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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Author Visit and Book Discussion with Virginia Eubanks

Wednesday, June 26th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

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In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lays dying to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile. “This book is downright scary,” says Naomi Klein, “but with its striking research and moving, indelible portraits of life in the ‘digital poorhouse,’ you will emerge smarter and more empowered to demand justice.”

Join us for a … rousing conversation about this timely and provocative book. Copies of the book are available at the main library for check out. We will also have copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

Register online. 


Troy Night Out: Mr. Ferris and His Fabulous Wheel

Friday, June 28th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Mr. Ferris and His Fabulous Wheel: The Troy Connection

When the first-ever Ferris Wheel went into operation at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago on 21 June 1893, it was an instant sensation, attracting 1.6 million riders in under 5 months. And of course, there have been ferris wheels throughout the world ever since. Few people know, however, that the wheel’s inventor, George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., used to live in Troy, New York, and in all likelihood, he patterned his famous wheel after a well-known industrial device right here in Troy. This talk will tell the tale of that first wheel’s triumphant appearance, document all we know about its Troy connections, and then tell the sad tale of its later ignominious demise in St. Louis.

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 now the Gateway’s “Senior Scholar.”

Register Online


Library Closed: Thursday, July 4th

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The Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day.


Summer Reading Challenge 2019 starts June 27th

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 online.

Check out our free events:

  • Thursday June 27th: Main Library at 2:00 pm, all ages. Register and receive a prize! Enjoy Out of this World STEAM Activities: Moon and Stars crafts.


  • Tuesday, July 2nd: Detective Science at 1:00 pm, Main Library for ages 5-11. Explore the science of forensics with hands on activities at the library.
  • Tuesday, July 9th: Reptile Adventure at 6:30 pm, Main Library, for all ages. See and touch lizards and reptiles at the library.
  • Wednesday, July 10th: Family Storytime at 10:30 am, Main Library, for ages 0-5.  Join us as we engage in stories, music and play.
  • Thursday, July 11th: What’s the Scoop? at 1:00 pm, Lansingburgh Branch, for ages 5 and up.  Learn how to make your own ice cream.
  • Thursday, July 11th: Space Out STEAM Activities: Rockets at 2:30 pm, Main Library, for all ages. Hands on activities about Rockets.
  • Tuesday, July 16th: The Prince Swan at 6:30 pm, Main Library, for ages 3 and up. Presented by the Heldeberg Marionettes, a puppet show featuring hand crafted puppets.
  • Wednesday, July 17th: Space Out STEAM Activities: Space Unicorn at 2:00 pm for all ages. Hands on Space Unicorn themed activities.

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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:

  • August 1st
  • October 3rd
  • December 5th