History Talks on Activism in Troy

The Troy Public Library is hosting a series of three History Talks on activism in Troy this spring. Each lecture will be followed by a writing and drawing session that will allow participants to react to the topic. Participants may attend one, two or all three sessions in the series. Registration for each event is required. No drawing or writing experience is necessary. Our first topic is the Abolition and Suffrage Movement in Troy.

  • Suffrage MovementHistory Lecture: Labor Movement, Monday, June 5th at 6:00 pm, Main Library.  Come find out about the incredible story of Kate Mullany and the other ways that Troy played a role in the U.S. labor movement. Presented by P. Thomas Carroll.
  • Drawing Workshop: Saturday, June 10th at 10:00 am, Main Library.  Come and learn how to use the technique of collage as a way to express your reaction to the history of the labor movement and activism in general. Led by Monica Bill-Hughes.
  • Writing Workshops with Amy Halloran, Sunday, June 4th (register online) at 1:00 pm and Saturday, June 17th (register online) at 10:00 am.  Spend an afternoon reading and writing about dramatic moments in Troy’s history. We will consider how change happens, and how Trojans of different eras responded to challenges like slavery, suffrage and poor working conditions. No experience necessary, just bring your curiosity. Reading materials will be available prior to class.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.


Adult Coloring Book Creation Workshop

coloring book

Wednesdays, May 31st to June 28th at 5:30 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

This workshop will introduce and teach the participants about the coloring book movement. They will learn the basics from putting the right colors together (basic color theory), drawing basic shapes, icons, lettering and patterns to creating their own finished art piece that can be shared with friends and family. Register online.

This workshop will be led by Joy Ting, illustrator and surface designer. Joy is the author/illustrator of 3 coloring books, including Joyful Designs,  Joyful Inspirations by Peter Pauper Press and Coloring Cute by Scholastic Klutz Books.

Check out the project from the last class:  2016 Class Project

arts center


Free Legal Clinic

Thursdays at 5:30 -7:00pm
Main Library

The clinic will provide legal consultations in various areas of law. The consultations are free, but you must call the Legal Project at 518-435-1770 to make an appointment.

Upcoming schedule for 2017:

  • April 6th
  • June 1st
  • August 3rd
  • October 5th
  • December 7th

The consultations are free, but call the Legal Project at 435-1770 to make an appointment.



Sunday Classic Movie Feature

Popcorn and movie ticketsSundays at 2:00 pm
Main Library

Spring showers keeping you indoors? Why not come and check out a Sunday classic movie feature in the library!

  • April 23rd:  Adam’s Rib with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn
  • April 30th:  High Noon with Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly
  • May 7th:  Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn
  • May 14th:  Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret



Guided Meditation

meditation class

Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, April 5th – May 10th
(no class April 19th)
Main Library

Learn a surprisingly simple yet powerful practice that can help your reduce stress, get recharged, experience overall improved physical health and possibly get you “blissed-out” all while sitting comfortably in a chair. Led by Michael Fuselli, with over 30 years of meditation teaching and practice experience. Beginners always welcome. Registration is encouraged, but not necessary!

Register online.


Understanding Shakespeare: “Henry V”

Thursdays, April 20th – May 18th at 6:30 pm
Main Library



This will be a five-session program on how to understand Shakespeare’s play Henry V. Week one, we will delve right into the play by discussing Act I. Then in the following four weeks, we will continue to discuss Shakespeare’s great history play Henry V, one act at a time. This program will allow the participants to put Henry V in a variety of contexts, such as its relationship to his other history plays and to the modern existential world.

Tom Bulger, Shakespeare Scholar and retired professor from Siena College will lead this workshop. Copies of Henry V are available at the circulation desk of the Main Library.  Register online.