Weekly Babygarten (for newborns to 18 months) and Toddler Town (for 18 months to preschool) programs will resume Thursday, Sept. 8 at 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., respectively. Whichever time you choose, stories, music, and playtime will be part of your age-appropriate program.

Story time

Come explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math through the wonderful world of animals. At 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, we will have fun reading some great animal-themed books during story time, then explore STEAM stations including: Building a bridge for 21 elephants, mixed-up animal art, penguin science, and LEGO animal measuring. This program is for children ages 2 to 5 with caregiver, please register.

Excel basics

Instructor Linda Zell will hold two classes for Excel beginners, both on Monday, Sept. 12. The morning class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon,  and the evening class will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Space is extremely limited, so please register early. Linda will cover the basics of Microsoft Excel. The workshops will end with a 30-minute question-and-answer session.

Book discussion

The library welcomes Dennis Sullivan on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m., for a historical presentation of the life and work of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk considered by many as the most important spiritual writer of the 20th Century. Dennis’ paper, “The Courage ‘To Be That Self One Truly Is’: Thomas Merton’s Unrelenting Journey To Recover Paradise On Earth,” will be available at the library for prior reading to facilitate discussion. Please register.

Fall book sale

The Friends of the Library fall book sale will be held on Sept. 16 to 18. The members-only FOL sneak preview will begin at 2 p.m., Friday Sep. 16. Memberships are available at the door for as little as $10. Sale doors open to the public at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17. The kids clothing swap will be held in the community room and a bake sale will be under one of the tents. Nimblefingers crafting group will be available all three days for crafting advice as well as selling homemade items.

On Sunday, Sept. 18 the $2 a bag sale begins at 9 a.m. FOL will provide the bags. Registration for the Village Animal Clinic Canine 5K Classic will begin at 9 a.m., with the run/walk starting at 10 a.m. Music will be provided throughout Saturday and Sunday by local band In Orbit, and Jackie the Magician will be entertaining the crowds on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. The FOL will also be selling raffle tickets for various items and baskets on display at the book sale. The  drawing will be held at noon on Sunday. As always, volunteers are welcome and appreciated.

Holiday schedule

In observance of Labor Day, the library will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 3 through Monday, Sept. 5. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

We are throwing a dance party on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 10:15 a.m. Celebrate your family’s progress toward reading 1,000 books before kindergarten by doing the chicken dance and eating freeze pops. There will be bubbles galore and giveaways will be part of the fun. For children ages 18 months to 5 years, with an adult. Please register online.

Summer reading program finale

Back by popular demand, The Jester Jim Show returns at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23. This award-winning entertainer brings his fast-paced juggling show filled with laugh-out-loud antics as our thanks for all of your reading efforts this summer. Summer reading program prize winners will be announced, and prizes will be given to all of this summer’s participants. All ages are welcome.

Book sale

Please join us as we kick off the fall season with the Friends of the Library’s fall book sale, Sept. 16 to 18 from 2 to 8 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 16, the sale will open for Friends of the Library only. Memberships will be available for as little as $10 at the door. Doors open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m.

The kids clothing swap will be held in the community room and a bake sale will be under one of the tents. Nimblefingers crafting group will be available all three days for crafting advice as well as selling homemade items.

On Sunday, Sept. 18 a bag sale begins at 9 a.m. (FOL will provide the bags). Registration for the Village Animal Clinic Canine 5K Classic will begin at 9 a.m., with the run/walk starting at 10 a.m.

Music will be provided throughout Saturday and Sunday by local band In Orbit, and Jackie the Magician will be entertaining the crowds on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. The FOL will also be selling raffle tickets for various items and baskets on display at the book sale. The drawing will be held at noon on Sunday.

Annual kids clothing swap

On Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. you will have the chance to exchange your child's outgrown clothes for something he or she can wear. This is a great opportunity to declutter, upgrade, and be green. Bring your clean, gently used children's clothes and shoes to the library for our community kids clothing swap. If you just want to donate clothes, as opposed to swapping them, we will be accepting donations Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 14 and 15, during regular library hours.

Guest speaker

The library welcomes Dennis Sullivan on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m., for a historical presentation of the life and work of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk considered by many as the most important spiritual writer of the 20th Century. His paper, The Courage “To Be That Self One Truly Is”: Thomas Merton’s Unrelenting Journey To Recover Paradise On Earth, will be available at the library for prior reading to facilitate discussion. Please register

 

Students in grades six and up are invited to learn to use the Leap Motion, the 3D scanner, or 3D printer with our laptops on Friday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. Tackle a building challenge in Minecraft, or program our new Ozobots. Fabric and craft supplies will also be on hand if you want to use the sewing machines or create something handmade. Please register, space is limited.

Polymer clay minis

On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. participants in grades six and up will learn to shape a cute, realistic cupcake charm from polymer clay. Please register.

Healthy habits show with Professor Klutzo

Children in kindergarten through grade four can join in on Monday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m., as the fumbling, bumbling professor discusses healthy habits along with his hilarious puppet sidekicks, Percy the Penguin and Freddie the Frog. The show includes magic, juggling, interactive music and lots of audience participation.

Make your own racing flag

Students in grades one through five will create a customized flag depicting images related to fitness and health, then attach it to a dowel, ready to wave at a finish line. Ginger Ertz, museum educator from the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College will guide students through the design process on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. Please register online or call the library to sign up.

Minute challenges

Students in grades three through five will compete against the clock in ridiculous minute-long challenges coached by our teen team leaders. On Thursday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m., you can cheer your teammates along as you go for the Gold! Please register online.

60-second challenges

Students in kindergarten through grade three need to register early for this fun and challenging program. Our teen team leaders will coach you through a set of silly 60-second long challenges. It’s just you versus the clock. Find out if you will beat the clock or the clock will beat you on Monday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m.

Back to school lunches

On Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. you are invited to join us for some great ideas to make over that boring bagged lunch. Rachel, a dietician from our local Shoprite, will be talking about healthy meals and snacks for school and work.

Library summer hours

I just wanted to make sure you all know we have changed our hours this summer. Our hours for July and August are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. to  6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed on Sundays.

Book sale

The Friends of the Library annual book sale is right around the corner. The dates to save are Sept. 16, 17, and 18. There is going to be a lot of action that weekend, so stay tuned for details.

 

On Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m., world-class athlete, Judoka Nick Kossor, will provide participants in grades four through eight with an introductory lesson to the sport of Judo, so dress for action. He has won numerous championships and been ranked among the top 30 judoka in his weight class world-wide. He has 13 years of experience teaching judo to people of all ages and abilities. Space is limited, so please register early.

LEGO Jr. maker event

Come in on Monday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m., to make, tinker, build, and explore at the library. Parents and caregivers will join their kindergarten through grade three children in this creative journey meant to encourage problem-solving and foster storytelling.

Nimblefingers Jr.

Mom is always telling you to make new friends, so why not sew your own? Come in on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 3 p.m. and choose from a variety of materials to create a new buddy. We’ll teach you easy sewing skills to transform fabric to friend. This program is for students in grades four and up, please register.

Tween writing workshop

Everyone has a story to tell come write yours down. Ms. Serfilippi, a graduate student at the College of St. Rose, will teach some new terms, tricks, and tips about fiction writing. Students in grades four through eight will receive a new notebook to write their own short stories, illustrate them, and share them. All skill levels are welcome.

This is a two-part program; the firstwill be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3, continuing on with Part II, on Thursday, Aug. 4. Both parts begin at 6:30 p.m. Please register.

Teen tech time and maker studio

Students in grades six and up are invited on Friday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. to learn to use the Leap Motion, the 3D scanner, or 3D printer with our laptops. Tackle a building challenge in Minecraft, or program our new Ozobots. Fabric and craft supplies will also be on hand if you want to use the sewing machines or create something handmade. Please register, space is limited.

Polymer clay minis

On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. participants in grades six and up will learn to shape a cute, realistic cupcake charm from polymer clay. While your creations bake, Miss Sternklar will share some sources for more polymer clay inspiration. Please register.

Healthy habits show with Professor Klutzo

Children in kindergarten through grade four  can join in on Monday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m., as the fumbling, bumbling professor discusses healthy habits along with his hilarious puppet sidekicks, Percy the Penguin and Freddie the Frog. The show includes magic, juggling, interactive music and lots of audience participation.

ENCORE! Hours

ENCORE! used book store will be open every Tuesday through Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Library summer hours

I just wanted to make sure you all know we have changed our hours this summer. Our hours for July and August are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. to  6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed on Sundays.

 

Students in grades six and up are invited on Friday, July 22, at 2 p.m. to make something high-tech or low-tech. Use the Leap Motion, the 3D scanner, or 3D printer with our laptops. Tackle a building challenge in Minecraft, or program our new Ozobots. Fabric and craft supplies will also be on hand if you want to use the sewing machines or create something handmade. Please register, space is limited.

Story time

Following a short story time, Saturday, July 23 at 10:15 a.m., parents and children, ages 2 through 5, will explore and play at different stations using hands on science, technology, engineering, art and math, building not only their reading skills but their STEAM skills, too. Activities include making a water xylophone, water table sensory play, bubble fun, and bubble painting, squirt bottle art, and pool noodle boats. Please wear a bathing suit or clothes that can get wet. Registration is requested for this special storytime.

Essential oils

What is all this talk about essential oils? This workshop on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m., will provide you with a hands on experience that will allow you to leave with an understanding of what an essential oil is and what it can do to improve your lifestyle. Throughout this hour, you will be able to enjoy the aromas of various oils, apply oils topically,and even taste the oils if you would like. We will discuss safety of the oils, how and when to use the oils, and what the oils can do for you and your family (and even your favorite pet). Come join us for this wonderful education! It’s time to empower yourself and take control of your own health with instructor Karen Chenel.

Dazzle Dogs

The Dazzle Dogs are coming at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, this remarkably unique and talented group of dogs will delight you with their exceptional talents. They will perform tricks, complete agility obstacles, and dance to choreographed musical routines. All ages are  welcome.

Robot races

Join us on Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. to learn about our new Ozobots and program one to run through a maze. Which team will navigate the maze the fastest? Students in grades 4 and up should register early for this limited space program.

Judo

On Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m., world-class athlete, Judoka Nick Kossor, will provide participants in grades 4 through 8 with an introductory lesson to the sport of Judo, so dress for action.  Kossor has won numerous championships and been ranked among the top 30 judoka in his weight class world-wide. He has 13 years of experience teaching judo to people of all ages and abilities. Space is limited, so please register early.

ENCORE! Hours

ENCORE! used book store will be open every Tuesday through Sept. 1, from10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

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