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Have you seen the new sign at the Library? It was made possible in part by a Special Legislative Grant from Senator Hugh Farley.

Read the Library Sign Press Release

Don Quixote Display

The Town of Ballston Community Library is pleased to announce the donation of a wonderful gift.  A permanent display of the Don Quixote figures that many admired in our monthly display case earlier this year, is now in the Reading Room of the library!

The figures were collected by Anne Bishop, who was fascinated with the character of Don Quixote.  Anne Bishop began collecting them after seeing Richard Kiley perform on Broadway in “The Man of LaMancha.”

According to Anne’s children, many of the figures came from overseas, including marionettes from Prague.  Many also came from Anne Bishop’s travels around the United States.

The display was graciously donated by the children of the collector, Suzanne Bishop of Ballston Lake, Kim Bruton of Waterford, and Christopher Bishop of Wilton, CT.

Information on the Town of Ballston Sewer System can be found here:

Sewer Study May 2014

Sewer System Resolution

Ballston Lake Overview

Ballston Lake & Watershed in Crisis Issues and Observations

Phosphorus & Onsite Wastewater Systems

Have you seen the new sign at the Library? It was made possible in part by a Special Legislative Grant from Senator Hugh Farley.

Read the Library Sign Press Release

Article in the Daily Gazette

Some fabulous pictures from our Library were featured in an article in the Daily Gazette on March 8, 2015! The article discusses how all of the local libraries benefit the community through services and programs offered. Along with the pictures, there is some great information about not only our library and the programs we offer; but information about the local library systems, and how they operate. Check out the article!
http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2015/mar/08/libraries/

2014 Archives

Just in case you might be looking for what we have posted in the past we have archived it for you on this page, everything has been posted in order by year then by date! Happy Reading!

2013 Archives

2013 was a blur, how quickly does the time go by!

                                             Our first Vaudeville!

 

October Vaudeville!

 

Philosophy in our everyday lives 

– Lecture/Discussion for adults
Join retired philosophy professor Roberta Boss at the Town of Ballston Community Library for informal conversations about philosophy in our every day lives. Prerequisite: a curious mind.
The sessions will focus on everyday questions that we face now, and “picking the brains” of ancient philosophers (and some classic novelists) to see what they might have said if they lived today.
We’ll meet from 12:30-2:30pm on Fridays, May 24 & 31, June 6 & 20 in the library community room. Please register at the library or by calling 399-8174, ext 2. Week One: May 24 – The Pursuit of Happiness
Week Two: May 31 – Big Government
Week Three: June 6 – Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous
Week Four: June 20 – Body & Soul

Spring 2013 Program Schedule

2013-2016 Library Long Range Plan

Many thanks to the Employees of the Ballston Spa National Bank for selecting the Town of Ballston Community Library for a donation.

Many thanks to the Employees of the Ballston Spa National Bank for selecting the Town of Ballston Community Library for a donation.

 

2nd ANNUAL FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MINI GOLF FUNDRAISER

Don’t miss the chance to play 18 holes of miniature golf INSIDE the library!
Friday, February 15, 2013
5-7PM
Saturday, February 16, 2013
9AM-5PM

  • $5.00/person for 18 holes
  • Tee Time Café
  • Mini Book Sale
  • Fun for the whole Family
  • Sponsored by Local Businesses
  • Tournament Friday at 7:30PM

 

June 2012 Newsletter

An Invitation to Help Shape the Future of the Library

The Town of Ballston Community Library is working on the 2013-2016 Long Range Plan. As part of the planning process, we are asking different groups of library users to give us their perspective on how we’re doing and what we could be doing better.  We’d like to invite you to participate in one of the focus groups we’re holding to help choose a direction for the library and its future marketing and outreach programs.

We will be holding the following focus groups:

Adult Users – Monday, June 4, 7PM
Seniors – Tuesday, May 29, 10AM
Teens – Tuesday, May 29, 3:30PM

The meeting will last about an hour and a half. Please RSVP to Karen DeAngelo at 399-8174 ext 5 or by email at kdeangelo@sals.edu if you’d like to be part of this exciting new process. Please provide your email when replying so a reminder can be sent. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karen.

Sincerely,

Karen DeAngelo, Director
Barbara Wilson, Trustee and Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee

2012 Archives

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Part-Time Youth Services Clerk Opening

08/27/2012
The Town of Ballston Community Library is seeking an energetic, flexible and punctual person to fill an hourly youth services clerk position 9 hours per week including at least one evening a week and one Saturday a month with the opportunity for more hours filling in for regular staff.  Salary is $8.75 per hour and the position starts in late-September 2012.   Duties include routine circulation using an automated circulation system, general reader’s advisory and program preparation.  The work requires computer proficiency and working directly with children and teens.

Please pick up an application at the circulation desk.  Please send applications to Rebecca Verhayden Darling, Youth Services Librarian, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills, NY 12027 or rdarling@sals.edu.  Deadline for applications is September 17.

Program for writers

03/29/2012
Attention, Writers!
Want to get published? Two local companies – Open Door Publishers, Inc., of Malta, and The Troy Book Makers, of Troy – provide printing and publishing services. Come learn what they have to offer on Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m., in the Community Room at The Town of Ballston Community Library, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills. Sponsored by the Children’s Literature Connection. For more information or to RSVP, contact Heather Schwartz: 429-5168 or heatherestelleschwartz@gmail.com

Memoir Writing Workshop

02/08/2012
Join Mary Sanders Shartle in the library community room for this 8 week session on memoir writing to be held on April 5, 12, 19, & 26 and May 3,  10, 17, & 24.
Register by calling 399-8174 ext. 2.

Please plan on attending ALL eight sessions. Bring paper or a journal and a pencil or pen.

This is a free program made possible by a donation from Fred Baum in memory of Helen Baum.

Library Mini Golf

01/17/2012

Library Mini Golf

The Friends of the Library is hosting a Library Mini Golf event on February 24 & 25. Friday we will play from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM and on Saturday we’ll play from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.   This will be a chance for families and friends to come out and play together!  Our event will include 18 holes of golf, a bake sale and a mini book sale!

We are looking for sponsors to help bring this event to the Community Library.  Families or businesses interested in supporting the library can make a $100 tax deductible donation and sponsor a hole or tee!  All sponsors will have their logos displayed at the library and all logos will be on the golf score cards.  Sponsors will have the opportunity to decorate their hole for the event.  Our sponsorship form is available online.

For more information please email Rebecca Darling at rdarling@sals.edu.

The Friends of the Library are a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the Library’s mission and its programs and services.  Membership is open to all individuals, families and organizations, whether regular or occasional users of the library.  The Friends have been in existence for over 50 years!

 

Kindle Winner!

01/04/2012

Peyton won a Kindle in the Friends “Read Around the Holidays” Raffle!

2011 Archives

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If you’re having trouble borrowing an e-book

12/27/2011
Here’s a message from Overdrive.

Dear Library Partner,

This message is to inform you that we are experiencing extremely high traffic at some of our hosted library websites which may result in reduced performance. Our network engineers are actively working on this situation during this peak period.

We will keep you notified on any issues that may affect service.

Regards,

OverDrive Library Partner Services

Accounts Clerk

12/01/2011
Vacancy Announcement
The Town of Ballston Community
Library in Burnt Hills seeks a versatile
individual to fill a 15 hours/week
account clerk position.
Requires bookkeeping experience
using Quickbooks and Excel. Salary 12.77/hr. Eligible for NYS retirement. Previous library experience helpful.
Cover letter and resume should be
e-mailed to kdeangelo@sals.edu.
Accepting applications until December 15, 2011.

Tile Table Unveiling

11/29/2011
The Saratoga Program for Arts Funding Computer Montage Grant project is
almost ready for the grand unveiling.
All are invited to come and see the tiles depicting community members’ favorite books at 12:30 on Saturday,  December 10th. Refreshments will provided by the Friends of the Library.
This program was made possible in part with funds from the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding (SPAF) part of the Decentralization regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), administered by Saratoga Arts.

 

Tree Lighting!

11/29/2011
Join the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Rotary, the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Business and
Professional Association, and the Burnt Hills Fire Department at the library on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30PM.  Sing carols, and light the tree in front of the Library. Join the Rotary Club in
welcoming Santa who will arrive on a fire truck. Inside the warmth of the library, he will meet with all the good little boys and girls!
Don’t miss the adult orchestra concert
immediately following the tree lighting, across the street at the High School. Come one and all.
No RSVP needed.

 

Hidden Meanings, Public Symbols

11/07/2011
Join author Marvin Bubie on Thursday, November17th in the library community room from 6:30-7:30PM where he will discuss his newest book, Celebrating The Revolutionary War: Municipal Symbols of a Free Country.

A native of Averill Park and a graduate of Averill Park High School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bubie is retired from General Electric, having also lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Georgia.

This is Bubie’s third book as he is also author of On the Trail of Henry Hudson and our Dutch Heritage and Along the Erie Canal with the Municipal Seals of the Cities, Towns and Villages of NY.

Free and open to the public.

 

Batty About Bats

10/25/2011
Program tonight, October 25th, at 5PM. Bring the whole family to this 1 hour talk and presentation about the bats of New York State.

Kids Programs

10/03/2011
Parents often tell us how sad they are when their kids outgrow story time but what many people don’t realize is that we offer programs for kids in elementary school year round, not just during Summer Reading.  This programs are a great way for kids to explore new books, share a love of reading with other book fans and get to know kids outside of school.  All of our programs are free and open to the public but space is limited so please sign up to reserve a spot for your child.  To register visit the circulation desk, call 399-8174 ext. 2 or email rdarling@sals.edu

October Elementary Programs:

Read To Casey Wednesdays at 4:00 PM – Dogs are highly intelligent but they can’t read.  So grab a book and please read to Casey.  Casey is a certified therapy dog who visits our library and loves to listen to stories.  Kids and families of all ages can attend this drop in program.

Scribbles & Tales Thursday, October 6 at 4:00 PM – Listen to stories and do crafts!  October is all about juggling at this inclusive program for children of all levels of ability in Grades K-5.

2, 3, 4 Book Club Thursday, October 20 at 4:00 PM – A theme book club for kids in Grades 2, 3 & 4.  Bring a friend and get ready to talk about your favorite books.  Each month we’ll read different books of the same genre or theme, talk about them, do a craft and play with Legos!

5th & 6th Grade Book Club Thursday, October 27 at 4:00 PM – Read great books & do crafts!  Join our book club for 5th & 6th graders who love to read.  This month were talking about Rapunzel’s Revenge, pick up a copy at the circulation desk today!

For more information about upcoming programs visit our Youth Services Calendar or check out our Fall Brochure.

October News!

09/30/2011
October Newsletter

Memoir Writing Workshop

08/11/2011
Thursdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 8, 15, 22
October 6&13

Presented by Mary Sanders Shartle.
Bring a writing utensil and paper or a journal!
To sign up, please contact the Circulation Desk at 399-8174 ext. 2

Made Possible by a gift from Frank Baum in memory of Helen Baum

 

 

Be Part of Library Art!

08/08/2011
Be Part of Library Art: Pick a favorite book and use it as inspiration to create art using the computer with Maryann Haskell in the community room at the Town of Ballston Community Library at 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills, NY.

The finished projects will be used to make tiles that will become a permanent part of a table in the library reading room. Free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required by calling the library at 399-8174 ext. 2.
August 17th from 6-8 PM
BRING A FAVORITE BOOK!

This is an intergenerational program but all participants must be
comfortable using computers and children under 13 must be
accompanied by an adult who can work with them at the computer.
This program is made possible in part with funds from the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding (SPAF) part of the Decentralization re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), administered by Saratoga Arts.

Meet Author Jack Rightmyer

08/02/2011
Local Author Jack Rightmyer, a middle school English teacher and track and cross country coach, will discuss his second book, “It’s not about winning: one runner’s reflections on fatherhood, coaching, and athletics,” on August 18th at 7PM in the library community room.This sports memoir describes the teachers and coaches who changed his life, the influence his dad had on his athletic career, and the struggles and joys of being a dad to athletic children of his own.

Part Time Position Computer Services

07/11/2011

This position has been filled. Thank you.

Applications now being accepted for a part-time Computer Services Program Assistant position at the Town of Ballston Community Library, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills, NY 12027. 17 hours per week, must include 1 day time and 2 evenings per week and 1 Saturday per month. Requirements: Computer related degree a must.
Previous library experience preferred. Working knowledge of  microcomputer hardware and software, good communication and organizational skills. Must place on Civil Service Exam when one is given.
Duties include: Computer troubleshooting and maintenance, teaching, scheduling and assisting with adult computer classes and one on one
instruction, staff and patron training on computer software, prepares related records and reports. �
Resume and cover letter should be sent to Karen DeAngelo, Director, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills, NY 12027. Can be emailed to kdeangelo@sals.edu

Summer Reading!

06/01/2011

Preschool & Elementary Summer Reading

For Birth through Fifth Grade 

2011 Summer Reading, One World, Many Stories, will begin on Saturday, June 25!  Check out our brochure  to see all the exciting events coming up!   Last year more than 500 kids and teens participated and we are ready for another great summer! 

Summer Reading sign-up will begin Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 AM.  At this time elementary and preschool aged kids can sign-up for the reading program, get their reading records and sign-up for registration programs in weeks one through three.

Be sure to join us for our kick-off event, Dance Around The World, on Tuesday, June 28 at 1:30 PM at Ballston Town Hall (323 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa).  Bring your whole family to Ballston Town Hall for an afternoon of music and dancing.

 

 Teen Summer Reading

For Grades Six through Twelve

 

Teen Summer Reading will be online this year!  We’re offering another summer of great programs, including an overnight event, but this year all you’re reading will be logged online.

Teen Summer Reading Online Login

Teen Summer Reading sign-up begins June 25.  After you sign-up online you can begin to register for programs here at the Library.  See our Teen Summer Program Guide!

 

Have your art on Display at the Library – Permanently

04/22/2011
Have your art on Display at the Library – Permanently
Computer Montage Art Program – May 18th, 6:30-8PM. Pick a favorite book and use it as inspiration to create computer art that will become part of a library tabletop. This program is best suited to adults who are comfortable using computers. Please stop by the library or call 399-8174 ext 2. to sign up.
Intergenerational Art Program – May 25, 4-5:30PM – Pick a favorite book and come create art with Saratoga Artist Anne Francey. Your creation will be used to make a tile that will become part of a library tabletop. This is a great project to do with your children, grandchildren, parents, and friends. Ages 6 and up. Please stop by the library or call 399-8174 ext 2. to sign up.
Made possible in part with funds from the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding (SPAF) part of the Decentralization re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), administered by Saratoga Arts.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

04/07/2011
May 12th – 14th at the Ballston Town Hall, 323 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
May 12th, 4-8PM – Paid Preview $10.00 per person
May 13th, 10AM-5PM
May 14th, 10AM-2PM $2 a bag sale all day Saturday. Spring Fling Raffle Drawing at 1:45!

Pictures from the first SPAF Grant Program

03/29/2011
Sign up now for your chance to make art like this based on your favorite book. They will become tiles that will go on a library table for all to see. Become part of library history.

These programs are made possible in part with funds from the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding (SPAF) part of the Decentralization re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), administered by Saratoga Arts.

Soldiers of Saratoga County Program

03/28/2011
Bridget Butler’s son was a soldier.  But, while in service, he never forgot his roots nor his mother, living in Ballston.  A year before his death, he came home to visit, gave her money, and went back to service. He never returned to Ballston alive.

Do you know that James Butler from Ballston died with honor at the Battle of Little Bighorn?

Come hear this story and others as told by Paul Post, reporter for the Saratogian and author of the book Soldiers of Saratoga County, from Concord to Kabul.

Hear some more local stories from our country’s wars as told by  Ballston Town Historian Rick Reynolds.

Signed copies of  Soldiers of Saratoga County  will be available for purchase.

Town of Ballston Community Library
2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 10:15 AM

Heroes, History, Honor Program

03/28/2011
Join Samuel Meredith, the Treasurer of the United States under Presidents Washington, Adams and Jefferson, as he discusses life in 1796 America. Meredith was a military and political leader of the late 1700’s, a Brigadier General in the Revolution and was elected twice to the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania. “Heroes, History, Honor” is a reenactment of his life done by his Great, Great, Great, Great Grandson, Rick Reynolds, a retired teacher from the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District and Ballston’s Town Historian.  The presentation will take place at the Town of Ballston Community Library on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 7PM.  All ages are invited. There is no charge.

Computer Montage

03/22/2011
Be Part of Library Art: Pick a favorite book and use it as inspiration to create art( either on paper with Anne Francey or using the computer with Maryann Haskell) in the community room at the Town of Ballston  Community Library at 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills, NY.  The finished
projects will be used to make tiles that will become a permanent part of a table in the library reading room.  All programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required by calling the library at 399-8174 ext. 2.

Art on Paper with artist Anne Francey – Bring a favorite book.

Programs for Children ages 6-12:                                     Programs for Adults (ages 13-99):
Friday, March 25th 2-3:30PM (BH-BL half day)                      Friday, March 25th 4-5:30PM
Wednesday, April 13th 4-5:30PM                                            Saturday, April 9th 10:30AM-12PM                                                                                   Wednesday, April 13th 6-7:30PM

Computer Art with Maryann Haskell –
These programs are intended for adults who are comfortable using computers. Bring a favorite book.

April 30th 10AM-12PM
May 18th, 6:30-8PM

These programs are made possible in part with funds from the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding (SPAF) part of the Decentralization re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), administered by Saratoga Arts.

Spring Fling Raffle

03/15/2011
SPRING FLING RAFFLE –
The Friends of the Town of Ballston Community Library are selling raffle tickets for several awesome library bookbags, each filled with gift items centered around a specific theme. The bags will be on display in the Library beginning April 8th and at the Library Book Sale to be held May 12th – 14th at the Ballston Town Hall (323 Charlton Road). Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Circulation Desk and at the Book Sale at a cost of $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00, or an arm’s length for $10. The winning tickets will be drawn on the final day of the Book Sale at the Ballston Town Hall (you need not be present to win). Come view the bountiful bags, help support your library and have some fun! The Library is located at 2 Lawmar Lane; phone: 399-8174.

Local History Program

03/15/2011
Soldiers of Saratoga County:
Concord to Kabul
10:15 AM on Wednesday, April 13th in the library community room.
Book Discussion and Signing with local author and Saratogian Newsman Paul Post.
“Soldiers” recounts the personal experiences
of area residents in some of America’s most
famous battles: Bunker Hill, Antietam,
Custer’s Last Stand, Pearl Harbor, D-Day and Iwo Jima.
It also features the direct ties of two U.S.
presidents — Ulysses S. Grant and Jimmy Carter — to Saratoga County and tells about veterans from Korea, the Vietnam era and Cold War.
Free and open to the public, no registration
required.

Vacancy Announcement – PT Account Clerk

03/03/2011

Vacancy Announcement –  Account Clerk – Part-time

The Town of Ballston Community Library in Burnt Hills seeks a versatile individual to fill a 15 hours/week account clerk position.

Requires bookkeeping experience using Microsoft Excel. Salary 12.77/hr. Eligible for NYS retirement. Previous library experience helpful.
Send cover letter and resume to:
Karen DeAngelo, Director, Town of Ballston
Community Library, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills, NY 12027 or by e-mail to
kdeangelo@sals.edu.
Accepting applications until position is filled.

Trustee Vacancy

02/03/2011
The library board of trustees has an anticipated vacancy for July 2011. Interested applicants must live in the Town of Ballston residing outside the Village of Ballston Spa, and cannot be employed by or do business with the Library.  Trustees are appointed by the Ballston Town Board for five year terms.  Trustees must be available on the last Wednesday of each month. If interested please fill out the following application and return it to the library.     Trustee Application

Oakroom Artists’ Reception Postponed

01/12/2011
The reception for the Oakroom Artists at the Burnt Hills Library scheduled for January 12 has been postponed to Thursday, January 13 from 6:30 –8:00 PM.

Delayed Opening Wednesday 1/12/11

01/11/2011
We’re planning to open at noon today. Please check back for further updates regarding the Art Reception planned for this evening.

2010 Archives

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SPAF Grant 2011

12/28/2010

The Town of Ballston Community Library is proud to be one of the recipients of the 2011 Saratoga County Program for Arts Funding (SPAF) Project and Artist Grants and Arts-in-Education Grants. The library will receive $1850.00 for a program series titled “A Computer Montage – Combining Art and Technology.” Working with artist Anne Francey and technical advisor Maryann Haskell, children and adults will create individual works of art reflecting a favorite book which will then be scanned into the computer and put on a tile. The tiles will be made into a collage on a tabletop in the main reading room of the library for all to enjoy. This is a unique opportunity for community members, both children and adults, to create art that will become part of a permanent library display. Programs are planned for April, 2011.

These programs are made possible in part with funds from the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding (SPAF) part of the Decentralization regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), administered by Saratoga Arts.

“Through the Eye of a Child”

12/03/2010
Bring your inner child to Paul Kant’s art show, “Through the Eye of a Child,” in the library community room for the month of December. Find dolls hiding in pocketbooks and riding in shoes. Alice gives a party for her toys. See a Barbie centaur, and how to grow Barbies. All of the art in the show deals with fun and pure childish imagination and exploration.

Thanksgiving Schedule

11/23/2010
The library will close at 3PM on Wednesday and will remain closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. We’ll be open from 10-2 on Saturday! Happy Thanksgiving!

Tree Lighting

11/18/2010
TUESDAY DECEMBER 7, 2010

6:30 AT THE LIBRARY! SANTA ARRIVES AT 6:45

7:30 CONCERT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL!

BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE BH-BL BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION, THE BH-BL ROTARY, THE BURNT HILLS FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE TOWN OF BALLSTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Friends of the Library Book Sale

11/10/2010
Location: Ballston Town Hall

323 Charlton Rd.

Ballston Spa, NY

HOURS

Thursday, November 11, 4 PM-8PM Friends (free) and Paid Preview ($10.00/person)

Friday, November 12, 10AM-5PM

Saturday, November 13, 10AM-2PM

Saturday is 2 Bucks a Bag Day

Fiber (yarn, not food) Stash Swap

09/28/2010

When?

Saturday October 2

nd, 2:00 –8:00 pmWhere?

Town of Ballston Community Library

2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills, NY -(518) 399-8174

What?

Here’s an opportunity to go shopping in someone else’s “stash” of yarn, etc. Your currency for purchases will be the yarn, books, patterns, tools and other yarn-related goodies you trade in.

Go here for more information: Fiber Stash Swap 

Memoir Writing Workshop

08/21/2010
Series of 5 sessions with author Mary Sanders Shartle. Choose mornings from 10-12 or afternoons from 1-3 on the following Thursdays: September 30, October 14, 21, and 28, and November 18. Registration is required. by calling 399-8174 ext. 2. Please bring a pen and paper or a journal.

Made possible by a gift from Fred Baum, in memory of Helen Baum.

Fall Fiber Fun

08/17/2010

Check out some of the fun things we have planned for fall: Fall Fiber Fun

The library will be celebrating the farms and farmers of Saratoga County with a special emphasis on fiber farming. During September and October, the library will host a series of fiber related programs made possible with funds from the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding (SPAF). This is part of the decentralization regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), administered by Saratoga Arts ( also on FaceBook) Come and join us for some fun fiber activities!  We would like to invite Ballston and Charlton farmers to email or drop off pictures of their farms for use as inspiration for our programs.
If you have pictures, suggestions or a burning desire to volunteer:
Email: kdeangelo@sals.edu or call Karen DeAngelo at 399-8174, ext. 5.

Felt a Farmland Play Mat (for 6-10 year olds).
Saturday, September 11, 2010, from 12-5PM. A snack will be served.
Participants will use natural sheep wool donated by Saratoga farms to create a felt play mat with water, paths, fields, and a pocket. The mats will be an interpretation of pictures and stories about farmland and fiber producing animals.  This program is free, but space is limited and registration is required by calling 399-8174 ext. 2.

Felt a Farmland Play Mat (for pairs of Adults, i.e. friends, parent/offspring over 12 yo, etc.) �
Saturday, September 18, 2010, from 12-5PM.
Participants will use natural sheep wool donated by Saratoga farms to create a felt play mat with water, paths, fields, and a pocket. The mats will be an interpretation of pictures and stories about farmland and fiber producing animals.  This program is free, but space is limited and registration is required by calling 399-8174 ext. 2.

Spinning Demonstration

Join us Saturday October 2nd as we demonstrate the process of making fibrous material into yarn.
Yarn spinning is also defined as being inclined to tell long and involved stories (often of incredible happenings)…since this is a library, you may get a bit of both!

Stash Swap

Join us Saturday October 2nd from 2-8 PM.  Do you have yarn that you have held onto for years but (when you are being honest) it was really for a baby item (and now your kids are teens)? Here is a great opportunity to share your unwanted yarn, books, and knitting/crocheting paraphernalia with others and take theirs home with you. We also see this as an afternoon of knitting/crocheting and sharing of yarn, techniques, and whatever else strikes our fancy. Unclaimed yarn will be donated to a local charity at the end of the program.

Learn to Knit

– Ages 6 and up can learn to finger knit while ages 10-99 can learn Knitting with Needles.  Join us on Monday, October 25th from 6:30-7:30 PM in the library community room for lessons… stay after to practice your newfound hobby!  Needles and yarn will be provided.

Social Knitting Group

Join us on October 25th, from 7:30-9:00 PM.
All skill levels (and all fiber crafters, for that matter), are welcome.

June 2010 Newsletter

05/29/2010

June 2010 Newsletter

May 2010 Newsletter

May  has lots of good programs and information to offer.

Plant Swap and Gardening Program

04/22/2010
Get ready for summer with a Plant Swap and Gardening program: Bring a plant or plants to swap at 5 PM on Monday, May 24th and stay for “And the Winner Is…”

Kerry Ann Mendez, owner of Perennially Yours who will tell us about “Blue ribbon annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs that outshine the competition with their extensive bloom time and easy-care requirements,” at 6 PM.

TumbleBooks at Home and at the Library!

04/20/2010
The Town of Ballston Community Library is proud to offer a new reading option to our patrons! Our new software, TumbleBooks, provides e-books and games for children. These read to children, highlight the words and show them the pictures. They can be accessed either from home on Youth Services Website http://toby.sals.edu or in the Children’s Room at the library. Getting started is easy! Just click on the TumbleBooks icon on our website and start reading!

TumbleBooks is much more than just animated talking picture books. There are also puzzles, memory games and spelling games that relate to the stories. For older children there’s Tumble Readables, a collection of chapter books that you can read or be read to. In addition there are online streaming audio books available twenty-four hours per day. For those interested in other languages there are a collection of books available in English, French, Italian, Chinese and Russian.

Try one out today! Please call the Children’s room, if you have any questions or need help, at 399-8174 ext. 3.

Friends’ Raffle and Book Sale

04/20/2010
Friends of the Library Raffle

The Friends of the Library are selling raffle tickets for more than a dozen awesome library book bags full of fun! Themes include Cats in a Bag, Gardening, Arbonne (goodies and gift certificate), Cooking, Romance, and more. The bags will be on display in the Library and at the Library Book Sale to be held May 6th – 8th at the Ballston Town Hall (323 Charlton Road). Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Circulation Desk and at the Book Sale. They cost just $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00, or an arm’s length for $10. The winning tickets will be drawn on the final day of the Book Sale at the Ballston Town Hall (May 8, 10-3). (You need not be present to win. Winners will be notified by phone.) Come view the bountiful bags, help support your library and have some fun!

The Book Sale will be on Thursday, May 6th, from 3PM-8PM, Friday, May 7th, 10AM-5PM, and Saturday, May 8th, from 10AM-3PM.

“The Battle and the Park”

03/15/2010
How many know that there is a National Park just 29 miles north of the Albany Airport? It is the Saratoga National Historical Park, which preserves lands on which the Battles of Saratoga were fought in September and October, 1777 during America’s revolutionary war. It introduces you to the people, places and events on the American and British sides in what has been called the turning point of the American Revolution. It explains what happened to the people and the land after the war. It describes how the battlefield became first a New York state historic site and was later transformed by President Franklin Roosevelt into the Saratoga National Historical Park. The presentation takes you on a tour of the present day park grounds located in Stillwater, NY and at its adjunct sites in Schuylerville, NY. Perhaps it will entice you to visit the park and experience its history and serenity.
Join Ray Misiewicz at 7 PM on Thursday, April 22nd in the library community room. No registration required. Free and open to the public.

Library tentatively opening at 3PM on February 24th

02/24/2010
We’re hoping the weather will be better by three this afternoon. Please check again before coming over.

Delayed Opening

02/23/2010
The library will not open before Noon at the earliest on Wednesday, February 24th. Please check back before coming over.

2009 Archives

If you are looking for what happened in 2009, you’re in luck!

December 9 Opening late

12/09/2009
The library will open at Noon today due to the weather.

Arctic Submarine Laboratory Talk

12/01/2009
Join Ray Misiewicz for his newest nuclear submarine talk, Arctic Submarine Laboratory.”  The Arctic Submarine Laboratory facilitated scientific exploration of the Arctic Ocean Basin to enable submarine operations under the ice canopy.  The evolution of the Laboratory from its origins in World War 2 through the present day is chronicled through some of the unique submarine operations it sponsored.  Ride with the scientists and engineers on voyages aboard nuclear submarines as they sail through the Northwest Passage and explore the Siberian continental shelf of the northern coast of Asia.  The talk also highlights how the Arctic Submarine Laboratory and the US Navy collaborated with civilian scientists in support of Arctic climate change studies during the 1990’s.

Monday, December 7, from 7-8 PM in the library community room.

Can Your Fines Food Drive

10/30/2009
NOVEMBER 7-14, 2009

Donate healthy unopened non-expired, nonperishable food items at the library. The highest need is for high protein items like peanut butter and tuna fish, and canned fruits, vegetables, and soups.
No glass items will be accepted.
For each item that you donate,
you will have $1 waived from your existing fines.
Credit for future fines will not be given.
Fines for lost or damaged items are not eligible.
Donated items will be picked up by the Cub Scouts.
Please consider donating even if you don’t owe anything.

Library Board Meeting

10/08/2009
The Board of Trustees of the Town of Ballston Community Library meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 7 PM, in the library community room, with the following exceptions: the November meeting is held on the first Wednesday of December and there is no December meeting. The June meeting is the library’s annual meeting and it is held at a local restaurant, location chosen in April.

These meetings are open to the public and we’d love to see you there!

Mind Body Fitness Classes

09/15/2009
In partnership with the Town of Ballston Community    Library (2 Lawmar La. Burnt Hills), the Greater Glenville Family YMCA is please to announce Mind Body Fitness classes.  Classes are free and open to the community.

All classes take place at the Ballston Town Library.
Classes begin September 14, 2009

Monday         9:00-9:45am    TaiChi & Qi Gong                  Denise
**Classes take place: Sept 28; Oct 5,19,26; Nov 2, 9,16**
Wednesday      9:00-9:45am       Pilates Mat                    Linda
Friday            9:00-10:00am          Yoga                            Lisa
Friday           5:30-6:30pm           Yoga      Allison/ Kristen

No classes: October 12, November 4, November 11, November 27, December 25, December 28, December 30

  • Class size is limited to 18. Please call 399-8118 to reserve your space weekly.
  • Please bring a mat to Pilates and Yoga classes. Yoga participants may also want to bring a blanket and pillow.
  • Class participants must be 13 years old.
  • Observers will not be permitted.
  • Classes & times are subject to change based on attendance and

instructor availability.

Library Book Sale

09/10/2009
The library book sale will be held at the Town of Ballston Town Hall (323 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY) on Thursday, September 24th, from 3-8 PM, Friday, September 25th, from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday, September 26th, from 10 Am – 3 PM. Saturday is Buck a Bag Day.

Coping Keys for Caregivers

09/03/2009
Join Bill Hinrichs, of the Alzheimer’s Association, for this 4-1/2 hour interactive program that will help you to better understand Alzheimer’s Disease and will give you tips on how to manage some common communication and behavior issues.
This is presented as three 90 minute sessions
from 6:30-8:00 PM on
September 8th – Basics
October 8th – Communications
November 24th – Behaviors
These programs are free and open to the public.
No registration required.
Appropriate Audience- Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have
Alzheimer’s Disease.
Join us for discussion of the book, Still Alice and HBO movie, “The Memory Loss Tapes,” on 9/14 at 7 PM in the library community Room.

Nominate your favorite librarian

09/02/2009

The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. The awards program will demonstrate how librarians are improving the lives of the people in their communities.

Up to ten winners will be selected annually and will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York hosted by The New York Times at TheTimesCenter in December 2009. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library. Winners will be announced in November 2009.

The award is administered by the American Library Association with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times.

Nominate your favorite librarian here.

When to Start Taking Social Security

08/13/2009
Join Attorney Robert Wolff for this important program on
Tuesday, August 25th, from 6:30-8:00 PM in the library community room.

Learn the answers to the following questions, and more:

  • When should I take Social Security – at 62, wait until 65 or 70?
  • What will my break-even age be if I wait until 70 rather than start taking Social
    Security at 62?
  • Can I take Social Security based on my spouse’s or deceased spouse’s Social
    Security benefit?
  • If I am divorced, can I qualify for Social Security benefits under my ex-spouse’s Social Security?
  • What is the Social Security Redo?

This program is free and open to the public.

Memoir Writing Workshops

08/13/2008

Thursdays, September 10, 17, 24,
October 1 and 15
(no workshop on October 8th)

Either 10-12 OR 1-3
in the library community room

with Mary Sanders Shartle

Call 399-8174 to register

Bring pen & paper or journal.

Made possible by a gift from Fred and Helen Baum

 

Free College Planning Program

08/13/2009
In this informational class you will learn:

  • How to help your students decide which colleges to apply to.
  • How to increase your chances of getting into your dream college.
  • How the colleges choose each Freshman class.
  • How to position your student to get free money from the college of choice.
  • Why colleges do not focus on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – this is not a ‘How to fill out a FAFSA form’ or ‘Financial Aid Night’ .
  • How it is possible to attend a PRIVATE COLLEGE for a Public College Price!!!
  • Why procrastination may cost a family thousands of dollars.
  • How to focus on the issues you can control.
  • How focusing on college can eliminate any long term debt.
  • Overwhelmed, stressed, where to start??? We will outline the entire process for you.
Saturday, September 12
1 PM – 3 PM
in the Library Community Room

Reservations are Recommended!

Call now to reserve your seat (518) 452-8751
Or register @ www.edufunding.com from the Class Schedule page

Important: This class will discuss how families with an annual income of $80,000 – $275,000 received financial assistance to help pay for a college education!
As heard on 590 AM WROW and Talk 1300 AM
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth featured speaker: ‘How to Pay for College’

A Celebration of Ballston Lake

07/07/2009
A Celebration of Ballston Lake:
The Lake and the Village

July 11, 2009 10AM– 2PM
Inside and out at the Good Times Lakeview Restaurant 175 Lake Rd.,Ballston Lake

Sponsored by Ballston’s Explore NY 400 Committee (Rick Reynolds, Chair, and Town Historian; Amy Clark; Karen DeAngelo; Pete Herman); The Town of Ballston Community Library; the BHBL Business and Professional Association; the BHBL Women’s Club

Special Thanks to Desiree of the Good Times for use of the restaurant grounds and banquet room at no charge!

Fun

05/19/2009

Murals

Art Work by Maria DeAngelo

Made possible by a gift from Fred and Helen Baum

Photographer Gail DeAngelo

Photographer Gail DeAngelo

Photographer Gail DeAngelo

Photographer Gail DeAngelo

 

Photographer Gail DeAngelo

Photographer Gail DeAngelo

Artist and Photographer Maria DeAngelo

Artist and Photographer Maria DeAngelo

Rebecca’s Reading List

Rebecca Recommends

 Director’s Reading List

Mona's Olive Penguins

Mona’s Olive Penguins

Hannah's Book Cake

Gift from BH-BL Women's Club

Gift from BH-BL Women’s Club

Book Sale at the Town Hall

04/24/2009
Sponsored by the Friends of the Town of Ballston Community Library and the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Women’s Club

Where:
Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road

When:
Thursday, May 7, 3pm – 8pm
Friday, May 8, 10am – 8pm
Saturday, May 9, 10am – 3pm

“Buck a Bag” Sale
on Saturday!

.25c paperbacks
.50c hardcovers

Tax Deductible Donations: please drop off your gently used books/audiobooks/dvd’s at the library.

Donation forms available a the circulation desk.

Download Audiobooks Anytime, Anywhere

04/09/2009
Enjoy popular titles from the comfort of home
Town of Ballston Community Library 24/7 starting 4/9/09. Joining top rated libraries like Boston, Denver, New York, and Cleveland, we are excited to announce this
at-home service for a new way to enjoy your library.
With hundreds of popular and classic titles to select from, our digital collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Offering popular fiction and non-fiction, our “Virtual Branch” spans nearly every genre. You can download best-selling books, literary classics, self-improvement guides, and more. Getting started is easy! Visit our website, http://salon.sals.edu, install the free software, browse the collection, and add titles to your cart. Check out with a valid library card and download titles to a personal computer or laptop. When the download process is complete, you can enjoy titles on your Windows or Mac computer or transfer to supported devices, like an MP3 player or Apple iPod. Many audio titles can be burned to CD to listen in the car. So what’s the catch? There is none. Digital downloads are easy to check out and download, and the best part is- there are never any late fees because your titles are automatically returned at the end of the lending period.
For more information and help resources, visit http://salon.sals.edu.

2008 Annual Report

03/31/2009
The library’s 2008 Annual Report is now available. You can download it here or read it at the library.  We do ask you to read the lovely color copy at the library, but a copy of the statistical and financial information page is available for you to take home.

Library Clerk Positions

03/31/2009
Library Clerk – The library has 2 openings for 8-10 hours per week, including 1 evening per week and 1 Saturday each month. Must enjoy working with the public at the circulation desk. Familiarity with computers required. Library experience preferred. Please pick up an application at the library or download this Application and drop it off or email it to bur-director@sals.edu

Volunteer as a Library Trustee

03/28/2009

The Library will have a vacancy on its Board of Trustees in June 2009.  Serve your community by setting policy and making decisions that affect local library service.  Please consider applying today! This is a volunteer position.

Requirements include:

  • Town of Ballston resident outside of Ballston Spa Village.
  • Meets the last Wednesday of each month.
  • A five year term appointment.

Ask for more information at the desk  or email bur-director@sals.edu

Readings From The Hermit: an Adirondack Love Story

03/03/2009
Author Mary Sanders Shartle will be doing a reading from her novel on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 7 PM in the library community room.  The presentation will include a discussion of the tradition of hermits, both secular and religous and some of the more famous “hermits” of the Adirondacks.  This project is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

This program is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there.

Downloadable Audio-books Service Change

02/27/2009

At the end of February, the Southern Adirondack Library System’s contract for downloadable e-books and audiobooks with NetLibrary will expire. When that contract expires, cardholders from SALS libraries, including the Town of Ballston Community Library, will no longer be able to download NetLibrary items.

A new contract with a service provider called OverDrive will go into effect in mid-late March. The new service, which will be called SALON (Southern Adirondack Library On-Demand) will offer access to a selection of popular downloadable audio books, and will operate using a slightly different model from the current NetLibrary service.

There will be a short period of time during which no downloadable audiobooks will be available. We apologize for this inconvenience, but anticipate that the new service will have titles that appeal to a greater number of our customers.

Library Program – Outlook and Opportunities

02/19/2009
Christopher Nyhan of Edward Jones Investments in Burnt Hills will host an Outlook and Opportunities informational program at the Town of Ballston Community Library on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 10:15 AM.  Some of the topics to be covered include: the current economic outlook; the impact political and social events may have on the financial markets; and the importance of maintaining a long term investment strategy.   This program is free and open to the public.

Library Program – When to Start Taking Social Security

02/12/2009

Join Attorney Robert Wolff for this important program on Saturday, February 21, from 10:00 am – 11:30 am in the library community room.
When to start taking Social Security
Learn the answers to the following questions, and more:

When should I take Social Security – at 62, wait until 65 or 70?
What will my break-even age be if I wait until 70 rather than start taking Social Security at 62?
Can I take Social Security based on my spouse’s or deceased spouse’s Social Security benefit?
If I am divorced, can I qualify for Social Security benefits under my ex-spouse’s Social Security?
What is the Social Security Redo?

Library Closed

Library Holiday Schedule for 2009

The library will be closed on the following dates in 2009:  �
Thursday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
Monday, January 19 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 16 – President’s Day
Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day
Saturday, July 4 – Independence Day
Monday, September 7 – Labor Day
Monday, October 12 – Columbus Day
Wednesday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day
Thursday & Friday, November 26 & 27 – Thanksgiving
Friday & Saturday, December 25 & 26 – Christmas

Closing at 3 PM on Wednesday, November 25 and Thursday, December 24

2009 Board Meeting Schedule

02/11/2009
The Town of Ballston Community Library Board of Trustees meets at 7 PM on the last Wednesday of each month in the library community room with the following exceptions: The June meeting is the annual dinner meeting and is held at a local restaurant. The November meeting is held the first Wednesday of December and there is no formal December meeting.

These meetings are open to the public.

Food for Thought

02/05/2009

Hannah

Hannah, one of the library pages, made this cake for the staff and brought it in today.  She also challenged us to identify the author of the quote.  One of us even figured it out (and said it out loud so the others were all off the hook).�
February is Love Your Library Month.

 

Thanks, Hannah!

Jennifer Project

01/20/2009
Join Ray Misiewicz in the library community room at 7 PM on Thursday, February 19, 2009, for a special program, “Jennifer Project”.  This program is free and open to the public.
In 1968 the Soviet submarine K-129 mysteriously exploded and sank to the bottom of the Pacific. It was located by the USS Halibut (SSN-587), an American nuclear submarine modified to conduct special operations. With cold war secrecy and speed, US military intelligence raced to find a way to recover the submarine three miles below the ocean’s surface. This is the story of “Project Jennifer” which brought together top military personnel, the CIA and Howard Hughes in one of the most remarkable episodes of high-tech intelligence gathering during the cold war.

A Funny Thing About Teaching

01/20/2009
Join us in the library community room on Thursday, February 12, at 7 PM to hear local author Jack Rightmyer discuss his book, A Funny Thing About Teaching.  A book signing will follow the program.
Jack Rightmyer has been a secondary English teacher for 27 years and for the past five years has also been an adjunct education professor at Siena College in Loudonville, NY.  He is also a recipient of both an Educational Press Award  and the New York State Press Award.

 

Penguin Pizazz or is that pizza?

01/13/2009
January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day, but if you know Judy at the library, you know that every day is Penguin Appreciation Day.  Another staff member surprised Judy with this special olive plate and we just wanted to share the pictures with you.  We have fun at the library.

 

2008 Archives

If you are looking for what happened in 2008, you’re in luck!

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

12/10/2008Tuesdays in January (6, 13, 20, & 27) at 2: 30 PM.  Great for teens and adults of all ages. Free.
Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Roth IRA Redos & Other Hot IRA Topics

12/10/2008�
presented by
Robert L. Wolff, J.D., L.L.M. Tax

You are invited to join Robert L. Wolff for coffee and danish from 10:00 to
11:30 am on January 10, 2009 at the Ballston Community Library, at 2 Lawmar
Lane, Burnt Hills, for a discussion of current Hot IRA Topics.

2008 has not been a good year for investors in the stock market. One
particular group adversely affected by the market down turn are individuals that
converted all or part of their Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA early in 2008. They may,
unfortunately, face the possibility of paying income taxes on account values
that will not be there when they file their 2008 income tax return. Where
account values are substantially less than the account values at the time of
conversion, they will be paying income taxes on phantom assets that were there
but now the value is gone – ouch. Fortunately, the Internal Revenue Code
allows taxpayers to undo the Roth IRA conversion to avoid paying taxes on phantom
values.

Holiday Hours

12/09/2008
The library will be closed on December 24th and December 25th.  The library will close at 3 PM on December 31st.

No Story Time Today

12/01/2008
Monday, December 1, 2008 story times are cancelled due to illness. Please feel free to come and play!

Financial Outlook and Opportunities

11/13/2008
Christopher Nyhan of Edward Jones Investments in Burnt Hills will host an Outlook and Opportunities informational luncheon at the Town of Ballston Community Library on Friday, December 5th, at 11:30 AM and on Saturday, December 6th, at 12:30 PM.  Some of the topics to be covered include: the current economic outlook; the impact political and social events may have on the financial markets; and the importance of maintaining a long term investment strategy.  There is no charge for the luncheon, but for accurate meal count, an RSVP is requested to Susan Martinez at 399-5087.

Thanksgiving Schedule

11/13/2008
The library will close at 3 PM on Wednesday, November 26th and will be closed on Thursday, November 27th and on Friday, November 28th, in observance of Thanksgiving.  The library will re-open at 10 AM on Saturday, November 29th.

Closed Veterans Day

11/04/2008
The Town of Ballston Community Library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Friends Get Together

10/21/2008
Do you want to get involved in the library but just can’t get away during the day?  The Friends of the Town of Ballston Community Library will be hosting a special evening Friends Meeting on Thursday, October 30th, at 7 PM in the Library Community Room.  There will be child care and refreshments.  Find out how you can be a part of the decision making process. Do you have ideas for great programs or things you wish the library had? Join the Programming Committee? Ideas for Fundraising? Want to Volunteer? Come join us for a fun exchange of ideas.

Closed for Columbus Day

10/10/2008
The library will be closed on Monday, October 13, 2008, in observance of Columbus Day.

Mavens of Mayhem

10/04/2008

Mavens of Mayhem

October 25, 2008
1:00 PM at the Town of Ballston Community Library

Sisters in Crime authors Audrey Friend, Anne White, Rosemary Miner, Frankie Bailey, Julia Pomeroy, Julie Lomoe, M.E. Kemp, Fay Rownell, and Robert Knightly will be talking about their books, the writing and publishing process and answering questions.  Their books will be available for purchase and signing

NO Music with Mona

09/30/2008
There’s no Music with Mona today, September 30, 2008, due to illness. Please feel free to come and play!

Saturday Library Opening Late Due to Power Outage

09/13/2008
Update: Power is back on. The library will open at 1 PM. Thank you for your patience! 

The library has no power.  According to National Grid, the power should be restored around 1, so we will plan on opening then.  Please CALL 399-8174 to make sure we are open before coming.  Today won’t count for late fees. Thank you for your understanding.

Gift from the BH-BL Women’s Club

09/12/2008
On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees and the Staff of the Town of Ballston Community Library, I would like to express our gratitude to the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Women’s Club for the gift of a Statue of a small boy sitting on a bench reading a book.  We feel that it represents much of what a library should be – a place to learn and grow, regardless of age.

Knit Wits

08/09/2008
Social knitting group.
7-9 PM on the third OR fourth
Mondays, depending on holidays and the availability of the community room –
September 22, October 20th, November 17th, and December 15th, in the
Library Community Room No experience necessary.
Knitting assistance available. Crocheters, cross-stitchers, and other fiber fanatics also welcome, but we can’t guarantee competent assistance, just good company!

Fall Features

09/04/2008
There are lots of great things happening at the library this fall. Please check the Computer Services and Youth Services pages for detailed information about computer classes and programs for children and teens.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Women’s Club Statue Dedication

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Women’s Club is donating a beautiful statue of a child sitting on a bench reading that will be placed outside the library.  There will be a formal presentation of the statue to the library at 12:30 on Monday, September 8th. The public is invited to attend.

The Library Board of Trustees and the Staff of the Town of Ballston Community Library would like to thank the BH-BL Women’s Club for their generosity.

Book Sale at the Town of Ballston Town Hall
323 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

September 18, 3-8
September 19, 10-3
September 20, 10-2 BUCK A BAG SALE

We have quite a few large type and children’s books this time.

If you have book donations, please drop them off at the library before September 16th.  Donation slips are available.  You are responsible for putting in the quantity and value.  We sell them for 50 cents for hardcovers and 25 cents for paperbacks.  Videos are 50 cents.�

Memoir Writing Workshop with Mary Sanders Shartle

Record your most precious gift for friends and relatives – the stories they’ve been asking you to write down before they are lost forever.

Thursdays from September 25 – October 23 from 1-3 PM in the library community room. Please bring a pencil and paper. Registration is required.
This program is made possible by a gift from Helen and Fred Baum.

Mavens of Mayhem

October 25, 2008
1:00 PM at the Town of Ballston Community Library

Sisters in Crime authors Audrey Friend, Anne White, Rosemary Miner, Frankie Bailey, Julia Pomeroy, Julie Lomoe, M.E. Kemp, Fay Rownell, and Robert Knightly will be talking about their books, the writing and publishing process and answering questions.  Their books will be available for purchase and signing.

Labor Day Closing

08/23/2008
The Town of Ballston Community Library will be closed on Monday, September 1st in honor of Labor Day.  The library will re-open at 10 AM on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Diva Stamp Night for Adults

07/11/2008
Free card stamping program with Dena Wagner on Tuesday, July 22nd at 7 PM. Register at the library or by calling 399-8174.

Closed for the Fourth of July

07/03/2008
The Town of Ballston Community Library will be closed on Friday, July 4th and Saturday July 5th for Independence Day.  The library will re-open at 10 AM on Monday, July 7th.

Moo?

06/04/2008

This lovely little cow has appeared at the library.  She’s so cute we just had to take her picture.

Life On Tilt Book Signing

05/25/2008
Ballston Lake resident and book author John Blowers will be signing (and talking about) his new novel, Life on Tilt: Confessions of a Poker Dad, from 6:30-8 PM on Monday, June 16th at the library.

Knitwits Location Change for 5/19

05/13/2008
The knitwits will be meeting at Border’s in Clifton Park on Monday 5/19! Please join us there.  The June meeting will be back at the library on Monday, June 30th, at 7 PM.

Silent War

05/13/2008
Free program with retired engineer Ray Misiewicz on May 20th, 2008, at 7 PM in the library community room.

During the cold war nuclear submarines were used to conduct special operations to acquire intelligence information. We follow the exploits of the USS Halibut (SSN-587), USS Seawolf (SSN-575) and USS Parche (SSN-683) as they monitor activity in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Barents Sea during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Based on the stories in the recent book, “Blind Man’s Bluff”, we learn how the missions were planned and we’ll travel with these boats as they execute them. The special operations submarines enabled the United States to get inside the minds of the military leaders of our adversaries. To do that our submariners put themselves at great risk. This talk serves as a tribute to their sacrifices.

BH-BL Student Artwork

04/11/2008
Students from the BH-BL elementary schools (Charlton Heights, Pashley, and Stevens) and from O’Rourke Middle School have their artwork on display in the library for the month of April!  Masks, Penguins, collages, pastels, pencil drawings, Papier Mache animals, and more are in the library community room and in the display case.  There will be a reception in their honor from 1-3 PM in the library community room on Saturday April 26, 2008.

Clean Up Day

04/11/2008
Our Town in Bloom volunteers will be at the library on Saturday, April 26th, at 10:00 AM to get the library ready for spring!  Many hands make light work and it counts as volunteer hours, too! Please bring a rake or other garden tool and work gloves.

Journey Through East Africa

04/11/2008
Alan Wechsler will present a slide show of his Journey Through East Africa from 7-8:30 PM on Tuesday, April 22nd, in the library community room. This program is free and open to the public.

Author Michael Buckley

04/08/2008
Michael Buckley, author of the popular Fairy-Tale Detectives Series, will be speaking at the Town of Ballston Community at 7 PM on Wednesday, April 30th.  For more about his books, visit the Sisters Grimm website.  He’ll be doing a book signing after his talk.  Please pre-order his books at the library if you’d like to have one signed. We’ll have a limited number available at the library on April 30th for purchase then.

Marion’s Triumph Documentary

04/03/2008
If you missed Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s talk or if you heard her speak and would like to see the documentary about her life, we will be showing the one hour movie on the big screen in the library community room at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM on Saturday, April 5, 2008.

For more information about Marion Blumenthal Lazan, the book Four Perfect Pebbles, or the Holocaust, please visit her website: Four Perfect Pebbles.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan

03/19/2008
Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a Holocaust survivor and co-author of Four Perfect Pebbles, will be speaking at the Town of Ballston Community Library at 7 PM on Tuesday, April 1st, 2008.  She will be signing books afterward.    Paperback copies of the book will be available for $5.00.  The movie based on her life, Marion’s Triumph, will be shown at 2 PM on Saturday, March 29th on the big screen in the library community room.

Young Person’s Concert

03/04/2008
The Music Company Orchestra and the Town of Ballston Community Library invite you to attend a free concert in the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School Auditorium on Saturday, March 8th at 2:00 PM.  Conductor Ralph Acquaro and the Music Company Orchestra will introduce your family to the instruments of the orchestra with Tubby the Tuba, Two Guitars, and Variations on Greensleeves.

Book Sale

03/04/2008
Sponsored by the Friends of the Town of Ballston Community Library and the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Women’s Club is being held at a NEW LOCATION!  Please join us at the Ballston Town Hall, 323 Charlton Road.  Thursday March 6 from 3-8 PM, Friday March 7  from 3-5 PM and Saturday March 8 from 11 AM – 5 PM.

To get there from the library, take Lake Hill Road to Goode Street. Turn right on Goode Street and go North 3 miles.  Turn left on Charlton Road.  The town hall is .2 miles, on the left.

Tell Us What You Think!

03/01/2008
LIBRARY SURVEY!!
We’re getting ready to write our 5 year plan. Please help us by telling us how you use the library and what you would like to see us do over the next five years!  Complete this Survey.  You may also fill one out at the library if you prefer.

Library Closing Early

02/26/2008
What a winter we’re having!  The library is closing at 3 PM on Tuesday, February 26th because of the weather.  If school is closed on Wednesday, we will not open until noon.  You will not be charged a late fee for items due on Tuesday or Wednesday that are returned on Thursday.

Presidents Holiday

02/16/2013
The Town of Ballston Community Library will be closed on February 18th in observance of President’s Day.  The library will re-open at 10 AM on Tuesday, February 19th. Have a great holiday weekend!

2/13 Update Library Closing Early

02/13/2008
The library is closing at 5 PM before the parking lots and walkways freeze over. We will not charge late fees for Wednesday if items are returned on Thursday.  We’ll hope to see you on Valentine’s Day!

Memoir Writing Workshop

02/13/2008Mary Sanders Shartle will lead a Memoir Writing Workshop at the Town of Ballston Community Library in Burnt Hills on 5 Thursdays: March 13, 20, and 27, and April 3 and 10, from 1-3 PM in the library community room.  The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. This program is made possible by a gift from Fred and Helen Baum.

This workshop is designed to help participants begin, or continue, the work of recording family stories to pass them down to future generations. Participants should bring a pen or pencil and paper or a journal.

Mary Shartle will act as a writing facilitator to the group, making suggestions and encouraging participants to share their work.  The workshop will include simple and fun in-class exercises.  Says Shartle, “Leave the most important legacy you can – your own indelible voice written down, expressing your hopes, dreams, and values.”

Mary Shartle is director of the Saratoga Poetry Zone and is a published poet and writer.  She was recently honored with the 2006 Adirondack Literary Award for Poetry.

Board of Trustees

02/13/2008

2008 Library Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

The Town of Ballston Community Library Board of Trustees meets the last Wednesday of each month, in the library community room at 7 PM, with the exception of June and December.  The Annual Meeting is held in June at another location and there is only one meeting in November/December, on December 3rd.  These meetings are all open to the public.

February 13 – Opening at Noon

02/13/2008
The Town of Ballston Community Library will open at Noon today. Please be very careful on the walks and in the parking lot. You can renew anything due today by calling us at 399-8174 (after noon) or by going to the library catalog. Click on Patron Account, put in your library card #. Your password is the last 4 digits of your telephone number. Then click on Log In.  Now you can click on Items Out. At the bottom of the page you can click and Renew All Items, or you can pick which things to renew. Please note that the renewal is from the day you renew it, not from the original due date!

If there’s a snow day…

02/12/2008
If the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central Schools are closed because of weather, the library will not open before noon, at the earliest, as we will need time to make the parking lots and walkways as safe as possible for you.  Please call before you come out – our number is 399-8174.  We won’t charge a late fee for items due on Wednesday that are returned on Thursday.

The storm warning is in effect until 5 PM Wednesday, so please be prepared for the possibility that we will not open at all on Wednesday.  Your safety, and that of our staff, is extremely important to us.

If there’s a two hour delay, we’ll plan on opening as usual at ten, but please check here or call us before coming out.

We’ve asked to be put on the approved list for school closings for next year, but apparently they make those decisions in August. In the meantime, and in between time, you can always call us or check this website for up to date information just as long as the director still has electricity and Roadrunner stays operational.

No Music with Mona

02/07/2008
Due to the weather, there will be no Music with Mona program at 10:30.  Thank you for your understanding.

Friends of the Library

02/03/2008
The next Friends meeting is at 9 AM on Tuesday, February 5th in the library community room. Please come if you can. New members are welcome and needed! We’ll be making plans for the March 6-8 book sale at the Town Hall.  Volunteers are needed!

Library Closing Early 2/1

02/01/2001
The Library will be closing at 1 PM on Friday, February 1st, because of the storm warnings.  We anticipate re-opening at 10 AM on Saturday, February 1st. Late fees for Friday will be forgiven.

Adopt – A – Shelf

02/01/2008

Adopt-a-Shelf is a volunteer opportunity designed to keep the library’s materials in order and looking nice.

How it works:

Volunteers choose a favorite topic or type of material. At least twice a month, the volunteer will spend time putting that section in order and straightening the items on the shelves.

Volunteers will be trained by library staff.  Sign up at the circulation desk.

Qualifications:

– Over 15 or working with an adult.

– Detail oriented.

– Able to work independently.

Responsibilities:

– Maintain your section of shelving by keeping it in proper alphabetical or numerical order.

– Straighten items on shelves and pull them to the front of the shelf. Put an interesting item on display if there’s room.

– Shift books as necessary to keep book ends in place and everything looking nice.

– Initial Adopt – a – Shelf calendar on the days you work.

– Bring books that need some tender loving care to the circulation desk.

Magnets will be used to mark the sections that have been adopted.

New Look

01/15/2008

These pages will be replacing the burnthills.sals.edu website. You can still use the old address to get here, but this is where you’ll find yourself, every time.

If there was something on the old website that you don’t see here and miss dearly, please email me (link in lower right of this page) at bur-director@sals.edu and I will see what I can do.

This is still a work in progress, but when we’re done, it should be much easier to update and change and will hopefully be even more useful and user friendly than before.

Board Meeting

01/11/2008

The January meeting of the Town of Ballston Community Library Board of Trustees will be held at 7 PM on Wednesday, January 30th.  The public is welcome to attend.

2007 Archives

Library Program- Top Performing Perennials

Kerry Mendez, of Perennially Yours, will be visiting our library again in 2008 with her Top Performing Perennials program for gardeners. She’ll be here on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 4:30 PM. This 1-1/2 hour program will include a Power Point Presentation and hand outs. Registration required as this was a standing room only program last year.

Here’s Kerry’s Description of this program:
“Top Performing Perennials, Flowering Shrubs and Annuals for Low-Maintenance Gardens. I’m no pushover, so when it comes to picking winners for top performance and low-maintenance, tough love drives my decisions. Sounds harsh, but ruthless culling on my part to create this garden-tested list means less work, more enjoyment for you. “Presentation includes a colorful PowerPoint. Presentation by Kerry Mendez, owner of Perennially Yours in Ballston Spa. For more information, visit her website at: www.pyours.com

Knit Wits

The next get together is on Monday, 11/26, in the library community room, from 7-9 PM. All ability levels are welcome. We have knitting needles and yarn if you’re just beginning. We’ll even let you in if you’re crocheting or working on some other craft and just want our company. There won’t be a meeting in December. 2008 meetings are 1/28, 2/25, 3/31, 4/28, 5/23, and 6/30.