2018 Reading Season Events


December 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017 — 9:00 am
SaratogaREADS! Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Help support SaratogaREADS! programs (such as author visits, or purchasing of copies of our selection books among other program-related expenses) by shopping for your holiday book-related gifts at our partnering organization Barnes & Noble, on Saturday December 16th.

Read More Details
Thursday, December 21, 2017 — 3:30 pm
Books & Tea: Discussion of Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

To complement this year’s SaratogaREADS! selection of a non-fiction title (which the group will discuss on January 18, 2018) the Books and Tea season will focus on novels with themes related to the main selection and Junior companion, including the effects of revolutionary historical changes in society, the sciences, and the weather. “Books and Tea” meets at 3:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month, and all are welcome.

Read More Details

January 2018

Saturday, January 6, 2018 — 10:00 am
Dinosaur Day!

Drop in and help assemble large dinosaur puzzles, which will be on display in the library during this year’s SaratogaREADS! season.

Read More Details
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 — 1:00 pm
Simple Survival Hacks: Be Prepared! (Afternoon Session)

Whether you’re preparing for a zombie apocalypse or just want to have some extra survival skills, join one of Saratoga Library’s own horror & dystopian fiction enthusiasts, Trevor Oakley, to learn some various tricks to keep you alive and safe should you be in an unthinkable situation with quick, basic preparedness.

Read More Details
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 — 7:00 pm
Bird Research at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Relating to our book selection title, come learn about various species of bird. Learn ways towards identification, and local efforts in bird survey research within our local ecosystem! Bound to be a great session with plenty of interesting information on our colorful flying friends, let’s learn more about species that are still among us!

Read More Details

February 2018

Junior Event
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 — 6:30 pm
Discussion of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Students in grades 4-6 who reside in the Saratoga Springs City School District are invited to participate in a two (2) night program (Feb. 7 and 14) to discuss the 2018 SaratogaREADS! Junior companion selection.

Read More Details
Thursday, February 8, 2018 — 12:00 pm
Diminishing Bat Population and White-nose Syndrome

Experience Al Hicks’ presentation on white-nose syndrome, a phenomenon that threatens the survival of bat species in North America. White-nose syndrome was first discovered in Schoharie County in 2006, and has since spread rapidly to regions in the U.S. and Canada.

Read More Details
Thursday, February 15, 2018 — 3:30 pm
Books & Tea: Discussion of Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

To complement this year’s SaratogaREADS! selection of a non-fiction title (which the group will discuss on January 18, 2018) the Books and Tea season will focus on novels with themes related to the main selection and Junior companion, including the effects of revolutionary historical changes in society, the sciences, and the weather. “Books and Tea” meets at 3:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month, and all are welcome.

Read More Details
Junior Event
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 — 11:00 am
Fantastic Fossils with the Dirtmaster

Steve Tomaçek, otherwise known as The Dirtmeister, for over 25 years has been providing “a unique blend of science mirth and merriment to schools, libraries, museums and organizations throughout North America” (dirtmeister.com). Come join in the fun for this great program where you might even get a chance to touch some real dinosaur bones!

Read More Details
Junior Event
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 — 6:00 pm
Owl Prowls

Watch a quick presentation on owls, then we’ll join a knowledgeable guide to go in search of some real life owls!

Read More Details
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 — 7:00 pm
7,000 Miles to a Wilderness Ethic

Ever wondered what it’d be like to travel 7,000 miles over mountainous trail terrain, living in and within the wilderness throughout such an endeavor? We invite Tyler Socash, a native Adirondacker to discuss his year of just such an adventure.

Read More Details
Monday, February 26, 2018 — 7:00 pm
Simple Survival Hacks: Be Prepared! (Evening Session)

Whether you’re preparing for a zombie apocalypse or just want to have some extra survival skills, join one of Saratoga Library’s own horror & dystopian fiction enthusiasts, Trevor Oakley, to learn some various tricks to keep you alive and safe should you be in an unthinkable situation with quick, basic preparedness.

Read More Details

March 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018 — 7:00 pm
MARQUEE EVENT: An Evening with Elizabeth Kolbert

We are extremely delighted to welcome The Sixth Extinction author, Elizabeth Kolbert, back to Saratoga Springs to discuss her book, and her experience writing and researching this Pulitzer-Prize-winning study of mass extinction events and how humankind is contributing to the rapid rate of change that foreshadows yet another. Come join us for what will prove to be a great session!

Read More Details
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 — 6:30 pm
SaratogaREADS! at Gavin Park

Come join in with Books and Tea, one of the Saratoga Library’s reading groups, to discuss this year’s SaratogaREADS! selection, The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Read More Details
Junior Event
Saturday, March 10, 2018 — 2:00 pm
Habitat Hunters!

What is a habitat? Who lives there? Meet a live animal from our living collection and explore how seasons relates to habitat.

Read More Details
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 — 12:00 pm
Tim Biello, Featherbed Lane Farm

A presentation by Tim Biello on manual human and horse powered farming, and a book discussion of The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth’s Newest Age by the presenter’s brother, David Biello.

Read More Details
Thursday, March 15, 2018 — 3:30 pm
Books & Tea: Discussion of Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

To complement this year’s SaratogaREADS! selection of a non-fiction title (which the group will discuss on January 18, 2018) the Books and Tea season will focus on novels with themes related to the main selection and Junior companion, including the effects of revolutionary historical changes in society, the sciences, and the weather. “Books and Tea” meets at 3:30 PM on the third Thursday of each month, and all are welcome.

Read More Details

April 2018