Summer is in full swing at CPL! Have you signed up for our Summer Reading Club yet? Our program is inclusive of all ages -- including babies/toddlers, preschoolers, kids, teens, and adults. Join the fun and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift certificate (we'll draw 30 winners). You can sign up all summer long either in the library or online!
A complete listing of our July events and take-home kits is below -- or you can download our Summer Reading Club guide for a full list of our events and take-home kits through the end of the summer.
Learn about solubility while making cool art on paper towels - watch as colors rise from one layer of the paper towel to another!
Special Visitor Storytime: Nature Journals
Thursday, July 6, 10:30 a.m.
An environmental educator from Schodack Island State Park will join us for this special storytime about nature journaling, and then we will create our own nature journals.
Teen Time: Yarn Pom Poms
Thursday, July 6, 4:00 p.m.
Learn how to make fun yarn ball pom poms and enjoy some snacks! For teens going into 6th-12th grades in the fall.
Foam Paint Fun
Friday, July 7, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Held outdoors, weather permitting. Make a unique piece of art using special puffy foam paint!
Perler Bead Crafts
Saturday, July 8, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Come make something awesome out of perler beads!
Monday, July 10, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Do you love emojis? Create and decorate your own special emoji pillow! No sewing is required. Recommended for ages 5 & up.
Cool Science: Ice Cream Science
Tuesday, July 11, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
In this delicious science experiment, we’ll learn about chemistry while we create a tasty treat to eat when our experiment is finished!
Minecraft, Your Craft
Wednesday, July 12, 6:00 p.m.
Do you like Minecraft? Do you want to write adventure stories? Minecraft book author Nick Eliopulos will talk about how he looks to games for inspiration when writing his books, he’ll discuss how Minecraft provides the perfect “building blocks” for exciting stories, and he’ll provide you with a “crafting formula” for creating characters to populate your own stories! Ages 7-12.
Special Visitor Storytime: Dance
Thursday, July 13, 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a special dance-themed storytime with Isabelle School of Dance!
Paper Bag Kites
Thursday, July 13, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Create and decorate a fun, homemade kite using paper bags, string, streamers, and popsicle sticks!
Marble Run Fun
Friday, July 14, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Design & build a unique maze for a marble to go through, then drop a marble in and watch it work!
Bird Story and Craft at Schodack Island State Park
Friday, July 14, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Riverview Pavilion, Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156
Pre-registration required - call 518-732-0187. Join an educator from the park and staff from the library to learn all about birds! We'll read a short story about birds, create a bird craft, and be able to touch real feathers and skull replicas! Age range 2-12.
Giant Connect Four
Saturday, July 15, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bring a friend or family member to play a game of Connect Four using our giant set.
Monday, July 17, 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a hands-on, interactive educational program with live tortoises, lizards, and snakes! Participants will get the opportunity to touch and hold some of the animals, and they'll be able to watch some of them eat. We'll discuss topics including ecology, adaptations, and invasive species. Funding for this event provided by the Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club.
Cool Science: Code Your Name
Tuesday, July 18, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Learn about binary code and use colorful beads to make a bracelet or necklace that represents your name in binary code!
Wednesday, July 19, 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Play tabletop hockey at the library with your friends or family!
Afternoon Book Club - All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Wednesday, July 19, 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 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.
Special Visitor Storytime: Tri-City ValleyCats
Thursday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.
After reading a story about baseball, we’ll get to meet some special visitors from the Tri-City ValleyCats! All ages welcome.
Teen Time: Dungeons & Dragons
Thursday, July 20, 4:00 p.m.
Pre-registration required -- call 518-732-0879 or email email@example.com. Join us for a D&D roleplaying adventure! No previous experience necessary. For teens going into 6th-12th grades in the fall.
Friday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Held outdoors, weather permitting. Make unique 3-D bubble wands and see what kinds of bubbles you can create!
Saturday, July 22, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Held outdoors, weather permitting. Bring your plain tees, socks, or anything else that needs brightening to the library and twist some color into your life!
Family Magic Show
Monday, July 24, 6:00 p.m.
This exciting show by MagicMan is filled with conjuring, comedy, and audience participation! Funding for this event provided by Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program.
Kids Cook: M&M Peanut Butter Cookies
Tuesday, July 25, 4:00 p.m.
Learn to make delicious, no-bake cookies with mini M&Ms, oats, peanut butter, and honey.
Wednesday, July 26, 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, July 26, 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!
Special Visitor Storytime: Bees
Thursday, July 27, 10:30 a.m.
Learn all about bees at this special storytime with Bee Hollow Farm!
Cool Science: Slime
Thursday, July 27, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Get messy learning about the science behind slime, and make your own slime to take home!
Create a Chain Reaction
Friday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Using our special kit, set up a course of ramps, hammers, pendulums, and more, then watch the chain reaction.
Saturday, July 29, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
We have lots of craft supplies – bring your imagination and make something awesome! All ages welcome.
Water Balloon Baseball
Monday, July 31, 1:00 p.m.
Held outdoors, weather permitting. Beat the heat with this exciting version of baseball using water balloons - be prepared to get wet! Recommended for ages 7 and up.
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.
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!