Summer Reading Programs

Join us for a variety of special programs at both the Main Library and the Lansingburgh Branch for various ages.  All programs are free. Please call Young People’s Services at 274-7071 to sign up for programs.

  • srp2016Saturday, July 23rd – Sam the Reading Dog, Main Library at 11:00am
  • Tuesday, July 26th – Fantastic Frogs, Lansingburgh Branch at 2:00pm, Presented by the Traveling Museum. Explore a chorus of colors & calls through songs, stories, and puppetry, for ages 5 and up, Register online.
  • Wednesday, July 27th – Valley Cats – Meet Southpaw and players, Main Library at 2:00pm, ages 3 to 8
  • Tuesday, August 2nd – On Your Mark, Get Set, Pursue Pond Critters! Lansingburgh Branch at 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Explore the animal life that competes in the underwater world. Learn about live animals we will capture from actual pond water, for ages 5 and up, Register online.

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Friends of the Library Mystery Book Sale

detectiveSunday, July 24th from 9 – 2pm
Troy Flea at Riverside Park

The Friends of the Troy Public Library are planning a Mystery Book Sale to benefit the library, and to raise awareness of the Friends group and of their Book Seller used book store located in the Lansingburgh branch.

The sale will feature gently used mysteries of all styles and vintages, including young adult — at bargain prices.  If you are not a mystery fan but are interested in used books at bargain prices, visit the Book Seller at the Lansingburgh branch library


Library Board Candidates Needed

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The Troy Public Library is looking for candidates for its Board of Trustees to fill four positions. Registered voters who are residents of the City of Troy who wish to be considered as candidates for election to the Board of Trustees may contact Paul Hicok, Director, for further information.

Trustees are elected to serve for a three year term. Election of Trustees will take place on Tuesday, September 27th. Candidates must have lived within the boundaries of the City of Troy for one year prior to the election and will need 25 signatures from residents in the City of Troy before their names can be placed on the ballot. The deadline for returning petitions to the library is September 9th at 5:00 pm.

Paul Hicok, Director
100 second Street
Troy, New York 12180


College Admission Strategies

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Monday, July 25th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Join Linda King, a 20 year School Counselor and President of the King Advantage for an interactive seminar on College Admission Strategies. College admissions is a billion dollar industry and the right research and strategy will save you thousands of dollars. Linda will provide specific strategies that include demonstrated enthusiasm, how your student should begin this overwhelming process, an organized approach, and how to showcase your students unique talents and abilities. Leave this session with an understanding of your role as parents in this process. Students should attend.

Register online.


Author Visit and Book Signing: James Nicholson

Wednesday, August 10th at 6:30 pm
Main Library

john morrisseyAuthor James Nicholson will be at the library to discuss his book The Notorious John Morrissey: How a Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and Founded Saratoga Race Course.

In The Notorious John Morrissey: How a Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and Founded Saratoga Race Course, historian James C. Nicholson traces the remarkable rags-to- riches story of one of the most colorful characters in the sport of horseracing. Hailing from Troy, NY, Morrissey began his career as an enforcer for Tammany Hall and rose to become a well-respected businessman who served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Nicholson traces Morrissey’s remarkable life while also shedding light on fascinating issues of the era, such as the underground prizefighting economy, the rancorous debate over immigration, and labor laws that protected owners more than workers. He digs most deeply, however, into the business of Thoroughbred racing and Morrissey’s role as the founder of Saratoga Race Course, the longest continually run Thoroughbred track in the United States.

Register online.



Shorts Out Loud!

Thursdays, July 7th to August 18th at 6:30 pm
Main Library

woman speaking to a micThe library is pleased to present “Shorts Out Loud!” consisting of fifteen minutes of LIVE acoustic music followed by a contemporary short story read out loud, refreshments and discussion.  In the case of inclement weather the program will be moved inside to the second floor of the library.

  • July 28th – Reader: Stanley Hadsell, Musician: George Wilson
  • August 4th – Reader: Marggie Skinner, Musician: Bobby Kendall
  • August 11th – Reader: Barb Stubblebine, Musician: Anne Marie Haber and Jora Cohen
  • August 18th – Reader: Patricia Carley, Musician: Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius
    and Melora Creager

This program is free and open to adults age 16 and over. Preregistration is not required.