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Library eNewsletter | November 2023

Program in Hand?

The 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.

Read, Listen, & Watch

hoopla Bonus Borrows Return in November

At hoopla Digital, the focus is on providing the best digital library experience to public libraries and their patrons. They deliver that experience through continuous innovation and great content that allows libraries to make it possible for their patrons to Read, Listen, and Watch with their library card.

This month, SSPL patrons can choose from more than a hundred titles in hoopla's Bonus Borrows collection. These hoopla instant titles are at NO cost to to our library and require ZERO patron borrows. In addition to these titles, patrons will also continue to have access to hoopla's Instant collection of over 1,000,000 audiobooks, eBooks, comics, movies, TV shows, and more.

Growing Towards Sustainability

Practicing Sustainability during the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, and it's a time for giving and sharing. Whether you're preparing for gift and food shopping or looking for ways to support your community, there are various options to consider that keep a sustainable mindset:

  1. Buy gently used at the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library Book Shop.
  2. Borrow a book on crafting, baking or gift wrapping from the library - you can Do-it-Yourself (DIY) if you have the time.
  3. Take a class at the library - learn how to use your iPhone camera, shop online to ship direct to your loved ones, or plan a trip of a lifetime to create memories and experiences.

In addition to these ideas, let's also remember that not everyone has a stable home during this time. Consider making a donation to a local non-profit of your choice or volunteering your time to help those in need. The spirit of giving can truly make a difference in the lives of all members of our community.

Senior Planet by AARP

SSPL Launches new Tech Series for Seniors

In cooperation with AARP's Senior Planet initiative, Sarartoga Springs Public Library will be offering multiple opportunities for seniors to become more acquainted with technology through classes that cover everything from online shopping, to using Zoom, and LOTS more! Don’t miss out on these fantastic new programs. Click this link for more information and the ability to register.


Dress for the Victorian Street Walk

Have you always wanted to dress up for Saratoga’s annual Victorian Street Walk but didn’t know where to start? Librarian Caitlin and some of her costuming colleagues are here to give you some ideas and tricks for either buying, thrifting, or making your own outfit. Join them from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, November 2, and learn where to look for inspiration, how to find your main pieces, and about the importance of accessories, and get excited for the event! No registration required. Co-sponored by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association.


Understanding Alzheimer's & Dementia

The Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern New York will return to SSPL Tuesdays, November 7 & 14 at 10 a.m. to discuss the basics of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In the United States alone, more than 5 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million are serving as their unpaid caregivers. The disease is a global crisis that impacts numerous families right here in our community. However, no one has to face this disease alone or without information. For more information about what will be covered in these upcoming programs, and the ability to register for one or both, please visit this link.

Kids & Teens Corner

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

Click on the links below to check out these offerings:

Tweens & Teens

Indian Music & Culture | Saturday, November 4 | 2 - 3 p.m. | All Ages

Teen Advisory Board Meetings | Mondays, November 6 & 27 | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Grades 7 -12

Teen Crafternoons | Multiple Dates & Times | Grades 7 - 12

Intro to Embroidery: Leaves & Flowers | Friday, November 10 | 2:30 - 4 p.m. | Grades 3 - 8

Minecraft Mondays & Coding Challenges | Multiple Dates & Times | Grades 4 - 8

Teen Sundae Party | Wednesday, November 15 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Grades 7 - 12

Neurodiversity Club | Monday, November 27 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Grades K-12

Sophie the Golden Retriever Visits the Teen Room | Wednesday, November 29 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Grades 7 - 12

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

Children & Families

Paws4Reading | Multiple Dates & Times | Reading Age

Indian Music & Culture | Saturday, November 4 | 2 - 3 p.m. | All Ages

Minecraft Mondays & Coding Challenges | Multiple Dates & Times | Grades 4 - 8

Family STEAM Night | Tuesday, November 7 | 7 - 8 p.m. | Grades K - 6

The Bookmark Bunch | Wednesday, November 8 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Grades 1 - 4

Meet & Greet with a Red Tailed Hawk | Wednesday, November 8 | 5:30 - 6 p.m. | Children & Families

Veterans Day Poppies | Friday, November 10 | 10 - 11 a.m. | Children & Families

Intro to Embroidery: Leaves & Flowers | Friday, November 10 | 2:30 - 4 p.m. | Grades 3 - 8

240 Years of Hot Air Balloons | Tuesday, November 21 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Up to Age 12

Pajama Day Festivities | Friday, November 24 | See Link for Times | Children & Families

Teddy Bear Story Time | Friday, November 24 | 10:30 - 11 a.m. | Ages 0 - 5

Dinosaurs with Dinoman | Saturday, November 24 | 2 - 3 p.m. | Children & Families

Neurodiversity Club | Monday, November 27 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Grades K-12

Please check our Events Calendar for Story Times, Baby Bounce, Music & Movement, Toddler Time, Drop-In Crafts, and Bookworms program availability.

Visit the Friends Coffee Shop!

Have you visited the new Friends of Saratoga Springs Public Library Coffee Shop yet? Located on the first floor of the library near the Community Room, the shop offers coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Looking for something cool? A number of cold beverages are also available. A variety of snacks and baked goods, provided by The Bread Basket, 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!

Download the Libby App Today!

Access Digital eBooks, Audiobooks, and Magazines

Have you started using the Libby app yet? 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 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.


Veterans Day - Saturday, November 11 - LIBRARY CLOSED

Thanksgiving Eve - Wednesday, November 22 - Library Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 23 - 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

X (Formerly 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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