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News and Events
Block Party Tickets On Sale Now!
The 3rd Annual Parade and Block Party will be on August 3rd from 6-11 PM. Activities this year include; Live Music, Parade, Kid Activities, and Buffet. Tickets are on sale now! Get your ticket early to make sure you have a place in this years event. For tickets click here or shop below.
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July 27 – Noon – Author Talk with Darryl McGrath I’LL BE HOME: The Writings of Jim McGrath Jim McGrath was chief editorial writer for the Albany Times Union. His editorials and commentaries charted many of the most critical issues in New York and the country: the death penalty, civil liberties, historic presidential campaigns, the economy, terrorism and more. The book is both a tribute to a memorable newspaperman and an insider’s perspective on politics and life through the lens of an editorial writer, a position that Jim described as “a great seat at a really weird show.”
July 28 – 4pm – American Creed - a FREE Screening of American Creed A documentary examining the values and beliefs that hold Americans together, followed by a Community Conversation, facilitated by Paul Grondahl, Director of the NYS Writers Institute.
The idea for this film grew out of conversations between two Stanford University professors, political scientist and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize- winning historian David M. Kennedy. Kennedy was drawn to history in large part to determine whether the United State has a “national character”, and if so, what defines it and how it changes over time. The film is an outgrowth of these enduring questions.
The screening will be followed by community conversations and refreshments.
A FREE event at the Carey Institute for Global Good Guggenheim Pavilion.
July 30 – 6:30pm --
Research the Path to Discovery with Dr. Joseph Heyman
How did we get here – flying around the world, landing on Mars, man on the moon, driving cars at 65 MPH, watching TV, living healthy, searching the web? It all came from research, perhaps the most exciting life-work one can have! In this discussion, we explore the past; how research is the path to discovering new and exciting futures. Dr. Heyman will share stories from his 37 years at NASA. There are some OTU’s (Out of This Universe) from his career that you may find amazing. He will share stories about solar wind, hiring an astronaut, the Space Shuttle, the Viking Lander on Mars, aircraft, wind tunnels and heart-lung machines.
Rensselaerville 3rd Annual
Parade & Block Party
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Main Street (CR 351)
Live Music & Pig Roast
Bounce House & Face Painting for Kids
Ice Cream & Popcorn
August 10 – 12pm – Author Talk with Suzannah Lessard THE ABSENT HAND REIMAGINING OUR AMERICAN LANDSCAPE is an exploration of the meaning of place in our new era: the digital era, the era of climate change, the era of global finance combined with intense nationalism. This is a literary book yet also deeply reported, is personal and yet focused on what we share. The intention is to reimagine our environment as a pathway to political reinvention. Rensselaerville, where much of this book was written, has a starring role.
August 27 – 6:30pm – Author Talk with Kirsten DeLeo Present Through The End: A Caring Companion’s Guide to Caring for the Dying Join author and former resident of R’ville Kirsten DeLeo for a special evening to celebrate her new book! Inspired by decades of experience caring for dying people and teaching, Kirsten will share stories and practical tools to help us be present even when we feel utterly helpless and respond to the dying person's needs and concerns.
Save the Date
Annual Lawn Party Fundraiser
Saturday, August 31, 2019
We welcome Judy Crilley to our staff. Judy will be coordinating our youth programs. Be sure to check out calendar for upcoming programs
Summer Reading 2019
A Universe of Stories
June 15th through August 31
Go online register for the summer. This program is for the entire family.
Drop In StoryTime
Thursday mornings at 10:30 - themed Universe of Stories with art project.
Drop In Family STEAM
Friday's at 3pm - themed Universe of Stories
A variety of Art projects will be available each week for kids to complete on their own in the activity room
Looking for Health Related Information? Schedule an appointment with Kim and she will walk you through how to find trusted information online.
For more information on each movie visit our movie page.
Did you know..
The Library has a new copier, printer, scanner, fax machine. This machine prints in color and accommodates paper up to 11x17.
You can now print from your own device including your phone. Staff can help you connect.
Scans are free.
Faxes are $1.00
Printing and Copy fees vary by paper size and color options.
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