Holiday Hours: Dec 22 – Jan 1

Monday, December 22 (12 – 7 p.m.) – Normal hours
Tuesday, December 23 (12 – 6 p.m.) – Normal hours


Friday, December 26 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) -Normal hours
Saturday, December 27 (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) -Normal hours
Monday, December 29 (12 – 7 p.m.) -Normal hours
Tuesday, December 30 (12 – 6 p.m.) – Normal hours

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31 (12 – 5 P.M.) Closing 1 hour early

To all our patrons: A very happy holiday season from the Staff and Board of Trustees of the Valatie Free Library!

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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


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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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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