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Check out our “Kids Page,” with events just for families, kids, and teens!

“Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading Program runs through August 16th. Keep track of books you read and participate in activities at the library! 

MAH JONGG at the Library every Monday and Wednesday from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

Join the Mah Jongg renaissance! MAH JONGG players meet downstairs every Monday and Wednesday, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm.  Beginners are welcome!

July: 2, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, & 30th


Ukulele Jam on Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Come to our weekly Ukulele Jam – led by Carmen Borgia, singer, songwriter and ukulele player extraordinaire! Leave your inhibition at home. Please register by calling, emailing, or stopping in at the library, walk-ins are also welcome.

Ukes will be available if you don’t have one yet, including several you can borrow to take home!

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This event is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants program.

Memoir Writing Group on Tuesdays, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm

old-typewriter[1]A Memoir Writing Group is held on Tuesdays, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm:

July: 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31st

This peer led writing group meets to provide comment and review on the process of memoir writing. New writers are welcome. If interested, contact Phil Palladino at 518-392-5933, email at philpal1@gmail.com or just stop by.


Poetry and Music: Saturday, July 14th at 1:00pm

Poetry is by its nature often musical–through its words, rhythms, rhymes, tempo, and images. To the music of poetry, we add the music of the guitar! You are in for a treat! Featuring members of the Poetry Caravan, with Randy Burns on guitar. 

“Libraries Rock!” 2018 Summer Reading Program Event: Creative Movement: Mondays, July 16th and 30th at 3pm

Abby Lappen will guide participants to move freely to the sounds of her guitar. Children will have an opportunity to sing, dance with scarves and balls, and play musical instruments!

For families. Infants- 7 years. Registration is required. 

Abby Lappen will be returning later this summer for two more events! Mondays, August 6th, and 20th

“Libraries Rock!” 2018 Summer Reading Program Event: Nature Rocks! Wednesday, July 18th at 4:00pm

The Nature Embassy is back with this educational and entertaining program that will take families around the world with a unique group of rescued and adopted animals. While exploring the habitats of these animals, participants will discover some of the musical instruments used by people indigenous to these regions such as a rainstick, maracas, and drums. Participants will learn about animals that contribute to nature’s symphony; song birds, chirping crickets, and chorus frogs. Families will meet incredible Animal Ambassadors such as South American Chinchillas, Cuban Tree Frogs and Australian Eclectus parrots, and more!

For families. Ages 4 and up. Registration required 

“Libraries Rock!” 2018 Summer Reading Program Event: Caps for Sale: Monday, July 23rd at 2:00pm

The PuppeTree presents an authorized puppet production of “Caps for Sale,” a retelling of the classic children’s book by Esphyr Slobodkina. The PuppeTree troupe always adds a twist to the story using hand puppets, Punch-and-Judy style dancing puppets and shadow puppetry along with and eclectic and intriguing range of music.








For families, all ages. Registration is required.