We're celebrating the last month of 2020 with lots of staff picks book recommendations, a seasonally inspired craft kit, and learn-at-home technology training resources.
And we're getting a jump on 2021 by giving you a sneak peek at the slate of great programming we're offering in January, including a Winter Reading Challenge, a short story contest, and the return of our ever popular trivia event.
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With warm wishes and happy holidays from the East Greenbush Community Library Adult Services librarians,
From the author of the New York Times best-seller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana comes the story of First Lieutenant Ashley White and a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers on the battlefield in Afghanistan.
John "Old Smoke" Morrissey was one of the most dynamic characters of his time. He went from a career as an undefeated bare-knuckle boxer, founded the Saratoga Race Course and eventually won elections to Congress and the New York State Senate. Author and National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame staffer Brien Bouyea takes us on a fascinating journey that shows just how Morrissey did it all.
Recommended by Diana
Ebook available on Hoopla (requires EG/Schodack card)
A modern-day teacher discovers the story of three Reconstruction-era women and how it connects to her own students’ lives in this latest from the New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours.
After a hit and run, Jack Taylor finds himself in the middle of a frenzy over two children seen tending to him post-accident, who people performed a saintly miracle in the latest novel in the series following Galway Girl.
A prequel to the movie-inspiring novel unveils the origin story of Maria Owens, who after being discovered as an abandoned baby in rural 17th-century Salem is taught in the “Unnamed Arts” before cursing her own family in love.
Monday Night Book Chat Weekly. Monday evenings, 7-9 p.m. Facebook What have you been reading lately? Join our Monday night Facebook book chat to discuss books with other readers and our librarians. Every Monday night 7-9 PM
Adult Grab-and-Go Craft Kit
*Happy Little Birds*
This family-friendly holiday craft includes the materials to create cardinals and blue jays to hang and enjoy.
Join in the fun! We're making healthy holiday treats! Felisha Chandler of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County makes learning to cook entertaining and educational. Appropriate for all ages. You will need a computer, laptop, or tablet to see and participate in this class. Join us on Zoom from your own kitchen. Only one registration per household is needed.
Everyone who participates in the class will be in a raffle to win a cookbook!
Keep an eye out for these exciting programs, coming to you in January
Short Story Contest
At the East Greenbush Community Library, we love our local authors!
Do you have a story to tell? In support of our home-grown talent, we invite submissions of original short stories. The theme is “Pen-to-Pandemic." This will be a work of fiction set in Rensselaer County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any genre is welcome as long as it is between 1500-2000 words. The contest is open to Rensselaer County adults 18 or older.
Registration will begin online on January 15th and submissions must be received by March 15th. You will need the name of your story to register for the contest. All stories must be previously unpublished. Stories will be judged anonymously. More details and a registration link will be posted to our website soon.
Winter Reading Challenge 2021 starts January 5!
The 2021 Winter Reading Challenge begins on January 5, 2021. Join the challenge online through Beanstack (link available on our website by January 5) or using our traditional paper game card (available beginning January 5th in the library or at our drive-thru window). This winter's theme, Fun and Games, will keep you entertained on the cold days ahead!
Our always-popular virtual trivia night will return in January. Stay tuned for dates and details.
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