Foreclosure Prevention Workshop– Wednesday August 9 at 6:30 Experts from Legal Aid will talk about how to save your house.

Computer tutor time-  Tuesdays from 1-3 PM  Thursday evenings, 5:30-7:30 PM.Drop in to have help with your computer, tablet or smart phone, or learn on our lap-top computer.

Friends of the Library meeting on August 17 at 6:30 PM.

Girlscouts: July 27, August 3, 10 and 17 at 1 PM. Girls of all ages are invited to participate in Girl Scout activities at the library. $15 fee.  Contact Robin for more information (rconner at

Summer Reading  2017

     July 1- August 12

Sign up for the free reader club.

Tell us what you’re reading to get prizes and enter raffles!

Weekly programs:

  • Maker Lab Tuesdays at 2 (kids ages 5-12)
  • Pre-K Story-timeSaturdays at 11 (ages 3-6)
  • Teen Time– Weds  4-6 PM (ages 13+)
  • Snack Time– Thurs 3 PM (all ages)

 Special events:

  • Build a Better Sundae July 1 from 11-2  Ice cream, balloon twisting, music and fun!
  • Builder party– July 8, 1 PM
  • Egg Drop Challenge– July 15, 1 PM
  • *World Clothing– July 22, 1 PM cancelled
  • Pool Noodle Fun– Weds July 26, 2 PM (Ages 2-6)
  • *Tween Takeover—Friday July 28 from 6-9 cancelled
  • Unbirthday Party– July 29, 1 PM
  • *Magic ShowAugust 5, 1 PM
  • *Cupcake finale party– August 12, 1 PM

*= please call to sign up.

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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!

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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.

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.