Wanted: Young readers to review books!

Readers needed! I have a ton of publisher’s advance copies of Middle- and High-School-aged fiction that I can’t possibly review by myself. I need you to help me! Got nothing to do over winter break? Want to read a book that hasn’t even been released yet and write a review? Stop in and pick a book! I’ll post the review online if you want, plus if you like it, we might decide to buy the book for our collection!

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

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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.

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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!