We want to hear from you! From April 22 to May 20, 2014, the Valatie Free Library and the other Columbia County Libraries will be running an online survey, the Impact Survey, to understand how patrons use the library’s technology so we can provide resources and services that are valuable to the community. The Impact Survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10 – 15 minutes to complete. The survey is confidential and does not collect any personally identifiable information.
Please support the Valatie Free Library and help us improve our services. Beginning Tuesday, April 22nd, go to the post which will precede this one and click on the button to access and complete the survey. Thank you for your help.
The Impact Survey is a project of the University of Washington Information School. For more information about the Impact Survey, inquire at the circulation desk.
Visit us during the week of April 13 – 19 to help us celebrate National Library Week and to give us a chance to express our appreciation to you. We will have a patron appreciation board and post photos or one sentence comments about how your life is affected by the library. Photos and comments can be identified or completely anonymous. We will be happy to take your picture here or send us a selfie. For teens and children, we will have snacks in the afternoon. Adults: take a chance to win the book, Pat and Dick: the Nixons, an Intimate Portrait of a Marriage by local author, Will Swift. Kids: take a chance to win a surprise.
- Story Hour: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. – April 22, 29 / May 6, 13,20,27 / June 3,10, 17, 24
- Mothers’ Day Craft Workshop: Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.
- Doll Tea: Saturday, May 17 from 2 – 4:00 p.m. Location to be determined.
- Fathers’ Day Craft Workshop: Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Thank you to all the people, children through senior citizens, who entered photos in our recent photo competition. The 91 photos on display 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.
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.
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!
The Book Club will meet on Monday, April 21st at 7 p.m. in the Library to discuss A Bell for Adano by John Hersey. New members are always welcome.
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!
A big 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!
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.
While the parents raced, their children played board games at the Library.