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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Disaster Mental Health Psychological First Aid

Monday, August 19th at 5:00 pm
Main Library

Everyone reacts differently to trauma. Emotional distress is not always as visible as physical injury, but it is just as painful and debilitating.

After a disaster or traumatic event, the earlier you can assist someone in gaining a sense of calm and meeting their immediate needs, the better they can cope throughout their state of crisis. Psychological First Aid training gives us the tools to make this possible.  Avoiding long term struggles such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or unhealthy coping skills such as substance abuse, is the goal of this training. Recognizing when other people – caregivers, first responders or even ourselves may need a little extra help is also part of the discussion.

This method does not require a professional to carry out the steps of care. The process can be learned and employed by anyone who can make direct contact with individuals affected by crisis. A resilient community is a healthy community!

A 2016 needs assessment of NYS Department of Health and Health Emergency Preparedness Coalitions (HEPC) identified the lack of Psychological First Aid trainings, policies, and organizational expertise to achieving a PFA competent response.  All participants will receive a certificate of completion. (This is a 2.5 hour training including hands on activities, video demonstrations and interactive scenarios with role play).

Jennifer Lee is a certified instructor of Psychological First Aid (PFA) from the NYS Office of Mental Health, NYS Department of Health, UAlbany CPHP (Center of Public Health Preparedness) and UAlbany University at Albany School of Public Health.

Register online.


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.

  • 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.


Educational Workshops on Mental Health Topics

Select Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Educational Workshops on Mental Health Topics with Quinn Austin-Small, Ph.D

  • August 28thBipolar Disorder: What it is, what it isn’t, and current management strategies.  Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder often misunderstood to be simply frequent mood changes. During this informational session, discover the following: The difference between affective reactivity and moods, what causes bipolar disorder, other disorders that mimic bipolar disorder and what we know about the best forms of treatment.  Register online. 
  • September 4th – PTSD & Trauma Disorders: Understanding the trauma spectrum, trauma in popular culture, and how to support loved ones who may be struggling. PTSD is a frequent topic in the news and media. But what is “trauma?” How does it affect our brains, relationships, and behavior? Come learn about the myths and realities of trauma disorders, including the history of PTSD, treatment, and how you can help yourself or loved ones move past major events. A Q&A session follows.  Register online. 
  • September 11th – Depression: Different forms of depression, symptoms beyond feeling sad, new treatments. Did you know that there are multiple types of depression, and that each form tends to respond better to different treatment? How about new treatments outside of medication or psychotherapy? Come deepen your understanding of depression, beyond simply feeling sad. A Q&A session follows. Register online.

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Silent Film Screening of “The General” with Live Musical Accompaniment


Tuesday, August 20th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

A live performance of an original score to the Buster Keaton classic adventure-comedy, ‘The General’. Music composed by Ryan Devine (piano), with additional performers Justin Fuld (guitar) and Nicholas Palazeke (percussion).

This FREE concert 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.

Register online.