Welcome To The Petersburgh Public Library

Posted in Information on January 2nd, 2015 by ptrbadmin — Comments Off on Welcome To The Petersburgh Public Library



Children of all ages and adults are invited to join us for the programs. There is something for everyone so please come to the library this summer. Events are also posted on our Facebook Page @ PetersburghPublicLibrary.



Children and youth are invited to participate in the summer reading program. Please sign-up at the library beginning June 19. All reading should begin on June 27 and must be completed and forms turned in by 6:00 PM Monday, August 14 to pick up your prizes at the celebration on August 16. On Wednesday, August 16, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM everyone is invited to join us to celebrate reading. Those who have completed the reading requirements for the summer reading program may pick up their certificates and prizes at that time and share in some treats! The drawings will be held to determine the winners of the teen and adult gift baskets at 5:00 PM.   If you are unable to attend that day your prizes may be picked up at the library any time after that.  If you are taking a little longer to complete the reading, you have until 6 PM on August 25th to turn in your logs.  Certificates will be awarded after logs are turned in and recorded by the librarian.

For children in grade three and younger: read 18 books and fill out the appropriate forms either online or on the reading logs provided.  Any child reading chapter books may use the 300 page requirement. For those in grade three and higher: read 300 pages and fill out the form for each book either online or on the forms provided at the library. You may register and report books read online at:

Online Registration and Book Log



Up, Up and Away!!

On Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 PM everyone is invited to help us kick off our summer reading program. Our Summer Reading Program “Build A Better World” begins this year with Mad Science of the Capital District presenting “Up Up and Away!” This spellbinding special event introduces viewers to the principles of air and pressure. Be amazed as a soda bottle is crushed before your very eyes and understand how pressure affects the world around us. The Mad Scientist will make a hot air balloon out of a dry cleaning bag and have a volunteer show the audience how a parachute works. There will be surprises galore. The children will get to also see an incredible exothermic reaction take place. Finally, a special finale will illustrate how pressure can be used to create special effects in the movies.

The program will be held at the Petersburgh Veterans Memorial Community Center (PVMCC)


Weekly Events at the library

Mondays         July 3-August 7 : 3PM to 5PM   MYSTERY TABLE – Come see what fun we have planned. You never know what you might find!

Tuesdays        July 11-July 25 : 10AM to noon  SUMMER PRESCHOOL STORY TIME –  Join us for stories, activities, crafts, and a snack.

Wednesdays   June 28-August 9 : 3pm to 5pm  KIDS’ CRAFTS – See what creations we have planned each week!

July 12-July 26 : 5pm to 7pm  TEEN FUN NIGHT – Fun evening out exclusively for the 6th grade and up teen crowd.  Check it out!

Thursdays       June 29-August 17 :  3pm to 5pm  BUILD A QUILT – Each week come in and design / draw a quilt square based on a book theme. All of the summer reading quilt squares will be assembled into a community quilt to be displayed at our library

Fridays            June 30-August 18 :  3pm to 5pm  FUN WITH LEGOS – Build with thousands of legos  and display your construction at the library for the week.

List of Wednesday kids’ crafts: 3 to 5 PM

6/28: paper house patterns to color – let’s create a village of paper houses!

7/5: make a bird feeder

7/12: tissue paper flower in Styrofoam pot

7/19: marshmallow launcher out of plastic cup and balloon

7/26: pool noodle construction

8/2: clementine box to book holder

8/9: 3-D submarine craft


List of Wednesday teen night programs (6th grade and up): 5 to 7 PM

7/12: Minute to Win It!

7/19: Paint & Snack, registration required, free, call library at 658-2927 to register!

7/26: Silent Library Challenge!


Special Programs at PVMCC, sponsored by library


Friday, June 30 at 10:30 AM Be amazed by a unique and super fun cirque style variety show including juggling, acrobatics, acro-juggling, wobbly board, hula hooping, balloon art, and more!!


Friday, July 7 at 10:30 AM Join us on an imaginary trip to magical places, where viewer help perform tricks and learn to build a better world.

SNACK ATTACK – HONEST WEIGHT FOOD COOP Tuesday, July 11 at 3PM Prepare some healthy snacks. You can make smoothies, veggie and cheese kabobs, fruit dip, trail mix and healthy soda.  We will discuss the importance of eating healthy, even when snacking.  Take recipes to try at home! This will take place at the library.


Friday, July 14 at 10:30 AM Uncharted Wild brings the wild to YOU and lets you see, feel, and learn about up close and personally some amazing exotic animals you definitely won’t find in your backyard! Ever wonder how a frog swallows its food? Or a snake smells with its tongue? Or a tarantula uses hair to defend itself? Well you’ll know soon enough! We’ll bring creatures that crawl, fly, hop, and slither from all over the world to you in educational programs that are as fun as they are educational!”


Monday, July 17 at 10:30 AM Deb Cavanaugh, singer and songwriter, will present a fun musical program based on our summer reading theme “Build A Better World”


Friday, July 21 at 10:30 AM Learn about energy and electronics!  Kids can make their own circuits.


Monday, July 24 at 10:30 AM Learn about bluebirds, how to identify them, then join us in placing two bluebird boxes at the Petersburgh Town Park as a community service project.


Monday, July 31 at 10:30 AM How do pollinators make our world better?  In more ways than you realize!  Come join us and find out about these amazing creatures!



Ancestry.com is now available at the library

In order to use the free version at the library, you have to come in and use one of our public computers. There is no remote access.  You can try / use ancestry.com on your own on one of our public computers any time they are free or you can call ahead and reserve an hour a day (and stay longer if no one else needs to use the computer).


Memoir-writing monthly group at the Petersburgh Public Library

interested? join the group on June 28th at 2PM, here at the library!






The Petersburgh Public Library is expanding its story hour program from 10 AM until noon on Tuesday mornings. It will be a drop-in time when you can stop by any time that is convenient for you during those 2 hours.  There are many toys, puzzles, building blocks and other items that preschoolers can enjoy.  So, there will be time to play, time to be creative with arts and crafts, time for stories and snacks.  Invite a friend and join us on Tuesday mornings.

 There is no story hour if Berlin School is closed or delayed.


What is Beanstack?

Get email book recommendations just for your child – or you!

We have a free new service to help you find books that you – or for parents, your child – will enjoy! It’s called Beanstack, and when you sign up, you will receive an email from us with a book recommendation based on your – or your child’s – interests. Parents receive weekly emails, teen and adult readers get emails every other week. The recommendations are based on what you tell us about the reader’s interests. All recommended books are available free through our library. Beanstack also offers app recommendations for parents looking for an app appropriate to their child’s age and interests.

To get started, go to BEANSTACK logo / link at the top of the home page (on left).



In order to download free e-books to your device(s), use overdrive. You can access overdrive from this website by clicking on online databases under UHLS resources on left side of the home page. Overdrive and directions to use overdrive will be one of the options that comes up.




The magazines you know and love are available through the library.  All you need is your library card, a computer, and internet connection.  Click on the Flipster link on the left side of the home page of our website and you will be able to access the digital magazines available at our library.


Mango Languages
Are you interested in learning a foreign language?  If so, check out the Online Language-Learning from Mango languages available through the library.  More than 60 foreign language courses featuring native speakers are available.  You can take self-paced lessons anytime. To use, click on mango languages under links on left side of home page.

Local History/Genealogy

Be sure to check out our Local History page by clicking on the tab at the top of the page.  We have added a link to a picture of the map of Meadow Lawn Cemetery.  More information about the cemetery is available in a binder at the library.

Knitting Group

Everyone welcome to Knitting / Stitching Group at 3:00 PM on Wednesdays. Call us at 658-2927 if there is a better time for you to come.  Come be part of the group either as a novice or experienced knitter. Anyone welcome, even for some conversation!   A hat made by one of our members is pictured above.

Email addresses wanted!

The library is trying to update our patron’s information with email addresses. If we have your email address, you will be sent an email notifying you of upcoming due dates on your checked out items and then an overdue notice once an item has been out too long. Please let us know your email address next time you come in. This will help you keep track of your checked out items and when they are due.

 Museum Pass available

Passes are available for The Clark,  MASS MoCA,  Hildene The Lincoln Family Home, the Iroquois Museum, and the USS Slater.

Art In The Library

The library is currently displaying the artwork of Margaret Weinland. Margaret says, “I’ve been taking pictures since I was a second grader in Chappaqua NY. Apparently I have “an eye” because people have always given me a lot of good feedback. I began to exhibit my work & to sell my photographs in card form in 1997.”

stop by the library to see Margaret’s artwork!!

The library also has Ann Lindsay jewelry for sale (to benefit the library).

Any interested artists, who have artwork or photographs that they would like to display at the library, can call the library at 658-2927. We have wall space to display your art and would love to hear from you. There is no charge to display it here.

Book Discussion Group


The group meets at 7:00 P.M. on the second Wednesday of each month from September through June.

The books being discussed are available from the Library so you can read them prior to the meeting.  New members are always welcome to join. Please join us even if you are only able to come once in a while or just want to come for the books in which you are interested.