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Local Author, Catherine Bruns, Visits Library

Local Author, Catherine Bruns, Visits Library

On October 21, at 6 pm at the Cohoes Public Library, we are proud to present local mystery writer Catherine Bruns. Catherine is a USA Today bestselling author of 4 different cozy mystery series – Cookies & Chance about a bakery in the Buffalo area, the Cindy York real estate series set in Upstate NY, & the Carrie Jorgenson series featuring a waitress new to Hawaii. Two of the series are culinary themed & feature delicious original recipes. Catherine will talk about her brand-new book Penne Dreadful, the first in a new series, the Italian Cook Mysteries, which just debuted to rave reviews. Catherine grew up in Latham and has many ties with Cohoes. A graduate of Russell Sage, her love of writing mysteries began as a child. Check her out at and come and meet her in person to discuss her process, her books & how she gets her inspiration. Updates can be found at or at the

We’re Hiring!

The Cohoes Public Library is seeking two (2) part-time Library Aides for approximately 14.5 hours per week, with a varying schedule that includes evenings and 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, cover letter, 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, cover letter, and list of 3 references in PDF format to Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


Meet “Notorious” Max

Allison Brennan’s Max Revere is an investigative reporter who specializes in cold cases. Join the Mystery Book Club on September 18 to discuss her and her cases. Learn more at

Welcome to Hannah Ingrid Stahl

On Wednesday, July 31, the Cohoes Public Library is proud to welcome Hannah Ingrid Stahl – our new Librarian. While she will be busy getting up to speed with her duties, if you see her, give her a quick hello to welcome her to our library!

Hoops by Jem

Come hula hoop to fun music with Jem! Both instructional & entertaining, come and find your inner sparkle. Starts at 10:30 am.

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