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.

Teen time Wednesdays from 4-6 PM, starting October 7th. Teen time is for ages 12-18 in our multipurpose room- playing video games, making stuff, talking, having snacks and hanging out.

We’d love to hear ideas for teen-related activities, either for that time slot or on Saturdays.

Anime Club is tentatively scheduled for October 17th at 1 PM.  (We are waiting for confirmation from the club president.)  Anime club is a club for new adults with teens welcome.

daring ladies of lowellRensselaer Reads– Announcing our fall pick, The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott.  Read the book and attend our related events!

Rensselaer Reads History Talk– Thursday October 8 at 6:30 PM. Join Librarian Tisha for a presentation on mill life both in Lowell, Massachusetts & here in upstate NY.

Making the Most of Social Security– Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 PM.  A workshop on managing your retirement income, planning for the future or answering social security questions. Answer questions such as “when can I stop working?,” “how much can I expect?” and “what’s the best strategy for claiming benefits?”  Presented by volunteers from Retirement Solutions.  Refreshments served.  Please sign up.

hot air balloonUp, Up and Away!  Saturday, October 24 at 1 PM.  Explore the science and art of hot-air balloons.  For ages 7-12.

Game Night– Wednesday October 28 from 5-8.  Play board and card games of all kinds!  Learn about new games with a demonstration from Flipside Gaming store.  For ages 10-20.

Trick or Treat at the Library!  We will be open from 10-3 on Halloween, bring your little ones for non-food treats!

The Library will be CLOSED Saturday October 10 and Monday October 12th for Columbus weekend.

Remember even when we’re closed you can access digital books, magazines, audios and movies at

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City of Rensselaer Water Report

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City Water Report

Overdrive Magazines

We now have digital magazines available on Overdrive.  To get set up, you need the Nook app.  Detailed instructions are available on Overdrive’s website.

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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.