Ghosts And Empties: A Short Story Reading with Ellen Adler

floridaSunday, October 21st at 2:00 pm
Main Library

Having recently moved to Troy from Vermont, Ellen Adler enjoyed a stint reading her own poems and stories on Vermont Public Radio. She is thrilled to live a mere few blocks away from the Troy Public Library and is enjoying the great vitality of Troy.

Ellen will be reading “Ghost and Empties,” the first story in Lauren Groff’s collection of short stories, Florida. It is a striking story that she feels has so much to say and is so full of strange insights, that it only seems right to read it aloud to experience and discuss with others. Ellen invites you to come with open ears, ready to be moved by Groff’s writing.  Register online. 



Understanding Shakespeare: “Richard III”

Thursdays, October 25th – November 29th at 6:30 pm (no class November 22nd)
Main Library
shakespeareThis will be a five-session program on how to understand Shakespeare’s plays. We will start our discussion with Act 1 of Shakespeare’s history play Richard III. Then in the following four weeks we will discuss the play one act at a time. This program will allow the participants to put the play in a variety of contexts, such as its relationship to his other works and to the modern existential world. Tom Bulger, Shakespeare Scholar and retired professor from Siena College will lead this workshop.

Copies of Richard III will be available at the circulation desk. Please have Act One read for the October 25th discussion.  Register online. 


Reading and Discussion Group: Uncovering and Recovering Race in America

Wednesdays, September 12th and 26th, October 10th and 24th, November 7th and 28th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

book group

This reading and discussion series will explore the inception, inculcation, and function of race in American society. We chose this topic to improve our understanding of systematic, and social, inclusion and exclusion in American systems. Our goal is to tease out the implicit ways race serves as a real, and imagined, force in the lives of all Americans. The first book the group will read is The History of White People by Nell Irvine Painter. Copies of the book are available at the check out desk. Please have this book read for the first session on Wednesday, September 12th.  Register online.

This program is supported by Humanities New York. Humanities New York is a private, non-profit organization that helps all New Yorkers to lead vibrant intellectual lives by strengthening traditions of cultural literacy, critical inquiry, and civic participation. Find out more about Humanities New York.



Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club

the martian

Fourth Tuesday of each month
Main library

New this fall! We will be running a 3 month series showcasing several much loved books from the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Book club meetings will be held the fourth Tuesday in each month at convenient day and evening times, once at 11:30-12:30 pm and again at 6:00-7:00 pm. Readers need not commit to a particular time slot, or to reading all three books, but are encouraged to attend meetings that suit their interests and their schedule. Copies of each book will be available for interested participants at the check-out desk 4 weeks prior to each scheduled meeting.

  • October 30th: The Martian by Andy Weir
    Mark Watney was nearly killed by a dust storm on Mars and was abandoned by his crew who thought him dead. Now he’s all alone with no way of letting Earth know he’s alive, which doesn’t matter because his supplies would run out before they’d get there. Either way, the environment or human error will likely kill him first. Not giving in, Mark works to survive, battling obstacle after obstacle, but will it be enough?

Register for 11:30 am or register for the 6:oo pm meeting.


Book Discussion Group: Main Library

Mondays at 6:30 pm
Main Library


A monthly book group that meets to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you!

Ask for a copy at the desk.

  • November 5th: In The Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
  • December 3rd: Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf
  • January 7th: There, There by Tommy Orange
  • February 4th: We Were 8 Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • March 4th: Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
  • April 1st: Elephant Company: The inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in WWII by Vicki Croke

Book Discussion Group: Lansingburgh Branch

Tuesdays at 6:15 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

Pile of booksA monthly book group that meets to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you!

  • October 16th – Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
  • November 20th – One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
  • December 18th – This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel
  • January 15th – White Chrysamthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht
  • February 19th – Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • March 19th News of The World by Paulette Jiles
  • April 16th The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  • May 21st – Darktown by Thomas Mullen
  • June 18th – Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • July 16th – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • August 20th – Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue