Library Closed – September 3rd to September 5th


The library will be closed on Saturday, September 3rd to Monday, September 5th for the Labor  Day weekend.


Comic Jam with Ira Marcks

Saturday, September 10th at 1:00 pm
Main Library      

comic jamComic Jam is a drop-­in event led by Ira Marcks. You can contribute to an existing project or develop your own. Fun for artists of  all ages. No previous experience necessary! Drop in for a few minutes or stay for the whole time, it’s up to you.


A bunch of artists of all ages and skills get together and draw comics! It’s about using your imagination with other creative people.  Watch the collaborative process.

We ask that you register only so that we have an idea of how many to expect. The program is free and open to the public. Please make reservations by calling the library at 274-7071 or register online.




Tutor Time – Lansingburgh Branch

Saturdays at 10:00 – 3:00 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

tutor time

RPI’s Tutor Time was founded in Fall 2001 by a group of students participating in the America Reads / America Counts Work Study program, a government sponsored program that promotes the “no child left behind” initiative. Its goal is to ensure that each child, grades K-9, receive assistance in basic math and reading skills.

Tutor Time works on an appointment basis at each of its locations. Students are given one hour appointments between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please make your appointment by calling The Tutor Time Hotline: 518-276-3098 or by filling out an application.

To see events at other libraries check out this system wide youth services calendar.



Rewriting History- A Time Traveling Writing/Drawing Tour of Troy, NY

troyExplore Troy’s history in an eight-week series of stand-alone writing and drawing sessions based on the local history of the Industrial Revolution. We will use the many resources available at the Troy Public Library, Rensselaer County Historical Society and The Hudson-Mohawk Industrial Gateway. Based at the Troy Public Library, the classes will look at the archives and artifacts housed at these organizations, using the materials as inspiration for writing stories, poems and presumed diaries.  Come for as many sessions as you please. Each session will be a themed stand-alone workshop.

  • Session 1: Getting to Know the Old (Writing Workshop) – Tuesday, September 20th at 6:00 pm, Main Library – We will investigate the library like out of town guests, so we can start to experiment with how to step out of our own time and into other eras and events significant to the city. Within the books and materials found in the Troy collection of the library, participants will find one paragraph or page, an ad, letter or article to study. Using this as a model, the modern writer will create a parallel piece of writing, copying phrasings, writing style or subject to get a feel for another moment in time.  Register online.
  • Session 2: Postcards from the Past (Writing Workshop) – Tuesday, September 27th at 6:00 pm, Main Library – Together, we will look at the city from many points of view, studying newspapers, city directories and maps to get a sense of a few moments in Troy’s life: early 1800s, 1850, and 1890.  Participants can decide which era appeals to them, and write a postcard from the point of view of someone in a newspaper article or city directory. The postcard will be addressed to a friend or family member, to help focus the writing on the historic moment, and set attention to details of that time like buildings and businesses and people’s names and jobs.  Register online.
  • Session 3: Architectural Drawing (Drawing Workshop) – Saturday, October 1st from 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Main Library, Participants will use the library and surrounding buildings as a means of exploring the basics of architectural drawing. Register online.

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Field Goods Produce Pick Up at the Library

Weekly Local Produce Delivery!


The library is now a pick-up location for Field Goods’ locally-grown fruit and vegetables every Thursday!  For a Thursday delivery the order deadline is Monday at 11:59pm

Library Fundraiser:  Each bag you order includes a $1.00 donation to support the Library’s many programs!  Sign up before midnight August 17th and you’ll receive $10 credit in your account!

Go to our direct link at and sign up today!

Field Goods is a year-round local produce delivery service; customers receive 5 to 8 different fruit and vegetables (depending on bag size), plus optional add-ons. Bags cost $15 to $30 per week plus a $1 donation to support library programs Your order can be put on hold at any time. It’s flexible!

Field Goods purchases everything directly from over 80 small farms in the region. All of the produce is non-GMO, and most is organically grown.