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Your Clifton Park Briefs: Library events and more

A child reads to a dog at a 2015 Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library event
A child reads to a dog at a 2015 Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library event

Art Society sets winter exhibit schedule

The Southern Saratoga Art Society has announced its winter exhibitions.

Artists and other members of SSAS will be exhibiting during January and February 2019 at various venues throughout the area. 

The Mechanicville Public Library will, over the next few months, feature the works of watercolorist Jean Skanes.

Clifton Park artist Frank Coletta will be featured at two venues: Zion Lutheran Church in Schenectady during January and February and the Clifton Park Senior Community Center for the month of January.

The Catskill-Hudson Bank Halfmoon Branch will host artist Jane Morrison and the Malta Branch will host artist Allison Croote for the months of January and February.


Charity quilting event slated at library

CLIFTON PARK — The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library will host its annual charity quilting event Jan. 7.

The event will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. at the library.

Those interested can stop by at any time to help QUILT NORTH of Saratoga County create quilts that will be donated to organizations around the region that help children in need.


Children’s reading event to include therapy dogs 

CLIFTON PARK — The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library will host a therapy reading skills improvement seminar to help children gain more confidence in their reading abilities at 4 p.m. Jan. 7.

The event will include therapy dogs. Parents can sign up their child to read alone, with a sibling or a friend. Children can bring a book or choose from a book basket selected by Youth Services. 

This program is intended for children in grades one through four. Parents can call (518) 371-8622 to make a 15-minute appointment.


Scholarships offered to graduating seniors

The Friends of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library will be awarding four scholarships of $1,000 each to graduating seniors who will attend a two- or four-year college or university in the fall of 2019.

Scholarship recipients must be Shenendehowa High School students or residents of the library tax district who attend another public or private high school or are home-schooled.

Applications will be available in early January and may be obtained from the Friends of the Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library website at, the Shenendehowa High School East Counseling Center, or the welcome desk at the library.

Applications must be submitted to the library no later than March 8 and may not be faxed or transmitted electronically.

For more information, contact Mary Duclos at [email protected].


‘Two Towns’ program announces book

CLIFTON PARK — The Friends of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library “Two Towns — One Book” program announced its community book for its eighth season. 

The 2019 Book of the Year, “Before We Were Yours,” a novel by Lisa Wingate, is based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals, in which Georgia Tann, the director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country. 

The goal of the program is to bring people in the community together through the shared reading and discussion of a common book.

Book choices are meant to inspire discussion and community activities and encourage young readers to participate through companion books and related activities.

The TTOB Community Partners include the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, the towns of Clifton Park and Halfmoon, the Shenendehowa Central School District, the Halfmoon Senior Center, the Clifton Park Senior Center, CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services and the Southern Saratoga YMCA.

Grants supporting the program have been made by the Town of Clifton Park, the Friends of the CPH Library and the Stewart’s Holiday Match Program.


Halfmoon Winter Carnival set for Jan. 26

HALFMOON — The town of Halfmoon will hold its second Winter Carnival from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at Halfmoon Town Hall.

The carnival will include a live ice sculpture demonstration, a visit from the Saratoga Children’s Museum, face painting, a balloon artist, and a bounce house.

As part of the Winter Carnival, the town will host a mac ’n cheese cook off.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample each vendor’s mac ’n cheese recipe and vote for their favorite. The town will present a first place prize and bragging rights for the best local mac ’n cheese.

Those who are interested in becoming a vendor must complete an entry form on the town’s website or print out a copy of the form and mail it in. 

There is a $15 entry fee, which will be put toward the town’s Character Counts Program. This program helps to sponsor needy children for summer camp and help provide local families and seniors in need with a food basket during the holiday season.


Workshop to focus on conversations about race

CLIFTON PARK — The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library will host an interactive workshop at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 that will focus on engaging children in an age-appropriate conversation about race and other topics.

The program will be presented by  Kristie A. Ford, professor of sociology and founder of the Intergroup Relations Program at Skidmore College, and will cover common stereotypes and the experiences of different races in the United States.

“With the growing diversity in our community and the world around us, this is an important discussion to have,” said Melinda Taormina, head of Youth Services at the library. “These are tough and sometimes sensitive issues. We hope this forum will encourage people to share their thoughts and ideas and help start the conversation at home and in the classroom.”

In her research and teachings, Ford explores the connection between race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and social justice education.

She has won numerous awards for her work, including the President’s Award at Skidmore College, the NAACP Service Award, and the Regional Leadership Council on Inclusion Award.

In addition to Ford, panelists Lisa Brown, Allison Karcher, Cat LoMonico, and Emily Miller will help facilitate the discussion.

This program is open to adults and registration for this event will be required through the library’s website or by calling the library.

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