9th Annual Valatie Veterans 5K Run

The 9th annual Valatie Veterans 5K run, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 2114 of  Valatie will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.  The run which starts and finishes at Glynn Square in Valatie begins at 10 a.m.  Click here to access Troop 114′s web page and then click on the link to the run where you will be able to view details of the race, including course, registration form and fee, t-shirt information, awards and post-race raffle.

In 2013, the Troop donated half  the proceeds from the run to the Valatie Library.  This year net proceeds will be used to support Troop 2114, including their 2015 trip to Colorado  and Utah.  We encourage all to support the Scouts and the 2014 Veterans Run.

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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.

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Joyce LaRowe Accepting Spirit of Valatie Award for the Library

“The dedicated people who have given time and talent in various roles to keep the library functioning are being honored as are the good people of the Village for decades of donations and fund drives to  sustain the library.

“The library has helped educate our children, provide information and expand our horizons. Like many Valatie residents, the Library quietly, without fanfare continues to fulfill its mission doing what needs to be done to make “Valatie” what a village should be.”

Thank you to the Village of Valatie for the Spirit of Valatie Award, Dominick for the above introduction, and  to all who have volunteered time and talent in the years from 1931 to the present to help the Library in its mission.

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Staff and Board Members

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Special Event – “Plastics at Sea”


Chrissy Dykeman

On Sunday, October 26th at 1:30 p.m.in the Valatie Senior Center on Williams Street, the Library will host a special presentation: “Plastics At Sea” by Chrissy Dykeman, Assistant Scientist for the Woods Hole-based Sea Education Association (SEA). Chrissy will give a talk about the work she has participated in on board the SSVs Robert C. Seamans and Corwith Cramer. Learn about plastics, their impact on our oceans, and the research that SEA has contributed to this cutting-edge field.

Seniors, Families, Teens, join us for this fascinating and timely presentation.

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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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