Donate Books for Kids in Hurricane-Devastated Islands

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Get into the spirit of Thanksgiving by giving!

We’re collecting new and gently used books for kids in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Now through December 31, bring your new/nearly new books of all types for kids from infants through high school to our collection box at the library. No books? Donations for shipping costs also needed!

Our library, through Upper Hudson Library System, is partnering with the Virgin Islands Library System to get books to kids to keep as their own.

Please: no textbooks or encyclopedias

Many thanks to Judith Enck of Poestenkill, Rensselaer County for making the connection


I Love My Library Shopping Day at Market Block Books

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Sunday, November 19th from 11:00 am -3:00 pm
Market Block Books

Come out and support your library and get a head start on your holiday shopping!

Market Block Books is graciously hosting a fundraising event for the Troy Public Library.  Market Block Books will donate 20% of all sales to support the Troy Public Library (no bonus book cards or other discounts will be available on this date). Come out and support your library and get a head start on your holiday shopping! Make your purchase count doubly by purchasing an item from the library’s wish list and donate both the item plus 20% of the sale to the library!

Please feel free to contact the library at 274-7071 or 235-5310 if you need further details or have any questions.


Library Hours: Thanksgiving Holiday


The library will close early at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22nd, and the library will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving Day.


Alzheimer’s Education Series

Tuesdays at 2:00 pm
Main Library


  • November 21st  – The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.  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.  Register online.
  • November 28th  – Effective Communication Strategies.  Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.  Register online.
  • December 5th – Dementia Conversations. This workshop offers helpful tips to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.  Register online.

Erie Canal Historic Song Presentation

erieSunday, November 19th at 2:30 pm
Main Library

Local folk and blues musicians, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle will be giving a lively and engaging performance that combines music and history. The performance commemorates the 200th anniversary of the start of construction of the Erie canal marked this year. The program examines the style of songs performed during the construction of the canal and their origins. The duo will play eight songs, with spoken passages of history and interesting anecdotes. It is performed with guitar, voice, and fiddle, and is appropriate for adults, families, and children above age ten. Admission is free and donations will be gratefully accepted.


Family Craft Night


Tuesdays at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Children, with the help of their family members, will create themed crafts using a variety of art materials.  All supplies will be provided unless otherwise noted.  Registration is required.

  • November 28th: Fall Foam Fun Children, with the help of family members, will create ornaments, place cards, greeting cards, and more using Fall themed foam sticker sets.  Ages 4-11. Register online.
  • December 12th: Holiday Banners – Children, with the help of their family members, will create Name Banners to hang, using a variety of craft materials.  Ages 4-11. Register online.