Summer is still in full swing at CPL! Check out a full list of our remaining summer programs below -- there's a lot going on for kids, teens, and adults before school starts again. Or you can download our Summer Reading Club guide for a full list of our events and take-home craft kits through the end of the summer.
Are you participating in our Summer Reading Club? If not, there's still time to sign up! Be sure to turn in your reading record to us by 6:00 pm on Monday, August 28 (or finish logging your reading online by that date) to be eligible for our Summer Reading raffle prize drawings. We'll be drawing 30 winners for a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
We'll also give kids & teens a special goody bag when they hand in their reading record from August 14 through September 2!
Thank you for joining us for a summer full of fun and learning!
Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to this evening storytime! Ages birth-8.
Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
August 1 & 8.
Join us for an indoor yoga class geared toward adult beginners, with instructor Barbara Hacker. Please bring your own mat.
Learn & Play Storytime
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.
Children from birth to age 5 are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement while building their early literacy and motor skills!
Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
August 4, 11, 18, 25, September 1.
Come play bridge with us! Geared toward beginners and players who need a refresher.
Our Take-Home Kits
Take & Make Craft Kit: Origami
Pick up anytime from Monday, July 31 through Saturday, August 5.
Learn how to make fun folded origami creations!
Take & Make Craft Kit: Make a Multi-Colored Crayon
Pick up anytime from Monday, August 7 through Saturday, August 12.
Melt down a variety of crayon pieces to make your own big multi-colored crayon!
Take & Make Craft Kit: Robots & Monsters
Pick up anytime from Monday, August 14 through Saturday, August 19.
Make your own exciting robot or monster out of a tin can or paper tube!
Take & Make Craft Kit: PaperMosaic Art
Pick up anytime from Monday, August 21 through Saturday, August 26.
Unleash your creativity and make beautiful paper mosaic art!
Take & Make Craft Kit: Kaleidoscopes
Pick up anytime from Monday, August 28 through Saturday, September 2.
Make your own kaleidoscope and decorate paper discs to explore with your viewer!
Our Other Events
August Schodack Island State Park StoryWalk: Goodnight, Veggies
Location: Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156.
The StoryWalk begins near the playground and is available anytime!
Enjoy a StoryWalk with your family! Goodnight, Veggies by Diana Murray will be up all month long. We change the StoryWalk book each month.
August StoryWalk @Schodack Town Park: In the Red Canoe
Location: Schodack Town Park, 498 Poyneer Road, Nassau, NY 12123
The StoryWalk begins near the playground and is available anytime when the park is open!
Enjoy a StoryWalk with your family! In the Red Canoe by Leslie Davidson will be up all month long. We change the StoryWalk book each month.
Cool Science: Baking Soda Rocket
Tuesday, August 1, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Held outdoors, weather permitting. Make a homemade rocket using a plastic bottle, then watch it launch with a combination of baking soda and vinegar! Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Birds of Prey
Wednesday, August 2, 6:00 p.m.
Come see raptors such as owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons with Silent Wings Raptor Rehab and Education. Learn about them, their unique behaviors and the conservation issues that impact them. All ages. Funding for this event provided by Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program.
Special Visitor Storytime: Monarch Migration
Thursday, August 3, 10:30 a.m.
An environmental educator from Schodack Island State Park will join us for this special storytime all about monarch migration.
Teen Time: Marbled Mugs
Thursday, August 3, 4:00 p.m.
Design your own unique marbled mug using nail polish and hot water! For teens going into 6th-12th grades in the fall.
Friday, August 4, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Create your own unique artistic sculptures and structures out of food and eat them when you’re all finished!
Chalk the Walk
Saturday, August 5, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Held outdoors, weather permitting. Help bring some color to our front walkway! We have plenty of chalk - bring your imagination.
Cool Science: Lava Lamps
Monday, August 7, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Discover the science behind how lava lamps work, and make your own simple lava lamp to take home!
After Dinner Book Club - Infinite Country: A Novel
Monday, August 7, 7:00 p.m.
Join us the first Monday of each month for a book discussion! Books available at the front desk. This month we are reading Infinite Country: A Novel by Patricia Engel.
Marble Run Fun
Tuesday, August 8, 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Design & build a unique maze for a marble to go through, then drop a marble in and watch it work!
The Science of Dry Ice
Wednesday, August 9, 6:00 p.m.
With MiSci. Explore the states of matter with some super-cold chemical ice! Participants watch as objects freeze before their eyes, bubbles float on an invisible bed, and clouds of gas erupt from the lab table. Learners also observe the process of sublimation, where a solid becomes a gas without first becoming a liquid. Recommended for ages 6-14. Funding for this event provided by Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program.
Special Visitor Storytime: Smoothies
Thursday, August 10, 10:30 a.m.
We’ll read a story about food, then learn about making fruit smoothies with local YouTuber Suzanne Ridgeway from Lettuce Eat!
Giant Connect Four
Thursday, August 10, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Bring a friend or family member to play a game of Connect Four using our giant set.
Build with Keva Planks
Friday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Drop in and make a tower or other exciting structure using Keva Planks! All ages welcome.
Monarch Story and Craft at Schodack Island State Park
Friday, August 11, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Riverview Pavilion, Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156
Join an educator from the park and staff from the library to learn all about monarch butterflies! We'll read a short story about monarchs, create a monarch craft, and be able to see monarch caterpillars! Age range 2-12. Pre-registration required - call 518-732-0187.
Saturday, August 12, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Using gumdrops and toothpicks, build the biggest, tallest, or weirdest structure you can! Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Monday, August 14, 2:00 p.m.
Recommended for ages 4-8. With MiSci. How are dinosaurs different from other animals? What happened to the dinosaurs? What did they eat? What is a fossil? Explore the prehistoric world as you learn how to identify dinosaurs while holding real fossils and creating your own Dino-fossil to take home. Funding for this event provided by Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program.
Tissue Paper Painting
Tuesday, August 15, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Make beautiful, unique art using tissue paper and water. Remove the tissue paper to see the design you created!
Afternoon Book Club - Last Call by Elon Green
Wednesday, August 16, 1:00 p.m.
Join us the third Wednesday of each month for a book discussion! Books available at the front desk. This month's title is Last Call by Elon Green.
Cool Science: Magnetic Paper Plate Maze
Wednesday, August 16, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Create your own magnetic maze and learn about how magnets work!
Special Visitor Storytime: Construction
Thursday, August 17, 10:30 a.m.
After we read a story about construction, we’ll get to see some real machines, courtesy of the Village of Castleton Department of Public Works!
Teen Time: Galaxy Jars
Thursday, August 17, 4:00 p.m.
Create your own beautiful galaxy in a jar using cotton balls and paint! For teens going into 6th-12th grades in the fall.
Snow in August
Friday, August 18, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Held outdoors, weather permitting. It may be summer, but at the library you can make your own “snow” to take home!
Saturday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Play tabletop hockey at the library with your friends or family!
Monday, August 21, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Unleash your inner sushi chef and craft candy into edible art! Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Kids Cook: Marshmallow Fruit Dip
Tuesday, August 22, 4:00 p.m.
Create a tasty dip for fruit using marshmallow créme!
Perler Bead Crafts
Wednesday, August 23, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Come make something awesome out of perler beads!
Friends of CPL Music on the Lawn
Wednesday, August 23, 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy live music by Gone Gray on the front lawn! All ages. The Friends of CPL will be selling meatball subs, hot dogs, strawberry shortcakes, and drinks. Food sales from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Music from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Presented by the Friends of Castleton Public Library.
Special Visitor Storytime: Police
Thursday, August 24, 10:30 a.m.
We’ll read a book about police officers, then get to meet a real-life officer from the Schodack Police Department and see a police car! All ages welcome.
Cool Science: Paper Cup Telephone
Thursday, August 24, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Create a telephone made from paper cups and string, and learn about how telephones work!
Early Literacy Coding
Friday, August 25, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Young children are invited to learn simple coding with KIBO Robots, Cubetto Block Robots, and the Code&Go Robot Mouse! Recommended for ages 3-8.
Paint a Kindness Rock
Saturday, August 26, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Come to the library to paint beautiful rocks to display at home or to leave somewhere to spread happiness!
Pool Noodle Monsters
Monday, August 28, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Create colorful monsters using pool noodle pieces and lots of fun craft supplies!
Cool Science: Water Suspension
Tuesday, August 29, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Watch as water magically remains suspended inside a container! We will learn about how air pressure makes this possible.
Wednesday, August 30, 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
We’ll have lots of Legos out for this all-day build-a-thon!
Walking Storytime at Schodack Island State Park
Wednesday, August 30, 2:30 p.m.
Location: We’ll meet at the beginning of the StoryWalk (near the playground) at Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156.
Held outdoors, weather permitting. We’ll explore the current StoryWalk book together, then do a craft!
Thursday, August 31, 10:30 a.m.
As summer comes to an end, apple season begins! We’ll read stories about apples, then taste apples and cider.
Teen Time: Magnets
Thursday, August 31, 4:00 p.m.
Create your own unique glass stone magnets with interesting designs! For teens going into 6th-12th grades in the fall.
Friday, September 1, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Use styrofoam egg cartons to make a pretty pastel flower wreath to decorate your home!
Deer Story and Craft at Schodack Island State Park
Friday, September 1, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Riverview Pavilion, Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156
Join an educator from the park and staff from the library to learn all about deer! We'll read a short story about deer, create a deer craft, and be able to touch a real deer hide & skull! Age range 2-12. Pre-registration required -- call 518-732-0187.
Rainbow Scratch Art
Saturday, September 2, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Stop in to make cool rainbow scratch art using special paper!
Did you know that we have a playlist of Virtual Storytime episodes that you can watch anytime? All episodes are created by Miss Joelle, our Youth Services Librarian.
Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes with us, on your schedule!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!