About Us


The NEW Valatie Free LibraryThe Valatie Free Library

1036 Kinderhook Street
P.O. Box 336
Valatie, NY 12184
Phone: (518) 758-9321
Email: mail@valatielibrary.net

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(Also see Events Calendar)
Monday  12:00 noon – 7:00 pm
Tuesday  12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Wednesday  12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Thursday  3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday  9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday  Closed


Elizabeth Powhida, Director
Lesley Hallenbeck, Program Coordinator
Carolyn Landry, Library Clerk
Rebecca Hoff, Part-Time Staff Librarian
Mimi Johnson, Part-Time Staff Librarian

Board of Trustees

Lisa Benfield, President
Erica Balon, Vice President
Matthew Griesemer, Secretary
Fran Fullerton, Co-Treasurer
Joyce LaRowe, Co-Treasurer
Susan Hallenbeck
Annmarie Saxby

The public is welcome to attend meetings of the Board of Trustees. The board normally meets on the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00 pm.  Holidays, inclement weather or other special circumstances may entail alternative or additional meetings. When in doubt, check the Events Calendar or call the library at 758-9321 to confirm.

Reports and Minutes


The Valatie Free Library Association was founded in 1931 and chartered by the State Board of Regents in 1948.

Voting membership in the Association is open at no cost to anyone over the age of 16.  All members in good standing are eligible to participate in Association meetings.

Subject to the regulations of the State Education Department, the affairs of the library are managed by a Board of Trustees.  The Board comprises seven members, each elected for a four-year term.  The library is also a member of the Mid-Hudson Library System.

The library currently has four paid staff members, the Library Director, a Program Coordinator, a Library Clerk and two per diem Librarians.

Contributions to the library are exempt from federal taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Web Link Disclaimer

Links to external websites do not signify endorsement by the Valatie Free Library of the contents of such sites or the organizations they were made by. Parents and other users of the VFL website should be aware that links may change over time. The library cannot be held responsible for links that may have degraded and now point to “unacceptable” sites that are unrelated to the link’s original target. Requests to have any such links removed will be reviewed and acted on as quickly as possible.

Users should be aware that photos and other documents made available on or through this website may be subject to copyright.