Meet the Mayor and Get Involved in Your Community

Meet the New Cohoes Mayor, Share Ideas, Explore Community Activities
Saturday January 4 at the Cohoes Public Library
-Census Job Fair, Planning for Cohoes 150th Anniversary, Storytime and More –

Cohoes, NY– Residents are invited to the Cohoes Public Library on Saturday, January 4, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to meet with incoming Mayor Bill Keeler, share ideas about how to move the city forward; participate in a Census job fair and information session; offer suggestions about celebrating the city’s 150th anniversary; and learn about exciting opportunities and important programs of the library and other community groups. “I want to hear people’s ideas, their concerns, and their hopes for our City. We also need to jumpstart planning for the Census count and the City’s 150th anniversary celebrations. That requires engaging everyone – our churches, schools, businesses, and civic & community groups -in every neighborhood. Community input and involvement is essential for us to make substantial and sustainable progress in Cohoes,” Keeler said.

Get Involved in Community Activities
Community groups including Friends of the Library, Spindle City Historic Society, Cohoes High Alumni Association, and Choose Cohoes for Art will be on hand to provide input and to share information about their activities and programs.

Explore Library Programs
Saturday’s event also is an opportunity for residents to get a library card and to learn about program offerings at the Cohoes Public Library. Book clubs, the Beauknitters, and other library groups will be available to talk with residents. The Library will host a special Census-focused storytime program for children up to 5 years old and their older siblings, which will begin at 11:30 a.m.. In addition, the Library will have Census-related activities and crafts for older children to enjoy. “Reading is so important to spark a child’s imagination; to help them learn and grow. I encourage parents and grandparents to bring their children to see and explore their library, and for everyone to get a library card if they don’t yet have one,” Keeler said.

Apply at the Census Job Fair & Information Session
The day’s events also will include a Census job fair and information session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., hosted by New York State Assemblymember John T. McDonald III and Mayor Keeler. Census officials will be on hand to answer questions about job opportunities, help people apply for jobs, and provide general information about the 2020 Census. There also will be Census learning activities for children. Assemblymember John T. McDonald III said, “With the 2020 Census right around the corner, we need to make sure every New Yorker is counted. Census jobs offer flexible hours and competitive pay rates. These positions provide the opportunity to earn extra income while helping the community.”

Support the local Food Pantries
Attendees also are encouraged to bring non-perishable food, paper products, or personal care products to donate to the Library’s “Food for Fines” program to support the local food pantries.

Directions to the Library
The Cohoes Public Library is located downtown, at 169 Mohawk Street, Cohoes. For directions or to get more information about library programs go to

We’re hiring! Saturday Library Aide.

The Cohoes Public Library is seeking one (1) part-time Library Aide for approximately 6.5 hours per week, with a schedule that includes Saturdays. Duties include helping customers at the circulation desk, operating the library computer system (ILS), shelving library materials, operating the copier and fax machine, performing routine clerical tasks, and answering the telephone. The ideal candidate for the position has strong customer service skills and basic computer skills. Prior library experience is preferred, but not required. Please send a resume, and list of 3 references in PDF format to Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.



Library Aide Job Description

Distinguishing Features of the Class: This position involves performing the duties of charging and discharging materials and related circulation duties at the circulation desk. Additionally, incumbents sort and reshelve library materials. Performance of related routine clerical tasks may be required. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Library Director, Librarian, or higher-level library employee. Does related work as required.

Examples of Work:
Charges and discharges library materials using the ILS (Integrated Library System) software
Sorts and reshelves books and library materials
Enters cash transactions into cash register
Counts cash register at beginning and end of day and helps prepare daily deposit
Logs in and processes all periodicals and prepares current magazines for shelving, maintains back number stacks and routing
Responds to routine questions regarding library rules, hours of operation and location of materials
Responds to requests from library patrons to assist with research, interlibrary requests and the use of computers and audio-visual equipment
Typing, filing, and data searches as requested by higher level Library Employee
Assists in periodic inventory of library materials and AV equipment
Maintains inventory of supplies and suggests items for acquisition
Assists in preparation of lists of missing books and books to be discarded
oversees the general condition and appeal of the library and its displays

Full Performance Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics:
Ability to acquire a working knowledge of library rules and procedures; ability to acquire a working knowledge of library software such as the ILS; ability to understand and carry out written and oral directions; ability to multi-task; ability to use a cash register; ability to deal in a personable and friendly manner with library patrons; accuracy; tact and courtesy; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from high school or possession of high school equivalency diploma
Customer service experience
Experience using a cash register
Basic computer skills (Email, Microsoft Office Suite, printing, basic troubleshooting of computers)

To Apply
Please send a resume and list of 3 references in PDF format to Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Saturday Grand Opening Party!

Saturday Grand Opening Party! 

December 7th, 2019 

10:00 am to 1:00 pm 

Join us for our Saturday Grand Opening Celebration! We’ll have a ribbon cutting, celebrate with cake, have storytime, and hear from Spindle City Historic Society about their display up by the Mastodon!

Schedule of events

10:00 am: Ribbon Cutting and Cake

10:30 am: Storytime

11:00 am: Spindle City Historic Society Exhibit Talk

10:00 am to 1:00 pm: Check out books, get a library card, and learn about all the great resources the Library has to offer!