Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Sign up, read, and record what you’ve read. Return to the library each week for a chance to win prizes.  Young People ages 3–18 can sign up at the library or sign up online.

Check out our free events:


  • Wednesday, July 17th: Space Out STEAM Activities: Space Unicorn at 2:00 pm for all ages. Hands on Space Unicorn themed activities.
  • Thursday, July 18th: Out of this World at 1:00 pm, Lansingburgh Branch, for ages 5-11. Learn about the constellations in our sky and try to defy gravity in our program space.
  • Tuesday, July 23rd: Space Out STEAM Activities: Galaxy Rocks at 2:00 pm, Main Library, all ages.  Hands on Galaxy Rocks themed activities.
  • Wednesday, July 24th: Birds of Prey at 11:00 am, Main Library, for all ages. Meet and learn about live birds of prey at the library.
  • Thursday, July 25th: Space Technology at 12:00 pm, Lansingburgh Branch, for ages 5-11. Explore space-related technology used on Earth.
  • Tuesday, July 30th: Reptile Adventure at 2:00 pm,  Lansingburgh Branch, for all ages.
    See and touch live lizards and reptiles at the library.

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Library Board Candidates Needed

check boxThe Troy Public Library is looking for candidates for its Board of Trustees to fill four open positions. Registered voters who are residents of the City of Troy who wish to be considered as candidates for election to the Board of Trustees may contact Paul Hicok, Director, for further information.

Trustees are elected to serve for a three year term. Election of Trustees will take place on Tuesday, September 24th. Candidates must live within the boundaries of the City of Troy and will need 25 signatures from residents in the City of Troy before their names can be placed on the ballot.

The deadline for returning petitions to the library is August 23rd at 5:00 pm.

Paul Hicok, Director
100 second Street
Troy, New York 12180
(518) 274-7071


Adult Summer Reading Raffle

Adult Summer Reading Raffle: June 22nd to  August 21st

Do you have time to read even 1 book this summer? Then you have a chance to win a prize in our summer reading raffle! The rules are simple, you get the chance to enter one raffle ticket for each book you read. Of course the more you read the better your chances are at winning! Participants must be 16 years or older and have a valid library card from an Upper Hudson member library to enter. You can read whatever books you like and, audiobooks and eBooks count! Prizes include gift cards and merchandise from local Troy businesses. Drawing will be held August 21st at the Finale Party. Participants do not need to be present to win.

Enter your raffle ticket:

  • At the Library: Submit a paper ticket at our Main Location or Lansingburgh Branch OR
  • Online: Don’t have time to visit us? Enter your ticket online.

Please note: Paper tickets and online tickets are counted equally, you may use either method you prefer, and please enter just one ticket per book read.


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Farmers’ Market Book Event


Saturday, July 20th at 9:00 am
Farmers’ Market (Downtown Monument Square on River)

The Friends of the Troy Public Library is having A Pop Up Book Extravaganza!

We are bringing a large collection of the best of the Book Seller’s gently used books, to the enhance everyone’s summer reading experience.

Come say hello and pick out some good reads. In the spirit of the Market’s community tables, the books will be free. Jars will be available for donations to the Friends.


Shorts Out Loud!

Thursdays, July 11th – August 22nd at 6:30 pm
Main Library

woman speaking to a micFifteen minutes of LIVE acoustic music followed by a contemporary short story read out loud, refreshments and discussion.

  • July 18th: Reader – Stanley Hadsell, Music – George Wilson
  • July 25th: Reader – Sid Fleisher, Music – Mike Gregg, Mike Jenkins
  • August 1st: Reader – Marggie Skinner, Music – Harry Pellegrin
  • August 8th: Reader – Barbara Stubblebine, Music – Casey Chapman
  • August 15th: Reader – Deb Zaffuts, Music – Julia Alsarraf
  • August 22nd: Reader – Barb Wood, Music – Bobby Kendall

No registration is necessary. Join us in the courtyard (in the case of inclement weather we will move inside).  This program is free and open to adults age 16 and over.

This program is supported by The Friends of The Troy Public Library.


Universe of Stories: Summer Concerts in the Courtyard

Universe of Stories – Summer Concerts in the Courtyard
Main Library

Join us in our courtyard for a series of summer concerts as part of our Adult Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories.

  • Wednesday, July 17th at 6:30 pm – Harry Pellegrin
  • Wednesday, July 31st at 6:00 pm – George Wilson, fiddler
  • Tuesday, August 6th at 6:30 pm – William Simcoe, classical guitarist

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.