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Library eNewsletter | November 2022


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.

Digital Services

Tech Tuesday focuses on SSPL's Digital Services LibGuide

Winter is coming! Did you know your library subscribes to hundreds of magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, maps, charts, research, genealogy resources, homework resources, business resources, and reference books, including reader's advisory services that are available to our patrons when you can't get to the library? Some resources require a library barcode to access remotely. From the comfort of your home, on almost any device you use to access the Internet, you can read about nearly any topic you can think of, stream a movie, TV show, or computer class, borrow an eBook or eAudiobook, learn a new language, or check on your investments! Use this guide to learn more about our digital services!


Talking Poetry at Caffè Lena

Join this librarian-led poetry discussion on-site at Caffè Lena on Wednesday, November 2 at 5:30. We'll read and discuss a few selected poems on a given theme from provided handouts. Participants can then stay around to join the monthly Caffè Lena Poetry Open Mic.

This month, we'll be looking at poems invoke gratitude. Handouts will be available at the library's Information Desk prior to the event, as well as on-site at Caffe Lena at the time of the discussion. Electronic handout available on this page as well. Register here.


The River Before Henry: First Nations, Last Elephants

Recognize Native American Heritage Month by joining Tom Lake, naturalist and educator for NYSDEC's Husdon River Estuary Program and editor of the weekly natural history journal The Husdon River Almanac for this Adirondack Mountain Club co-sponsored program 7 - 8:30, Thursday, November 17th in the H. Dutcher Community Room. Registration is not required, but seating is limited.

The indigenous peoples of the Hudson Valley lost their sense of innocence 413 years ago when Europeans “discovered” the Hudson Valley. The Munsee, Mohicans, Lenape, Haudenosaunee, and others did not realize they were missing. Europeans had little regard for the tribal people they met, after all they lacked a written language, a recognizable religion, and they allowed females too much autonomy. Yet, these tribal people could trace their ancestry back 415 generations. Since 1609, the Hudson Valley has seen less than seventeen.

This is the story of their ancestors across millennia, during which time they created homelands, developed new technologies, connected with neighbors near and far, and expanded trade routes, while cultivating a rich cultural heritage and an oral tradition back to the time of the First Nations and Last Elephants.


Make it! Charcuterie Boards

The entertaining season is upon us, and there's no better time to get on board with the charcuterie trend. Learn to make beautiful boards that are budget friendly for your holiday get-togethers. During this November 10th online program, we will make both a sweet and savory board. Join us! Please register online here.

Kids & Teens Corner

What's New in October for Kids, 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, November 2, 9, 16, & 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.| Grades 6 - 12

Luna the Labrador visits the Teen Room | Monday, November 14 | 5:45- 6:15 p.m. | Grades7 - 12

Fall Volunteer Information Meeting | Monday, November 14 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Grades 7 - 12

intenSati Workout for the Body & Mind | Monday, November 21 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Grades 6 - 12 & Adults

Pajama Movie Afternoon for Tweens & Teens | Friday,  November 25 | 3 - 5 p.m.| Grades 6 - 12

Holiday Tiny Art | Monday, November 28 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | All Ages

The Teen Room is open to students entering grades 7-12 Monday - Thursday, 3 - 6 p.m.

Children & Families

Family Story Times | Wednesdays, November 2, 9, & 16 |10 - 10:30 a.m. | Ages 0-6 with parent or caregiver

Music & Movement | Thursdays, November 3, 17, & 30 | 10 - 10:30 a.m. | Ages 0 - 6 with parent or caregiver

Paws4Reading with Keeva | Thursdays, November 3, 10, & 17  | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Reading Age

Ozobots: Code with Markers | Monday, November 7 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Grades K and up

Fall Bookmark Craft | Tuesday, November 8 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Kids of All Ages

Fall Lanterns | Tuesday, November 8 | 11 - 11:45 a.m. | Grades 2 and up

Veterans Day Letters | Tuesday, November 8 | 5 - 8 p.m. | Kids of All Ages

Drop-In for a Craft | Wednesday, November 9 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Kids of All Ages

Library Goes to Town at Creekside Classroom | Thursday, November 8 | 10 - 10:30 p.m. | Ages 2-5 with parent or caregiver

Afterschool Art: Chromatography Turkeys | Monday, November 14 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. |Grades K and up

Teddy Bear Story Time | Friday, November 25 | 10 - 10:30 a.m. | Ages 0 - 6

Pajama Party | Friday, November 25 | 2 - 4p.m. | Kids of All Ages

Holiday Tiny Art | Monday, November 28 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | All Ages

Family STEAM Night | Tuesday, November 29 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.| Grades K & Up with their Families

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

Our Friends Need You!

Volunteer with The Friends of SSPL

The Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library are looking for some new volunteers! Opportunities include:

Ebay Listers:

  • Look up items on Ebay to determine pricing
  • Take photos of products to list
  • Upload photos and fill out description of items to list and determine the price.
  • Position would be 3 hours a week
  • Position can be adapted to flex time

Desk Cashiers:

  • Interact with customers purchasing items
  • Handle easy transactions of cash, checks and credit cards
  • Do minor shop tasks as directed by the Manager
  • Position would be at a set time for 2 1/2 or 3 hours a week
  • Position can be adapted to flex time

If interested in volunteering, please email [email protected] or call 518-584-7860, ext. 333.

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.


Veterans Day - Friday, November 11 - LIBRARY CLOSED

Thanksgiving Eve - Wednesday, November 23 - Library Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 24 - LIBRARY CLOSED

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

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Over the last 2 1/2 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.

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