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 February 28, 2024
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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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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Family Story Time

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

 

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
The registration period has ended.

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

 

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

The registration period has ended.

 
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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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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Through the Mire: A Look at the Environmental History of the Erie Canal

“The Erie Canal was a tremendous undertaking when construction started in 1817. Humans had been interacting with the geology and environment of the region for centuries, but when the digging of the canal commenced, the vastness of the project and the environment that it would cut through became its largest obstacle. This presentation will discuss that topic and how people of that era viewed their environment.” From presenters’ info.

Please click here to register for this virtual class
You will receive a Zoom link the day before the class

LOCATION: Virtual Program

“The Erie Canal was a tremendous undertaking when construction started in 1817. Humans had been interacting with the geology and environment of the region for centuries, but when the digging of the canal commenced, the vastness of the project and the environment that it would cut through became its largest obstacle. This presentation will discuss that topic and how people of that era viewed their environment.” From presenters’ info.

Please click here to register for this virtual class
You will receive a Zoom link the day before the class

LOCATION: Virtual Program

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

Title: A Wrinkle in Time 

Actors: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis 

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures 

Director: Ava DuVernay 

Rating: PG 

Runtime: 109 Minutes 

Year: 2018 

Description: After her astrophysicist father goes missing, 13-year-old Meg meets three supernatural beings named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. They transport her, her friend Calvin and her brother Charles Wallace through the universe to rescue her dad by traversing strange new planets and unlocking the power inside themselves. 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Title: A Wrinkle in Time 

Actors: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis 

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures 

Director: Ava DuVernay 

Rating: PG 

Runtime: 109 Minutes 

Year: 2018 

Description: After her astrophysicist father goes missing, 13-year-old Meg meets three supernatural beings named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. They transport her, her friend Calvin and her brother Charles Wallace through the universe to rescue her dad by traversing strange new planets and unlocking the power inside themselves. 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cozy Crafters

Bring whatever craft you are working on and join the cozy crafters for some fun!

Bring whatever craft you are working on and join the cozy crafters for some fun!

 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Homeschool Hour - Biomes at Work (RESCHEDULED SEE EVENT INFO)

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY 2/29 @ 2:30 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience

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'll be exploring biomes, the scientific term for an area classified according to the species that live in that location. Learn more about the animals who live in tropical rainforests, temperate forests, deserts, tundras,
taigas, grasslands and the savannas!

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch
There are 7 spaces available.

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY 2/29 @ 2:30 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience

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'll be exploring biomes, the scientific term for an area classified according to the species that live in that location. Learn more about the animals who live in tropical rainforests, temperate forests, deserts, tundras,
taigas, grasslands and the savannas!

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

There are 7 spaces available.

 

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 at the library, so bring your camera!

For children in Grades K - 5 and their caregivers.

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 at the library, so bring your camera!

For children in Grades K - 5 and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Crochet Fun with Jodie

Join Jodie as she teaches basic crochet skills to make your very own stuffed toy snowman or bumblebee. All materials will be provided. For kids in grades 3 and up, and adults. 

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

Join Jodie as she teaches basic crochet skills to make your very own stuffed toy snowman or bumblebee. All materials will be provided. For kids in grades 3 and up, and adults. 

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. 

*The English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are full/closed through the end of the school year (June 2024). 

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. 

*The English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are full/closed through the end of the school year (June 2024). 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

 
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4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Book A Librarian

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

  • Browsing the Web/Internet basics
  • Using one of the library’s databases
  • Setting up or using your email account
  • Downloading e-books, audiobooks and movies to your device (Hoopla or Libby)
  • Using Microsoft Word
  • 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: Glenville Branch
The registration period has ended.

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: Glenville Branch

The registration period has ended.

 
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5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Writers Group

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

 
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6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Evening Family Story Time

Stories, music and learning for families with children ages birth to 5 years old. Older children and pajamas are welcome.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Stories, music and learning for families with children ages birth to 5 years old. Older children and pajamas are welcome.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Thursday February 29, 2024
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
NYS Dept of Taxation Tax Help

Need help with your taxes? Did you earn $79,000 or less in 2023? Do you have an email account? Get in-person tax help and file for free! NYS Tax Department employees will be on hand to help walk you through and help you prepare and e-file your income tax return at the Central Library. Help sessions are available every Thursday starting February 8th from 9:30-4:30. 

For more information including necessary documents to bring and to pre-register for an appointment, head to: https://www.tax.ny.gov/tap/

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Need help with your taxes? Did you earn $79,000 or less in 2023? Do you have an email account? Get in-person tax help and file for free! NYS Tax Department employees will be on hand to help walk you through and help you prepare and e-file your income tax return at the Central Library. Help sessions are available every Thursday starting February 8th from 9:30-4:30. 

For more information including necessary documents to bring and to pre-register for an appointment, head to: https://www.tax.ny.gov/tap/

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

 
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Meet Your Historian

Schenectady County Historian Bill Buell will be available in the local history section at the Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyont looking for help with local history research. 

LOCATION: Central Library

Schenectady County Historian Bill Buell will be available in the local history section at the Central Library from 10:00am-12:30pm to meet with anyont looking for help with local history research. 

LOCATION: Central Library

 

Join the Glenville Book Club for a discussion of Us Against You by Fredrik Backman.

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown’s new hockey coach.

Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.

As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt grows deeper. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they’ve been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.

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

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Join the Glenville Book Club for a discussion of Us Against You by Fredrik Backman.

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown’s new hockey coach.

Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.

As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt grows deeper. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they’ve been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.

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

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Family Story Time

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

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

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

LOCATION: Glenville Branch


 
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10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Preschool Process Art: Learn & Play

Join us for a fun and engaging story time where books meet art.  We will read a book and then using a variety of materials, preschoolers will create art that is child-directed, choice-driven, and celebrates the experience of discovery.  In process art, the final product is always unique, and the focus lies in the creation of the work, not the outcome.  Dress for mess!

For children ages 3 - 6 and their caregivers.  Registration is required.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Join us for a fun and engaging story time where books meet art.  We will read a book and then using a variety of materials, preschoolers will create art that is child-directed, choice-driven, and celebrates the experience of discovery.  In process art, the final product is always unique, and the focus lies in the creation of the work, not the outcome.  Dress for mess!

For children ages 3 - 6 and their caregivers.  Registration is required.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch


 
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Book a Librarian

Book A Librarian Jan/Feb 2024

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: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

Book A Librarian Jan/Feb 2024

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: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 
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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 Trustee Meeting
LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room
Friday March 1, 2024
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
WMHT Daniel Tiger program

Join WMHT Public Television for a program of family activities. Watch the animated storybook of Daniel Tiger on the big screen, enjoy craft activities, and carry home a free storybook. For children in PreK-2nd grade. Registration required.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
There are 17 spaces available.

Join WMHT Public Television for a program of family activities. Watch the animated storybook of Daniel Tiger on the big screen, enjoy craft activities, and carry home a free storybook. For children in PreK-2nd grade. Registration required.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

There are 17 spaces available.

Saturday March 2, 2024
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stay & Play

Pleas join us for our Stay & Play series. This program encourages playing with your child and talking with child experts! For children ages 1-3, and their caregivers. Registration required. Use registration form attached to 2/17/24 session.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Pleas join us for our Stay & Play series. This program encourages playing with your child and talking with child experts! For children ages 1-3, and their caregivers. Registration required. Use registration form attached to 2/17/24 session.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Crochet Fun with Jody

Join Jodie as she teaches intermediate crochet skills to make your very own stuffed toy. All materials will be provided. For kids in grades 3 and up, and adults. Some experience is recommended.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center
There are 5 spaces available.

Join Jodie as she teaches intermediate crochet skills to make your very own stuffed toy. All materials will be provided. For kids in grades 3 and up, and adults. Some experience is recommended.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

There are 5 spaces available.

 
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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 2:30 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

Meet a therapy dog who would love to listen to you read a story. At 2:30 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

 
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2:00 PM - 3:50 PM
At The Movies

Title: The Marvels

Actors: Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Samuel L. Jackson, Zawe Ashton

Studio: Marvel

Director: Nia DaCosta

Rating: PG-13 

Runtime: 105 Minutes 

Year: 2023

Description:
The extremely powerful Carol Danvers finds her fate inexplicably intertwined with two younger women, Kamala Khan and Monica Rambeau. The three headstrong and independent women must then learn to work together and overcome their personal shortcomings to protect the universe from harm.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Title: The Marvels

Actors: Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Samuel L. Jackson, Zawe Ashton

Studio: Marvel

Director: Nia DaCosta

Rating: PG-13 

Runtime: 105 Minutes 

Year: 2023

Description:
The extremely powerful Carol Danvers finds her fate inexplicably intertwined with two younger women, Kamala Khan and Monica Rambeau. The three headstrong and independent women must then learn to work together and overcome their personal shortcomings to protect the universe from harm.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Sunday March 3, 2024
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2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Beat the Snow Concert

Hannah Sohn
cellist (ESYO alumna) by YMF

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Hannah Sohn
cellist (ESYO alumna) by YMF

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Monday March 4, 2024
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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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, McChesney 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, McChesney Room

 
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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 0-14 months and their caregivers.

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 0-14 months and their caregivers.

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.  Children will listen to songs, engage in creative movement, and use instruments to have fun through music.

For children ages 0--5 and their caregivers.

 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch
There are 3 spaces available.

Miss Lisa leads babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in this interactive music class.  Children will listen to songs, engage in creative movement, and use instruments to have fun through music.

For children ages 0--5 and their caregivers.

 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

There are 3 spaces available.

 
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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

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


 

A Baby Café is a free drop-in service offering in-person breastfeeding/chestfeeding support for pregnant and/or new parents in the community. Siblings and partners welcome! Grab and go snacks provided.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

A Baby Café is a free drop-in service offering in-person breastfeeding/chestfeeding support for pregnant and/or new parents in the community. Siblings and partners welcome! Grab and go snacks provided.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

 
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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 or Daisy who would love to listen to you read a story.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

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

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

 
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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. 

*The English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are full/closed through the end of the school year (June 2024). 

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. 

*The English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are full/closed through the end of the school year (June 2024). 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

 
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4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
At the Movies: ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market

Come to the library after school and catch a movie before dinnertime! Snacks and a craft themed to our movie will be provided. During this edition of At the Movies, we'll watch ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market, the film adaptation of Raul the Third's award-winning picture book. Create a luchador comic book or animal mask for our mercado wall.

For families with children of all ages.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 11 spaces available.

Come to the library after school and catch a movie before dinnertime! Snacks and a craft themed to our movie will be provided. During this edition of At the Movies, we'll watch ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market, the film adaptation of Raul the Third's award-winning picture book. Create a luchador comic book or animal mask for our mercado wall.

For families with children of all ages.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 11 spaces available.

Tuesday March 5, 2024
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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Great Decisions
LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
 
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

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

For 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.

For 0-5 children and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 
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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. Registration required. Use registration form attached to 2/27/24 class.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

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

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. Registration required. Use registration form attached to 2/27/24 class.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

 
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Book-A-Librarian

Book A Librarian March/ April 2024

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: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

Book A Librarian March/ April 2024

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: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

Wednesday March 6, 2024
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Noodle Take & Make Kits

Celebrate National Noodle Month with these fun Teen Take & Make Kits.  Each kit contains a mug, Sharpie markers, and a pack Ramen noodles to enjoy.  Kits will be available for pickup at the desk, while supplies last.

For teens ages 13--17.  

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Celebrate National Noodle Month with these fun Teen Take & Make Kits.  Each kit contains a mug, Sharpie markers, and a pack Ramen noodles to enjoy.  Kits will be available for pickup at the desk, while supplies last.

For teens ages 13--17.  

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 6 spaces available.

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 6 spaces available.

 
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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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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tech Talks with Mary: Understanding Cloud Storage

Do you want easy access to your documents, pictures, and music? Whether you want to back up your files, access them away from home, or share and collaborate with others, cloud storage is just a click away. Join Mary Carrier from MVLS for an informative discussion.

Please click here to register for this virtual event
You will receive a Zoom link the day before the class

LOCATION: Virtual Program

Do you want easy access to your documents, pictures, and music? Whether you want to back up your files, access them away from home, or share and collaborate with others, cloud storage is just a click away. Join Mary Carrier from MVLS for an informative discussion.

Please click here to register for this virtual event
You will receive a Zoom link the day before the class

LOCATION: Virtual Program

 
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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
REELS Film Series
Title: The Woman King 
Actors: Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, John Boyega 
Studio: Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. 
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood 
Rating: PG-13 
Runtime: 135 Minutes 
Year: 2022 
Description:
In the late eighteenth century, the Kingdom of Dahomey flourished as one of Africa's most powerful states. Yet as European merchants encroach, seeking riches at the expense of its people, warrior Nanisca takes a stand to uphold her peoples' freedom. Inspired by true events.
LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
Title: The Woman King 
Actors: Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, John Boyega 
Studio: Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. 
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood 
Rating: PG-13 
Runtime: 135 Minutes 
Year: 2022 
Description:
In the late eighteenth century, the Kingdom of Dahomey flourished as one of Africa's most powerful states. Yet as European merchants encroach, seeking riches at the expense of its people, warrior Nanisca takes a stand to uphold her peoples' freedom. Inspired by true events.
LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney 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 at the library, so bring your camera!

For children in Grades K - 5 and their caregivers.

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 at the library, so bring your camera!

For children in Grades K - 5 and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Niskayuna 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. 

*The English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are full/closed through the end of the school year (June 2024). 

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. 

*The English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are full/closed through the end of the school year (June 2024). 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

 
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4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Book A Librarian

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

  • Browsing the Web/Internet basics
  • Using one of the library’s databases
  • Setting up or using your email account
  • Downloading e-books, audiobooks and movies to your device (Hoopla or Libby)
  • Using Microsoft Word
  • 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: Glenville Branch
There is 1 space available.

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

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

There is 1 space available.

 
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5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Writers Group

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

 
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6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Evening Family Story Time

Stories, music and learning for families with children ages birth to 5 years old. Older children and pajamas are welcome.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Stories, music and learning for families with children ages birth to 5 years old. Older children and pajamas are welcome.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Thursday March 7, 2024
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
NYS Dept of Taxation Tax Help

Need help with your taxes? Did you earn $79,000 or less in 2023? Do you have an email account? Get in-person tax help and file for free! NYS Tax Department employees will be on hand to help walk you through and help you prepare and e-file your income tax return at the Central Library. Help sessions are available every Thursday starting February 8th from 9:30-4:30. 

For more information including necessary documents to bring and to pre-register for an appointment, head to: https://www.tax.ny.gov/tap/

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Need help with your taxes? Did you earn $79,000 or less in 2023? Do you have an email account? Get in-person tax help and file for free! NYS Tax Department employees will be on hand to help walk you through and help you prepare and e-file your income tax return at the Central Library. Help sessions are available every Thursday starting February 8th from 9:30-4:30. 

For more information including necessary documents to bring and to pre-register for an appointment, head to: https://www.tax.ny.gov/tap/

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

 
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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 - 3:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Noodle Take & Make Kits

Celebrate National Noodle Month with these fun Teen Take & Make Kits.  Each kit contains a mug, Sharpie markers, and a pack Ramen noodles to enjoy.  Kits will be available for pickup at the desk, while supplies last.

For teens ages 13--17.  

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Celebrate National Noodle Month with these fun Teen Take & Make Kits.  Each kit contains a mug, Sharpie markers, and a pack Ramen noodles to enjoy.  Kits will be available for pickup at the desk, while supplies last.

For teens ages 13--17.  

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
World Book Day

Do you know what Dav Pilkey or Vashti Harrison or Mo Willems looks like?  Celebrate World Book Day by trying to match up your favorite authors and illustrators to their well-known book covers.  All participants will recieve a small prize upon completion.

For families with children ages 3 & up.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Do you know what Dav Pilkey or Vashti Harrison or Mo Willems looks like?  Celebrate World Book Day by trying to match up your favorite authors and illustrators to their well-known book covers.  All participants will recieve a small prize upon completion.

For families with children ages 3 & up.

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Family Story Time

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

For children ages 0 through 5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 6 spaces available.

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

For children ages 0 through 5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 6 spaces available.

 
 
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Book-A-Librarian

Book A Librarian March/ April 2024

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: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2
There is 1 space available.

Book A Librarian March/ April 2024

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: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

There is 1 space available.

 
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2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
World Book Day

Do you know what Dav Pilkey or Vashti Harrison or Mo Willems looks like?  Celebrate World Book Day by trying to match up your favorite authors and illustrators to their well-known book covers.  All participants will recieve a small prize upon completion.

For families with children ages 3 & up.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Do you know what Dav Pilkey or Vashti Harrison or Mo Willems looks like?  Celebrate World Book Day by trying to match up your favorite authors and illustrators to their well-known book covers.  All participants will recieve a small prize upon completion.

For families with children ages 3 & up.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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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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5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
At The Movies

Title: The Rescuers Down Under

Actors: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, Tristan Rogers, Adam Ryen

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Director: Hendel Butoy

Rating: G 

Runtime: 77 Minutes 

Year: 1990

Description:
Disney's animated tale of two mice searching for a kidnapped Australian boy. Voices...Bernard: Bob Newhart. Miss Bianca: Eva Gabor. Wilbur: John Candy. McLeach: George C. Scott. Jake: Tristan Rogers. Cody: Adam Ryen. Frank: Wayne Robson. Francois: Ed Gilbert. Directed by Hendel Butoy and Mike Gabriel.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

Title: The Rescuers Down Under

Actors: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, Tristan Rogers, Adam Ryen

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Director: Hendel Butoy

Rating: G 

Runtime: 77 Minutes 

Year: 1990

Description:
Disney's animated tale of two mice searching for a kidnapped Australian boy. Voices...Bernard: Bob Newhart. Miss Bianca: Eva Gabor. Wilbur: John Candy. McLeach: George C. Scott. Jake: Tristan Rogers. Cody: Adam Ryen. Frank: Wayne Robson. Francois: Ed Gilbert. Directed by Hendel Butoy and Mike Gabriel.

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

Friday March 8, 2024
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Noodle Take & Make Kits

Celebrate National Noodle Month with these fun Teen Take & Make Kits.  Each kit contains a mug, Sharpie markers, and a pack Ramen noodles to enjoy.  Kits will be available for pickup at the desk, while supplies last.

For teens ages 13--17.  

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Celebrate National Noodle Month with these fun Teen Take & Make Kits.  Each kit contains a mug, Sharpie markers, and a pack Ramen noodles to enjoy.  Kits will be available for pickup at the desk, while supplies last.

For teens ages 13--17.  

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Saturday March 9, 2024
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Noodle Take & Make Kits

Celebrate National Noodle Month with these fun Teen Take & Make Kits.  Each kit contains a mug, Sharpie markers, and a pack Ramen noodles to enjoy.  Kits will be available for pickup at the desk, while supplies last.

For teens ages 13--17.  

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Celebrate National Noodle Month with these fun Teen Take & Make Kits.  Each kit contains a mug, Sharpie markers, and a pack Ramen noodles to enjoy.  Kits will be available for pickup at the desk, while supplies last.

For teens ages 13--17.  

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stay & Play

Pleas join us for our Stay & Play series. This program encourages playing with your child and talking with child experts! For children ages 1-3, and their caregivers. Registration required. Use registration form attached to 2/17/24 session.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Pleas join us for our Stay & Play series. This program encourages playing with your child and talking with child experts! For children ages 1-3, and their caregivers. Registration required. Use registration form attached to 2/17/24 session.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Paws For Reading (Cancelled)

This event has been cancelled.

Meet a therapy dog who would love to listen to you read a story. At 2:30 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

This event has been cancelled.

Meet a therapy dog who would love to listen to you read a story. At 2:30 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

Sunday March 10, 2024
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2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Beat the Snow Concert

Act Two
Show tunes through the years

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Act Two
Show tunes through the years

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Monday March 11, 2024
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day Activity Grab and Go Kit

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day Activity Grab and Go Kit

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Noodle Take & Make Kits

Celebrate National Noodle Month with these fun Teen Take & Make Kits.  Each kit contains a mug, Sharpie markers, and a pack Ramen noodles to enjoy.  Kits will be available for pickup at the desk, while supplies last.

For teens ages 13--17.  

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Celebrate National Noodle Month with these fun Teen Take & Make Kits.  Each kit contains a mug, Sharpie markers, and a pack Ramen noodles to enjoy.  Kits will be available for pickup at the desk, while supplies last.

For teens ages 13--17.  

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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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, McChesney 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, McChesney Room

 
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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 0-14 months and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 6 spaces available.

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

For babies 0-14 months and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 6 spaces available.

 
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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
WMHT presents: Mouse Count

Join WMHT Public Television for a program of family activities.  Watch the animated storybook on the big screen, enjoy craft activities, and carry home a storybook.

For children ages 3--7 and their caregivers.

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
There are 4 spaces available.

Join WMHT Public Television for a program of family activities.  Watch the animated storybook on the big screen, enjoy craft activities, and carry home a storybook.

For children ages 3--7 and their caregivers.

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

There are 4 spaces available.

 
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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

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


 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Leprechaun Traps STEAM Project

Get crafty with supplies provided to build and decorate a Leprechaun Trap just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

For families with children ages 5 & up.

 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch
There are 6 spaces available.

Get crafty with supplies provided to build and decorate a Leprechaun Trap just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

For families with children ages 5 & up.

 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

There are 6 spaces available.

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

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

*The English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are full/closed through the end of the school year (June 2024). 

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. 

*The English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are full/closed through the end of the school year (June 2024). 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Tuesday March 12, 2024
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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Great Decisions
LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room
 
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day Activity Grab and Go Kit

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day Activity Grab and Go Kit

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Noodle Take & Make Kits

Celebrate National Noodle Month with these fun Teen Take & Make Kits.  Each kit contains a mug, Sharpie markers, and a pack Ramen noodles to enjoy.  Kits will be available for pickup at the desk, while supplies last.

For teens ages 13--17.  

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Celebrate National Noodle Month with these fun Teen Take & Make Kits.  Each kit contains a mug, Sharpie markers, and a pack Ramen noodles to enjoy.  Kits will be available for pickup at the desk, while supplies last.

For teens ages 13--17.  

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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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 Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 12:00 PM     

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 Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 12:00 PM     

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

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

For 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.

For 0-5 children and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 
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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. Registration required. Use registration form attached to 2/27/24 session.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

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

For children ages 1-3 with a caregiver or parent. Registration required. Use registration form attached to 2/27/24 session.

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

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 Kate White.

Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels of suspense: nine standalone psychological thrillers, including Between Two Strangers (May ‘23), and eight Bailey Weggins mysteries.

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 Kate White.

Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels of suspense: nine standalone psychological thrillers, including Between Two Strangers (May ‘23), and eight Bailey Weggins mysteries.

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 Horse by Geraldine Brooks

A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

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 Horse by Geraldine Brooks

A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

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

 
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Book-A-Librarian

Book A Librarian March/ April 2024

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: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1
There are 2 spaces available.

Book A Librarian March/ April 2024

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: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

There are 2 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Paint a Squishmallow

Kids in grades 2 and up are welcome to come to the library and paint a squishmallow picture! You could even bring your favorite squishmallow stuffie for inspiration. Participants registered for the program will be entered to WIN a squishmallow mystery box with 3 8" squishmallows! All supplies provided, registration required.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch
There are 2 spaces available.

Kids in grades 2 and up are welcome to come to the library and paint a squishmallow picture! You could even bring your favorite squishmallow stuffie for inspiration. Participants registered for the program will be entered to WIN a squishmallow mystery box with 3 8" squishmallows! All supplies provided, registration required.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

There are 2 spaces available.

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Teen Writing Club

Come write in! Budding authors are invited to meet for snacks, fun writing prompts, and sharing our work (although sharing is optional). New members are always welcome, and if you can't make it to Scotia on a Tuesday night, we'll send you a Google Meet link after you register!

For students in grades 6-12.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 20 spaces available.

Come write in! Budding authors are invited to meet for snacks, fun writing prompts, and sharing our work (although sharing is optional). New members are always welcome, and if you can't make it to Scotia on a Tuesday night, we'll send you a Google Meet link after you register!

For students in grades 6-12.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 20 spaces available.

Wednesday March 13, 2024
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day Activity Grab and Go Kit

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day Activity Grab and Go Kit

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

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

For 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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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tech Talks with Mary: What is AI (Artificial Intelligence)?

Learn about how AI works, how it has evolved over the years, and the pros and cons of an automated digital world. We will introduce Chat GPT and other AI tools. Join Mary Carrier from MVLS for an informative discussion.

Please click here to register for this virtual event
You will be sent a Zoom link the day before the class

LOCATION: Virtual Program

Learn about how AI works, how it has evolved over the years, and the pros and cons of an automated digital world. We will introduce Chat GPT and other AI tools. Join Mary Carrier from MVLS for an informative discussion.

Please click here to register for this virtual event
You will be sent a Zoom link the day before the class

LOCATION: Virtual Program

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

Title: Women Talking 

Actors: Rooney Mara, Judith Ivey, Emily Mitchell, Kate Hallett, Liv McNeil 

Studio: Universal Pictures 

Director: Sarah Polley 

Rating: PG 

Runtime: 104 Minutes 

Year: 2022 

Description: A group of women lives in a secluded religious community. After experiencing a series of domestic and sexual abuse incidents, the women must confront the men who hurt them and endure the consequences of the choices they make. They face a complicated conundrum of commitment, faith, and self-preservation. 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Title: Women Talking 

Actors: Rooney Mara, Judith Ivey, Emily Mitchell, Kate Hallett, Liv McNeil 

Studio: Universal Pictures 

Director: Sarah Polley 

Rating: PG 

Runtime: 104 Minutes 

Year: 2022 

Description: A group of women lives in a secluded religious community. After experiencing a series of domestic and sexual abuse incidents, the women must confront the men who hurt them and endure the consequences of the choices they make. They face a complicated conundrum of commitment, faith, and self-preservation. 

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cozy Crafters
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 at the library, so bring your camera!

For children in Grades K - 5 and their caregivers.

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 at the library, so bring your camera!

For children in Grades K - 5 and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Niskayuna 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. 

*The English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are full/closed through the end of the school year (June 2024). 

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. 

*The English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are full/closed through the end of the school year (June 2024). 

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

 
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4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Book A Librarian

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

  • Browsing the Web/Internet basics
  • Using one of the library’s databases
  • Setting up or using your email account
  • Downloading e-books, audiobooks and movies to your device (Hoopla or Libby)
  • Using Microsoft Word
  • 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: Glenville Branch
There is 1 space available.

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

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

There is 1 space available.

 
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5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Writers Group

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

 
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6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Evening Family Story Time

Stories, music and learning for families with children ages birth to 5 years old. Older children and pajamas are welcome.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Stories, music and learning for families with children ages birth to 5 years old. Older children and pajamas are welcome.

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

Thursday March 14, 2024
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
NYS Dept of Taxation Tax Help

Need help with your taxes? Did you earn $79,000 or less in 2023? Do you have an email account? Get in-person tax help and file for free! NYS Tax Department employees will be on hand to help walk you through and help you prepare and e-file your income tax return at the Central Library. Help sessions are available every Thursday starting February 8th from 9:30-4:30. 

For more information including necessary documents to bring and to pre-register for an appointment, head to: https://www.tax.ny.gov/tap/

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

Need help with your taxes? Did you earn $79,000 or less in 2023? Do you have an email account? Get in-person tax help and file for free! NYS Tax Department employees will be on hand to help walk you through and help you prepare and e-file your income tax return at the Central Library. Help sessions are available every Thursday starting February 8th from 9:30-4:30. 

For more information including necessary documents to bring and to pre-register for an appointment, head to: https://www.tax.ny.gov/tap/

LOCATION: Central Library, Program Room 1

 
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day Activity Grab and Go Kit

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Family Story Time

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

For children ages 0 through 5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

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

For children ages 0 through 5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

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

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

For preschoolers ages 3-5 and their caregivers. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 2:00 PM     

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

For preschoolers ages 3-5 and their caregivers. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Registration will begin on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 2:00 PM     

 
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12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day Activity Grab and Go Kit

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Book-A-Librarian
LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1
 
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Book-A-Librarian

Book A Librarian March/ April 2024

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

Book A Librarian March/ April 2024

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: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

There are 2 spaces available.

 
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1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Book A Librarian

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

  • Browsing the Web/Internet Basics
  • Using one of the library's databases
  • Setting up or using your email account
  • Downloading 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 Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 10:00 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 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 Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 10:00 AM     

 

Join us at the Quaker Street book club for a discussion of The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon.

A gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who defied the legal system and wrote herself into American history.

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

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

Join us at the Quaker Street book club for a discussion of The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon.

A gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who defied the legal system and wrote herself into American history.

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 - 4:00 PM
Paws for Reading

Meet Genny, 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: Rotterdam Branch
Registration will begin on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

Meet Genny, 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: Rotterdam Branch

Registration will begin on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Leprechaun Traps STEAM Project

Get crafty with supplies provided to build and decorate a Leprechaun Trap just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

For families with children ages 5 & up.

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 2:00 PM     

Get crafty with supplies provided to build and decorate a Leprechaun Trap just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

For families with children ages 5 & up.

 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 2:00 PM     

 
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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 March 15, 2024
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day Activity Grab and Go Kit

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Saturday March 16, 2024
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Grow a Rubber Band Ball

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Did you know that the first rubber bands were patented in March of 1845? Celebrate this all-around little helper by checking out items at your library.  For every item that a child checks out, they can add a rubber band to the growing rubber band ball.  The more books you check out-the bigger the ball will get!  Don't forget to visit and see how big the ball is getting!  

For families with children ages 3 & up. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Day Activity Grab and Go Kit

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Pick up a grab and go kit full of fun things to do for Saint Patrick’s Day! Kits are given out on a first come, first served basis. For kids in grades K – 5. 

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM