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Library eNewsletter | June 2023

Program in Hand?

The Hard Copy or Digital Program Guide for May & June

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 Cuts Back on Paper Usage and Waste

The Saratoga Springs Public Library has been working hard to reduce our paper and ink usage over the past 5 years. Reducing the size of our program posters and our Program Guide are just two ways.

Here are a few ways that you can help us reduce the number of copies we make:

  1. Take a picture of a program poster
  2. Sign up for a program and get an email reminder (you can cancel if your plans change)
  3. Use our QR codes to look at our Program Guide or online Events Calendar at www.sspl.org.
  4. Follow us on Social Media for information on programs and events: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  5. Share the Program Guide with family, friends, or your neighbors

New Friends Coffee Shop!

The new sign on the first floor hallway is not a mirage! The Friends of Saratoga Springs Public Library are thrilled to be bringing back the library's Coffee Shop! Stay tuned for more details and opening dates in the days to come.

Please feel free to reach out to our Friends with and questions at [email protected].

Not a Friend of the library yet? Join today!

All Together Now

Summer Reading 2023

The 2023 Summer Reading Program, themed "All Together Now" will begin on Monday, June 19th. As in past years, we will offer programs and reading challenges for children, teens, and adults.

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


Between the Covers

Come meet romance writers: Kari Cole,Ginny Frost, Jean C. Gordon, and Minita Sanghvi Monday, June 5 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room, and enjoy some yummy chocolate treats as we ask our Romance Panel questions about their process and inspirations. Authors' books will be available for purchase and autographs at the event. Please register online.


Opera Saratoga presents The Selfish Giant

Join us for this beautiful performance by Opera Saratoga Saturday, June 3 at 11 a.m. in the Community Room. This offering is geared towards children in grades K-5 with their families. Please register online.

More about The Selfish Giant: At the edge of the village was a large lovely garden with soft green grass and beautiful flowers like stars. And every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the garden. But the garden belongs to a giant who had been away for many years. When he returns, the giant is outraged to see the children enjoying themselves on his land — so he builds a big wall to keep them out! But the wall keeps out more than the children, and the garden falls into perpetual winter as the Selfish Giant finds himself isolated and all alone.


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 Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m in the Community Room. The presentation will cover identification, the damage it 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.


Great Films Start in the Capital Region

Lights, cameras, Capital Region! Join film commissioners from across the Capital Region at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 as they discuss how the filming industry is growing in our own backyard. Our panel will talk about the types of productions being filmed in our area as well as the economic impact and how you can get involved. This is a virtual event. A Zoom link will be sent to participants the day before the presentation. Please register online.


The Birds of Vischer Ferry

So, you think you're funny? Or maybe 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 from 7 - 8 p.m. Monday, June 12. No experience necessary. Co-sponsored by Saratoga Pride. Please register online, and bring a friend!

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 Room Pride Buttons | June 1 - 30 (while supplies last) | Teen Room Hours | Grades 7 - 12

Dungeons & Dragons Online | Tuesdays, June 6 & 13 | 6 - 8 p.m. | Grades 6-12

Sophie the Golden Retriever Visits the Teen Room | Wednesday, June 7 | 2:30 - 3:30 | Grades 7 - 12

Minecraft Monday | Monday, June 12 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Grades 4 - 8

End of School Year Celebration for Teens | Tuesday, June 13 | 3 - 5 p.m. | Grades 7 - 12

Drawing the Animal World | Wednesday, June 14 | 10 - 11 a.m. | Teens & Adults

Teen Summer Volunteer Information Meeting | Saturday, June 17 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | entering Grades 7 - 12

Summer Reading Registration Begins | Monday, June 19 | All Day | Children & Teens

Teen Crafternoon: Perler Beads | Thursday, June 29 | 2 - 3 p.m. | entering Grades 7 - 12

The Teen Room is open to students entering grades 7-12 Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays, 3 - 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2 - 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 12 - 4:45 p.m.

Children & Families

The Selfish Giant presented by Opera Saratoga | Saturday, June 3 | 11 a.m. - Noon | Grades K-5 with Families

SSPL Visits Wilton Wildlife Preserve | Sunday, June 4 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Children & Families

Paws4Reading with Stella | Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, & 29 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Reading Age

Drop-In Craft: Rockets | Friday, June 9 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Children's Room Age

Library Goes to Town: Creekside Classroom | Friday, June 16 | 10 - 10:30 | Ages 2 - 5 with Caregiver

Summer Reading Registration Begins | Monday, June 19 | All Day | Children & Teens

Drop-In Craft: Sand Art Fish | Wednesday, June 21 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Children's RoomAge

Stories Under the Stars | Thursday, June 22 | 7 - 7:30 p.m. | Children & Families

Afterschool Art: Tie Dye T-Shirts | Tuesday, June 27 | 3 - 4 p.m. | entering Grades 3 - 6

SSPL Visits the Saratoga Farmers' Market | Wednesday, June 28 | 3 - 6 p.m. | Children & Families

Jedi Star Force Academy with David Engel | Friday, June 30 | 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. | Children & Families

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

If you had 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. For more information on how to do this, please watch the video below or click this link. Please note: The Overdrive app has been discontinued.

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.


Juneteenth - Monday, June 19 - Library Open 9 AM - 5 PM

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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