Author Visit: Chris Bohjalian

Monday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm
Bush Memorial Center, Russell Sage College

Chris Bohjalian booksLecture * Q & A * Booksigning

CoSponsored by The Troy Public Library and The Sage Colleges Armenian Lecture Series Endowed Fund and Sara C. Chapman Lecture in the Humanities Endowed Fund

New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Bohjalian, is an American novelist and the author of 19 novels, including bestsellers Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls. He will speak on his life and work followed by extended time for audience questions. This program is free and open to the public.


Troy Night Out Event: Kate Mullany and the National Significance of a Laundry Workers’ Strike

Friday, March 31st at 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Main Library

Troy Laundry

In early 1864, a nineteen-year-old Irish immigrant named Kate Mullany organized the shirt collar laundry workers of Troy, New York, into the nation’s first truly all-female labor union. Their week-long strike yielded them a twenty-five per cent raise and vaulted Mullany to national prominence. Today, the house that she bought for her family is a National Historic Site and the home of the American Labor Studies Center, which helps educate young Americans about the history of labor in the United States. This talk will tell that story. Come join us as we celebrate National Women’s History Month.

Presented by P. Thomas Carroll. P. Thomas Carroll is a graduate of Caltech and the University of Pennsylvania, and former Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway from 1997 to 2013, and the Executive Director of RiverSpark, New York State’s First Heritage Area, from 2002 to 2013, and now the Gateway’s “Senior Scholar.

No registration necessary.



Introduction to Gnosticism


Tuesdays, March 21st & 28th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Introduction to Gnosticism – How to Stay Balanced in a Divisive Climate
This will be a public lecture with a theme of staying balanced in a divisive climate.
Each lecture will be followed by a brief guided meditation. Presented by Patricia Gallagher.

Register online.


Civil Rights: Then and Now

Monday, April 10th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

civil rights

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s brought significant changes to American society. Now another movement known as Black Lives Matter is working to bring about equally important changes. How do these movements differ? In what respects are they similar? Professor Paul Murray will lead the discussion.

Professor Murray, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1972. He joined the Siena College Sociology Department in 1979 and retired in 2016. His primary research interest is the modern Civil Rights Movement. He has published extensively on The Civil Rights Movement in various publications including Social Problems, Journal of Black Studies, and the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. He also has produced a documentary film, “Return to Mississippi”.  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 welcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you!

  • booksMay 1st – Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang

Ask for a copy at the desk.


Mind, Body & Spirit – Yoga with Ewa


Wednesdays, April 5th to May 10th at 5:45 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

Presented by Troy YMCA, this program is an all-level yoga class that will invigorate your body and reduce stress. This is an all-level yoga class that will invigorate your body and reduce stress. You will experience traditional yoga poses, stretching, breathing and relaxation techniques which will improve your flexibility, balance, strength and overall wellness. Please bring your own mat.  Register online.