Are you comfortable using Encore, the online catalog? Is it easy to order ebooks and audio books on Overdrive? Would you like to consult back issues of Consumer Reports from home? Are you familiar with Zinio for Libraries and Library Elf? These are 5 free resources available through the MidHudson Library System and accessible through the Valatie Free Library web page. We can provide uninterrupted, one-on-one instruction in using any or all of them. Call the Library (758-9321) to register for a 45 minute session. We will be happy to help you to take advantage of what your library provides.
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Below see photos of two of our recent library programs: computer problems assistance with Lloyd the Geek and a craft workshop with Laurie. Help solving computer, tablet, laptop, e-reader, cell phone problems is available at the Valatie Free Library on the second Wednesday of each month. There are three forty-five minute sessions each help session. Call to schedule an appointment. Two more spring craft workshops for kids, one on May 9th and the other on June 6th, are also scheduled. Join us to make a Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gift. Call to register.
Heather (Lloyd the Geek) helps Mimi and Al with a computer problem.
Laurie shows kids and parents / grandparents how to decoupage a terra cotta pot in which they planted marigold seeds.
The following are the winners in the 10 categories in the Valatie Free Library Annual Photo Competition. The winners were announced at the Photo Exhibition which was held at the Valatie Senior Center on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
Ichabod Crane Photo Class: 1st Place: Ellie Plourde, 2nd Place:Karina Speer, 3rd Place: Nicholas Johnston
Under 18 (Best of submitted photos for each entrant): Dewey Hoff, Age 4; Grace Hoff, Age 7; Blaise Perez, Age 9; Grace Landry, Age 11; Madison Slovak, Age 13; Corey Dexheimer, Age 15
Flowers: 1st Place: Steve Wildermuth, 2nd Place: Marie Meehan
Architecture: 1st Place: Shanna Perez, 2nd Place: Steve Wildermuth
Nature: 1st Place: Paul Abitabile, 2nd Place: Brother Gilbert Pretto
Landscape: 1st Place: Ralph Gartner, 2nd Place: Shanna Perez
People: 1st Place: Marie Meehan 2nd Place: J. P. Gontier
Insects: 1st Place: Stacie Cole, 2nd Place: Brother Gilbert Pretto
Miscellaneous: 1st Place: Bridget Arnold, 2nd Place: Karen Stodolski
Animals: 1st Place: Sherry Griffin, 2nd Place: Sierra Dexheimer
All of the libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System now have access to ConsumerReports.org. Find in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts. Frequently updated articles, blogs and video content will allow you to keep up with the latest consumer news on a wide variety of topics. Click here, enter your library card number and then click on ConsumerReports.org under “Select New Service.” The site provides all the information that you will find in the print Consumer Reports and has back issues dating from 2009 to the present. If you do not remember your card number and have lost or misplaced your card, just call us, and we will provide it to you. We’ll also replace your library card the next time you visit. *Log-in information is also listed in the fourth entry in the right sidebar of this web page.*
The next time you visit the Library, check out the new look in our Children’s Room. Volunteers from the Kinderhook Reformed Church have donated three original paintings of Eric Carle’s storybook characters to the Library. Thank you so much, Amy DeWeerd, Hannah DeWeerd and an anonymous painter who have made our children’s area colorful and fun with their beautiful paintings. And kids, we have lots of Eric Carle books for you to borrow!
Have you ever forgotten the due date of a library item? Would you like a reminder a few days in advance? Then sign up for Library Elf, a new service just purchased by Mid-Hudson for all the system libraries. You can keep track of almost due, overdue and ready to pick up items. The signup process is easy – set up an email and password and /or text number, choose how far in advance you would like to be notified about your items, and relax. You’ll never wonder again about the status of your returns and pickups. For further information, look for the elf logo in the left sidebar of this page, read the information under it and click. As always, we will be happy to help. Just give us a call or visit the Library to chat and receive an information card.
The Valatie Free Library now has 6 museum passes available for patrons to borrow. They may be borrowed for 3 days, and, depending upon the individual museum, admit one, two or a family to the museum. When you plan to visit one of the museums for which we have a pass, call us to check on the availability of the pass and the number of people covered by the pass. Our museum passes are for: the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA; the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA; the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute of Art in Williamstown, MA; the Steepletop (Edna St. Vincent Millay Society) Museum in Austerlitz; the Childrens’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) in Troy and the USS Slater (Destroyer Escort Historical Museum) in Albany.