The deadline for submitting photos to the annual Valatie Free Library Photo Contest is fast approaching. All photos are due by Friday, March 24th. Click on 2017 Photo Competition / Exhibition at the top of this page to copy and print a submission form which must be attached to each photo you submit. There is no specific theme for the exhibition so choose up to three of your favorite photos dealing with any subject and bring them into the Library. Judging will take place on March 28th, and the exhibition will be at the Valatie Senior Center (Williams Street / Valatie) on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 2 – 4 p.m. Call us (758-9321) if you have any questions!
Thank you, Victoria McGahon and Cheryl Ronsani, Columbia County Health Department Health Educator and Communicable Diseases Nurse respectively, for their excellent presentation last night on the Zika virus and ticks and the spread of Lyme disease. They shared information about the spread of Zika, the optimum time for testing for its presence in a potentially infected person, preventive measures and the effects of the disease, much of which was unknown to the people who attended this program at the Library. Additionally, they reviewed information about the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease to be aware of after a tick bite, detecting and removing ticks and when to seek medical help. As spring and summer approach, a very timely concern in the Northeast! We appreciate these women giving their time and expertise to make the community more aware of these two insect-bourne diseases.
We will be accepting photos for the annual VFL Photo Competition and Exhibition from Monday, March 6th through Friday, March 24th. Photos with accompanying submission forms may be submitted at the Library – 1036 Kinderhook Street / Valatie, New York. The exhibition of all photos received will be held at the Valatie Senior Center on Williams Street in the Village of Valatie from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6th. For additional information, call the Library at 518-758-9321.
To obtain copies of the photo submission form , click here or follow the instructions under 2017 Photo Competition / Exhibition in the main feature area at the top of this web page.
You can still sign up for our program on Friday, February 24, 10 a.m. – noon when Mary Young presents Fabulous Foil. Join us to make free standing sculptures with aluminum foil as we turn this thin material into 3-D figures and animals. Go home and turn leftover foil into your own creations. This program is for kids, ages 11 and older. Maximum enrollment for this program is 15 so call soon (758-9321) to register.
The Valatie Free Library is searching for an individual to serve as program coordinator. The person selected for the position would be responsible for planning and coordinating children’s activities and working with the director in planning and coordinating activities for adults. He/she would be working 15-20 hours a week, performing programming duties as well as working at the circulation desk and substituting for other staff, if necessary.
Requirements for the Position
- have at least a two year degree from an accredited community college
- thoroughly enjoy working with children
- be able to plan and execute crafts and activities for children and adults
- be able to work varied hours in the summer
- be computer literate
- be comfortable helping patrons with basic computer skills
- be flexible, as substituting for another staff member is sometimes necessary
Interested persons may submit a letter of application and a resume which includes work and education background as well as names and phone numbers of references to Elizabeth Powhida, Library Director/Valatie Free Library/PO Box 336/Valatie, New York 12184. Applications may also be brought to the Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, New York. All applications must be submitted by Thursday, February 23, 2017. Interviews will take place the following week, and the successful candidate will begin working Thursday, March 2, 2017 or very soon afterwards. For additional information, please call the Library at 518-758-9321.
Please view our winter programs detailed in the Calendar and 2017 Winter Programs, the links at the top of this page. Check out the programs listed for kids and adults; stay tuned for updates. Call the Library (758-9321) for more information.
Thank you to Tots for being with us for our Winter Walk event at the Library on Saturday. She made some great balloon designs; just ask the kids who left with multiple balloons! And, best of all, she has agreed to be with us next December. Happy Holidays, Tots and All Who Joined Us Saturday.
Thank you to all who supported our Saturday, December 3rd fundraiser at the Library. We appreciate your generosity. Thank you also, Kristen D’Ambrozio and the LuLa Roe Company for sponsoring this event to help VFL. It was a fun day at the Library.
Monday, November 21st from 4:30 – 6:45 in the Library. Sign up to work with Lloyd the Geek (Heather Lloyd) for 45 minutes to troubleshoot problems on your computer, laptop, tablet, e-reader or phone. Call to register. WE STILL HAVE TWO OPENINGS. GIVE US A CALL!
THE ZIKA VIRUS: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
On Tuesday, November 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Library, Victoria from the Columbia County Health Department will discuss the latest information about Zika. Stop by or call to register or, if you find yourself free that night, just drop in.
Join us on Monday, November 28th at 7 p.m. in the Library to work on your knitting/crochet projects. Share ideas, get tips, have fun! Newcomers of any skill level, even beginners, are welcome to join us.
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers and parents/caregivers are invited to join us for stories, crafts and snack. Posie, our therapy dog friend, will be here too.
We have some great programs scheduled during October, November and December for adults and children. From Ghoulish Family Game Night; a half hour with Lloyd the Geek; a Mexican dinner of tacos de pollo dorados; programs by Michelle of Mud Creek; workshops for making the perfect pie crust, decorating Christmas cookies and doing crafts – adults and children; and of course, Book Club, Knitting and Crochet nights and story hours, the weeks are filled with fun activities. To see specific details, please click here or on “2016 Fall Programs” at the top of this web page.
A very special program takes place on October 18th when Bruce Hallenbeck joins us to talk about his newest book, Rock-in-Roll Monsters: the American International Story. Save the date and come to the Library to meet Bruce, hear about the creation of his book, see a brief documentary about the American International Story and enjoy coffee and desserts. Please read the following post to learn about the evening and about the author, himself.
ROCK’N’ROLL MONSTERS: THE AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL STORY by Bruce G. Hallenbeck
We invite you to join us on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street, for a special pre-Halloween presentation. Local author, Bruce Hallenbeck will take us on a journey through the world of American International Pictures, the film company responsible for such disparate movies as I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957), MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964), THE WILD ANGELS (1966) and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979).
The author will describe the crisis faced by the traditional American film industry in the early 1950s, a crisis due to one thing: television. Two men from totally different backgrounds pooled their talents and tapped into the burgeoning “teenage” market, and American International Pictures was born. Over the next 25 years, AIP would turn out genre films of every kind, from sici-fi and horror to “beach party” and blaxploitation. But the company also produced prestige pictures like WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1970) and box-office bonanzas such as LOVE AT FIRST BITE (1979). Hallenbeck’s book, ROCK’N’ROLL MONSTERS, tells the story of how AIP went from being purveyor of drive-in double features filled with monsters and mayhem to a major force in films whose “fast and furious” business model was copied and eventually adopted by the Hollywood mainstream. Continue reading
All of the libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System now have access to ConsumerReports.org. Find in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts. Frequently updated articles, blogs and video content will allow you to keep up with the latest consumer news on a wide variety of topics. Click here, enter your library card number and then click on ConsumerReports.org under “Select New Service.” The site provides all the information that you will find in the print Consumer Reports and has back issues dating from 2009 to the present. If you do not remember your card number and have lost or misplaced your card, just call us, and we will provide it to you. We’ll also replace your library card the next time you visit. *Log-in information is also listed in the fourth entry in the right sidebar of this web page.*
The next time you visit the Library, check out the new look in our Children’s Room. Volunteers from the Kinderhook Reformed Church have donated three original paintings of Eric Carle’s storybook characters to the Library. Thank you so much, Amy DeWeerd, Hannah DeWeerd and an anonymous painter who have made our children’s area colorful and fun with their beautiful paintings. And kids, we have lots of Eric Carle books for you to borrow!
Have you ever forgotten the due date of a library item? Would you like a reminder a few days in advance? Then sign up for Library Elf, a new service just purchased by Mid-Hudson for all the system libraries. You can keep track of almost due, overdue and ready to pick up items. The signup process is easy – set up an email and password and /or text number, choose how far in advance you would like to be notified about your items, and relax. You’ll never wonder again about the status of your returns and pickups. For further information, look for the elf logo in the left sidebar of this page, read the information under it and click. As always, we will be happy to help. Just give us a call or visit the Library to chat and receive an information card.
Thank you to all who helped make our summer program possible. A complete list of people who assisted, presented and took part will be posted at the end of the week with pictures, but we wanted to let you know now that you were appreciated. Meanwhile check our Facebook page to see the pictures from our last program, Pizza and Puzzles.
The Valatie Free Library now has 6 museum passes available for patrons to borrow. They may be borrowed for 3 days, and, depending upon the individual museum, admit one, two or a family to the museum. When you plan to visit one of the museums for which we have a pass, call us to check on the availability of the pass and the number of people covered by the pass. Our museum passes are for: the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA; the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA; the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute of Art in Williamstown, MA; the Steepletop (Edna St. Vincent Millay Society) Museum in Austerlitz; the Childrens’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) in Troy and the USS Slater (Destroyer Escort Historical Museum) in Albany.
The number of ebooks and audiobooks that patrons may now checkout and put on hold in Overdrive has been changed. Patrons may now check out 10 ebooks /audiobooks at one time and place 10 holds. Formerly the number of checkouts and holds was 3 each. A welcome change as we head into summer vacations and more time for reading!
Again this year, the annual photo competition drew amazing photographs from local adults and kids. Each year the judges are finding it more difficult to choose a first and second place photo in each category or the best photo of three submitted by kids 18 and under. At the exhibition on Sunday, April 10th, the following winners in ten categories were announced by VFL Board President, Erica Balon.
Insects : 1st Place: Jennifer Bock – Untitled (description -Dragonfly with Green “Eyes”) 2nd Place: Brother Gilbert Pretto – Wasp on Thistle
Nature: 1st Place: Sage Arnold – Mushrooms on a Stump 2nd Place: Sierra Dexheimer – Summer Sky
Architecture: 1st Place: Jean Thomas – Untitled (description -roofs) 2nd Place: Kara Keeler – “Train through 7th Street Park” Hudson, NY
Flowers: 1st Place: Steve Wildermuth – Flowers in Early Morning Sun 2nd Place: Trudi Roth – Large Camelia Bud
Kids: Samara Regan (12) – Heart of Stone / Corey Dexheimer (14) – Honey Bee After Pollen / Grace Landry (10) My Cat Fuzzy / Blaise Perez (8) Sunset by the Park
Still Life: Ken Bovat – Four Vases
Landscape: 1st Place: Shana Perez – The Blue Boat at Brant Lake, NY 2nd Place: Ken Bovat – Sunset on the Catskills
People: 1st Place: John Alicea – Child in the Brooms 2nd Place: Judy Harris – “Are you sitting down on the job AGAIN?”
Birds: 1st Place: Doug Stalker – Osprey with Fish 2nd Place: Trudi Roth – Two Laughing Gulls Courting
Animals: 1st Place: Bridget Arnold – “Well Hello There” 2nd Place: Paul Roberts – Lunch Break
The workshop “Drawing Exercises with Margot” was very enjoyable last night. It started with drawing what each participant thought was in the plastic bag he or she had drawn out of the “grab bag” and ended with some really great collages. In between there was drawing with eyes closed, with the non-dominant hand, with graphite, with markers and with lots of cutting and pasting. There are two more sessions, each completely different from this first workshop and each other. So. . . feel free to join us for an evening of fun and creativity even if you could not attend last night. Dates: April 12 and April 19. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: the Library / 1036 Kinderhook Street. Call us at 758-9321.
April 2 – Final Submission of Photos for Annual Photo Competition (Adults and Kids)
April 5 – First of 3 Art Exercises Workshops with Margot – Call the Library to register. (Adults)
April 8 – First of 2 Cake Decorating Classes with Lori – Call the Library to register. (Adults)
At 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016 , the Valatie Free Library will be hosting Valatie Village Historian, Dominick Lizzi’s, presentation “Women in Valatie.” The presentation is an overview of Valatie’s unique history and the women who participated in it. Mr. Lizzi will cover the lives, struggles and hardships of women in one of the major rural mill villages in the Hudson Valley. Long overlooked, both the village and its working class women will be brought to light by Mr. Lizzi in this 45 minute presentation which will take place at the Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street.
Dominick Lizzi is the author of Valatie The Forgotten History: a Rural Mill Village, Microcosm of America, Governor Martin H. Glynn: Forgotten Hero and Let There Be Light: the Forgotten History of the Chatham Library, a Carnegie Legacy as well as numerous historical articles.
Although registration is suggested so that there is enough seating, walk-ins are welcome. You can register by phone (758-9321) or at the Library. Desserts and coffee/tea will be available after the presentation. We invite you to share in this informative evening.
JUST TWO MORE WEEKS TO SUBMIT PHOTOS!! Children, Teens, Adults, Seniors: We invite you to submit up to 3 matted photos at the Library (1036 Kinderhook Street) from March 8 through April 2, 2016. Photos will be judged the following week, and the winners will be announced during the Photo Exhibition which will take place on Sunday, April 10th at the Valatie Senior Center on Williams Street in Valatie. Click on 2016 Photo Competition at the top of this page, print the submission form (one form per photo) and then submit at the Library with your favorite 5*7 or 8*10 photos depicting the subject of your choice. Join your friends and neighbors at the exhibition on April 10th. Call 758-9321 for more information.
For Kids and Families
Game Night – Friday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Story Hour – Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12,19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Library (1036 Kinderhook Street). Join us for stories, crafts, therapy dog Posie and snacks
Mud Creek Presentation – Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. Michelle from Mud Creek will present an interactive program about amphibians.
Movie Night – Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 in the Library. Join us half-way through April Vacation for a movie (To Be Determined), popcorn and soft drinks.
For Adults and Young Adults
Board of Trustees Meeting – Monday, March 7 and Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Library. The Public is welcome to attend.
Book Club – Monday, March 14 and Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Library. New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Bohjalian will join us in March via Skype or Speaker Phone.
Knitting / Crochet – Monday, March 21 and Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Library. Newcomers of all skill levels are always welcome.
Seasonal Plate Craft – Friday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. Create an easy but very attractive snack / dessert plate. Please register by March 7th so that we have the needed supplies.
Drawing Exercises with Margot – Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Library. Each week a new technique will be presented by local artist, Margot Curran.
Cake Decorating with Lori – Fridays, April 8 and 29 at 6:30 in the Library. Each week a new technique will be presented. Please bring an unfrosted sheet cake or cake layer with you to class. Tips, bags and frosting will be provided.
For All Ages
Submission of Photos for the Annual VFL Photo Competition – Tuesday, March 8 through Saturday, April 2 during Library hours. Matted photos must be submitted at the Library. Children, teens, adults, seniors are invited to submit up to three photos per person to the competition.
Photo Competition – Sunday, April 10 from 2 – 4 p.m. Join us to see the photos submitted by your friends and neighbors. Coffee / Soft Drinks and Desserts will be served. Location is being finalized.
We had a very welcome visit today from Marie Orlando and Bonnie Shannon who brought us a gift basket from the Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library. Thank you to Bonnie and Marie and all the Kinderhook Library Friends for knowing just the right supplies to include in the basket, the very necessary items like stickies, pencils and bookmarks for the kids, snacks for the VFL staff on those late Thursdays and a great basket for miscellaneous materials. We appreciate your thoughtfulness.
All the libraries in the MidHudson Library System are providing a new service to patrons – digital magazines which you can borrow at any time and keep as long as you wish. You can download one or more magazines immediately onto your computer or mobile device. There is never a wait; there are no holds. To register for this service simply sign up using your library card number. You will be prompted to give a username and password which you will use each time you borrow a magazine.
To start the process, scroll down on the Valatie Library web page until you see the Zinio for Libraries logo in the right sidebar. Click on the logo and follow the directions to register, create a username and password and download one or more of the 94 magazines available. There will also be a list of mobile devices which can be used to borrow the magazines. Go to the Apps Store on your device, download the free Zinio App and register as you do on your computer.
Tip: If you cannot download the free app and have internet connection on your mobile device, just follow the directions for accessing Zinio for Libraries on your computer.
Although our former email (email@example.com) will still be operational for two more months, the Library has a new email. It is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Valatie Free Library has now been operating for nine days in the new building at 1036 Kinderhook Street (Route 9, four buildings south of the Valatie Medical Arts facility). This would not have been possible without the many people who gave countless hours of help in packing, lifting, moving and reshelving the collection. Thank you:
Our wonderful organizer, Mimi Johnson, former ICC high school librarian and veteran of relocating libraries, having done so four times in in her career, who not only directed placement of books and furniture, but also packed, moved and shelved non-stop for 5 days
Steve Sigler, constructor and visionary, who has assisted in every phase of the renovation of the building from its inception, who moved countless items from Church Street to Kinderhook Street and then arranged and rearranged items in the new building as we worked to set up a functional and pleasing library, who responded to every request and never once lost his patience with our many requests
Library Program Coordinator, Lesley Hallenbeck; Lucille Ouimet; Tracy Dauria; Christa Slater; Board Member, Dorothy Hotaling; Susan McDermott; former Assistant Library Director, Becky Hoff; Andrea Briggs; Jennifer Clark who packed, carried boxes and shelved
Al Johnson, John and Eric Sundwall, Pastor Jim Slater, Bob Clark who spent days transporting the library collection from Church Street to Kinderhook Street
Jeff Johnson and family of J & J Contracting who moved the heaviest furniture
Board Vice President, Lisa Benfield, who with Board Treasurer, Fran Fullerton, finished packing up computers and supplies and cleaned up the Church Street building; Board Secretary, Matt Griesemer; who carried boxes, shelved and then got our computers connected to their new wireless address; Board President, Erica Balon, who calmly and efficiently worked out the logistical decisions for accommodating the old library into the new facility
As Director of the Valatie Free Library, I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to these wonderful people who volunteered so much of their time and expertise during the transition. Without them, the project would have taken twice, perhaps even three times, as long. As I packed, moved boxes, shelved, set up the computers and looked at what seemed a mountain of items to be relocated, I was often amazed at what was being accomplished. With the support of the people involved in every aspect of the move, the new Valatie Free Library is a reality, and we welcome you, our patrons, to it.
On Saturday, December 12th, our new building was open for a preview of what has taken place in Phase 1 of the ongoing renovation at 1036 Kinderhook Street. We appreciated the enthusiasm and very nice comments of the many people who dropped in to inspect the work and to share cider and donuts with us. A highlight of the evening was an informative and very interesting presentation of the history of the library in Valatie and the Kinderhook Street building itself given by Dominick Lizzi, Valatie Village Historian. We are looking forward to the move to our new location very early in 2016. Please check the web page for exact dates on which we will close the Church Street building and then open the Kinderhook Street facility.
Join us for two special programs!
Owls Program for Kids 5 and Older: Monday, December 7 at 7 p.m. Michelle from Mud Creek will present this fascinating program. Join us to examine owl pellets and learn what owls eat.
Christmas Cookie Decorating for Kids and Parents: Saturday, December 12 from 1 – 3 p.m. St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall. Please register for this program so that we have enough cookies. Tots the Clown will also join us that day to entertain and to make balloon animals for all.
Our usual groups will meet as follows:
Book Club: Monday, November 30 at 7 p.m. The group will be discussing The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Newcomers are welcome.
Board of Trustees: Tuesday, December 1 at 7 p.m. The Public is welcome to attend.
Story Hour: Tuesdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22 at 10:30 a.m. Kids and Parents, join us for stories, snack, craft and Posie, our Library Therapy Dog.
Knitting / Crochet: Monday, December 14 at 7 p.m. Newcomers, beginners and experienced, are welcome.
The Valatie Free Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that renovations have begun on phase 1 of its Kinderhook-Hudson Steam Railroad Freight Barn at 1036 Kinderhook Street. The completion of this phase of the project will increase the Library’s space with almost double the square footage, provide a parking lot for patron convenience, increase accessibility for all patrons and bring the 1890 barn back to use within the Village.
Upon completion of this phase the Library will move operations from the current Church Street location, which has been our home since 1940. We anticipate beginning services from our new location on February 1, 2016.
Over the past several years the Board of Trustees has explored the various ways to utilize the space at the Kinderhook Street location along with the financial resources available within the community we serve. We are not discarding the Hudson Design Studio plan but instead breaking the project into multiple manageable phases.
The Valatie Free Library has been an important community resource for 84 years. We are excited to begin this new chapter in the library’s history.
With your help, we continue to grow with our community.
October: For Kids
Story Hour for Preschoolers: Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27 at 10:30 a.m. Fire Prevention, Pumpkins and more! Special Guest on October 13 – Firefighter Fran.
Halloween Craft Program for Kids 7 and Older: Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. Create a Halloween design with beads– A witch, perhaps!
October: For Adults and Young Adults
Board of Trustees: Monday, October 5 at 7 p.m.
Book Club: Monday, October 12 at 7 p.m.
Lyme Disease – How to Prevent, Detect and Treat, a presentation by Victoria from the Columbia County Health Department: Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. Victoria will be accompanied by a communicable diseases nurse, also from the Health Department.
Knitting / Crochet: Monday, October 26 at 7 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER FOR THE CRAFT OR LYME DISEASE PROGRAMS, CALL 758-9321
FOR A LOOK AHEAD, CLICK ON 2015 FALL PROGRAMS AT THE TOP OF THE WEB PAGE.
The Lyme Disease Workshop presented by Victoria Mcgahan and Registered Nurse, Pam Ferber, from the Columbia County Health Department was very informative. Attendees saw photos of different types of ticks, discovered the many diseases ticks can cause, were made aware of myths surrounding the removal of ticks and learned how to prevent ticks from attaching to them. The question and answer segment of the program was especially interesting and valuable. We learned that the incidence of Lyme disease in Columbia County has fallen which is encouraging, but the number of people affected each year is still much too high. Preventing attachment and removing ticks promptly and correctly as well as knowing when to seek medical attention are facts that should be known by all of us who live or work in Columbia County, and the workshop made this information current and available. Thank you, Victoria and Pam!
If you would like more information about this topic, we have booklets in the Library and can obtain more.