The Rensselaerville Library is celebrating National Poetry month in April. Once again we will have a Today’s Poem featured on our website throughout the month.

Last year, the Rensselaerville Library’s Poem-A-Day Project netted 1,250 pageviews. Again this year, in celebration of National Poetry Month 2017, the library will feature one poem by a local or not-so-local poet each day for the 30 days of April.

After the poem features, it will remain online for the rest of the month. Visit the library’s web site throughout the month to view a new poem each day.

The Poetry Month Schedule of events at Conkling Hall includes:

— The Favorite Poem Project on Sunday, April 2 from 2 to 4 p.m.: What’s your favorite poem? Come read it at the 12th Annual Favorite Poem Project. People of all ages are invited to participate in this Rensselaerville tradition of celebrating Poetry Month. Or just come listen as your friends and neighbors share poems they love.

Join in an afternoon of poetry, good company, and refreshments, emceed by Claire North. Readers may sign up at Conkling Hall beginning at 1:45 p.m. Communities around the country hold Favorite Poem readings as part of the Favorite Poem Project begun by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky in 1997; and

— Conkling Café Open Mic on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.: Conkling Café and the Library are collaborating during poetry month so bring your poems, sonnets, haikus and lyrics to share. All musical genres, spoken word, and performance art are welcome. Equipment is provided.

Come participate watch and listen to what your friends and neighbors are creating. Sign up at 7pm to perform. Open Mic is free with donations accepted. Open Mic is a monthly event and all ages welcome.

Alzheimer's Disease education program

April 6, 2017 at 6pm. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia, it's time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more. An education program by the Alzheimer's association. Please Register for this program. We need at least five participants.

Eat Smart for Brain Health

On Tuesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. join us for a program provided by Karen Roberts Mort of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County. Emerging research shows that what you eat impacts the health of your brain. This presentation will highlight dietary and other health suggestions that are now thought to decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Past participants have found this helpful whether their concern was prevention or in helping to slow the progression in family members. Please register. We need at leasfive registered participants.

Movies

Movies Night on Friday, April 14 and Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m.We will also have a movie on Wednesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. Please visit the website for more details. http://www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/movies.html

Job workshops

Find a job now! Over the next few months we will have a series of workshops to support those looking for a new job or for someone wanting to brush up on their skills.

On Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. join us for  Skype for Job Interviews and Beyond. Learn how to set yourself up for successful Skype interviews. Learn and practice the basics of Skype, and get tips for making the long distance interview go as smoothly as possible. Presented by Sarah McFadden of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County.

Dealing with difficult coworkers

On Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. the library presents Dealing with Difficult Coworkers You got the job, now how do you navigate the personalities in the workplace? It's easy to work with those who are easy to get along with. But how do you treat a difficult person, someone you don't understand or can't relate to? Learn strategies to deal with them and make conflict productive. Presented by Evelyn Neale of Colonie Town Library and Milestones.

Interviewing

On Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. come join us for  How Not to Blow Your Interview. Join us for an interactive discussion on what to do before, during, and after the interview. Participants will realize there are actually eight types of interviews and nine non-verbal interview skills. Come learn about the 13 toughest interview questions. Presented by Dr. Tom Denham of Careers in Transition.

Registration is required for each workshop. These programs are supported by funds from the New York State Library's Adult Literacy Library Services Program, in partnership with the Capital Region Workforce Development Board and NYSED's ACCES-VR.

Youth programs

Tuesdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. join us for a multi-level Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math program aimed at a variety of ages. The group/parents will select the next week’s topic at the end of each session — the goal is to address the educational needs of children in our community by integrating the disciplines and stimulating young minds.

Story time

StoryTime with Movement & Music – Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., stories, music and movement activities for parents/caregivers and children. This program is designed as an early literacy program aimed at developing and reinforcing the skills that children need to be successful learners. Parents and caregivers this program also provides the opportunity to develop a local social support group.

Craft

Kids stop in and check out the craft table downstairs and discover crafts to work on your own.

Activities

Tween and Teens STEAM activities on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. with a different program each Wednesday of the month.

— On April 5,  Coloring a great way to relax and give your creativity a boost;

— On April 12, Writer's Workshop — Like to write? Spend time working on your stories;

— On April 19, Makey Makey Kits - Invent things with a circuit board, alligator clips, and everyday objects; and

— On April 26, the project is yet to be announced.

Help

Homework Help on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Please see Lee Ackerman-Sawyer or email .

Board meets

The library monthly board of trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Board meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of every month except when noted. All Board meetings are held at the library in the downstairs meeting room and are open to the public.

Writing group

The Writing Group meets on the second Thursday of the month. On April 13 the group will meet at 7 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room. Come share your work, receive feedback and spend time working on your own project.

Poetry group

Poetry Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., April 11 and 25. Come share your work, receive feedback and spend time working on your own project. The poetry group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month downstairs in the library.

We have a fantastic opportunity for kids to come into the Rensselaerville Library during the February school break and use robots to learn how to code. The equipment can be used by all ages, preschool through teen.

The Upper Hudson Library System is providing KIBO, Cubetto, and Colby the programmable mouse for these special free programs. Here is the schedule:

— Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon explore coding and robotics; and

— Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. join storytime and Cubetto and from 6 to 8 p.m. explore Cubetto and robotics.  

Steam

On Tuesdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. enjoy a multi-level Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math program aimed at a variety of ages. The group/parents will select the next week’s topic at the end of each session - the goal is to address the educational needs of children in our community by integrating the disciplines and stimulating young minds.

Story time

Enjoy StoryTime with Movement & Music on Wednesdays, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., stories, music, and movement activities for parents/caregivers and children. This program is designed as an early literacy program aimed at developing and reinforcing the skills that children need to be successful learners. Parents and caregivers this program also provides the opportunity to develop a local social support group.

Homework help

On Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Lee Ackerman-Sawyer or email youth@rensselaervillelibrary.org for homework help.

Movie night

On Thursday, Feb. 23 enjoy movie night at 6:30 p.m. please Visit the website for more details at http://www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/movies.html.

Board meets

The library monthly board of trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Board meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of every month except when noted. All board meetings are held at the library in the downstairs meeting room and are open to the public.

Writing group

Due to the weather the writing group has rescheduled to Feb. 16 the group will meet at 7 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room. Come share your work, receive feedback and spend time working on your own project.

Poetry group

The poetry group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. both Feb. 14 and 28. Come share your work, receive feedback and spend time working on your own project. The poetry group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month downstairs in the library.

 

Save the date! Rensselaerville library’s annual greenery sale is scheduled for Dec. 3,  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will have fresh cut trees from Medusa, and wreaths, sprays, and roping for sale along Main Street. Inside we will have activities for the kids and local vendors, gift certificates, homemade cookies sale, raffles, and a mini used book sale.

Movies

Movie Night on Friday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Movie Morning on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Please visit the website for more details.

Memory loss

Are you concerned about memory loss? A representative from the Alzheimer’s Association will be providing a basic education program on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Please register for this program.

Youth programs

These youth programs will be offered in November:

— STEAM: Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. there is a multi-level Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math program aimed at a variety of ages. The group/parents will select the next week’s topic at the end of each session. The goal is to address the educational needs of children in our community by integrating the disciplines and stimulating young minds.

— Story Time with Movement and Music: Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m, stories, music, and movement activities for parents/caregivers and children. This program is designed as an early literacy program.

— Monthly Craft Project: Kids stop in and check out the craft table downstairs and discover crafts to work on your own. The last week of December several of the craft activities offered throughout the year will be back out.

— Teen Hang Out: Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. teens stop in and create your own program.

— Homework Help: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Please see Lee Ackerman-Sawyer or email

Writers meet

The Writing Group meets on the second Thursday of the month. On Dec. 8 the group will meet at 7 p.m.

Poetry Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., Dec. 13 and 27. Come share your work, receive feedback and spend time working on your own project. The Poetry group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month downstairs in the library.

Giving

Consider supporting the library with one of these shopping services that give back to local organizations of your choice. When shopping with smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate to 0.5 percent of your eligible Amazon purchases sign up at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/14-1409657 .

Or create an account with Giving Assistant and once you set up the Library as your charity an average of 5 percent of your purchases will be donated to the Library. Visit https://givingassistant.org.

There are many ways to make a contribution. Visit http://www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/donate.html for details and the variety of options including a one-time gift by credit card, an ongoing monthly contribution, or a donation of securities the website will provide instructions. Thank you for supporting the library this holiday season.

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the annual library lawn party on Sept. 3.

A special thanks to the following: Mame and Victor Schrager for providing the use of their lawn; Carlsen Gallery for their tent; Ommegang Brewery for the beer; Tops Friendly Markets for their donation; Bill Bensen for the cheese and fruit display; and all our friends and neighbors who generously brought hors d'oeuvres and desserts.

Story time

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., stories, music, and movement activities for parents/caregivers and children as well as opportunities for parents to develop a social support group. The focus is on pre-literacy and pre-math skills and school readiness.

Mommy and me

On Tuesday, Sept.  27,  from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., stories, songs and movement activities for parents/caregivers and infants and young toddlers. Also opportunities for parents and caregivers to develop a social support network. Focus on strengthening parent/caregiver-child bonds, pre-literacy activities- simple stories, movement, rhymes and play.

Craft project

Kids stop in and check out the monthly craft table downstairs and discover a project to work on your own.

Game night

Family game nights are Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. with, activities for all ages. We have Wii, board games, or bring your own.

Teens

On Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. teens come check out the menu of activities or create your own at the teen hangout. On Sept. 28 there will be a teen movie at 6 p.m.

Homework help

Help is available upon request. Please see Lee Ackerman-Sawyer on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings or email youth@rensselaervillelibrary.org.

Board meets

On Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. there will be an annual library board of trustees meeting. The annual meeting will share accomplishments over the past year, election of new trustees and officers. Regular board meeting will follow.

Adult coloring

The library’s coloring book club will meet on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.

Technology help

Would you like one on one computer or technology help? Kim is offering individual sessions in the library to help get you started with almost any common everyday computer an Internet questions. Appointments are required, please call the library at 797-3949 or email Kim.

Poetry group

The library invites you to join the poetry group organized by Tom Corrado. The group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from September to December. For more information please contact Tom at .

Library wish list

Consider donating to the library, we are looking for funds to purchase or donations of the following items: a coat rack, counter height table, children’s educational toys, Apple iPad or tablets. Chairs, we are looking for desk chairs and kitchen table or meeting room chairs, and a portable microphone system.

We have a Wii gaming system and are looking for more games and controllers. Consider donating your DVDs to the library.

 

Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered to make the first annual Rensselaerville Trail Run and Walk a huge success. Please feel free to share with us any suggestions you have for improvement.

Summer reading

The 2016 summer reading program theme “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” is underway for all ages. You can register online and set your summer reading goal. Make sure to check out all the programs we will have available to keep kids’ minds and bodies active all summer.

Details and registration can be found at http://www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/summer-reading.html. The program is supported by Stewart’s Holiday Match, Price Chopper, Zoom Flume, FunPlex FunPark, and the Upper Hudson Library System.

July youth programs

On Tuesday, July 26, join us for storytime from 4 to 5 p.m. The theme is pets with stories, music, and fun. Snack and juice are provided.

The monthly craft project for kids is creating our own treasure chest, a variety of templates available and each week in July discover a new jewel to add to your treasure chest.

On Tuesday, July 26, we will use Maker Space for stress balls and squishy balls.

On Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m.  teens come check out the menu of activities or create your own. Teens, the 2016 Read it Forward (read it and share it) book is available for pick up. The title this year is “The Raft” by S.A. Bodeen. Complete the survey and be entered to win a prize.

Special events

On Tuesday, July 19 from 5 to 6 p.m.  kids will explore kitchen chemistry with Lee.

The Friday night movies during July start at 6:30 p.m. Visit the web site for more information.

There will be an author reading by local author Darryl McGrath on Friday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. He will be reading from her new book “Flight Path: A Field Journal of Hope, Heartbreak, and Miracles with New York’s Bird People.”

The library’s board of trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month except when noted. All board meetings are held at the library in the downstairs meeting room and are open to the public.

The writing group is taking the summer off. The group will return to meeting in September on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.

Our poetry group will meet on Tuesday, July 26 at 7p.m. Come share your work, receive feedback, and spend time working on your own project.

The coloring book club will take a break until the fall. In the meantime, if you want to stop in anytime and color on your own, materials will be set up in the living room and the meeting room. Coloring is a great way to relax and give our creativity a boost.

Coming in August we will have a four-week primer on cosmology and astronomy with Mike Lawrence, a physics teacher for 40 years. Topics include the big bang, exoplanets, stellar evolution, the death of stars, and (for good interdisciplinary measure) the poetry of the cosmos. No math required. The program will run on Tuesday evenings at 7p.m. from Aug. 2 through 23.

 

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