Library Closed – Presidents’ Day

Two Announcements:  The Library  will be closed on Monday, February 15th, Presidents’ Day.
Story Hour on Tuesday, February 16th has been cancelled.

The rest of the week we will be open normal hours.

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Good Doughnuts, Colorful Bookmarks, Fun!

breakfast1On Saturday, February 6th, Take Your Child to the Library Day, kids and adults enjoyed a breakfast of donuts, juice and coffee.  While the adults browsed or conversed, the kids also made some neat bookmarks.  We all had fun and thank the generous patron who donated the food!

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Digital Magazines – Zinio for Libraries

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.

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VFL New Email Address

Although our former email ( will still be operational for two more months, the Library has a new email.  It is

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From Our New Home

 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.

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VFL Open House on Kinderhook Street

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 open h adj2 sue and julieadj

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End of Year Programs

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.

gingerbread manChristmas Cookie Decorating for Kids and Parents:  Saturday, Dectotsj
ember 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.

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Adult Holiday Craft: Fun and Productive

The group who met for the holiday craft program on Friday, November 13th had lots of fun and made beautiful centerpieces.  They discussed doing other crafts iamy 2n the future so look for program updates in the new year.


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Renovation Has Begun!

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.

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Friendly Ghosts and Big Smiles!

A few photos of the beaded ghosts made in the Halloween Craft Program on Wednesday evening.  Kids and parents had fun with the project, beading ghosts and pieces of candy corn, and they now have some new Halloween decorations to display.ghost and patty2lauren2ella2


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October Programs

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.



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Thank You to the Columbia County Health Department!

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.

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