At Your Library

Week of 10/29


Sand Lake Town Library Events

STORYTIME – Thursdays at 11:30am.

TECH HELP – Fridays 2–4 by appointment.

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

LET’S TALK TED – Friday, November 9, 11am. What are TED Talks? What can we learn from them?

ARTIST RECEPTION – Saturday, November 10, 1 – 3pm Schenectady Photographic Society.

SLTLIBRARY CLOSING – Sunday, November 11 Veterans Day.

SHUTTERFLY 101 – Tuesday, November 13, 6pm. Get ready for the holiday – learn the basics of Shutterfly, an image (photo) publishing service.

SLTLIBRARY BOARD MEETING – Thursday, November 15, 6:45pm.

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.

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY – Next stop: Prague and Vienna. Call for details.

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

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

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., 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.

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, NY 12180.

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.

“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.

November events at Rensselaer Library

Library Expedition-Become a 36er!  In 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.

How to Read a voting ballot-Saturday, November 3, at 11 AM.  New voters and English language learners will get an explanation of how a ballot is worded, what all the abbreviations mean and how voting works.

Downsizing and Organizing-Saturday, November 3, at 1 PM. Get advice about how to organize, de-clutter and figure out moving to a smaller space.

Local Author Night-Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 PM.  Local authors present their books and talk about the writing process. Authors Sandra D. James, Ernie Mann, J. E. Kross, Charles Moore, Barry Cavanaugh, W.L. Staats and Tenika Pickens Wilcox.

Board Game Day-Saturday, November 17th. Drop in to play board and card games and enjoy snacks! For ages 9-16.

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.

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.

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


The Great American Read – Exploring Books and their Writers through Film

The TV series, The Great American Read has peaked reader’s interest in the 100 titles nominated as contestants for America’s favorite book. Following the conclusion of the show, join us at the Troy Public Library for an in-depth exploration of several books from the Great American Read’s top 100 list. Each month in this series, we will pick one book to celebrate. We will watch a documentary or film on the author, one film adaptation of the book, and cap it off with a book discussion led by retired Siena College Professor, Tom Bulger. All books will be available for at the checkout desk during the month in which they will be discussed.

For the month of November, we will be focusing on The Great Gatsby. Film screenings and book discussion meeting times are as follows:

November 3rd at 2:00 pm:

  1. Scott Fitzgerald (BBC Documentary)

November 17th at 2:00 pm: The Great Gatsby (2013 film adaptation, 2 hr, 23 min) Rated PG-13.

November 24th at 2:00 pm: Discussion with Tom Bulger

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.

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, November 26, December 3, December 10 & December 23, at 6:00pm. Classes are free, but space is limited so registration is required.

Open to the public.  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.

Iroquois Indian Museum: Guest Speaker Presentation

The Troy Public Library will be hosting a special guest speaker from the Iroquois Indian Museum, who will be giving an introduction of the Iroquois History in this area along with a more educational contemporary view on the arts and how the history of the Iroquois is projected in the arts today. Join us on Tuesday, November 6th, at 6pm, for this educational workshop. 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.

Programs at Stephentown Memorial Library

  • How to Start a Business

Thursday, November 1st, at 6:30pm. Presented by the Staff of the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region. They will explore issues around working for yourself, exploring your options, finding your focus, planning, and connecting with resources in your community

Weekly Programs:

  • Ballroom Dance—Learn the Waltz–Tuesdays at 7pm.
  • Art Journaling for Teens & Adults—Wednesdays, 6:30pm.
  • Playgroup—Thursdays, 10am
  • Mahjong—Thursdays, 4pm.

For more information, or to register for the workshop,

contact the Stephentown Library Director, Kim Roppolo by calling 518-733-5750 or via email at director@

Events at Castleton Public Library

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

Computer Basics: By appointment. Call 518-732-0879.

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

Teen Time: Crafts & Snacks

Tuesday, November 6th, 4-6pm. Make your own unique artistic creations with our craft supplies and enjoy some snacks! For teens in 6th-12th grades.

Pajama Storytime: Tuesday, November 6th, 6pm.

Feel free to wear your PJs or bring a stuffed animal!

Learn & Play Storytime: Thursday, November 8th, 10:30am. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft!

Perler Bead Crafts: Friday, November 9th, 10am–6pm

Have the day off from school? Stop in to make something awesome out of perler beads!

Marble Run Fun: Saturday, November 10th, 10am–4pm. Build a unique maze for a marble to go through, then drop a marble in and watch it work!

East Greenbush Community Library

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.eastgreenbush for a complete list of programs and story time.

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

11/5: ENL: English As A New Language, 9:30am-12:30pm; Writing Session with Sisters in Crime, 1pm; Monday Evening Book Discussion: The Great Alone, 7pm

11/6: Drop-in Tech Time, 4-6pm; Mat Yoga with Camie, 6pm

11/7: ENL: English As A New Language, 9:30am-12:30pm; 30-Minute Genealogy Appointments, 5-7:30pm

11/8: SCA Rapier Fencing Practice, 5:30pm

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


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