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Written By Editor on 12/28/21 | 12/28/21

Come start a new chapter with us! Starting in the new year The Community Library is officially fine free for late items. Borrowers will still be responsible for fees on lost and damaged items. Items will go into lost earlier. A patron’s card will be blocked and unable to be used until those lost items are returned. Library Director Kim Zimmer said, “Like other libraries across the country eliminating fines decreases barriers and increases access to resources for our community. By going fine free we are ensuring that libraries are for everyone resulting in a strong community.” Late fine donations are still welcome. 

Reminder the Community Library card holders have access to Ancestry remotely through December 2021. At the beginning of the new year Ancestry will no longer be available off site. In Library use is a return to the company’s prepandemic policy. Visit our website for access, you will need your Library card. 


Tuesdays in January join your neighbors and make new friends during the Tuesday Knitters group! You can find them downstairs in the Program Room at 1pm until 3pm. This is a new time. Bring your own supplies and learn something new while you chat, listen or just get in your zone. 


Friday, January 7 and 21 Storytime at 11 am in the Program Room downstairs. Join us for stories and a craft. 


Friday., Jan. 7 Fan Favorites Book Club 12:00 pmThe January meeting of our new Fan Favorites Club will focus on books written during or about “The Gilded Age” in America, the period between 1870 and 1900 that is the focus of the new HBO series premiering in January. Participants can share recommendations of favorite authors and books associated with this period or just listen, learn, and be inspired by others’ recommendations. Register online at 


Tues., Jan. 11 Short Fiction Workshop 6:00 pm Our newly reinvigorated writing group will next meet at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 11 to participate in writing exercises and offer supportive feedback on group members’ short fiction works-in-progress. Returning members will share their progress on last month’s writing prompt, but new members are very much welcome to join us. Register at 


Thursday, January 13th at 1pm Library Board of Trustees. The Board meets downstairs in the Program Room and meetings are open to the public. 


Thurs., Jan. 20 Poetry Reading and Workshop with Matthew Burns 6:00 pm The Community Library is pleased to welcome award-winning poet Matthew Burns for a combination poetry reading and workshop on Thursday, January 20th at 6:00 pm at the library. Mr. Burns will read from his recently published poetry collection, Imagine the Glacier, and present a mini-workshop on how to engage with and appreciate poetry. Sponsored through a grant from Poets & Writers, Inc. This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. 


Thurs., Jan. 27 Intro to Crochet for Absolute Beginners 5:30 pmJoin The Community Library for a basic crochet class presented by talented local crochet artist Kristi Goodrich. Kristi will provide an easy-to-follow introduction to the fundamental crochet skills necessary to get first-timers started on simple, fun projects. This course will also provide the basics necessary to attend the intermediate crochet program scheduled for February. All required supplies will be provided, so please register in advance so we can have enough kits for all participants. Ages 8 and up welcome. Register online at 


Battle of the Books is on for Radez and Golding students. Visit the display in the Lobby to pick up your next title. 


Looking for something for something fun and different for the family over the Christmas break? The Library has museum passes for The Adirondack Experience at Blue Mountain Lake (50% discount off admission for four adults or two adults and two children), The Albany Institute of History & Art (family pass admission for two adults and two children), The Empire Pass provides car access to NYS Parks, The Iroquois Indian Museum (admission for two adults), and miSci (50% discount off admission for two adults and four children). One pass can be checked out for 7 days with your library card but they can’t be used for special events at these locations. Please check each location for specific COVID requirements prior to visiting. 


Holiday Hours: In observance of the New Year holiday the Library will be closed on January 1.  


The Library hours are Tuesday 10-8pm, Wednesday 10-5pm, Thursday 10-8pm, Friday 10-5pm and Saturday 10-1pm. 


The Library continues to require masks at all times for everyone age 2 and over regardless of vaccination status. Curbside pickup is available, give us a call to schedule your pickup. Items can be ordered through the online catalog or by calling the Library. To request items online log into your account with the barcode on the back of your library card. Your pin is the last 4 digits of your phone number. Don’t have a card, stop into the Library with your id and a piece of mail with your current address and complete a library card application. 


Follow us on social media for library news, event information, volunteer opportunities, new book announcements and more! Facebook: @TheCommunityLibraryCobleskill  Instagram: commlibcobleskill   Twitter: @CommLibCOB 


We are aware of an issue with our phone system when trying to reach the Library the line just rings. We are working to resolve the issue. If your call does not go through please consider emailing us.  Library Contact: 518.234.7897, or 

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