Troy Irish Genealogy Look-Up Day

Saturday, March 23rd at 1:00 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

Have you noticed those Ancestry TV ads and wondered about your own family history, but you’re not sure how to get started? Are you curious about what ship your immigrant grandparents came on or when they arrived in the US? Members of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society (TIGS) will be at the library to perform online look-ups to help you out.

You do NOT have to have Irish ancestors! Bring any information you already have along with your questions. We’ll do our best to find the answers, which can sometimes be surprising. It’s fun and it’s free.

This program is free and open to the public. Call the library at 235-5310 to reserve your 45-minute consultation spot.


Girls who Code

Saturdays, Now to May 11th at 11:00 am
Main Library


Like Music? Science? Art? Math?
Create your own: Apps! Video Games! Web pages and more! Girls in grade 3 to 8 are invited for a limited time to learn coding language.
Drop-in for some or all of 15 sessions taught by professional instructors Amy Flaherty and Chris Spain from Tech Valley Game Space. Beginners welcome!

Get a raffle ticket each time you attend a session, to win a free book.

Made possible through a grant from the City of Troy


“American Creed” Documentary Screening and Discussion

Sunday, March 24th at 1:30 pm
Main Library

Join us for a screening of the PBS documentary “American Creed.”


In this documentary, Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State, and David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, come together from different points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of people striving to bridge deepening divides in different communities around the country. Immediately following we will hold a discussion facilitated by Professor Jennifer Thompson Burns, PhD Candidate in Philosophy – United States History with a concentration in 19th century US Social History. Key topics to be discussed will include such questions as; who gets to define the “American Creed,” what does it mean to be an American, what role does education and economic opportunity play in people’s perception of their own access to the “American Dream,” and how do we begin to make a difference in our own communities to make all members feel engaged and respected. This would include an examination of how we feel our institutions are failing us in order to build a better path for all.

American Creed: Community Conversations is a project of Citizen Film in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Writing Project, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Register online.


EcoChallenge Book Club: “Drawdown”

draw down

Monday, March 25th and Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

In the months of March and April we will be reading and discussing Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming, and participating in the Drawdown EcoChallenge. This project provides an opportunity to come together in conversation around science-based solutions that can help individuals take purposeful action, by prioritizing discussions around the 100 most impactful solutions for slowing down climate change.

In our first meeting, get the information necessary to participate in the Drawdown EcoChallenge a 21 day project that incentivizes making small changes in our own lives. Throughout April we will be hosting a number of guest speakers and events focused on climate change and carbon reduction. On April 30th we will have our concluding meeting, to discuss our experiences. Copies of the book are available at the library checkout desk.


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.


Tween/Teen Art Night

Select Tuesdays at 6:00 pm
Main Library
For ages 11 and up. All materials provided and registration is required.
  • suppliesMarch 26th – Paint and Sip
    Come to a paint and sip at the library, where you can try tea or hot cocoa while you paint. Using the art materials provided, you can make a unique painting to take home while you enjoy your warm beverage. Register online.