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Library eNewsletter | January 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.

SaratogaREADS! Junior

Join us for our Virtual Discussions

Students in grades 4-6 residing in the Saratoga Springs City School District are invited to participate in this 2-session Junior Discussion program in cooperation with Skidmore College. In each session, participants will discuss the 2023 SaratogaREADS! Jr. book selection, Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga. Sessions will take place Mondays, February 6 and 13th at 4:30 p.m online.

Registration is required and can be done by having a parent or guardian send an email to [email protected] with all of the following information: the students' first and last name, parent's name, grade, teacher, and school. Participants will receive a FREE copy of the book to keep. Space is limited. Watch our YouTube video here.

MLK Saratoga

Martin Luther King Day Programs at Your Library

Please join us in partnership with MLK Saratoga for a weekend long celebration honoring the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. The following programs will take place at Saratoga Springs Public Library on Saturday, January 14th.

Details for these events and others can be found at: 2023 Celebration Weekend — MLK Saratoga.

How the Negro Got His Song

A Saturday morning performance and interactive storytelling workshop with Jae Gayle that begins with the African-American folktale about John the Conqueror.

Restorative Justice in Schools: Promoting and Protecting Dignity and Justice for Everyone

Presentation and panel discussion with Educators, Mediators and Students from South Glens Falls School District about why they use restorative practices in their schools. Moderated by Saratoga Educational Equity Network.

Erasing Spaces and Faces: The Legacy of Urban Renewal in Saratoga Springs is a social practice, public history and art project (by C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Art Studios) with a focus on the experience of those displaced during urban renewal projects in the city of Saratoga Springs. Join us for the unveiling of the multi-media exhibition, presentation and panel discussion with historians, artists and community members David Hochfelder, Meghan Willis, Maelcolm Thayer, Marcus Kwame Anderson, Jen Wojtowicz, Dio Kauffman and Joy King.

Find the Perfect Preschool!

Saratoga Springs Area Preschool Fair Returns to SSPL

The annual Saratoga Springs Area Preschool Fair will be held in the Saratoga Springs Public Library's Children's Room from 10 a.m. - Noon on Saturday, January 28. The Fair will include the preschools listed below. Information about the schools and their programs will be available, as will school representatives to answer questions.

  • Apple Blossom Bunch
  • Abilities
  • Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs
  • Saratoga Independent School
  • Small Wonders
  • Saratoga YMCA
  • LifeWorks Action Head Start
  • Skidmore Early Childhood Center
  • Church Mouse
  • St. Clement's
  • St. Paul's

No registration is needed to attend. Co-sponsored by: The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs.


Better Off Read Book Discussion Group

Our Better Off Read Book Discussion Group has shifted away from mysteries and thrillers and will now focus on a variety of genres, including some narrative nonfiction. Better Off Read meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m. in the Glasby Room or the Susman Room of the library. Copies of each selection may be placed on hold or borrowed through the library. Please register each month through our online calendar or by calling 518-584-7860, ext. 304.


Saratoga in Fashion

What did the fashionable lady wear to take the waters and be seen in Saratoga Springs during its Victorian and early 19th Century heyday? Find out as Librarian Caitlin Sheldon leads you on a tour of fashion history through the lens of photographs of Saratoga Springs owned by the library's Saratoga Room. Join us Thursday, January 12 in the H. Dutcher Community Room. No registration required.


Seasonal Affective Disorder:

How a Change in Seasons can Affect Your Mood

The changing of the seasons cannot only affect the environment, but us as well. In this program presented by CDPHP, join local Wellbeing Coach and Consultant Kim Perone online with Zoom from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, January 12 as she talks about the cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder and ways to offset symptoms. Please note, this program is not a substitute for medical advice. Please register online here.

Kids & Teens Corner

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

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

Tweens & Teens

Dungeons & Dragons Online | Wednesdays, January 4 - February 8 | 6 - 8 p.m.| Grades 6 - 12

Luna the Labrador visits the Teen Room | Monday, January 9 | 5:45- 6:15 p.m. | Grades 7 - 12

Creating Vision Boards | Thursday, January 12 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. | Teens & Adults

Study Hall at the Library | Multiple Dates & Times | Students Studying for Regents Exams

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

Drop-In Craft in the Children's Room | Monday, January 16 | All Day | All Ages

Family STEAM Night: Sail Cars | Tuesday, January 17 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Grades K and Up with their Family

Library Goes to Town at Saratoga ARTS | Thursday, January 19 | 10 - 10:30 a.m. | Ages 2-5 with parent or caregiver

Afterschool Art: Snowy Owls | Monday, January 23 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Grades K & Up

Paws4Reading with Keeva | Thursday, January 26 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Reading Age

Saratoga Springs Area Preschool Fair | Saturday, January 28 | 10 a.m. - Noon | Parents

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

Support Your Public Library!

Join The Friends of SSPL

Since 1976, the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library have promoted and supported the goals of the library. To find out more about the FRIENDS, membership, or other ways to be involved, please visit them online at www.friends.sspl.org.

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.


MLK Day - Monday, January 16 - Library Open 9 a.m. - 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!

Facebook: @SaratogaLibrary

Instagram: @SaratogaSpringsLibrary

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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