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UPDATE: The Friends of the Rensselaer Library will NOT meet in July.

Fizz Boom Read!  the  2014 Summer Reading program!  Sign up for the readers club between now and the end of July to get prizes and raffle chances.  Pick up activity sheets at the library for more chances.  Bring your library card!

Preschool Story-times- Starting June 20th.  Join us every Friday at 11 for stories and music!  For kids ages 2-6 and their caregivers.  No sign-up is required.

Crafts Tuesdays@2- Starting July 1, we will have a weekly craft time Tuesdays at 2.  For ages 6-12, no sign-up needed.

The Library will be CLOSED Friday, July 4.

Alien Autopsy- Saturday, July 5 at 1 PM.  Ages 8 and up. Sign up required.  Dig into an alien’s gooey remains and make scientific observations!  Not for the faint of heart.

Electricity and Magnetism- Saturday, July 12 at 1 PM.  Scientist George Steele. Ages 8 and up.  Sign up required.

Ready, Set Reaction- Saturday, July 19 at 1 PM. Ages 7 and up. Sign up required.  Children’s Museum of Science and Technology.

Teen Steampunk Party- Saturday, July 26 at 1 PM.

Teen and adult volunteers wanted.


Free lunch for kids!

menusummer food service programFrom July 7-August 15th, lunch will be available to all children ages 18 and under at the Rensselaer Public Library.  Lunch time will be 12:30-1:30 PM, Monday through Saturday, and no registration is required. Free breakfast and lunch will be available at the Rensselaer High School cafeteria Monday through Friday, and this is also open to all children.  If you have any questions, please call Teri at 396-3491.

Digital media from Overdrive

Our library has added streaming video to the list of things you can borrow online!  The Upper Hudson Library System is also adding ebooks in Chinese and Spanish.

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New Books

Coming in July: Ask to be on the request list!

Act of War Brad Thor
All Fall Down Jennifer Weiner
Cop Town Karen Slaughter
Heist Danielle Silva
Inside Man Jeff Abbott
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy Karen Abbott
Power Play  Catherine Coulter
Sight Unseen Iris Johansen
Sweet Spot Stephanie Evanovich
Vacationers Emma Straub
Wayfaring Stranger  James Lee Burke


Don’t see something you want? Let us know!

Rensselaer residents will get our copy before we lend to other Libraries.

You can call us during Library hours,or request through our online Catalog!  (No email requests, please.)


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.


Solar Panels

Solar panels on the Library roof.

Click this link to find out more about the solar power being generated by the Rensselaer Public Library.