We're offering a variety of classes and events for all ages this month, with lots of Halloween fun! We're seeking donations for our Free Halloween Costume Giveaway on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. We're currently accepting donations of any clean, used or new costumes, masks, wigs, and accessories for children, teens, and adults. Donations can be dropped off any time during the library's hours of operation through Thursday, October 12. Thank you!
Also, don't miss our Halloween Parade and Party, co-sponsored by the library and the Castleton Fire Department. The parade leaves from the library at 2:00p.m. on Saturday, October 28, led by a fire truck! The parade ends at the firehouse, where we'll enjoy treats and enjoy crafts and games. All ages are welcome.
See below for a complete list of our October events!
Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to this evening storytime! Ages birth-8.
Learn & Play Storytime
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2.
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.
October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3.
Come play bridge with us! Geared toward beginners and players who need a refresher.
Our Take-Home Kits
Take & Make Craft Kit: Monster Puppets
Pick up anytime from Monday, October 2 through Saturday, October 28.
Celebrate the spookiest time of the year with fun paper bag monster puppets you can make at home!
Our Other Events
October StoryWalk @ Schodack Island State Park: Acorn Was a Little Wild
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! Acorn Was a Little Wild by Jen Arena will be up all month long. We change the StoryWalk book each month.
October StoryWalk @ Schodack Town Park: Yellow Time
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! Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer will be up all month long. We change the StoryWalk book each month.
Autumn Leaf Absorption Art
Monday, October 2, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Learn about water absorption in this magical leaf-coloring experiment! All ages welcome.
After Dinner Book Club - Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci
Monday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.
Join us the first Monday of each month for a book discussion! Books available at the front desk. This month's book isTaste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci.
Kids Cook: Chocolate Pretzel Sticks
Thursday, October 5, 4:00 p.m.
In this month's Kids Cook class, make a sweet and salty chocolate pretzel stick!
Cool Science: The Floating Ping Pong Ball
Wednesday, October 11, 3:00 -
Make a ping pong ball float in the air using only a plastic straw and learn the science behind how it works!
Open Mic Night
Wednesday, October 11, 6:00 -
Musicians & poets - come share your talents! If your instrument requires an amplifier, please bring one with you. All ages welcome to perform and to watch.
Free Halloween Costume Giveaway
Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Browse a selection of donated Halloween costumes, wigs, masks, and accessories & pick out costumes to take home! Donations of clean, gently used items accepted through Thu., 10/13.
Friends of CPL Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
Saturday, October 14, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Pick-Up Location: Residence at 110 Green Avenue, Castleton, NY 12033
Enjoy a tasty dinner and support the library! Dinner is baked ziti with meatballs. All dinners come with salad, bread, and a brownie. Take out only -- please preorder. Place your preorder and choose your pick-up time by visiting tinyurl.com/CPL-Pasta or by calling 518-466-8051.
CPL Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
Monthly meeting of the library’s Board of Trustees. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Afternoon Book Club - How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith
Want to help support and raise funds for CPL? Come join the Friends! All are welcome.
Special Storytime: Bird Migration
Thursday, October 19, 10:30 a.m.
At this special storytime with an environmental educator from Schodack Island State Park, we’ll learn about why birds fly south for the winter!
Teen Time: Cookie Decorating
Thursday, October 19, 4:00 p.m.
Decorate tasty cookies using frosting, icing, and more fun toppings! For teens in 6th-12th grades.
Friday, October 20, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Looking for something to do on your day off from school? Come create your own unique artistic sculptures and structures out of food and eat them when you’re all finished!
Paint a Mini Pumpkin
Saturday, October 21, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Come paint a mini pumpkin to decorate your home for Halloween!
Thursday, October 26, 10:30 a.m.
Let's get happy and enjoy some giggles! We will read a story together, and then Zippy the Clown will tell us funny jokes and show us how to make balloon animals.
Thursday, October 26, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Join us at the library to make fun Halloween crafts! All ages welcome.
Halloween Parade & Party
Saturday, October 28, 2:00 p.m.
Join the walking parade, which begins at the library at 2:00 led by a fire truck! Parade ends at the firehouse, where we’ll enjoy treats, crafts, and games. Co-sponsored by Castleton Public Library and the Castleton Fire Department. Funding provided by the Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club.
Duct Tape Crafts
Thursday, November 2, 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Stop in to make wallets, bow ties, flowers, and more! All ages welcome.
Marble Run Fun
Saturday, November 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Design & build a unique maze for a marble to go through, then drop a marble in and watch it work!
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!