then allow time for questions.

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 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 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.

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

North Greenbush Public Library Update

NORTH GREENBUSH – It’s no trick to treat yourself and your family to a Halloween craft kit, available at the North Greenbush Public Library. For children ages four and up there is a flying bat craft, a glowing ghost craft, and a magnetic black cat kit; older children and adults can avail themselves of a Glowing Lantern craft kit for those midnight cemetery hauntings. Call the library to reserve a kit using Grab ’N’ Go.

‘The Killings at Kingfisher Hill’ by Pulitzer Prize winner Sophie Hannah will be discussed at the next meeting of our Virtual Book Club, Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 PM. Call the library to reserve a copy or online at

New to the audiobook collection is ‘Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents’ by Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winner for her book, ‘The Warmth of Other Suns.’ In ‘Caste’ Wilkerson compares America’s structural use of race to global patterns and the caste systems in India and Nazi Germany. She provides insights and illumination onto one of today’s incendiary subjects.

Remember, we are now open for appointments and Grab ’N’ Go on Saturday. Our hours are Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat 10 AM to 2 PM; Tue/Thur 3-7 PM. All patrons must wear a mask for both appointments and Grab ’N’ Go. Call the library at 518-283-0303.

East Greenbush Community Library

EAST GREENBUSH – Hours: Monday, 11-2pm for Returns only; Tue., Thu., & Fri. 11-6pm; Wed. 11-7pm ; Sat 10-2pm; Building closed Sundays; Virtual library is always open!

Services: 30-minute/limited capacity in-library browse and borrow; drive-thru holds pickup; returns at the front door; general computer use (see reference desk): self-serve copying and wireless printing; laptop & hot spots available for loan; limited capacity seating is available (limit to 30-minutes). For service updates and hours call 518-477-7476 or visit

Learn more about programs or register at

10/26: Monday Night Book Chat, 7pm on our Facebook channel.

10/27: Virtual Monster Storytime (Toddlers – Pre-K), 10am, register.

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

10//30: Spooky Trivia (grades 6-12), 3:30pm, register.

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

Visit our Check It Out with Charlie blog at – it’s chock full of Charlie’s favorite jokes & books!

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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