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 www.thetroylibrary.org. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street.
Ancestry.com 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.com. 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/
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 www.thetroylibrary.org. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy.
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 http://rensselaerlibrary.org/ or visit the library’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook. com/RensselaerLibrary.
For more information, contact Jane Chirgwin, Library Director at chirgwinj@ rensselaerlibrary.org.
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 www.thetroylibrary.org. 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 www.Poestenkilllibrary.org.
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.
Still Life Artist, B. Blackmon Art Show
A reception will be held Sunday, December 9th, from 2 to 4pm, for local still life artist Bob Blackmon’s solo show at the East Greenbush Community Library. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served. Blackmon, who began painting in oils in the early 1980s, has about 50 of his baroque-style still life paintings on display during the month of December. Known for his masterful contrasts of light and dark, his paintings showcase the beauty of life’s simple things. A founding member of the East Bank Arts Alliance, Blackmon is also a member of the Colonie Art League, the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the Saratoga Arts Center, and the Albany Artists Group, and is also represented by two galleries in the Republic of Ireland.
College Connections Workshop: Basics of Financial Aid
Community members are invited to join the Capital District Educational Opportunities Center’s College Connections team at the Troy Public Library on Wednesday, December 12th, at 3pm. Explore ways to fund your education with Financial Aid. Applying for scholarships, grants, and loans can be confusing. We can help you get started. In this workshop, we’ll cover:
- FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
SUNY’s financial aid process
- How to be a responsible borrower
- Want to go to college but don’t know where to start? The EOC’s College Connections team can help!
Sponsored by Capital District Educational Opportunity Center. 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 www.thetroylibrary.org. The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy.
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.
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. Drop by after school to build with our LEGOs and KEVA planks and have your creations put on display. Ages 4 and up – bring a friend!
YA BOOK CLUB – Monday, December 17, 6pm, join us as we talk about Marissa Meyer’s fractured fairy tale/sci-fi cross “Cinder.” Refreshments provided.
SLTL BOARD MEETING – Thursday, December 20, 6:45pm.
Sand Lake Town Library, 8428 Miller Hill Road, Averill Park, 518-674-5050.
Brunswick Library Events
Senior Bridge Club: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-3.
Tamarac French Club Gift Wrapping: Weekdays at 3-5:30. Come get your gifts wrap for a suggested donation and help the Tamarac French Club get to Martinique!
Tots Class: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30.
Kids STEAM: Wednesdays at 4pm.
Knitting Group: Thursdays, 1-2:30pm.
Friends of the Library Ornaments: Purchase an ornament and help the Friends support the Library.
Adult Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays, 6pm.
Healthy Food Drive: BCL is running a healthy food drive, items can be dropped off at the library and will be donated to the Brunswick Cares Food Pantry.
Adult Winter Reading Program Coming this January!
Grafton Community Library Events
Game Night: Tuesdays, 5pm.
Sandwich Club: Tuesdays, 4pm.
Tots Class: Wednesdays, 10:30.
Adult Yoga: Thursdays, 5pm.
Adult Open Art Journal/Color: Fridays, 5pm.
Wood Ornament Making: December 14th, 5pm.
Nassau Free Library Upcoming Programs
STORYTIME: Every Wednesday, 10:30am.
Make Your Own Gingerbread House: Sat., 12/8, 11am.
Fitness Fusion: Thurs., 12/13, 12/20, 12/27 at 6pm.
Yoga: Sat., 12/15, 12/22, 12/29, at 10:15am.
Lego Club: Tues., 12/11, 6pm.
Cookbook Club: Tues., 12/18, 6:30pm “Southwest” Theme
German Christmas Traditions presented by Kurt Vincent: Wed., 12/19, 6:30pm.
Kid’s Music & Movement with Randy Rosette: Fri., 12/28, 2:30pm.
Please register for all programs by calling (518) 766-2715. The library is located at 18 Church St., Nassau.