Summer Reading Programs

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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.


  • Art Class with the TANG Museum:  Thursday, July 27th at 11:00 am, Main Library and 1:00 pm at Lansingburgh Branch, ages 5 and up
  • ValleyCats Storyhour with Southpaw: Saturday, July 29th at 11:00 am, Main Library, ages 4 and up


  • Oceans in Motion: Thursday, August 3rd at 6:00 pm, Main Library by the Traveling Museum, ages 7-10
  • Jody Scalise aka “Motion Man”- comedian, mime, and acrobat: Tuesday, August 8th at 6:00 pm, Main Library for Kids and families
  • Storytime: Wednesday, August 9th at 10:30 am, Main Library, ages 0-5
  • ValleyCats Storyhour with Southpaw: Wednesday, August 9th from 1:30-2:30 pm, Lansingburgh Branch, ages 4 and up

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Shorts Out Loud!

Thursdays, July 6th to August 17th 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 27th: Reader – Stanley Hadsell, Music – Bill Simcoe
  • August 3rd: Reader – Barbara Wood, Music – Anne Marie Haber/Jora Cohen
  • August 10th:  Reader – Patricia Carley, Music – Harry Pellegrin
  • August 17th: Reader – Barb Stubblebine, Music – Ray Andrews

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



Summer Reading Challenge

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Sign up, read, record what you’ve read, and bring it back to the library for a chance to
win prizes! It’s THAT easy!

Also check out our awesome summer programs!  Please call Young People’s Services at 274-7071 to sign up for programs or sign up online.  All participants are invited to the End of Summer Reading Party on Tuesday, August 15th at 6 pm with Puppets and a Magician at the Main Library.

Food, prizes, and more!  All events are free.

We are grateful to the Friends of the Troy Public Library for their support. We are also pleased to partner with New York State Assembly member John McDonald.



Library Board Candidate Needed

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The Troy Public Library is looking for one candidate for its Board of Trustees to fill one open position. 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 26th. 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 August 28th at 4:00 pm.

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


New This Summer: “MyCard”


We are excited to announce the Troy Public Library MyCard. Our new youth card improves access to library materials for children who live in the city of Troy.

The MyCard is for kids and teens ages 5-17 who live in the city of Troy. With a MyCard, kids can take up to 3 items out at once. They will be able to borrow books, audiobooks, and music CDs without any late fines. Only charges for lost or damaged items will apply.

The MyCard is only valid at Troy Public Library locations. If a child already has a card in our system they may keep it or replace it with our new MyCard.

Stop in to either location to sign up for a Troy Public Library MyCard and to join our Summer Reading Challenge. Track your reading in order to try to win weekly prizes, and sign up for summer programs.

Be sure to check our website or our Facebook page for details and updates.


Adult Summer Reading Program: Build A Better World

June 26th to August 12th, 2017
All Library Locations

The sun is shining and the Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing! The 2017 theme is Build a Better World. Use your library-issued Summer Passport to transport you around downtown Troy and the world beyond. Complete passport pages by reading, visiting local spots, and participating in other challenges throughout the summer. Prizes will be raffled weekly.

May the odds be in your favor! Pick up your summer passport and participate until Saturday, August 12, 2017 with the last raffle being held on Monday, August 14, 2017.

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Passports will be available at both our Main location and the Lansingburgh Branch. Thank you to the following local businesses for providing our prizes:

  • The Ale House
  • Broken Mold Studio
  • Culinary Square
  • Defazio’s Pizzeria
  • Henry Loves Betty
  • Manory’s Restaurant
  • Market Block Books
  • River Street Beat Shop