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Library eNewsletter | February 2023


Hard Copy or Digital Program Guide for January & February

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

SSPL Begins Recycling Library CDs & DVD's

Once thought non-recyclable, the library now has an outlet to recycle discarded library CDs & DVDs through a company called GreenDisk. The company can reclaim metals used in disc manufacturing and shred plastic discs into bits used as an asphalt additive.

Unlike some recycling companies, almost 100% of the material that GreenDisk collects is reused or recycled. No hazardous materials or obsolete components go overseas to be processed or disposed of. We have accumulated 35 lbs. of material to date.

Withdrawal of materials is an important aspect of collection development. When library materials lose the value for which they were originally selected, they should be withdrawn. The purpose of the withdrawal policy is to insure that the collection remains vital and useful by:

  • discarding and/or replacing items in poor physical condition
  • eliminating items with obsolete, misleading or superseded information
  • reducing the number of copies of titles whose relevance to the community has lessened

In the interest of sustainability, whenever it is possible, items withdrawn from the collection will be offered to the Friends of Saratoga Springs Public Library for the purpose of disposition, either through resale or donation to other community agencies. Materials that have no residual resale or informational value, or that or worn or damaged beyond use, will be recycled, if that is a viable option. (https://www.sspl.org/about/policies/collection/)

In 2018, Saratoga Springs Public Library was the 2nd library in New York State to be certified by both the Green Business Partnership and the New York Library Association's Sustainability Initiative.

Download the Libby App Today!

Access Digital eBooks, Audiobooks, and Magazines

If you've been using the OverDrive app, it's time to switch to Libby! If you're new to accessing digital eBooks, Audiobooks, and Magazines online with your library card, we invite you to download the Libby app as well. For more information on how to do this, please watch the video below or click this link. Please note: The Overdrive app will be discontinued early this year.

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


In Conversation: Black History Month

In observance of Black History Month, please join us to discuss reading selections from Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain's book Four Hundred Souls. We will meet twice during the month of February (2/7 & 2/21) to discuss what we have read. Copies of the book may be found on the Reading Group shelves from the second floor of the library, or requested through our catalog. Please register through this link.


Between the Covers: Romance Authors

on Writing Romances

Ever wonder what makes a romance author tick? Romance books top the charts of the book selling industry. Join us this Valentine's Day, February 14 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and meet Ginny FrostJean C. Gordon, Minita Sanghvi, Lucinda Race and more to learn about their process and inspirations. Our Romance Panel will be answering questions provided by a Moderator and some from our audience. Authors' books will be available for purchase and autographs at the event. Please register online through this link.


Music & Dance with Paul Rosenberg

Come kick up your heels to live fiddle music with Paul Rosenberg from 11 a.m. - Noon Saturday, February 4. Your family will enjoy a tradition of community dancing and music handed down from generation to generation. Paul will play music and get everyone involved – from ages 2 to 102 — especially those who have not danced before, in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites: circles, squares, contras, as well as a few international folk (Irish, Dutch, Ukrainian, Latin American, Israeli, French, African, and more) dances. No registration required.


Owl Prowls at Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park

Participants ages 5 and older, along with an adult or caregiver, are invited to Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park to learn owl calls and go for an Owl Prowl walk to listen for these nighttime birds of prey. We ask that participants bring snowshoes if they have them, otherwise the Wilton Wildlife Center will have loaners available. In addition, please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather as this will be a totally outdoor experience. Choose from four dates: 2/16, 2/17, 2/23,& 2/24. Register online or by calling the Children's Room at 518-584-7860, ext. 305.

Kids & Teens Corner

What's New in February for Kids, Parents, Teens, & Their Families

Click on the links below to check out these offerings for Kids, Teens, and their Families:

Tweens & Teens

Day of Adventure: Dungeons & Dragons | Tuesday, February 21 | 3 & 5:30 p.m.| Grades 7 - 12

Bead Lizard Kit for Teens | Monday, February 20 | All Day | Teens

Zentangle for Teens | Monday, February 20 | 3 - 4 p.m. | Grades 6 and up

The Teen Room is open to students entering grades 7-12 Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays, 3 - 6 p.m. & Wednesdays, 2 - 6 p.m.

Children & Families

Music & Dance for Take Your Child to the Library Day | Saturday, February 4 | 11 a.m. - Noon | All Ages

Drop-In Spoon Craft for Chowderfest | Saturday, February 11 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Children

Paws4Reading with Keeva | Thursdays, February 9 & 16 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Reading Age

Owl Prowls at Wilton Wildlife Preserve | Thursdays, Feb. 16 & 23 and Fridays, Feb. 17 & 24 | 7 | Children & Families

Campfire Stories & Songs | Monday, February 20 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Ages 4 - 12

Preschool Playdough Party | Tuesday, February 21 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Ages 3 - 5

Animal Tracking on Snowshoes at Wilton Wildlife Preserve | Tuesday, Feb. 21 | 1 - 2:30 p.m. | Ages 5 and Up

Block Builders | Wednesday, February 22 | 10 - 11:15 a.m. | Children & Families

Make Your Own Old Fashioned Toys | Thursday, February 23 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Grades K and Up

Maple Sugaring | Friday, February 24 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Grades K - 4

Please check our Events Calendar for Story Times, Music & Movement, Take & Make Crafts, and Baby Bounce program availability, registration, or to join an existing wait list.

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.


Presidents Day - Monday, February 20 - Library Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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!

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Instagram: @SaratogaSpringsLibrary

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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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