We're proud to announce a new program geared to help little ones in our community get ready to read. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KBBK) is open to children ages birth to 5. The goal of the program is to help young children build early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and become more enthusiastic learners once they begin school. 1KBBK makes reading even more fun with our tracking sheets and monthly early literacy tips! Your child will receive a prize for every 100 books that you read together. Signing up for 1KBBK is easy -- just ask at our front desk.
All this month, stop in to make a "Blind Date with a Book." Our librarians have selected a variety of books for adults, teens, and children, and wrapped them in paper with a little information about the book on the outside. You won’t know the "identity" of your blind date until you check it out!
Also during the month of February, we will remove $1.00 in overdue fines from your account for each nonperishable food item or personal care item you bring to the library to donate to the Anchor food pantry. This offer is for overdue fines, and does not apply to charges for lost items. It's a great way to clear up any fines you have, while you help others in the community.
See below for a full list of the programs we're offering in February, including several programs during the school break week (Feb. 20-23).
Learn the basics of computer use in a one-on-one setting. Call 518-732-0879 to register.
After Dinner Book Club: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Monday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.
Join us the first Monday of each month for a book discussion! This month's book is The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Books are available at the front desk.
Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.: 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27.
Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to this evening storytime!
Wednesday, February 7, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Get creative and make some fun crafts to celebrate the winter!
Learn & Play Storytime
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.: 2/8, 2/15, 2/22; 3/1.
Children from birth to age 5 are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement while building their early literacy and motor skills! Join us for fun and learning every Thursday at 10:30.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, February 8, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Help save lives -- donate blood. Appointments recommended; visit redcrossblood.org or call 518-732-0879 to make an appointment. Drop-ins also welcome.
Saturday, February 10, 10:30 a.m.
Join Miss Joelle for storytime and crafts! Suggested age range birth to age 6.
Saturday, February 10, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Come spend the afternoon crafting. We have plenty of supplies -- bring your imagination!
Read to Lacey
Monday, February 12, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Children are invited to read aloud to Lacey, the therapy dog! Reading to an animal can improve children's reading and communication skills in a relaxed and friendly environment. 15-minute individual reading time with Lacey is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
VITA Tax Preparation Mobile Site
Tuesday, February 13 (afternoon sessions by appointment)
IRS-certified volunteers in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provide free basic income tax return preparation to income-qualified individuals. Appointment required; call 518-732-0879.
Valentine's Day - Decorate A Cookie!
Wednesday, February 14, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Celebrate Valentine's Day by decorating a sweet treat to enjoy or give to a family member or friend!
Saturday, February 17, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bring a friend down to the library and play a game of tabletop hockey!
Afternoon Book Club - Other Minds Tuesday, February 20, 1:00 p.m.
Join us the third Tuesday of each month for a book discussion! This month's selection is Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith. Books are available at the front desk.
Cool Science: Rainbow Paper
Tuesday, February 20, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Join us for some cool science. This month we'll learn how color, light, and rainbows work by using solvents and black paper to make rainbow paper!
Evening Storytime: Nature
Tuesday, February 20, 6:00 p.m.
Special visitors from Schodack Island State Park will read a nature story, then we'll make pinecone bird feeders to take home! All ages welcome.
Tuesday, February 20, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Is your stuffed animal friend coming apart at the seams? Has your dog's favorite toy seen better days? Drop in with your stuffed animals or dog toys for free mending by Kathy Meyer.
Tuesday, February 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Get a free, private, and confidential consultation with an experienced attorney. Sponsored by The Legal Project. Appointment required; call 518-435-1770.
Library Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.
Monthly meeting of the CPL Board of Trustees. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Perler Bead Crafts
Wednesday, February 21, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Come make something awesome out of perler beads!
More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Parents
Wednesday, February 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Learn to recognize signs of depression and other mental health issues, initiate a conversation with your child, and get him/her help. Presented by the Rensslaer County Department of Mental Health. Please register; call 518-732-0879.
Wednesday, February 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Come knit and chat the third Wednesday of each month! Beginners welcome.
Friends of Castleton Public Library Meeting
Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.
Want to help support and raise funds for CPL? Come join the Friends! All are welcome.
Thursday, February 22, 10:30 a.m.
Learn to care for your teeth with a visitor from the office of Dr. David Starkman, DDS and take home a goodie bag! All ages welcome.
Make a Library Card Holder
Thursday, February 22, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Always losing your library card? Stop in to make your own decorative library hard holder!
Teen Time: Clue Mystery Night
Thursday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.
Join us at the library after closing and solve a case in a live-action version of the classic board game Clue. Enjoy snacks and a prize for the winner! For teens in 6th through 12th grades.
Friday, February 23, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Stop by the library to make bracelets, necklaces, and other creative beaded crafts!
Family Movie Night - Wonder
Friday, February 23, 6:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome at our monthly Family Movie Night! This month’s movie is Wonder (PG).
Marble Run Fun!
Saturday, February 24, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Build a unique maze for a marble to go through, then drop a marble in and watch it work!
Rainbow Scratch Art
Tuesday, February 27, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Stop in to make cool rainbow scratch art with special paper.
TED Talk Discussion Series: Photography
Wednesday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a viewing and discussion of short TED Talks that share a common theme. February's theme is “Photography.” TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” Annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for up to 18 minutes on a variety of topics.
Family Movie Night - Coco
Friday, March 2, 6:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome at our monthly Family Movie Night! March’s movie is Disney Pixar's Coco (PG).
After Dinner Book Club: I Contain Multitudes
Monday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.
Join us the first Monday of each month for a book discussion! This month's book is I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong. Books are available at the front desk.