Monday & Wednesday 11-8; Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 11-6, Saturday 11-3* Phone: 518-664-4646 * Fax: 518-664-8641

Cat Adoption Clinic – April 22, 11-2

The library will host a cat adoption clinic, put on by the Saratoga County Animal Shelter. All the cats available for adoption have been spayed or neutered and have received all their shots.  The adoption fee for cats is $50, plus $12 for rabies vaccination and $15 for FeLV/FIV test, for a total cost of $77.00 For kittens under 12 weeks, the adoption fee is $50. To see cats that are currently available for adoption, click here.

Come pick out a fur ball of your own to bring home and love!

Denison Farm CSA Informational Meeting – April 24 at 6 pm

Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique collaboration connecting people to a local farm and farmer. When you become a CSA member, you agree to support the costs of running the farm in exchange for a share of the harvest. By contributing a membership fee in advance, you become a partner with the farmer in sharing some of the risk as well as the bounty of agricultural production. Come learn more about this terrific way to support local agriculture. In the meantime, click here to learn more about Denison Farm.

Evening Adult Book Discussion Group – April 26 at 7

Join us for a discussion of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

n the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.

Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice–words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago.

Daytime Book Discussion Group – April 27 at 2

Come join us for a discussion of The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck.

In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief’s son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. In narrating her story, Ora discovers more truth about herself than she could ever have imagined. This novel has been described as To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help.

Student Loan Debt Strategies Workshop – May 24 at 6:30 pm

This workshop includes a PowerPoint presentation with time for questions and answers, along with brochures that you can take with you. Subjects included are available repayment plans, forbearance, deferments, loan consolidation, rehabilitation and student loan forgiveness. We will also discuss ways to bring your loan out of default and stop wage garnishment.

New Services

Need help navigating your new Kindle and borrowing E-books? We can help!  Please call to make an appointment with Melissa at 664-4646.

Did you write a Minecraft story with Mark Cheverton? Share your stories with him here!

Calling all homeschoolers! The Mechanicville Library now offers FastForWord computer program which follows the Common Core Curriculum. This will be a ten week session with space for twenty students.  Click on the following link to check the program out; http://www.scilearnglobal.com/the-fast-forword-program/. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please contact Michelle Duell at 664-4646 or mduell@sals.edu.