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Library eNewsletter | October 2022

SaratogaREADS! Voting is Open

Which title will be our 2023 Community Read?

SaratogaREADS! has an uncomplicated mission: to invite all members of the Saratoga Springs community to participate in a shared reading experience, and to take part in conversations and events inspired by our annual reading selections.

Our Nominees for the 2023 season have been announced. We invite the public to choose the title that they believe will spark the best discussions and programs for the Saratoga Springs community. To learn more about the nominees and cast your vote, visit this link, or stop by the library and cast a hard copy ballot. We look forward to your participation!

Saratoga Book Festival

Registration is Open!

The Saratoga Book Festival is now an official project of the Friends of Saratoga Springs Public Library. The authors and sessions for the 2022 event were recently announced. Book Festival weekend will take place October 21-23. In addition to checking out the amazing author lineup, you can sign up for any of the 24 FREE in-person sessions and family programs, and purchase a $20 keynote pass that admits one adult to both the Gregory Maguire and Meg Wolitzer keynote events. Note that several of the free sessions do require pre-registration due to limited seating. For more information, and or to register, click here


Enjoy Deep Discounts at the Friends Book Shop

Coming up this weekend: a sale for the whole community! Join the Friends of Saratoga Springs Public Library in the Book Shop on the first floor of the library, and pick up some cozy fall reads or spooky Halloween titles. You'll get 25% off your entire purchase! As always, if you're interested in becoming a member, you can sign up in the shop or online. Friends members are eligible for a 2nd October book sale. The members only sale will be held in the book shop October 14 – October 23. Members will receive 50% off their purchases!

Digital Services

Tech Tuesday focuses on Tech-Talk

This month's Tech Tuesday spotlighted Tech-Talk for Libraries. Not always knowing what computer class topics might appeal to our patrons,  it's often difficult to plan and prepare. Enter Tech-Talk, a premier collection of articles, videos, and webinars developed each week by top training experts for busy professionals and aspiring students. Get access to all TechTalk has to offer through this link. Just use Username: sspl and Password: sspl. There's also some great learning activities to hone your business, education, and communication skills.


Life is Short: Short Story Discussion Group

Join librarian Caitlin Sheldon Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. in our ongoing short story reading and discussion program. The stories for this month are A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman and The Spindly Man by Stephen Graham Jones. Copies of the stories are available at the Information Desk, or can be read online. Please register online here.


Haunted Saratoga Walking Ghost Tours

It's Spooky Season in Saratoga, and the best time to explore some of Saratoga Springs' haunted history! Join us on a walking tour Thursday, October 20 at 2 p.m., led by Joe Haedrich, proprietor of Haunted Saratoga Ghost Tours, for an informative and creepy stroll through our paranormal past that starts and ends at the library. This tour is intended for grownups, as it will be a little too spooky for younger audiences, but fear not: the other walking tour scheduled for 4 p.m. will be tailored for kids and families. Space is very limited, and registration is required. We will meet on the Putnam St. patio and depart promptly at 2 p.m. 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:


Dungeons & Dragons Online | Wednesdays, Oct. 5, 12, & 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.| Grades 6-12

Threatening Theatre Thursdays | Thursdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, & 27 | 7 - 8 p.m. | Grades 6 -12 & Adults

Vinyasa Yoga Flow | Monday, Oct.17 | 2 - 3 p.m. | Grades 6 - 12 & Adults

intenSati Workout for the Body & Mind | Monday, October 17 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Grades 6 - 12 & Adults

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

Children & Families

Paws4Reading with Keeva | Thursdays, Oct. 6, 20, & 27 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Reading Age

American Sign Language (ASL) Class for Kids | Fridays Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28 and Nov. 4 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Ages 6 - 12

Leaf Scavenger Hunt | Monday, Oct. 10 | 11 a.m. - Noon | Ages 5 - 12

Afterschool Art: Fuse Beads | Monday, Oct. 17 | 4 - 5 p.m | Grades K and up

Haunted Saratoga Walking Tour for Kids & Families | Thursday, Oct. 20 | 4 - 5: 30 p.m.

Owls Prowls at Wilton Wildlife Preserve | Thursdays, Oct. 20 & 27 & Fridays, Oct. 21 & 28 | 7 - 8:15 p.m | Ages 5 and up

Design Your Own Lift-the-Flap Haunted House | Tuesday, Oct. 25 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Grades K and up

SSPL Visits the Saratoga Farmers' Market | Wednesday, Oct. 26 | 3 - 6 p.m. | Grades K and up

Library Goes to Town at SPAC | Thursday, Oct. 27 | 10 - 10:30 p.m. | Ages 2-5 with parent or caregiver

Pajama Day | Friday, Oct. 28 | All Day in the Children's Room

Halloween Trick or Treat | Monday, Oct. 31 | 2 - 3 p.m. | babies, toddlers, & preschoolers

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


Hard Copy or Digital Program Guide for September & October

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, and other programming, details, and have the ability to register.

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

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.


Indigenous Peoples Day - Monday, October 10 - LIBRARY OPEN 9 AM - 5PM

For a full list of services and additional updates, please visit the Library Announcements section of our homepage at www.sspl.org. Click here for our most recent update.

Watch Us on YouTube!

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.

SSPL YouTube Channel

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