Officials recommend that people visit local libraries in Albany County to stay cool.
Albany Public Library Main Branch
Mon-Thu 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Fri 9:00 am-6:00 pm, and Sat 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Altamont Free Library
Mon-Thu 9:00 am-8:00 pm, Fri 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am 12:00 noon, and Sun 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Berne Public Library
Mon 4:00 pm-8:00 pm, Tue 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Wed 4:00 pm-8:00 pm, Thu 9:00 am-8:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
Mon-Fri 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Cohoes Public Library
Mon and Wed 10:00 am-8:00 pm, Tue, Thu and Fri 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Colonie Town Library
Mon-Thu 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Fri 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Sun 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Guilderland Public Library
Mon-Fri 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Menands Public Library
Mon and Wed 12:30 pm-8:30 pm, Tue and Thu 5:30 pm-8:30 pm, Fri 12:30 pm-4:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am-1:00 pm
RCS Community Library – Ravena
Mon-Thu 10:00 am-8:30 pm, Fri and Sat 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Mon 12:00 noon-5:00 pm, Tue and Fri 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Wed and Thu 10:00 am-8:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Voorheesville Public Library
Mon-Thu 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Fri 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Watervliet Public Library
Mon, Wed and Thu 2:00 pm- 8:00 pm, Tue 11:00 am-8:00 pm, Fri 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Westerlo Public Library
Mon 2:00 pm-6:00 pm, Tue 2:00 pm-8:00 pm, Wed and Sat 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Thu 3:00 pm-8:00 pm, Fri 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
City of Albany will offer cooling stations through Friday:
Arbor Hill West Hill Library, Community Room, 148 Henry Johnson Blvd.
Delaware Avenue Library, 331 Delaware Ave.
Giffen Elementary School, 274 S. Pearl St.
New Scotland Library, 455 New Scotland Ave.
North Albany Academy, 570 N. Pearl St.
Schuyler Academy, 676 Clinton Ave.
Several organizations in the county are also offering free lunches that come with the promise of air conditioning:
B'nai B'rith Apartments 400 Hudson St., Albany
518-465-2293, Mon-Fri 12:00 noon
Colonie Senior Service Centers Inc.
Beltrone Living Center, 6 Winners Circle, Colonie
518-459-2857, Mon-Fri 12:00 noon
Cohoes Multi Service Senior Center 10 Cayuga Plaza
Call for hours, 518-235-2420
Senior Projects of Ravena 9 Bruno Blvd., Ravena
Call for hours, 518-756-8593
Townsend Park Apartments 45 Central Ave., Albany
518-229-3105 Mon-Fri 12:00 noon
Watervliet Senior Center 1501 Broadway, Watervliet
518-237-7523, all week 8:00 am-9:00 pm
Westview Homes 680 Central Ave., Albany
518-482-2120, Mon-Fri 12:00 noon
Lace up the skates
Looking to stay cool? Try hitting the ice at these rinks:
Albany County Hockey Facility: Open seven days at 830 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville. Offers public skating, stick and puck and open hockey sessions. Visit www.albanycounty.com hockey or call 518-452-7396 for more information.
Schenectady County Recreational Facility: Open Monday to Saturday at 5 Tower Road, Scotia. Offers open figure skating, public skating, stick n puck and other skating activity times. Visitwww.schenectadycounty.com or call 518-384-2445 for more information.
Knickerbacker Ice Arena: Open most days at 191 103rd St., Troy. Offers a variety of skating activities. Visit www.troyny.gov. or call 518-235-7761.
Saratoga Springs Ice Rink: Open four days per week for various skating activities at 30 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs. For more information, visit www.saratoga-springs.org
To help residents cope with the soaring temperatures, The Westchester County Health Department offers a 24-hour *stay cool* information line, (914) 813-5620 which provides tips on how to stay cool in the heat and identifies cooling centers
If no convenient referrals are available, give callers following suggestions:
Seniors who need transportation to cooling center
Tips on how to stay cool
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing; drink lots of water and avoid hot foods, heavy meals and alcohol.
Physical activity generates body heat, so slow down and take it easy as the temperature rises
To avoid heat stress, try to spend as much time as you can in pleasant surroundings - a cool room in your home, an air-conditioned mall, a senior citizen center, the public library or a movie theater.
Fans can also provide good indoor circulation, and cool baths or showers offer excellent relief from the heat.
Tips for Pet/Animal Safety in Heat Emergency:
Take pet to vet for summer check-up, check for parasites.
Never leave pet alone in vehicle, even with windows open.
Always carry a gallon of fresh water for pet when traveling.
Limit outdoor playtime to early morning, or evening.
Do not take pet out to play right after meal or in humid weather.
Don't let pet stand on hot asphalt. Keep walks to a minimum.
Wash salt off dogs after swimming in ocean.
Bring pets indoors to cool place during heat of the day.
Don't apply sunscreen or insect repellents unless labeled for animals.
Don't leave unscreened windows open that pets could jump or fall through.
Don't shave fur down to skin. Leave one inch for sun protection.
Keep dogs with heart or lung disease, or old or overweight dogs, inside.
Keep some breeds indoors, check with your veterinarian.
Keep matches, lighter fluid, citronella candles, insect coils out of reach.