Diwali Party!

Our 3rd annual pumpkin carving party was fabulous.  Thank you to all who attended.

Before we’re done with Halloween, we still have our Scary Story Night on Halloween night from 6:30 pm to 8 pm!  Come in for that, if you’re not too busy trick or treating and you have a scary story to tell.

After Halloween, Diwali is the next fall holiday that’s important in our community!  This year, we’re going to celebrate Diwali on Saturday, November 10.  Members of our community will demonstrate the making of Rangoli designs, which are traditional, temporary decorations created using colored powder.

This is one of the designs from last year!

Come check it out on Saturday, November 10th, from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Menands public library!

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!