Schedule Correction

In the e-newsletter sent yesterday, Friday Night’s Game Night location was listed as Le Jardin.  The actual location is St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Hall on Route 9.  I apologize for any confusion.

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July 21 – 25 Programs

                                                      Monday, July 21
Paws-to-Read for Kids 5 and older:  10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Library.  Read to gentle therapy dogs.
Photo Books for Kids, ages 7 and older:  7 – 8 p.m. at the Library.  This week we complete the books and plan for the presentation at Story Hour.
                                                      Tuesday, July 22
Story Hour for Preschoolers through Grade 1: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Library.  Come to the library for stories, craft and snack.
Teacher Tuesday / Crafternoon for Kids, ages 6 and older:  1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Le Jardin.  ICC Primary School teacher, Mrs. Shull, will be reading the story today, and then there will be an illusion craft.
Chess for Kids, ages 7 and older, and adults:  6 – 8 p.m. at the Library.  Learn techniques!  Play matches!

                                                    Wednesday, July 23
Family Program, Interactive Magic Show, for all ages: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Le Jardin.  Master Magician, Doug Bartels, will be our guest tonight.  Join us for his amazing interactive magic show.
                                                     Thursday, July 24
Cake Decorating for Kids, ages 8 and older: 10:30 – 11:30 or noon at Le Jardin. Bring an unfrosted sheet cake of any size to frost and decorate.  Surprise your family with your attractive and delicious project!
                                                     Friday, July 25
Game Night for the Family: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Hall.  Play board games – Mexican Train, Jenga, Shut the Door, Clue, Risk, Battle Ship and more.  Have pizza and soda.

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Encore: New Online Catalog Search.

The Mid-Hudson Library System has just introduced Encore, a brand new online catalog search with improved features to connect you with what you want faster than ever! The Valatie Free Library has just linked to it.

You will find the link in the right sidebar of our web page under the word Encore.  It is a blank box, and you can type in a title, author, subject  and have access to “one-stop shopping” – a single search box that will search across the millions of book, movie, ebook, and audiobook titles available to you through the Mid-Hudson Library System PLUS downloadable articles from over 7,000 magazine and journals! You will be able to check out ebooks and audiobooks right in the library catalog! Additionally, you will see all items you have checked out – books, media, ebooks and audiobooks– in your account.  Be sure to check the left sidebar on the MidHudson catalog page.  There you can limit your search to a particular format, to only what is available, etc.  You will also be able to see which libraries own the item you are requesting.  Call us with any questions.

As we continue to use Encore, we’ll post more information and tips.

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A Great Doll Tea

Decorating cupcakes - Yum!

Decorating cupcakes – Yum!

On Saturday, May 17th, eighteen girls enjoyed the Valatie Free Library’s Annual Doll Tea with their moms, dolls and stuffed animals.  They decorated cupcakes, made wrist corsages and paper crafted mini diaries/journals.  After these activities, they enjoyed tea and lemonade with their beautifully decorated cupcakes.  Girls and Moms had a wonderful time.  The Library would like to thank Pastor Slater for allowing us to use St. Luke’s Church Hall for the event, Crazy Daisy for donating wristbands for the corsages,  Gretchen Dawes for lending us her cake decorating equipment and sharing tips and suggestions and the moms for helping with activities.

Meeting and Greeting

Meeting and Greeting


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Thank You, Will Swift

On Thursday, April 3rd, twenty-five  people enjoyed a book talk about Pat and Dick: the Nixons, An Intimate Portrait of a Marriage by local author, Will Swift, who also wrote The Roosevelts and the Royals and  the Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm.   In this presentation about his third book, Dr. Swift spoke about his research, the sources he interviewed, his writing style and why he chose to focus on the marriage of a political couple.  At the end of his hour talk, he hosted a question and answer session.   The audience was fascinated by Dr. Swift’s comments, and most learned some new and interesting facts.  VFL Staff and Book Club recommend Pat and Dick: The Nixons, An Intimate Portrait of a Marriage for its readability, its presentation of relevant historical facts in an informative and interesting manner and the portrait of a President and the First Lady.

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Congratulations to Area Photographers

Thank you to all the people, children through senior citizens, black and white swan who entered  photos in our recent photo competition. The 91 photos on dispphoto dog 2014lay were all examples of good photography.  They were composed well, brought out the  best in color or black and white, presented a theme and evoked an emotion. They also made for a great exhibition on a spring Sunday afternoon.

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Troop 114 Scouts Present Check to VFL

from left: Joyce LaRowe, VFL Library President; Elizabeth Powhida, Library Director; Congressman Chris Gibson; Troop 114 Assistant Scoutmaster, Rich Slovak; Troop 114 Scouts - Mason Slovak, Jacob Lohmiller, Kyle Meredith

from left: Joyce LaRowe, VFL Library President; Elizabeth Powhida, Library Director; Congressman Chris Gibson; Troop 114 Scoutmaster, Rich Slovak; Troop 114 Scouts – Mason Slovak, Jacob Lohmiller, Kyle Meredith

On March 15th, Valatie Boy Scout Troop 114 presented the Valatie Free Library with a check for $2931.04, representing half of the net proceeds from the 8th annual Valatie Veterans 5K Run which was held on this past Veterans Day. This year, a record turnout of 198 paid entrants helped raise money to benefit Troop 114 and the Valatie Free Library, which serves the village of Valatie, the hamlet of Niverville and surrounding rural Kinderhook.  The library will be dedicating the funds to their upcoming Capital Campaign to renovate the former Kinderhook Steam Railroad Freight Building located on Route 9 for use as a new library.

Congressman Chris Gibson, who has run in several previous Veterans Day races, was on hand for the presentation of the donation.  He said: “We are very proud of our Boy Scouts who once again have made a positive impact on our community. This event was a terrific way to, at once, promote physical fitness, honor our veterans and strengthen our historical preservation and local tourism economy – thank you Boy Scout Troop 114!”

The Valatie Free Library Staff and Board of Trustees wish to extend their appreciation to all the runners and businesses who supported the 8th Annual Veterans Day 5k Run.  A very special thank you to Boy Scout Troop 114 and their scout leaders, Rich Slovak and Race Director, Jon Meredith, for their donation of half of the proceeds to the Library Capital Campaign!


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Hearts Galore

Thank you to the Knitting Club for making the Valatie Free Library colorful and festive in time for Valentine’s Day.   Special appreciation goes to Tabitha, champion heart maker and crochet instructor, and to Lesley and Jennifer for making and stringing the garlands throughout the Library.  Stop in and admire!

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Thank You!

A bigtotsj shout out to Tots the Clown for making the Valatie Library a fun place to be during Winter Walk last Saturday.  In spite of the snow and ice,  113 people walked up the Church Street Hill to see her make some amazing balloon creations – snowmen, swords, all types of hats, and, of course, an assortment of animals, including reindeer.  Thank you, Tots and our visitors!  A special appreciation to Becky Leggieri and our wonderful VNET for the delicious cookies!

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Congratulations to Boy Scout Troop 114

start of  race

Start of the Race

Congratulations to Boy Scout Troop 114 and Jon Meredith for a   successful Veterans’ Day Race and respectful Veterans’ Memorial Service in Glynn Square.  The Scouts did a great job organizing both.

Each year the Scouts share the proceeds of the race with a non-profit organization, and this year they voted to donate to the Valatie Free Library.  Thank you!  We are very grateful for your generosity.

kids in  lib on vet day

While the parents raced, their children played board games at the Library.


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