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

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Come enjoy our Holiday sale on┬áSaturday, 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

Our Mastodon Flyer

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.

Watching the World Go By – – November 19, at 6 pm


Local Photographer, Dave Koschnick of Junkyard Watchdog Arts, will presenting a photo talk recapping his summer trip from Cohoes to Alaska and back on Wednesday, November 19, at 6 pm. Traveling the 11, 709 miles in a 19′ Roadtrek, and crossing the border over a dozen times, the trip took him through some of the most photographic areas of our continent including the Badlands of South Dakota, Yellowstone Park of Wyoming, Banff of Alberta, Canada and up the Alaska Highway to our 50th state and back. With well over 20,000 pictures to choose from, the presentation will give attendees a taste of the flora and fauna as well as the majestic landscapes of our continent. In the spirit of the season, a box will be set up for donations to the food pantries of Cohoes. Questions regarding the presentation may be directed to

Friends of the Library Autumn Affair – **Correction** Tickets to the Autumn Affair are $28 a piece. We apologize for the error.

Come join the Friends of the Library on Sunday, November 2nd at their 25th annual Autumn Affair. Social hour starts at noon and lunch will be served at 1:00pm. Entertainment will be provided by Cohoes’ own Sonny and Perley. Honored guests will be Barbara and John McDonald Jr. The festivities will be held at the Cohoes Senior Center on Mohawk Street in Cohoes. Tickets are $28 a piece. Great entertainment, great food and great prizes to be raffled off. We look forward to seeing you there.

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