Library Closed – 5/23 and 5/25 2015

The Library will be closed on Saturday, May 23rd and Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day Weekend.  We will reopen on Tuesday, May 26th at noon.  Enjoy the weekend!

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Movie Night – Friday, May 29th

Join us for Movie Night on Friday, May 29th from 6:30 – 8 p.m.  All ages are welcome.  We will be showing Disney’s The Jungle Book.  Popcorn will be served!

Call the Library (758-9321) or visit us to register.


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A Special Saturday

Fourteen girls, their dolls / stuffed animals and their moms enjoyed the annual Doll Tea on Saturday, May 16th at St.Luke’s Fellowship Hall.  They decorated felt pocketbooks, made an attractive hair piece, had a mini-manicure, listened to author Andrea Briggs speak about her book, Treats all the Time!: Desserts that you can make everyday (that your Mom can’t say no to), frosted and decorated cupcakes and then, after singing Happy Birthday to Elise, enjoyed the cupcakes and lemonade.  Thank you, Samantha Hessler, for volunteering to help with setup, activities and cleanup and thanks also to the moms for their assistance with activities.

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Summer Program Registration

Monday, June 15 – Tuesday, June 30 – during Library Hours
Register for the Valatie Free Library Summer Programs.  Fliers listing our summer events will come home from ICC during the last week of May or the beginning of June.  The complete listing will also be at the top of the web page under the heading 2015 Summer Program.

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Congratulations and Thank You!

Impressive and Beautiful Photos!  A Chance to Trade  Photo Tips!  Good Snacks!  The Library Photo Exhibit at the Valatie Senior Center was the place to spend a couple of hours yesterday before heading back out into the wonderful sunny day.  Thank you to the photographers, the people who attended the exhibit, the VNET volunteers who baked and the Village for the use of the Center.  A very special thank you goes to JUDY HARRIS who spent several hours on Saturday helping to set up the exhibit and returned early on Sunday to make sure all the photos were just right for display.

Congratulations to the winners in 11 categories:
First Place:  John Alicea, Claudia Bailey, Ken Bovat, Carol Denton, Sierra Dexheimer, Beth (Marie) Meehan, Paul Roberts, Marie Stark,  Heather Sundwall

Second Place:  Thomas Acey, John Alicea, Corey Dexheimer, Ralph Gorgone, Ian Hemingway,  Dr. Joseph P. Lalka, Joan Lezette-Miller, Kelly Stammel, Heather Sundwall,  Jean Thomas,  Steve Wildermuth

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Spring Flowers

flowerpot20153flowerpot22015Craft Night was a big success.  Everyone enjoyed painting the flower pots, preparing the soil and then planting Johnny Jump Ups.  A sure sign of spring!

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Pots of Gold at the Library

les 1Story Hour  on Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, had a lively groupIMG_1568 of preschoolers, babies, moms, grandmas and a dad enjoying Irish stories, making designs of pots of gold and snacking on Oreo Mint cookies.  Thanks to the planning and organization of Lesley Hallenbeck, Children’s Program Coordinator, children and caregivers left with smiles, craft pictures and lots of books to read in the coming week.  Best comment of the day was “You do so much in such a small space.”  Story Hour meets every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Library.  Newcomers are always welcome.

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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


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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