At Your Library

At Your Library 11.18.21

It’s Hard to Believe It’s Been 20 Years!

SAND LAKE – 20 years ago this month, the first Harry Potter movie hit the big screen and the Sand Lake Town Library Friends remember that time. We have Harry Potter items on display at the library. For a small donation, you’ll get a ticket and be entered to win items including: a Gryffindor banner, a magazine, hardcover books (including a Harry Potter cookbook), a lap desk, a Hogwarts t-shirt or a butterbeer mug! From now until December 16th, put your own tickets in the bag for the item(s) you’re interested in. You can also share your memories of seeing the Harry Potter movies or reading any of the books with the SLTL Friends. Did you dress up in costume to see one of the movies or go to a midnight showing? Did you (or your kids) stay up late reading? Maybe you dressed up for Halloween as one of the characters. Simply upload photos to #sltlfriends or email us at as we “remember all” the magic (get it?)! We’d love to have you join this vibrant group of people dedicated to helping our community library. Contact or visit today.

East Greenbush Community Library

EAST GREENBUSH – Free online access to Consumer Reports, Times Union & The New York Times for library patrons. Access these resources while connected to the library’s Wi-Fi using your device or our public computers. At-home access is also available for EG/Schodack cardholders. Go to for the links.

Friends Mini Book Sale in the library! This year-round sale is filled with books for all ages and stock is refreshed often. See the bookcase in the main library next to the public computers and copier/fax machine. Payment is accepted at the circulation desk. Thank you for your continued support.

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

Regular Library Hours: Mon-Fri 10-8; Sat 10-5; Sun. 1-5. See COVID service level metrics at Our digital library is always open at

Library programs & registration (*): We have programs for kids & teens! Check our events page for in-person programs.

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

11/19: Crocheting for Beginners* at 11 am in the library

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 and New York Times. Learn more at

North Greenbush Public Library Update

NORTH GREENBUSH – Our November virtual book club choice, “Northern Spy” by Flynn Berry, is a thriller, set in Belfast, Ireland; two sisters dangerously entangled with the Irish Republican Army test their relationship and the power of love. We will meet on Monday, November 29 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. For a copy of the book and

the Zoom meeting link, email

Get creative this Thanksgiving with one of our themed take-home craft kits for children, available now, and soften the disappointment knowing the library will close at 5 PM on Wednesday, November 24 and remain closed through Friday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen Saturday,

November 27 at 10 AM.

Have ideas to make our library a better community member? We invite you to join the Board of Trustees and help create and develop the mission of the library. 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.

Events at Castleton Public Library, 11/21-12/5

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

Write a Letter for Operation Gratitude – Drop your letter off anytime during the month of November! Show your support for members of our military – write a letter to deployed troops, veterans, new recruits, first responders, or wounded warriors. All ages are welcome to participate. Find guidelines and templates at or pick up at the library.

Events & Take-Home Kits:

Cool Science: Catapults – Kit available for pick-up through 11/27 – Learn about the science behind force and motion!

Take & Make: Thanksgiving Crafts – Kit available for pick-up through 11/27

Cool Science: Frozen Oobleck – Kit available for pick-up starting 11/29 – Make frozen, slimy oobleck to play with and learn about solids, liquids, and non-Newtonian fluids!

Take & Make: Snowflake Crafts – Kit available for pick-up starting 11/29 – Celebrate winter by making a beaded snowflake ornament and a coffee filter snowflake craft!

Drop-In Fun: Legomania! – Stop in anytime from 11/22-11/27 – We’ll have lots of Legos out for this week-long build-a-thon!

Drop-In Fun: Paper Mosaic Art – Stop in anytime from 11/29-12/4 – Unleash your creativity and make beautiful paper mosaic art!

Bridge Club – Fri., 12/3, 10:30am – Geared toward beginners and players who need a refresher.

Holidays on the Hudson – Sun., 12/5, 3:30-4:30pm – Join us during this outdoor event to make special ornaments for the Village tree and enjoy the annual tree lighting! We’ll also have a special visit from Santa and light refreshments. Co-sponsored by the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson, Castleton Fire Department, Castleton Public Library, and COHMSA.

Sand Lake Town Library Board Meeting and News

SAND LAKE – 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. We’d love to have your insights and ideas; come help us build a stronger library to meet the community’s present and future needs.

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? 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. The registration link is on our website The final class in the series will be on December 14, 6pm Intro to Google Apps Suite.

This is the time of year when many people have a renewed interest in family history. Start exploring yours with available online through your public library through December 31.

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.

Friends of Castleton Public Library Barnes & Noble Bookfair Fundraiser

CASTLETON –  Saturday, November 20 – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Location: Barnes & Noble Colonie Center, 131 Colonie Center, Albany, NY 12205. Do your holiday shopping and support your local library at the same time! Shop IN-STORE on Saturday, November 20. At CHECKOUT: Be sure to tell the cashier you are there to support the Friends of the Castleton Public Library’s Bookfair. When you mention us at checkout, a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Friends of CPL.

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.

The Art of Cozy: Food, Holistic Strategies, and Seasonal Tips for a Cozier Life (VIRTUAL EVENT)

TROY – Join us on Friday, Dec. 3, at 3:30 pm, the Troy Public Library will be hosting Instructor, Vanessa Young. Embrace the season in a uniquely cozy way with practical tips to support comfort and happiness at home. We will explore cooking ideas, home décor approaches, and lifestyle strategies that create a warm, joy-filled environment filled with simple pleasures. This class is grounded in cultural approaches to coziness that apply to all of our lives, particularly as we seek new ways to enjoy time at home and celebrate togetherness.

Vanessa Young is a cooking instructor, writer, and educator known for her artful approach to food and wellness topics and her focus on seasonal meals. With her artistic sensibility and kitchen wisdom, she helps home chefs become more versatile in their approach to food, reigniting their passion for cooking through private and community classes. As the founder of Thirsty Radish (, she shares recipes and inspires a creative approach to life in and out of the kitchen. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. 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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