Flash Fiction Scary Story Contest

Do you love a good scary story? The Troy Public Library challenges you to write your own frightful tale in 100 words or less.

scary writing

  • The Contest opens October 1st.
  • We will be accepting entries through Sunday, October 22nd.
  • October 23-30 all entries will be on display in the library and patrons will be encouraged to vote for their favorite story.
  • The story with the most votes will be declared the contest winner on Halloween.
  • The contest winner will win a $10 gift card to the River Street Beat Shop.

Interested participants can download the attached contest guidelines and entry form. Be creative and have fun!


Employment Opportunity: Library Associate

Library Associate

The Troy Public Library currently has an opening for a Library Associate to work in the children’s room at the Main Library. This position is part time (approximately 24 hours per week) The person in this position is supervised by and is responsible to the head of the Young People’s Department.

Typical work activities include:

  • Assists patrons in locating materials in the library
  • Plans and conducts story hour and other children’s programs
  • Assists in planning and implementing library exhibits and displays
  • Performs a variety of clerical tasks including data entry, answering telephones, and reading shelves.
  • Provides staffing for the children’s room

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelors’ degree.
  • Experience: Experience working with children a plus

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Dance Storyhour with Ellen Sinopoli

ellen sinopoli

Wednesday, October 25 at 10:30 am
Main Library

The Artistic Director of the Ellen Sinopoli, will read from her favorite children’s books about dance and conduct basic movement activities that are related to the stories.  For children ages 2 to 5 with a parent or caregiver.




Author Visit: Mario Farina


Saturday, November 4th at 2:00 pm
Main Library

Local author Mario Farina will be sharing his knowledge of the self-publishing process and his philosophy that everyone should write a book.  He will show how writing books has just become easier due to POD (printing on demand).
Discussion will be followed by Q & A, and he will be giving away a limited amount of his signed books

Mario Farina has worked for the American Locomotive Company, served in the U. S. Army during WWII, was employed at General Electric. He taught computers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After leaving his position with RPI, he became employed with the State Labor Department of New York. He wrote textbooks for the programming languages COBOL and FORTRAN and wrote a book of puns and short stories called, “A Little Light Reading,” as well as over 20 other books.


Botanical Drawing with Monica Bill Hughes

Saturdays October 28th, November 4th and 11th at 10:00 am
Main Library

botanical drawing

Fall offers an assortment of colors and unique forms found in fauna: gardens, parks and forests. We will express the complexity of plants, flowers and more by painting their vivid colors and structures in detail. Learn the basics of how to draw from careful observation, capture various textures and details and set up a palette to help you capture a wide variety of colors. Express your own creative take on the botanical subject as you gain additional skills with color and paint application.Students will be given the option of exploring watercolor and colored pencil application to add to incredible colors found in nature to the detailed drawings we will create. Please feel free to bring plants from your own garden if you’d like!

Register online.

This project is made possible with funds from the decentralization program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Center of the Capital Region.


Lego Club


Tuesdays (Nov. 7th and 21st, Dec. 5th and 19th) at 6:00pm
Main Library

We are excited to invite you to Lego Club. Every other Tuesday, children are encouraged to create anything from monsters to houses. We provide the LEGOs, you bring your imagination! We will have snacks too, for energy for building.
Ages 5-12. No Registration required.