You Can Make a Difference!

As the New York State Senate and Assembly prepare their budget bills for 2015, we need to encourage legislators to increase funding for library aid.  Last year education funding received a 5.7% increase; libraries received a 1.2% increase.  For 2015-2016, the Governor has proposed flat funding; libraries are seeking fully funded library aid as mandated in New York State Education Law or at least, a percentage increase in funding equal to that allocated to education funding.   You, our patrons, know the services you can expect from the Valatie Free Library – free programs, use of our computers, free access to wireless for your own computers, space for tutoring and assistance in finding information and using the computer sites you access.  Add to that the books, ebooks, and media you can borrow through the MidHudson Library System, and you have a very valuable community service which all of us are happy to provide.  We are asking you to take a minute, and that is all it will take, to encourage our legislators to help us.  NYLA (New York State Library Association) has prepared a letter which will go to our legislators asking for their support for increased library funding.  If you click here, you will find the letter.  Click on the “Take Action Now,” scroll down and sign your name, address, phone number and email address.  Click “Submit” to see the letter; click “Submit” again, and the letter goes to the appropriate legislators.  Doing this within the next couple of days will insure that the letter reaches legislators before they submit their budget proposals.

from the Staff and Board of Trustees:  Thank you for your help!

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Photo Exhibit: Enter Your Photos

Find a favorite picture!  Go on a photo shoot!  The Library will be accepting photos from March 16 through April 6 for our annual photo exhibition.  Adults, teens and children are eligible to enter up to a total of three 4×6 and/or 8×10 photos.  Stay tuned for specific details about submission; they will be posted this week.  Day, time and location are being finalized.

UPDATE #1:   To obtain PHOTO SUBMISSION FORMS, click here: 2015 VFL Photo Submission Form.   You may also click  on the link: 2015 Photo Competition located at the top of this page above the Library logo.  Copy and print one form for each picture you submit to the competition.

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Toothbrushes and Stuffed Animals

dental 4On Tuesday, February 17th, Julie from Dr. Starkman’s Office indental 5 Valatie visited the Library Story Hour.  She read stories, sang songs and gave great advice about taking care of teeth.  Stuffed animals with very real-looking teeth were available for practising good brushing; they were a big hit with the preschoolers.  The fun-filled Story Hour concluded with a craft.  Parents and children learned about dental hygiene, and all enjoyed the presentation and hands-on activities.  Each child went home with a goody bag of toothbrush and toothpaste.  Thank you, Julie for an enjoyable and informative presentation.

 

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The Winner Is Announced

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Congratulations to Joan Kugler who was the winner of the Christmas Raffle.  A special thanks to the donors who made the basket  very enticing – Chris’ Cafe, Magdalena’s, Great Finds, Crazy Daisy, Tabitha Rex.  And to all who donated and received tickets:  our appreciation!  All proceeds go to funding renovation of our new building.

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Library Awarded Spirit of Valatie Award

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l-r: Mayor Diane Argyle, Joyce LaRowe, Angelo Nero, Dominick Lizzi

On Saturday, October 18th, the Valatie Free Library was presented with the Spirit of Valatie Award at a ceremony in front of the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building.

In presenting the award, Dominick Lizzi, Village Historian, said:

“Honoring the Valatie Free Library is long overdue. It is the last of the 4 non religious organizations in the Village to be recognized- the Rescue Squad, the Valatie Fire Department, and the Santa Claus Club were previously honored.

“In presenting the Spirit of Valatie Award to the Library we are honoring the WHOLE institution- past and present which has served our community so well since 1931. Continue reading

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2014 Fall and Winter Events

Check out our fall and winter schedule by clicking on Fall/Winter 2014 above the Library logo or by clicking here.

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Thank You to Our Summer Volunteers

We had a very successful 2014 Summer Program which would not have been possible without the help and support of many people.  We would like to express our appreciation to the following:

 Presenters and Teachers

Paws-to-Read:  Barbara Hackel –for bringing her shelties / Marje Cartwright – for bringing Posey /  Lisabeth Kelly – for helping with the dogs
Story Hour:      Ashley Stever from the Fire Museum in Hudson / Erin Brady from Crazy Daisy /  Lisabeth Kelly for bringing Queenie from the Old Chatham Foot Hunt Club / Ling Ling Xiang
Chess:  Scott Boyce for teaching the Chess Workshop every Tuesday
Basic Drawing:  Margot Curran for teaching the Workshop
Wednesday Volcano Program:     Jill Leinung for reading, teaching the craft and demonstrating a volcanic explosion
Wednesday Evenings Assistant:  Samantha Hesler
ICC Teacher Tuesday Readers:    Alanna Almstead / Susan Hallenbeck /  Melanie Moon / Erin Shull / Margo Storey

Supporters

Pastor Slater and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church for the use of the Church Hall for Game Nights / O’Kenny’s  for reduced-price soft ice cream cones for our Reading Challenge readers

Special Thanks

Kids Attending Programs – You are the Greatest! / Parents / Grandparents / Caregivers for bringing your children to programs and helping when needed

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Museum Pass to the Clark Available

A Note to Adults: Valatie Free Library now has a museum pass to The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute which allows free admission to the museum for two adults.  The pass may be borrowed for three days and must be picked up and returned to the Valatie Library only.  The Clark is a wonderful museum, and we hope many of you will borrow the pass.

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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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