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OOur week-long “Celebration of Libraries” kicks off Saturday, February 5 with a weather theme, encouraging children to explore many fascinating facets of weather. Whether the weather piques your curiosity or not, we’ll have something for everyone from the first full week of February until Friday, February 11.

Think your child is ready to get their very first library card? We would be happy to register them as an official patron of the library (with the presence of a parent or legal guardian). We’ve simplified the registration process and our checkout staff always look forward to welcoming new card-holding library patrons of all ages!

Virtual story time

We’re tweaking things a bit for our Virtual Live Story Hours, based on your feedback. Starting in February, meet via Zoom for an interactive storytime hosted on Thursday mornings and Tuesday afternoons. Register on the Events tab of for Thursday, February 3 at 10:30 a.m. and/or Tuesday, February 8 at 4 p.m. You’ll find ideas for props you can make at home to make the experience more interactive while we read books, sing songs, and enjoy some lively time together! Story time is ideal for children under 5 years old.

Valentine’s Day Project

Make someone’s day by making valentines! Community helpers will distribute your creations to their customers. Your colorful greetings make a difference, lifting the spirits of local residents who could use a boost. All ages are encouraged to get creative – make it a family project! Original or reused cards should be no larger than 5×7 and no envelopes are needed. Drop them off in the designated box in our lobby until Sunday, February 6, giving you plenty of time to distribute them. Thanks for participating!

Talk to someone

For our next Night Owls Online meetup on February 7 at 7:30 p.m., we read “Maybe you should talk to someone: A therapist, her therapist and our lives revealed”, by Lori Gottlieb. This bestseller is a frank, poignant and often humorous exploration of the human condition, from a professional and patient perspective. Register on the Events tab of our website to get the participation link.

Genealogy Support

Start researching your family tree or continue progressing on your journey. Professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty is available Wednesday, February 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for personalized consultations on a virtual basis. Please register on the Events tab of our website to receive the meeting link. For more information visit:

Green readings

We dive into the mesmerizing sea of ​​deep blue for our next Green Reads online meeting on Thursday, February 10 at 6 p.m. with “The Soul of an Octopus: A Startling Exploration of the Wonders of Consciousness,” by Sy Montgomery.

—Luanne Nicholson

This work has been hailed as a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction, a New York Times bestseller, and a star pick by Booklist, Kirkus, and Library Journal. This program is offered in conjunction with the Albany Guardian Society. Be sure to reserve your spot on the Events tab of our website, as availability is limited.

attract birds

We have a special Valentine’s Day treat in store that can help make every day a little sweeter: tips for attracting birds to your garden. This virtual program on Monday. Feb. 14 at 9:30 a.m. covers the basics, including bird feeder and food types, plantings, and shelter options. Great photography will show many common and rare bird species found throughout the Northeast. This program is presented in conjunction with the Albany Guardian Society by Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner, directors of the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club, owners of Naturelogists and professional photographers for numerous publications. Please register on the Events tab of our website.

Technical help and curriculum vitae

Consult with Robin’s IT Coach from the comfort of your home to help you get the most out of your Apple device. She can also help you with the Learning Express tool on our website to help you write a winning resume. Sign up on the Events tab of our website for your one-hour 1:1 virtual date on Monday. February 14 or 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Sailing hours

Curbside pickup in our lobby is available with 24 hours notice by calling 518.456.2400 ext. 2. Masks are compulsory from the age of two. GPL’s policies based on current COVID conditions are outlined in our Pandemic Operations Plan, accessible on our website. The current hours are: Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday 9.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday 9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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