At Your Library

Week of 10/24/2018



Family Story Time

Tales of Birds & Beasts is a special story time partnership with the Albany Public Library. This fall, the Albany Institute of History & Art is partnering with the Albany Public Library to present special story time at the museum on select Saturday mornings. Albany Public Library staff will host these story times at the museum on select Saturdays from 10:30am-11am. There will be tales of birds and beasts for children 0 to 5 and their families. Attendees will enjoy tales of caterpillars, unicorns, polar bears. There will also be a sing-along to songs and rhymes. Story time dates and times:

Sat., Oct. 27, 10:30-11am. Sat., Nov. 10, 10:30-11am. Sat., Dec. 1, 10:30-11am.

The event is free, but registration is requested., or call 518-463- 4478 ext. 404 for registration.

Guided Meditation Classes – Troy Public Library

The Troy Public Library will offer Guided Meditation Classes on Tuesdays, through November 27th, from 5PM–6PM.

Learn a surprisingly simple yet powerful practice that can help you 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.

North Chatham Library Program

Enriching Life and Increasing Knowledge; Adult programs at the North Chatham Library.

Tues., Oct. 30th, from 10am to Noon:  Declutter and Get Organized with Theresa Mayhew, Resource Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties. Have too much stuff?  Learn how to decide what to eliminate, and how to simply organize what you keep.  Reclaim your living space and recharge your life!

The library is located at 4287 Route 203 in the hamlet of North Chatham.  To register for these FREE programs, call the library at 518-766-3211, email at nclibrary@fairpoint. net or just stop by and sign up.  These programs are funded, in part, by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Foundation.

October events at Rensselaer Public Library

Library Expedition-Become a 36er!  In October and November, come get your map to start exploring all 36 libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System. Grab your family or join a team for this road trip challenge to see how many you can visit. Share your photos with the hashtag #Library36er.

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.

Halloween Party- Saturday October 27, 1-2 PM.  Play spooky games, have treats and make a dragon mask. Costumes encouraged. Ages 4 and up.

Halloween Snacks-Tuesday, October 30th, at 3 PM. Special treats put together by library staff for kids and teens will be served. (Please inform us of any allergies.) We will also give out small prizes for costumed Trick-or-treaters on October 31st starting at 3 PM.

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

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club

The Troy Public Library is running a series showcasing several much-loved books from the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Book club meetings will be held the fourth Tuesday in each month at convenient day and evening times, once at 11:30-12:30 and again at 6:00-7:00. Readers needn’t commit to a particular time slot but are encouraged to attend meetings that suit their interests and their schedule. Copies of each book will be available for interested participants at the check-out desk 4 weeks prior to each scheduled meeting.

Our next meeting will be held October 30, at 11:30-12:30 & 6:00-7:00. We will be reading: The Martian by Andy Weir.  Mark Watney was nearly killed by a dust storm on Mars and was abandoned by his crew who thought him dead. Now he’s all alone with no way of letting Earth know he’s alive, which doesn’t matter because his supplies would run out before they’d get there. Either way, the environment or human error will likely kill him first. Not giving in, Mark works to survive, battling obstacle after obstacle, but will it be enough?

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.

Acrylic Painting

The Troy Public Library is offering an acrylic painting workshop with artist Sarah Nenno Bowen on Saturdays, November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th from 10AM-11:30AM. Artist and instructor, Sarah Nenno Bowen, is hosting a 4-session adult painting workshop at the Troy Public Library. Each session, the instructor will guide participants in learning how to begin and complete their own still-life painting while sharing techniques for color mixing, paint application, and personal expression.  In this comfortable and positive space, painters can offer tips and critique that will result in their very own masterpiece to take home. No experience required. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and must commit to all four sessions for this workshop.

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

Hand Illustrated Map Making Workshop

The Troy Public Library is offering a Hand Illustrated Map Making Workshop with artist Sarah Gabler of Sarah Jane Art on Sundays, October 28th, November 4th & 11th, from 1PM-2:30PM.

Artist and instructor Sarah Gabler will host a 3-session adult hand-illustrated map-making workshop at the Main library. Participants will create their own personal map of New York State. No experience required. Participants must be 16 years of age or older.

Registration is free and open to the public. 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. 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.

Understanding Shakespeare with

Tom Bulger

Join us at the Troy Public Library on Thursdays, October 25th – November 29th (no class November 22nd), from 6:30PM – 7:30PM for our Understanding Shakespeare workshop.

This will be a five-session program on how to understand Shakespeare’s plays. We will start our discussion with Act 1 of Shakespeare’s history play Richard III. Then in the following four weeks, we will discuss the play one act at a time. This program will allow the participants to put the play in a variety of contexts, such as its relationship to his other works and to the modern existential world.

Tom Bulger, Shakespeare Scholar and retired professor from Siena College, will lead this workshop.

Copies of Richard III will be available at the circulation desk. Please have Act One read for the October 25th discussion.

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

“Brought to Light” Documentary

Barbara Reina will show her documentary film, BROUGHT TO LIGHT about local black history, at the North Chatham Free Library on Sunday, November 11th, at 3 pm. She will introduce the film and afterwards, answer questions from the audience. The event is free to the public.

Freelance writer Barbara Reina has more than a decade of experience as a print and broadcast journalist around New York State and its beautiful Hudson Valley.

Please join us for this fascinating story. The North Chatham Free Library is located at 4287 Route 203 in the hamlet of North Chatham; phone 518-766-3211.

This event is made possible with funds from the Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation.

Troy Public Library Evening Book Discussion

The Troy Public Library’s Evening Book Group will be discussing Isabel Allende’s In the Midst of Winter on Monday, November 5th, at 6:30 PM. Our monthly book group meets to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you! This discussion is free and open to the public.  For more information, call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroy The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy.

French Film

Join us for a showing of, “Free Men”-Saturday, November 10, 1pm, Troy Public Library, 100 Second Street, Troy. This film is free and presented by La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York.  “In Paris during World War II, an Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a Jewish man” (Source-IMDb). Original title, “Les hommes libres”. In French with English sub-titles.  As a courtesy, please call the Troy Public Library at 518-274-7071 to reserve a seat.  Follow La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York at and Facebook.

I Love My Library Shopping Day

Market Block Books, 290 River Street, is graciously hosting a fundraising event for the Troy Public Library on Sunday, November 18th, from 11AM-3PM. Market Block Books will donate 20% of all sales to support the Troy Public Library (no bonus book cards or other discounts will be available on this date).  Come out and support your library and get a head start on your holiday shopping! Make your purchase count doubly by purchasing an item from the library’s wish list and donate both the item plus 20% of the sale to the library!

Please feel free to contact the library at 518 274-7071, or 518 235-5310 if you need further details, or have any questions.

Events at Castleton Public Library

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

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

Monday Mile Walk: Monday, October 29, 5pm. Meets at intersection of Main St. & Scott Ave.

Preserving Family: Photographs & Documents

Monday, October 29, 7pm.

Learn about free & low-cost ways to preserve your family photographs and documents.

Pajama Storytime: Tuesday, October 30, 6pm. Feel free to wear your PJs or bring a stuffed animal!

TED Talk Discussion Series: Economics-Tuesday, October 30, 6:30pm.

Learn & Play Storytime: Thursday, November 1, 10:30am. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft!

Make a Bookmark: Thursday, November 1, 3-6pm.

East Greenbush Community Library Events

10/25: FALL ADULT BOOK & MEDIA SALE – 5pm-8:30pm

10/26: FALL ADULT BOOK & MEDIA SALE – 9am-8:30pm; Friday Mashup (grades 6-12), 3pm.

10/27: FALL ADULT BOOK & MEDIA SALE – 10am-4:30pm

10/28: FALL ADULT BOOK & MEDIA SALE (Bag sale only) – 1-3pm.

10/29: The Great East Greenbush Read Finale Party – Read Markus Zusak’s, The Book Thief, then join us for a celebration/discussion. Copies of the book are available at circulation.

10/30: Tuesday Ramblers, 1pm; Drop-In Tuesday Tech Time, 4-6pm; SCA Presents: Spooky Tales, Songs, and Poems from Days of Yore!

10/31: ENL: English As A New Language, 9:30am-12:30pm

11/1: NY Connects Caregiver Resource Fair 3-5pm; SCA Rapier Fencing Practice, 5:30pm.

11/2: 1,2,3 Play with Me (18-36 mos.) 10am; Crafternoon Adult Coloring, 1-3pm; Friday Mashup (grades 6-12), 3pm

11/3: Family Fitness–YOGA (great for families with children ages 3+), 2pm.

11/4: Music with the Alyssa Yeager Duo, 2pm.

11/30: Today is the last day for you to get your Library Expedition maps stamped!

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

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

Castleton Public Library Seeks Trustees

Are you interested in helping to build on the Castleton Public Library’s continuing success? Do you value the many services that the library provides, from books and movies to programs and more? Do you want to ensure the library’s successful future by helping to maintain and improve it? Join the Board of Trustees! The Board is currently recruiting new Trustees to fill two vacancies on the Board.

For more information, attend a Board meeting or contact


Nassau Free Library Upcoming Programs

Every Wednesday: STORYTIME: 10:30am- Join us for stories, songs and crafts.

Thurs., 10/25, 11/ 1: Fitness Fusion at 6pm.

Sat., 10/27, 11/3: Beginners Yoga at 10:15am.

Fri., 10/26: Pumpkin Painting Party at 6pm.

Wednesday, 10/31: Trick or Treating at the Library from 5pm-8pm.

Wed., 11/7: My Community Loan Fund Presentation at 6:30pm. Are you looking to start or grow your own business? Learn what you need to know to start and run a successful business.

Sat., 11/10, Friends Harvest Fest: 10am-2pm- Book & Pie Sale, Music by the “Kitchen Kaylie Band”, Refreshments and Kids Activities.

Please call (518) 766-2715 to register for all programs.

The Nassau Free Library is located at 18 Church St. in Nassau.

Sand Lake Town Library Events

STORYTIME – Thursdays at 11:30am.

TECH HELP – Fridays 2–4 by appointment.

HALLOWEEN BOOK GIVE-AWAY WEEKEND – Due to many generous donations, we will be giving away books on Oct 27-28. Stock up for the coming winter. Drop-in crafts for the kids as well.

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING – Monday, October 29, 6pm. Free class including tips & tricks to streamline your social media strategy for your business. Call to register.

KIDS’ CRAFTERNOON – Tuesday, October 30, 4–6pm

BOOK CLUB – Wednesday, November 7, 7pm discussion of New Boy by Tracy Chevalier.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – Looking for a way to give back to your community and to meet people? Consider volunteering as a library trustee. Call for details.

THANK YOU to everyone who completed our library survey. The info gathered is helping to build our plan for the next three years.

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

Election Day

Bake Sale

The Friends of the Rensselaer Library will be having their annual election day bake sale

fundraiser for the library on November 6th, from 7am to 8pm, at Rensselaer City Hall and St. Joseph’s/St. John’s Hall.  Vote on election day and then bring home some delicious homemade goodies or come for a lunch of homemade soup.  We will have cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, and of course, Mary Lou’s wonderful apple pies. Anyone wishing to bake for this fundraiser can drop off their baked goods at either City Hall or St. Joseph’s/ St. John’s Hall.

Friends of Poestenkill Library Annual Meeting

Library patrons and the public are welcome to attend the annual business meeting of the Friends of the Poestenkill Library, on October 29, at 7pm, at the Library.  We invite new Friends to join us at our four to five brief meetings per year and as volunteers at our popular spring and fall Market Days.  The annual meeting will include election of officers, plans for 2019, and approval of donations from the Friends to the Library.  Please bring your ideas and energy to add to the good results we get each year as supporters of our Library.  It is located at 9 Plank Road, Poestenkill.  The parking lot is shared with Town Hall and accessible from NY Route 351 near the intersection with Plank Road.

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