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.

Stop in today!

Pumpkin carving party!

On Thursday, October 25th, we will be having our third annual pumpkin-carving party!  We’ll have treats to eat and pumpkins to carve.  We’ll be able to print out templates from the internet and show you how to carve a pumpkin!

You will be able to purchase a pumpkin to carve from the library for as much as you’d like to pay–if $1 is all you’ve got, that’s okay.  If you’ve got more, we would certainly appreciate it!

Here’s some of our work from last year:

Come to the Open House(s)!

Menands Library is holding open houses on Thursday, October 11th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm and Saturday, October 13th from 10:30 am to 12 noon!

The library board of trustees is planning to make some changes at the library, and they’d love to know what you think!

There will be coffee and baked treats for you to enjoy.  We’ve also been doing some cleaning of our collection, so there will be hundreds of free books and DVDs to choose from!

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!