Painting and Poetry

paintsTuesday, October 15th, 4:30 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

If you love the imagery in literature – and think it would be fun to recreate some of it – this class is for you! Local artist Muse en Lystrala will be teaching a literature-rooted art class in which the imagery of a piece of literature will be discussed, and then brought to life using Renaissance and Impressionist methods with acrylic paint as a medium.

Muse en Lystrala is a musician, artist, game developer, and literature enthusiast. She previously instructed a community art class called Dark Arts Paint, and among many other tasks creates music and art assets at her company, Queenship Game Studio. She lives and works in Troy.

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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..

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Yoga Classes

yoga

Wednesdays, October 16 – November 20th at 5:30 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

This is an all-level yoga class that will invigorate your body and reduce stress. You will experience traditional yoga poses, stretching, breathing and relaxation techniques which will improve your flexibility, balance, strength and overall wellness. Please bring your own mat.

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Caves and Caverns of New York State

Wednesday, November 6th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

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Bill Cotrofeld will speak about the caves of New York State, how they were formed, early explorers and caving equipment and safety, along with a video presentation.  Bill and two high school friends in Albany, NY became interested in cave exploring (commonly known as “spelunking”), after finding a book in the Albany Public Library titled “UNDERGROUND EMPIRE” by Clay Perry of Pittsfield, Mass. Using the cave information in the book they then turned to the New York State Museum Geology Bulletins for the areas mentioned to try and locate the caves themselves. They found two early NYSM publications that had entire chapters written on the caves in several areas of New York State. Together with USGS topographic maps and the NYS Museum information they were able to locate virtually all of the now famous caves in New York State. Next was a trip to the Army- Navy Store to purchase helmets, carbide lamps, boots, etc. For the next four years Bill and his buddies spent just about every free weekend exploring the caves in the Helderberg Mountains and Schoharie Valley.

In 1956 Bill joined the National Speleological Society (NSS), an International organization composed of people interested in the study of caves (speleology) and exploring caves. Bill received his Life Membership in the NSS at his 50-Year milestone , and is now approaching his 65-Year Membership.

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Local Benefits of the 2020 Census

census 2020Wednesday, October 16th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.Doreen Dan of our local Department of Commerce will be giving a brief presentation at the library outlining the benefits of obtaining a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census, and opportunities for local residents.

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Cyber Safety Workshop

Wednesday, October 30th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

The Internet has drastically changed the way that we interact with the world and it’s important that everyone understand what the cyber risks are and also know what to do to combat these threats. Staff from the New York State Office of Information Technology Services will be providing a great overview of the cyber threats as well and tips and tricks to maintain a safe and secure online life!

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Understanding Shakespeare: “The Comedy of Errors”

Thursdays, September 12th – October 10th at 6:30 pm
Main Library
shakespeareThis will be a five-session program on how to understand Shakespeare’s plays. We will start our discussion with Act 1 of Shakespeare’s comedy The Comedy of Errors. Then in the following four weeks we will discuss the play one act at a time. This program will allow the participants to put the play in a variety of contexts, such as its relationship to his other works and to the modern existential world. Tom Bulger, Shakespeare Scholar and retired professor from Siena College will lead this workshop.

Copies of  The Comedy of Errors will be available at the circulation desk. Please have Act One read for the September 12th discussion. Register online.

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