NYS “Love Your Library Fund” Tax Check-off

love your library fund

In August 2017, Governor Cuomo signed A.1094 – A Galef / S.3021 – A Ritchie into law. Affectionately known as the “tax check-off bill”, this law amends NYS Tax Law to permit taxpayers to make contributions to the state “Love Your Library Fund” when completing their annual tax filings.

The “Love Your Library Fund” is used exclusively to support the NY Statewide Summer Reading Program.  Each year, the New York State Summer Reading Program, hosted by most public libraries including the Troy Public library, offers unparalleled literacy and enrichment opportunities to young learners. Generations of students have combatted summer learning loss through the program’s literacy-supportive arts and music programs, and returned to school in the Fall better prepared for the year ahead. Participation in the program has now exceeded 2 million students annually, and the New York State Library anticipates participation will soon exceed 2.5 million students. This new law will ensure that the program receives the additional resources needed to continue to thrive.


Sylvia and the Magic Trunk


Wednesday, February 20th at 6:30 pm
Main Library

World renonwned professional Ventriloquist/Comedian, Sylvia Fletcher will dazzle you with her amazing talent, unforgettable characters, and voice illusions that will lure you into her hilarious world of comedy. Children and families, all ages.



Silly Science Night: Candy Heart STEAM

candy heart

Thursday, February 21st at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Children ages 4-12 will work together with their adults to design and construct a variety of prototypes and test models-using candy hearts! Everyone gets a chance to hone their science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills as they play and learn together.

Dress for mess! Children ages 7 and younger must have an adult present at all times. Registration is required. Children must be present in the program to receive craft supplies.  Register online.


The Great American Read: Exploring books and their Writers through Film

great american read

The TV series The Great American Read has piqued readers’ interest in the 100 titles nominated as contestants for America’s favorite book. Following the conclusion of the show, join us in an in depth exploration of several books from the Great American Read’s top 100 list. Each month in this series we will pick one book to celebrate. We will watch a documentary or film on the author, one film adaptation of the book, and cap it off with a book discussion led by retired Siena College Professor, Tom Bulger. All books will be available for at the checkout desk during the month in which they will be discussed.

February: Jane Eyre

  • February 16th at 2:00 pm: Jane Eyre (2011 film adaptation, 120 min), register online.
  • February 23rd at 2:00 pm: Discussion with Tom Bulger, register online.



Meditation Group

Wednesdays, January 9th – March 27th at 2:00 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

meditationAre you interested in learning how to relax your mind and body?
Come to a safe place to let go of your cares and worries. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, all are welcome. Bring your ideas and suggestions to the group!

“Find a place where there is joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell.  Contact Ray Reuter at the Empowerment Exchange at 518-235-2173 for more information.


Brick Builders

lego building

Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Love to build with Legos?  Join us for our monthly Brick Builders night. We supply the Legos, you bring the imagination. All creations will be displayed in the library. No outside pieces please.

For children ages 4 and up. No registration required. All children aged 7 and younger must have an adult present at all times.