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At Your Library 11.29.18

Introduction to QiGong at Troy Public Library*

QiGong is an ancient Chinese art that empowers you to help yourself by activating your inner resources for self-healing and reducing stress through breathing techniques, postures and mindful focus. The Troy Public Library will present Diana Wells, certified QiGong teacher, in a series of 4 introductory classes to be held Monday evenings, December 3, December 10 & December 17, at 6:00pm. Classes are free, but space is limited so registration is required.

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

*Article has been updated to reflect changes Tutorials at North Greenbush Public Library

Library Trustee and North Greenbush Town Historian, Jim Greenfield, is offering free personal tutorials on the use of Ancestry Library Edition is available at the library and provides access to 7,000 databases delivering an extraordinary online collection of genealogy information. To set up your individual session, please call the library at 518 283-0303. The librarian will take your information, and Jim will call you to schedule an appointment. Don’t miss this chance to learn how to use the most popular online genealogy resource. New Books: Take a break from your busy holiday schedule for some great reading. We’re getting a lot of wonderful new books in November and December, including titles by popular authors like David Baldacci, Louise Penny, James Patterson and more. See the full list at: http://northgreenbushlibrary. org/newbooks/



Children’s Holiday Shopping Day

On Saturday, December 1st, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., children may shop for family and friends at the Nassau Library holiday store which will be set up in the library’s community room. They will be able to choose from a variety of knickknacks, holiday ornaments, costume jewelry and other seasonal items. Prices are guaranteed to be affordable, and the library’s volunteens will be on hand to help wrap gifts. The library will accept donations for the sale (both gift items and wrapping material) until Friday, November 30th. When considering making a donation, please ask yourself if the item is in like-new condition and if it is something a family member would truly enjoy receiving.

This program is held annually in memory of former longtime Nassau Library director Carolyn Sherman.

For more information, call 518-766-2715.


Events at Castleton Public Library

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

Holidays on the Hudson:

Sunday, December 2, 3:30-4:30pm. Celebrate the holidays with a craft, a visit from Santa, and light refreshments! Presented in cooperation w/Village of Castleton.

Monday Mile Walk: Monday, December 3, 5:00pm. Meets at intersection of Main St. & Scott Ave.

Pajama Storytime: Tuesday, December 4, 6:00pm.

Colorful Ceramic Coasters:

Wednesday, December 5, 5-8pm. For adults. Create a colorful coaster for your coffee table!

Learn & Play Storytime: Thursday, December 6, 10:30am. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft!

Family Movie Night: (call for title) Friday, December 7, 6:00pm.

Holiday Cookie Swap: Saturday, December 8, 11am.

Perfect for holiday entertaining!

BAKE: Bake four dozen of your favorite holiday cookies.  BRING: Bring cookies in one large container.

PRINT: Bring your recipe to share.

SWAP: We’ll divide the cookies equally among the bakers.


In the Village: A Short Story Reading with Ellen Adler

Join us at the Troy Public Library on Sunday, December 9th, at 2pm, for a story hour for grownups. Having recently moved to Troy from Vermont, Ellen Adler enjoyed a stint reading her own poems and stories on Vermont Public Radio. Now living a mere few blocks away from the Troy Public Library she is enjoying the great vitality of Troy. This will be her second short story reading at the library.

In the Village by Elizabeth Bishop portrays a time in the author’s childhood. It took nearly Bishop’s entire lifetime to reveal the resonance and discord of this tumultuous period. It is a brilliant work which fills the listener with deep compassion, and the force compels one to remain quite nearly on the edge of their seat.

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


Alzheimer’s Education Workshop: Know the 10 Signs

Join us at the Troy Public Library on Tuesday, December 4th, at 3:00 pm for this educational workshop. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. This interactive workshop features video clips of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
To register, contact: Victor at 518.867.4999 x 200 or or go to and click on Alzheimer’s Association programs and events.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.

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


Grafton Library Events

Steam and Sandwich Club- Tuesdays, 4pm.

Family Game Night- Tuesdays, 5pm.

Tots Class- Wednesdays, 10:30am.

Adult Yoga- Thursdays, 5pm.

Adult Open Art- Fridays, 5pm.

Grafton Community Library
2455 NY Route 2,
Grafton, NY 12082
(518) 279-0580


Brunswick Library Events

Senior Bridge Club- Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-3pm.

Adult Yoga- Mondays and Wednesdays, 6pm.

Tots Class- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30am.

Kids STEAM- Wednesdays, 3:30pm.

Knitting Group- Thursdays, 1-2:30.

Craft the Holidays- Fridays, 6pm (Call to register!).

Deal with Holiday Stress- Tuesday, December 4th, 6pm.


December Events at Rensselaer Public Library

Pre-K Storytime-Tuesdays at 11 am.  Ages 2-6, no sign-up needed. Siblings welcome.

Teen Anime Club-Thursdays 4-6 PM. Ages 13-18. Watch anime, discuss manga and pop culture, and hang out with your friends.

Gingerbread House Contest-Accepting entries through December 15th. First prize winner gets $25 gift certificate, please check website for details.

Graham Cracker House- Saturday, December 15, 1 PM. Create a house with graham crackers, frosting and candy! Please call to sign up. For ages 5-12.

Rensselaer Public Library is located across the street from the Amtrak parking lot. To learn more, see  or visit the library’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook. com/RensselaerLibrary.

For more information, contact Jane Chirgwin, Library Director at chirgwinj@


Nassau Free Library Upcoming Programs

STORYTIME: Every Wednesday 10:30 am

Children’s Holiday Shop: Sat., 12/1, 10am-1pm

Minecraft Club: Tues., 12/4, 6pm

Make Your Own Gingerbread House: Sat., 12/8 11am

Please register for all programs by calling (518) 766-2715.

The library is located at 18 Church St., Nassau, 12123.


East Greenbush Community Library

The East Greenbush Community Library is located at 10 Community Way, East Greenbush. Please register at 518-477-7476 or

Visit us at Events. for a complete list of programs and story time.

Book Drive has begun! Stop into the library today with your donation of a new children’s book to support the CoNSERNS-U Christmas Store. Accepting donations NOW through December 12. Thank you!

12/1: Erector Sets (ages 7+), 2pm

12/2: Holiday Card Making, 2pm

12/3: ENL: English as a new language, 9:30am-12:30pm; Writing Session with Sisters in Crime, 1pm; Monday Evening Book Discussion, 7pm

12/4: Tuesday Ramblers, 12:45pm; Tuesday Tech Time, 4-6pm; Mat Yoga with Camie, 6pm

12/5: ENL: English as a New Language, 9:30am-12:30pm; Writing; Teen Volunteer Club (TV Club), 3:15pm; CDPHP presents Stress: Its effects on health and strategies for self-care, Part 1, 5:30-6:30pm; 30-Minute Genealogy Appointments, 5-7:30pm

12/6: SCA Rapier Fencing, 5:30pm

Deadline to visit all 36 libraries in the Upper Hudson Library Expedition has been EXTENDED to 12/31.


The Holidays are Coming & My Family Drives Me Crazy

The holidays are coming. Maybe there is someone in your family you have negative feelings towards. This person annoys you, is difficult to get along with or you just don’t like him or her at all. You think about something they have said or done and can’t stop thinking about it. Yet, it’s that time of year when you have to deal with them. You feel stressed just thinking about it.

Join us at the Troy Public Library on December 12th, at 6:00 pm, EFT Tapping Coach, Juanita Ecker will be teaching this unique wellness workshop. EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a self-tapping technique that reduces stress and calms the nervous system. You will learn how to better manage those negative emotions that surface over the holidays. Come learn how to de-stress with EFT.

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



Light Up the Library in Poestenkill

The Friends of the Poestenkill Library invite you to give a holiday gift that helps the Library while honoring or remembering someone special.  Each December we “light up the library” with colorful strings of lights representing the many gifts that donors send.  Often the gifts are tributes to friends or family, who receive notices from the Friends of the Library that someone has given in their honor.    All the donations allow the Library to buy new books and offer special programs during the year.

Donors of $100 are recognized with a candle, and donors of $75 are recognized with a wreath, in one of the Library windows.   Altogether, the lights, candles and wreaths turn the Library building into a beautiful symbol of the generosity of the season!

To be part of the Holiday Lights appeal, please stop in at the Library or call 518-283-3721 to get a brochure with gift form.  You are also welcome to mail a check, payable to Friends of the Poestenkill Library, to PO Box 305, Poestenkill, NY, 12140.  Include a name and address if you want us to notify someone you are honoring. We also offer online secure giving through PayPal at



Sand Lake Town Library Events

STORYTIME – Thursdays at 11:30am. Early literacy skills and a simple craft.

TECH HELP – Fridays, between 2- 4pm, get help with your devices, email, and more. Please call for an appointment.

CRAFTERNOON – Tuesday, December 4. Drop in anytime between 3:30 and 7pm to make a fun craft or two. All ages welcome.

WRAPPING PARTY – Sunday, December 9, 1:30 – 3:30pm. Wrap your gifts without little ones underfoot. We’ll be sharing gift wrap and bows and snacking on holiday goodies. Wear your ugly Christmas sweater if you dare.

BUILDERS’ CLUB – Wednesday, December 12, 3:30 – 5:30. Ages 4 and up can build with our LEGOs and KEVA planks and have their creations put on display. Bring a friend!

SLTLibrary, 8428 Miller Hill Road, Averill Park, 518-674-5050.


Events at Castleton Public Library

Computer Basics: Learn computer basics by appointment. Call 518-732-0879.

Read to Lacey the Therapy Dog: Monday, December 10, 4:00-5:00pm.

Lacey loves for kids to read to her! Kids are invited to stop in to read to Lacey, or just pet her and say hi.

Monday Mile Community Walk: Monday, December 10, 5:00pm. Meets at intersection of Main St. & Scott Ave.

Mend-A-Bear: Monday, December 10, 6:00-7:00pm

Drop in with your stuffed animals or dog toys for free mending by Kathy Meyer.

Pajama Storytime: Tuesday, December 11, 6:00pm. Feel free to wear your PJs or bring a stuffed animal to this evening Storytime!

Learn & Play Storytime: Thursday, December 13, 10:30am. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft!

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



Hannaford Helps The North Greenbush Public Library

The North Greenbush Public Library has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of December. The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program launched in October 2015 and is designed to support local non-profits through the sale of reusable “Community” shopping bags. The library was selected by Hannaford store leadership as the December beneficiary of the program at the Wynantskill Hannaford store. For every reusable Community Bag purchased at the Wynantskill Hannaford during December, the library will receive a $1 donation.


East Greenbush Community Library Events

The East Greenbush Community Library is located at 10 Community Way, East Greenbush. Please register at 518-477-7476, or  www.eastgreenbushlibrary. org. Visit us at Events.eastgreenbushlibrary. org for a complete list of programs and Storytime hours.

  • 12/6-12/12: CoNSERNS-U Book Drive.  Thank you for your support!
  • 12/6: SCA Rapier Fencing, 5:30pm
  • 12/7: Friday Mashup (grades 6-12), 3pm
  • 12/9: Holiday Music with the Sonny and Perley Trio, 2pm
  • 12/10: AARP Smart Driver Course, 9:30am-4pm; ENL: English as a New Language, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • 12/11: Tuesday Ramblers, 12:45pm; Adult Afternoon Chess, 2pm; Drop-in Tuesday Tech Time, 4pm; Mat Yoga with Camie, 6pm
  • 12/12: ENL: English as a new language, 9:30am-12:30pm; Teen Anime Club, 3pm; Legal Project, 5:30-7:30pm; CHPHP Presents: Stress, Its Effect on Health and strategies for Self-Care Part 2, 5:30pm; SCA Bardic Practice, 6pm; Free Monthly Movie, 6:30pm; Last day to drop off book donations for the CoNSERNS-U Book Drive.
  • 12/13: SCA Rapier Fencing, 5:30pm
  • 12/14: Homeschool Meet Up, 2pm; Friday Mashup (grades 6-12), 3pm
  • 12/15: Harp Music in Main Reading Room, 2-4pm; Candy Cane Crafts for Kids! 2pm
  • 12/31: Last day to get your Library Expedition maps stamped. Drop-in anytime this month.

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