Hero Day!- Congratulations to our three winners of the “Who’s Your Hero” poster/essay contest!  Courtney Dugan, Careem Tillman and Tylar Fiacco were selected from the three age groups.  Winners will receive a $25 Barnes and Noble gift certificate, please come to the library to pick up your prize!

During the summer, kids can come in any time we’re open to tell us about what they’re reading and get a small prize.  You can go online to report from home!  They will be entered into raffle drawings for larger prizes.

We will serve lunch Monday-Friday  at noon during the summer for children in need (must be 18 or under).  No registration is required.  No lunch July 3rd.  Ends Friday, August 28th.

Pre-K Story Time– Fridays at 10:30 AM, starting June 26th.  Ages 2-6, no sign up needed.

Craft Time- Tuesdays at 2, starting June 30th.   For kids ages 6-12.

Lego Party!– Saturday, July 11 at 1 PM- ages 4 and up, no sign-up needed.  Build, play games and have fun!  Refreshments served.

Make a song with RiverJackZ– Saturday, July 18th at 1 PM.  Create a beat-box song with one of the Zucchini brothers!  Please sign up.  Ages 5+

Summer Teen Time!– Thursdays from 6-8 PM, starting June 25th.  Special events, video games and hanging out with your friends in the AC.  Tell us what you’re reading to win prizes! Read whatever you want! Free book available to first 20 teens who come in.

Comic Book Class Series– Teens must sign up for all classes, held Thursdays 4-6 PM for 6 sessions (Starts July 9th).  All supplies provided.

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.

Friends of the Library  meeting Thursday July 16 at 6:30 PM.


Library will be closed July 4th (a Saturday).

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


Summer Read for Adults

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As easy as 1-2-3

  1. Check out the book The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards (we have multiple copies.
  2. Read the book.
  3. Have fun at our events.

July 8th: Suffrage Sing-a-long  Join historian and singer, Tisha Dolton (who just happens to be our children’s librarian) as she guides us through the women’s suffrage movement, one song at a time!

July 22nd: Genealogy Research in Foreign Countries  News reporter Kathleen Moore will guide you through the steps necessary to trace your family history beyond the U.S.  Please sign up and let us know what country you want to research.

August 12th: Book Discussion  Join the club in discussing this “powerful story about the influence of history, the importance of our beliefs, and the willingness to embrace them all.”- Booklist

Funding for these events provided by the Friends of the Rensselaer Public Library.

Teen Photo Scavenger Hunt

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2015 Scavenger Hunt

Submit as a team or individual.  The winner will be the entrant who completed the most items.  There will also be a winner for the best picture, judged by Library staff.  Entries must be in by August first– we will accept digital files but prefer you use Instagram:


(ask for help submitting if you need to!)

What will you win?  We haven’t figured that out yet.  Definitely a sense of pride, but probably more cool stuff!


  • Ask permission before taking people’s pictures. We don’t want any angry letters.
  • Put the item number with the picture so we know which one it is.(add hashtag #renslibteens2015)
  • Don’t break the law, hurt yourself or be a nuisance taking these pictures.
  • Get creative and have fun! We’ll take kinda/sorta items if you are having a hard time.
  • No altering photos unless it says to in the item.
  • It’s ok to ask friends, relatives or random people to take pictures for you, but don’t just steal them, that’s lame.
  • Library Staff will be the ones judging, so keep that in mind when trying to win.
  • Have fun!


City of Rensselaer Water Report

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City Water Report

Library Catalog Change

The new catalog program, Sierra, will start on Tuesday March 31st for all the libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System.

What’s different?

  • easier to use searching
  • searching will include magazine articles
  • borrow e-books and digital audio-books directly from the catalog
  • text messaging options for library reminders
  • better smart phone and tablet interfaces

We will try to make the transition from our old catalog to our new one as smooth as we can.  You can keep making requests up to March 30, but you might not get the items until April.  On March 30th, we will be mostly offline as we switch over.  If you’ve been thinking about getting a library card, please wait until April.

Look over your account and let us know if you see any errors.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call or stop by and we’ll be happy to help.

Please be patient as we make this transition to better service.  Thank you!

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.