PrintEvery Child Ready to Read– Saturday December 5th at 1 PM.  Parents are their child’s first teacher.  Learn easy activities to help your child become a fluent reader!

Candy Houses- Saturday December 12 at 1 PM.  Create a house out of graham crackers, frosting and candy to decorate your table!  Free!  Ages 4-12.  Participants MUST sign up.

Ugly Sweater party- Saturday December 19 at 1 PM.  Wear (or borrow) the worst sweater you can find for our ugly sweater competition.  We’ll decorate sweater cookies and enjoy them with hot cocoa while watching a movie.  Ages 12-99.  Sign up is optional but helps us determine how many cookies to make.

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.

Friends of the Library Meeting- Friends will go out to dinner in December, please contact a member of the group for more information.

The Library will close at 5 PM on November 25th for a Thanksgiving break, reopening Saturday November 28th. 

The Library will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.

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

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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.

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.