In This Issue: Grab-and-Go Craft Kits for Adults, Upcoming Programs, Book Recommendations, November Election
Welcome to September at the Library!
This month, we're looking forward to book-reading weather (yes, it's true, all weather is book-reading weather), back-to-school (in one form or another), and some quality crafting time. To aid in the latter, we're unveiling a new "Grab-&-Go" Craft Kit for adults this month. Sign up to receive your kit, supplies included!
Not a crafter? We also have book discussion groups, our informal book chat sessions, trivia night, and an investment basics program on the menu.
Attention East Greenbush residents: The library's budget vote and trustee election takes place on Tuesday, September 15th. Voting takes place in the library between 9am - 9 pm. More information here.
We'd like to thank the nearly 230 people who joined us for summer reading this year. It was a year of firsts (first online summer reading program! first summer reading during a pandemic!) and you were all marvelously enthusiastic and flexible. We have once again proven ourselves to be a community of readers and we thank you for sharing your reading time with us.
Cozy up with some warm cider and read on for the latest from the library. We may not know what this autumn has in store for us all, but we're working hard to make sure that you'll at least have some good reading to see you through.
This is a perfect frothy cocktail of a beach read.Tina Das, a producer for a Netflix-type company, her divorced Indian parents, mother's boyfriend, and college best friend travel to Delhi, India for a lavishly over-the-top family wedding. Having grown up American, although of Indian descent, Tina spends the entire week leading up to the wedding questioning her cultural heritage. Is she a New Yorker? Is she Indian? Does she want to marry? Is she a single career woman for life? Tina is constantly questioning her life choices and each chapter brings a fun, silly, and moving reveal. Don't ignore the brief chatter that heads up each chapter. It's a little inside joke between the reader and the characters. I highly recommend this book for a light, sweet read that won't leave you with cavities.
It’s 1947. Jackie Robinson and his bodyguard, a WW2 vet named Burke, need to find out who is trying to keep him from finishing his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson is the first Black player to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier and does it with grace and pride; he never loses his cool. If you liked “Green Book,” this noir mystery is right up your alley. It was a very satisfying read, tied up in Parker’s typical un-effusive way. So few words but nothing is left out.
This interesting urban fantasy novel features a variety of paranormal beings, including angels, fae, werewolves, and more. While the setting is complex, with a culture and politics that the reader might not immediately understand, the main characters are compelling and carry the story. The mystery at the center of the plot, as well as the developing relationship between the two main characters, make this an excellent read for fantasy fans.
Recommended by Joelle | Also available on Overdrive
Want to travel but don't like cars, trains or planes? Meet Harold Fry, recently retired in his English village and not too thrilled with his wife, Maureen; nor is she with him. Harold receives a request from an old acquaintance, Queenie, who is confined to a hospice but wants to see him before she dies. Clad in just light shoes and coat, Harold sets out to walk the 600 miles to see Queenie. Not only do the people he encounters along his improbable journey aid his creature comforts, they also make him feel part of a community.
Recommended by Roseann | Also available on Overdrive
Our new readers' advisory service matches adult readers with books and authors that we think you will like. Fill out the form on our website and our librarians will compile a list of book titles based on the information you provide. We will even place the items on hold for you!
Register to receive one of our new, limited edition "Grab & Go" Craft Kits for Adults. As the weather cools and we head indoors, it's time to get creative with a monthly craft project- materials and instructions included!
This month's craft is This Old Book, a memory collage constructed from an old, repurposed book cover, pretty decorative paper, and your own items, pictures, and mementos. See an example below.
We want to see what you create! Complete your craft and send us a photo of your work (firstname.lastname@example.org). We'll select one submission at random for a lucky crafter to receive a $10 gift card to Michael's Crafts. Sweet! See registration page for more details.
Library Programs Programs offered by the library, virtually or in-person
Farmers' Market Weekly; Wednesdays through September 30th, 4:00-6:30 pm
Library/YMCA Parking Lot
The market is open rain or shine every Wednesday through September 30th from 4-6:30pm. For a list of vendors and safety guidelines go tohttps://cdymca.org/farmers-market/.
Back by popular demand, join us for trivia night (ages 18 and up). Teams are encouraged! Choose a captain and create a fun and unique team name. Register to receive a link to the Zoom program, and you're ready compete for trivia glory!Please Register.
Monday Morning Book Discussion
Monday, September 21, 10:00-11:00 am
Library Lawn or Patio (Weather Permitting)
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and your face mask and join us outside on the library patio to discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Copies of the book are now available for checkout at the library drive-thru window.
*Please note: the use of a mask covering mouth and nose is required on library property
In the case of inclement weather, the book discussion will be held online over Zoom. Please register in advance to ensure that you receive updates on this event and the Zoom link.
Monday Evening Book Discussion
Monday, September 21, 5:45-6:45 pm
Library Lawn or Patio (Weather Permitting)
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and your face mask and join us outside on the library lawn to discuss The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Copies of the book are now available for checkout at the library drive-thru window.
*Please note: the use of a mask covering mouth and nose is required on library property,
Monday Night Book Chat Mondays, September 21 & 28, 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.
Covers the basic fundamentals of investing such as the power of compounding, tax deferral, dollar cost averaging, setting realistic goals, the relationship between risk and return, various types of financial instruments, asset allocation strategies and other related content.
Includes an overview of current economic conditions including the impact of COVID-19 as well as historical market data surrounding previous Presidential elections.
Support the Red Cross by donating blood during this time of need. While our in-library blood drives are postponed until further notice, we will post the locations of other upcoming local drives. Visit the Red Cross website or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to register for this or other local blood drives.
Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern NY TheAlzheimer's Association of NENYoffers free online programs for caregivers and those who want to learn more about Alzheimer's Disease. See website for a full list of upcoming programs and registration information.
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
September 10, 10:00 am
Meaningful Activities at Home
September 16, 12:30 pm
Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
September 18, 11 am
Living with Alzheimer's for Caregivers Virtual Program Series
The 3rd annual Albany Book Festival, presented by the NYS Writers Institute at the University at Albany, will be held online this year. Authors include Edwidge Danticat, Noam Chomsky, Gish Jen, Colum McCann and Sister Helen Prejean. All conversations are pre-recorded and available on YouTube so you can watch at your convenience, on any device.
Summer Reading 2020: Thank You, Participants!
Adult Summer Reading concluded on Friday, August 14th. Thank you to the nearly 230 people who participated online via Beanstack or using a paper game card!
Please join us in congratulating our raffle prize winners:
Nicole and Haley
each won a $25 gift card to a local restaurant!
Maria and Ann
each won a $25 gift card for local shopping!
Florence and Micky
each won a $25 gift card towards fun & pampering!
Lance and Naomi
each won a $25 gift card towards practical necessities!
General Election 2020
Vice Presidential Debate
Last day to postmark voter registration application for general election (Voter registration application forms are available at the library)
Voter registration application must be received by board of elections by this date
Second presidential debate
Third presidential debate
Last day those honorably discharged from the military or those who have become a naturalized citizen since October 10th may register in person at the board of elections.
Oct 24 - Nov 1
Early voting period
Last day to postmark application or letter of application for general election ballot.
Last day to apply in person for general election ballot.
Last day to deliver general election ballot in person to county board, by close of polls on election day.