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Submit Your Photos!

The deadline for submitting photos to the annual Valatie Free Library Photo Contest is fast approaching.  All photos are due by Friday, March 24th.  Click on 2017 Photo Competition / Exhibition at the top of this page to copy and print a submission form which must be attached to each photo you submit.  There is no specific theme for the exhibition so choose up to three of your favorite photos dealing with any subject and bring them into the Library.  Judging will take place on March 28th, and the exhibition will be at the Valatie Senior Center (Williams Street / Valatie) on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 2 – 4 p.m.  Call us (758-9321) if you have any questions!

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Thank You to the Columbia County Health Department

Thank you, Victoria McGahon and Cheryl Ronsani, Columbia County Health Department Health Educator and  Communicable Diseases Nurse respectively, for their excellent presentation last night on the Zika virus and ticks and the spread of Lyme disease.  They shared information about the spread of Zika, the optimum time for testing for its presence in a potentially infected person, preventive measures and the effects of the disease, much of which was unknown to the people who attended this program at the Library.  Additionally, they reviewed information about the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease to be aware of after a tick bite,  detecting and removing ticks and when to seek medical help.  As spring and summer approach, a very timely concern in the Northeast!  We appreciate these women giving their time and expertise to make the community more aware of these two insect-bourne diseases.

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Annual Photo Competition and Exhibition

We will be accepting photos for the annual VFL  Photo Competition and Exhibition from Monday, March 6th through Friday, March 24th.  Photos with accompanying submission forms may be submitted at the Library – 1036 Kinderhook Street / Valatie, New York.  The exhibition of all photos received will be held at the Valatie Senior Center on Williams Street in the Village of Valatie from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6th.  For additional information, call the Library at 518-758-9321.

To obtain copies of the photo submission form , click here or follow the instructions under 2017 Photo Competition / Exhibition in the main feature area at the top of this web page.

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Vacation Program 2/24


You can still sign up for  our program on Friday, February 24, 10 a.m.  – noon when Mary Young presents Fabulous Foil.  Join us to make free standing sculptures with aluminum foil as we turn this thin material into 3-D figures and animals.  Go home and turn leftover foil into your own creations.  This program is for kids, ages 11 and older.  Maximum enrollment for this program is 15 so call soon (758-9321) to register.

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The Valatie Free Library is searching for an individual to serve as program coordinator.  The person selected for the position would be responsible for planning and coordinating children’s activities and working with the director in planning and coordinating activities for adults.  He/she would be working 15-20 hours a week, performing programming duties as well as working at the circulation desk and substituting for other staff, if necessary.

Requirements for the Position

Candidates must:

  • have at least a two year degree from an accredited community college
  • thoroughly enjoy working with children
  • be able to plan and execute crafts and activities for children and adults
  • be able to work varied hours in the summer
  • be computer literate
  • be comfortable helping patrons with basic computer skills
  • be flexible, as substituting for another staff member is sometimes necessary

Interested persons may submit a letter of application and a resume which includes work and education background as well as names and phone numbers of references to Elizabeth Powhida, Library Director/Valatie Free Library/PO Box 336/Valatie, New York 12184.  Applications may also be brought to the Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street, Valatie, New York.  All applications must be submitted by Thursday, February 23, 2017.  Interviews will take place the following week, and the successful candidate will begin working Thursday, March 2, 2017 or very soon afterwards.  For additional information, please call the Library at 518-758-9321.

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2017 Winter Programs

Please view our winter programs detailed in the Calendar and  2017 Winter Programs, the links at the top of this page.  Check out the programs listed  for kids and adults; stay tuned for updates.   Call the Library (758-9321) for more information.

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Thanks Tots



Thank you to Tots for being with us for our Winter Walk event at the Library on Saturday.  She made some great balloon designs; just ask the kids  who left with multiple balloons!  And, best of all,  she has agreed to be with us next December.  Happy Holidays, Tots and All Who Joined Us Saturday.

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