Our Summer Reading Club is still going strong! Have you signed up yet? It's not too late! All ages can participate. Register in person at the library or online. Whether you record your reading on paper or online, the more you read, the more chances you earn to win a $30 Amazon gift certificate. We'll draw 30 winners! Be sure to submit your reading/activity logs by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 30 to be eligible for our prize drawings.
See below for a full list of our in-person activities for the month of August. And don't forget about our fun take & make craft and science kits for kids and teens! We offer a different craft kit every week and a different science kit every two weeks, all summer long! Learn more about our summer kits below.
We'll have special goody bags available to pick up at the library at the end of the program for all youth participants in our Summer Reading Club! Little ones, kids, and teens can pick up their goody bag from August 16 through September 4.
We also encourage people of all ages to participate in our Summer Reading Photo Challenge. Show us that you've been up to this summer -- send us photos of you making crafts, doing science experiments, reading, and more! Everyone who submits photos will be entered into adrawing for a $10 Amazon gift certificate. We'll also use the photos in a Summer Reading Finale Video that we'll post on our YouTube channel on September 3.
Come to the library and get your outdoor scavenger hunt task list! When you finish the scavenger hunt, you can return to the library and claim your prize! The scavenger hunt instructions will be available inside the library.
Music on the Lawn
Wednesday, August 25, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Presented by the Friends of Castleton Public Library. Enjoy live music by Gone Gray on our front lawn! All ages welcome.
Storytime on the Lawn
Thursday, August 26, 11:00 a.m.
Join Miss Joelle for a special outdoor storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Please bring your own blanket for your family to sit on.
Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America - A Community Conversation
Thursday, August 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This free program offered by the Upper Hudson Library System will stream live via the UHLS Zoom and features discussion with Dr. Gretchen Sorin, author of "Driving While Black," and filmmaker Ric Burns, with moderator UHLS Board President Antonio Booth. Register early to receive a free copy of the book! Register at: bit.ly/Sorinlibraryprogram
This fundraiser is ongoing!
Location: 6 Center Redemption, 550 South St., Rensselaer, NY 12144
This fundraiser is super-simple -- when you take your returnable bottles & cans to 6 Center Redemption, let them know that you’d like to donate to the Friends of Castleton Public Library.
Please do not bring bottle & can donations to the library. Thanks for your support!
Prerecorded Online Events
Summer Photo Challenge
Submit photos Sunday, August 1 - Friday, August 27
What are you been up to during Summer Reading Club? This is your chance to show us! Send us photos of you making crafts, doing science experiments, reading books, and more! If you submit a photo, you have a chance to win a gift card in a randomly drawn raffle. Your photos will also be part of a showcase video at the end of the summer! The Summer Photo Challenge is open to all ages! Email photos by Friday, August 27 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Storytime with Miss Joelle
New episode posted every Wednesday - August 4, 11, 18, 25, September 1.
Join Miss Joelle for a story and rhymes/songs that you can participate in at home! A new storytime video is posted every Wednesday. All videos are available on-demand to fit your schedule. The complete Virtual Storytime playlist can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/CPL-storytime
Summer Reading Finale Video
Video can be seen on YouTube beginning Friday, September 3
Let's see what the Castleton Public Library community has been up to this summer! Enjoy photos from the Summer Reading Club and a message from the CPL staff as we finish off the summer! The video will be posted on our YouTube channel on Friday, September 3.
Did you know that we loan WiFi hotspots? They can be borrowed for 14 days -- all you need is your library card! Hotspots are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be checked out and returned at CPL. Call 518-732-0879 or email email@example.com for more information.
WiFi Inside & Outside Our Building
Our WiFi is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can access the public WiFi on the front lawn, or alongside the building on Stimpson Avenue (the signal is strongest near the front of the building). Just look for the network called "Castleton Public Library." There's no password to connect!