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

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We’re a small community library, 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.

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Are you ready for an Adventure?

From September 1 to November 1, The Upper Hudson library system is inviting you to go on an expedition.  Did you know that your library card is a passport to 36 unique destinations?  That’s how many public libraries there are in Albany and Rensselaer Counties.

The Upper Hudson Library Expedition is a fun way to explore your community, have fun, and learn new things.  Starting on 9/1, you can stop into your local library and pick up a map to all 36 of Upper Hudson’s libraries.  At every library you visit, make sure that they stamp your map.

Each library has a unique stamp.  Here’s ours:

Recognize that guy?  It’s the 21st President of the United States, Chester A. Arthur!  He is buried here in Menands at the Albany Rural Cemetery.

You can earn prizes for visiting more libraries!  When you’ve had your map stamped at 5 libraries, you get a bumper sticker and a temporary tattoo.  15 libraries?  A button.  25 libraries?  A spirit stick!

And if you visit all 36 libraries?  You earn a certificate, and a special VIP library card for each person on your expedition team!

Join us on this epic expedition!

The Ice Cream/Book Sale was a great success!  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this event happen and thanks to all who came and participated.
    Special thanks to the Stewarts Shops who continue to support the ice cream social with their donation of ice cream and fixings.
    Thanks to the Bethany Presbyterian Church for letting the library use its tables for the event.
    Thanks to the Menands Hardware Store for donating bags for the book sale.
    A very special thank you to Leslie Carolus who has served as trustee on the library board. Her term ends June 30, and she will be missed. She has been a steadfast supporter of the library for many years.
    Welcome to Janet Ramsay who will become a library trustee as of July 1, 2018.
There are a number of library events coming up this summer, here’s a quick list!

Wed 6/27 @ 5pm
Rock Lock Box Escape at the Library
-Work as a team to solve the clues and unlock the prize box!

Wed 7/11 @ 5pm
Wii Rock Band Jam at the Library
Wii’ll break out the Wii and play some jams on Rock Band world tour!

Fri 7/13 @ 9:30am
Meet the Chickens! At Ganser-Smith Park
In association with the Menands Summer Park Program. Come visit with some live chickens with George Steele!  We’ll learn about their lifestyle and habits, and then we’ll set up an incubator in the library!

Thu 7/19 @ 9:30am
Stomp Rockets! At Ganser-Smith Park
In association with the Menands Summer Park Program. We’ll build some super rockets that will launch high enough to get stuck in the trees!

Wed 8/8 @ 9:30am
Read-in at Ganser Smith Park
In association with the Menands Summer Park Program. We’ll bring a selection of our favorite children’s and teen books to the park, get library cards for kids, and let them check out the books if they want to!

Wed 8/8 @ 4:30pm
Farewell Chickens Party at the Library.
At this point, if everything has gone well, we will have some freshly hatched baby chicks in the library to hold, learn about, and take pictures with!  We’ll eat the leftover ice cream from the ice cream social and have a little end-of summer party before the chicks grow up and have to leave our little nest!

Ice Cream Social on Saturday!

The Menands Library Ice Cream Social and Book Sale will be Saturday, June 16th, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  We are having a participatory performance by Matt Cantello, whose Super Sonics program explores the science of sound and music.  Victor the Clown will be making balloon art, and did we mention the free ice cream!?

We are also holding a book sale during the Ice Cream Social, and this year there will be a great selection of children’s books from the library.  The books are 50 cents each or fill a bag for $5!

Story Time is Moving!

We’ve had limited success with Story Time in its current slot, so we’re going to move it to Saturdays at 1 pm!  The library closes at that time, but if you’re here for a story, stick around! We’ll sing songs, read books, do some finger-plays, and talk about something in the world around us.  Story time is aimed at children 2-4 years old, but all are welcome to attend!