In This Issue: Winter Reading Challenge, Writing Contest,
Service Changes, Book Bundles, Bingo and Trivia!
At long last, it's 2021! We're starting the year off with high hopes for a great year ahead. We hope that our slate of January activities and reading recommendations will get your year off to a good start, too.
Read on to learn more about Winter Reading 2021, Grab-and-Go Book Bundles for adults in a variety of genres and themes, upcoming programs including the Pen to Pandemic writing contest and the return of virtual trivia night, and, of course, staff picks reading recommendations.
The library has made some changes to our services due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in our area. Details are in the special Safety Update section below.
Happy New Year and warm wishes from your Adult Services Librarians,
~ Elizabeth, Catherine, Jody, Barbara, & Lauren
In response to the continuing surge in COVID-19 cases, the library will rollback services and capacity limits will be reduced.
The building capacity (the number of visitors allowed in the building at a time) has been reduced from 20 to 5.
Visits are limited to a maximum of 15 minutes. Patrons are requested to limit their in-person visits to one person per household, per day.
In-person computer use, and notary services are suspended.
Online library resources are available 24-7, and our staff will continue to work behind the scenes to ensure we continue to operate with meaningful ways to serve the community beyond the walls of the library.
There is no substitute for the relationships we have developed with all of you, and we can’t wait to restore full library services as soon as we can do so safely.
New for January
Pen to Pandemic: A Short Story Competition in the Time of COVID-19
The East Greenbush Community Library, in partnership with the Town of East Greenbush and the Hart Cluett Museum, is hosting a short story competition.
Stories must be works of fiction set in Rensselaer County during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Any genre.
Word count 1,500 to 2,000 words.
Submissions due by March 15, 2021.
All stories must be previously unpublished, original stories.
Judging will be done by a joint committee.
Entrants must be at least 18 years of age.
We will host a public reading for the winners to read their stories, and winning stories will be published by the library.
Registration for the contest begins online January 15th. To express your interest and register for the competition, use the registration form on ourPen to Pandemic web page(form will become available on the page on January 15th). You will need a name for the story to register.
Book Bundles for adults, themed groupings of 3-5 books bundled together for quick and easy checkout, are here. Pop in and grab one today!
Book bundle themes/genres include:
First in a Series
Heartwarming & Upbeat
Just for Laughs
Mystery Must Reads
Thrills & Chills
Well-Researched & Issue Oriented
Adult Winter Reading Challenge
The theme for the 2021 Adult Winter Reading Challenge is FUN & GAMES, or, "Just Roll with It!" We hope to keep you entertained this winter with great books, programs, games, and prizes!
Register today on our website to participate online through Beanstack, which allows you to track your reading, complete challenge activities, and enter raffle drawings, all in one place.
Earn a raffle ticket for each activity you complete. Raffle prizes include $25 gift cards to Applebee's, Best Buy, HomeGoods/Marshall's, and Ulta Beauty. Complete 20 of the 24 activities to earn your completion badge and be automatically entered into the grand prize drawing for a fun & games prize basket.
If you prefer our traditional printed reading challenge game card, copies are available in the library or at the drive-thru window during library hours. Please note you can participate either online or on paper, not both.
The Winter Reading Challenge is open to adults 18+ who live in Albany or Rensselaer Counties. While most of the challenge activities can be done without a library card, some do require one. If you live in Albany or Rensselaer County,click hereto sign up for a library card. See our website for more winter reading details.
Monday Night Book Chat Weekly. Monday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm Facebook What have you been reading lately? Join our Monday night Facebook book chat to tell us about it and gather recommendations from librarians and other readers.
Grab-and-Go Craft: Fresh Start Artsy Journal
Register to reserve this month's craft kit, "Fresh Start Artsy Journal." Kits include a blank notebook, decorative tape, adhesive picture corners, felt-tip pens and directions to create a "bullet" journal & other types of creative journals.
Registration opens to East Greenbush and Schodack card holders on January 9th, and to others on January 16th. Registrants will be notified when kits are ready for pick-up at the drive-thru window. Be sure to register before picking up your kit.
Join the Monday Evening Book Group/Good Buy Book Club to discuss This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger.Copies are available for checkout at the library drive-thru window, or digitally throughOverdriveorHoopla.
This discussion will take place online as a Zoom meeting.Register with your email by 1/15 to ensure you receive a link to the meeting.
Celebrate Great Reads of 2020 with Virtual Bingo for Adults!
You must register for this program to reserve your bingo card, which can be picked up at the drive-thru window starting January 20th. We will use the same card throughout the program. Gather pennies, candy, or just pieces of paper to mark off your squares. In the spirit of fun, we will hold a raffle for one event winner.
Registration is limited to East Greenbush and Schodack patrons until January 15th.
Let's Get to Work Workshop Series Multiple dates, Winter and Spring 2021
Online The Upper Hudson Library System has teamed up with librarian and technology trainer Nate Heyer to offer a series of career and technology class. Visit our Education & Employment page to see the full class list with descriptions, and register here. All sessions are offered free of charge and online through GoToMeeting.
From the New York Times best-selling author of A Man Called Ove comes a portrait of an elderly man's struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family's efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.
Entering the U.S. army after fleeing the Great Famine in Ireland, 17-year-old Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, experience the harrowing realities of the Indian wars and the American Civil War between the Wyoming plains and Tennessee.
Bridie Devine, female detective extraordinaire, is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors trading curiosities in this age of discovery. Winding her way through the labyrinthine, sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing a past that she’d rather keep buried.
An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down, which, for author May, happened when her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered. A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May's story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Ultimately Wintering invites us to change how we relate to our own fallow times.
Recommended by Catherine
Staff Picks: The Best of 2020 Here's our absolute favorites from 2020. We hope you enjoy them, too!
Click on the image below to expand, then click on a title to be brought to the catalog, where you can check availability or request a copy.