Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Summer Reading Program! We hope you enjoyed a summer full of fun and learning. If you haven't turned in your reading record yet, please bring it in! We've already drawn our raffle prize winners, but kids and teens get a special goody bag when they hand in their reading record through Saturday, September 2. Youth who participated online can also stop in to get their goody bags!
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! If you register for a library card for the first time during the month of September, we'll give you a welcome gift. Spread the word to your family and friends! Signing up for a library card is easy -- adults and teens 16+ need to bring their photo ID and proof of current address. Youth under 16 need to bring their parent/guardian in order to sign up.
We're seeking donations for our Free Halloween Costume Giveaway on Saturday, October 14. 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 from now through Thursday, October 12. Thank you!
See below for a complete list of our September events. We hope you'll stop in and see us this fall!
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.
September 7, 14, 21, 28.
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.
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Come play bridge with us! Geared toward beginners and players who need a refresher.
Our Take-Home Kits
Take & Make Craft Kit: Back to School Crafts
Pick up anytime from Tuesday, September 5 through Saturday, September 30.
Make fun crafts to celebrate the beginning of a new school year!
Our Other Events
September StoryWalk @ Schodack Island State Park: From Tree to Sea
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! From Tree to Sea by Shelley Moore Thomas will be up all month long. We change the StoryWalk book each month.
September StoryWalk @ Schodack Town Park: Because of an Acorn
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! Because of an Acorn by Lola Schaefer will be up all month long. We change the StoryWalk book each month.
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, 3:00 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!
Tuesday, September 5, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Held outdoors, weather permitting. Make a creative design on cardstock using colored sand and glue!
Kids Cook: Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
Wednesday, September 6, 4:00 p.m.
In this month's Kids Cook class, we will create tasty fruit and cheese kabobs as well as a delicious dip.
Cool Science: Straw Airplanes
Tuesday, September 12, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Make airplanes using straws and hoops, and learn about the science behind how flight works.
Open Mic Night
Wednesday, September 13, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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.
Drug Takeback Day
Saturday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Drop off unused/expired medication for safe, anonymous disposal. Proper disposal of unused prescription and OTC medications is important to protect both people and the environment. Co-sponsored by Castleton Public Library and the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department.
Friends of CPL Music on the Lawn
Saturday, September 16, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy live music by Scarlett Fever on the front lawn! All ages. The Friends of CPL will be selling meatball subs, hot dogs, apple crisp, and drinks. Presented by the Friends of Castleton Public Library.
Monday, September 18, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate this versatile fall fruit by stopping in to create fun apple-themed crafts! All ages welcome.
CPL Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.
Monthly meeting of the library’s Board of Trustees. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Afternoon Book Club: Intimacies: A Novel by Katie Kitamura
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!