99 Clinton Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
518.388.4500


    

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

Saturday April 13, 2024
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Family Story Time

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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

Join Jody 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
The registration period has ended.

Join Jody 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

The registration period has ended.

 
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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
There are 9 spaces available.

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

There are 9 spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
At The Movies

Title: A Goofy Movie

Actors: Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden, Jim Cummings, Kellie Martin, Rob Paulsen

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures 

Director: Kevin Lima

Rating: G

Runtime: 78 Minutes 

Year: 1995

Description:
Standard Disney musical finds Goofy trying to bond with son Max on a cross-country excursion.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

Title: A Goofy Movie

Actors: Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden, Jim Cummings, Kellie Martin, Rob Paulsen

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures 

Director: Kevin Lima

Rating: G

Runtime: 78 Minutes 

Year: 1995

Description:
Standard Disney musical finds Goofy trying to bond with son Max on a cross-country excursion.

LOCATION: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center

 
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Raising A Financially Savvy Kid

As a parent, grandparent or caregiver one of your goals is for your child to be financially confident and financially empowered. Learn how to inspire your children to build lifelong smart money habits. This workshop will discuss practical strategies geared toward babies and young adults and all stages in between, that any caregiver can implement. For parents with children of any age. Registration Required. 

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2
There are 21 spaces available.

As a parent, grandparent or caregiver one of your goals is for your child to be financially confident and financially empowered. Learn how to inspire your children to build lifelong smart money habits. This workshop will discuss practical strategies geared toward babies and young adults and all stages in between, that any caregiver can implement. For parents with children of any age. Registration Required. 

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

There are 21 spaces available.

Sunday April 14, 2024
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2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Beat the Snow Concert

Musicians of Ma'alwyck
Classical Music

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Musicians of Ma'alwyck
Classical Music

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Monday April 15, 2024
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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

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


 
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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

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


 
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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

 

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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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Homeschool Hour: Financial Wellness for Kids

This workshop helps youth have fun while learning about money. We will introduce the concepts of currency, saving, smart spending, giving, and differentiating between needs and wants. Taught by fellow homeschool mom, Angela Tatem, of YOUinc Wealth Education Services. For children age 5+ and their adult. Registration Required.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch
There are 10 spaces available.

This workshop helps youth have fun while learning about money. We will introduce the concepts of currency, saving, smart spending, giving, and differentiating between needs and wants. Taught by fellow homeschool mom, Angela Tatem, of YOUinc Wealth Education Services. For children age 5+ and their adult. Registration Required.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Paws For Reading

Join us for a story class for children in grades K-5 with an adult. Meet Bowie 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 - 5:30 PM
STEAM Afternoon: WMHT Presents The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash

Let off STEAM at the library! Meet community science educators, conduct kid-friendly experiments, and create with your hands on a variety of projects. During this edition of STEAM Afternoon, join WMHT Public Television for a program of family activities. Watch the animated storybook of The Day Jimmy's Boat Ate the Wash on the big screen, enjoy craft activities, and carry home a free storybook.

For children grades k-5th and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 4 spaces available.

Let off STEAM at the library! Meet community science educators, conduct kid-friendly experiments, and create with your hands on a variety of projects. During this edition of STEAM Afternoon, join WMHT Public Television for a program of family activities. Watch the animated storybook of The Day Jimmy's Boat Ate the Wash on the big screen, enjoy craft activities, and carry home a free storybook.

For children grades k-5th and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 4 spaces available.

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

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

*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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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Power of Saving

Take part in this 5-week Financial Wellness Boot Camp with You, Inc. Wealth Education Services. Participants are required to attend all 5 sessions, as each session builds on the previous session.

Session 3 (April 15 | 6 pm): The Power of Saving -  Learn to save for large purchases, uncommon and irregular expenses, emergencies and wealth-building. 

Session 4 (April 22 | 6 pm): Debt Debunked - Understanding and increasing credit scores, debt-reduction strategies, and the impact of "buy now, pay later".

Session 5 (April 29 | 6 pm): Investing 101 - Demystifying and understanding the importance of investing, compounding, and the basics of stocks and bonds, 401k, 403b, IRA, Roth IRA, Index Funds, etc.

CONTACT: Angela Tatem  518-347-7085  angela@youincwealth.com
LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room
The registration period has ended.

Take part in this 5-week Financial Wellness Boot Camp with You, Inc. Wealth Education Services. Participants are required to attend all 5 sessions, as each session builds on the previous session.

Session 3 (April 15 | 6 pm): The Power of Saving -  Learn to save for large purchases, uncommon and irregular expenses, emergencies and wealth-building. 

Session 4 (April 22 | 6 pm): Debt Debunked - Understanding and increasing credit scores, debt-reduction strategies, and the impact of "buy now, pay later".

Session 5 (April 29 | 6 pm): Investing 101 - Demystifying and understanding the importance of investing, compounding, and the basics of stocks and bonds, 401k, 403b, IRA, Roth IRA, Index Funds, etc.

CONTACT:
  Angela Tatem
  518.347.7085
   angela@youincwealth.com

LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room

The registration period has ended.

Tuesday April 16, 2024
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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Great Decisions

Charlene Roman

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Charlene Roman

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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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

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 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

There is 1 space 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: 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

 

Join the Niskayuna book club for a discussion of In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Amy Bloom.

This powerful memoir by New York Times bestselling author Amy Bloom is an illuminating story of two people whose love leads them to find a courageous way to part--and of a woman's struggle to go forward in the face of loss.

Amy Bloom began to notice changes in her husband, Brian: He retired early from a new job he loved; he withdrew from close friendships; he talked mostly about the past. Suddenly, it seemed there was a glass wall between them, and their long walks and talks stopped. Their world was altered forever when an MRI confirmed what they could no longer ignore: Brian had Alzheimer's disease.

Forced to confront the truth of the diagnosis and its impact on the future he had envisioned, Brian was determined to die on his feet, not live on his knees. Supporting each other in their last journey together, Brian and Amy made the unimaginably difficult and painful decision to go to Dignitas, an organization based in Switzerland that empowers a person to end their own life with dignity and peace.

In this heartbreaking and surprising memoir, Bloom sheds light on a part of life we so often shy away from discussing--its ending. Written in Bloom's captivating, insightful voice and with her trademark wit and candor, In Love is an unforgettable portrait of a beautiful marriage, and a boundary-defying love.

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

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

Join the Niskayuna book club for a discussion of In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Amy Bloom.

This powerful memoir by New York Times bestselling author Amy Bloom is an illuminating story of two people whose love leads them to find a courageous way to part--and of a woman's struggle to go forward in the face of loss.

Amy Bloom began to notice changes in her husband, Brian: He retired early from a new job he loved; he withdrew from close friendships; he talked mostly about the past. Suddenly, it seemed there was a glass wall between them, and their long walks and talks stopped. Their world was altered forever when an MRI confirmed what they could no longer ignore: Brian had Alzheimer's disease.

Forced to confront the truth of the diagnosis and its impact on the future he had envisioned, Brian was determined to die on his feet, not live on his knees. Supporting each other in their last journey together, Brian and Amy made the unimaginably difficult and painful decision to go to Dignitas, an organization based in Switzerland that empowers a person to end their own life with dignity and peace.

In this heartbreaking and surprising memoir, Bloom sheds light on a part of life we so often shy away from discussing--its ending. Written in Bloom's captivating, insightful voice and with her trademark wit and candor, In Love is an unforgettable portrait of a beautiful marriage, and a boundary-defying love.

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

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Therapy Pigs Visit
Albert EinSwine and Marilyn Swine-Roe can't wait to meet you! Come to the library and learn all about these amazing animals. For kids, teens and their family members. Registration required. 
LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Albert EinSwine and Marilyn Swine-Roe can't wait to meet you! Come to the library and learn all about these amazing animals. For kids, teens and their family members. Registration required. 
LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)

 
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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 17 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 17 spaces available.

Wednesday April 17, 2024

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 3 spaces available.

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 3 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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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
REELS Film Series

Title: Get Smart 
Actors: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp 
Studio: Warner Bros. 
Director: Peter Segal 
Rating: PG-13 
Runtime: 111 Minutes 
Year: 2008 
Description:
This adaptation of the classic TV spy spoof revives inept agent Maxwell Smart of the top-secret agency CONTROL, and unleashes him on the modern world. His partner is beautiful, deadly Agent 99, who would rather battle the forces of KAOS alone than with the inexperienced Max at her side.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Title: Get Smart 
Actors: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp 
Studio: Warner Bros. 
Director: Peter Segal 
Rating: PG-13 
Runtime: 111 Minutes 
Year: 2008 
Description:
This adaptation of the classic TV spy spoof revives inept agent Maxwell Smart of the top-secret agency CONTROL, and unleashes him on the modern world. His partner is beautiful, deadly Agent 99, who would rather battle the forces of KAOS alone than with the inexperienced Max at her side.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Homeschool Hour: Citizen Science Month

Families who are homeschooling are welcome to come to this monthly program that aims to enhance your homeschooling experience! Kids and teens will also have time at the end of the program to engage and socialize with other students of similarly aged. During this edition of Homeschool Hour, we'll learn about ways to engage in citizen science during April (National Citizen Science Month) and all year long! Using the PBS series Wild Hope and SciStarter's free family projects, we'll talk about biomes and how to contribute to local biodiversity with a hands-on activity: biodegradable bird feeders!

For families with children ages 5-16.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 7 spaces available.

Families who are homeschooling are welcome to come to this monthly program that aims to enhance your homeschooling experience! Kids and teens will also have time at the end of the program to engage and socialize with other students of similarly aged. During this edition of Homeschool Hour, we'll learn about ways to engage in citizen science during April (National Citizen Science Month) and all year long! Using the PBS series Wild Hope and SciStarter's free family projects, we'll talk about biomes and how to contribute to local biodiversity with a hands-on activity: biodegradable bird feeders!

For families with children ages 5-16.

LOCATION: Scotia 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

 

April showers bring May flowers! So it's the perfect time to plan your garden and think about which plants you want to highlight. Come with at least 1 plant per person to our first plant swap. Drop in, look at the other plants people bring, and trade with participants. No registration required, for ALL AGES!

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

April showers bring May flowers! So it's the perfect time to plan your garden and think about which plants you want to highlight. Come with at least 1 plant per person to our first plant swap. Drop in, look at the other plants people bring, and trade with participants. No registration required, for ALL AGES!

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

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

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

*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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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

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Slow Flow Vinyasa Yoga with Inner Bliss

Soak up a little sweetness in this relaxing and rejuvenating yoga class. This class will focus on building strength and flexibility, improving balance and range of motion, dissolving tension, and creating a deep sense of well-being that will stay with you long after you leave the mat. This is a mixed-levels class from beginners on up. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water and a yoga mat if you have one.
Adults 18+
Registration Required

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 2 spaces available.

Soak up a little sweetness in this relaxing and rejuvenating yoga class. This class will focus on building strength and flexibility, improving balance and range of motion, dissolving tension, and creating a deep sense of well-being that will stay with you long after you leave the mat. This is a mixed-levels class from beginners on up. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water and a yoga mat if you have one.
Adults 18+
Registration Required

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 2 spaces available.

Thursday April 18, 2024
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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 2 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 2 spaces available.

 
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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

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


 
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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
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: Mont Pleasant Branch, Program Room 2

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 
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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

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 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

There is 1 space available.

 

Join us at the Quaker Street book club for a discussion of The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak.

Set in 1950s Louisiana, Mandy Mikulencak’s beautifully written and emotionally moving novel evokes both The Help and Dead Man Walking with the story of an unforgettable woman whose quest to provide meals for death row prisoners leads her into the secrets of her own past.

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 Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak.

Set in 1950s Louisiana, Mandy Mikulencak’s beautifully written and emotionally moving novel evokes both The Help and Dead Man Walking with the story of an unforgettable woman whose quest to provide meals for death row prisoners leads her into the secrets of her own past.

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

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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

 

Drop in to spend some time with some toys that teach you how to code. Devices available include Dash & Dot, Snap Circuits and Code and Go Robot Mouse. For grades K-5. Registration required.  

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

Drop in to spend some time with some toys that teach you how to code. Devices available include Dash & Dot, Snap Circuits and Code and Go Robot Mouse. For grades K-5. Registration required.  

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

There are 13 spaces available.

Friday April 19, 2024
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Tortured Poets Department Grab and Go Kit

Teens! Taylor Swift's 11th album, The Tortured Poets Department drops TODAY! Come to the library and pick up a grab and go kit celebrating the release of this much anticipated album. Available while supplies last, given on a first come, first serve basis.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Teens! Taylor Swift's 11th album, The Tortured Poets Department drops TODAY! Come to the library and pick up a grab and go kit celebrating the release of this much anticipated album. Available while supplies last, given on a first come, first serve basis.

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Saturday April 20, 2024
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Family Story Time

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Jazzy Ladies: Women of Jazz w/ Eileen Egan Mack

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, enjoy live jazz music performed by vocalist Eileen Egan Mack, pianist Wayne Hawkins, bassist Linda Brown, and drummer Ben Rau. They will pay tribute to women composers, lyricists and vocalists such as Ella Fitgerald and Billie Holiday, among others. All ages welcome. 

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, enjoy live jazz music performed by vocalist Eileen Egan Mack, pianist Wayne Hawkins, bassist Linda Brown, and drummer Ben Rau. They will pay tribute to women composers, lyricists and vocalists such as Ella Fitgerald and Billie Holiday, among others. All ages welcome. 

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

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

Peggy teaches the basics of knitting and crocheting including the hook and needles, yarns, stitches and tension. All materials are provided. For all ages, skill level and abilities. Registration encouraged; walk-ins welcome. 

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

Peggy teaches the basics of knitting and crocheting including the hook and needles, yarns, stitches and tension. All materials are provided. For all ages, skill level and abilities. Registration encouraged; walk-ins welcome. 

LOCATION: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

 
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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
There are 10 spaces available.

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

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Poems & Pavanes

Join us for a delightful afternoon of the spoken word with light music.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Join us for a delightful afternoon of the spoken word with light music.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Sunday April 21, 2024
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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
There are 8 spaces available.

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

There are 8 spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Beat the Snow Concert

Skidmore College Filene Competition Winners
by YMF

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Skidmore College Filene Competition Winners
by YMF

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Monday April 22, 2024
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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 3 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 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
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: Scotia Branch

There is 1 space available.

 
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Crafty Kids: Earth Day Drop In Crafts

Get crafty in celebration of Earth Day and drop in and craft with us.  We supply the materials; you bring your imagination!

For families with children ages 3 & up.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Get crafty in celebration of Earth Day and drop in and craft with us.  We supply the materials; you bring your imagination!

For families with children ages 3 & up.

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

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

In this class you will perform postures and breathing exercises with the aid of a chair. Students can experience the many benefits of yoga without having to get up or down from the floor. Benefits include increased balance, strength, flexibility, range of motion, and stress reduction. Suitable for all. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water.
Adults 18+
 

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 10 spaces available.

In this class you will perform postures and breathing exercises with the aid of a chair. Students can experience the many benefits of yoga without having to get up or down from the floor. Benefits include increased balance, strength, flexibility, range of motion, and stress reduction. Suitable for all. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water.
Adults 18+
 

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 10 spaces available.

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Paws For Reading

Join us for a story class for children in grades K-5 with an adult. Meet Bowie 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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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Debt Debunked

Take part in this 5-week Financial Wellness Boot Camp with You, Inc. Wealth Education Services. Participants are required to attend all 5 sessions, as each session builds on the previous session.

Session 4 (April 22 | 6 pm): Debt Debunked - Understanding and increasing credit scores, debt-reduction strategies, and the impact of "buy now, pay later".

Session 5 (April 29 | 6 pm): Investing 101 - Demystifying and understanding the importance of investing, compounding, and the basics of stocks and bonds, 401k, 403b, IRA, Roth IRA, Index Funds, etc.

CONTACT: Angela Tatem  518-347-7085  angela@youincwealth.com
LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room
The registration period has ended.

Take part in this 5-week Financial Wellness Boot Camp with You, Inc. Wealth Education Services. Participants are required to attend all 5 sessions, as each session builds on the previous session.

Session 4 (April 22 | 6 pm): Debt Debunked - Understanding and increasing credit scores, debt-reduction strategies, and the impact of "buy now, pay later".

Session 5 (April 29 | 6 pm): Investing 101 - Demystifying and understanding the importance of investing, compounding, and the basics of stocks and bonds, 401k, 403b, IRA, Roth IRA, Index Funds, etc.

CONTACT:
  Angela Tatem
  518.347.7085
   angela@youincwealth.com

LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room

The registration period has ended.

Tuesday April 23, 2024
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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Great Decisions

Charlene Roman

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Charlene Roman

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

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

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

 

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

 
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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
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, Program Room 1

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)

 

April showers bring May flowers! So it's the perfect time to plan your garden and think about which plants you want to highlight. Come with at least 1 plant per person to our first plant swap. Drop in, look at the other plants people bring, and trade with participants. No registration required, for ALL AGES!

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

April showers bring May flowers! So it's the perfect time to plan your garden and think about which plants you want to highlight. Come with at least 1 plant per person to our first plant swap. Drop in, look at the other plants people bring, and trade with participants. No registration required, for ALL AGES!

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

 
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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
Registration will begin on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

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

Registration will begin on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

Wednesday April 24, 2024

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 9 spaces available.

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 9 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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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
REELS Film Series

Title: Stripes 
Actors: Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P.J. Soles, Sean Young 
Studio: Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. 
Director: Ivan Reitman 
Rating: R 
Runtime: 106 Minutes 
Year: 1981 
Description:
Two bumbling slackers join the Army and unwittingly leave their comrades-in-arms in enemy territory, and have to figure a way to get them out.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Title: Stripes 
Actors: Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P.J. Soles, Sean Young 
Studio: Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. 
Director: Ivan Reitman 
Rating: R 
Runtime: 106 Minutes 
Year: 1981 
Description:
Two bumbling slackers join the Army and unwittingly leave their comrades-in-arms in enemy territory, and have to figure a way to get them out.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cozy Crafters
CONTACT: Cindy Lou McKeon  518-895-2719  quakerstreetlibrary@gmail.com
LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch
CONTACT:
  Cindy Lou McKeon
  518.895.2719
   quakerstreetlibrary@gmail.com

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Homeschool Hour - Citizen Science
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. 

This month, we'll learn what it takes to be a citizen scientist! Did you know there are opportunities every day all around you to help the collective study of Science? Come and find out what you could do to help.
LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch
There are 15 spaces available.
Families who are homeschooling are welcome to come to this monthly program that aims to enhance your homeschooling experience! Kids & teens will also have time at the end of the program to engage and socialize with other similarly aged students. For kids & teens ages 5 - 16. Registration is required. 

This month, we'll learn what it takes to be a citizen scientist! Did you know there are opportunities every day all around you to help the collective study of Science? Come and find out what you could do to help.
LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

There are 15 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 - 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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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Spring Fabric Scrap Ribbon Wreaths with Electric City Barn

Participants will be provided with all of the materials and instruction to create a pretty, festive spring wreath using fabric scraps and ribbon. No experience necessary!

Adults 18+
Registration required

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 3 spaces available.

Participants will be provided with all of the materials and instruction to create a pretty, festive spring wreath using fabric scraps and ribbon. No experience necessary!

Adults 18+
Registration required

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

There are 3 spaces 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 April 25, 2024
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Job Fair hosted by Schenectady County Connects

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

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

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

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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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

 

Join the Glenville Book Club for a discussion of The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman.

In the fall of 1918, thirteen-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia’s overcrowded slums and the anti-immigrant sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the U.S. Army. But as her city celebrates the end of war, an even more urgent threat arrives: the Spanish flu. Funeral crepe and quarantine signs appear on doors as victims drop dead in the streets and desperate survivors wear white masks to ward off illness. When food runs out in the cramped tenement she calls home, Pia must venture alone into the quarantined city in search of supplies, leaving her baby brothers behind.

Bernice Groves has become lost in grief and bitterness since her baby died from the Spanish flu. Watching Pia leave her brothers alone, Bernice makes a shocking, life-altering decision. It becomes her sinister mission to tear families apart when they’re at their most vulnerable, planning to transform the city’s orphans and immigrant children into what she feels are “true Americans.”

Waking in a makeshift hospital days after collapsing in the street, Pia is frantic to return home. Instead, she is taken to St. Vincent’s Orphan Asylum – the first step in a long and arduous journey. As Bernice plots to keep the truth hidden at any cost in the months and years that follow, Pia must confront her own shame and fear, risking everything to see justice – and love – triumph at last. Powerful, harrowing, and ultimately exultant, The Orphan Collector is a story of love, resilience, and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most.

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 The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman.

In the fall of 1918, thirteen-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia’s overcrowded slums and the anti-immigrant sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the U.S. Army. But as her city celebrates the end of war, an even more urgent threat arrives: the Spanish flu. Funeral crepe and quarantine signs appear on doors as victims drop dead in the streets and desperate survivors wear white masks to ward off illness. When food runs out in the cramped tenement she calls home, Pia must venture alone into the quarantined city in search of supplies, leaving her baby brothers behind.

Bernice Groves has become lost in grief and bitterness since her baby died from the Spanish flu. Watching Pia leave her brothers alone, Bernice makes a shocking, life-altering decision. It becomes her sinister mission to tear families apart when they’re at their most vulnerable, planning to transform the city’s orphans and immigrant children into what she feels are “true Americans.”

Waking in a makeshift hospital days after collapsing in the street, Pia is frantic to return home. Instead, she is taken to St. Vincent’s Orphan Asylum – the first step in a long and arduous journey. As Bernice plots to keep the truth hidden at any cost in the months and years that follow, Pia must confront her own shame and fear, risking everything to see justice – and love – triumph at last. Powerful, harrowing, and ultimately exultant, The Orphan Collector is a story of love, resilience, and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most.

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. 

For children ages 0 through 5 years and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
There are 9 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 9 spaces available.

 
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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
There are 11 spaces available.

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

There are 11 spaces available.

 
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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
There are 15 spaces available.

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

There are 15 spaces available.

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

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

For Schenectady County residents, grades 7-12. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

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

For Schenectady County residents, grades 7-12. 

LOCATION: Niskayuna Branch

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Library Board of Trustee Meeting
LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room
Friday April 26, 2024
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Take the Fear Out of Gardening: Gardening for Beginners

Thinking about starting a garden but don’t know where to begin? Or, do you have some gardening experience, but want to enhance your skills and knowledge? Instructor and gardening expert Jaynie Hayner will give you the information you need to get started growing this spring!

Adults ages 18+
Registration Required

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
There are 24 spaces available.

Thinking about starting a garden but don’t know where to begin? Or, do you have some gardening experience, but want to enhance your skills and knowledge? Instructor and gardening expert Jaynie Hayner will give you the information you need to get started growing this spring!

Adults ages 18+
Registration Required

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

There are 24 spaces available.

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Scotia Garden Club General Interest Meeting

We are interested in finding folks that love gardening, or may be looking for a new hobby, and want to help maintain the gardens at the Scotia Library this spring and summer. Join us for a general interest meeting!

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

We are interested in finding folks that love gardening, or may be looking for a new hobby, and want to help maintain the gardens at the Scotia Library this spring and summer. Join us for a general interest meeting!

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Saturday April 27, 2024
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Family Story Time

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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

Join Jody 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: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1
Registration will begin on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

Join Jody 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: Mont Pleasant, Program Room 1

Registration will begin on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

 
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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
Registration will begin on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

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

Registration will begin on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

Sunday April 28, 2024
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2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Beat the Snow Concert

Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes
Jazz

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes
Jazz

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Monday April 29, 2024
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Meet the Artist: Lorraine Hansberry

Take home the supplies for a masterpiece! Kits for creating remixed book pages and erasure poetry based on the style and techniques of Lorraine Hansberry will be available at the Children's Desk 4/29-5/4, while supplies last.

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

LOCATION: Central Library

Take home the supplies for a masterpiece! Kits for creating remixed book pages and erasure poetry based on the style and techniques of Lorraine Hansberry will be available at the Children's Desk 4/29-5/4, while supplies last.

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

LOCATION: Central Library

 
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Meet the Artist: Lorraine Hansberry

Take home the supplies for a masterpiece! Kits for creating remixed book pages and erasure poetry based on the style and techniques of Lorraine Hansberry will be available at the check-out desk 4/29-5/3, while supplies last.

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Take home the supplies for a masterpiece! Kits for creating remixed book pages and erasure poetry based on the style and techniques of Lorraine Hansberry will be available at the check-out desk 4/29-5/3, while supplies last.

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

 
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Meet the Artist: Lorraine Hansberry

Take home the supplies for a masterpiece! Kits for creating remixed book pages and erasure poetry based on the style and techniques of Lorraine Hansberry will be available at the check-out desk 4/29-5/4, while supplies last.

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

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Take home the supplies for a masterpiece! Kits for creating remixed book pages and erasure poetry based on the style and techniques of Lorraine Hansberry will be available at the check-out desk 4/29-5/4, while supplies last.

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

LOCATION: Glenville 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 will begin on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

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

For babies 0-14 months and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

 
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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
Registration will begin on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 2:00 PM     

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

Registration will begin on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 2:00 PM     

 
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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Book A Librarian

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

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

*Please note that the library does not provide medical, legal, investment, or tax advice; however, staff will be happy to show you resources that can help with these topics.
*Registrants must sign up at least 24 hours in advance and may make no more than two appointments per month.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 8:00 AM     

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

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

*Please note that the library does not provide medical, legal, investment, or tax advice; however, staff will be happy to show you resources that can help with these topics.
*Registrants must sign up at least 24 hours in advance and may make no more than two appointments per month.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 8:00 AM     

 
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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 - 5:00 PM
QUILTBAG+ Book Club: How to Be Remy Cameron

Read the rainbow! Enjoy novels, memoirs, comics, and more books with an LGBTQIA+ focus. Talk about what you loved (or didn’t) in a welcoming environment and meet readers your age! Each monthly read will be available through the library in print and/or e-book format—secure your copy at the check-out desk! Snacks, reading lists, and a safe space provided; if you can’t join in-person, a Google Meet link will be available for all registrants.

Our April read is How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters. Under pressure to write an A+ essay defining who he is and who he wants to be, Remy embarks on an emotional journey toward reconciling the outward labels people attach to him with the real Remy Cameron within.

How to Be Remy Cameron is available in print at SCPL locations and on-demand through Hoopla. Registration encouraged, but drop-ins welcome!

For students grades 9th-12th.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

Read the rainbow! Enjoy novels, memoirs, comics, and more books with an LGBTQIA+ focus. Talk about what you loved (or didn’t) in a welcoming environment and meet readers your age! Each monthly read will be available through the library in print and/or e-book format—secure your copy at the check-out desk! Snacks, reading lists, and a safe space provided; if you can’t join in-person, a Google Meet link will be available for all registrants.

Our April read is How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters. Under pressure to write an A+ essay defining who he is and who he wants to be, Remy embarks on an emotional journey toward reconciling the outward labels people attach to him with the real Remy Cameron within.

How to Be Remy Cameron is available in print at SCPL locations and on-demand through Hoopla. Registration encouraged, but drop-ins welcome!

For students grades 9th-12th.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

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

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

*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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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Introduction to Investing

Investing 101 - Demystifying and understanding the importance of investing, compounding, and the basics of stocks and bonds, 401k, 403b, IRA, Roth IRA, Index Funds, etc.

CONTACT: Angela Tatem  518-347-7085  angela@youincwealth.com
LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room
The registration period has ended.

Investing 101 - Demystifying and understanding the importance of investing, compounding, and the basics of stocks and bonds, 401k, 403b, IRA, Roth IRA, Index Funds, etc.

CONTACT:
  Angela Tatem
  518.347.7085
   angela@youincwealth.com

LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room

The registration period has ended.

Tuesday April 30, 2024
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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Great Decisions

Charlene Roman

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Charlene Roman

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

 
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagination Stations

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

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

 

Join us for a discussion of Journey Through Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek.

Mattie J.T. Stepanek takes us on a Journey Through Heartsongs with more of his moving poems. These poems share the rare wisdom that Mattie has acquired through his struggle with a rare form of muscular dystrophy and the death of his three siblings from the same disease. His life view is one of love and generosity and as a poet and a peacemaker, his desire is to bring his message of peace to as many people as possible.

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

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

Join us for a discussion of Journey Through Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek.

Mattie J.T. Stepanek takes us on a Journey Through Heartsongs with more of his moving poems. These poems share the rare wisdom that Mattie has acquired through his struggle with a rare form of muscular dystrophy and the death of his three siblings from the same disease. His life view is one of love and generosity and as a poet and a peacemaker, his desire is to bring his message of peace to as many people as possible.

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

LOCATION: Woodlawn Branch

 
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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 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: Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center, Program Room 1

There is 1 space available.

 

Join the Rotterdam book club for a discussion of Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult.

A soul-stirring novel about what we choose to keep from our past, and what we choose to leave behind.

Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life—living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising a beautiful son, Asher—was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in, and taking over her father's beekeeping business.

Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start.

And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can she trust him completely . . .

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

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Join the Rotterdam book club for a discussion of Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult.

A soul-stirring novel about what we choose to keep from our past, and what we choose to leave behind.

Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life—living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising a beautiful son, Asher—was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in, and taking over her father's beekeeping business.

Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start.

And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can she trust him completely . . .

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

LOCATION: Rotterdam Branch

Wednesday May 1, 2024

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

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 17, 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, April 17, 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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12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
REELS Film Series

Title: Brighton Beach Memoirs 
Actors: Jonathan Silverman, Blythe Danner, Bob Dishy, Brian Drillinger, Judith Ivey 
Studio: Universal Pictures 
Director: Gene Saks 
Rating: PG-13 
Runtime: 108 Minutes 
Year: 1986 
Description:
Neil Simon's adaptation of his autobiographical Broadway hit about a 1930s Brooklyn teen (Jonathan Silverman) and his family. Kate: Blythe Danner. Jack: Bob Dishy. Stanley: Brian Drillinger. Laurie: Stacey Glick. Blanche: Judith Ivey. Nora: Lisa Waltz. Greenblatt: Fyvush Finkel. Mrs. Laski: Kathleen Doyle. Andrew: Alan Weeks. Directed by Gene Saks.

LOCATION: Central Library, McChesney Room

Title: Brighton Beach Memoirs 
Actors: Jonathan Silverman, Blythe Danner, Bob Dishy, Brian Drillinger, Judith Ivey 
Studio: Universal Pictures 
Director: Gene Saks 
Rating: PG-13 
Runtime: 108 Minutes 
Year: 1986 
Description:
Neil Simon's adaptation of his autobiographical Broadway hit about a 1930s Brooklyn teen (Jonathan Silverman) and his family. Kate: Blythe Danner. Jack: Bob Dishy. Stanley: Brian Drillinger. Laurie: Stacey Glick. Blanche: Judith Ivey. Nora: Lisa Waltz. Greenblatt: Fyvush Finkel. Mrs. Laski: Kathleen Doyle. Andrew: Alan Weeks. Directed by Gene Saks.

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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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Make a Paper Bag Kite

We’ll read Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand and then make a paper bag kite of our own! Registration required. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

We’ll read Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand and then make a paper bag kite of our own! Registration required. 

LOCATION: Quaker Street Branch

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

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

*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
Registration will begin on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 8:00 AM     

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

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

*Please note that the library does not provide medical, legal, investment, or tax advice; however, staff will be happy to show you resources that can help with these topics.
*Registrants must sign up at least 24 hours in advance and may make no more than two appointments per month.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 8:00 AM     

 
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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Vision Boards with Electric City Barn

A vision board is a collage of words and images to serve as inspiration and motivation for your dreams and desires! Come join artist and instructor Carissa Cromwell from Electric City Barn who will assist you in creating your very own vision board to take home.  All materials will be provided.

Age 18+
Registration Required.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 8:00 AM     

A vision board is a collage of words and images to serve as inspiration and motivation for your dreams and desires! Come join artist and instructor Carissa Cromwell from Electric City Barn who will assist you in creating your very own vision board to take home.  All materials will be provided.

Age 18+
Registration Required.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 8:00 AM     

 
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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 May 2, 2024
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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
Registration will begin on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

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

Registration will begin on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

 

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: Central Library, Slater Program 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: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 
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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

Saturday May 4, 2024
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Family Story Time

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

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

LOCATION: Central Library, Slater Program Room

 
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Paying For College

The college application process causes anxiety in many households. Imagine how much smoother the process can be if you and your family thoroughly understand the financial aid process, merit scholarships, need based aid, FAFSA, CSS profile, work-study and more. This workshop helps families with the entire process from choosing which schools to apply to and how to make the most of their college experience once enrolled. For tween and teens and their adult.

LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

The college application process causes anxiety in many households. Imagine how much smoother the process can be if you and your family thoroughly understand the financial aid process, merit scholarships, need based aid, FAFSA, CSS profile, work-study and more. This workshop helps families with the entire process from choosing which schools to apply to and how to make the most of their college experience once enrolled. For tween and teens and their adult.

LOCATION: Central Library, Swanker Board Room

Registration will begin on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

Monday May 6, 2024
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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 will begin on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

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

For babies 0-14 months and their caregivers.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

 
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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Book a Librarian

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

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

*Please note that the library does not provide medical, legal, investment, or tax advice; however, staff will be happy to show you resources that can help with these topics.
*Registrants must sign up at least 24 hours in advance and may make no more than two appointments per month.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 8:00 AM     

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

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

*Please note that the library does not provide medical, legal, investment, or tax advice; however, staff will be happy to show you resources that can help with these topics.
*Registrants must sign up at least 24 hours in advance and may make no more than two appointments per month.

LOCATION: Scotia Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 8:00 AM     

 

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

LOCATION: 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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1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Making Cards With Evelyn

All ages are welcome at this free crafts program! Join Miss Evelyn and learn how to make cards for any occasion for that special someone. Whether it's Mother's Day, Father's Day, or just a special greeting, come join us and have fun learning how to make the perfect card! All materials provided, registration required.

There are 12 spaces available.

All ages are welcome at this free crafts program! Join Miss Evelyn and learn how to make cards for any occasion for that special someone. Whether it's Mother's Day, Father's Day, or just a special greeting, come join us and have fun learning how to make the perfect card! All materials provided, registration required.

There are 12 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

 
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4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Serenity Soaks with Sweet Sprig

Join local artisan Leah LaFera of Sweet Sprig to learn about the fine art of soaking! Create personalized blends of soothing bath salts and aromatic tub teas to transform bath time into a luxurious and rejuvenating treat. All participants will leave with two completed products to gift--or keep all for yourself!

For teens and adults ages 16 and up.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch
Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 1:00 PM     

Join local artisan Leah LaFera of Sweet Sprig to learn about the fine art of soaking! Create personalized blends of soothing bath salts and aromatic tub teas to transform bath time into a luxurious and rejuvenating treat. All participants will leave with two completed products to gift--or keep all for yourself!

For teens and adults ages 16 and up.

LOCATION: Glenville Branch

Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 1:00 PM