Library programs planned for September

SUMMER READING PROGRAM LEADERS AND ASSISTANTS — “Build a Better World” was the theme for the 2017 Children’s Reading Program. Program leaders are shown behind paper constructions created by the children. Standing from left, Anna Ellithorpe, Linda Beairsto, Hilde Hammond. Seated from left, Marcia Gilbert, Karen Smith, Linda Grant, Linda Jackson and Peggy Orman, youth programs coordinator. Kerri Langer also helped with the program. (Photo provided — Pat Wiley)

Current Events Coffee Hour

It’s New! Join in for a lively discussion of current events and a mid-morning cup of coffee. This group will begin Monday, Sept. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The group will meet on a weekly basis and will cover current events from local issues to world affairs.

Fiction Book Group

The Fiction Group will be reading dystopian literature for the remainder of 2017. On Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m., they will discuss “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. Future titles include “Fahrenheit 451,” Ray Bradbury, “It Can’t Happen Here,” Sinclair Lewis, and “1984,” George Orwell.

Science Book Group

The Science Study Group will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. to talk about “An American Sickness” by Elisabeth Rosenthal.

“Race: The Power of Illusion”

The group for those interested in exploring racism in America will meet on Monday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. to discuss “Empire of Cotton” by Sven Beckert. Future books will be “The Half Has Never Been Told” by Edward Baptist and “Slavery’s Capitalism” edited by Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman.

All adult programs take place in the Dicker Room. For more information contact Judy Oehler at judySLFL@roadrunner.com or call 518-891-4190.

Story Time Programs

Preschool Story Time will resume on Thursday, September 14, at 10:30 a.m. in the Elinor B. Preis Children’s Room.


Summer Reading Program

Our very successful Mary MacIntyre Summer Reading Program, running July 12, 19 and 26 with its theme “Build a Better World,” had 88 children participate. Preschoolers through fourth-graders enjoyed stories, craft projects, special events and, on the final day, a parade through the library and an ice cream social courtesy of Stewart’s Shops.

Thank you to the creative, dedicated leaders for careful planning of the series. Linda Grant and Marcia Gilbert led the preschool group. Hilde Hammond, Kerri Langer and Karen Smith were in charge of the first and second-graders, while Linda Beairsto, Linda Jackson, and Anna Ellithorpe led the third and fourth-grade group.

Joy Harvey was in charge of the ice-cream social.

In appreciation

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 62nd annual Come to the Fair so successful. A full report will appear in the September Notes.


The library will be closed Saturday to Monday, Sept. 2 to 4, for Labor Day Weekend. Winter hours will then resume with the library open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. On Tuesday and Thursday, hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Acquisition highlights

Fiction: “Same Beach Next Year” (Frank), “A Game of Ghosts” (Connolly), “A Horse Walks into a Bar” (Grossman), “Two Nights” (Reichs)

Nonfiction: “Resilient Grieving” (Hone), “The Longevity Plan” (Day), “Henry David Thoreau” (Walls)

Large print: “The Nearness of You” (Garlock), “Secrets of the Tulip Sisters” (Mallery), “Beach House for Rent” (Monroe)

Juvenile fiction: “Skating with the Statue of Liberty” (Meyer), “The Someday Suitcase” (Haydu), “The Door to Time” (Baccalario)

Picture books: “How It Feels to Be a Boat” (Kwan), “The Secret of Black Rock” (Todd-Stanton), “Looking for Colors with Lily and Milo” (Oud)

CDs: “The Fix” (Baldacci), “The Partner” (Grisham), “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” (Tyson)

DVDs: “Barefoot in the Park,” “Force 10 from Navarone” and “Fire Within Cirque du Soleil.”