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Saratoga Springs Public Library

(518) 584-7860
49 Henry Street
Saratoga Springs , NY 12866

The Saratoga Springs Public Library is located on almost 2 acres in downtown Saratoga Springs, just east of Broadway, between Henry and Putnam Streets. The library plays a vital role in the community and offers multiple services and programs.

The library houses well over 200,000 items and a staff of both voluteers and paid personnel keep the library's daily operations running smooth. In addition to lending books and other media, the library offers extensive well-attended programs, provides access to public computers, and maintains three meeting rooms for use by non-profit and community groups. From toddler story time and adult reading groups to a broad variety of hands-on computer training courses to film forums and classes on everything from meditation to parenting and tax help... the Saratoga Springs Public Library has built a well-deserved reputation for excellence.

You can typically find the library open Mon-Thursday 9 am to 9 pm; Friday 9 am to 6 pm; Saturday 9am to 5 pm; and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Hours vary for specific collections - such as their history section (The Saratoga room) and the library is closed most holidays.

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Upcoming Events

When: Today at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Join us for our monthly Artists in Action series, this month featuring a demonstration of rug hooking by Lucille Festa of American Country Rugs in Vermont. Lucille's demonstration will focus on creating primitive American Folk Art rugs. Lucille is an American history buff specializing in the American Civil War era and Women's History. Rug hooking provides her with the means to express her interest in American History and translate that interest into tangible art. Lucille teaches rug hooking classes and has had her work featured in Country Home Magazine, Early American Life Magazine, the American Folk Art Museum in New York, and prestigious Folk Art Shows.
When: Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Local novelist and poet Mary Sanders Shartle will discuss and read from her recent book, "The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale: an Adirondack Novel". When a successful New Yorker returns to her birthplace in the Adirondack Mountains to escape her publicly tragic life, she begins to find peace for the first time since she was five years old. Hired as a caretaker for an Adirondack Great Camp, she spends over ten years living alone. But Lily Martindale's days as a recluse are plagued by a secret which aggravates her fragile state of mind. She is driven to confront her own isolation, years of sadness, and her deteriorating health. She also finds something, and someone, she never expected to see again. No registration required. A book signing will follow.
When: Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
For children ages 3-9 and their parents or caregivers. Meet in the Crawshaw Story Room and then walk as a group to Congress Park to collect sticks and other nature items to make a twig vase. Interns from the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park will be on hand to answer any nature-related questions and assist with the project. Please bring a small jar for each child. Register in The Children's Room or by calling 584-7860, ext. 305.
When: Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Learn about how Native Americans lived with the earth and animals around them. View and hear the stories about animal pelts discarded by hunters. Discover stone totems. For ages 6 and up. No registration required.
When: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
April 9 -Remembering the Spuyten Duyvil; a Famous Saratoga Watering Spot Author, playwright and director, IONE (aka Carole Ione), is the granddaughter of Virginia Wheeler and daughter of Leighla Frances Ford who ran the famous Spuyten Duyvil Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge for four decades beginning in the mid-1940s. The restaurant and garden, with its prime location beside the Fasig Tipton Sales Paddock, became one of the most sought after places in town to be seen. IONE will discuss and read selections from two works, her critically acclaimed memoir, "Pride of Family: Four Generations of American Women of Color", and "Pride's Daughter", the forthcoming sequel. She will also read selections from Mrs. Ford's memoir, "The Pretty Way Home".
When: Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Balloon artist and comedian, Chad Currin (aka Mr. Twisty), presents a fun-filled program for children and their families. Pick up free tickets beginning March 1, 2015. Performances at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. For ages 3 and up.
When: Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
A panel discussion presenting the continuum of home care services needed to keep your loved ones at home as they age. Services to be discussed include medical alert programs, companion services and home health care, day programs, coordination services and county resources. A question and answer session will follow. Presenters include: Home Instead Senior Care, Ellen Egger-Aimone, LMSW, Geriatric Care Manager, The Eddy Visiting Nurses Association and Eddy Life Alert, Wesley Evergreen Adult Day Program and Saratoga County Office for the Aging. No registration required.
When: Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Join associate producer of "Global Spirit," Joe Kulin, who will introduce this one-hour episode of a television series which has aired on LINK-TV and PBS World. This unique film brings together two guests that use the power of story and storytelling to remember what is important. Kay Olan, a renowned storyteller from the Mohawk nation in upstate New York, meets community organizer and youth mentor, Orland Bishop, who brings the power of story and African wisdom traditions to his work with members of the notorious LA gangs, the Crips and Bloods. Kay Olan will lead a discussion after the film. This event is co-sponsored by the Saratoga Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Light refreshments will be served.
When: Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Philanthropists and misfits. Shady characters and big spenders. Events that rocked the nation and human stories barely noticed. Wonderful stories about Saratoga and the North Country. And Saratoga storytellers Betty Cassidy and Margaret French have collected a fine assortment to delight listeners. No registration required. Both Betty and Margaret have been telling personal and traditional stories, mostly to adults, for more than a dozen years. They are members of the Story Circle of the Capital District and other professional organizations. They lead storytelling workshops in upstate New York, teaching adults to tell personal, family, and traditional stories.
When: Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Join author and historian, Marty Podskoch, for a talk about his latest project, the Adirondack 102 Club, that encourages people to visit all 102 towns and villages in the Adirondacks. Veer off the beaten paths to discover the secret and lovely places that main roads do not reveal. Podskoch has traveled extensively in the Adirondacks gathering material for his five books on the Adirondacks. After the presentation, Podskoch will sign copies of his new book, Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport & Guide to the North Country. No registration required.
When: Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Welcome to FSI: Fraud Scene Investigator, an online interactive investor education program that teaches and empowers students how to detect and stop a million-dollar investment fraud and put the mysterious con man, "Mr. X," behind bars. Presented as an interactive graphic novel, we'll "read" and play out the simulation over three sessions. Before we head to the computer lab, we'll meet in the Board Room upstairs, have a bite to eat, and get briefed on the investigation at hand! Open to students in grades 6-12. Advance sign up is required. This financial literacy event is made possible by a generous grant from the FINRA Foundation.
When: Sat, May 2, 2015
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street
Mark your calendar for Cynthia Leitich Smith’s visit to Saratoga Springs on May 2, for a Saratoga Reads Community Celebration Day at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Smith, a New York Times best-selling author, is known for her fiction for young readers. She is the author of three of of this year’s Saratoga Reads junior companion books.
When: Thu, May 14, 2015
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street
Brown Bag Lunch has a different title: The War at Home: A Community’s Service & Sacrifice
When: Thu, Jun 11, 2015
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street
Saratoga Library Brown Bag Lunch Series: Ellen Hardin Walworth, Founder of the DAR, presented by Connie Carroll.