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Library eNewsletter | November 2023

Program in Hand?

The Hard Copy or Digital Program Guide for November & December

SSPL prints limited quantities of our Program Guide, which covers two months of programming at a time. This option is for those who wish to have a physical document highlighting our offerings. If you are comfortable with an online format, we encourage you to help us conserve resources by choosing that option, and visiting our online link to the guide or our Events Calendar at www.sspl.org where you will find these, other programming, details, and have the ability to register.

Growing Towards Sustainability

Repair Café is Back at SSPL

Our next Repair Café is on Saturday, December 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. in the H. Dutcher Community Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. If you have a sentimental item that is in storage, something you want to gift for the holidays but it's not working quite right, clothing that has a moth hole or a loose hem, or perhaps you need another notch in your belt - the Repair Cafe is a chance to work collaboratively with a volunteer coach that provides tools, advice and guidance to try and fix your beloved object.

Repair Cafés are free community events with the goals of repairing broken objects to extend their life, keeping things out of landfills, and fostering an appreciation for the art of repairing things. In collaboration with Sustainable Saratoga, we will have volunteer coaches to assist with jewelry, leather, computers and some electronics, textiles, small appliances, lamps, mechanical toys, clocks, wood and furniture. Please limit repairs to one per household. If there is time, we can accommodate multiple repairs.

Read, Listen, & Watch

hoopla Highlights Harry in December

At hoopla Digital, the focus is on providing the best digital library experience to public libraries and their patrons. They deliver that experience through continuous innovation and great content that allows libraries to make it possible for their patrons to Read, Listen, and Watch with their library card.

This month, SSPL patrons can get back to Hogwarts with the Harry Potter eBooks and audiobooks! Continue your adventure with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and find the full series and more on hoopla digital. Visit this link to get started.

Senior Planet by AARP

SSPL's Tech Series for Seniors

In cooperation with AARP's Senior Planet initiative, Sarartoga Springs Public Library is offering multiple opportunities for seniors to become more acquainted with technology through classes that cover everything from online shopping, to using Zoom, and LOTS more! Don’t miss out on these fantastic programs. Click this link for more information and the ability to register.


World Holiday Songs with

Cosby Gibson & Tom Staudle

Join the fantastic folk singers Gibson & Staudle Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m. in the H. Dutcher Community Room, as they share an inclusive overview of December holidays from around the world. The holidays include Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Winter Solstice, and Christmas with more mentioned. The songs will include sing-alongs, and are performed with a variety of musical instruments. This program is sure to get you in the holiday spirit, no matter how you celebrate! All ages are welcome. Registration is not required.

Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle are award winning songwriters and singers and live near the Adirondacks in upstate New York. As a duo, they have been performing for twelve years, and tour both regionally and nationally. "With guitar, violin, banjo, harmonica, ukelele and dulcimer, these high-spirited independent artists present heartfelt original acoustic folk and blues."

~ Folk Times


Citizen Preparedness: Natural

or Man-Made Disasters

Join us Thursday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Susman Room, and learn how the Citizen Preparedness Corps helps New York State residents prepare for natural or man-made disasters. Sergeants Gerardi and Esmel will discuss how to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to all hazards and threats. Registration is not required.


Cocoa and A Christmas Carol

Stop into the library Tuesday, December 19 at 7 p.m. for some hot cocoa, and listen to the recording of famed author Neil Gaiman reading Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the New York Public Library in 2013. The recording is 1.5 hours long, so stay for some or all of the story, pull up a chair, and enjoy a warm beverage with a neighbor. Registration is not required and all ages are welcome.

Tweens & Teens

Click on the links below to check out these offerings:

Tweens & Teens

Dungeons & Dragons | Saturdays, Dec. 2, 16, & 30 | 1 - 3 p.m. | Grades 7 - 12

Teen Holiday Button Making | Dec. 4 - Dec. 8 | 3 - 4 p.m. | Grades 7 -12

Gingerbread House Workshop for Teens | Monday, December 4 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Grades 7 - 12

Teen Kit: Fuzzy Socks & Hot Cocoa | Dec. 11 - 16 | 3 - 4 p.m. | Grades 7 -12

Minecraft Monday | Monday, December 11 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Grades 4 - 8

Teen Winter Scavenger Hunt & Pizza Party | Monday, December 18 | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Grades 7 - 12

Sophie the Golden Retriever Visits the Teen Room | Tuesday, December 19 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Grades 7 - 12

Cocoa and A Christmas Carol | Tuesday, December 19 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. | All Ages

Family Movie Friday - The Muppets Christmas Carol | Friday, December 22 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. | Children, Teens, & Families

Teen Crafternoons | Multiple Dates & Times | Grades 7 - 12

For more information about the Teen Room and Fall Hours, visit this link.

Kids Corner

What's New in December for Kids & Their Families

Click on the links below to check out these offerings:

Children & Families

Paws4Reading | Multiple Dates & Times | Reading Age

The Animal Menagerie Story Time | Saturday, December 9 | 10 - 10:45 a.m. | Children & Families

Minecraft Monday | Monday, December 11 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Grades 4 - 8

The Bookmark Bunch | Wednesday, December 13 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Grades 1 - 4

Library Goes to Town - Saratoga Hilton | Thursday, December 14 | 10:30 - 11 a.m. | Ages 2 - 5

Cocoa and A Christmas Carol | Tuesday, December 19 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. | All Ages

Family Movie Friday - The Muppets Christmas Carol | Friday, December 22 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. | Children & Families

Winter Storytelling & Crafts with Jeannine Laverty | Wednesday, December 27 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. | Ages 5 and Up

Paint a Picture Frame | Thursday, December 28 | 10 - 11 a.m. | Grades K - 6

Stories & Songs with the Snow Sisters | Thursday, December 28 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Children & Families

It's a Holly Jolly Puppet Show | Friday, December 29 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Children & Families

Please check our Events Calendar for Take-and-Make Crafts, Story Times, Baby Bounce, Music & Movement, Toddler Time, and Drop-In Crafts program availability.

The Friends Coffee Shop

Now Offers Catering!

Did you know that catering is now available for public meetings held inside the library! This service will be available Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you're interested in have a meeting catered, please contact Kristin at coffeeshop@fsspl.org to place your order. Advanced notice of 48 hours is needed.

Please feel free to reach out to our Friends with any questions at hello@fsspl.org.

Not a Friend of the library yet? Join today!

Need to book a Public Meeting Room? Vist this link.

For Coffee Shop Hours, visit this link.

Download the Libby App Today!

Access Digital eBooks, Audiobooks, and Magazines

Have you started using the Libby app yet? If you're new to accessing digital eBooks, Audiobooks, and Magazines online with your library card, we invite you to download the Libby app. For more information on how to do this, please watch the video below or click this link. Please note: The Overdrive app was discontinued in the spring.

Watch the video to learn how to download and begin using the Libby app.

Current Library Hours & Services

The library is open seven days a week and indoor seating is available. Current hours of operation are Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. | Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.


Christmas Eve - Sunday, December 24 - LIBRARY CLOSED

Christmas Day - Monday, December 25 - LIBRARY CLOSED

New Year's Eve - Sunday, December 31 - LIBRARY CLOSED

New Year's Day - Monday, January 1 - LIBRARY CLOSED

For a full list of services and additional updates, please visit the Library Announcements section of our homepage at www.sspl.org.

How to Find Out About

Programs at Your Library

Are you participating in programs at your library? View our Events Calendar at www.sspl.org or follow us on your favorite social media platform to stay in the loop!

Facebook: @SaratogaLibrary

Instagram: @SaratogaSpringsLibrary

X (Formerly Twitter): @SaratogaLibrary

TikTok: @SaratogaLibrary

Watch Us on YouTube!

Over the last few years, our librarians and presenters from a great many Saratoga Springs community organizations have been diligently working to produce online content for our YouTube channel. We're showcasing everything from children's story times, crafts, community conversations with local non-profits, book talks, gardening, travel, local history, art, tech tutorials, and so much more! As we continue with online programming, additional videos are added all the time, so please check out what's currently available and/or subscribe through the link below.

SSPL YouTube Channel

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