Thanks for voting us in as the Times Union’s Best Library 2019!
We’re honored to be the Capital Region’s pick for Best Library this year. Thanks for voting for us – and for sticking with us through the challenges of our renovation over the past year. (We think you all deserve an award for “Best Library Patrons”.) We can’t wait to keep sharing what we have in store for the community and our facility.
March Bingo Challenge a Success
Thanks to everyone who participated in ourMarch Bingo Challenge! We had so much fun, with numerous well attended events and lots of bingo lines completed and book reviews submitted. Raffle prize winners will be notified this week, so if you’ve got your fingers crossed for a basket or gift card, keep an eye out!
If you participated, there’s still time to fill out our survey – we’ll use this info to improve future reading and bingo challenges. Enjoyed the Challenge? Details about our next adventure – the Adult Summer Reading Challenge – will be released in late May!
With all the finishing touches being added to wrap up Phase 1 of our project, the library is starting to look very spiffy indeed! Drop by sometime soon to check out our new desk and carpeting. Plus, head toward the back to have a look at our awesome Cube – the new teen space – which is now open with seating and computers for 6th-12th graders, plus Young Adult book titles for ninth graders and up, including adults! Yes, YA fiction is widely read by adults, so check some out and see why it’s so popular!
The Friends are selling Hoffman Car Wash Tickets online. You may purchase full-service Hoffman car wash tickets for $27 or exterior car wash tickets for $10. This is a great fundraiser. The Friends get one-half of the cost!
The Friends Book Nook Opens May 18th At The Crossings
Please be sure to join us at the Friends Book Nook at the Crossings Park on
Albany-Shaker Road. We are located near the gazebo.
The Book Nook is open 9:00 AM-1:00 PM every Saturday that the Farmers Market is held, beginning May 18. We have a big selection of books for both adults and children. Most items are $1.00. Some special items may be priced a bit higher.
We hope to see you at the Book Nook on Saturdays.
Friends Book Sale: May 2nd-5th
Yes, it’s time for our big Friends used book sale. It’s held in the Library’s Stedman Room. Be sure to add the following dates/times to your calendar:
Thursday, May 2, 5:30-7:30 PM – Preview Sale: $5 cash entry fee (this time only)
Friday, May 3, 10:00 AM-5:30 PM
Saturday, May 4, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM
Sunday, May 5, 1:00-3:00 PM – Bag Sale: $2 for small plastic grocery bag or $5 for a large paper grocery bag) Most books, CDs and DVDs are $1.00. Some special items may be priced higher. Volunteers will be needed for two-hour shifts during the above times and also for set-up and then again at the end of the sale. Please watch for an email from the Friends in April to sign up to help.
Enjoy an evening of toe-tapping live music with local traditional jazz band Tanager. Specializing in the works of Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, Sidney Bechet, King Oliver and many others as well as old timey arrangements of more modern tunes. Tanager is a 5-piece band featuring upright bass, guitar, clarinet, drums, saxophone, and vocals.
Create your own 3D artwork at this easy paper craft for adults. All supplies provided. This craft is mildly messy – please dress accordingly.
Free Movie Monday: Operation Finale
Monday, April 22, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Watch a film on the big screen in the Stedman Room. Bring a sweater in case it’s chilly! This month’s feature is about a team of secret agents who set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust. Register online
Run-time: 2 hr, 2 mins
Introduction to Streaming Video
Tuesday, April 30, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
There have never been more options for watching tv, movies, and other video content! Learn how to play web-based video content on your devices with free and paid services and apps – and get that content up onto your television for big screen experience.
Are you ready to rock? All 7th-12th graders are invited to watch and cheer on local bands as they perform their best music in front of judges. This is a popular annual event so bring a friend and enjoy an exciting night at the library! Admission is free and no registration is required.
Got Pride? So Do We!
Monday, April 15, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Join us in The Cube to plan for Pride Month and meet awesome people. All-inclusive LGBTQ+ space. No sign-ups required.
Special Programs for April Break
Wednesday, April 24 & Friday, April 26
Wednesday, April 24 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Anime Night- all about manga and anime — food, fun and film!
The Cube is now open! Seating and computers are reserved for 6-12th graders, however, the awesome books and games are available to everyone to browse and check-out! Video games for PS3, PS4, XBox and Wii are also available. They are displayed near the help desk in The Cube.
Enjoy an afternoon with adult fans of children’s literature. Professionals* in the field share their insights into this year’s Caldecott and Newbery winners and honor books. Light refreshments will be served! The Tea will be at the Meeting House room at the Crossings Park.
Music Together Friday, April 12, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Birth – 4 years old
Join Matt Yaeger for a demo class of Music Together, an early childhood music & movement program! For children from birth to age 4 years, with an adult. Please choose either the 10:00 AM or the 11:00 AM session.
April Break Special Programs
Monday, April 22, 10:00 AM-11:30 AMSpring Make & Take: All ages will enjoy time creating a spring craft. No registration required.
Tuesday, April 23, 10:00 AM-10:45 AMMusic & Motion: Lisa Russo will lead this program for families with young children. No registration required.
Wednesday, April 24, 2:00 PM-2:45 PMMad Science – Chem in a Flash: Kids in grades 1-4 will explore several fields of chemistry with experiments!