Category Archives: Announcements

Program Information

If you have not registered for summer programs, visit the Library or call us at 758-9321 for information on availability. Click on “2017 Summer Programs” or “Calendar” at the top of this web page for a listing of all the workshops and presentations.   Wednesdays are Family Nights with many presentations and hands-on activities.  Note the Magic Show with master magician, Doug Bartels.  It was not listed in the flier sent home from school, but  it will take place on July 5th.  Tuesdays have a variety of activities; new to us this year are Comic Jam on July 11 and Makerspace on August 1st.  Sign up anytime for the reading challenge and win ice cream certificates for O’Kenny’s.

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New: Using the Library’s Resources!

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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Recent Library Programs

 

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.

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Winners in Annual Photo Competition

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.

ICC Photo Class Photos

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

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Free Access to Consumer Reports

consumerreports-org_button_100x50All 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.*

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Another Reason to Visit VFL

Hannah DeWeerd, 2016 ICC graduate, working on her painting for the Library Children's Area

Hannah DeWeerd, 2016 ICC graduate, working on her painting for the Library Children’s Area

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!

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NEW: Library Elf Is Here!

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.

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