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 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.


The annual greenery sale at the Rensselaerville Library is on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 to 2 p.m., with wreaths, trees, and local vendors. There will be fresh-cut trees from Medusa, a homemade cookie sale, cookie decorating for kids, and a used book sale. Please contact the library if you are interested in being a vendor. Vendors may also go to this link and fill out the form  HYPERLINK ""


Poetry Tuesday evenings are at 7 p.m., on Dec. 8 and 22. 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. For questions please contact Tom Corrado at  HYPERLINK "" .

Writing group

On Thursday, Dec. 10, join the writing group at 7 p.m. to share your work and receive feedback or just spend a few hours working on your own project. The group meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month downstairs in the library. 

Learn about essential oils

On Saturday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m., join us and learn more about essential oils with Karen Chenel and doTERRA. Essential oil use has spiked in popularity as many people have made the choice to use natural products. 

Essential oils have become common in household products, treating everything from: anxiety, allergies, digestive ailments, and chronic pain. Their multiple uses have added to their popularity; potentially benefiting users physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. All participants will make a headache blend to take with them. This program is free but please register so we can plan accordingly with supplies.

Board meets

The library’s board of trustees meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Please note that due to the holiday this is a change to the regular third Monday schedule. All board meetings are held at the library and are open to the public. 

Coloring book club

The library’s coloring book club for adults will meet on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. Coloring is a great way to relax and give our creativity a boost. Coloring books designed especially for adults have more intricate designs and patterns. Coloring pages, colored pencils, markers, and crayons will be available or bring your own.

Holiday schedule

The library will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday, and then on Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday. We will open regular hours on Saturday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 2.

Reptile adventure

On Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 3 p.m. join us for Reptile Adventure an educational organization that brings live animals into libraries. This program is free thanks to funds raised at the Lemonade Stand during the 2014 Cycling Festival. The library will open early for this program.

Holiday gifts

Did you miss out on the IndieGoGo Haiku Project campaign? Well the shipment of bandannas for $20, and dish towels for $30 has arrived at the library. Those of you who ordered items, they will be on their way to you shortly.

These are great ideas, for holiday gifts and you are supporting the library 100 percent with every purchase.

Library plan

The Board of Trustees of the library is updating the long-range plan that will guide future development of the library. In order for the plan to reflect your ideas and interests, we ask that you take a few minutes to complete the survey. Follow this link to complete the survey online  HYPERLINK "" The survey is also being mailed to the residents of the town of Rensselaerville. Please complete your survey online or return the print version at one of the drop boxes located at the library, town hall or Hilltown Café. We will collect responses until Dec. 31. 

Museum pass

The library has a museum pass to the Clark. The pass is good for one adult admission to the Clark. Check it out with your library card.

Amazon Smile Foundation

Are you shopping on Amazon this holiday season? Consider supporting the library through Amazon’s Smile Program. Visit and select the charity you would like to support. The Amazon Smile Foundation donates 0.5 percent of the eligible purchase price. Thank you to all who have already selected the library.

Do you have overdue Rensselaerville Library books, audiobooks, movies, or magazines? Now through Sept. 5 is fine amnesty. So dig through the closets, book bags, and drawers, search the bookcases, and family car, and recover those library items. Fine amnesty does not apply to damaged or lost items.

Trip to Sharon Springs

On Thursday, Sept. 3, we have a joint program with the Rensselaerville Historical Society;  it is a  trip to Sharon Springs to take the one hour tour of Adelphi Paper Hangings. Adelphi produces block-printed wallpapers using the same techniques employed in the 18th and 19th centuries. The carpool will depart the library at 9:45 a.m. Reservations are required and there are only five spots left, Call the library to reserve a space. For more information go to

Author showcase

On Saturday, Sept. 5, the Festival of Writers presents A Local Author Showcase at Stonecrop, Carey Institute for Global Good from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Authors include John Gordon, Reinhold Scholz, and Rensselaerville Historical Society. Tickets are $10. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.


Saturday, Sept. 5 is the library’s annual lawn party fund-raiser, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Palmer House Café Courtyard, under the tent. Tickets are $20 available in advance or at the door. Your ticket includes one beverage and additional drink tickets are available for purchase. Children 12 and under are free. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share.

Songwriter showcase

On Saturday, Sept. 5 the Festival of Writers Presents A Songwriter Showcase. Olivia Quillio displays a commendable lyrical guile — able to articulately transform her own experience into something not only universally applicable but enjoyably so. Quillio arms herself with her vulnerability, her emotional honesty deployed with graceful aplomb. With sophomore record “Get Down and Pray,” Quillio chronicles her year of emotional tumult and all the life lessons she's learned during and after, in her intimate yet accessible brand of heartbreak pop leveled up by her maturity.

Meet-the-artist at the library cocktail party from 4 to 7 p.m., and the show is at 7:30 p.m., at the Palmer House Café. Tickets are $10. Quillio will be staying in Rensselaerville to provide a songwriting workshop on Sunday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $20 and there is a minimum of five participants for the workshop to go; please register. Tickets are available online or at the door.

Poetry evening

Poetry Tuesday evenings are at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 and 22. Come share your work. Any questions please contact Tom Corrado at

Writing group

On Thursday, Sept. 10 join the writing group at 7 p.m., to share your work and receive feedback or just spend a few hours working on your own project. The group meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month downstairs in the library.

Fire safety

On Sunday, Sept. 13 the Rensselaerville Historical District Association, Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department, and the library are offering a Citizen Fire Safety presentation for our neighbors. Children and adults will participate in the program at 3:30 p.m., in the Rensselaerville fire department.

Author reading

On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m., there will be an author reading with Marni Graff. Graff returns to Rensselaerville with the first title in her Trudy Genova series, “Death Unscripted.” 


On Friday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m., representatives from the Capital Region chapter of the Empire State Lyme Disease Association will share the movie “Under Our Skin” and discuss what resources are available for those interested in learning more about Lyme and its treatment. The chapter will have books for sale on Lyme Disease.

Farm and artisan tour

On Saturday, Sept. 19 the library will be participating in the Discover the Hilltowns: Farm and Artisan Tour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library will have used books, bottles of water, and gift shop items for sale. For more information visit

Board meets

The library’s board of trustees annual meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., with a regular meeting to follow. All board meetings are open to the public.

Borrow a pole

Want to go fishing but don’t have a pole? Use your library card to borrow one for a week.  Hooks and bobbers  are provided. Anyone 16 and over needs a fishing license. The program is made possible with assistance from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Museum pass

The library has a museum pass to the Clark. The pass is good for one adult admission to the Clark. Check it out with your library card.



On Friday, July 17, 1 p.m. join us at the Rensselaerville Library for Fun with Energy. Performer Jeff Boyer will provide the Attainable Sustainable Energy Show. He will share the green energy sources of the future. This program is geared towards kids but fun for all ages.

Songwriter showcase

On Friday, July 17, the Festival of Writers presents A Songwriter showcase with Vermont songwriter Dan Johnson. Johnson began putting his poems to music in the 90s. Meet him at 6 p.m., and stay for the show at 7 p.m., at the Palmer House Café, tickets are $10. Johnson will be staying in Rensselaerville to provide a workshop on Saturday. Call the library for details.


On Thursday, July 23, from 4 to 6 p.m., stop in and check out the Makey Makey and Squishy circuits invention kits. Turn everyday items into touch pads, combined with the Internet to play music or send messages.

Movie night

On Saturday, July 18, 7 p.m., join us for our movie night showing of “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” followed by a discussion with Philippa Dunne.

Board meets

The library board of trustees will meet, on Monday, July 20, at 7 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.

Polar Bears

On Tuesday, July 21, at 6 p.m., the pre-kindergarten through kindergarten STEM Program, Polar Bears will explore the world of Polar Bears through stories and activities.

Craft project

Every Wednesday in July and August drop in and see what craft project you can make and take.


Want to go fishing but don’t have a pole? Use your Library card to borrow one for a week.  Hooks and Bobbers provided.

Math problems

BedTime Math’s Summer of Numbers, you just add a star to the constellation each day you complete a Bedtime Math problem. Sign up online at to receive your daily math problem and don’t forget to pick up your chart and stars in the library. Once you are done bring your chart to the library for a prize.

Author reading

On Friday, July 30, at 7 p.m., local author from Middleburgh, Stephen Tobias will be reading from his book “Outsider.”

Estate planning

On Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m., attorney Allison Rich from Ettinger Law Firm will speak on “Why Wills Have Become Obsolete: The Many Advantages of Using Trusts to Plan Your Estate.”

This year, The Rensselaerville Library’s 10th Annual Celebration of National Poetry Month is dedicated to the memory of poet Galway Kinnell, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and author of more than two dozen volumes of poetry, as well as numerous translations.

He is recognized for a body of work that “pushed deep into the heart of human experience,” according to his “New York Times” obituary. In 2010 and 2012, he honored our village with readings at Conkling Hall.

Community online poem

Join Rensselaerville poets Tom Corrado and Linda Miller, as well as your neighbors and friends in a Community Poem. Add a line to the virtual poem at

Then come to our Favorite Poem Project on Sunday, April 26, from 2 to 4 p.m., to hear it read aloud and you will receive a copy.

Favorite Poem Project

Dedicated to the Memory of Poet Galway Kinnell (1927-2014), on Sunday, April 26, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Conkling Hall, join us for an afternoon of poetry, good company, and refreshments. It will be emceed by Claire North.

This event will open with readings of Kinnell’s work, followed by your readings of your favorite poem or an original poem. Of course, you can just sit back and enjoy an afternoon of poetry.

Can you remember a poem you loved as a child? A poem taught in school, sent to you by a friend or lover, or read in a book? Are you a poet with an original poem to share?

Or would you simply enjoy the pleasure of getting to know your neighbors in new ways as they read aloud their favorite and/or original poems?

If your response is yes to any of these questions, please join our Favorite Poem Project. Refreshments will be served.

Poetry Roundup

On Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m., join us for The Big Poetry Roundup: Cowboy/girl Poetry at The Palmer House Café .

Western poems and ballads were collected by our favorite cowgirl Janet Botaish, and by audience volunteers like you. Come enjoy heritage poetry and music inspired by a life herding cattle and spending long nights under the stars around a campfire.

Free program begins when Cowgirl Janet will bring on the poems and range tunes from local musicians. Make an evening of it: The chuck wagon dinner menu created by Palmer House chef, Micah Kuhar, starts at 5:30 p.m. There is a cash bar all evening. Coffee is compliments of the library. For dinner reservations call 797 3449 or e-mail us at

Savvy Social Security

On Tuesday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m., join us for social security information. Please Register.

Story time

On Friday, May 15, we will have story time with Linda Styer. There is pizza at 5:30 p.m., and stories and crafts at 6 p.m. This month’s theme is dance.

Book sale

On Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., we have our book sale. Gently used books can be dropped off the week prior.

Board meets

The library’s board of trustees will meet on Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m.