On Saturday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m., the Rensselaerville Library will be hosting the Annual Lawn Party fund-raiser, at the Palmer House Café Courtyard (New Location).  Tickets are $20 and available at the door. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share.

Fine amnesty

Do you have overdue Rensselaerville Library books, audiobooks, movies, magazines? Starting Aug. 26 through Sept. 2 is fine amnesty.  So dig through the closets, book bags and drawers, search the bookcases, and family car, and recover those library items. Fine amnesty does not apply to damaged or lost items. 

Library meeting

The library’s annual meeting is on Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. The regular board meeting to follow.


The library will be participating in the Discover the Hilltowns – Farm and Artisans Tours on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a used book sale. If you have books to donate please bring them to the library during operating hours by Sept. 12.

Sign up month

Getting ready for back to school? We know every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. 

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Rensselaerville Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card. 


Going Fishing? Stop into the library and check out a fishing rod. The library has five rods to loan. Just remember if you are over 16 you need a fresh water-fishing license. The program is made possible with assistance from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Museum passes

The library has museum passes to the Clark and a 50 percent discount pass to the Adirondack Museum.

New website

The library’s website has been redesigned. Come visit www.rensselaervillelibrary.org.

Poetry group

The library’s poetry group will resume meeting on Sept. 9 and 23, at 7 p.m. If you have questions please contact Tom Corrado at tjc123@midtel.net.

Writing group

The library’s writing group will resume meeting on Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. This informal and supportive writing group is designed for writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities. Participants have time to write, share works in progress, and receive the support needed. If you have questions please call Linda Miller at 936-4402.

On Thursdays, May 1 and 8, the Rensselaerville Library will have a comprehensive retirement Program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Madison Wealth Managers will provide these informational seminars for planning a successful retirement. Please register for this program.

Medusa Festival

On Saturday, May 3, the library will be selling used books at the Medusa Festival, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Garage sale

On Saturday, May 17, as part of the RVFD Garage Sale Day the library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gently used books can be dropped off during library hours the week prior.

Story time

On Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m., Jeannette Rice will host story time for children of all ages. The theme is April Showers Bring May Flowers, we will have stories, songs and crafts all about flowers. 

Cocktail party

On Saturday, May 24, from 4 to 7 p.m., the annual library cocktail party and drawing will be held at Stonecrop the estate home at the Carey Conference Center. Tickets are $20 at the door. Please bring a dessert or appetizer to share.

Book discussion

On Saturday, May 31, the Community Read Book Discussion group will discuss Pontoon by Garrison Keillor at 11a.m., in the library.

Town picnic

On Sunday, June 1, there will be the annual town picnic, from 2 to 4 p.m., at town hall. The library will have an information table.

Lyme disease

On Thursday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m., Sarah Lyons from Albany County Department of Health will provide a presentation on Lyme disease prevention. Please register a minimum of 8 registrants is required. 


On Thursday, June 12, at 3 p.m., Marni Graff will provide a workshop on the Art of Mystery for writers and readers. Graff is self-published and prepares her own marketing and press and will offer some insights into the publishing industry. 

Also, on Thursday, June 12, at 7 p.m., Graff will read from the third book in the Nora Tierney series the Scarlet Wench.

Reading program

The Summer Reading Program (for all ages) begins Saturday, June 21, and goes through Saturday, August 2. More details to come.

Save the date

The Festival of Writers is from Aug. 15 to 17. Look for more information at www.festivalofwriters.org.

Ongoing activities

The writing group meets the second Thursday at 7 p.m. of every month.

The Library Board of Trustees meeting is at 7 p.m., at the library on the third Monday of the month unless otherwise posted. This meeting is open to the public.

The poetry group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m., of every month.

You have access to ebooks and audio books through the library and your library card. Visit http://uhls.org/eMedia_Access.asp to start downloading. You can also find Tumblebooks for kids.

The Rensselaerville Library is holding its annual Poetry Month Celebration with Conkling Hall to engage the community in poetry; the library received the Upper Hudson Library System 2012 Library Program of the Year for rural and small libraries for a similar program.

Attention — cowgirls and cowboys, naturalists and farmers, humor lovers and word lovers, musicians and friends: You don’t have to be a poet to enjoy poetry.

Thursday celebrations

The month begins with the first of four Thursday celebrations — relaxing and stimulating evenings at the library, listening, reading and discussing poetry with friends and neighbors: 

— On April 3 at 7 p.m.: Poetic Humor, Laughing Our Way into Poetry Month, hosted by Richard Ronconi, teacher, beekeeper, and occasional writer.

As a teacher, he found humor to be a good “entrance” into poetry. 

We don’t always connect poetry with humor. Often we think of a poem as an expression of beauty, love, or some other deep emotion. Humor is also an emotion favored in poetry. Together, let’s read some light-hearted poems that have been written by some distinguished and not-so-distinguished poets to make us laugh and have fun. This hour is for readers of all ages, so kids, teens, and adults, let’s cheer each other up with an hour of fun poems; 

— On April 10 at 7 p.m.: How to Read, and Perhaps Enjoy, Very New Poetry, hosted by Tom Corrado, poet and coordinator of the Library’s Poetry Group. 

Isn’t poetry poetry? Isn’t all poetry the same? Using sound, imagery and concision to tell a story, convey a message, extract meaning from experience? Isn’t new poetry pretty much like old poetry? Simply new wine in old bottles? Not really! Some interesting things are happening in poetry, and new poets are shepherding poetry into new arenas, crafting poems that at times can be intimidating, befuddling, seemingly meaningless. Find out about new poetry and new poets; 

— On April 17 at 7 p.m.: Birds, Bees, Trees, and more: The Poetry of Nature, hosted by Virginia Carter, teacher, artist, and bird-watcher. 

Poets have always been inspired by nature, from the ancient Greeks to contemporary poets. Enjoy an evening reading, listening to, and discussing a variety of poetry that was inspired by the natural world; and

— On April 24 at 7 p.m.: Easy Chairs and Saddle Sores: Cowboy Poetry hosted by Janet Botaish, Equine Specialist, EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) certified.

“To me, horses and freedom are synonymous,” said Veryl Goodnight. 

Cowboy poems have a life of their own. They are built with words that are spawned not only from labor, but also from an occupation with which the poet’s very existence is expressly linked. A cowboy or rancher lives where he or she works, and what they do in their work determines their survival. This is the essence of cowboy poetry. Come and be enchanted by words, both old and new, that are attached to a life few know firsthand. 

Three more events

These are the other Poetry Month events:

— On Saturday, April 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Conkling Hall: Inspiration: An Afternoon of Music and Poetry hosted by Peter Boudreaux, musician and writer 

This event features poet and Whitman scholar Howard Nelson, who will read from his own work including All the Earthly Lovers: Poems Selected and New due out this spring, as well as from the poets who inspired him; soprano Sarah Nelson Weiss who will perform an original piece inspired by Walt Whitman and composed and performed by Peter Boudreaux; the wonderful Village Voices; and Musicians Dian Ryan and Hank LaBrecque who will share pieces inspired by poetry or written by folk-poet songwriters; 

— On Saturday, April 26, at 11:30 a.m., enjoy your Saturday morning cup of coffee with guest poet Marilyn McCabe 

Marilyn’s poem “On Hearing the Call to Prayer Over the Marcellus Shale on Easter Morning” was awarded A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize in the fall of 2012 and appeared in the Los Angeles Review. Her book of poetry, Perpetual Motion, was published by The Word Works in 2012 as the winner of the Hilary Tham Capitol Collection contest. Her work has appeared in literary magazines such as Nimrod, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly; French translations and songs on Numero Cinq; and a video-poem on The Continental Review; and 

— Sunday, April 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Conkling Hall: Now It’s Your Turn!

All are invited to read a favorite poem at our annual Favorite Poem Project emceed once again by the inimitable writer/actress/reverend Claire North. The Favorite Poem Project, part of a national movement begun by former poet laureate of the United States, Robert Pinsky, encourages communities to come together to share poetry.

Over the past eight years, neighbors and friends have gathered to read aloud their favorite poems, everything from the silly to the serious, favorites from childhood as well as adulthood. Bring a favorite poem to this year’s event. If you are a writer, you may also bring one original (as well as one favorite) poem or other short piece to share. Of course, you can come just to listen. 

All events are free although donations to the library are welcome. 

Refreshments will be served at all Poetry Month events. 

For more information about any of these events, call the Rensselaerville Library at 797-3949 or visit the library’s website at www.rensselaervillelibrary.org. 

Please note: Conkling Hall is located at 8 Methodist Hill Road in Rensselaerville. All events not in Conkling Hall will be held at the Rensselaerville Library, 1459 County Route 351, Rensselaerville. 

On Sunday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. come to the Rensselaerville Library for Felting Hearts and Flowers for the One you Love with Sharon Costello. Please register for this class.  There is a cost of  $5 for supplies.

Board meets

On Monday, Feb. 10, the library board of trustees meeting is at 7 p.m., in the library. This meeting is open to the public.

Poetry group

The poetry group will meet on Tuesdays, Feb. 11 and 25, at 7p.m.

Valentine drawing

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the library will have a Valentine drawing party at 6 p.m. Make sure to get your tickets. The cost is $1 a ticket or 6 tickets for $5. Over 14 prizes will be in the drawing to benefit the Library.

Group meets

The writing group will meet on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.

Healthy heart

On Saturday, Feb. 15, join us for a Healthy Heart Party for children with Emileigh and Leah at 10:30 a.m.

Library services

Do you have an Ereader?  You have access to free ebooks and audio books through the library and your library card.  No library card, just stop into the library and we can help you. Visit http://digitalcollection.uhls.org to start downloading.

Computer help

One on one computer and Internet help is available at the library. Would you like one on one computer or technology help with setting up an e-mail account, word processing, Facebook, Overdrive, E readers, job searching sites, and more? Kim is offering individual sessions at the library to help get you started with almost any common everyday computer and Internet questions. Appointments are recommended, please visit or call the library at 797-3949.

On Friday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m., Emileigh Tanner will make a presentation at the Rensselaerville Library called “How the Huyck Preserve Came To Be.”

The writing group will meet on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.

On Monday, Jan. 13, the library board of trustees will meet at 7 p.m. at the library. The meeting is open to the public.

The poetry group will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and 28.


Do you have an eReader? 

You have access to free eBooks and audio books through the library and your library card.

No library card?

Just stop into the library and we can help you.

Visit http://digitalcollection.uhls.org to start downloading.

Computer help

Would you like one-on-one computer or technology help with setting up an e-mail account, word processing, Facebook, Overdrive, Ereaders, job-searching sites, etc.?

I am offering individual sessions at the library to help get you started with almost any common everyday computer or Internet questions.

Appointments are recommended.

Please visit or call the library at 797-3949