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

automating inequality

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.

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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.”

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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
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Book Discussion Group: Lansingburgh Branch

Tuesdays at 6:15 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

Pile of booksA monthly book group that meets to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you!

  • June 25th – Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • July 23rd – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • August 20th – Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
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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 11th: Reader – Patricia Carley, Music – William Simcoe
  • July 18th: Reader – Stanley Hadsell, Music – George Wilson
  • July 25th: Reader – Sid Fleisher, Music – Mike Gregg
  • 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.

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