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Summer Read 2018 – Sign up begins going on now!


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


6/18 at 6pm Public Meeting on Marijuana Laws with District Attorney David Soares at the Cohoes Public Library


Please join us at the Cohoes Public Library on June 18th at 6pm for a public meeting with District Attorney P. David Soares to discuss marijuana laws.


District Attorney P. David Soares will be holding a series of public meetings this summer to discuss marijuana laws with Communities in Albany County.

These meetings will give residents of Albany County an opportunity to ask questions and discuss public safety concerns about marijuana legalization, and the future of marijuana laws and prosecution. In addition to the public meetings, Albany County residents are also invited to take an online survey to share opinions on the topic.

The survey can be found at and then clicking on the green logo seal.

The Value of a Single Payer Health Care System, June, 13, 2018 from 6-7:30 PM











Learn about the Van Schaick Mansion – June 1st at 1pm.

Coming up on June 1st at 1pm at the Library, Johanna Shogan will be here to talk about the Van Schaick Mansion, and how it played a crucial role in the revolutionary war. Hear some intriguing historical stories about the Mansion and take a virtual tour of the House that helped secure our freedom.

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Cohoes Public Library, and is free and open to the public.





Upcoming programs and some news . . .

QiGong is Coming BackMondays from 10:30-11:30, from June 11th-July 23rd
Diana Wells is bringing back her popular Qigong class on Mondays from 10:30-11:30, from June 11th-July 23rd.

The Value of a Single Payer Health Care System, June, 13, 2018 from 6-7:30 PM
Dr. George Jolly, a retired internal medicine and geriatric doctor, will offer a slide presentation on the value of a single payer health care system in NYS at the Cohoes Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Dr. Jolly will detail how such a system can save money for local cities, counties and school districts on their healthcare budgets. There will be a question and answer session after his presentation.

For more information, contact for the Capital District Chapter for the NYS Alliance for retired Americans: KarenWojick Hess, 518-366-8141 Rich Vale 518-677-5396 Pat Lavin 518-928-6639 Herb Hyde 518-763-2567

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

Newspaper Digitization Grant
The Library has received a grant for close to $8000 to digitize its collection of the Cohoes Republican Newspaper. This collection includes papers from 2/18/1895 through 11/31/1919. When completed, these papers will be accessible at, and on our website, We are in the process of applying for another grant to digitize our collection of the Cohoes American Newspaper (January 3rd, 1921 through December 31st, 1951) and will keep you informed of our progress. These digitized scan will be printable and key word searchable.

Summer Read
Finally, we are putting together our Summer Read programming schedule now. Look for details on our website,, on our Facebook page, in the newspapers, and in posters posted in the Library. We look forward to seeing you this summer.

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