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Library eNewsletter | July 2023

Program in Hand?

The Hard Copy or Digital Program Guide for July & August

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

Visit us at Climate Kids Discovery Day

Be sure to join us at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga Saturday, July 8th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free Climate Kids Discovery Day!

Spend the day learning about the basics of climate change and the environment around us. The library along with other partner organizations including Saratoga State Park, Grafton Lakes State Park, and MiSci will provide interactive programs for a fun day of learning. Stop by the library table and pick up a Nature Scavenger Hunt Bingo Card for your family and friends to explore the museum grounds, park, or your own neighborhood.

Visit the Friends Coffee Shop!

The Friends of Saratoga Springs Public Library have brought coffee and more back into the building! The Friends Coffee Shop is located on the first floor of the library and offers coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. A variety of snacks and baked goods, provided by The Bread Basket, are also available. Looking for something cool? A number of cold beverages are also available. Hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (subject to change). All profits and tips help the Friends fulfill their mission to support the library.

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!

All Together Now

Summer Reading 2023

The 2023 Summer Reading Program, themed "All Together Now" has begun! As in past years, we are offering programs and reading challenges for children, teens, and adults.

Please visit our website, www.sspl.org, online Events Calendar, and social media channels for more information.

On the Road with the SSPL Mobile Library

This summer, Saratoga Springs Public Library is launching its Library-On-Wheels! Our Mobile Library will be setting up at Gavin Park and the Porter Corners Fire Company. We'll have new and popular books and more for kids, teens and grownups, as well games and activities at each event. You can check items out from the van just like you would at the library, grab a schedule of summer events, sign up for Summer Reading, get reading recommendations, and more! For dates, times, and locations, visit this link.

Summer Movies with Your SSPL Card

Start Streaming with Kanopy

Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform specifically made for patrons of libraries that offers a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries, as well as children's programming. To stream with Kanopy, you must:

  • Be a resident of the Saratoga Springs City School District
  • Have a Saratoga Springs Public Library Card
  • Have a valid, active e-mail account

Get started with Kanopy today!


Comedy Improv with Piet Marino

So, you think you're funny? Or perhaps you would like to work on public speaking and self-confidence. Experienced writer, educator and stand-up performer, Piet Marino will present some of his own material, demonstrate a few improvisation techniques, and lead participants in impromptu exercises. No experience necessary. Please register online, and bring a friend! Join us from 7 - 8 p.m. Monday, July 10th. This program is inspired by our 2023 Summer Reading Program, "All Together Now" and is co-sponsored by Saratoga Pride.


Spotted Lanternfly: What You Need to Know

Join the Capital Region Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management for a program on the threat of the spotted lanternfly Monday, July 17 at 7 p.m in the Community Room. The presentation will cover identification, the damage the insect causes, and how to take action to slow its spread. Spotted lanternfly is on the move, learn how to be prepared before it shows up on your doorstep! Please register online.


Gratefulness Gathering: Awe Walk

In addition to the physical health benefits of walking, studies suggest paying close attention to our surroundings while we walk inspires joy and reduces stress. Join mindfulness meditation teacher/photographer/Gratefulness Gathering host, Susan Meyer, for an Awe Walk in Congress Park. Participants are encouraged to stop and take a few photos along the way of sights that spark wonder and awe. The images may later be displayed in the library or on the library's social media channels as a collaborative slideshow. Please register online for this July 19th program. We will meet at the library and walk to Congress Park together. This program is inspired by our 2023 Summer Reading Program, "All Together Now."


Dressing the Romantic Regency Lady

From Lizzie Bennet to Penelope Featherington, the clothing of Regency Romance ladies has always been as distinctive as the genre itself. Learn more about what real Regency ladies actually wore, bust some myths and misconceptions, and see first hand how women's clothing pieces actually worked. Librarian Caitlin Sheldon will demonstrate with reproduction garments from the era. Join us from 12-1 p.m. Thursday, July 20th. No registration required.

Kids & Teens Corner

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

Click on the links below to check out these offerings:

Tweens & Teens

Teen Crafternoon: Marbled Mugs | Thursday, July 13 | 2 - 3 p.m. | Ages 12 - 18

Minecraft Coding Camp | Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. | Grades 4 - 8

Intro to Embroidery | Monday, July 24 | 4 - 5:30 p.m. | Grades 3 - 8

Teen Crafternoon: Tie Dye Tote Bags | Friday, July 28 | 2 - 3 p.m. | Ages 12 - 18

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

Children & Families

Service Project Wednesdays | Wednesdays, July 5 - 26 | 2 - 4 p.m. | Children's Room Age

Story Time with Author, Megan Litwin | Thursday, July 6 | 10 - 10:45 a.m. | Ages 3 - 7

STEM Building Challenges | Fridays, July 7 & 21 | 2 - 4 p.m. | Children & Families

Meet & Greet with Saratoga's Mounted Patrol Horses | Monday, July 10 | 3 - 4 p.m. | Children & Families

World, Weather, and Clothing: What Should I Wear? | Tuesday, July 11 | 10 - 11 a.m. | Pre-K - Grade 2

Book Buddies | Thursdays, July 11 & 18 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Reading Age

Campfire Stories & Songs | Wednesday, July 12 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Ages 4 - 12

Stories from the People of the Longhouse with Perry Ground | Thursday, July 13 | 10 - 11 a.m. | Children & Families

Make Your Own Mancala Game | Thursday, July 13 | 2 - 3 p.m. | Grades K - 5

Story Time Theater | Friday, July 21 | 4 - 4:30 p.m. | Children & Families

Teddy Bear Dental Clinic | Tuesday, July 25 | 10 - 11 a.m. | Ages 3 - 6

Collaborate on a Community Activity Book | Thursday, July 27 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | All Ages

Family STEAM Day: Boats that Float | Saturday, July 29 | 2:30 -3:30 p.m. | Grades K - 6

Ozobots: Code with Markers | Monday, July 31 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Grades 1 - 6

Please check our Events Calendar for Story Times, Musical Babies, Parachute Games, Take & Make Crafts and Art Kits, Baby Bounce, and Toddlertime program availability, registration, or to join an existing wait list.

Download the Libby App Today!

Access Digital eBooks, Audiobooks, and Magazines

Have you starte using 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. For more information on how to do this, please watch the video below or click this link. Please note: The Overdrive 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.


Independence Day - Tuesday, July 4 - 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

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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