Join the fun – Zumba returns to SML on April 16



Zumba Classes at SML – Weekly on Wednesdays at 7 PM    

Zumba will resume on Wednesday, April 16 with a FREE introductory class – spread the word and invite your friends to join the fun.

Zumba is an exhilarating Latin-inspired dance fitness class designed to benefit anyone, regardless of age or fitness level.

Zumba Instructor Kim Conley is also a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer who works with people of every age and ability all over the Berkshires.  She will lead us in a 1 hour weekly class.  Each class is $5.00 per participant.  Class will be held in the main room of SML.  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.  Additional parking at the school across the road.

Zumba is a blast – Come join the party!  Class size is approximately 8-10.  

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SML Seed Exchange Program

The Seed Exchange at the Stephentown Memorial Library is now open!

Whether you have been gardening for decades or are just starting out, please come check out our selection of donated vegetable, flower and herb seeds. We have old favorites, as well as some unusual varieties.

The seeds are free, and you are welcome to take as many or as few as you would like.

If you are a beginner and would like some planting advice, leave your name and contact information at the desk and we will try to connect you with an experienced gardener to answer your questions.

If you have some seeds you would like to donate, please drop them off at the front desk during library hours.

Let’s get growing!

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Easter Event at SML

The Town of Stephentown and the Stephentown Memorial Library invite you to an Easter Event


Saturday, April 19, Rain or Shine

Stephentown Memorial Library

10:00 -11:00 AM

Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt and fun games for all ages.  Also dye Easter Eggs and enjoy refreshments.  The Easter Bunny will be on hand for extra excitement!

To ensure we have enough materials, registration is requested.  Please call the library at 733-5750 to register your child.  All are welcome!

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Local Author Event – Debby Mayer


On Saturday, April 26, at 1 PM, we invite you to join us for a reading of Riptides & Solaces Unforeseen, a memoir by Debby Mayer, at Stephentown Memorial Library on Saturday, April 26, at 1:00 pm. The event will include a short reading and a discussion of how writing can be used to work through grief.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served.

Life is full of small moments that signal big change. Sometimes you know when it happens, sometimes you can only tell in retrospect when you’ve encountered one of those moments.  Part mystery, part love story, part report from the medical front in the United States today, Riptides relates the fast-onset brain cancer that ripped through a strong, healthy man and led to his death four months later at the age of fifty-six. The book is a searing chronology of the effects of devastating illness, of being caught in the maw of hospitals, of unthinkable decision-making and small, unexpected solaces. Tightly written, fact-based, it is never maudlin, and it offers an element of hope without sentimentality.

Debby Mayer’s blog, 2becomes1: widowhood for the rest of us, can be found at An excerpt from Riptides was awarded a grant in creative nonfiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Debby Mayer is also the author of Sisters: A Novel (Putnam’s, Berkley). Her short fiction and journalism have been widely published. She retired from the Publications Office at Bard College as editorial director and is now a contributing editor at The Columbia Paper. She lives in Hudson, N.Y.

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Summer Camp Director – Position Available

Summer Camp Director – Stephentown

 Stephentown Memorial Library is seeking a director for the Stephentown Summer Camp program. The director will be responsible for working with the library to plan, organize and supervise a  four- week, 6 hour/day, summer camp for children ages 6 through 12  (expect 35-45 campers). The Director will work  several  hours per week in April and May then expand hours in June to accommodate camper registration, staff selection and training and preparation. The Director will work 8am to 2pm, Monday through Friday, for four weeks  beginning on July 7 2014.

The Director will supervise counselors, counselors-in-training and volunteers and work in concert with the library’s director and Board oversight committee. The position is funded by the town of Stephentown and will be paid biweekly as a stipend. The position is expected to require 140 – 160 hours over four months, mostly in July, with total compensation of $2,250 for the period.

The right person will have experience and passion for working with children and teens, administrative skills and the ability to work well in a collegial environment. CPR and/or first training is a plus.  This job working with children requires the ability to pass a criminal background check  and review of the Office of Children and Family Services Central Register Database for reported incidents of child abuse and maltreatment.

If you are interested, please contact Laurenne Teachout , Director of the Stephentown Memorial Library at 518-733-5750 or

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