Adult Summer Reading Program: Build A Better World

June 26th to August 12th, 2017
All Library Locations

adult summer reading

The sun is shining and the Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing! The 2017 theme is Build a Better World. Use your library-issued Summer Passport to transport you around downtown Troy and the world beyond. Complete passport pages by reading, visiting local spots, and participating in other challenges throughout the summer. Prizes will be raffled weekly.

May the odds be in your favor! Pick up your summer passport and participate until Saturday, August 12, 2017 with the last raffle being held on Monday, August 14, 2017.

Prizes will be provided by local businesses. For a full list of providers stop into the library and pick up your passport. Passports will be available at both our Main location and the Lansingburgh Branch.


Shorts Out Loud!

Thursdays, July 6th to August 17th at 6:30 pm
Main Library

woman speaking to a micThe library is pleased to present “Shorts Out Loud!” consisting of fifteen minutes of LIVE acoustic music followed by a contemporary short story read out loud, refreshments and discussion.  In the case of inclement weather the program will be moved inside to the second floor of the library.

  • July 20th: Reader – Sid Fleisher, Music – Casey Chapman
  • July 27th: Reader – Stanley Hadsell, Music – Bill Simcoe
  • August 3rd: Reader – Barbara Wood, Music – Anne Marie Haber/Jora Cohen
  • August 10th:  Reader – Patricia Carley, Music – Harry Pellegrin
  • August 17th: Reader – Barb Stubblebine, Music – Ray Andrews

This program is free and open to adults age 16 and over. Preregistration is not required.



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.



Guided Meditation

meditation class

Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, June 7th to August 16th
(no class April 19th)
Main Library (courtyard – weather permitting, reading room during inclement weather)

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.


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 webookslcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you!

  • June 5th – Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • July 10th – Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
  • August 7thBetween You and Me by Mary Norris
  • September 11thA Year of Wonder by Geraldine Brooks
  • October 2ndA Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • November 6thA Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • December 4thHillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Ask for a copy at the desk.


Book Discussion Group: Lansingburgh Branch

Tuesdays at 6:15 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

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!

  • Pile of booksApril 18th – Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
  • May 16th – State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • June 20th – Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  • July 18th – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah