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  • Tuesday, September 27th, 12 noon to 8:00 pm
    Main Library and Lansingburgh Branch



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 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.
  • Session 4 – Writing Through Time (Writing Workshop) – Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00 pm, Main Library – Take an address, study it over time by looking at residents in city directories and at maps, and write from the point of view of a specific person who lived in the building, or from the perspective of someone looking at the building at a set moment, or from the perspective of the structure itself, as if it were a character. Choosing an address, participants will zone in on a house/monument/structure and immerse themselves in historical elements to be able to create a brief piece of writing: a story, letter, or newspaper article about an event occurring during the studied time. Register online.

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Alzheimer’s Basics

Monday, September 26th at 4:30 pm
Lansingburgh Branch


This program is designed to provide basic information that everyone needs to know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us. The program explores the difference between memory loss brought about by normal aging vs. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Appropriate Audience – anyone interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Register online



Troy Night Out: Saratoga Soundtrack Concert

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Friday, September 30th at 6:30 pm
Main Library

Saratoga Soundtrack, a championship chorus of Sweet Adelines International, an organization dedicated to promoting the art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance will perform at the Troy Public Library.


Fairy Tea Party and Craft


Tuesday , October 4th at 4:00 pm
Main Library

Meet with Queen Mab for a delightfully magical tea party! We will be creating fairy jars and fluttering fairy wings!

Please register by calling 274-7071.  This event is free for Ages 4 and up.  Register online.


Wagging Tales with Sam The Reading Retriever

Select Mondays:  October 3rd, 10th, 17th at 3:30 pm
Main Library

samJoin us for a visit with Sam the Reading Dog. Children are encouraged to read to Sam, a golden retriever who loves to listen.

Thinking about getting a dog? Help one of Sam’s friends who are in desperate need of a home…visit – Dogs in Danger and check out the ASPCA.  Also visit Dogs in the Library.

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