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.

Saturday February 4, 2023
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friends of the Library Winter Book Sale

Join us for our Winter 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 Winter 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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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Take Your Child to the Library Day

Visit the Children's Room and receive a personal journal to keep, while supplies last. And participate in writing and scratch art activities that celebrate your love for the library. For kids pre-K to grade 8. 

LOCATION: Central Library

Visit the Children's Room and receive a personal journal to keep, while supplies last. And participate in writing and scratch art activities that celebrate your love for the library. For kids pre-K to grade 8. 

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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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.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 
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1:00 PM - 1:00 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. The focus of this event will be Crochet part II.

For all ages, skill level and abilities. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1
The registration period has ended.

Peggy teaches the basics of knitting and crocheting including the hook and needles, yarns, stitches and tension.  All materials are provided. The focus of this event will be Crochet part II.

For all ages, skill level and abilities. 

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

The registration period has ended.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Paws for Reading - Special Edition

This special edition of Paws for Reading will have therapy dog, Truman,and her handler, Laura, who is a social worker with the Schenectady City School District. She will be sharing a story called Gizmo's Pawesome Guide to Mental Health that helps kids talk about BIG emotions. This book takes an upstream approach to support the mental health and wellness of youth. Kids will complete activities, and have an opportunity to read to Truman at the end.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
The registration period has ended.

This special edition of Paws for Reading will have therapy dog, Truman,and her handler, Laura, who is a social worker with the Schenectady City School District. She will be sharing a story called Gizmo's Pawesome Guide to Mental Health that helps kids talk about BIG emotions. This book takes an upstream approach to support the mental health and wellness of youth. Kids will complete activities, and have an opportunity to read to Truman at the end.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

The registration period has ended.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Pen To Paper Launch Party

Teen Writing Club members and their families are invited to herald the 2022 edition of Pen To Paper Magazine! Please join us to enjoy light refreshments and celebrate your writing accomplishments. Interested in what Teen Writing Club is all about? Stop by the party for info, sign up for our next meeting, and meet local writers your age!

For teens in grades 6th-12th and their families.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1
There are 16 spaces available.

Teen Writing Club members and their families are invited to herald the 2022 edition of Pen To Paper Magazine! Please join us to enjoy light refreshments and celebrate your writing accomplishments. Interested in what Teen Writing Club is all about? Stop by the party for info, sign up for our next meeting, and meet local writers your age!

For teens in grades 6th-12th and their families.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

There are 16 spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Glenhill Club
CONTACT: Leilani Wright  518-384-0960
 
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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 February 5, 2023
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friends of the Library Winter Book Sale

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

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Monday February 6, 2023
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Creation Station: Valentine's Day Cards

Come by any library location between Feb 6 - Feb 13 to make Valentines using supplies provided in the children’s/teen areas. Materials will be available during library branch open hours, while supplies last.

For children ages 2+, and teens.

 

LOCATION: Central Library

Come by any library location between Feb 6 - Feb 13 to make Valentines using supplies provided in the children’s/teen areas. Materials will be available during library branch open hours, while supplies last.

For children ages 2+, and teens.

 

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 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.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 5 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.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 5 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Toddler Time

Join us for a story time the whole family can enjoy! While the books, songs, and rhymes will be for 1 and 2 year olds, siblings are welcome.  

For one and two year olds and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Join us for a story time the whole family can enjoy! While the books, songs, and rhymes will be for 1 and 2 year olds, siblings are welcome.  

For one and two year olds and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 

A Baby Café is a free drop-in service offering in-person breastfeeding/chestfeeding support for pregnant and/or new parents in the community.

Siblings and partners welcome! Grab and go snacks provided.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

A Baby Café is a free drop-in service offering in-person breastfeeding/chestfeeding support for pregnant and/or new parents in the community.

Siblings and partners welcome! Grab and go snacks provided.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
West African Drums with C.R.E.A.T.E.

Join C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios to learn about West African djembe drums! Participants will make their own drum to take home. Inspiration, supplies, and guidance from C.R.E.A.T.E. teachers provided.

For children in K-grade 4.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 4 spaces available.

Join C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios to learn about West African djembe drums! Participants will make their own drum to take home. Inspiration, supplies, and guidance from C.R.E.A.T.E. teachers provided.

For children in K-grade 4.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 4 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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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
4-H Club: Valentine's Decoration

Join us for free after school fun as we make Valentine's Day decorations. Upcycle soup cans and craft materials to make a beautiful Valentine's Day decorations.

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 15 spaces available.

Join us for free after school fun as we make Valentine's Day decorations. Upcycle soup cans and craft materials to make a beautiful Valentine's Day decorations.

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 15 spaces available.

Tuesday February 7, 2023
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Baby Lap Time

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

For babies 0-12 months and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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

For babies 0-12 months and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 
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10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Book A Librarian

Register with a librarian for personalized reference assistance that is uninterrupted.
Book a forty-five minute one-on-one session to get assistance in one of the following areas:

  • Browsing the Web/Internet basics
  • Using one of the library’s databases
  • Setting up or using your email account
  • Downloading e-books, audiobooks and movies to your device (Hoopla or Libby)
  • Using Microsoft Word or Excel
  • Job applications or resume assistance

Please note that the library does not provide medical, legal, investment, or tax advice; however, staff will be happy to show you resources that can help with these topics.

The library staff does not offer maintenance or troubleshooting of personal devices.

Patrons must sign up at least 24 hours in advance of scheduled appointment, and may make no more than two appointments per month.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

Register with a librarian for personalized reference assistance that is uninterrupted.
Book a forty-five minute one-on-one session to get assistance in one of the following areas:

  • Browsing the Web/Internet basics
  • Using one of the library’s databases
  • Setting up or using your email account
  • Downloading e-books, audiobooks and movies to your device (Hoopla or Libby)
  • Using Microsoft Word or Excel
  • Job applications or resume assistance

Please note that the library does not provide medical, legal, investment, or tax advice; however, staff will be happy to show you resources that can help with these topics.

The library staff does not offer maintenance or troubleshooting of personal devices.

Patrons must sign up at least 24 hours in advance of scheduled appointment, and may make no more than two appointments per month.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 
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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

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

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Preschool: Full STEAM Ahead

Preschool Full STEAM Ahead: Super Sounds

Preschoolers and their adults will explore everday science topics through books, experiments, and art.  Fun and hands-on, this interactive STEAM story time will encourage preschoolers' curiosity about the world around them through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math themed activities.  Dress for mess!

For chidlren ages 3 - 5 and their caregiver.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Preschool Full STEAM Ahead: Super Sounds

Preschoolers and their adults will explore everday science topics through books, experiments, and art.  Fun and hands-on, this interactive STEAM story time will encourage preschoolers' curiosity about the world around them through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math themed activities.  Dress for mess!

For chidlren ages 3 - 5 and their caregiver.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch


 
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12:30 PM - 2:30 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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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Crafty Kids: Marbleized Painting

Get crafty to create create Marbleized Art using shaving cream, food coloring, and paper.  Make bookmarks, notecards, and more.  Coloring pages and plenty of paper will be on hand for our youngest participants.  Dress for mess!

For children ages 3-12. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Get crafty to create create Marbleized Art using shaving cream, food coloring, and paper.  Make bookmarks, notecards, and more.  Coloring pages and plenty of paper will be on hand for our youngest participants.  Dress for mess!

For children ages 3-12. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna 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.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
There are 16 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.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

There are 16 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Paint with a Professional: Valentine's Day

Join Kreative Expressions at this Valentine's Day themed painting class. Participants will leave with their own work of art. Registration required. 18+

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Join Kreative Expressions at this Valentine's Day themed painting class. Participants will leave with their own work of art. Registration required. 18+

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room


Wednesday February 8, 2023
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9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
SCJTA Job Assistance

Job Assistance at The Library 

A representative from Schenectady County Connects will be on-site to assist job seekers looking to gain employment or better their career. Services provided will include, but are not limited to, resume development, job search resources, job application assistance, career counseling and referrals to other resources. 

Assistance to be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Job Assistance at The Library 

A representative from Schenectady County Connects will be on-site to assist job seekers looking to gain employment or better their career. Services provided will include, but are not limited to, resume development, job search resources, job application assistance, career counseling and referrals to other resources. 

Assistance to be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

 
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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 caregivers.

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 caregivers.

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! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For children age 0-5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There is 1 space 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 children age 0-5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There is 1 space available.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Toddler Time

Join us for a story time the whole family can enjoy!  While the books, songs, and rhymes will be for 1 and 2 year olds, siblings are welcome.  

For one and two year olds and their caregivers.

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Join us for a story time the whole family can enjoy!  While the books, songs, and rhymes will be for 1 and 2 year olds, siblings are welcome.  

For one and two year olds and their caregivers.

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

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

Valentine's Day

Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel; New Line Cinema; Directed by Garry Marshall; Rated PG-13; 123 minutes; 2010

"Valentine's Day" follows the intertwining storylines of a group of Los Angelinos as they find their way through romance over the course of one Valentine's Day.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Valentine's Day

Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel; New Line Cinema; Directed by Garry Marshall; Rated PG-13; 123 minutes; 2010

"Valentine's Day" follows the intertwining storylines of a group of Los Angelinos as they find their way through romance over the course of one Valentine's Day.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 

Join us for a fun building challenge each week using a variety of materials.  We supply all the building materials and projects will stay in the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Join us for a fun building challenge each week using a variety of materials.  We supply all the building materials and projects will stay in the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
STEAM Afternoon: Salt Snowflakes

Let off STEAM at the library! Learn about snowflake formation and create salt snowflake art to take home--no need to worry about melting. Glue and paint will be used, so dress for mess!

For kids in grades k-4 and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 6 spaces available.

Let off STEAM at the library! Learn about snowflake formation and create salt snowflake art to take home--no need to worry about melting. Glue and paint will be used, so dress for mess!

For kids in grades k-4 and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 6 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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5:45 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
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: Central Library, Swanker Board Room
The registration period has ended.

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: Central Library, Swanker Board Room

The registration period has ended.

Thursday February 9, 2023
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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! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For children age 0-5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 2 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 children age 0-5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 2 spaces available.

 
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1:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Book A Librarian

Register with a librarian for personalized reference assistance that is uninterrupted.
Book a forty-five minute one-on-one session to get assistance in one of the following areas:

  • Browsing the Web/Internet basics
  • Using one of the library’s databases
  • Setting up or using your email account
  • Downloading e-books, audiobooks and movies to your device (Hoopla or Libby)
  • Using Microsoft Word or Excel
  • Job applications or resume assistance

Please note that the library does not provide medical, legal, investment, or tax advice; however, staff will be happy to show you resources that can help with these topics.

The library staff does not offer maintenance or troubleshooting of personal devices.

A patron may make no more than two appointments per month.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

Register with a librarian for personalized reference assistance that is uninterrupted.
Book a forty-five minute one-on-one session to get assistance in one of the following areas:

  • Browsing the Web/Internet basics
  • Using one of the library’s databases
  • Setting up or using your email account
  • Downloading e-books, audiobooks and movies to your device (Hoopla or Libby)
  • Using Microsoft Word or Excel
  • Job applications or resume assistance

Please note that the library does not provide medical, legal, investment, or tax advice; however, staff will be happy to show you resources that can help with these topics.

The library staff does not offer maintenance or troubleshooting of personal devices.

A patron may make no more than two appointments per month.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 

Join the Quaker Street book club for a discussion of The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.

The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

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

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Join the Quaker Street book club for a discussion of The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.

The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

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

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Magic of Maple Sugaring

Everyone loves the taste of maple syrup. But why does a tree taste so sweet? Join local children's book author Anita Sanchez to learn how trees work, why sugar is so important, and—best of all—get a taste of real maple syrup!

For children in PreK-grade 4, and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 4 spaces available.

Everyone loves the taste of maple syrup. But why does a tree taste so sweet? Join local children's book author Anita Sanchez to learn how trees work, why sugar is so important, and—best of all—get a taste of real maple syrup!

For children in PreK-grade 4, and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 4 spaces available.

 
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3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
PAWS for Reading

Join us for a story class for chidlren in grades K-5 with an adult. Meet theray dog Pearl, who would love to listen to you read a story.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center
There are 9 spaces available.

Join us for a story class for chidlren in grades K-5 with an adult. Meet theray dog Pearl, who would love to listen to you read a story.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

There are 9 spaces available.

 
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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
4-H Club: Valentine's Decorations

Join us for free after school fun as we make Valentine's Day decorations. Upcycle soup cans and craft materials to make a beautiful Valentine's Day decorations.

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, Program Room 1
There are 14 spaces available.

Join us for free after school fun as we make Valentine's Day decorations. Upcycle soup cans and craft materials to make a beautiful Valentine's Day decorations.

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, Program Room 1

There are 14 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Build a Transformative Journaling Practice

Join Janine De Tillio Cammarata an award-winning author of seven books ranging from middle grade and young adult fantasy to non-fiction. She has over 30 years of experience with personal journaling and has been teaching creative writing and journaling for the past 20 years. Whether in a notebook, blog or sketchpad, journaling can help you lead a whole and fulfilling life.  In this four part workshop you will  be provided the space to build a journaling practice including prompts to record life events, family history, self-care, set intentions, record dreams, overcome obstacles, and process emotions. Each workshop covers different techniques and themes. No experience is needed. Bring a journal and pen.

Must be able to attend all four classes.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1
There are 7 spaces available.

Join Janine De Tillio Cammarata an award-winning author of seven books ranging from middle grade and young adult fantasy to non-fiction. She has over 30 years of experience with personal journaling and has been teaching creative writing and journaling for the past 20 years. Whether in a notebook, blog or sketchpad, journaling can help you lead a whole and fulfilling life.  In this four part workshop you will  be provided the space to build a journaling practice including prompts to record life events, family history, self-care, set intentions, record dreams, overcome obstacles, and process emotions. Each workshop covers different techniques and themes. No experience is needed. Bring a journal and pen.

Must be able to attend all four classes.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

There are 7 spaces available.

Friday February 10, 2023
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Music & Movement w/Miss Lisa

Miss Lisa leads babies, toddlers and preschoolers in this interactive music class. Kids will listen to songs, engage in creative movement and use instruments to have fun with music.  For children ages 0-5 with their caregiver.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Miss Lisa leads babies, toddlers and preschoolers in this interactive music class. Kids will listen to songs, engage in creative movement and use instruments to have fun with music.  For children ages 0-5 with their caregiver.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
TABLING - Schenectady Health Equity Agenda Response Team

Tabling - Schenectady Health Equity Agenda Response Team (Schenectady HEART) is a group of community health workers sharing information about COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and providing connections to other resources in the community.

This is a CDC grant-funded program and partnership between Schenectady County and the Center for Healthcare Workforce, Inc. 

LOCATION: Central Library

Tabling - Schenectady Health Equity Agenda Response Team (Schenectady HEART) is a group of community health workers sharing information about COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and providing connections to other resources in the community.

This is a CDC grant-funded program and partnership between Schenectady County and the Center for Healthcare Workforce, Inc. 

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Climate Warriors Interact Club

Are you a teen who is concerned about climate change, but don't know how to help?  Join the Climate Warriors Interact Club at the Niskayuna Branch Library and start making a difference!  Sponsored by the Niskayuna Rotary Club, the Climate Warriors aim to involve the youth in the community to raise awareness towards climate change through a variety of activities.  Rotary Club sponsors will mentor and guide members as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.  

Open to all young people ages 12 - 18 who reside in Schenectady County.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Are you a teen who is concerned about climate change, but don't know how to help?  Join the Climate Warriors Interact Club at the Niskayuna Branch Library and start making a difference!  Sponsored by the Niskayuna Rotary Club, the Climate Warriors aim to involve the youth in the community to raise awareness towards climate change through a variety of activities.  Rotary Club sponsors will mentor and guide members as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.  

Open to all young people ages 12 - 18 who reside in Schenectady County.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Saturday February 11, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Creation Station: Valentine's Day Cards

Come by any library location between Feb 6 - Feb 13 to make Valentines using supplies provided in the children’s/teen areas. Materials will be available during library branch open hours, while supplies last.

For children ages 2+, and teens.

 

LOCATION: Off Site

Come by any library location between Feb 6 - Feb 13 to make Valentines using supplies provided in the children’s/teen areas. Materials will be available during library branch open hours, while supplies last.

For children ages 2+, and teens.

 

LOCATION: Off Site

 
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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
WMHT presents: Clifford's Big Heart

Join WMHT public television and visit the library for Valentines Day! Watch an episode of Clifford the Big Red Dog, called "Clifford's Big Heart": Clifford works hard to try to make Emily the perfect Valentine to show her how much he loves her. In the end, he learns it's his presence, not presents, that means the most to Emily Elizabeth. Make a craft and take a free Clifford book home, provided by WMHT! For kids PreK-grade 2.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
There are 7 spaces available.

Join WMHT public television and visit the library for Valentines Day! Watch an episode of Clifford the Big Red Dog, called "Clifford's Big Heart": Clifford works hard to try to make Emily the perfect Valentine to show her how much he loves her. In the end, he learns it's his presence, not presents, that means the most to Emily Elizabeth. Make a craft and take a free Clifford book home, provided by WMHT! For kids PreK-grade 2.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

There are 7 spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
PAWS for Reading

Join us for a story class for chidlren in grades K-5 with an adult. Meet theray dog Maddie at Central.  She would love to listen to you read a story.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
The registration period has ended.

Join us for a story class for chidlren in grades K-5 with an adult. Meet theray dog Maddie at Central.  She would love to listen to you read a story.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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 February 12, 2023
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Beat the Snow

“Romance for Valentine’s Day” with Donald Hyman - Popular Music

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

“Romance for Valentine’s Day” with Donald Hyman - Popular Music

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Monday February 13, 2023
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Bird Buddies

Pick up a bag to make your own small bird feeder using eco-friendly materials. These are great craft projects to make with children while teaching them the importance of taking care of the environment. 

For families with children ages 4 and up. Available all day while supplies last.

LOCATION: Central Library

Pick up a bag to make your own small bird feeder using eco-friendly materials. These are great craft projects to make with children while teaching them the importance of taking care of the environment. 

For families with children ages 4 and up. Available all day while supplies last.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 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.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 8 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.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 8 spaces available.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
WMHT presents: Clifford's Big Heart

Join WMHT public television and visit the library for Valentines Day! Watch an episode of Clifford the Big Red Dog, called "Clifford's Big Heart": Clifford works hard to try to make Emily the perfect Valentine to show her how much he loves her. In the end, he learns it's his presence, not presents, that means the most to Emily Elizabeth. Make a craft and take a free Clifford book home, provided by WMHT! For kids PreK-grade 2.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch
There are 3 spaces available.

Join WMHT public television and visit the library for Valentines Day! Watch an episode of Clifford the Big Red Dog, called "Clifford's Big Heart": Clifford works hard to try to make Emily the perfect Valentine to show her how much he loves her. In the end, he learns it's his presence, not presents, that means the most to Emily Elizabeth. Make a craft and take a free Clifford book home, provided by WMHT! For kids PreK-grade 2.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

There are 3 spaces available.

 
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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Toddler Time

Join us for a story time the whole family can enjoy! While the books, songs, and rhymes will be for 1 and 2 year olds, siblings are welcome.  

For one and two year olds and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Join us for a story time the whole family can enjoy! While the books, songs, and rhymes will be for 1 and 2 year olds, siblings are welcome.  

For one and two year olds and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 

Join us for a fun building challenge each week using a variety of materials, including Legos, Magnatiles, Strawbies, and more. We supply the building materials, but projects will stay at the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 6 spaces available.

Join us for a fun building challenge each week using a variety of materials, including Legos, Magnatiles, Strawbies, and more. We supply the building materials, but projects will stay at the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 6 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 February 14, 2023
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Baby Lap Time

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

For babies 0-12 months and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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

For babies 0-12 months and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 
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10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Book A Librarian

Register with a librarian for personalized reference assistance that is uninterrupted.
Book a forty-five minute one-on-one session to get assistance in one of the following areas:

  • Browsing the Web/Internet basics
  • Using one of the library’s databases
  • Setting up or using your email account
  • Downloading e-books, audiobooks and movies to your device (Hoopla or Libby)
  • Using Microsoft Word or Excel
  • Job applications or resume assistance

Please note that the library does not provide medical, legal, investment, or tax advice; however, staff will be happy to show you resources that can help with these topics.

The library staff does not offer maintenance or troubleshooting of personal devices.

Patrons must sign up at least 24 hours in advance of scheduled appointment, and may make no more than two appointments per month.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1
There is 1 space available.

Register with a librarian for personalized reference assistance that is uninterrupted.
Book a forty-five minute one-on-one session to get assistance in one of the following areas:

  • Browsing the Web/Internet basics
  • Using one of the library’s databases
  • Setting up or using your email account
  • Downloading e-books, audiobooks and movies to your device (Hoopla or Libby)
  • Using Microsoft Word or Excel
  • Job applications or resume assistance

Please note that the library does not provide medical, legal, investment, or tax advice; however, staff will be happy to show you resources that can help with these topics.

The library staff does not offer maintenance or troubleshooting of personal devices.

Patrons must sign up at least 24 hours in advance of scheduled appointment, and may make no more than two appointments per month.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

There is 1 space 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

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

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Preschool: Full STEAM Ahead

Preschool Full STEAM Ahead: Excellent Explosions - Chemical Reactions

Preschoolers and their adults will exploreeveryday science topics through books, experiments, and art.  Fun and hands-on, this interactive STEAM story time will encourage preschoolers' curiosity about the world around them through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math themed activities.  Dress for mess!

For children ages 3 - 5 and their caregivers.  

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
There are 7 spaces available.

Preschool Full STEAM Ahead: Excellent Explosions - Chemical Reactions

Preschoolers and their adults will exploreeveryday science topics through books, experiments, and art.  Fun and hands-on, this interactive STEAM story time will encourage preschoolers' curiosity about the world around them through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math themed activities.  Dress for mess!

For children ages 3 - 5 and their caregivers.  

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

There are 7 spaces available.

 

A Baby Café is a free drop-in service offering in-person breastfeeding/chestfeeding support for pregnant and/or new parents in the community.

Siblings and partners welcome! Grab and go snacks provided.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

A Baby Café is a free drop-in service offering in-person breastfeeding/chestfeeding support for pregnant and/or new parents in the community.

Siblings and partners welcome! Grab and go snacks provided.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

 

Join us for a discussion of What Happened To The Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline

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

Your family has been attacked, never again to be the same.
Now you have to choose between law…and justice.

Jason Bennett is a suburban dad who owns a court-reporting business, but one night, his life takes a horrific turn. He is driving his family home after his daughter’s lacrosse game when a pickup truck begins tailgating them, on a dark stretch of road. Suddenly two men jump from the pickup and pull guns on Jason, demanding the car. A horrific flash of violence changes his life forever.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Join us for a discussion of What Happened To The Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline

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

Your family has been attacked, never again to be the same.
Now you have to choose between law…and justice.

Jason Bennett is a suburban dad who owns a court-reporting business, but one night, his life takes a horrific turn. He is driving his family home after his daughter’s lacrosse game when a pickup truck begins tailgating them, on a dark stretch of road. Suddenly two men jump from the pickup and pull guns on Jason, demanding the car. A horrific flash of violence changes his life forever.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

 

Join us for a discussion of the book Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts.

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

A richly imagined novel that tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum's intrepid wife, Maud--from the family's hardscrabble days in South Dakota to the Hollywood film set where she first meets Judy Garland.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Join us for a discussion of the book Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts.

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

A richly imagined novel that tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum's intrepid wife, Maud--from the family's hardscrabble days in South Dakota to the Hollywood film set where she first meets Judy Garland.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

 
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4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
WMHT presents: Clifford's Big Heart

Join WMHT public television and visit the library for Valentines Day! Watch an episode of Clifford the Big Red Dog, called "Clifford's Big Heart": Clifford works hard to try to make Emily the perfect Valentine to show her how much he loves her. In the end, he learns it's his presence, not presents, that means the most to Emily Elizabeth. Make a craft and take a free Clifford book home, provided by WMHT! For kids PreK-grade 2.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch
There are 11 spaces available.

Join WMHT public television and visit the library for Valentines Day! Watch an episode of Clifford the Big Red Dog, called "Clifford's Big Heart": Clifford works hard to try to make Emily the perfect Valentine to show her how much he loves her. In the end, he learns it's his presence, not presents, that means the most to Emily Elizabeth. Make a craft and take a free Clifford book home, provided by WMHT! For kids PreK-grade 2.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

There are 11 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Adult Coloring

Adult coloring nights are the perfect opportunity to unwind by yourself or with friends over a cup of coffee and some colored pencils. Bring your own coloring books or use our fun stash of books, pens, markers and colored pencils. Ages 14+ 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Adult coloring nights are the perfect opportunity to unwind by yourself or with friends over a cup of coffee and some colored pencils. Bring your own coloring books or use our fun stash of books, pens, markers and colored pencils. Ages 14+ 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Wednesday February 15, 2023
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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 caregivers.

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 caregivers.

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! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For children age 0-5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Scotia 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! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For children age 0-5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Toddler Time

Join us for a story time the whole family can enjoy!  While the books, songs, and rhymes will be for 1 and 2 year olds, siblings are welcome.  

For one and two year olds and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Join us for a story time the whole family can enjoy!  While the books, songs, and rhymes will be for 1 and 2 year olds, siblings are welcome.  

For one and two year olds and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

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

42: The Jackie Robinson Story

Jamie Ruehling, Blake Sanders, Johnny Knight, Clint O'Brien, Dusan Brown; Warner Bros.; Directed by Brian Helgeland; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes; 2013

Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. “42” tells the story of two men—the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey—whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey’s hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking—ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

42: The Jackie Robinson Story

Jamie Ruehling, Blake Sanders, Johnny Knight, Clint O'Brien, Dusan Brown; Warner Bros.; Directed by Brian Helgeland; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes; 2013

Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. “42” tells the story of two men—the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey—whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey’s hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking—ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow.

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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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Homeschool Hour - Cloud Jars

Families who are homeschooling are welcome to come to this monthly program that aims to enhance your homeschooling experience! Meet new families, and learn new skills! This month, come create a cloud jar, discuss books you've recently read and share resources between families! Kids & teens will also have time at the end of the program, to study and socialize with other similarly aged students. For kids & teens ages 5 - 16.

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch
There are 8 spaces available.

Families who are homeschooling are welcome to come to this monthly program that aims to enhance your homeschooling experience! Meet new families, and learn new skills! This month, come create a cloud jar, discuss books you've recently read and share resources between families! Kids & teens will also have time at the end of the program, to study and socialize with other similarly aged students. For kids & teens ages 5 - 16.

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

There are 8 spaces available.

 

Join us for a fun building challenge each week using a variety of materials.  We supply all the building materials and projects will stay in the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Join us for a fun building challenge each week using a variety of materials.  We supply all the building materials and projects will stay in the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 

Join us for a fun building challenge each week using a variety of materials, including Legos, Magnatiles, Strawbies, and more. We supply the building materials, but projects will stay at the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 10 spaces available.

Join us for a fun building challenge each week using a variety of materials, including Legos, Magnatiles, Strawbies, and more. We supply the building materials, but projects will stay at the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 10 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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5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
CONTACT: Brett Scudder  518-986-7343
 
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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 February 16, 2023
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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! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For children age 0-5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 7 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 children age 0-5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 7 spaces available.

 
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1:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Book A Librarian

Register with a librarian for personalized reference assistance that is uninterrupted.
Book a forty-five minute one-on-one session to get assistance in one of the following areas:

  • Browsing the Web/Internet basics
  • Using one of the library’s databases
  • Setting up or using your email account
  • Downloading e-books, audiobooks and movies to your device (Hoopla or Libby)
  • Using Microsoft Word or Excel
  • Job applications or resume assistance

Please note that the library does not provide medical, legal, investment, or tax advice; however, staff will be happy to show you resources that can help with these topics.

The library staff does not offer maintenance or troubleshooting of personal devices.

A patron may make no more than two appointments per month.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

Register with a librarian for personalized reference assistance that is uninterrupted.
Book a forty-five minute one-on-one session to get assistance in one of the following areas:

  • Browsing the Web/Internet basics
  • Using one of the library’s databases
  • Setting up or using your email account
  • Downloading e-books, audiobooks and movies to your device (Hoopla or Libby)
  • Using Microsoft Word or Excel
  • Job applications or resume assistance

Please note that the library does not provide medical, legal, investment, or tax advice; however, staff will be happy to show you resources that can help with these topics.

The library staff does not offer maintenance or troubleshooting of personal devices.

A patron may make no more than two appointments per month.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Paws for Reading

Join us for a story class for chidlren in grades K-5 with an adult. Meet theray dog Bowie who would love to listen to you read a story.

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

Join us for a story class for chidlren in grades K-5 with an adult. Meet theray dog Bowie who would love to listen to you read a story.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Slow Flow Vinyasa

Join us to soak up a little sweetness in this relaxing and rejuvenating yoga class. As we slow the flow down, you can foster a strong and safe yoga practice, with an emphasis on fundamentals and proper alignment. You will engage your mind, body and spirit through breath work and movement. This class will focus on building strength and flexibility, improving balance and range of motion, dissolving tension, and creating a deep sense of well-being that will stay with you long after you leave the mat. This is a mixed-levels class from beginners on up. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water and a yoga mat if you have one.
Ages 18+

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
There are 16 spaces available.

Join us to soak up a little sweetness in this relaxing and rejuvenating yoga class. As we slow the flow down, you can foster a strong and safe yoga practice, with an emphasis on fundamentals and proper alignment. You will engage your mind, body and spirit through breath work and movement. This class will focus on building strength and flexibility, improving balance and range of motion, dissolving tension, and creating a deep sense of well-being that will stay with you long after you leave the mat. This is a mixed-levels class from beginners on up. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water and a yoga mat if you have one.
Ages 18+

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

There are 16 spaces available.

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Build a Transformative Journaling Practice

Join Janine De Tillio Cammarata an award-winning author of seven books ranging from middle grade and young adult fantasy to non-fiction. She has over 30 years of experience with personal journaling and has been teaching creative writing and journaling for the past 20 years. Whether in a notebook, blog or sketchpad, journaling can help you lead a whole and fulfilling life.  In this four part workshop you will  be provided the space to build a journaling practice including prompts to record life events, family history, self-care, set intentions, record dreams, overcome obstacles, and process emotions. Each workshop covers different techniques and themes. No experience is needed. Bring a journal and pen.

Must be able to attend all four classes.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1
There are 7 spaces available.

Join Janine De Tillio Cammarata an award-winning author of seven books ranging from middle grade and young adult fantasy to non-fiction. She has over 30 years of experience with personal journaling and has been teaching creative writing and journaling for the past 20 years. Whether in a notebook, blog or sketchpad, journaling can help you lead a whole and fulfilling life.  In this four part workshop you will  be provided the space to build a journaling practice including prompts to record life events, family history, self-care, set intentions, record dreams, overcome obstacles, and process emotions. Each workshop covers different techniques and themes. No experience is needed. Bring a journal and pen.

Must be able to attend all four classes.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

There are 7 spaces available.

Friday February 17, 2023
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Music & Movement w/Miss Lisa

Miss Lisa leads babies, toddlers and preschoolers in this interactive music class. Kids will listen to songs, engage in creative movement and use instruments to have fun with music.  For children ages 0-5 with their caregiver.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Miss Lisa leads babies, toddlers and preschoolers in this interactive music class. Kids will listen to songs, engage in creative movement and use instruments to have fun with music.  For children ages 0-5 with their caregiver.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
TABLING - Schenectady Health Equity Agenda Response Team

Tabling - Schenectady Health Equity Agenda Response Team (Schenectady HEART) is a group of community health workers sharing information about COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and providing connections to other resources in the community.

This is a CDC grant-funded program and partnership between Schenectady County and the Center for Healthcare Workforce, Inc. 

LOCATION: Central Library

Tabling - Schenectady Health Equity Agenda Response Team (Schenectady HEART) is a group of community health workers sharing information about COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and providing connections to other resources in the community.

This is a CDC grant-funded program and partnership between Schenectady County and the Center for Healthcare Workforce, Inc. 

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Climate Warriors Interact Club

Are you a teen who is concerned about climate change, but don't know how to help?  Join the Climate Warriors Interact Club at the Niskayuna Branch Library and start making a difference!  Sponsored by the Niskayuna Rotary Club, the Climate Warriors aim to involve the youth in the community to raise awareness towards climate change through a variety of activities.  Rotary Club sponsors will mentor and guide members as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.  

Open to all young people ages 12 - 18 who reside in Schenectady County.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Are you a teen who is concerned about climate change, but don't know how to help?  Join the Climate Warriors Interact Club at the Niskayuna Branch Library and start making a difference!  Sponsored by the Niskayuna Rotary Club, the Climate Warriors aim to involve the youth in the community to raise awareness towards climate change through a variety of activities.  Rotary Club sponsors will mentor and guide members as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.  

Open to all young people ages 12 - 18 who reside in Schenectady County.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Saturday February 18, 2023
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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.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 

Join us for a fun Lego building challenge.  We supply all the building materials and projects will stay in the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Join us for a fun Lego building challenge.  We supply all the building materials and projects will stay in the library, so bring your camera!

For kids in grades K-5.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 
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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 February 19, 2023
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Beat the Snow

The Musicats Duo featuring Azzaam Hameed & Bill Hoeprich - Jazz

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

The Musicats Duo featuring Azzaam Hameed & Bill Hoeprich - Jazz

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Monday February 20, 2023
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
CLOSED - President's Day

All library locations closed.

LOCATION: Central Library
Tuesday February 21, 2023

Our children's area and teen areas will have new games, puzzles and toys out during Winter Break. Drop in during open hours and play! Our hours this week are: Monday: CLOSED, Tues, Wed: 10-5, Thurs: 12-7

For kids & teens.

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Our children's area and teen areas will have new games, puzzles and toys out during Winter Break. Drop in during open hours and play! Our hours this week are: Monday: CLOSED, Tues, Wed: 10-5, Thurs: 12-7

For kids & teens.

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 

Drop in during open hours and play! Our children's and teen areas will have new games, puzzles and toys out during Winter Break. There will also be some games available at the circulation desk by request, then bring it back to the desk when you're done! Our hours this week are: Monday: CLOSED, Tues, Wed: 10-7, Thurs - Sat: 10-5

For kids & teens.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Drop in during open hours and play! Our children's and teen areas will have new games, puzzles and toys out during Winter Break. There will also be some games available at the circulation desk by request, then bring it back to the desk when you're done! Our hours this week are: Monday: CLOSED, Tues, Wed: 10-7, Thurs - Sat: 10-5

For kids & teens.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Baby Lap Time

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

For babies 0-12 months and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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

For babies 0-12 months and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 
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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

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

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Preschool: Full STEAM Ahead

Preschool Full STEAM Ahead: Bodies

Preschoolers and their adults will explore everday science topics through books, experiments, and art.  Fun and hands-on, this interactive STEAM story time will encourage preschoolers' curiosity about the world around them through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math themed activities.  Dress for mess!

For children ages 3 - 5 and their caregivers.  

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

Preschool Full STEAM Ahead: Bodies

Preschoolers and their adults will explore everday science topics through books, experiments, and art.  Fun and hands-on, this interactive STEAM story time will encourage preschoolers' curiosity about the world around them through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math themed activities.  Dress for mess!

For children ages 3 - 5 and their caregivers.  

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Registration will begin on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mixed Media Art for Kids

Mixed media describes artwork in which more than one art medium is used. That could include paint, oil pastels, cardboard, tin foil, or random objects to make your masterpiece 3-D! Come to Rotterdam during winter break, make something cool using the supplies provided. Don't forget to also check out our brand new renovated kids & teen areas. For kids in grades 4-8.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

Mixed media describes artwork in which more than one art medium is used. That could include paint, oil pastels, cardboard, tin foil, or random objects to make your masterpiece 3-D! Come to Rotterdam during winter break, make something cool using the supplies provided. Don't forget to also check out our brand new renovated kids & teen areas. For kids in grades 4-8.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Registration will begin on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

 

Join the Niskayuna book club for a discussion of The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich.

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

Thomas Wazhashk is the night watchman at the jewel bearing plant, the first factory located near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa Council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new “emancipation” bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress. It is 1953 and he and the other council members know the bill isn’t about freedom; Congress is fed up with Indians. The bill is a “termination” that threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land and their very identity. How can the government abandon treaties made in good faith with Native Americans “for as long as the grasses shall grow, and the rivers run?”

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Join the Niskayuna book club for a discussion of The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich.

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

Thomas Wazhashk is the night watchman at the jewel bearing plant, the first factory located near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa Council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new “emancipation” bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress. It is 1953 and he and the other council members know the bill isn’t about freedom; Congress is fed up with Indians. The bill is a “termination” that threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land and their very identity. How can the government abandon treaties made in good faith with Native Americans “for as long as the grasses shall grow, and the rivers run?”

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna 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.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

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.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Registration will begin on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 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 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Ages 21+
Registration Required

Manhattan Exchange (607 Union Street, Schenectady)

LOCATION: Off Site
There are 17 spaces available.

Great food, great drink, even better company. Join an awesome group of people in this book club discussing All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Ages 21+
Registration Required

Manhattan Exchange (607 Union Street, Schenectady)

LOCATION: Off Site

There are 17 spaces available.

Wednesday February 22, 2023
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bored? Games

Drop into the library and play your choice of a variety of board and card games.

For kids and teens ages 3 and up.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Drop into the library and play your choice of a variety of board and card games.

For kids and teens ages 3 and up.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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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 caregivers.

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 caregivers.

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Songs that Count w/Turtle Dance Music

Whether your kids love to count or make original hip-hop beats, this show is for them and will help encourage a lifelong love of numbers and math. Full of music and movement, Songs That Count! is a fun, high-energy performance that includes books, music technology, and visuals about math subjects like counting, addition, and subtraction. It’s inclusive for kids on the autism spectrum, and will even have parents and caregivers dancing along!

For children of all ages. This is a sensory/Autism-friendly show.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

Whether your kids love to count or make original hip-hop beats, this show is for them and will help encourage a lifelong love of numbers and math. Full of music and movement, Songs That Count! is a fun, high-energy performance that includes books, music technology, and visuals about math subjects like counting, addition, and subtraction. It’s inclusive for kids on the autism spectrum, and will even have parents and caregivers dancing along!

For children of all ages. This is a sensory/Autism-friendly show.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 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 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 children age 0-5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 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! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For children age 0-5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

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

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Kim Cattrall, Nancy Giles, Whoopi Goldberg, Joel Grey, S. Epatha Merkerson; Magnolia Pictures; Directed by Graham Willoughby; Rated PG-13; 120 minutes; 2019

After a stint as an editor early in her career, American writer Toni Morrison understood the publishing industry better than the ordinary writer—but she refused to be defined by the establishment. She wrote her books from a vital, underrepresented point of view. Morrison was one of the few who wrote for an African American audience, and she understood the way language could operate as an oppressive or uplifting force—she refused to let her words be marginalized. After years of fighting to be heard, Morrison was awarded a Nobel Prize for her writing, and her novels are now taught in schools around the world. Through a trove of archival material, evocative works of contemporary art, and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, and Morrison herself, we revisit her famed books and learn about the inspiration for her writing. Throughout, Morrison is effortlessly graceful, insightful, and candid, making this intimate, comprehensive portrait of her life and works an exploration of what it means to be a writer whose stories are so deeply intertwined with often-unrealized national truths.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Kim Cattrall, Nancy Giles, Whoopi Goldberg, Joel Grey, S. Epatha Merkerson; Magnolia Pictures; Directed by Graham Willoughby; Rated PG-13; 120 minutes; 2019

After a stint as an editor early in her career, American writer Toni Morrison understood the publishing industry better than the ordinary writer—but she refused to be defined by the establishment. She wrote her books from a vital, underrepresented point of view. Morrison was one of the few who wrote for an African American audience, and she understood the way language could operate as an oppressive or uplifting force—she refused to let her words be marginalized. After years of fighting to be heard, Morrison was awarded a Nobel Prize for her writing, and her novels are now taught in schools around the world. Through a trove of archival material, evocative works of contemporary art, and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, and Morrison herself, we revisit her famed books and learn about the inspiration for her writing. Throughout, Morrison is effortlessly graceful, insightful, and candid, making this intimate, comprehensive portrait of her life and works an exploration of what it means to be a writer whose stories are so deeply intertwined with often-unrealized national truths.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Tween & Teen Time: Taste Test Challenge

Do you think you can tell the difference between different types of Pop Tarts or Pringles chips?  Or identify the ingredients in a mashup of flavors?  Put your taste buds to the test and battle against your friends!  Prizes will be awarded to the best tasters.

For tweens and teens ages 11 - 17.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Do you think you can tell the difference between different types of Pop Tarts or Pringles chips?  Or identify the ingredients in a mashup of flavors?  Put your taste buds to the test and battle against your friends!  Prizes will be awarded to the best tasters.

For tweens and teens ages 11 - 17.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Create your own 3-D map!

Have you dreamt of a fictitious city or place that you want to make a reality? It could even be a place someone else has already made up - Narnia, Middle Earth or even, Hogwarts! Come to the library and make a 3-D map full of buildings, fences and anything else you can imagine! 

For children in grades 2 – 8. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

Have you dreamt of a fictitious city or place that you want to make a reality? It could even be a place someone else has already made up - Narnia, Middle Earth or even, Hogwarts! Come to the library and make a 3-D map full of buildings, fences and anything else you can imagine! 

For children in grades 2 – 8. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

 
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3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Kindness Project: Spread the Love

Can kindness be contagious? Researchers in the field of positive psychology would say YES!!! When we are kind to others they feel good and we feel good too!!! In this session, kids will learn how to take action to spread kindness in their family and their community. Anita Andersen, Couselor, Positive Educator & Life Coach will share a story about Kindness, lead the class in a drawing activity, and will play a game where kids walk away with ideas on how to spread kindness around town. For children in grades 3 - 8.

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

Can kindness be contagious? Researchers in the field of positive psychology would say YES!!! When we are kind to others they feel good and we feel good too!!! In this session, kids will learn how to take action to spread kindness in their family and their community. Anita Andersen, Couselor, Positive Educator & Life Coach will share a story about Kindness, lead the class in a drawing activity, and will play a game where kids walk away with ideas on how to spread kindness around town. For children in grades 3 - 8.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

There are 13 spaces available.

 
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3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
United Planet Heroes w/Cornell Cooperative Extension

We'll explore nature's ecosystems and learn how humans fit into the mix with Khila, from CCE. From the forests to the oceans, we'll gain an understanding of why it's important to reduce our waste. We'll also plant our own seedling to take home!

For kids in grades 5-8.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

We'll explore nature's ecosystems and learn how humans fit into the mix with Khila, from CCE. From the forests to the oceans, we'll gain an understanding of why it's important to reduce our waste. We'll also plant our own seedling to take home!

For kids in grades 5-8.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

 
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5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Space! The Cosmos for Kids w/Turtle Dance Music

This techno-space-dance-party for kids and teens is designed to help them learn and have fun at the same time. Each song in Space! The Cosmos for Kids includes dancing, music technology, and information about our universe delivered with a thumping beat. Meet aliens from outer space, sing about the solar system, participate in a rap battle with the sun, and learn the difference between revolution and rotation … and still be home in time for dinner. 

For children of all ages.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

This techno-space-dance-party for kids and teens is designed to help them learn and have fun at the same time. Each song in Space! The Cosmos for Kids includes dancing, music technology, and information about our universe delivered with a thumping beat. Meet aliens from outer space, sing about the solar system, participate in a rap battle with the sun, and learn the difference between revolution and rotation … and still be home in time for dinner. 

For children of all ages.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 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 February 23, 2023
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Job Fair hosted by Schenectady County Connects

Schenectady County Connects is hosting a job fair.  The event is open to anyone seeking new or better employment opportunities. They will have approximately 10 -12 employers across industries, each month, that have immediate hiring needs.  This hiring event allows local job seekers to connect face-to-face with businesses that have various open positions.  

Schenectady County Connects is the workforce entity that encompasses Schenectady County Job Training Agency (SJTA) and the New York State Department of Labor One-Stop Career Center/American Job Center which provide universal access to the community to promote self-sustainability and economic growth through a skilled, quality workforce. 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Schenectady County Connects is hosting a job fair.  The event is open to anyone seeking new or better employment opportunities. They will have approximately 10 -12 employers across industries, each month, that have immediate hiring needs.  This hiring event allows local job seekers to connect face-to-face with businesses that have various open positions.  

Schenectady County Connects is the workforce entity that encompasses Schenectady County Job Training Agency (SJTA) and the New York State Department of Labor One-Stop Career Center/American Job Center which provide universal access to the community to promote self-sustainability and economic growth through a skilled, quality workforce. 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 

Join the Glenville Book Club for a discussion of Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.

New Book Club members are always wecome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Join the Glenville Book Club for a discussion of Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.

New Book Club members are always wecome. Request a copy of the books online or at any SCPL location.

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.

LOCATION: Glenville 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! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For children age 0-5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, February 9, 2023 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! Activities and play stations will be different each week.

For children age 0-5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
We're All Heroes!

Get ready for a SUPER fun time celebrating your favorite superheroes. Decorate your own superhero cape & mask, test your superhero skills, and more. Wear your favorite superhero gear!  

For families with children ages 3-6. Registration required. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Get ready for a SUPER fun time celebrating your favorite superheroes. Decorate your own superhero cape & mask, test your superhero skills, and more. Wear your favorite superhero gear!  

For families with children ages 3-6. Registration required. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Super Superheroes!

What’s your super power? Create a mask and wrist cuffs celebrating your superhero skill. Test your superhero trivia knowledge and challenge yourself through our superhero skills’ tests. Wear your favorite superhero gear!  

For children ages 7-12. Registration required.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

What’s your super power? Create a mask and wrist cuffs celebrating your superhero skill. Test your superhero trivia knowledge and challenge yourself through our superhero skills’ tests. Wear your favorite superhero gear!  

For children ages 7-12. Registration required.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Teen Anime Club - Pokémon Meet Up

Calling all Pokémon trainers! Come to the library with your Pokémon cards and fire up your Pokémon Go 
account! Meet fellow Pokémon enthusiasts and if you don’t play the Pokémon trading card game or 
Pokémon Go, we will still have activities to participate in. For teens and tweens in grades 6-12. 

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
Registration will begin on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

Calling all Pokémon trainers! Come to the library with your Pokémon cards and fire up your Pokémon Go 
account! Meet fellow Pokémon enthusiasts and if you don’t play the Pokémon trading card game or 
Pokémon Go, we will still have activities to participate in. For teens and tweens in grades 6-12. 

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Registration will begin on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

 
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3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
STEAM Afternoon: Snowflake Slime

Let off STEAM at the library! Learn about the physics of slime and create a snowflake-studded slime to take home. Glue and glitter will feature, so dress for mess!

For kids grades k-4 and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

Let off STEAM at the library! Learn about the physics of slime and create a snowflake-studded slime to take home. Glue and glitter will feature, so dress for mess!

For kids grades k-4 and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

 
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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
4-H Club: Popsicle Stick Art

Join us for free after school fun as we make cool popsicle stick art. Create a background mat to make a setting for your art.

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, Program Room 1

Join us for free after school fun as we make cool popsicle stick art. Create a background mat to make a setting for your art.

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, Program Room 1

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Library Board of Trustees Meeting
LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room
 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Build a Transformative Journaling Practice

Join Janine De Tillio Cammarata an award-winning author of seven books ranging from middle grade and young adult fantasy to non-fiction. She has over 30 years of experience with personal journaling and has been teaching creative writing and journaling for the past 20 years. Whether in a notebook, blog or sketchpad, journaling can help you lead a whole and fulfilling life.  In this four part workshop you will  be provided the space to build a journaling practice including prompts to record life events, family history, self-care, set intentions, record dreams, overcome obstacles, and process emotions. Each workshop covers different techniques and themes. No experience is needed. Bring a journal and pen.

Must be able to attend all four classes.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1
There are 7 spaces available.

Join Janine De Tillio Cammarata an award-winning author of seven books ranging from middle grade and young adult fantasy to non-fiction. She has over 30 years of experience with personal journaling and has been teaching creative writing and journaling for the past 20 years. Whether in a notebook, blog or sketchpad, journaling can help you lead a whole and fulfilling life.  In this four part workshop you will  be provided the space to build a journaling practice including prompts to record life events, family history, self-care, set intentions, record dreams, overcome obstacles, and process emotions. Each workshop covers different techniques and themes. No experience is needed. Bring a journal and pen.

Must be able to attend all four classes.

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

There are 7 spaces available.

Friday February 24, 2023
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Music & Movement w/Miss Lisa

Miss Lisa leads babies, toddlers and preschoolers in this interactive music class. Kids will listen to songs, engage in creative movement and use instruments to have fun with music.  For children ages 0-5 with their caregiver.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Miss Lisa leads babies, toddlers and preschoolers in this interactive music class. Kids will listen to songs, engage in creative movement and use instruments to have fun with music.  For children ages 0-5 with their caregiver.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
TABLING - Schenectady Health Equity Agenda Response Team

Tabling - Schenectady Health Equity Agenda Response Team (Schenectady HEART) is a group of community health workers sharing information about COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and providing connections to other resources in the community.

This is a CDC grant-funded program and partnership between Schenectady County and the Center for Healthcare Workforce, Inc. 

LOCATION: Central Library

Tabling - Schenectady Health Equity Agenda Response Team (Schenectady HEART) is a group of community health workers sharing information about COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and providing connections to other resources in the community.

This is a CDC grant-funded program and partnership between Schenectady County and the Center for Healthcare Workforce, Inc. 

LOCATION: Central Library

Saturday February 25, 2023
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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.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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

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. The focus of this event will be Crochet part II.

For all ages, skill level and abilities. 

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

Peggy teaches the basics of knitting and crocheting including the hook and needles, yarns, stitches and tension. All materials are provided. The focus of this event will be Crochet part II.

For all ages, skill level and abilities. 

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

Registration will begin on Saturday, February 11, 2023 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 February 26, 2023
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Beat the Snow

Schenectady Light Opera Company Musical Theater

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Schenectady Light Opera Company Musical Theater

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Monday February 27, 2023
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10:30 AM - 11:30 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.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, February 13, 2023 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.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, February 13, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

 
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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Toddler Time

Join us for a story time the whole family can enjoy! While the books, songs, and rhymes will be for 1 and 2 year olds, siblings are welcome.  

For one and two year olds and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Join us for a story time the whole family can enjoy! While the books, songs, and rhymes will be for 1 and 2 year olds, siblings are welcome.  

For one and two year olds and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 
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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. There is no outside reading required. 

2/27: The Abominable Snowman

 

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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. There is no outside reading required. 

2/27: The Abominable Snowman

 

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room