French Film Screening: “Monsieur Lazhar”

Saturday, April 21st at 1:00 pm
Main Library


La Fédération franco-américaine du New York continues their 2017-18 film series with the screening of “Monsieur Lazhar.”

Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant, is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically. While the class goes through a long healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir’s painful former life; nor that he is at risk of being deported at any moment. Adapted from Evelyne de la Cheneliere’s play, Bachir Lazhar depicts the encounter between two distant worlds and the power of self-expression. Using great sensitivity and humor, Philippe Falardeau follows a humble man who is ready to transcend his own loss in order to accompany children beyond the silence and taboo of death. (French with English subtitles. Running time 1hr 30 minutes, PG-13)

Register online.


Concert: Shawn Lawson and The Progression Ensemble

Saturday, April 21st at 11:00 am
Main Library


Concert: Shawn Lawson and The Progression Ensemble
Hosted by Composer Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred (Oslo)

Internationally-acclaimed Video Artist Shawn Lawson will live-code real time computer graphics with live music by The Progression Ensemble (Rocco Anthony Jerry, Accordion – Michael Gilbert Ronstadt, Cello – Eric Despard, Guitar). The group will perform works written especially for them by composers Gene Pritsker, Christopher Cook, Dan Cooper, Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred, Michael Dilthey and Eric Despard. Norwegian Composer Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred will be flying in from Oslo to host the concert and discuss the works. Funded by The Norwegian Society of Composers, Music Norway and Southern Vermont College

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Employment Opportunity: Library Assistant/Clerk – Circulation

Library Assistant/Clerk – Circulation

Part time, some evenings and weekends. This position includes general clerical and patron assistance tasks. The person in this position is supervised by and is responsible to the Head of Circulation. Must enjoy working with people and be computer literate.

Responsibilities include:

  • Telephone answering
  • Checking out and clearing library materials
  • Patron registration
  • Managing fine and fee collection
  • Shelving library materials
  • Answering directional inquiries
  • Opening and closing the building
  • Other related duties assigned by the supervisor

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Tail Waggin’ Tutor


Saturdays at 11:00 pm
Main Library

Children are invited to build reading confidence by sharing a book with Greta, the Reading Dog.

All ages welcome for this drop-in event.



All About the Erie Canal

eriecanal Tuesday, April 24th at 1:00 pm
Main Library

It started here! Learn the role our community played in one of the greatest engineering marvels of all time, changing New York State and expanding immigration and the industrial revolution.

Presented by the Watervliet Historical Society.  Ages 11-14.  Homeschool families welcome!


Browse, Buy and Sell on ebay

Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:00 pm
Main Library


Get started buying and selling on eBay. Learn how to make and manage an account, list items for sale, and place your own bids on all kinds of items. Presented by Sarah McFadden of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County.

This program is supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services Program, in partnership with the Capital Region Workforce Investment Board and NYSED’s ACCES-VR.  Register online.