Winter (break) is coming!

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that you haven’t been trampled by a mob of Christmas shoppers.  As the weather gets colder, we’ll be keeping the library toasty (as long as the boiler holds out) and we have some fun programming lined up for the holiday school break:

Tuesday, December 27th at 5:30 pm, we’re going to be holding a mystery box escape for families!  This is a fun event where you can test your detective skills by locating clues around the library and deciphering a series of locks to access the treasure hidden in a locked box.  There’s going to be an introduction you won’t want to miss, so if you’re going to participate, make sure you’re here on time!  It should last about an hour.

On Thursday, December 29th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Menands library will be hosting a “Take it Apart” night.  Got a toy or old electronic device you want to take apart and see what’s inside?  Maybe even try to fix it?  We’ll provide the tools and the know-how (and a few of our junk drawer phones and hard drives) you provide the curiosity!  Meanwhile, we’ll accept donations of old technology to be taken apart that night.  We’ll recycle the bits when you’re done.

On Friday, December 30th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, we’ll be having Guitar Hero Karaoke!  Come on in and sing, drum, and strum your brains out on the Wii edition of Guitar hero world tour.
So if you get cold and bored during your week off of school, drop on in!

Fall Fun Times!

We’ve got a lot of fun stuff coming up in the next few weeks!  There’s a pumpkin carving party on Thursday, 10/20 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm!  You can sign up for it using this link.  Please fill out the form if you’ll be attending.

We’re also having two (2), a pair, that is, book sales this month.  We’ll have books by the bagful for $5, as well as free cider and donuts!  The sales are both on Saturdays–October 15th and October 29th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

The same day as the second book sale (Saturday the 29th), we’re also having a Rangoli making demonstration and a Halloween costume contest!  Rangoli are special designs made with powder for the Hindu festival of Diwali.  This year, Diwali falls on October 30th, almost the same day as Halloween.  So, if you’re counting, that’s three things going on on Saturday, 10/29: Book Sale, Rangoli, and Costume Contest!  Be there or be bored!

Summer’s Winding Down…

The chicks have hatched and left, summer reading program is over, and the heat has broken (for a day or two anyway.)  Late summer kid boredom is about to peak.  Get them out of the house and into the library!  Stop in for a board game on Tuesday!  Work on a puzzle!  Get a book!  Here’s a good one for a restless teenager:

Every Exquisite thing cover image

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

It’s about a young woman who reads a book that causes her to question everything. It’s a great read by the author of The Silver Linings Playbook, on which the award-winning film was based.  We just got it in along with some other new titles for young adults.  Browse and see what you find.

You can also work at our new puzzle table:


If you’re still bored, maybe you’re just not library-ing right!


If you’re not too chicken, you should check out our eggcellent incubator.

We’ve got eggs!  The Menands public library has partnered with the Menands Youth Parks Program to incubate 24 chicken eggs until they hatch.  Meanwhile, kids are helping us care for the eggs, turning them three times a day, making sure there’s water in the bottom of the incubator for humidity, and making sure not to drop any!  This Wednesday the 27th, we’re going to candle the eggs with small groups from the Parks program.  “Candling” means shining a bright light through the eggs to see if any are growing chicks inside them.


You can see that the eggs have “X” written on them in the picture, and they have “O” on the other side so that we know which way to turn them.  We turn the eggs at roughly 12:30, 3:30, and 7:00 pm, so if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and help us out!

If we keep the eggs healthy, they should start hatching between the 6th and 9th of August.  The baby chicks will stay in the incubator until they’re nice and fluffy, and then they’ll live in a “Brooder Box” for a day or two before going back to the farm.