At Your Library

At Your Library 11.11.21

Poestenkill Library Hires New Director

POESTENKILL – The Poestenkill Library has hired Donna Riley as the Library Director, effective November 29, 2021. Riley brings extensive local library experience to this position. She has been an active member of the Friends at the William K. Sanford Library in Colonie, she served as a Children’s Librarian in East Greenbush, and she has worked at North Greenbush Public Library for several years. Among her many duties at the North Greenbush, she currently develops programming, creates and monitors social media, and supports various customer needs. “Little libraries are what I love,” said Riley. “Supporting our rural communities by providing library resources is work that is worth doing, the best prize in life.” With her parents as long-time residents of Poestenkill, Riley has been a regular visitor to Market Day and an admirer of Poestenkill’s appreciation for its library. Amanda Martinez-Kirby, the Director since September 8, has resigned–reluctantly–for a relocation opportunity that is in the best interests of her family. “My short time with the Poestenkill Library has been so meaningful and rewarding,” said Martinez-Kirby. “I hate to leave, but I am so honored to have had even a small part in the history of this wonderful library.”

North Greenbush Public Library Update

NORTH GREENSBUSH – To honor all who have served our country, today, Veterans Day, November 11, the North Greenbush Public Library will be closed.

And in preparation for our national feasting day celebrating the harvest, Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 25, we will close at 5 PM the Wednesday before, November 24, and remain closed through Friday, November 26. The library will reopen on Saturday, November 27 at 10 AM.

The November pick for our Virtual Book Club is “Northern Spy” by Flynn Berry. A thriller and mystery, the book’s protagonist, Tessa, a young mother, is drawn into working as a double agent in the Irish Republican Army. Join this heart-stopping discussion on Monday, November 29, at 6:30 via Zoom. Email for a copy of the book or the meeting link.

Involvement in our community following a year of tumultuous change can open doors of healing and growth. The North Greenbush Public Library is asking you to help further the purpose of the library to the community and become a trustee Board member. As a trustee you will help create and develop the

mission of the library. Among the areas a trustee is involved with are the planning and evaluation of the library’s service programs; helping secure funding; exercising fiduciary responsibility for the use of public and private funds; maintaining a Library that strives to meet the needs of the community, and

promoting the library to the local community. Our trustees come from all walks of life, each with their own strength, which together creates a voice of the future. Please join our future. Contact Kenneth G. Bogdan, Board President, at, with your questions about the activities of the Board of Trustees.

Library hours are Monday through Friday, 10 AM-7 PM, and Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM. Library patrons are required to wear masks; visits are limited to 30 minutes. Any questions? Call the library at 518-283-0303.

Sand Lake Town Library News

SAND LAKE – SLT Library will be closed Thursday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Access your account online to request or renew library materials; or leave a message at 518-674-5949.

The SLT Library Board of Trustees will meet Thursday, November 18 at 6:45pm in the program room. If you’re looking for ways to get involved in your community, we’re looking for new trustees for 2022. Come help us build a stronger library to meet the community’s present and future needs.

The book for SLTL Book Club’s December discussion will be “Animal, Vegetable, Junk” by Mark Bittman. Pick up a copy at the library.

Intro to Cloud Computing Tuesday, November 30 at 6pm. Is your cell phone clogged up and displaying “low storage” alerts? Want to email large batches of photos without a hitch? Need to access your files on the go? Worried about online data safety? We’ll explore the mysterious “Cloud” and learn how to get files and photos moving automatically between your various devices. This class is a lecture with demonstrations, taught online, via Zoom. Skill Level: Intermediate

Check the Community Calendar at for events around town. Submit events to

Library Hours: M-TH 11 – 8; F 11 – 3; Sat 10 – 2. Call 518-674-5050 for more information.

East Greenbush Community Library

EAST GREENBUSH – The library is open! Come in, browse and borrow Mon-Fri 10-8; Sat 10-5; Sun. 1-5. See COVID service level metrics at Our digital library is always open at

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: Closing early (5pm) on 11/24; Closed (all day) on 11/25. Regular hours resume on Friday 11/26.

Library programs & registration (*):

We have programs for kids & teens! Check our events page for in-person programs.

11/11: Movie: An American in Paris* at 1-4 pm

11/15: Book Discussions* at 10 am or 6:30 pm

11/16: Writing Workshop (5-part series): Travels Near or Far* at 7 pm (via Zoom)

11/17: The Harlem Hellfighters Military Jazz Band (presented by New York State Senior Historian Aaron Noble)* at 6:30 pm (via Zoom); Wednesday Night Book Chat at 7 pm (library Facebook page), no registration required.

11/18: Virtual Hands-On Cooking with Felisha Chandler of Cornell Cooperative Extension*, 6 pm (via Zoom)

11/22: Understanding Medicare That Works for You* at 1 pm

11/23: Understanding Medicare That Works for You* at 5:30 pm

Readers Advisory Services:

Kids Book Bundles:

Borrow laptops, hotspots, kids’ tablets, movies-on-the-go & audiobooks from Playaway.

Tech & Other:,

*New* Ancestry, America’s News, Black Life in America, Consumer Reports, Heritage Hub, and Times Union. Learn more at

Ilium Literary Club Meeting

TROY – The Troy Ilium Literary Club’s November meeting will be held at 2 pm on Friday, Nov. 12 at the Brunswick Historical Society, Route 2, Brunswick. Our guest speaker is Joseph Dalton author of “ Washington’s Golden Age: Hope Ridings Miller, the Society Beat and the Rise of Women Journalists”. Guests are welcome to attend.

Help The Poestenkill Library and the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance keep the outdoor fun going!

POESTENKILL – Poestenkill Library is now accepting donations of books which relate to wilderness and wildlife only. These will be shared with the public through a little free library that is going to be installed by Boy Scout Kevin Cooper of Troop 528 as part of his Eagle Scout Project that encourages visitors to expand their outdoor fun with a book to enjoy at home. Books can be left on the porch of the Poestenkill Library until November 22.

The Dogs of Chernobyl: 35 Years later, A Story of Hope and Resilience With Stephen Quandt

TROY – Join us at the on Monday, November 29th at 6:00pm for a Troy Public Library virtual event.

35 years after the nuclear accident Stephen Quant went to Chernobyl to participate in a spay/neuter and research campaign for the dogs that were descended from the pets left behind after the nuclear plant disaster of 1986. With many personally shot photos and videos, Stephen tells his story of meeting the inhabitants of the mostly abandoned town of Chernobyl City, the totally abandoned city of Pripyat and the dogs that were encountered. Stephen Quandt, most recently the Feline Behavior Coordinator for the Animal Care Centers of NYC ( and of the has worked in animal welfare since 2002 and has created this webinar based on his experiences in the Exclusion Zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

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

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