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Annual Book Sale! May 5-6

Books, puzzles, children’s books, movies, music and more! Raffle tickets on sale for amazing baskets, gift certificates and other prizes.

  • Advance sale May 4th (higher prices)
  • May 5 from 11-8
  • May 6 Bag Sale from 9-3

Children’s drop-in craft table– kids ages 5-10 can stop by to make a craft Saturday May 6th from 11-2.

In Praise of Poison Ivy– Wednesday May 17 at 6:30 PM

Author Anita Sanchez’s book explains the history behind the hated plant, its ecological significance, and using native plants in your gardening.

Angry Birds– Thursday May 25th from 4-6 PM.  A live action version of the popular online game!  Come on in and play.  Ages 12 and up.

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 May 18th at 6:30 PM.


To get started with E-books and downloadable audiobooks, download the Overdrive App onto your device.

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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!

Click HERE to start.




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.