The Great American Read: Exploring books and their Writers through Film

great american read

The TV series The Great American Read has piqued readers’ interest in the 100 titles nominated as contestants for America’s favorite book. Following the conclusion of the show, join us in an in depth exploration of several books from the Great American Read’s top 100 list. Each month in this series we will pick one book to celebrate. We will watch a documentary or film on the author, one film adaptation of the book, and cap it off with a book discussion led by retired Siena College Professor, Tom Bulger. All books will be available for at the checkout desk during the month in which they will be discussed.

February: Jane Eyre

  • February 16th at 2:00 pm: Jane Eyre (2011 film adaptation, 120 min), register online.
  • February 23rd at 2:00 pm: Discussion with Tom Bulger, register online.



Meditation Group

Wednesdays, January 9th – March 27th at 2:00 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

meditationAre you interested in learning how to relax your mind and body?
Come to a safe place to let go of your cares and worries. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, all are welcome. Bring your ideas and suggestions to the group!

“Find a place where there is joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell.  Contact Ray Reuter at the Empowerment Exchange at 518-235-2173 for more information.


The Underground Railroad of Troy, NY: A Secret History of Ordinary Lives and Everyday Heroes

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Monday, February 26th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Join us for an eye-opening night of local history. Special guest speaker Paul Stewart of the Underground Railroad History Project will be sharing his exhaustive wealth of knowledge with us, and telling the stories of those who were important to the success of the Underground Railroad, right here in the capital district we call home.

He will also be debunking common misconceptions many may assume are historical facts, such as houses with secret rooms being an indicator that they were a part of the Underground Railroad.

Register online. 


Free Legal Clinic

Thursdays at 5:30 -7:30 pm
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 2019:

  • April 4th
  • June 6th
  • August 1st
  • October 3rd
  • December 5th

Ukrainian Tradition: Pysanky Demonstration

Saturday, March 30th at 2:00 pm
Main Library


Local artist, Christine Levy will demonstrate the ancient art of pysanky, a Ukrainian craft and tradition that involves the intricate and detailed decorating of Easter eggs using wax resist and dyes. The demonstration/lecture will show participants how pysanky are made and will give an overview of the history and rich symbolism of pysanky.

A second generation Ukrainian-American, Christine has been working with pysanky for over 40 years. She learned the intricate craft from her family and from her Church where classes were taught. She now teaches pysanky in many local venues including the Ukrainian Church, art centers, schools, and community centers. The pysanky are not only beautiful creations, but they are also sacred expressions of uplifting spirituality! Come and see what this ancient and beautiful art is all about!
Register online.


Irish Immigrants in Troy

Saturday, March 9th at 2:00 pm
Main Library

Have you ever wondered why so many Irish immigrants ended up in Troy? Was it by chance, or was it planned? Chris Connell and Donna Vaughn, Officers of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society, will explore this topic, and also take a closer look at some specific Troy Irish immigrants, both familiar and relatively unknown. In addition, you will get an in-depth overview of the Troy Irish Genealogy’s NEW website!  Register online.