April Events

Friends of the Rensselaer Library Annual Book Sale:

was held April 3-5.  We are no longer accepting donations.  If you have won a raffle prize, we are holding them at the front desk and you can pick it up during library hours.

gardeningSpring Garden Craft- Saturday,  April 12 at 1 pm. Play in the dirt and make a milk carton garden!   For ages 4 to 13.  Sign-up is suggested.

Kid’s Game Time- Wednesday, April 16 from 1-4 PM.  Play games on our X-box 360 like Just Dance 2014.  On the big screen!

The Library will be CLOSED April 19 and 21 for Easter weekend.

De-cluttering- Wednesday, April 30 at 6:30 PM.  Too much stuff?  Take steps to overcome your clutter with life coach Trudy Ellis.

Anime Club- Saturday, April 26 at 2 PM.

 Teen Time- Thursdays from 4-6 PM (big room not available April 3 or 24)

Friends of the Library meeting- Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 PM

St. Paul’s Center for Women and Children is holding a food drive from now until May 8th.  The Library has a drop-off box for non-perishable food items.

The Library will be hosting a City of Rensselaer community night on May 14.  Please let us know if your organization would like to participate.

New Books

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

Good Luck of Right Now- Matthew Quick

I Always Loved You—Robin Oliveira

Killer- Jonathan Kellerman

Museum of Extraordinary Things- Alice Hoffman

Private L.A.- James Patterson

River Road- Jayne Ann Krentz

Robert B. Parker’s Bull River- Robert Knott


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.


Local history resources at the Library

Historical holdings at Rensselaer Public Library

(Listed by Title, author, date and publishing info. Compiled by Maureen Vigliante)

A look at Metroland: A New Guide to Its History and Heritage. By Robert M. Toole
1976. Saratoga Springs, NY12866 R. M. Toole Landscape architects.
{Reference only}

Cosmopolitan: The Oracle of Rensselaer High. February, 1933. Rensselaer, NY.

Rensselaer High School. Vol.13. No. 2 {Reference only}

History of Greenbush East Greenbush & North Greenbush. 1880. by Nathaniel Bartlett
Sylvester. Philadelphia. Evert’s & Peck. {Reference only}

Looking Back: A History of Troy and Rensselaer Joseph Parker. 1982.
Troy, NY & Rensselaer, NY. Alcar Printing Co. & Hamilton Printing Co.
{Reference only}

Rensselaer New York Then and Now: A Pictorial Journey. By Ernie Mann & Bill
Schilling1996. Rensselaer, NY. Rensselaer Centennial Committee.
{Reference only}

Troy and Rensselaer County (?)New York. By Rutherford Hayner. 1925. New York &
Chicago. Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc. vol. 1,2,&3
{Reference only}

Bath- On -The -Hudson: The Early Years. (Yankee Doodle series) by J.M. Fraser,f.t.
Thompson H.M. Whish.1974. Rensselaer NY

Bath-on-the-Hudson–the Early Years: (“and Yankee Doodle” Series); One of a Number of
Historical Collections of F. T. Tompson, H. M. Whish, and J. M. Fraser, Concerning the City of
Rensselaer, New York and Dedicated to the City of Rensselaer Historical Society
{Reference only}

East Albany and Beyond (and “Yankee Doodle “Series) by J. M. Fraser. 1975. Rensselaer NY
{Reference only}

The Hudson River Valley Review: A Journal of Regional Studies. By Marist College, Hudson River

Valley Institute, C. Prylopski R. Sparling. Spring 2009. Hudson River Valley Institute & Marist
College.{ reference only}

The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany: Yearbook 2005-2009. Vol. 55. 2009. Altamont, NY.

The Altamont Enterprize. {Reference only}

James Hill Hook &Ladder 1892-1992: A Century of Protection. 100 th Anniversary. By Thomas
W. Poole Jr. privately printed 1992. {Reference only}

Kiliaen van Rensselaer (1586-1643)Designing a New World by Janny Venema
2010. The State University of New York Press {On Loan to The Rensselaer Public Library
Reference only Library has this book for a limited time}


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.