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.

Wednesday December 6, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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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 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
Preschool Play

Play big! Engage in exploratory play, practice sharing and communicating, and build literacy through fun during this play hour for preschoolers.

For kids ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Registration required.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 5 spaces available.

Play big! Engage in exploratory play, practice sharing and communicating, and build literacy through fun during this play hour for preschoolers.

For kids ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Registration required.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 5 spaces available.

 
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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
WMHT Presents: Bear Snores On

Join WMHT Public Television for a program of family activities. Watch Bear Snores On, enjoy craft activities, and carry home a story book.  

For children grades PreK – Grade 2.

Registration Required. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
The registration period has ended.

Join WMHT Public Television for a program of family activities. Watch Bear Snores On, enjoy craft activities, and carry home a story book.  

For children grades PreK – Grade 2.

Registration Required. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

The registration period has ended.

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

La La Land

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt; Summit Entertainment; Directed by Damien Chazelle; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes; 2016

Winner of 6 Academy Awards® including Best Director for writer/director Damien Chazelle, and winner of a record-breaking 7 Golden Globe® Awards, LA LA LAND is more than the most acclaimed movie of the year — it’s a cinematic treasure for the ages that you’ll fall in love with again and again. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and finding each other — in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.

Seating is limited and will be first come, first serve. Food is prohibited at this event.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

La La Land

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt; Summit Entertainment; Directed by Damien Chazelle; Rated PG-13; 128 minutes; 2016

Winner of 6 Academy Awards® including Best Director for writer/director Damien Chazelle, and winner of a record-breaking 7 Golden Globe® Awards, LA LA LAND is more than the most acclaimed movie of the year — it’s a cinematic treasure for the ages that you’ll fall in love with again and again. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and finding each other — in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.

Seating is limited and will be first come, first serve. Food is prohibited at this event.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cozy Crafters

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

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

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

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 

Join us for a fun building challenge using a variety of materials, including Legos, Magnetiles, Strawbees, and more.  We supply the building materials, but projects will stay in the library, so bring your camera! 

For children in K – 5th grade. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Join us for a fun building challenge using a variety of materials, including Legos, Magnetiles, Strawbees, and more.  We supply the building materials, but projects will stay in the library, so bring your camera! 

For children in K – 5th grade. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Grinch Holiday Heart Ornaments

Let your heart grow three sizes as we make personalized How the Grinch Stole Christmas ornaments and read a festive story. Hot cocoa bar and snacks included.  For ages 5+ and their caregivers. Registration is required.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center
The registration period has ended.

Let your heart grow three sizes as we make personalized How the Grinch Stole Christmas ornaments and read a festive story. Hot cocoa bar and snacks included.  For ages 5+ and their caregivers. Registration is required.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

The registration period has ended.

 
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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. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

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. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

 
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5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Writers Group

Whether you’ve been doing it forever or just starting out, bring your written words to this volunteer run community group and receive feedback from fellow wordsmiths as time permits. No registratio required. Ages 18+ 

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. No registratio required. Ages 18+ 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Thursday December 7, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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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 kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Registration required.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)

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 kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Registration required.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)

 
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10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Preschool Full STEAM Ahead

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. 

For children ages 3 – 6 and their caregivers. Registration required. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
There are 17 spaces available.

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. 

For children ages 3 – 6 and their caregivers. Registration required. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

There are 17 spaces available.

 
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12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Meet Your Historian

Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.

LOCATION: Central Library

Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.

LOCATION: Central Library

 

Grab a favorite book from the shelf at home and join the Quaker Street book club for a discussion of a book of your choice!

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

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Grab a favorite book from the shelf at home and join the Quaker Street book club for a discussion of a book of your choice!

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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3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
WMHT Presents: Bears Snore On

Join WMHT Public Television and Schenectady County Public Library for a program of family activities. Watch Bears Snore On, create your own puppet, and take home the Bears Snore On storybook. For pre-school kids - 2nd graders with their caregivers.

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

Join WMHT Public Television and Schenectady County Public Library for a program of family activities. Watch Bears Snore On, create your own puppet, and take home the Bears Snore On storybook. For pre-school kids - 2nd graders with their caregivers.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

There are 14 spaces available.

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Nisky Climate League

Are you a teen who is concerned about climate change, but don't know how to help? Join the Nisky Climate League and start making a difference! Sponsored by the Niskayuna Rotary Club, the Nisky Climate League aims 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.  

For Schenectady County residents, grades 7-12. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Are you a teen who is concerned about climate change, but don't know how to help? Join the Nisky Climate League and start making a difference! Sponsored by the Niskayuna Rotary Club, the Nisky Climate League aims 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.  

For Schenectady County residents, grades 7-12. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Friday December 8, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Saturday December 9, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stay & Play

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

The registration period has ended.

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Paws for Reading

Meet therapy dog Luna who would love to listen to you read a story. At 3:30 pm, Luna's mom will share a story with the group. For children in grades K-5 with an adult. Younger children are invited to attend the story time.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
There are 15 spaces available.

Meet therapy dog Luna who would love to listen to you read a story. At 3:30 pm, Luna's mom will share a story with the group. For children in grades K-5 with an adult. Younger children are invited to attend the story time.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

There are 15 spaces available.

Sunday December 10, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Paws for Reading

Meet therapy dog Bowie who would love to listen to you read a story at this Pop-Up Paws For Reading event. At 1:30 pm, Bowie's dad will share a story with the group. For children in grades K-5 with an adult. Younger children are invited to attend the story time.

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

Meet therapy dog Bowie who would love to listen to you read a story at this Pop-Up Paws For Reading event. At 1:30 pm, Bowie's dad will share a story with the group. For children in grades K-5 with an adult. Younger children are invited to attend the story time.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

The registration period has ended.

Monday December 11, 2023
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Meet the Artist: You!

Take home the supplies for a masterpiece! Grab-and-go kits with supplies for making holiday cards and bookmarks will be available at the Central Library Children's Desk during the week of 12/11-12/16. Pick up your kit while supplies last and get creative!

For families with kids of all ages. No registration required.

LOCATION: Central Library

Take home the supplies for a masterpiece! Grab-and-go kits with supplies for making holiday cards and bookmarks will be available at the Central Library Children's Desk during the week of 12/11-12/16. Pick up your kit while supplies last and get creative!

For families with kids of all ages. No registration required.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Meet the Artist: You!

Take home the supplies for a masterpiece! Grab-and-go kits with supplies for making holiday cards and bookmarks will be available at the Glenville library check-out desk during the week of 12/11-12/16. Pick up your kit while supplies last and get creative!

For families with kids of all ages.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Take home the supplies for a masterpiece! Grab-and-go kits with supplies for making holiday cards and bookmarks will be available at the Glenville library check-out desk during the week of 12/11-12/16. Pick up your kit while supplies last and get creative!

For families with kids of all ages.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Meet the Artist: You!

Take home the supplies for a masterpiece! Kits for creating holiday cards and bookmarks will be available at the check-out desk during the week of 12/11, while supplies last.

For families with children of all ages. No registration required.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Take home the supplies for a masterpiece! Kits for creating holiday cards and bookmarks will be available at the check-out desk during the week of 12/11, while supplies last.

For families with children of all ages. No registration required.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 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. Registration required.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)

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. Registration required.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Music with 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 caregivers. Registration required.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch
There are 5 spaces available.

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 caregivers. Registration required.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

There are 5 spaces available.

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Paws for Reading

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

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1
There are 15 spaces available.

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

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

There are 15 spaces available.

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3-D Paper Snowflake Decorations

Fold and cut paper into amazing three-dimensional snowflakes. For kinds in Grades 2 – 5. Older kids welcome.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch

Fold and cut paper into amazing three-dimensional snowflakes. For kinds in Grades 2 – 5. Older kids welcome.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
At the Movies: The Snowman

Get into the winter spirit with the classic animated film The Snowman! While we watch, we’ll create Snowman scarves and enjoy cookies with cider. Add your scarf to a banner for the library!

For families with children of all ages. 

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Get into the winter spirit with the classic animated film The Snowman! While we watch, we’ll create Snowman scarves and enjoy cookies with cider. Add your scarf to a banner for the library!

For families with children of all ages. 

LOCATION: Glenville Branch


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

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

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

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. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Tuesday December 12, 2023
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Meet Your Historian

Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.

LOCATION: Central Library

Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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10:30 AM - 11:00 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 1 and 2 year olds and their caregivers.
 

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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 1 and 2 year olds and their caregivers.
 

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 
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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.

**Today, we will have a special guest! Linda and her therapy dog, Genny. They will be in one of the library study rooms after the story time, so come say hello, if you like dogs or would like to meet one!**

For 0-5 children and their caregivers.

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.

**Today, we will have a special guest! Linda and her therapy dog, Genny. They will be in one of the library study rooms after the story time, so come say hello, if you like dogs or would like to meet one!**

For 0-5 children and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 
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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
WMHT presents: Corduroy Bear

Join WMHT Public Television and Schenectady County Public Library for a program of family activities. Watch the Corduroy Bear story, make bear crafts, and carry home a Corduroy storybook, A Pocket for Corduroy. For Pre-school kids - 2nd graders.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
There are 5 spaces available.

Join WMHT Public Television and Schenectady County Public Library for a program of family activities. Watch the Corduroy Bear story, make bear crafts, and carry home a Corduroy storybook, A Pocket for Corduroy. For Pre-school kids - 2nd graders.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

There are 5 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 any book by New York Times best-selling author Marie Benedict.

 Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms. She found her calling unearthing the hidden historical stories of women. She is the author of The Other Einstein, Carnegie's Maid, The Only Woman In The Room, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie and Her Hidden Genius

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Join us for a discussion of any book by New York Times best-selling author Marie Benedict.

 Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms. She found her calling unearthing the hidden historical stories of women. She is the author of The Other Einstein, Carnegie's Maid, The Only Woman In The Room, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie and Her Hidden Genius

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

 

Join us for a discussion of The House In The Pines by Ana Reyes

Armed with only hazy memories, a woman who long ago witnessed her friend's sudden, mysterious death, and has since spent her life trying to forget, sets out to track down answers. What Maya uncovers, deep in the woods, is hardly to be believed....

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Join us for a discussion of The House In The Pines by Ana Reyes

Armed with only hazy memories, a woman who long ago witnessed her friend's sudden, mysterious death, and has since spent her life trying to forget, sets out to track down answers. What Maya uncovers, deep in the woods, is hardly to be believed....

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

 

Join us for a discussion of I Thought You Said This Would Work by Ann Garvin.

A road trip can drive anyone over the edge—especially two former best friends—in bestselling author Ann Garvin’s funny and poignant novel about broken bonds, messy histories, and the power of forgiveness.

Widowed Samantha Arias hasn’t spoken to Holly Dunfee in forever. It’s for the best. Samantha prefers to avoid conflict. The blisteringly honest Holly craves it. What they still have in common puts them both back on speed dial: a mutual love for Katie, their best friend of twenty-five years, now hospitalized with cancer and needing one little errand from her old college roomies.

It’s simple: travel cross-country together, steal her loathsome ex-husband’s VW camper, find Katie’s diabetic Great Pyrenees at a Utah rescue, and drive him back home to Wisconsin. If it’ll make Katie happy, no favor is too big (one hundred pounds), too daunting (two thousand miles), or too illegal (ish), even when a boho D-list celebrity hitches a ride and drives the road trip in fresh directions.

Samantha and Holly are following every new turn—toward second chances, unexpected romance, and self-discovery—and finally blowing the dust off the secret that broke their friendship. On the open road, they’ll try to put it back together—for themselves, and especially for the love of Katie.

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

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Join us for a discussion of I Thought You Said This Would Work by Ann Garvin.

A road trip can drive anyone over the edge—especially two former best friends—in bestselling author Ann Garvin’s funny and poignant novel about broken bonds, messy histories, and the power of forgiveness.

Widowed Samantha Arias hasn’t spoken to Holly Dunfee in forever. It’s for the best. Samantha prefers to avoid conflict. The blisteringly honest Holly craves it. What they still have in common puts them both back on speed dial: a mutual love for Katie, their best friend of twenty-five years, now hospitalized with cancer and needing one little errand from her old college roomies.

It’s simple: travel cross-country together, steal her loathsome ex-husband’s VW camper, find Katie’s diabetic Great Pyrenees at a Utah rescue, and drive him back home to Wisconsin. If it’ll make Katie happy, no favor is too big (one hundred pounds), too daunting (two thousand miles), or too illegal (ish), even when a boho D-list celebrity hitches a ride and drives the road trip in fresh directions.

Samantha and Holly are following every new turn—toward second chances, unexpected romance, and self-discovery—and finally blowing the dust off the secret that broke their friendship. On the open road, they’ll try to put it back together—for themselves, and especially for the love of Katie.

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

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Teen Writing Club

Kids 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 virtually. A meeting link for remote participants will be sent a day before the event, so be sure to register to receive your link! Snacks will be served.

Our December 12 is a Teen Writing Club Special Edition! Participants are invited to bring a used book wrapped or otherwise disguised, with a descriptive plot teaser on the front, for our holiday book swap.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room
There are 19 spaces available.

Kids 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 virtually. A meeting link for remote participants will be sent a day before the event, so be sure to register to receive your link! Snacks will be served.

Our December 12 is a Teen Writing Club Special Edition! Participants are invited to bring a used book wrapped or otherwise disguised, with a descriptive plot teaser on the front, for our holiday book swap.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

There are 19 spaces available.

 
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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Digital Literacy for Beginners: Microsoft Word Basics

The Mohawk Valley Library System is offering Digital Literacy for Beginners. This class covers the basics of creating and manipulating simple documents.  Includes highlighting text, formatting and saving. 

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 three-class series meeting Nov 28, Dec 5 and Dec 12, and the expectation is to attend all (3) classes. 

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1
There are 6 spaces available.

The Mohawk Valley Library System is offering Digital Literacy for Beginners. This class covers the basics of creating and manipulating simple documents.  Includes highlighting text, formatting and saving. 

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 three-class series meeting Nov 28, Dec 5 and Dec 12, and the expectation is to attend all (3) classes. 

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

There are 6 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, McChesney Room

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, McChesney Room

 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Telling your Story - Memoir Writing

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. 

In this workshop she teaches journaling in order to access memoir—moments in time that tell your story. Whether it’s family history, writing about specific life events, this workshop provides a space to tell the only story that matters—yours. When you tell your story, you understand your ancestors, view your life with perspective, and if you choose--provide a gift to loved ones that only you can give. No matter what brings you to this workshop, you’ll leave with a positive journaling practice and techniques to write memoir. No experience is needed.  Please bring pen and paper. Ages 18+

Must be able to attend all 4 classes. November 14, 21, 28 and Dec. 5 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1
The registration period has ended.

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. 

In this workshop she teaches journaling in order to access memoir—moments in time that tell your story. Whether it’s family history, writing about specific life events, this workshop provides a space to tell the only story that matters—yours. When you tell your story, you understand your ancestors, view your life with perspective, and if you choose--provide a gift to loved ones that only you can give. No matter what brings you to this workshop, you’ll leave with a positive journaling practice and techniques to write memoir. No experience is needed.  Please bring pen and paper. Ages 18+

Must be able to attend all 4 classes. November 14, 21, 28 and Dec. 5 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

The registration period has ended.

Wednesday December 13, 2023
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9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Schenectady County Connects - Job Seeker Help

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

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

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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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 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
Preschool Play

Play big! Engage in exploratory play, practice sharing and communicating, and build literacy through fun during this play hour for preschoolers.

For kids ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Registration required.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 6 spaces available.

Play big! Engage in exploratory play, practice sharing and communicating, and build literacy through fun during this play hour for preschoolers.

For kids ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Registration required.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 6 spaces available.

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

The Proposal

Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Craig T. Nelson, Mary Steenburgen; Walt Disney Pictures; Directed by Anne Fletcher; Rated PG-13; 107 minutes; 2009

A tough, demanding businesswoman discovers that she's about to be deported back to Canada, forcing her to rush into a marriage of convenience with her young assistant in order to stay in the U.S. But the ruse becomes even more complicated when the two must visit his family in Alaska while posing as a couple.

Seating is limited and will be first come, first serve. Food is prohibited at this event.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

The Proposal

Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Craig T. Nelson, Mary Steenburgen; Walt Disney Pictures; Directed by Anne Fletcher; Rated PG-13; 107 minutes; 2009

A tough, demanding businesswoman discovers that she's about to be deported back to Canada, forcing her to rush into a marriage of convenience with her young assistant in order to stay in the U.S. But the ruse becomes even more complicated when the two must visit his family in Alaska while posing as a couple.

Seating is limited and will be first come, first serve. Food is prohibited at this event.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Homeschool Hour - Winter STEAM
Families who are homeschooling are welcome to come to this monthly program that aims to enhance your homeschooling experience! Kids & teens will also have time at the end of the program to engage and socialize with other similarly aged students. For kids & teens ages 5 - 16. Registration is required.
 
Today, we're going to be doing multiple Winter STEAM related projects! Walk around the program room, pick and choose what you would like to do!
 
LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch
There are 20 spaces available.
Families who are homeschooling are welcome to come to this monthly program that aims to enhance your homeschooling experience! Kids & teens will also have time at the end of the program to engage and socialize with other similarly aged students. For kids & teens ages 5 - 16. Registration is required.
 
Today, we're going to be doing multiple Winter STEAM related projects! Walk around the program room, pick and choose what you would like to do!
 
LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Homeschool Hour: Farming in a Glove

Families who are homeschooling are welcome to come to this monthly program that aims to enhance your homeschooling experience! Kids and teens will also have time at the end of the program to engage and socialize with other students of similar ages. During this edition of Homeschool Hour, we'll learn about seed germination with Debbie from Cornell Cooperative Extension! Explore different types of seeds and food plants, using a simple plastic glove, and watch what grows.

For families with kids and teens ages 5-16.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 5 spaces available.

Families who are homeschooling are welcome to come to this monthly program that aims to enhance your homeschooling experience! Kids and teens will also have time at the end of the program to engage and socialize with other students of similar ages. During this edition of Homeschool Hour, we'll learn about seed germination with Debbie from Cornell Cooperative Extension! Explore different types of seeds and food plants, using a simple plastic glove, and watch what grows.

For families with kids and teens ages 5-16.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 5 spaces available.

 
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2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
RENTAL-League of Women Voters

Ann Hatke

 

LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room
 

Join us for a fun building challenge using a variety of materials, including Legos, Magnetiles, Strawbees, and more.  We supply the building materials, but projects will stay in the library, so bring your camera! 

For children in K – 5th grade. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Join us for a fun building challenge using a variety of materials, including Legos, Magnetiles, Strawbees, and more.  We supply the building materials, but projects will stay in the library, so bring your camera! 

For children in K – 5th grade. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
DIY Holiday Pet Treat Jar

Make your own personalized pet treat container to gift to that special feline or canine in your life. All materials will be provided, as well as holiday snacks. For ages 5+ and their caregivers. Registration is required. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center
There are 10 spaces available.

Make your own personalized pet treat container to gift to that special feline or canine in your life. All materials will be provided, as well as holiday snacks. For ages 5+ and their caregivers. Registration is required. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

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. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

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. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

 
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5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Writers Group

Whether you’ve been doing it forever or just starting out, bring your written words to this volunteer run community group and receive feedback from fellow wordsmiths as time permits. No registration required. Ages 18+ 

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. No registration required. Ages 18+ 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Thursday December 14, 2023
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Meet Your Historian

Schenectady County Historian John Woodward will be available to answer questions and meet with any patrons looking for help with local history research from 10am-12:30pm. No registration required. 

CONTACT: John Woodward  518-429-5473
LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Schenectady County Historian John Woodward will be available to answer questions and meet with any patrons looking for help with local history research from 10am-12:30pm. No registration required. 

CONTACT:
  John Woodward
  518.429.5473
  

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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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 kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Registration required.

LOCATION: Glenville 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 kids ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Registration required.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch


 
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10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Preschool Full STEAM Ahead

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. 

For children ages 3 – 6 and their caregivers. Registration required. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
There are 17 spaces available.

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. 

For children ages 3 – 6 and their caregivers. Registration required. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

There are 17 spaces available.

 
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12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Meet Your Historian

Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.

LOCATION: Central Library

Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Nisky Climate League

Are you a teen who is concerned about climate change, but don't know how to help? Join the Nisky Climate League and start making a difference! Sponsored by the Niskayuna Rotary Club, the Nisky Climate League aims 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.  

For Schenectady County residents, grades 7-12. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Are you a teen who is concerned about climate change, but don't know how to help? Join the Nisky Climate League and start making a difference! Sponsored by the Niskayuna Rotary Club, the Nisky Climate League aims 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.  

For Schenectady County residents, grades 7-12. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Library Board of Trustees Meeting
LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room
Friday December 15, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Saturday December 16, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stay & Play

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

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

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

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

The registration period has ended.

Sunday December 17, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Paws for Reading

Meet therapy dog Bowie who would love to listen to you read a story at this Pop-Up Paws For Reading event. At 1:30 pm, Bowie's dad will share a story with the group. For children in grades K-5 with an adult. Younger children are invited to attend the story time.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Meet therapy dog Bowie who would love to listen to you read a story at this Pop-Up Paws For Reading event. At 1:30 pm, Bowie's dad will share a story with the group. For children in grades K-5 with an adult. Younger children are invited to attend the story time.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Friends of the Library Holiday Sing-Along

Join Friends of the Library and community members in starting a musical celebration of the season. Our Holiday Sing-Along will be led by Malcolm Kogut and Janice Walz at 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 17.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library. All ages welcome! 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Join Friends of the Library and community members in starting a musical celebration of the season. Our Holiday Sing-Along will be led by Malcolm Kogut and Janice Walz at 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 17.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library. All ages welcome! 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Monday December 18, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 

Baby Cafe 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 snack are provided.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

Baby Cafe 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 snack are provided.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Homeschool Hour - Illustrating Data

Families who are homeschooling are welcome to come to this monthly program that aims to enhance your homeschooling experience! Kids & teens will also have time at the end of the program to engage and socialize with other similarly aged students. For kids & teens ages 5 - 16. Registration is required.

Data is defined as facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis. Not only can data be used for decision making and supportive evidence for said decisions, but it can also be used to make an interesting artistic piece. Come to the library and make data beautiful!

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch
There are 16 spaces available.

Families who are homeschooling are welcome to come to this monthly program that aims to enhance your homeschooling experience! Kids & teens will also have time at the end of the program to engage and socialize with other similarly aged students. For kids & teens ages 5 - 16. Registration is required.

Data is defined as facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis. Not only can data be used for decision making and supportive evidence for said decisions, but it can also be used to make an interesting artistic piece. Come to the library and make data beautiful!

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

There are 16 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. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

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. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Tuesday December 19, 2023
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Meet Your Historian

Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.

LOCATION: Central Library

Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 

Join the Niskayuna book club for a discussion of The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline.

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train returns with an ambitious, emotionally resonant novel about three women whose lives are bound together in nineteenth-century Australia and the hardships they weather together as they fight for redemption and freedom in a new society.

Seduced by her employer’s son, Evangeline, a naïve young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to “the land beyond the seas,” Van Diemen’s Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land.

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

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Join the Niskayuna book club for a discussion of The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline.

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train returns with an ambitious, emotionally resonant novel about three women whose lives are bound together in nineteenth-century Australia and the hardships they weather together as they fight for redemption and freedom in a new society.

Seduced by her employer’s son, Evangeline, a naïve young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to “the land beyond the seas,” Van Diemen’s Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land.

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

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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4:00 PM - 5:45 PM
At The Movies: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Come to the library after school and catch a movie before dinnertime! We'll be showing The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) today. Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King of Halloween but he's getting tired of the same old scares every year. By chance, he meets a jolly fellow named Sandy Claws, who shows him what the holiday season is about. Excited to show off his new skills he's learned from Mr. Claws, he tries to show it to his friends at Halloween Town but it will take them a while to understand that the holidays are not for scares and frights. Rated PG. For families with kids and teens. No registration required and snacks will be provided. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Come to the library after school and catch a movie before dinnertime! We'll be showing The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) today. Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King of Halloween but he's getting tired of the same old scares every year. By chance, he meets a jolly fellow named Sandy Claws, who shows him what the holiday season is about. Excited to show off his new skills he's learned from Mr. Claws, he tries to show it to his friends at Halloween Town but it will take them a while to understand that the holidays are not for scares and frights. Rated PG. For families with kids and teens. No registration required and snacks will be provided. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Wednesday December 20, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

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

Gremlins

Zach Galligan, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Phoebe Cates, Polly Holliday; Warner Bros.; Directed by Joe Dante; Rated PG; 106 minutes; 1984

A boy receives an unusual pet that leads to incredible trouble when he fails to take care of it properly.

Seating is limited and will be first come, first serve. Food is prohibited at this event.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Gremlins

Zach Galligan, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Phoebe Cates, Polly Holliday; Warner Bros.; Directed by Joe Dante; Rated PG; 106 minutes; 1984

A boy receives an unusual pet that leads to incredible trouble when he fails to take care of it properly.

Seating is limited and will be first come, first serve. Food is prohibited at this event.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cozy Crafters

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

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

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

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

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

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

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

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. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

 
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5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Writers Group

Whether you’ve been doing it forever or just starting out, bring your written words to this volunteer run community group and receive feedback from fellow wordsmiths as time permits. No registration required. Ages 18+ 

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. No registration required. Ages 18+ 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Thursday December 21, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Meet Your Historian

Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.

LOCATION: Central Library

Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Nisky Climate League

Are you a teen who is concerned about climate change, but don't know how to help? Join the Nisky Climate League and start making a difference! Sponsored by the Niskayuna Rotary Club, the Nisky Climate League aims 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.  

For Schenectady County residents, grades 7-12. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Are you a teen who is concerned about climate change, but don't know how to help? Join the Nisky Climate League and start making a difference! Sponsored by the Niskayuna Rotary Club, the Nisky Climate League aims 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.  

For Schenectady County residents, grades 7-12. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Narcan Training-Schenectady County Community Services

Jennifer Hayden

NEEDS SMART TV/PODIUM/LAPTOP - will bring in flashdrive 

518-386-2067

jennifer.hayden@schenectadycountyny.gov

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Jennifer Hayden

NEEDS SMART TV/PODIUM/LAPTOP - will bring in flashdrive 

518-386-2067

jennifer.hayden@schenectadycountyny.gov

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Friday December 22, 2023
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
2024 New Year's Swag Grab and Go Kit

Ring in the year 2024 with a bag full of crafts, games and treats you can make at home with your family. Kits will be available for pick up from Dec 22 - 31, while supplies last.  For families with children of all ages. 

LOCATION: Central Library

Ring in the year 2024 with a bag full of crafts, games and treats you can make at home with your family. Kits will be available for pick up from Dec 22 - 31, while supplies last.  For families with children of all ages. 

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Saturday December 23, 2023
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
CLOSED - Holiday Observance

All library locations closed.

LOCATION: Central Library
Sunday December 24, 2023
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
CLOSED - Holiday Observance

All library locations closed.

LOCATION: Central Library
Monday December 25, 2023
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
CLOSED - Holiday Observance

All library locations closed.

LOCATION: Central Library
Tuesday December 26, 2023
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
CLOSED - Holiday Observance

All library locations closed.

LOCATION: Central Library
Wednesday December 27, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Mini Gingerbread Houses

Join us for a fun family STEAM activity creating mini gingerbread houses using graham crackers, frosting, candy, and other supplies.  Building materials contain gluten and dairy. 

For children ages 3 + with caregivers. 

Registration is required. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

Join us for a fun family STEAM activity creating mini gingerbread houses using graham crackers, frosting, candy, and other supplies.  Building materials contain gluten and dairy. 

For children ages 3 + with caregivers. 

Registration is required. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

 
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Drop-in Board Games

Drop in and play a board game! We have Operation, Scrabble, Perfection, Jenga, Guess Who, Yetti in My Spaghetti, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Connect 4, Checkers, Chess and various card games! For families with kids and teens.

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Drop in and play a board game! We have Operation, Scrabble, Perfection, Jenga, Guess Who, Yetti in My Spaghetti, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Connect 4, Checkers, Chess and various card games! For families with kids and teens.

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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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. No registration required. Ages 18+ 

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. No registration required. Ages 18+ 

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Thursday December 28, 2023
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Meet Your Historian

Schenectady County Historian John Woodward will be available to answer questions and meet with any patrons looking for help with local history research from 10am-12:30pm. No registration required. 

CONTACT: John Woodward  518-429-5473
LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Schenectady County Historian John Woodward will be available to answer questions and meet with any patrons looking for help with local history research from 10am-12:30pm. No registration required. 

CONTACT:
  John Woodward
  518.429.5473
  

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Meet Your Historian

Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.

LOCATION: Central Library

Schenectady County historian, Bill Buell, will be available at Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyone looking for help with local history research.

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Tween & Teen Time: Crackers and Cheez-Whiz Construction

Put your engineering skills to the test by building different structures with the world’s best building materials – Crackers and Cheez-Whiz!  We’ll start easy and then progressivley get harder with our challenges, including dog houses to bridges to famous structures.  Building materials contain gluten and dairy. 

For youth in grades 6 – 12. 

Registration encouraged, but not required. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

Put your engineering skills to the test by building different structures with the world’s best building materials – Crackers and Cheez-Whiz!  We’ll start easy and then progressivley get harder with our challenges, including dog houses to bridges to famous structures.  Building materials contain gluten and dairy. 

For youth in grades 6 – 12. 

Registration encouraged, but not required. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Registration will begin on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 1:00 PM     

Friday December 29, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Saturday December 30, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Sunday December 31, 2023
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disguise A Gingerbread Contest

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Run, run as fast as you can and grab your gingerbread body to decorate as your favorite book character. Pick up your gingerbread body template at the Children’s Desk at Central or the circulation desk at Mont Pleasant starting Dec 1. Decorate him/her using any fun, crafty materials, return it to the library, and we’ll display it in the library; and you’ll also be given a Golden Ticket to enter a raffle for chance to win a fun prize. A winner in each age group will be chosen Tuesday, January 2nd. Entry Categories are: Preschool (age 3) - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.

LOCATION: Central Library

Monday January 1, 2024
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12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
2024 Adult Winter Reading Challenge

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

Tuesday January 2, 2024
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12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
2024 Adult Winter Reading Challenge

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

Wednesday January 3, 2024
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12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
2024 Adult Winter Reading Challenge

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

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

Title: The Sandlot
Actors: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: David Mickey Evans
Rating: PG
Runtime: 101 Minutes
Year:1993
Description:
A young boy moves to a new neighborhood where he is taken in by a group of local baseball players. The new gang of friends finds themselves caught in many adventures; including getting a prized ball back from the menacing neighborhood dog.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Title: The Sandlot
Actors: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: David Mickey Evans
Rating: PG
Runtime: 101 Minutes
Year:1993
Description:
A young boy moves to a new neighborhood where he is taken in by a group of local baseball players. The new gang of friends finds themselves caught in many adventures; including getting a prized ball back from the menacing neighborhood dog.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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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. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

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. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

 
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5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Writers Group

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Thursday January 4, 2024
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12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
2024 Adult Winter Reading Challenge

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Nisky Climate League

Are you a teen who is concerned about climate change, but don't know how to help? Join the Nisky Climate League and start making a difference! Sponsored by the Niskayuna Rotary Club, the Nisky Climate League aims 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.  

For Schenectady County residents, grades 7-12. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Are you a teen who is concerned about climate change, but don't know how to help? Join the Nisky Climate League and start making a difference! Sponsored by the Niskayuna Rotary Club, the Nisky Climate League aims 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.  

For Schenectady County residents, grades 7-12. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Friday January 5, 2024
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12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
2024 Adult Winter Reading Challenge

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

Saturday January 6, 2024
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12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
2024 Adult Winter Reading Challenge

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

 
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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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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Paws for Reading

Meet a therapy dog who would love to listen to you read a story. At 3:30 pm, a story will be shared with the group. For children in grades K-5 with an adult. Younger children are invited to attend the story time.

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

Meet a therapy dog who would love to listen to you read a story. At 3:30 pm, a story will be shared with the group. For children in grades K-5 with an adult. Younger children are invited to attend the story time.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

The registration period has ended.

Sunday January 7, 2024
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12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
2024 Adult Winter Reading Challenge

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

Monday January 8, 2024
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12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
2024 Adult Winter Reading Challenge

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

 
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11:00 AM - 11:45 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
  • Job applications or resume assistance
  • ​Assistance using a personal device, i.e. tablet, smartphone, laptop

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. Registrants must sign up at least 24 hours in advance and may make no more than two appointments per month.

 

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at 11:00 AM     

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
  • Job applications or resume assistance
  • ​Assistance using a personal device, i.e. tablet, smartphone, laptop

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. Registrants must sign up at least 24 hours in advance and may make no more than two appointments per month.

 

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at 11:00 AM     

 
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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. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

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. 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Tuesday January 9, 2024
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12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
2024 Adult Winter Reading Challenge

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

 
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10:30 AM - 11:15 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 ebooks, audiobooks and movies to your device (Hoopla or Libby)
  • Using Microsoft Word
  • Job applications or resume assistance
  • Assistance using a personal device, i.e. tablet, smartphone, laptop

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. Registrants must sign up at least 24 hours in advance and may make no more than two appointments per month. 

Location: Niskayuna Branch

Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at 10:30 AM     

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 ebooks, audiobooks and movies to your device (Hoopla or Libby)
  • Using Microsoft Word
  • Job applications or resume assistance
  • Assistance using a personal device, i.e. tablet, smartphone, laptop

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. Registrants must sign up at least 24 hours in advance and may make no more than two appointments per month. 

Location: Niskayuna Branch

Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at 10:30 AM     

 
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 The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff.

From the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan’s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II.

The year is 1946. Manhattan career woman Grace Healey is rebuilding her life after losing her husband during the war. One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, she finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.

Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a ring of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal. 

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Join us for a discussion of The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff.

From the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan’s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II.

The year is 1946. Manhattan career woman Grace Healey is rebuilding her life after losing her husband during the war. One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, she finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.

Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a ring of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal. 

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

 

Join us for a discussion of a book TBD

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Join us for a discussion of a book TBD

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Wednesday January 10, 2024
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12:00 AM - 11:55 PM
2024 Adult Winter Reading Challenge

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

We challenge you to read at least five books with a collective goal of 500 books during the month of January. Track your reading by logging each book read throughout the month in Beanstack. (Make sure to log books not minutes.) Participants are eligible to win one of nine prize baskets that includes a 40 oz. Stanley tumbler, a cozy throw blanket, a good book, and other goodies. Help us reach our goal of 500!

Adults 18+ can register for the challenge here https://scpl.beanstack.org/reader365
(Kids and teens can register for the youth winter reading challenge!)

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