Adult Summer Reading Raffle

2018 Adult Summer Reading

June 20th – August 21st

Do you have time to read even 1 book this summer? Then you have a chance to win a prize in our summer reading raffle! The rules are simple, you get the chance to enter one raffle ticket for each book you read. Of course the more you read the better your chances are at winning! Participants must be 16 years or older and have a valid library card from an Upper Hudson member library to enter. You can read whatever books you like and, audiobooks and eBooks count! Prizes include gift cards and merchandise from local Troy businesses. Drawing will be held August 21 at the Finale Party. Participants do not need to be present to win.

Enter your raffle ticket:

  • At the Library: Submit a paper ticket at our Main Location or Lansingburgh Branch
  • Online: Don’t have time to visit us? Enter your ticket online.

Please note: Paper tickets and online tickets are counted equally, you may use either method you prefer, and please enter just one ticket per book read.
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Lansingburgh Branch Parking

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The gas lines in Lansingburgh are being replaced. Next week (starting June 18th), the gas company will be going block by block up 114th Street. The street in front of the Lansingburgh Branch will be blocked off. The library will still be open, but you will not be able to park in front of the library.  Parking will be available on the side streets.


Adult Summer Reading Craft Session: Sheet Music Roses


Monday, June 25th at 5:30 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

Learn how to make beautiful paper roses from sheet music.

Register online. 


Library’s Rock! Summer Reading Challenge

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Beginning Monday, June 25th, Young People ages preschool through Young Adult can sign up and get prizes just for reading.  Stop by the Young People’s Department or register online. All Participants are invited to the End of Summer Reading Party on Tuesday, August 14 at 6 pm for more prizes, refreshments and special entertainment.

For the very youngest readers ask about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Initiative.

Calling all kids…Have you ever seen a great horned owl? Danced with a chicken? Made your own ice cream? You can enjoy each of these experiences and more at your library this summer.

All Summer:

  • Lego League:  Mondays at 5:30 pm, Lansingburgh,  ages 4 and up
  • Teen Gaming:  Tuesdays at 3:00 pm-5:00 pm, Lansingburgh
  • Family Storytime: Thursdays at 10:30 am, Lansingburgh, ages 0-5
  • librariesrockimageGreta the Reading Dog: Saturdays at 12:00 pm, (Greta will be away this Saturday but will return on June 30th at her regular time) Main Library, all ages


  • Family Storytime: Wednesdays at 10:30 am, Main Library, ages 0-5
  • Tape Resist Painting: Tuesday, June 19th at 6:00 pm, Main Library, ages 8-16
  • Frog Prince Puppet Show: Tuesday, June 26th at 6:30 pm, Main Library, ages 3 and up
  • All About Fish! Wednesday, June 27th at 2:00 pm, Lansingburgh Branch, ages 5 and up, register online


  • Walk like a Chicken: Tuesday,  July 10th at 2:00 pm, Lansingburgh Branch, ages 3 and up, register online
  • Rock Painting: Tuesday, July 10th at 3:00 pm, Main Library, all ages
  • Family Storytime:  Wednesday, July 11th at 11:00 am, Main Library, ages 0-5
  • What’s the Scoop? Thursday, July 12th at 1:00 pm, Main Library, ages 5 and up

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Shorts Out Loud!

Thursdays, July 5th – August 16th at 6:30 pm
Main Library

woman speaking to a micFifteen minutes of LIVE acoustic music followed by a contemporary short story read out loud, refreshments and discussion.

  • July 5th: Reader – Deb Zaffuts, Music – Casey Chapman
  • July 12th: Reader – Marggie Skinner, Music – Harry George Pellegrin
  • July 19th: Reader – Sandra Rouse, Music – George Wilson
  • July 26th: Reader – Barbara Stubblebine, Music – Julia Alsarraf
  • August 2nd: Reader – Sid Fleisher, Music – William Simco
  • August 9th: Reader – Stanley Hadsell, Music – Ray Andrews
  • August 16th: Reader –  Patricia Carley, Music – Sulis Minerva

No registration is necessary. Join us in the courtyard (in the case of inclement weather we will move inside).  This program is free and open to adults age 16 and over.


Troy Night Out Event: Old Time Community Barn Dance

Friday, June 29th at 6:00 pm
Main Library


Come one, come all for a night music and dance for this special Troy Night Out event! Originally very popular from the mid-18th century through the mid-20th century throughout the United States, the idea of Community Dance is simple — get a group of people together with some musicians and a “caller” to teach and lead the steps, and dance the night away. The emphasis is on building community rather than becoming expert dancers It’s a long standing tradition to bring people of all ages together in an evening of simple joyous dances that anyone of any age can do, whether you have ever danced or not.

Register online.