National Library Week 2014 is Fine Free Week!

piggy bankReturn your overdue Troy Public Library items to either branch between April 13 and April 19, 2014 have your late fines cleared.

Please note:  Only items owned by the Troy Public Library will be exempt from late fines.  Items must be returned directly to the Troy Public Library Main Library or Lansingburgh Branch for exemption to apply.

Only late fines will be cleared.  Charges for lost, damaged or missing items will still apply.  Fines and fees previously charged to accounts will still apply.  Please see the Check Out Desk with any questions.



Under Construction


We are sorry for the inconvenience.  The handicapped access ramp at the Main Library is temporarily closed due to questions concerning adequate  support for the cornice stone above the ramp.    We hope to resolve this issue in the near future.


Birds of Prey


Wednesday, April 16th at 3:00 pm
Main Library

See live owls, and other local birds of prey up close.  Learn from  wildlife rehabilitators. Presented by the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York. For children age 3 and older.


Welcome Hummingbirds!


Thursday, April 17th at 2:30 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

Hummingbirds will be returning soon.  Using basic materials children will create and decorate their own hummingbird feeders.  Ages 8 and up.  Call 274-7071 to register or register online.


Writing Workshop

Tuesdays, April 22nd and 29th, May 13th, 20th, and 27th,  June 10th and 17th at 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00 am
Main Library

Using Richard Selzer’s Down From Troy, a lyrical nonfiction account of growing up in the city, and poet Richard Hugo’s book The Triggering Town, participants will investigate writing about a specific place.

Explore how Richard Selzer creates a city in the readers’ mind, and experiment with developing powers of observation and description.  Register online.

This project is made possible in part through a Community Arts Grant, a program funded by the Arts Center of the Capital Region through the New York State Council on the Arts.


Local History Lectures: Anti-Rent War of 1839 – 1869

Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:30 pm
Main Library


For more than a half-century following the American Revolution, over 10% of the NYS population lived on leasehold property which they could not purchase from members of the landed aristocracy. These owners jealously guarded their rights to perpetual ownership, which traced from Royal land grants, and would allow only rental leases, often on onerous terms, to their farming tenants.

The Anti-Rent movement gained momentum upon the death of leading landlord Stephen Van Rensselaer in 1839. The initial lack of financial and political power led the resisters to adopt the Boston Tea Party tactic of “Indian” disguise in order to stymie law enforcement and eviction. Politicians and liberal thinkers adopted the cause, and it became one of the most important legal and social issues of the turbulent pre-Civil War period. Thirty years of armed resistance, terror, imprisonment and strife swept across 16 counties of upstate New York.

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