Menands Library – Small enough to know you, big enough to serve you


We’re a small community library with limited resources, but luckily for our cardholders, we’re part of the Upper Hudson Library System, a consortium of libraries in Albany and Rensselaer counties.  If you’re a cardholder at any public library in these two counties, you already have a card that’s valid here.  We have collections for children, adults, and teens, as well as access to UHLS’s online collection and other electronic resources where you can get digital magazines, get resume help, learn another language, or even explore your family history.

Stop in today!

Menands Library is the Place to Be!

Thanks to everyone who came to our Solar Eclipse party in August, it was wonderful!

The sun in partial eclipse.

An image captured through the solar glasses.

A cell phone being held up to a pair of eclipse glasses

A clever way of taking pictures of the sun.

Everyone has returned to school, and please remember that we are happy to help with homework or research assignments of any kind!  On that note, we are in need of volunteers, high school age or older, who can help tutor younger kids on their homework.  Currently we offer tutoring on Mondays starting at 4 pm, but don’t hesitate to ask–we will help if we can.

Museum passes and solar glasses, oh my!

Glasses and passes

Update: The eclipse glasses are gone!

We’re getting a lot of attention about a couple of things at the library these days: our Saratoga Children’s Museum pass, and solar eclipse glasses.  We thought we’d provide some information here so people can understand what we have to offer.

The glasses: We are one of only a few libraries in the Capital Region who participated in a program to get free protective glasses to hand out to our community.  In the Upper Hudson Library System it looks like Bethlehem and Berne libraries also participated.

The passes: The Saratoga Children’s Museum made family passes available to libraries this year, and we have one of them.  The pass admits four people, and it checks out just like a book or DVD.  You get the pass for one week, you may not renew it, and we request that you return it directly to the Menands library rather than another member library.  It can be hard to ensure that our pass will be available on the date that you need it, but the good news is that many other UHLS libraries have passes, too.  If ours is not available when you want it, look for one that is available at another library and call them directly.  Most of the time they will be able to hold it for you until the end of the day.  Other libraries have different loan periods, so you should also make sure you won’t have to return it before you want to head up to Saratoga.

Keep in mind that there are lots of other museums with passes available through the Upper Hudson Library System, including Albany Institute of History and Art, Mass MoCA, the Clark, MiSci, the USS Slater, and many more!

Egg hatching party!

We hope your summer is rocking along fine as well as ours!  Many of you already know that we have some chicken eggs incubating at the library just like last summer.  You can stop in and see them if you like (and maybe help us by turning them over).

If all goes well, the eggs will hatch on or before the weekend of July 29th.  In honor of they new baby chicks, we’re going to have an art party!  That Saturday, July 29th, at 11:00 am, we will be using a special technique to decorate ceramic eggs with a special guest presenter!

This is what the eggs will look like! Not the hatching ones, the art ones.

If you’re not interested in decorating an egg, you can at least visit the brand new baby chickens!

Summer is here!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Ice Cream Social!  We were very pleased with the turnout and excited to have you all here.  Today is the summer solstice, which means the days are getting shorter from now until December!

Don’t worry though, we have plenty of activities to fill up the daylight hours for the rest of the summer.  Here’s a partial list:

If an event says “at Parks”, it’s taking place at the Menands parks program, which takes place from 9am to 12pm on weekdays in Ganser Smith Park. Visit this site for more information.

Meet the Chickens! Thurs 7/6 at Parks

-Farmer/Scientist George Steele introduces us to his birds at the parks program.

Chicken/Egg Box Escape Fri 7/7 3:00 pm at Library

-Can you crack the clues and get the prize?

Stomp Rockets Wed 7/12 at Parks


See Inside the Eggs! Mon 7/18 at Parks

-George Steele shows us how to peek inside our incubating chicken eggs.

Bubble Juice Wed 7/19 at Parks

-We’ll make our own super bubble blowers!

Squishy Circuits 7/24 2:00 pm at Library

-You’ve made stuff out of play dough before, but have you ever made anything that lit up?

Quacker Craft Wed 7/26 at Parks

-Fun noisemakers!

Pinhole viewers Mon 7/31 4:30 pm at Library

-We’re going to make gear to view the solar eclipse later in the summer!

Rainbow Wheels Wed 8/9 at Parks

-Brilliant spinning tops to learn about color mixing!

Summer Reading Book Stacking 8/14 5:30 pm at Library

-How high can we go?

Eclipse Party 8/21 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Ganser-Smith Park