We are looking for new members with an interest in digital photography – No need to own your own camera! Come in and learn about photography and see others’ work. No registration required.
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A USA Today bestseller and book club favorite!
College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same.
Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran–and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.
As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory.
Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?
All supplies included! Register if you can!
The Friends of the Library play an important role in the success of our Library:
Our Friends raise funds for projects and acquisitions above and beyond the general Library budget. Some of their fundraising activities have included:
Annual Garage Sale
Each year the Friends do more and more for the Library, whether through hands-on help or in-kind support. They have made many contributions such as sponsoring our 50th Anniversary Celebration, Dedication in memory of Laura Fisher of a Smart TV and Xbox One for our Children’s area, Bike Racks, our Electronic Sign, many children’s programs and our Books For Babies Program.
Each Friend is a walking advertisement for the Library, helping to spread the word about our programs and activities, and reinforcing our importance to the community.
How Can I Become a Friend?
The Friends meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at
6:30 p.m. in the Library. You are welcome to attend one of these meetings to decide if you would like to devote your time and talents to the great cause! Bring a Friend with you!
How Much of My Time Will Be Involved?
That is entirely up to you. We know that everybody’s lives are busy, particularly if you have young children to care for. But even just an hour or two a month will go a long way toward helping your Library grow and offer more programs and services to the Mechanicville community!
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, by Michael Finkel.
Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.
A New York Times bestseller
In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life—why did he leave? what did he learn?—as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.
Bring whatever project you’re working on and join in on the conversation!
Aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses can learn how to build a WordPress Website, access resources through their library, and meet other business-people during the Mechanicville Library’s Libraries Mean Business workshop.
“Thriving businesses are essential to our community’s long term sustainability,” said Michelle Duell, Director of Mechanicville Library. ” We want to ensure that we’re doing everything we can to help our local businesses and entrepreneurs succeed.”
This workshop will be led by Sarah McFadden of the Cornell Cooperative Extension and walk participants through the first steps of setting up a WordPress-powered website and provide some essential tips for designing, updating, and protecting online content. Learn about the full range of traditional resources through our library, and network with colleagues during this hands-on workshop.
Participants will have a functional WordPress site to further develop on their own, a deeper understanding of the free resources available to them, and a network of professionals in the area at the end of this workshop!
No Experience is neccessary, but you’ll need an email account before the workshop. Ask for help at the circulation desk if you need assistance.
Support for this program comes from the Southern Adirondack Library System and funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services Program.
Come in or give us a call to register!
Know a little sign language? Want to meet up and practice with others? Join us the first Wednesday of each month at 4:30.
No registration required!
Registration is required. Give us a call at 518-664-4646 or stop in!
Half Moon Tribal ATS belly dance troupe is based in Clifton Park, NY. The troupe consists of Cherish Holmes, Kezia Moore, Carolyn Matthei, Meghan Conklin and L Lavado.
American Tribal Style Belly Dance, a modern style of belly dance, incorporates a blend of traditional Middle Eastern belly dance, Romani Gypsy, Spanish Flamenco, N. African, and Indian influences. This style consists of a repertoire of steps and tacit cues to create the framework for improvisational group dance that is connected and present, meditative, and brings together a group of woman in spirit and community.
The presentation will include a performance by the troupe, a lecture about the history of ATS and Tribal Fusion belly dance, the lineage, costuming and props. We’ll have time for questions and conclude with a 15 min class.
All taxpayers must bring:
Social Security Cards for all household members
Federal and State income tax returns for 2016
Proof Of Health Insurance coverage for all household members
The Friends Of The Mechanicville Library will be hosting a bus trip this Spring to Quincy Market in Boston, MA on Saturday, April 28th. We will depart from the Library at 7AM and leave Quincy Market at 7PM, returning to Mechanicville around 10PM.
The cost will be $40 per person, payable upon registration.
The Governor’s budget proposes a +3% increase in education funding, but cuts library aid by -4%. These cuts would leave library funding at year-2000 levels, and for the eleventh consecutive year, would leave library funding far short of what Education Law mandates.
NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Take a few seconds – tell Albany NO MORE CUTS TO LIBRARY FUNDING!
Real People. Real Dollars is an effort to increase awareness of just how much libraries can help their community members, and how much people can save by using the library. We’re calling on our patrons to participate in the 2018 Real People. Real Dollars. campaign. Investing in libraries has a big return on investment for the communities they serve, help us tell that story in pictures as we prepare for Library Advocacy Day on February 28!
Real People. Real Dollars. 4 EASY steps!
Step 1: As a library user or family of library users, calculate how much the library saves you each year by checking the bottom of your Library receipt or by using the NYLA Library Use Value Calculator: http://bit.ly/LibValueCalc
Step 2: Pick up a sign at the Circulation Desk and write the calculated value on a Real People. Real Dollars. (RPRD) poster. Or, you can download a poster here.
Step 3: Take a photo with your RPRD poster.
Step 4: Post the photo to your Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram using the hashtag #NYLALAD18 and @MechanicvilleLibrary.
Laurie will be offering 1:1 assistance to adults who need help using computers. Limited half-hour sessions will be available each Tuesday and registration is required.
Give us a call if you need a little help!