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Cohoes Public Library is offering its annual Summer Reading Celebration during July and August, and participation is free and open to all ages – you too, parents! Come in to the Library and sign up for Summer Read. Pledge to read over the summer, keep track of your progress, and come and enjoy our free Summer Programs – including a great party at the end of the summer to celebrate your accomplishments!

As part of our Summer Reading Celebration the Cohoes Public Library is offering a number of free programs. Each program starts at 11:30am each Thursday between July 12th and August 23rd.

Programs include:

The Ancient Art of Fish Printing (Gyotaku): July 12th at 11:30am Kids will learn the ancient art of “Gyotaku”, while creating an impression of a (rubber) fish on paper or fabric using paints. Suggested: Ages 8 and up. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Let’s Rock:  Thursday, July 19th at 11:30am Children will learn about sound while experimenting with various instruments, and designing one of their own. Suggested: grades 3-5.

JIM SNACK: Thursday, July 26th at 11:30am Summer Read is not Summer Read without Jim Snack. Join Jim for his unique mix of magic and fun. Not to be missed. Suggested: all ages.

Life on the Erie Canal: Thursday, August 2nd at 11:30amLearn about the engineering challenges in this exciting hands-on program exploring the history and technology of the Erie Canal. Suggested: grades 3-5.

Animal Builders: Thursday, August 9th at 11:30am From beavers to birds to bugs, animals build some amazing things! In this program we’ll learn about the ways animal architects design and build their homes, including a close-up look at real bird nests, cocoons, and more. Suggested: grades K-4.

Basic Drawing for Beginners – Anime & ComicBook Styled Art with Penelope Barbalios: Thursday, August 16th at 11:30am Join Ms. Barbalios for a Comic book themed drawing workshop. Supplies will be provided. This class limited to 10 ppl. Please sign up early. Suggested: Grades 4-6


Thursday, August 23rd at 11:30am


Thank you Dr. Kathleen Fontaine!

Michael Fontaine holding a model of the James Web Space Telescope.

Thank you Dr. Kathleen Fontaine for your excellent talk on NASA, it’s history, and your experiences working this great agency.


Thoughts on the importance of reading aloud with your kids and tips to get to them to read

Why it’s important to read aloud with your kids, and how to make it count 

One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them. That means starting when they are newborns and not even able to talk, and continuing well beyond the years that they can read by themselves. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves, and reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them and be empathetic citizens of the world.

We spoke with Liza Baker, the executive editorial director at Scholastic, which just released its Kids & Family Reading Report. 

“It’s so important to start reading from Day One,” she says. “The sound of your voice, the lyrical quality of the younger [books] are poetic … It’s magical, even at 8 weeks old they focus momentarily, they’re closer to your heart.” As they begin to grow, families should make sure books are available everywhere in the home, like it’s your “daily bread.” (Amen.) But it shouldn’t end when kids begin to read on their own. “As they become independent readers, we tend to let them go, but even kids in older demographics love nothing more than that time with their parents,” Baker says. “We’re blown away that kids time and again said the most special time they recall spending with a parent is reading together.”

Summer reading: Tips from parents, who happen to know a few things about books

Mary Ellen Icaza, Montgomery County Public Library’s public services administrator, Community Engagement, Programming and Learning, was a book worm her entire life. But now that she’s a mother to a 10-year-old son and a daughter who’s 6, “my whole philosophy on reading has changed,” she says. “As a kid, I was the one in the library signing up for summer reading. There was nothing better for me than to have a huge stack of books.”

And then her son came along. “He just didn’t have that love. He’s a very active kid who likes to be busy and always doing something,” she says.

Knowing her son is obsessed with baseball, Icaza helped him discover the Ballpark Mystery Series. “It clicked for him and he read the whole series,” she says. In fact, one summer, they went on vacation and he got a minor league baseball directory at a ballpark. He read about each team in the country. “It sounds very boring, but for him, he was learning about the mascots, and I liked it because he was learning about what cities were in different states.”

The other thing that has worked to get him reading? Having a little sister. She would bring a different book home from school most days this year. “Often, we’ll have him read the book to her,” Icaza says. “We can hear him reading to her and it’s so neat to see that interaction.”

Don’t forget tonight’s talk with Kathleen Fontaine and her experiences at NASA

Working at NASA – It’s not all Rocket Science, but it IS Fun! June 20th at 6:30pm

Quick reminder that Kathleen Fontaine will be here tonight to talk about her experiences working at NASA.

What is it really like to work at NASA? Do you really have to be the proverbial ‘rocket scientist’ to work there? What is it like to be a woman in the sciences. Learn about these and other questions from Dr. Kathleen Fontaine. Dr. Fontaine has over 25 years’ experience working with and for NASA as both a Contractor and a Civil Servant. This one is a must-see for any young ladies interested in the sciences!

New Featured ebooks collections at OverDrive

Three new featured collections at OverDrive:

Best So Far – posted through June 24th.
Find your new favorite book in this collection featuring the best books of 2018 so far!



Cozy Mysteries – posted through July 1st.
Curl up with your tea and a soft blanket and get ready for some murder with these cozy mysteries!





Teenagers in Space – posted through July 1st.
Looking for some out-of-this-world YA fiction? Look no further!





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