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
Limit by location:      Limit by audience:
Monday, Mar. 1, 6:30PM
or call 518-274-7071.
Tales of The City by Armistead Maupin
Wednesday, Mar. 3, 6PM
or call 518-274-7071.

On Wednesdays, February 24th – April 7th at 6PM (no meeting March 31), Short Story writer David Sylvester will lead a reading and discussion group at the Troy Public Library.

            Local short-story writer Dave Sylvester hosts The Short Story Café, an informal discussion of the short story form that examines how writers handle structural elements such as plot, character and theme in their writing. Each week we will read and discuss two stories by well-known (and some lesser-known!) masters of the form.

 

            Copies of the stories will be available in advance and should be read before the discussions. This program will be presented using Zoom. Joining the presentation will require the installation of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device.  

The first set of stories will be available at the information desk of the main library one week before the first meeting.

           

            For more information and to register call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.  The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

Thursday, Mar. 4, 6:30PM
or call 518-274-7071.

Join us at the Troy Public Library on Thursdays, February 18th – March 18th from 6:30PM – 7:30PM for our Understanding Shakespeare workshop.

      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 tragedy “Hamlet.” 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.

 

Please have Act One read for the February 18th discussion.

 

            This program is free and open to the public. This program will be conducted using Zoom. Registration is necessary.  For more information and to register, call the library at 274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.
Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, Mar. 9, 5:00 pm
Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, Mar. 9, 5:30 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 9, 6:30PM
or call 518-274-7071.

Tom Bulger is a native of Troy, New York. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, 1974. He received a masters in English literature from the University at Albany (1976), and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Rochester (1986). He was a professor of English literature at Siena College for 30 years. At Siena, he was the founder and first coach of the women’s cross country team for 5 years, and was assistant coach of the men’s cross country team for 3 years. He has been writing about running for over 40 years. For 6 years, he was the Troy Times Record running columnist. He also wrote for the Hudson Mohawk Road Runner’s magazine The Pacesetter. He has been very active with the HMRRC, being its president (1992-3) and as a volunteer at races. He is a member of the HMRRC Hall of Fame. He ran in hundreds of races, with a marathon best of 2:28. His book, A Runner’s Memories, Dreams, Reflections, represents the author’s 40 years of writing about distance running. As a runner and coach himself, he has tried to bring up different topics and stories that would be of interest to distance runners. The book includes descriptions of various races, local, national, and international; brief portraits of a variety of distance runners; advice about training and recovering from injury; and a host of other issues relating to distance running. The overarching purpose of the book is how distance running remarkably parallels one’s existence, and is a metaphor for an individual’s life. Copies of the book are available for sale at Market Block Books.

This program will be presented using Zoom. Joining the presentation will require the installation of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device.  This program is free and open to the public. For more information and to register call the library at 518-274-7071or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.
Wednesday, Mar. 10, 6PM
or call 518-274-7071.

On Wednesdays, February 24th – April 7th at 6PM (no meeting March 31), Short Story writer David Sylvester will lead a reading and discussion group at the Troy Public Library.

            Local short-story writer Dave Sylvester hosts The Short Story Café, an informal discussion of the short story form that examines how writers handle structural elements such as plot, character and theme in their writing. Each week we will read and discuss two stories by well-known (and some lesser-known!) masters of the form.

 

            Copies of the stories will be available in advance and should be read before the discussions. This program will be presented using Zoom. Joining the presentation will require the installation of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device.  

The first set of stories will be available at the information desk of the main library one week before the first meeting.

           

            For more information and to register call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.  The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

Thursday, Mar. 11, 6:30PM
or call 518-274-7071.

Join us at the Troy Public Library on Thursdays, February 18th – March 18th from 6:30PM – 7:30PM for our Understanding Shakespeare workshop.

      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 tragedy “Hamlet.” 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.

 

Please have Act One read for the February 18th discussion.

 

            This program is free and open to the public. This program will be conducted using Zoom. Registration is necessary.  For more information and to register, call the library at 274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.
Tuesday, Mar. 16, 6:30PM
or call 518-274-7071.

While the city of Troy was a bustling industrial center during the civil war period, the lives of her workers reflected the same social, financial and emotional upheaval that had torn the nation apart.  Local economic and political disparity had led to the early and successful organization of labor, and related political affiliations.  These factors were compounded by the enactment of the first military conscription act in American history, which included provisions that many considered to be onerously weighted against the laboring class. This turmoil led to what has been called the second most destructive draft riot in the nation, necessitating some rather unusual governmental responses.  This illustrated lecture is a true story about the people and events that don’t always make it into the history books. Presented by Michael Barrett of the Mohawk Hudson Industrial Gateway. 

Wednesday, Mar. 17, 6PM
or call 518-274-7071.

On Wednesdays, February 24th – April 7th at 6PM (no meeting March 31), Short Story writer David Sylvester will lead a reading and discussion group at the Troy Public Library.

            Local short-story writer Dave Sylvester hosts The Short Story Café, an informal discussion of the short story form that examines how writers handle structural elements such as plot, character and theme in their writing. Each week we will read and discuss two stories by well-known (and some lesser-known!) masters of the form.

 

            Copies of the stories will be available in advance and should be read before the discussions. This program will be presented using Zoom. Joining the presentation will require the installation of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device.  

The first set of stories will be available at the information desk of the main library one week before the first meeting.

           

            For more information and to register call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.  The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

Thursday, Mar. 18, 6:30PM
or call 518-274-7071.

Join us at the Troy Public Library on Thursdays, February 18th – March 18th from 6:30PM – 7:30PM for our Understanding Shakespeare workshop.

      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 tragedy “Hamlet.” 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.

 

Please have Act One read for the February 18th discussion.

 

            This program is free and open to the public. This program will be conducted using Zoom. Registration is necessary.  For more information and to register, call the library at 274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.
Tuesday, Mar. 23, 6:00PM
or call 518-274-7071.
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Wednesday, Mar. 24, 6PM
or call 518-274-7071.

On Wednesdays, February 24th – April 7th at 6PM (no meeting March 31), Short Story writer David Sylvester will lead a reading and discussion group at the Troy Public Library.

            Local short-story writer Dave Sylvester hosts The Short Story Café, an informal discussion of the short story form that examines how writers handle structural elements such as plot, character and theme in their writing. Each week we will read and discuss two stories by well-known (and some lesser-known!) masters of the form.

 

            Copies of the stories will be available in advance and should be read before the discussions. This program will be presented using Zoom. Joining the presentation will require the installation of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device.  

The first set of stories will be available at the information desk of the main library one week before the first meeting.

           

            For more information and to register call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.  The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

Thursday, Mar. 25, 6:30PM
or call 518-274-7071.

Join us at the Troy Public Library on Thursdays, February 18th – March 18th from 6:30PM – 7:30PM for our Understanding Shakespeare workshop.

      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 tragedy “Hamlet.” 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.

 

Please have Act One read for the February 18th discussion.

 

            This program is free and open to the public. This program will be conducted using Zoom. Registration is necessary.  For more information and to register, call the library at 274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.
Virtual Meeting
Friday, Mar. 26, 4:00 pm
Monday, Apr. 5, 6:30PM
or call 518-274-7071.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Tuesday, Apr. 6, 6PM
or call 518-274-7071.
This reading and discussion series will explore the inception, inculcation, and function of race in American society. We will discuss this topic in order to improve our understanding of systematic, and social, inclusion and exclusion in American systems. Our goal is to tease out the implicit ways race serves as a real, and imagined, force in the lives of all Americans. This group will explore racial dynamics in America, expanding beyond the black-white binary and our understanding of race, and develop a deeper understanding of the interlocking forces of systemic racism. This group will be led by Dr. Jennifer Thompson Burns, Professor of Africana Studies at SUNY Albany.
Titles to be used for this discussion group will include;
Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts
Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States by Carl Z. Zimring
Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism by Laura E. Gomez
Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank H. Wu
Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants by Cesar Cuauhtemoc Garcia Hernandez
Love They Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor’s Struggle For Home in Rural America by Ayaz Virji
This program is designed for community members ages 16+
Copies of the books will be available after March 1st. Please have the first book, Fatal Invention read for the April 6th meeting.
Wednesday, Apr. 7, 6PM
or call 518-274-7071.

On Wednesdays, February 24th – April 7th at 6PM (no meeting March 31), Short Story writer David Sylvester will lead a reading and discussion group at the Troy Public Library.

            Local short-story writer Dave Sylvester hosts The Short Story Café, an informal discussion of the short story form that examines how writers handle structural elements such as plot, character and theme in their writing. Each week we will read and discuss two stories by well-known (and some lesser-known!) masters of the form.

 

            Copies of the stories will be available in advance and should be read before the discussions. This program will be presented using Zoom. Joining the presentation will require the installation of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device.  

The first set of stories will be available at the information desk of the main library one week before the first meeting.

           

            For more information and to register call the library at 518-274-7071 or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.  The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, Apr. 13, 5:00 pm
Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, Apr. 13, 5:30 pm
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