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Saturday, December 20th at 1:00pm – Movie Day at Cohoes Public Library

Deepsea ChallengePlease join us for Movie Day at the Library. We’ll be showing James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge. This documentary “Chronicl[es] filmmaker James Cameron’s diving expeditions in his Deepsea Challenger submersible” (IMDB) to the depths of the Marianas Trench. This film runs for 1hr and 30 minutesLet us know if you’ll be attending by signing up at the front desk. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Please note that we are starting this movie 1 hour earlier at 1:00pm.



Mystery Book Club to meet on Wednesday, December 17th at 10:30am

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The Christmas Thief Visits the Cohoes Public Library

The Queen of Suspense, Mary Higgins Clark, and her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, join forces in The Christmas Thief, a holiday mystery that will be discussed at the Cohoes Public Library. The duo, successful authors independently, joined forces to bring this holiday tale with their beloved characters Alvirah and Willy Meehan and Regan Reilly, in picturesque Stowe, Vt. Mary Higgins Clark’s Alvirah Meehan, a $40,000,000 lottery winner, has a nose for trouble, luckily, she is friends with Carol Higgins Clark’s detective Regan Reilly. The friends team up once again in their holiday offering of “The Christmas Thief” – a different sort of mystery that involves another beloved character – the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. Share your thoughts with other lovers of mystery at the Mystery Book Club on Wednesday, December 17 at 10:30 am. Everyone is always welcome. For questions about the book club, please email with “Book Club” in the subject line.

Friends of the Library Holiday Sale, Saturday, December 6th

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Come enjoy our Holiday sale on Saturday, December 6th from 10am-2pm. We’ll have books, baked goods and hand-made scarves for sale. Your donations of books and homemade baked goods are appreciated. Books may be dropped of at the Library during normal Library hours. Bake goods may be dropped off on Friday, December 5th or Saturday, December 6th.





Thanksgiving Holiday hours.

The Library will be closed next week on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Saturday, November 29th at 10:00am. Be safe and have an delicious and enjoyable holiday.

Discovering the Cohoes Mastodon

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Discovering the Cohoes Mastodon

The colorful history of the famous Cohoes Mastodon will be told by the Spindle City Historic Society at the Cohoes Public Library on November 17th at 6:30pm. This free program will include a slide show lead by President Paul Dunleavy.

In late September of 1866, when excavation for Mill No. 3 of the Harmony Mills was begun, the bones of a Mastodon were found embedded in peat in two potholes at a depth of sixty feet. For a year the bone hunt was on, and amateur paleontologists found more remains, some sixty feet distant and all well above the level of the modern Mohawk River. This event became the talk of the town and was quite vividly described in one issue of the “Cataract” Newspaper. Notorious cynics and some newspapers published several discrediting accounts.

The 11,000-year-old bones of the Cohoes Mastodon were kept at the Harmony Mills for a time where many tourists and scientists visited them. The relics were then placed on exhibition in Troy, and then at the county fair, and finally at Harmony Hall in Cohoes. There were many offers to buy the remains but Harmony Company decided to present them to the state .The bones were mounted for the first time when they stood in the Hall of Vertebrate Paleontology in 1915 on the fifth floor of the New York State Museum that is now the State Education building. More than fifty years later Noah T. Clarke of Albany completed a replica of the Mastodon that originally stood alongside the skeleton but now stands at the Cohoes Public Library. The NYS Museum had moved by 1976 and the famous bones were put in storage. The mastodon now stands as a main exhibit in the New York State Museum.

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