Where in the World? France– Saturday, January 14 at 1 PM.  Kids ages 4-8 are invited on a trip around the globe to France, to learn a few things about the culture, language and people in a fun hands-on way. Please sign up.

Computer tutor time-  Tuesdays from 1-3 PM.  Drop in to have help with your computer, tablet or smart phone, or learn on our lap-top computer. Note: there will be no session on January 10th

Announcing– another drop-in computer help time!  Starting January 19th, we will hold another drop in computer help time Thursday evenings, 5:30-7:30 PM.

Teen time Wednesdays from 4-6 PM. Teen time is for ages 12-18 in our multipurpose room- playing video games, making stuff, talking, having snacks and hanging out.

  • January 11- crafts
  • January 18- Teen Advisory Group (note: we will have pizza if enough participants show up!)
  • January 25-Movie

Friends of the Library meeting on January 18th at 6:30 PM.

The Library board meeting, usually held the first Monday of the month, has been postponed to January 9th.

Holiday hours: Closed Jan 16

To get started with E-books and downloadable audiobooks, download the Overdrive App onto your device.

Snow Closure policy: If the Rensselaer City School district closes for weather, we will be closed.  If a storm hits on a day the school is not open, the Library Director will make a determination for the safety of staff and patrons.  Please call ahead.

Online Resources


Flipster- online magazines for free!


flipsteripadNow available!

Instant access to magazines you know and love in an easy-to-read digital format.

All you need is your library card!

Click HERE to start.




Mango Languages Service, free with Library card!

Learn a new language!

Mango Languages are now available for free through the Upper Hudson Library System!  This is an easy to use, self-paced system for over 70 languages you can access on your computer or on your smartphone (Android and Apple). They have classes for English learners too! You will need your library card to access this from

Please let us know if you need assistance with this new app.

Help Wanted

We are accepting applications for the position of Library Aide at $10 an hour.  Applicants must have library experience or training to be considered.  We are looking to fill hours for Wednesdays and Thursdays (afternoon/evening) and Saturdays.  To apply, fill out a Rensselaer County civil service form and send it to us.

Library Aide duties include running the circulation desk, answering phones, computer and copier assistance, basic reference and shelving.


New Items at the Library

We now have a way of showing items that have been recently added to our collection in the past 30 days.  If you are looking for an item that we don’t have, please contact us- we can help you get it from another library, or possibly purchase it for our library.

Click here to see new items.

Unattended Children

As of January first, 2013, the Rensselaer Library Commission has changed our Unattended Child policy.

“Children under the age of 10 may not be in the library without the direct supervision of a person at least 16 years or older.  “

Previously our policy allowed for babysitters aged 13 and up.   The library is not responsible for the supervision of unattended minors.  We will be enforcing this rule for the safety of the children and out of respect for other library users.  Children who are left unattended will be referred to the police.