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

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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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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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