Library Programs

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Troy Public Library! All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted.

Call us: Main Library (518)274.7071
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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Thursday, Oct. 3, 6:00pm-7:00pm
or call 518-274-7071.
Children ages 4-12, & their adults, will create a selection of Halloween themed crafts both creepy and cute!  Registration is required.  Children ages 7 & younger must have an adult with them at all times.  Program begins at 6pm; this is not a drop-in program.  Children must be present in the program to receive the activities' supplies.  Dress for mess and fun!
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:00pm-7:00pm
or call 518-274-7071.
Children ages 4-12, & their adults, will make crunchy slime to prepare for Halloween.  Create a pumpkin, ghost, or monster!  Registration is required.  Children ages 7 & younger must have an adult with them at all times.  Program begins at 6pm; this is not a drop-in program.  Children must be present in the program to receive the activities' supplies.  Dress for mess and fun!
Thursday, Sep. 19, 10:00am-11:00am
Tech Help Drop-In will not be held today (9/19/2019).
Thursday, Sep. 19, 10:30am
 This 45 minute enrichment program includes stories, songs, and movement to support children's  learning  and discovery from the very beginning.  For children ages 0-5 with a caregiver.
Thursday, Sep. 19, 4:00 pm
Thursday, Sep. 19, 6:00-7:00pm
You provide the imagination, we provide the LEGOs!  Children ages 4 & up are invited to join us for our monthly Brick Builders' group.  All creations will be displayed in the library.  No outside pieces please.  Children ages 7 & younger must have an adult present with them at all times.  Registration is not required.
Thursday, Sep. 19, 6:30PM
or call 518-274-7071.

This 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.

Friday, Sep. 20, 1-2 pm
Join former local columnist Mark Radz and the Empowerment Exchange to explore poetry and story writing.  The general format is that someone suggests a word.  Everyone then writes a piece, either incorporating the word into the writing or using the word as the overall theme for their poem or story.
The only real set guideline is that you enjoy yourself.
No experience needed--just a pen, paper and your enthusiasm!
For more information, call Ray at the Empowerment Exchange, 518-235-2173.
Saturday, Sep. 21, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Find a great book to read and support the Friends and Library, all at the same time!
Saturday, Sep. 21, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Free tutoring by RPI students in reading, math and other subjects for students in grades K-12.  For more information or to register, visit and click on Tutor Time, call 518-276-3098 or email Sponsored by RPI.
Saturday, Sep. 21, 12:00pm
Come visit with Greta the Reading Dog Saturdays at 12pm. Read to her to gain confidence in your reading skills or just visit with this friendly therapy dog. All ages. 
Saturday, Sep. 21, 1PM
or call 518-274-7071.

Join us at the Troy Public Library on Saturday, September 21st at 1PM as the La Fédération franco-américaine du New York begins their 2019-20 film series with the screening of the film “The Jewish Cardinal.” (NR 96 min.)

        The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism and joining the priesthood. Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II - and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew. When nuns plan to build a convent within the walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger may be forced at last to choose his side.

Sunday, Sep. 22, 12:00 pm
The Troy Public Library tour will be led by Suzanne Spellen, a renown architectural historian, who blogs as Spellen of Troy. The exterior, interior, and history of the building will be the focal points of the building tour. Designed to be both a library and art gallery, the American Renaissance style building was completed in 1897. View behind the scene areas that are not open to the public. Learn about the recently located documentation of the purchase of the priceless Aldus stained glass window from Tiffany.The beautiful setting provided by the building enhances the experience of library users.
Monday, Sep. 23, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Call Questar III at 518-479-6838 for more information or to register. Sponsored by Questar III.
Painting & Poetry Wo
Monday, Sep. 23, 5:30-7:30 pm
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. 

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.
Monday, Sep. 23, 5:30 pm
Stop down to the Lansingburgh Branch anytime, any Monday during the summer.  We'll have our LEGO bins out all day. For ages 4 and up. Under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. No outside pieces please.
All Locations
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 3-5 pm
For all interested teens, come play video games, have snacks and hang out!
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 5PM
or call 518-274-7071.
Learn a surprisingly simple yet powerful practice that can help your reduce stress,
get recharged, experience overall improved physical health and possibly get you “blissed-
out” all while sitting comfortably in a chair. Led by Michael Fuselli, with over 30 years
of meditation teaching and practice experience. Beginners always welcome. Registration
is encouraged, but not necessary!
This program is free and open to the public. To register call 518-274-7071 or
online at
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 6PM
or call 518-274-7071.
This reading and discussion series explores the inception, inculcation, and function of race in American society.  We chose this topic to improve our understanding of systematic, and social, inclusion and exclusion in American systems.  Our goal is to ease out the implicit ways race serves as a real, and imagined, force in the lives of all Americans.  This month's title is Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. Copies of the book are available at the check out desk. Please have this book read for the Wednesday, September 18th session.
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