Hand-Illustrated Map Making Workshop


Sundays, October 28th, November 4th at 11th at 1:00 pm
Main Library

Join artist Sarah Gabler of Sarah Jane Art to create your own hand illustrated map of New York State, in this three-part workshop.  Register online.

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.



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. 


Downsizing and Organizing: Simplify your Life

organizing boxes

Tuesday, October 30th at 2:00 pm
Main Library

Whether moving to a new home or just wanting to pare down, choosing what to keep with a lifetime’s worth of possessions can feel overwhelming. Some alternative ways of thinking can help. Michelle Kavanaugh of Organized Senior Moves will be leading this workshop, which will cover the stress-free way of downsizing or preparing to move.


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 2018:

  • December 6th

The consultations are free, but call the Legal Project at (518) 435-1770 to make an appointment.



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.