At Your Library

At Your Library 12.29.22

Greenbush Historical Society Presents Hampton Manor, the Past to the Present

Please join the Greenbush Historical Society on Sunday, January 22, 2 PM, at the East Greenbush Community Library for an interesting presentation about Hampton Manor’s rich history and exciting future. Bobbie Reno, East Greenbush Town Historian and Society Board member, will discuss the historical events leading up to the present. 

In 1812 the United States Government purchased a tract of land at Clinton Heights and established the Cantonment Greenbush as headquarters for the US Army Northern Division, War of 1812. When the government closed the Cantonment Greenbush, the property was subsequently sold. 

In 1925 Cantonment Farm and Hathornden Estates were purchased by Harold Veeder who developed the property known as Hampton Manor in East Greenbush. Hampton Manor is a vibrant community in the town and home to many of its residents today. Because seating is limited, please call the library at 518-477-7476 to register.

East Greenbush Community Library Waives Existing Fines, Goes Fine Free Jan. 1st!

1/1/23- EGCL no longer charges overdue fines for most items returned past the due date. Patrons are still responsible for all other library charges and fees, including lost and damaged materials and late charges for specialty items. A replacement cost will be charged for items not returned within 30 days after they are due. Existing fines for East Greenbush cardholders will be waived. Lost/damaged item charges will remain. Read FAQs

Library Director, Jill Dugas Hughes, explains how going fine-free is good for the community. “Libraries regionally and nationally have demonstrated that imposing overdue fines as an incentive to return items on time is not effective. Studies show that one of the primary reasons families stop using the Library is accumulating fines on their accounts. 

Fines disproportionately impact our most vulnerable at a time when they need Library services the most. Over the years, I have observed parents telling their children to put books back on the shelf, because they know they will not be able to return them to the library in time. Parents have been shocked at how quickly fines racked up for their large stack of picture books. We want to remove barriers, not block people from access. By removing late fees, we hope that patrons will visit us more often and check out more items with less worry.” Going fine-free supports our community by prioritizing connecting people to resources without late fees standing in the way. 

Fortunately, library fines account for less than 1% of the Library’s annual budget and the library has shifted other budget lines to make up for lost revenue. Fine free means judgement free. If you have been avoiding the library because you are worried about paying fines, we are happy to welcome you back! 

Get your new card in person or online (; call (518) 477-7476 or email us ( to check on an existing card.

North Greenbush Public Library Update

When protagonist Suzy learns of the death of her best friend Franny, she begins a long journey into discovering the cause in the book “The Thing About Jellyfish” by Ali Benjamin, this month’s Tween Book Club choice. Join the meeting on Thursday, December 29 at 5 PM for a lively discussion and

make a related craft while enjoying snacks. All tweens are welcome to join.

Thursday Crafternoon for Kids continues on December 29 when we will make noisemakers for the upcoming New Year’s celebrations in the children’s room between 3 and 5 PM. Tuesday Storytime picks up again on January 3 at 11 AM in the Annex at Town Hall.

We will close for New Year’s on Saturday, December 31 through Monday, January 2, 2023, and reopen Tuesday, January 3 at 10 AM.

Library hours are Monday-Friday, 10 AM-7 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM. Questions? Call the library at 518-283-0303.

East Greenbush Community Library 

1/3, 6p meeting / 6:30p program: Join the Greenbush Garden Club to watch document A Garden for All Seasons, Butchart Garden in Victoria, British Columbia. Register.

1/9, 1-6p: Red Cross Blood Drive. Appointments are recommended; walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment call 1-800-733-2767, go to or use the Free Blood Donor app.

1/11, 3p: Tech-Talk Webinar: How to Keep Yourself Safe When Shopping, Surfing, and Working on the Internet.

1/15, 2p: Qigong Meditation: Join us for an introduction to meditation in motion for the mind & body.

1/16, 10:30a: MLK Day Movie: Selma (PG13), the unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.

1/19, 1p: 3rd Thursday Matinee: Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris (PG). Stay tuned to our calendar for Feb. & Mar. movies

1/22, 2p: Historical Society: Bobbie Reno presents Hampton Manor Past & Present

1/23, 10:30-5p: AARP SMART Driver Course

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