News from Castleton Public Library - November 2016
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Notes from Our Director: 

It's the time of year to give thanks! Any time this November, stop into the library and write down something that you’re grateful for on a paper leaf. We’ll add it to the gratitude tree in our front window! Watch the tree grow all month and see what people in our community are thankful for.

We're also offering a special opportunity to say "thank you" to members of our military this November. From Monday, November 7 through Saturday, November 12 (closed on 11/11), we'll have an Operation Gratitude Letter-Writing Station available during our open hours – write a letter to deployed troops, veterans, new recruits, first responders, or wounded warriors. It takes only five minutes of your day, but will bring lasting joy to the recipients. People of all ages are invited to participate. 

Finally, just in time for your holiday shopping, the Friends of Castleton Public Library are holding their annual Barnes & Noble Bookfair Fundraiser. At Barnes & Noble in Colonie Center on Saturday, November 19, you can shop and support your local library at the same time. The day will also include storytimes and special presentations! See the calendar below for a listing of the day's events. Can’t make it to shop? See the event listing for a code to shop online. 

See below for a complete list of our November programs. We hope you'll join us! 


Melissa Tacke, Library Director
November Programs and Events at CPL
Click here to download our November events calendar as a PDF
Computer Help

By appointment, to fit your schedule! 

Learn the basics of computer use or ask questions in a one-on-one setting. Please call the library during regular business hours to register (518-732-0879) or email our Director
Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics

Wednesday, November 2, 5:00 p.m.

The Alzheimer’s Association will explore memory loss issues and discuss the differences between memory loss brought on by normal aging vs. dementia. Registration requested; call Tonya at 867-4999. 
Story Hour with Miss Linda

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. 

November 3, 10, 17; December 1. 

Join Miss Linda for a story and craft! Recommended for children from birth through age 6. 
Block Party

Fridays from 10:00-11:00 a.m. 

November 4, 18; December 2. 

Bring your baby, toddler, or preschooler in for group play with wooden blocks, and help develop their skills in early literacy, math and reasoning, logic, social know-how and more! 
Perler Bead Crafts

Friday, November 4, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Day off from school? Come make something awesome out of perler beads!
Operation Gratitude Letter-Writing Week

Monday, November 7 through Saturday, November 12 - During open hours (CLOSED 11/11)

Show your support for members of our military – write a letter to deployed troops, veterans, new recruits, first responders, or wounded warriors. We’ll have a letter-writing station up all week long! It takes only five minutes of your day, but will bring lasting joy to the recipients. For all ages.  
Bring Your Own Book Club

Monday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.

Bring a book you've read lately and discuss it with the group! This is a great way to learn about books and authors you might not otherwise read. For adults.  
Duct Tape Crafts

Wednesday, November 9, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

We have a rainbow of duct tape to match your imagination. Learn how to make wallets, bowties, flowers, other accessories, and more!
Afternoon Book Club: The Rosie Project

Tuesday, November 15, 1:00 p.m. 

Join us for the Afternoon Book Club the third Tuesday of each month. This month's selection is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Books are available at the front desk.
Free Resources for Job Seekers

Tuesday, November 15, 6:00 p.m. 

Need a new template to freshen up your resume? Looking for free alternatives to office software? Sarah McFadden of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County demonstrates free resources that can help your application materials stand out. Registration required; call 732-0879. Program supported by funds from the NYS Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services Program. 
Legal Clinic

Tuesday, November 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Need help with a legal issue? Get a free, private, and confidential consultation with an experienced attorney. Sponsored by The Legal Project. Appointment required; contact Rose Porter at 518-435-1770.
Pajama Storytime

Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 p.m.

Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to this evening storytime. Perfect before you head to bed!
Friends of CPL Meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.

Want to help support and raise funds for CPL? Come join the Friends! All are welcome.  
Family Movie Night: Finding Dory

Friday, November 18, 6:00 p.m.

Movie lovers of all ages are welcome at our Family Movie Night! This month's movie is Disney's Finding Dory (PG), released this year. 
Friends of CPL Barnes & Noble Fundraiser

Saturday, November 19, 9:00 a.m. -  9:00 p.m. 

Do your holiday shopping and support your local library at the same time!
Enjoy all-day activities for the whole family while you shop:
10:00 a.m.  - Storytime with Miss Mia
12:00-5:00 p.m. Meet a Therapy Dog from Therapy Dogs International,
Schenectady Chapter #74
12:30 p.m. - Reading Rats Storytime
2:00 p.m. - Reading Rats Storytime
3:00 p.m. - Rubik’s Cube and Sports Stacking Demonstrations
4:30 p.m. - Antique Bicycles Presentation by Dave Chinery
6:00 p.m. - Storytime with Theresa Scandurra
7:30 p.m. - “Beekeeping: What’s the Buzz?” by Paul from Bee Hollow

Can’t make it to shop on November 19? Go to to support us online from 11/19/16 through 11/24/16 by entering Bookfair ID 12005104 at checkout.
Library Board Meeting

Monday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. 

Monthly meeting of the CPL Board of Trustees. Members of the public are welcome to attend. 
Thanksgiving Crafts

Tuesday, November 22, 2:30-7:00 p.m.

Come down to the library and craft something for your Thanksgiving celebrations!
Cool Science: The Penny Experiment!

Tuesday, November 29, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

In this month’s exploration, we’ll test different household solutions to take grime off of pennies. Which will work best? Which won’t work at all? Come by the library to find out!
TED Talk Discussion Series: Communication

Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 p.m.

Join us the last Wednesday of each month for a viewing and discussion of two short TED Talks that share a common theme. November's theme is "Communication." TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to "ideas worth spreading." Annual TED Conference invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for up to 18 minutes on a variety of topics. 
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