At Your Library

At Your Library 12.05.19

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Sand Lake Town Library Events

Book Signing with Bob Loesch – Friday, December 6, 2 – 6pm stop by to greet Bob Loesch and hear about his newest book “Óut on a Limb and Other Stories,” a short story collection. Mr. Loesch was previously a pastor here in Taborton.

Sketch Meet and Art Reception – Saturday, December 7, 12 – 3pm bring your sketchbooks or other creative projects to work on while talking with the talented artists behind our current art display. Or just come to enjoy snacks and the art show.

Stretching – Tuesdays at 11:15am. Gentle stretching and strengthening.

SLTLibrary Friends Group – Tuesday, December 10 at 6:30pm.

Card Making with Heather – Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6:30pm.

SLTLibrary Board of Trustees – Thursday, Dec. 19, 6:45pm.

Sand Lake Town Library, located across from Miller Hill School, 2nd floor – 8428 Miller Hill Road, Averill Park 518-674-5050.

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Nassau Free Library Upcoming Programs

Storytime: Every Wednesday 10:30am

Library Writing Center- Tuesdays 2-5pm Call the library to reserve a one half-hour time slot.

Library Computer Skills Lab- Thursdays 2-5pm Call the library to reserve a one half-hour session to learn basic computer skills for success.

Kids Holiday Shop- Sat. 12/7 10 am- 1pm- Kids can shop for lost cost gifts for family and friends for the holidays.

Cookbook Potluck- 12/9 6:30pm

Teen Movie Night- Star Wars- Wed. 12/11 6-8pm

Open Mic Night- 12/13 6-8pm

Book Group- 12/17 7pm

Gingerbread House Making- 12/18 6pm

The Nassau Free Library is located on 18 Church St. in Nassau. Please register for programs. (518)766-2715. Visit us on Facebook & the web at

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Holiday Open House and Vendor Market at the Stephentown Memorial Library

December 7, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Start your holiday shopping out at the SML Vendor Market and Open House. We will have many vendors with lots of great products including pottery, baskets, knitted items, artwork, fragrances, jewelry, and more.

Santa will be joining us at 3:00 to meet with all of the kids (and kids at heart) of Stephentown.

The students of the Berlin Middle/High School will perform for everyone at 3:30. We will have children’s activities, hot chocolate, coffee, and other treats for sale.

Bring items to add to our Mitten Tree! We collect new and gently used hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves and give it to those in need.

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Friends of Rensselaer Library was a success

The Friends would like to thank everyone who donated bake goods and all those folks who bought goodies from our Election Day Bake Sale. We had 2 locations, one at City Hall and the other at the Rensselaer Senior Center. Both locations saw an increase in participation and profits this year and we look forward to next years Election Day Bake Sale. Our sincere thanks to all the workers, bakers and people who bought baked goods.

11/14/2019 – 12/05/2019

Library lights at Brunswick Community Library

As the holidays approach, we think of loved ones with whom we have shared so many memories. For the month of December, Friends of the Brunswick Community Library will be asking community members to sponsor a candle or wreath to be lit at the library in their loved one’s honor. Information on sponsorship costs is available in the library. Spread the light of memory and community while supporting the library programs.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Timeless Yuletide Tales

On Sunday, December 8 at 3 pm, the North Chatham Free Library will host Laurie Portocarrero, storyteller, at their annual holiday party. Please join us as she tells her Timeless Yuletide Tales amid the gathering darkness of a winter night. Laurie Portocarrero is an actor, storyteller, drama teacher and director living in Upstate New York in the United States. She has studied and taught movement, drama and speech in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland and Australia. A long-time associate member of The Actors’ Ensemble, Walking the Dog Theater, and Threefold Mystery Drama Group, she has most recently been seen in Shakespeare’s Supernaturals, Touch of the Irish, and Thornton Wilder’s 3-Minute Plays. Refreshments, a quilt raffle drawing of the Stormy Nights King-Size Quilt provided by the Sew ‘N Sews, and gingerbread people decorating will follow. This family friendly event is open to all.

11/21/2019 – 12/05/2019

Children’s Holiday Shopping Day

On Saturday, December 7th, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., children may shop for family and friends at the Nassau Library “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, December 6th. 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. – Cider and donuts will be served while children shop!

This program is held annually in memory of former longtime Nassau Library director Carolyn Sherman. For more information call 766-2715.

11/28/2019 – 12/05/2019

Friends of the Rensselaer Library Holiday Party

The Friends will hold their Holiday party on Thursday December 19th at 5:30 pm at Salisbury Place on Washington Ave. We will be ordering off the menu so everyone can have what they want and get a separate check. Those who wish to can participate in our grab bag, it’s a $10.00 limit. We will have a short 10 minute meeting just to approve the November minutes while we wait for our dinners. If you are thinking about joining the Friends this meeting is a great opportunity to meet this fun group. Please call Deb at 518-867-5132 by December 2nd to let her know you will be attending.

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Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/8-12/14

Events at Castleton Public Library, 12/8-12/14 – Located at 85 S. Main St., Castleton, NY 12033 – All events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Computer Basics – Learn the basics of using a computer or other device in a one-on-one session. Appointment required; call 518-732-0879.

Read to Lacey the Therapy Dog – Monday, December 9, 4:00-5:00pm – Kids are invited to stop in to read to Lacey, or just say hi.

Make a Picture Frame – Tuesday, December 10, 3:00-6:00pm – Design and decorate a popsicle stick frame! Ages 5 and up.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, December 10, 6:00pm – Wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal! Ages birth-8.

Learn & Play Storytime – Thursday, December 12, 10:30am – Children from birth to age 5 enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement.

Teen Time: Touchscreen Gloves – Thursday, December 12, 4:00-6:00pm – Make touchscreen gloves and enjoy snacks! For teens in 6th-12th grades.

Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, December 13, 10:00-11:00am – With a variety of age-appropriate toys and blocks, this playtime is for children ages birth-5 to strengthen early literacy skills.

Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Winter Market – Friday, December 13, 4:30-7:30pm – Location: Castleton Firehouse, 11 Green Avenue, Castleton, NY 12033. Stop at our table to make a craft! A 2nd Friday event.

Family Movie Night – Friday, December 13, 6:00pm (call 518-732-0879 to find out what’s playing).

Holiday Cookie Swap – Saturday, December 14, 11:00am – Perfect for holiday entertaining! Here’s how it works: Bake: 4 dozen holiday cookies. Bring: cookies in one large container. Please do not separate into portions beforehand. Print: Bring a copy of your recipe to share. Swap: We’ll divide the cookies equally among the bakers.

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December at Rensselaer Library

Wreath Making- Saturday December 7 at 1 PM. Make a wreath using natural materials. For Adults and teens. Please bring a non-perishable food item.

Candy Houses- Saturday December 14 at 1 PM. Create a house from graham crackers, candy and frosting. For ages 5-12. Participants MUST sign up, space is limited.

Preschool Story-time is every Tuesday at 11 AM. For ages 2-5 and their caregivers, no sign up needed. (No storytimes December 24 or 31)

To sign up for events, call 518-462-1193 or stop in. Rensselaer Public Library, 676 East St.

11/14/2019 – 12/12/2019

Meditation Group at The Lansingburgh Library

The Troy Public Library will offer Meditation Classes on Wednesdays, November 13th – December 18th at 2PM.

Are you interested in learning how to relax your mind and body? Come to a safe place to let go of your cares and worries. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, all are welcome. Bring your ideas and suggestions to the group!

Contact Ray Reuter at the Empowerment Exchange at 518-235-2173 for more information.

This program is free and open to the public. The Troy Public Library’s Lansingburgh Branch is located at 27 114th Street, Troy, New York.

12/5/2019 – 12/12/2019

East Greenbush Community Library 12/5-12/12

Library will be closed on 12/24 & 12/25 for the holiday and closing at 5pm on 12/31.

*Events with an asterisk require registration.

Reminder the library now offers an ongoing book sale! See display across from circulation. Go to to subscribe to emails about upcoming special book sale collections, programming and special events. Select both the Email Newsletters & Friends of the Library lists.

12/5: Movers & Shakers (ages 1-3), 10am; Craftapolooza! Scandinavian Wreaths*, 6:30pm

12/6: Discovery Play (ages 1-5), 10am; Homeschool Meetup*, 2pm; Friday Mashup (grades 6-12), 3pm

12/7: Saturday Storytime, 11am; Crafts and Cookies (ages 5+)*, 2pm

12/9: English as a New Language*, 9:30am-12:30pm; AARP Smart Driver Course*, 9:30am-4pm

12/10: Fantastic 4’s & 5’s, 10am; Baby Meet Up, 11am; Drop-In Tuesday Tech Time, 4-6pm

12/11: : English as a New Language*, 9:30am-12:30pm; Movers & Shakers (ages 1-3), 10am; Wonderful Wednesdays (ages 3-5), 11am; Teen Anime Club, 3pm; Legal Project Free Legal Consultations* 5:30-7:30pm; Society for Creative Anachronism Bardic Practice, 6pm; Free Monthly Movie*, 6:30pm

12/12: Movers & Shakers (ages 1-3), 10am

12/05/2019 – 12/12/2019

Local Author Honors Late Cousin, APHS Grad

The tragic and unexpected death of 32-year-old Kasie Collins in September 2018 shattered the hearts of her family and friends. Kasie was a 2004 graduate of APHS, and furthered her education at SUNY Geneseo and UMass Amherst, ultimately obtaining a masters degree in Environmental Science. She was an athlete, a homeowner, an animal advocate, nature lover, a wetlands scientist for GZA Geoenvironmental in Springfield, MA. Her life was full of adventure, achievement, and contribution, but she suffered a long and silent battle with depression. Ultimately, this insidious disease claimed her in the prime of life. Kasie’s cousin, Jennifer Barbic, of Colonie, devastated by her loss, found a way to channel her grief by putting pen to paper. Her musings turned into a children’s’ book titled Luna Moona, chronicling the adventurous of 10-year-old Kasie and her dog Luna. Jenn invited Kasie’s young nieces, nephews and cousins to submit drawings, which illustrate the book. What began as a coping mechanism morphed into an opportunity to help others. On Tuesday, December 17th, at 5:30 p.m., Jenn will sign copies of her book, Luna Moona, at the Sand Lake Town Library. All proceeds from the sale of the books, also available at, will be donated to NAMI Western MA, and the Nature Conservancy, in Kasie’s name. NAMI provides much needed resources and support to those who suffer with mental illness and their families.The Nature Conservancy is a is a charitable environmental organization, protecting more than 119,000,000 acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide. Kasie’s foray into environmental responsibility was sparked when she worked for the NCA upon graduating from SUNY.

We invite you to stop in at the Sand Lake Library on 12/17 to meet Jenn and share memories of Kasie. Signed copies of Luna Moona will be available to purchase for $20. The book is age appropriate for 8-12 year old, and makes a great gift!

11/14/2019 – 12/19/2019

Guided Meditation

The Troy Public Library will offer Guided Meditation Classes on Tuesdays, November 12th – December 17th from 5PM – 6PM.

Learn a surprisingly simple yet powerful practice that can help your reduce stress, get recharged, experience overall improved physical health and possibly get you “blissed-out” all while sitting comfortably in a chair. Led by Michael Fuselli, with over 30 years of meditation teaching and practice experience. Beginners always welcome. Registration is encouraged, but not necessary!

This program is free and open to the public. To register call 518-274-7071 or online at The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, New York.

11/27/2019 – 01/09/2020

Invisible Cities Mixed Media Workshop

Join us at the Troy Public Library where artist and instructor Sarah Nenno Bowen will be hosting a two-part workshop in two-hour sessions at the Troy Public Library on

Mondays, January 6 & 13, at 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Each session will be led by an excerpt from the book “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino, and each session will have its own excerpt. Read and respond to this piece of literature with the use of materials such as paint, paper, graphite, markers, and more to create a mixed media masterpiece. Register in person, online, or by phone.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

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 2nd Street, Troy, NY.

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