Schenectady County Public Library

99 Clinton Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
518.388.4500


    

All programs and classes are made possible through the funding provided by the SCPL Friends of the Library.

Sunday September 25, 2022
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Young Musicians Forum - Russian pianist Andrei Romanov

Mr. Romanov has won several international competitions and performed concerts and solo recitals in Russia, Israel, Italy and the US. Currrently he is studying piano and composition at the Mannes School of Music in NYC. His exhilarating and noteworthy program includes works by Bach and Rachmaninoff but also his trans- scription of Piazzolla's Liebertango and one of Romanov's own jazz compositions. 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Mr. Romanov has won several international competitions and performed concerts and solo recitals in Russia, Israel, Italy and the US. Currrently he is studying piano and composition at the Mannes School of Music in NYC. His exhilarating and noteworthy program includes works by Bach and Rachmaninoff but also his trans- scription of Piazzolla's Liebertango and one of Romanov's own jazz compositions. 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Monday September 26, 2022
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Baby Laptime

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 4 spaces available.

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 4 spaces available.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

CANCELLED

Come check out our early literacy stations in the children's area, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week. 

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

CANCELLED

Come check out our early literacy stations in the children's area, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week. 

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Back to School Basics

Join us as we discuss essential oils for boosting focus for all ages and supporting a healthy immune system during a busy season. Bring home a custom blend to aid your body and mind as you navigate everyday stressors, both physical and mental. Ages 18+

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
There are 5 spaces available.

Join us as we discuss essential oils for boosting focus for all ages and supporting a healthy immune system during a busy season. Bring home a custom blend to aid your body and mind as you navigate everyday stressors, both physical and mental. Ages 18+

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

There are 5 spaces available.

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

Take a journey together through stories with the Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club!  Each week we will read a different Choose Your Own Adventure book together and see where the journey leads!  Activities related to the theme of the book are provided.  Receive a CYOA Book Club passport to complete for prizes and free books.

For youth ages 7-12.  Registration is required.  This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
There are 13 spaces available.

Take a journey together through stories with the Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club!  Each week we will read a different Choose Your Own Adventure book together and see where the journey leads!  Activities related to the theme of the book are provided.  Receive a CYOA Book Club passport to complete for prizes and free books.

For youth ages 7-12.  Registration is required.  This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

There are 13 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
ESL (English as a Second Language) Class

Learning English as a second language opens many doors for people and provides them with a variety of options they might not otherwise have. This course is designed for adult learners and helps individuals become more proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English. Offered for free through the Washington Irving Education Center for ages 21+. Call Washington Irving to register 518-370-8220.
*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

Learning English as a second language opens many doors for people and provides them with a variety of options they might not otherwise have. This course is designed for adult learners and helps individuals become more proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English. Offered for free through the Washington Irving Education Center for ages 21+. Call Washington Irving to register 518-370-8220.
*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

 

Join us for free after school fun as we make personalized banners to hang in your room or in your home.

For kids in gr. K-5.

Want to learn more about 4-H? Become a Club member to use your head, heart, hands and health to make a difference in your community. Each session will include learning more about 4-H and a craft. This free 1-year membership is made possible through a grant from the WGYA. Membership is optional.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center
There are 11 spaces available.

Join us for free after school fun as we make personalized banners to hang in your room or in your home.

For kids in gr. K-5.

Want to learn more about 4-H? Become a Club member to use your head, heart, hands and health to make a difference in your community. Each session will include learning more about 4-H and a craft. This free 1-year membership is made possible through a grant from the WGYA. Membership is optional.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

There are 11 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wealth Education Series - How to Effectively Save

Join YOU INC Wealth Education Services in this four-part workshop series that aims at educating participants on finances. Founders Angela Tatem and Elroy Tatem, Ph.D., are Certified Financial Education Instructors who over the course of four classes will help you to create a conscious spending plan, learn how to effectively save, and better understand debt and credit. This comprehensive course gives participants access to live classes, an online eLearning platform, and access to Angela and Elroy for questions.

In the "How to Effectively Safe" workshop participants will come to become familiar with the idea that, "It's not how much you earn, but how much you keep". We will present strategies to help you keep more of your income and best practices on where to save it so the funds will be protected and/or grow. 

Must be able to attend all four classes.

LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room

Join YOU INC Wealth Education Services in this four-part workshop series that aims at educating participants on finances. Founders Angela Tatem and Elroy Tatem, Ph.D., are Certified Financial Education Instructors who over the course of four classes will help you to create a conscious spending plan, learn how to effectively save, and better understand debt and credit. This comprehensive course gives participants access to live classes, an online eLearning platform, and access to Angela and Elroy for questions.

In the "How to Effectively Safe" workshop participants will come to become familiar with the idea that, "It's not how much you earn, but how much you keep". We will present strategies to help you keep more of your income and best practices on where to save it so the funds will be protected and/or grow. 

Must be able to attend all four classes.

LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room

Tuesday September 27, 2022
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Baby Laptime

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
There are 11 spaces available.

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

There are 11 spaces available.

 
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10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a story time! We will have books previously selected for check out and a craft station every week! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For 0-5 children and their caregiver. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch
There are 15 spaces available.

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a story time! We will have books previously selected for check out and a craft station every week! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For 0-5 children and their caregiver. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

There are 15 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stay & Play @ Bornt

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)

 

Visit with a certified lactation specialist in this free drop-in program providing breastfeeding support for pregnant and/or new parents in the community. Join us in-person or virtually on Zoom from your home. 

Zoom link information:
https://tinyurl.com/2p95atkn
Phone:1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID:869 1811 9191
Passcode:806095

For more information or questions, please contact Sarah A. Tice, PHN, IBCLC at Sarah.tice@schenectadycounty.com

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Visit with a certified lactation specialist in this free drop-in program providing breastfeeding support for pregnant and/or new parents in the community. Join us in-person or virtually on Zoom from your home. 

Zoom link information:
https://tinyurl.com/2p95atkn
Phone:1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID:869 1811 9191
Passcode:806095

For more information or questions, please contact Sarah A. Tice, PHN, IBCLC at Sarah.tice@schenectadycounty.com

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

 

Join us for a discussion of the book A Smile as Big as the Moon: A Special Education Teacher, His Class, and Their Inspiring Journey Through U.S. Space Camp by Mike Kersjes, Joe Layden.

New book club members are always welcome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

One autumn Kersjes got the outlandish idea that his students would benefit from going to Space Camp, where, in conjunction with NASA, high school students compete in a variety of activities similar to those experienced by astronauts in training for space shuttle missions. There was only one problem: this program had been specifically designed for gifted and talented students, the best and the brightest from America's most privileged high schools.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Join us for a discussion of the book A Smile as Big as the Moon: A Special Education Teacher, His Class, and Their Inspiring Journey Through U.S. Space Camp by Mike Kersjes, Joe Layden.

New book club members are always welcome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

One autumn Kersjes got the outlandish idea that his students would benefit from going to Space Camp, where, in conjunction with NASA, high school students compete in a variety of activities similar to those experienced by astronauts in training for space shuttle missions. There was only one problem: this program had been specifically designed for gifted and talented students, the best and the brightest from America's most privileged high schools.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Tween & Teen Time: Tie Dye T-shirt Tote Bags

DIY your own No-Sew T-Shirt Tote Bags!  Use one of the provided Tie Dye T-shirts or bring your own.  

Registration is required and is open to tweens and teens ages 11-17.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
There are 15 spaces available.

DIY your own No-Sew T-Shirt Tote Bags!  Use one of the provided Tie Dye T-shirts or bring your own.  

Registration is required and is open to tweens and teens ages 11-17.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

There are 15 spaces available.

 

Join us for a discussion of the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.

New book club members are always welcome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Join us for a discussion of the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.

New book club members are always welcome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Wednesday September 28, 2022
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10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a story time! We will have books previously selected for check out and a craft station every week! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For 0-5 children and their caregiver. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a story time! We will have books previously selected for check out and a craft station every week! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For 0-5 children and their caregiver. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
StoryWalk at Collins Park: One Red Apple

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Scotia Branch Library for a celebration of apples! Explore the new autumn StoryWalk in Collins Park, then meet by the playground for story time and an activity all about pollinators.

For children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. This program will be held outdoors, weather permitting, and in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Scotia Branch Library for a celebration of apples! Explore the new autumn StoryWalk in Collins Park, then meet by the playground for story time and an activity all about pollinators.

For children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. This program will be held outdoors, weather permitting, and in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch


 
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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
REELS Film Series

The Help

Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer; Walt Disney Pictures; Directed by Tate Taylor; PG-13; 146 minutes; 2011 

A débutante in 1960s Mississippi sends her community into an uproar by conducting a series of probing interviews with the black female servants of the area's most-prominent families. 

Food is prohibited at this event. 

 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

The Help

Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer; Walt Disney Pictures; Directed by Tate Taylor; PG-13; 146 minutes; 2011 

A débutante in 1960s Mississippi sends her community into an uproar by conducting a series of probing interviews with the black female servants of the area's most-prominent families. 

Food is prohibited at this event. 

 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cozy Crafters

Bring your current craft project to this social group to work on, meet new people and learn new skills.  From knitting to quilting, and everything in between, we can help each other begin and complete craft projects. Join us and let's get crafty together.

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Bring your current craft project to this social group to work on, meet new people and learn new skills.  From knitting to quilting, and everything in between, we can help each other begin and complete craft projects. Join us and let's get crafty together.

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
ESL (English as a Second Language) Class

Learning English as a second language opens many doors for people and provides them with a variety of options they might not otherwise have. This course is designed for adult learners and helps individuals become more proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English. Offered for free through the Washington Irving Education Center for ages 21+. Call Washington Irving to register 518-370-8220.
*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

Learning English as a second language opens many doors for people and provides them with a variety of options they might not otherwise have. This course is designed for adult learners and helps individuals become more proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English. Offered for free through the Washington Irving Education Center for ages 21+. Call Washington Irving to register 518-370-8220.
*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Stay & Play @ Bornt

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center


 
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5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Writers Group

Whether you’ve been doing it forever or just starting out, bring your written words to this volunteer run community group and receive feedback from fellow wordsmiths as time permits.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Whether you’ve been doing it forever or just starting out, bring your written words to this volunteer run community group and receive feedback from fellow wordsmiths as time permits.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wealth Education Series - Debt and Credit

Join YOU INC Wealth Education Services in this four-part workshop series that aims at educating participants on finances. Founders Angela Tatem and Elroy Tatem, Ph.D., are Certified Financial Education Instructors who over the course of four classes will help you to create a conscious spending plan, learn how to effectively save, and better understand debt and credit. This comprehensive course gives participants access to live classes, an online eLearning platform, and access to Angela and Elroy for questions.

In this "Debt and Credit" workshop participants will learn practical steps on how to pay off debt effectively. We will discuss credit and other topics around borrowing money. How to talk to creditors and debt consolidation strategies. This workshop will debunk a lot of the myths surrounding debt and credit. 

Must be able to attend all four classes.

LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room

Join YOU INC Wealth Education Services in this four-part workshop series that aims at educating participants on finances. Founders Angela Tatem and Elroy Tatem, Ph.D., are Certified Financial Education Instructors who over the course of four classes will help you to create a conscious spending plan, learn how to effectively save, and better understand debt and credit. This comprehensive course gives participants access to live classes, an online eLearning platform, and access to Angela and Elroy for questions.

In this "Debt and Credit" workshop participants will learn practical steps on how to pay off debt effectively. We will discuss credit and other topics around borrowing money. How to talk to creditors and debt consolidation strategies. This workshop will debunk a lot of the myths surrounding debt and credit. 

Must be able to attend all four classes.

LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room

Thursday September 29, 2022
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 3 spaces available.

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 3 spaces available.

 

Join us for a discussion of the book The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray.

New book club members are always welcome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Join us for a discussion of the book The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray.

New book club members are always welcome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Paw for Reading

Join us for a story class for children in Grades K-5 with an adult. Meet therapy dog Pearl who would love to listen to you read a story.

This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1
There are 10 spaces available.

Join us for a story class for children in Grades K-5 with an adult. Meet therapy dog Pearl who would love to listen to you read a story.

This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

There are 10 spaces available.

 

Join us for free after school fun as as we make personalized banners to hang in your room or in your home. For kids in gr. K-5.

Want to learn more about 4-H? Become a Club member to use your head, heart, hands and health to make a difference in your community. Each session will include learning more about 4-H and a craft. This free 1-year membership is made possible through a grant from the WGYA. Membership is optional.

This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2
There are 14 spaces available.

Join us for free after school fun as as we make personalized banners to hang in your room or in your home. For kids in gr. K-5.

Want to learn more about 4-H? Become a Club member to use your head, heart, hands and health to make a difference in your community. Each session will include learning more about 4-H and a craft. This free 1-year membership is made possible through a grant from the WGYA. Membership is optional.

This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

There are 14 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Writing Workshop: Fiction - 4 part series

Join Janine De Tillio Cammarata, award-winning author of six novels as she teaches you her process for delving deep into the writing process for any fiction genre and age group. Techniques on developing characters, plotting, setting, planning/writing that first draft. Can be adapted to a short story or novel.

No experience is needed. Just a desire to bring out the story that's already in you. This is a four-part series and participants must attend all four classes!

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Join Janine De Tillio Cammarata, award-winning author of six novels as she teaches you her process for delving deep into the writing process for any fiction genre and age group. Techniques on developing characters, plotting, setting, planning/writing that first draft. Can be adapted to a short story or novel.

No experience is needed. Just a desire to bring out the story that's already in you. This is a four-part series and participants must attend all four classes!

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Core & Pelvic Floor Health

Learn more about your core and the role of the pelvic floor. Dr. Alyssa Kurtzner-Shute PT, DPT will cover the basic anatomy and function of the core muscle groups that act as the foundation for all movement. She will also discuss ways to breathe and move more effectively and efficiently to reduce pain and prevent future injury.

*Register for Zoom link.

LOCATION: Online Program
There are 74 spaces available.

Learn more about your core and the role of the pelvic floor. Dr. Alyssa Kurtzner-Shute PT, DPT will cover the basic anatomy and function of the core muscle groups that act as the foundation for all movement. She will also discuss ways to breathe and move more effectively and efficiently to reduce pain and prevent future injury.

*Register for Zoom link.

LOCATION: Online Program

There are 74 spaces available.

Friday September 30, 2022
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Great Give Back Goods Drive for Safe Inc.

The Schenectady County Public Library will be participating in The Great Give Back 2022.  The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide opportunities for the patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.  

For 2022 The Schenectady County Public Library will be collecting diapers up to size 5T, wipes, and feminine products for Safe Inc. of Schenectady. Safe Inc of Schenectady is the only certified emergency youth shelter in Schenectady County that serves runaway homeless and sexually exploited/human trafficked youth between the ages of 16-20.   Safe Inc. is the only emergency youth shelter that will provide housing for a 16- or 17-year-old teen parent with a child. 

Drop off donations at the circulation desk inside Central Library at 99 Clinton Street during hours of operation. Donations accepted October 1 - 14th.

LOCATION: Central Library

The Schenectady County Public Library will be participating in The Great Give Back 2022.  The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide opportunities for the patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.  

For 2022 The Schenectady County Public Library will be collecting diapers up to size 5T, wipes, and feminine products for Safe Inc. of Schenectady. Safe Inc of Schenectady is the only certified emergency youth shelter in Schenectady County that serves runaway homeless and sexually exploited/human trafficked youth between the ages of 16-20.   Safe Inc. is the only emergency youth shelter that will provide housing for a 16- or 17-year-old teen parent with a child. 

Drop off donations at the circulation desk inside Central Library at 99 Clinton Street during hours of operation. Donations accepted October 1 - 14th.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Stop, Think, Act: How to Recognize and Avoid Scams

Scams, frauds and hoaxes cost consumers and businesses time and billions of dollars each year. This presentation, given by the NYS Consumer Protection Outreach Services, helps consumers recognize and avoid scams. It also presents tools and resources to utilize if you fall victim to a scam. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch
There are 27 spaces available.

Scams, frauds and hoaxes cost consumers and businesses time and billions of dollars each year. This presentation, given by the NYS Consumer Protection Outreach Services, helps consumers recognize and avoid scams. It also presents tools and resources to utilize if you fall victim to a scam. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

There are 27 spaces available.

Saturday October 1, 2022

RESERVE - glass cases @ SCP for Friends/HP Day. 10/1 to 10/31. 

LOCATION: Central Library

RESERVE - glass cases @ SCP for Friends/HP Day. 10/1 to 10/31. 

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Teentober Reading Challenge

Teentober is a nationwide initiative hosted by libraries every October, that celebrates teen services in public libraries and the literature teens read. Tweens and teens in grades 6-12 can participate in our Teentober reading challenge this month where you'll log what you read, where you read and who you read with. After finishing three in each category, you will win an awesome slap bracelet, but you'll also start to realize that reading and public libraries are providing you with more of a community than you realize.

Pick up a reading log at any of our branches OR sign up on Beanstack! Visit SCPL.org to access Beanstack or download the app on your smartphone.

LOCATION: Online Program

Teentober is a nationwide initiative hosted by libraries every October, that celebrates teen services in public libraries and the literature teens read. Tweens and teens in grades 6-12 can participate in our Teentober reading challenge this month where you'll log what you read, where you read and who you read with. After finishing three in each category, you will win an awesome slap bracelet, but you'll also start to realize that reading and public libraries are providing you with more of a community than you realize.

Pick up a reading log at any of our branches OR sign up on Beanstack! Visit SCPL.org to access Beanstack or download the app on your smartphone.

LOCATION: Online Program

 
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

Join us for our Fall Book Sale! Proceeds benefit Friends of the Library who financially support library programming, continuing education and more.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Join us for our Fall Book Sale! Proceeds benefit Friends of the Library who financially support library programming, continuing education and more.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stay & Play @ Central

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ALCO Tunnel Tile Project w/ C.R.E.A.T.E Community Studios

Join Kristi in desiging your own tile to be placed as part of the "Creative Connectors" project inside the ALCO Tunnel! Participants will decorate, carve, and sculpt individual tiles that will be included in a final commuity arts display. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Grant program, a grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

 

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
The registration period has ended.

Join Kristi in desiging your own tile to be placed as part of the "Creative Connectors" project inside the ALCO Tunnel! Participants will decorate, carve, and sculpt individual tiles that will be included in a final commuity arts display. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Grant program, a grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

 

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

The registration period has ended.

 
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2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Citizenship Class - League of Women Voters

Meet with trained tutors to prepare for the US Citizenship Interview and Exams.
For more information or to register contact Ann Hatke at Lwvcitizen@gmail.com

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Meet with trained tutors to prepare for the US Citizenship Interview and Exams.
For more information or to register contact Ann Hatke at Lwvcitizen@gmail.com

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Sunday October 2, 2022
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

Join us for our Fall Book Sale! Proceeds benefit Friends of the Library who financially support library programming, continuing education and more.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Join us for our Fall Book Sale! Proceeds benefit Friends of the Library who financially support library programming, continuing education and more.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Monday October 3, 2022
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Baby Laptime

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 10 spaces available.

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the children's area, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week. 

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, September 26, 2022 at 11:30 AM     

Come check out our early literacy stations in the children's area, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week. 

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, September 26, 2022 at 11:30 AM     

 
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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Inner Bliss Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Students perform postures and breathing exercises with the aid of a chair. Students can experience the many benefits of yoga without having to get up or down from the floor. Benefits include increased balance, strength, flexibility, range of motion, and stress reduction. Suitable for all. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Ages 18+

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 2 spaces available.

Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Students perform postures and breathing exercises with the aid of a chair. Students can experience the many benefits of yoga without having to get up or down from the floor. Benefits include increased balance, strength, flexibility, range of motion, and stress reduction. Suitable for all. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Ages 18+

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 2 spaces available.

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
A-Z Compost Stew

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Glenville Branch Library to explore the wiggly world of composting! Combine literacy and science as we learn the A-to-Z ingredients for compost. Enjoy an interactive read-aloud of Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary Mckenna Siddals. Afterward, we’ll dive into some compost and look for the creatures that help us create the nutrient-rich magic!

For kids in preK-2nd grade and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID19 protocols. Registration required.

CONTACT: Schenectady County Public Library
LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 11 spaces available.

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Glenville Branch Library to explore the wiggly world of composting! Combine literacy and science as we learn the A-to-Z ingredients for compost. Enjoy an interactive read-aloud of Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary Mckenna Siddals. Afterward, we’ll dive into some compost and look for the creatures that help us create the nutrient-rich magic!

For kids in preK-2nd grade and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID19 protocols. Registration required.

CONTACT:
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LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 11 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
ESL (English as a Second Language) Class

Learning English as a second language opens many doors for people and provides them with a variety of options they might not otherwise have. This course is designed for adult learners and helps individuals become more proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English. Offered for free through the Washington Irving Education Center for ages 21+. Call Washington Irving to register 518-370-8220.
*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

Learning English as a second language opens many doors for people and provides them with a variety of options they might not otherwise have. This course is designed for adult learners and helps individuals become more proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English. Offered for free through the Washington Irving Education Center for ages 21+. Call Washington Irving to register 518-370-8220.
*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

Tuesday October 4, 2022
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Baby Laptime

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
There are 11 spaces available.

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

There are 11 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Advance Directives: Health Care Proxies, Living Wills, and More - Informational Session

Join an experienced medical social worker who will discuss what advance directives are and why they are important.  You will look at a variety of types of advance directives including health care proxies, living wills, and MOLST forms.  You will have the opportunity to complete a health care proxy.  This session is informative, interactive, and filled with practical applications.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
There are 18 spaces available.

Join an experienced medical social worker who will discuss what advance directives are and why they are important.  You will look at a variety of types of advance directives including health care proxies, living wills, and MOLST forms.  You will have the opportunity to complete a health care proxy.  This session is informative, interactive, and filled with practical applications.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

There are 18 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stay & Play @ Bornt

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)

 
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Meet Your Historian
Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at the Scotia Branch Library (first Tuesday of every month) to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.
LOCATION: Scotia Branch
Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at the Scotia Branch Library (first Tuesday of every month) to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.
LOCATION: Scotia Branch

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Teen Writing Club

Teens in grades 6-12 that love to write are invited to join.  We usually pick a writing prompt, do some writing, and then share; but sharing is not mandatory.  We are very welcoming to new members.  This club meeting will be held in-person and on Zoom simultaneously. Zoom link will be sent to all registrants a day before the event. Snacks will be served during the meet up.

This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
There are 12 spaces available.

Teens in grades 6-12 that love to write are invited to join.  We usually pick a writing prompt, do some writing, and then share; but sharing is not mandatory.  We are very welcoming to new members.  This club meeting will be held in-person and on Zoom simultaneously. Zoom link will be sent to all registrants a day before the event. Snacks will be served during the meet up.

This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

There are 12 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Show and Tell Film Release Party

Join us for a release party for the Schenectady County Public Library Show and Tell Series.  The Show and Tell release will be a compilation of our 8 Show and Tell recordings.  This video features our historic Scotia Branch Library, the Friends of the Library, Proctors, The Adirondack Kelly Center, and much more! All are welcome to come and view some local history stories while enjoying coffee and cookies. 

This program has been made possible by the American Library Association and American Rescue Plan through the National Endowment of the Humanities.  

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
There are 58 spaces available.

Join us for a release party for the Schenectady County Public Library Show and Tell Series.  The Show and Tell release will be a compilation of our 8 Show and Tell recordings.  This video features our historic Scotia Branch Library, the Friends of the Library, Proctors, The Adirondack Kelly Center, and much more! All are welcome to come and view some local history stories while enjoying coffee and cookies. 

This program has been made possible by the American Library Association and American Rescue Plan through the National Endowment of the Humanities.  

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

There are 58 spaces available.

Wednesday October 5, 2022
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10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a story time! We will have books previously selected for check out and a craft station every week! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For 0-5 children and their caregiver. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a story time! We will have books previously selected for check out and a craft station every week! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For 0-5 children and their caregiver. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 5 spaces available.

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 5 spaces available.

 
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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
REELS Film Series

American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story 

Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin, Dennis Quaid, Adam Baldwin, Ser'Darius Blain; Lions Gate Films, Inc.; Directed by Jon and Andrew Erwin; PG; 112 minutes; 2021 

Football hero Kurt Warner started as an undrafted NFL player and later became a two-time Most Valuable Player awardee who led his team to win the Super Bowl. Before his career could take off, Kurt struggles with the decision of playing football, ending up as a supermarket employee. But with the support of his wife Brenda and guidance from Coach Dick Vermeil, Kurt embarks on a play that would soon change his life. Based on a true story. 

Food is prohibited at this event. 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story 

Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin, Dennis Quaid, Adam Baldwin, Ser'Darius Blain; Lions Gate Films, Inc.; Directed by Jon and Andrew Erwin; PG; 112 minutes; 2021 

Football hero Kurt Warner started as an undrafted NFL player and later became a two-time Most Valuable Player awardee who led his team to win the Super Bowl. Before his career could take off, Kurt struggles with the decision of playing football, ending up as a supermarket employee. But with the support of his wife Brenda and guidance from Coach Dick Vermeil, Kurt embarks on a play that would soon change his life. Based on a true story. 

Food is prohibited at this event. 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 

Join us for a fun afternoon of LEGO building in our program room! Projects stay at the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 9 spaces available.

Join us for a fun afternoon of LEGO building in our program room! Projects stay at the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 9 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
ESL (English as a Second Language) Class

Learning English as a second language opens many doors for people and provides them with a variety of options they might not otherwise have. This course is designed for adult learners and helps individuals become more proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English. Offered for free through the Washington Irving Education Center for ages 21+. Call Washington Irving to register 518-370-8220.
*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

Learning English as a second language opens many doors for people and provides them with a variety of options they might not otherwise have. This course is designed for adult learners and helps individuals become more proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English. Offered for free through the Washington Irving Education Center for ages 21+. Call Washington Irving to register 518-370-8220.
*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Stay & Play @ Bornt

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center


 
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5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Writers Group

Whether you’ve been doing it forever or just starting out, bring your written words to this volunteer run community group and receive feedback from fellow wordsmiths as time permits.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Whether you’ve been doing it forever or just starting out, bring your written words to this volunteer run community group and receive feedback from fellow wordsmiths as time permits.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Thursday October 6, 2022
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 10 spaces available.

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Diffuser Beading

Bring oils with you everywhere you go… by wearing them! Create your own custom lava bead bracelet and take home an essential oil blend to roll into your beads for a calming aroma, all day long. Ages 18+

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 9 spaces available.

Bring oils with you everywhere you go… by wearing them! Create your own custom lava bead bracelet and take home an essential oil blend to roll into your beads for a calming aroma, all day long. Ages 18+

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 9 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Color & Chill with the Indian Music Caravan

Families with children ages 5 and up are invited to attend this art program. We will listen to classical Indian music, color, and relax.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
There are 13 spaces available.

Families with children ages 5 and up are invited to attend this art program. We will listen to classical Indian music, color, and relax.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

There are 13 spaces available.

Friday October 7, 2022
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Great Give Back Goods Drive for Safe Inc.

The Schenectady County Public Library will be participating in The Great Give Back 2022.  The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide opportunities for the patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.  

For 2022 The Schenectady County Public Library will be collecting diapers up to size 5T, wipes, and feminine products for Safe Inc. of Schenectady. Safe Inc of Schenectady is the only certified emergency youth shelter in Schenectady County that serves runaway homeless and sexually exploited/human trafficked youth between the ages of 16-20.   Safe Inc. is the only emergency youth shelter that will provide housing for a 16- or 17-year-old teen parent with a child. 

Drop off donations at the circulation desk inside Central Library at 99 Clinton Street during hours of operation. Donations accepted October 1 - 14th.

LOCATION: Central Library

The Schenectady County Public Library will be participating in The Great Give Back 2022.  The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide opportunities for the patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.  

For 2022 The Schenectady County Public Library will be collecting diapers up to size 5T, wipes, and feminine products for Safe Inc. of Schenectady. Safe Inc of Schenectady is the only certified emergency youth shelter in Schenectady County that serves runaway homeless and sexually exploited/human trafficked youth between the ages of 16-20.   Safe Inc. is the only emergency youth shelter that will provide housing for a 16- or 17-year-old teen parent with a child. 

Drop off donations at the circulation desk inside Central Library at 99 Clinton Street during hours of operation. Donations accepted October 1 - 14th.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Advance Directives: Health Care Proxies, Living Wills, and More - Informational Session

Join an experienced medical social worker who will discuss what advance directives are and why they are important.  You will look at a variety of types of advance directives including health care proxies, living wills, and MOLST forms.  You will have the opportunity to complete a health care proxy.  This session is informative, interactive, and filled with practical applications.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch
There are 12 spaces available.

Join an experienced medical social worker who will discuss what advance directives are and why they are important.  You will look at a variety of types of advance directives including health care proxies, living wills, and MOLST forms.  You will have the opportunity to complete a health care proxy.  This session is informative, interactive, and filled with practical applications.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

There are 12 spaces available.

Saturday October 8, 2022
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stay & Play @ Central

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Adventures with Yarn

Peggy teaches the basics of knitting and crocheting including the hook and needles, yarns, stitches and tension. All materials are provided. For all ages, skill level and abilities.  This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1
There are 14 spaces available.

Peggy teaches the basics of knitting and crocheting including the hook and needles, yarns, stitches and tension. All materials are provided. For all ages, skill level and abilities.  This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

There are 14 spaces available.

 
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2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Citizenship Class - League of Women Voters

Meet with trained tutors to prepare for the US Citizenship Interview and Exams.
For more information or to register contact Ann Hatke at Lwvcitizen@gmail.com

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Meet with trained tutors to prepare for the US Citizenship Interview and Exams.
For more information or to register contact Ann Hatke at Lwvcitizen@gmail.com

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Monday October 10, 2022
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
CLOSED INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY / COLUMBUS DAY
LOCATION: Central Library
Tuesday October 11, 2022
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Baby Laptime

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
There are 11 spaces available.

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

There are 11 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stay & Play @ Bornt

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)

 

Join us for a discussion of the book Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.

New book club members are always welcome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Join us for a discussion of the book Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.

New book club members are always welcome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

 

Join us for a discussion of the book Anxious People by Fredrik Backman.

New book club members are always welcome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers begin slowly opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths. Anxious People’s whimsical plot serves up unforgettable insights into the human condition and a gentle reminder to be compassionate to all the anxious people we encounter every day. 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Join us for a discussion of the book Anxious People by Fredrik Backman.

New book club members are always welcome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers begin slowly opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths. Anxious People’s whimsical plot serves up unforgettable insights into the human condition and a gentle reminder to be compassionate to all the anxious people we encounter every day. 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

 
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2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Digital Literacy for Beginners - Computer and Internet Basics

The Mohawk Valley Library System is offering Digital Literacy for Beginners.  Join us and learn the basics of using a Windows PC. We’ll explore the functions of a computer and the Windows environment. Use the internet to find information and navigate websites. Best practices for internet safety and privacy will be highlighted.

MVLS was among 160 public libraries nationwide to be awarded funding by the Public Library Association and supported by AT&T to conduct digital literacy workshops using PLA's free training site, Digitallearn.org, to help close the digital divide. 

This is a two class series. Must be able to attend both sessions.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

The Mohawk Valley Library System is offering Digital Literacy for Beginners.  Join us and learn the basics of using a Windows PC. We’ll explore the functions of a computer and the Windows environment. Use the internet to find information and navigate websites. Best practices for internet safety and privacy will be highlighted.

MVLS was among 160 public libraries nationwide to be awarded funding by the Public Library Association and supported by AT&T to conduct digital literacy workshops using PLA's free training site, Digitallearn.org, to help close the digital divide. 

This is a two class series. Must be able to attend both sessions.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Registration will begin on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Crafty Kids: Halloween Crafts

Get crafty with supplies provided to create fun Halloween crafts.  Bats and monsters and ghosts, oh my; craft a variety of silly and spooky projects!  Coloring pages and plenty of paper will be on hand for our youngest participants.

For children ages 3-12.   Registration is required.  This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Get crafty with supplies provided to create fun Halloween crafts.  Bats and monsters and ghosts, oh my; craft a variety of silly and spooky projects!  Coloring pages and plenty of paper will be on hand for our youngest participants.

For children ages 3-12.   Registration is required.  This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Registration will begin on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Family Movie & Craft

Join us for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - a movie the whole family can enjoy! Relax, sit back and watch; or create a simple movie-themed craft during the film.  Check the events calendar for details on the selected movie. 

 For children ages 3 and up and their caregivers.

This program  will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

Food is prohibited at this event.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Caleel Harris, Chris Parnell, Ken Jeong; PG; 1 hour 30 mins; 2018

While collecting junk one day, best friends Sonny and Sam meet Slappy, a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished "Goosebumps" book by R.L. Stine. Hoping to start his own family, Slappy kidnaps Sonny's mother and brings all of his ghoulish friends back to life -- just in time for Halloween. As the sleepy town becomes overrun with monsters, witches and other mysterious creatures, Sonny joins forces with his sister, Sam and a kindly neighbor to save Sonny's mom and foil Slappy's plan.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

Join us for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - a movie the whole family can enjoy! Relax, sit back and watch; or create a simple movie-themed craft during the film.  Check the events calendar for details on the selected movie. 

 For children ages 3 and up and their caregivers.

This program  will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

Food is prohibited at this event.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Caleel Harris, Chris Parnell, Ken Jeong; PG; 1 hour 30 mins; 2018

While collecting junk one day, best friends Sonny and Sam meet Slappy, a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished "Goosebumps" book by R.L. Stine. Hoping to start his own family, Slappy kidnaps Sonny's mother and brings all of his ghoulish friends back to life -- just in time for Halloween. As the sleepy town becomes overrun with monsters, witches and other mysterious creatures, Sonny joins forces with his sister, Sam and a kindly neighbor to save Sonny's mom and foil Slappy's plan.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Haunted History of New England Virtual Program

Join author and historian Christopher Daley in this virtual presentation where he melds historical fact together with legend and myth to produce an interesting new look at events that really happened and the stories of haunting that followed. Included are: Mercy Brown "The Vampire" of Exeter Rhode Island, the cursed Freetown State Forest in Massachusetts, the horrors of Lizzie Borden, and many more.

Register for Zoom Link.

LOCATION: Online Program
Registration will begin on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Join author and historian Christopher Daley in this virtual presentation where he melds historical fact together with legend and myth to produce an interesting new look at events that really happened and the stories of haunting that followed. Included are: Mercy Brown "The Vampire" of Exeter Rhode Island, the cursed Freetown State Forest in Massachusetts, the horrors of Lizzie Borden, and many more.

Register for Zoom Link.

LOCATION: Online Program

Registration will begin on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Wednesday October 12, 2022
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10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a story time! We will have books previously selected for check out and a craft station every week! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For 0-5 children and their caregiver. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a story time! We will have books previously selected for check out and a craft station every week! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For 0-5 children and their caregiver. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
REELS Film Series

Ron’s Gone Wrong 

Tenley Molzahn, Jack Dylan Grazer, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Olivia Colman; Twentieth Century Fox; Directed by Sarah Smith; PG; 107 minutes; 2021 

The story of Barney, an awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device. Ron's malfunctions set against the backdrop of the social media age launch them on a journey to learn about true friendship. 

Food is prohibited at this event. 

 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Ron’s Gone Wrong 

Tenley Molzahn, Jack Dylan Grazer, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Olivia Colman; Twentieth Century Fox; Directed by Sarah Smith; PG; 107 minutes; 2021 

The story of Barney, an awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device. Ron's malfunctions set against the backdrop of the social media age launch them on a journey to learn about true friendship. 

Food is prohibited at this event. 

 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cozy Crafters

Bring your current craft project to this social group to work on, meet new people and learn new skills.  From knitting to quilting, and everything in between, we can help each other begin and complete craft projects. Join us and let's get crafty together.

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Bring your current craft project to this social group to work on, meet new people and learn new skills.  From knitting to quilting, and everything in between, we can help each other begin and complete craft projects. Join us and let's get crafty together.

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
ESL (English as a Second Language) Class

Learning English as a second language opens many doors for people and provides them with a variety of options they might not otherwise have. This course is designed for adult learners and helps individuals become more proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English. Offered for free through the Washington Irving Education Center for ages 21+. Call Washington Irving to register 518-370-8220.
*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

Learning English as a second language opens many doors for people and provides them with a variety of options they might not otherwise have. This course is designed for adult learners and helps individuals become more proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English. Offered for free through the Washington Irving Education Center for ages 21+. Call Washington Irving to register 518-370-8220.
*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Stay & Play @ Bornt

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center


 
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5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Writers Group

Whether you’ve been doing it forever or just starting out, bring your written words to this volunteer run community group and receive feedback from fellow wordsmiths as time permits.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Whether you’ve been doing it forever or just starting out, bring your written words to this volunteer run community group and receive feedback from fellow wordsmiths as time permits.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Thursday October 13, 2022
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 

Join us for a discussion of a book of your choice. New book club members are always welcome.

Read a book of your choice, something new or an old favorite, and come ready to share in a group discussion.

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Join us for a discussion of a book of your choice. New book club members are always welcome.

Read a book of your choice, something new or an old favorite, and come ready to share in a group discussion.

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Paw for Reading

Join us for a story class for children in Grades K-5 with an adult. Meet therapy dog Pearl who would love to listen to you read a story.

This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

Join us for a story class for children in Grades K-5 with an adult. Meet therapy dog Pearl who would love to listen to you read a story.

This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

 

Join us for a fun afternoon of LEGO building in our program room! Projects stay at the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Join us for a fun afternoon of LEGO building in our program room! Projects stay at the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Teentober Craft Hour

We’ll have a ton of pom poms, glue, magazines and other supplies to make a few different crafts. Registration required, for teens and tweens ages 11-17. 

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
Registration will begin on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

We’ll have a ton of pom poms, glue, magazines and other supplies to make a few different crafts. Registration required, for teens and tweens ages 11-17. 

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Registration will begin on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Harry Potter Trivia Night

Calling all wizards and witches (muggles too)!  Grab your favorite group of Potterheads and test your knowledge of the books and films.  Enjoy some homemade potions and play some tabletop Quidditch before Trivia begins. Register now for a chance to win awesome prizes.  Ages 16+

Important Information: 

  1. Teams of up to four members may register and up to 15 teams may play 

  1. One team member must register each player in the team including name and phone numbers 

  1. We will be using Crowd Purr so you will need to bring one Wi-Fi ready device like a smart phone or laptop to scan the QR code to enter the game! 

  1. Arrive at 5:30 for photos and to sign in – Game play starts at 6:00. 

*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
There are 10 spaces available.

Calling all wizards and witches (muggles too)!  Grab your favorite group of Potterheads and test your knowledge of the books and films.  Enjoy some homemade potions and play some tabletop Quidditch before Trivia begins. Register now for a chance to win awesome prizes.  Ages 16+

Important Information: 

  1. Teams of up to four members may register and up to 15 teams may play 

  1. One team member must register each player in the team including name and phone numbers 

  1. We will be using Crowd Purr so you will need to bring one Wi-Fi ready device like a smart phone or laptop to scan the QR code to enter the game! 

  1. Arrive at 5:30 for photos and to sign in – Game play starts at 6:00. 

*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

There are 10 spaces available.

Friday October 14, 2022
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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Autumn Candle Making

Bring your favorite fall scents to your home, naturally! Create your own custom candle using essential oils and nontoxic wax. Ages 18+

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
Registration will begin on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Bring your favorite fall scents to your home, naturally! Create your own custom candle using essential oils and nontoxic wax. Ages 18+

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Saturday October 15, 2022
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Harry Potter Day - Young Wizards - Mad Science of the Capital District

Join Mad Science in this Young Wizards class where you will melt Voldemort's head, see a magic wand create light, find the student that has the mark of the master, and watch mystic ice (dry ice) experiments!

Registration for this event is required.

Best suited for ages 5-11.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Join Mad Science in this Young Wizards class where you will melt Voldemort's head, see a magic wand create light, find the student that has the mark of the master, and watch mystic ice (dry ice) experiments!

Registration for this event is required.

Best suited for ages 5-11.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Registration will begin on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Harry Potter Day

Join the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library for a magical day filled with Harry Potter fun.  The event features Diagon Alley complete with vendors, Professor Trelawny reading tea leaves, a sorting hat, photo booth, and kids crafts.    The event also features a Harry Potter themed escape room running every 30 minutes.

Special events include:

10:00 - MadScience of the Capital Region - Registration required.

11:15 - Uncharted Wild

Afternoon show - Magic Show with Joey D

Come dressed up in your best Harry Potter themed costume and stay the day.  Food trucks will be near by!

LOCATION: Central Library

Join the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library for a magical day filled with Harry Potter fun.  The event features Diagon Alley complete with vendors, Professor Trelawny reading tea leaves, a sorting hat, photo booth, and kids crafts.    The event also features a Harry Potter themed escape room running every 30 minutes.

Special events include:

10:00 - MadScience of the Capital Region - Registration required.

11:15 - Uncharted Wild

Afternoon show - Magic Show with Joey D

Come dressed up in your best Harry Potter themed costume and stay the day.  Food trucks will be near by!

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Adventures with Yarn

Peggy teaches the basics of knitting and crocheting including the hook and needles, yarns, stitches and tension. All materials are provided. For all ages, skill level and abilities.  This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center
There are 12 spaces available.

Peggy teaches the basics of knitting and crocheting including the hook and needles, yarns, stitches and tension. All materials are provided. For all ages, skill level and abilities.  This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

There are 12 spaces available.

 
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2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Citizenship Class - League of Women Voters

Meet with trained tutors to prepare for the US Citizenship Interview and Exams.
For more information or to register contact Ann Hatke at Lwvcitizen@gmail.com

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Meet with trained tutors to prepare for the US Citizenship Interview and Exams.
For more information or to register contact Ann Hatke at Lwvcitizen@gmail.com

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Monday October 17, 2022
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Baby Laptime

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, October 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, October 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the children's area, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week. 

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, October 10, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Come check out our early literacy stations in the children's area, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week. 

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, October 10, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Digital Literacy for Beginners - Computer and Internet Basics

The Mohawk Valley Library System is offering Digital Literacy for Beginners.  Join us and learn the basics of using a Windows PC. We’ll explore the functions of a computer and the Windows environment. Use the internet to find information and navigate websites. Best practices for internet safety and privacy will be highlighted.

MVLS was among 160 public libraries nationwide to be awarded funding by the Public Library Association and supported by AT&T to conduct digital literacy workshops using PLA's free training site, Digitallearn.org, to help close the digital divide. 

This is a two class series. Must be able to attend both sessions.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, October 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

The Mohawk Valley Library System is offering Digital Literacy for Beginners.  Join us and learn the basics of using a Windows PC. We’ll explore the functions of a computer and the Windows environment. Use the internet to find information and navigate websites. Best practices for internet safety and privacy will be highlighted.

MVLS was among 160 public libraries nationwide to be awarded funding by the Public Library Association and supported by AT&T to conduct digital literacy workshops using PLA's free training site, Digitallearn.org, to help close the digital divide. 

This is a two class series. Must be able to attend both sessions.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, October 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Stranger Things Mystery Room

Solve a mystery with Eleven, Hopper and the rest of the Stranger Things gang. Mystery Room will be starting every half hour. Warning: Story is updated and there will be season four spoilers!

Registration is required and is open to teens and tweens ages 11 - 17.

 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1
Registration will begin on Monday, October 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Solve a mystery with Eleven, Hopper and the rest of the Stranger Things gang. Mystery Room will be starting every half hour. Warning: Story is updated and there will be season four spoilers!

Registration is required and is open to teens and tweens ages 11 - 17.

 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Registration will begin on Monday, October 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
ESL (English as a Second Language) Class

Learning English as a second language opens many doors for people and provides them with a variety of options they might not otherwise have. This course is designed for adult learners and helps individuals become more proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English. Offered for free through the Washington Irving Education Center for ages 21+. Call Washington Irving to register 518-370-8220.
*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

Learning English as a second language opens many doors for people and provides them with a variety of options they might not otherwise have. This course is designed for adult learners and helps individuals become more proficient in speaking, reading, and writing English. Offered for free through the Washington Irving Education Center for ages 21+. Call Washington Irving to register 518-370-8220.
*Registration Required 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

 

Join us for free after school fun as we make festive masks for dress up or trick-or-treating.

For kids in gr. K-5.

Want to learn more about 4-H? Become a Club member to use your head, heart, hands and health to make a difference in your community. Each session will include learning more about 4-H and a craft. This free 1-year membership is made possible through a grant from the WGYA. Membership is optional.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center
There are 11 spaces available.

Join us for free after school fun as we make festive masks for dress up or trick-or-treating.

For kids in gr. K-5.

Want to learn more about 4-H? Become a Club member to use your head, heart, hands and health to make a difference in your community. Each session will include learning more about 4-H and a craft. This free 1-year membership is made possible through a grant from the WGYA. Membership is optional.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

There are 11 spaces available.

Tuesday October 18, 2022
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Baby Laptime

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
There are 11 spaces available.

Bring your baby and bounce along to songs, rhymes, and stories! Learn about early literacy resources and connect with other caregivers.

For children up to 12 months and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

There are 11 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stay & Play @ Bornt

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)

 
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2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Digital Literacy for Beginners - Online Communication & Exploration

The Mohawk Valley Library System is offering Digital Literacy for Beginners. Join us and learn how to set up and use a Gmail account (with hands-on practice). Understand the importance of strong passwords, secure connections, and best practices for safe internet surfing and online communication.

MVLS was among 160 public libraries nationwide to be awarded funding by the Public Library Association and supported by AT&T to conduct digital literacy workshops using PLA's free training site, Digitallearn.org, to help close the digital divide. 

This is a two class series. Must be able to attend both sessions.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

The Mohawk Valley Library System is offering Digital Literacy for Beginners. Join us and learn how to set up and use a Gmail account (with hands-on practice). Understand the importance of strong passwords, secure connections, and best practices for safe internet surfing and online communication.

MVLS was among 160 public libraries nationwide to be awarded funding by the Public Library Association and supported by AT&T to conduct digital literacy workshops using PLA's free training site, Digitallearn.org, to help close the digital divide. 

This is a two class series. Must be able to attend both sessions.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Registration will begin on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Stranger Things Mystery Room

Solve a mystery with Eleven, Hopper and the rest of the Stranger Things gang. Mystery Room will be starting every half hour. Warning: Story is updated and there will be season four spoilers!

Registration is required and is open to teens and tweens ages 11 - 17.

 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1
Registration will begin on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Solve a mystery with Eleven, Hopper and the rest of the Stranger Things gang. Mystery Room will be starting every half hour. Warning: Story is updated and there will be season four spoilers!

Registration is required and is open to teens and tweens ages 11 - 17.

 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Registration will begin on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 

Join us for a discussion of the book Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff.

New book club members are always welcome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

This is a 9/11 book like no other. Masterfully weaving together multiple strands of the events in New York; at the Pentagon; and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Fall and Rise is a mesmerizing, minute-by-minute account of that terrible day.

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Join us for a discussion of the book Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff.

New book club members are always welcome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

This is a 9/11 book like no other. Masterfully weaving together multiple strands of the events in New York; at the Pentagon; and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Fall and Rise is a mesmerizing, minute-by-minute account of that terrible day.

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Spooky Haunted House w/ Circuits

Learn about electricity and how to create a circuit board by lighting your own haunted paper house. For kids in grades 2 - 5.

 

 

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

Learn about electricity and how to create a circuit board by lighting your own haunted paper house. For kids in grades 2 - 5.

 

 

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Teen Writing Club

Teens in grades 6-12 that love to write are invited to join.  We usually pick a writing prompt, do some writing, and then share; but sharing is not mandatory.  We are very welcoming to new members.  This club meeting will be held in-person and on Zoom simultaneously. Zoom link will be sent to all registrants a day before the event. Snacks will be served during the meet up.

This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Teens in grades 6-12 that love to write are invited to join.  We usually pick a writing prompt, do some writing, and then share; but sharing is not mandatory.  We are very welcoming to new members.  This club meeting will be held in-person and on Zoom simultaneously. Zoom link will be sent to all registrants a day before the event. Snacks will be served during the meet up.

This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Tunisian Crochet

Come and learn how to crochet a simple Tunisian dishcloth. Tunisian crochet is a hybrid technique, a cross between crochet and knitting. Ages 18+
Intermediate-must have crochet experience! 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Come and learn how to crochet a simple Tunisian dishcloth. Tunisian crochet is a hybrid technique, a cross between crochet and knitting. Ages 18+
Intermediate-must have crochet experience! 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Registration will begin on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Books on Tap - Book Club

Great food, great drink, even better company.

Join an awesome group of people in this book club discussing Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead.

Location: Manhattan Exchange (607 Union Street, Schenectady)

21+ Registation required.

LOCATION: Off Site
There are 14 spaces available.

Great food, great drink, even better company.

Join an awesome group of people in this book club discussing Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead.

Location: Manhattan Exchange (607 Union Street, Schenectady)

21+ Registation required.

LOCATION: Off Site

There are 14 spaces available.

Wednesday October 19, 2022
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10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a story time! We will have books previously selected for check out and a craft station every week! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For 0-5 children and their caregiver. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a story time! We will have books previously selected for check out and a craft station every week! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For 0-5 children and their caregiver. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
REELS Film Series

Ghostbusters 

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson; Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.; Directed by Ivan Reitman; PG; 105 minutes; 1984

A group of unemployed parapsychologists go into business as professional ghost neutralizers. But when New York City comes under attack from a host of supernatural demons, the self-proclaimed Ghostbusters must step up and save the world from the sinister 'Zuul.' 

Food is prohibited at this event. 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Ghostbusters 

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson; Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.; Directed by Ivan Reitman; PG; 105 minutes; 1984

A group of unemployed parapsychologists go into business as professional ghost neutralizers. But when New York City comes under attack from a host of supernatural demons, the self-proclaimed Ghostbusters must step up and save the world from the sinister 'Zuul.' 

Food is prohibited at this event. 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Spooky Haunted House w/ Circuits

Learn about electricity and how to create a circuit board by lighting your own haunted paper house. For kids in grades 2 - 5.

 

 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Learn about electricity and how to create a circuit board by lighting your own haunted paper house. For kids in grades 2 - 5.

 

 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Haunted Mansion Cardboard Build

Calling all future engineers, architects, and artists! Help the Scotia Branch Library decorate for spooky season. Use MakeDos and cardboard to design a haunted mansion for our main room. Younger siblings and friends are welcome to assist with spooky decorations.

Part 1 of this program will feature design planning and decoration making.

For children grades k-6. This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Calling all future engineers, architects, and artists! Help the Scotia Branch Library decorate for spooky season. Use MakeDos and cardboard to design a haunted mansion for our main room. Younger siblings and friends are welcome to assist with spooky decorations.

Part 1 of this program will feature design planning and decoration making.

For children grades k-6. This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Stay & Play @ Bornt

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Please join us for one of our Stay and Play five-week series. This program encourages playing with your child, and talking with child experts!

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center


 
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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Crocheted Dish Scrubby

Join us as we crochet a dish scrubby to replace smelly old sponges. They're great for dishes, pots & pans and general household cleaning, and they're machine washable.
Must have crochet experience!
Ages 18+

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Join us as we crochet a dish scrubby to replace smelly old sponges. They're great for dishes, pots & pans and general household cleaning, and they're machine washable.
Must have crochet experience!
Ages 18+

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Writers Group

Whether you’ve been doing it forever or just starting out, bring your written words to this volunteer run community group and receive feedback from fellow wordsmiths as time permits.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Whether you’ve been doing it forever or just starting out, bring your written words to this volunteer run community group and receive feedback from fellow wordsmiths as time permits.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Thursday October 20, 2022
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Come check out our early literacy stations in the programming room, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week.

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Paws for Reading

Join us for a story class for children in Grades K-5 with an adult. Meet therapy dog Pearl who would love to listen to you read a story.

This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

Registration required.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center
There are 13 spaces available.

Join us for a story class for children in Grades K-5 with an adult. Meet therapy dog Pearl who would love to listen to you read a story.

This program will be conducted in accordance with Schenectady County COVID-19 protocols.

Registration required.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

There are 13 spaces available.

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Teen Anime Club - Demon Slayer Kitsune masks

Make a Kitsune mask, famous for many reasons but also featured in the popular manga, Demon Slayer. For teens and tweens ages 11-17, registration is required.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
Registration will begin on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Make a Kitsune mask, famous for many reasons but also featured in the popular manga, Demon Slayer. For teens and tweens ages 11-17, registration is required.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Registration will begin on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 

Join us for free after school fun as we make festive masks for dress up or trick-or-treating.

For kids in gr. K-5.

Want to learn more about 4-H? Become a Club member to use your head, heart, hands and health to make a difference in your community. Each session will include learning more about 4-H and a craft. This free 1-year membership is made possible through a grant from the WGYA. Membership is optional.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

Join us for free after school fun as we make festive masks for dress up or trick-or-treating.

For kids in gr. K-5.

Want to learn more about 4-H? Become a Club member to use your head, heart, hands and health to make a difference in your community. Each session will include learning more about 4-H and a craft. This free 1-year membership is made possible through a grant from the WGYA. Membership is optional.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

Saturday October 22, 2022
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Family Story Time

Stories and learning for families with children ages birth to 5 years old.

This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Stories and learning for families with children ages birth to 5 years old.

This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Registration will begin on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
ALCO Tunnel Tile Project w/ C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios

Join Kristi in desiging your own tile to be placed as part of the "Creative Connectors" project inside the ALCO Tunnel! Participants will decorate, carve, and sculpt individual tiles that will be included in a final commuity arts display. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Grant program, a grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1
Registration will begin on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Join Kristi in desiging your own tile to be placed as part of the "Creative Connectors" project inside the ALCO Tunnel! Participants will decorate, carve, and sculpt individual tiles that will be included in a final commuity arts display. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Grant program, a grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

Registration will begin on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Fall Harvest Party

Join royal princesses and superheroes as we celebrate Fall with some cool crafts, games, face painting, and tons of fun! Costumes are encouraged, but not necessary. Fall inspired refreshments will be provided. Families welcome.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2
Registration will begin on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

Join royal princesses and superheroes as we celebrate Fall with some cool crafts, games, face painting, and tons of fun! Costumes are encouraged, but not necessary. Fall inspired refreshments will be provided. Families welcome.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

Registration will begin on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM     

 
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2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Citizenship Class - League of Women Voters

Meet with trained tutors to prepare for the US Citizenship Interview and Exams.
For more information or to register contact Ann Hatke at Lwvcitizen@gmail.com

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Meet with trained tutors to prepare for the US Citizenship Interview and Exams.
For more information or to register contact Ann Hatke at Lwvcitizen@gmail.com

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Sunday October 23, 2022
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Teentober Hallo-BINGO

Starting October 23, teens can take part in a bingo challenge at the Central Library! Grab a BINGO sheet from the Mobile Makers cart in the Teen Zone and hit as many squares as possible before Halloween. Return your sheet to the Children's Desk for a prize!

For tweens and teens grades 6-12.
 

LOCATION: Central Library

Starting October 23, teens can take part in a bingo challenge at the Central Library! Grab a BINGO sheet from the Mobile Makers cart in the Teen Zone and hit as many squares as possible before Halloween. Return your sheet to the Children's Desk for a prize!

For tweens and teens grades 6-12.
 

LOCATION: Central Library

Monday October 24, 2022
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

Come check out our early literacy stations in the children's area, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week. 

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, October 17, 2022 at 11:30 AM     

Come check out our early literacy stations in the children's area, including a Story Time! We will have books previously selected for check-out and a craft station every week. 

For children aged 0-5 years and their caregivers. This program will be held in accordance with Schenectady County Covid-19 protocols.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, October 17, 2022 at 11:30 AM