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.
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
Again this year, the annual photo competition drew amazing photographs from local adults and kids. Each year the judges are finding it more difficult to choose a first and second place photo in each category or the best photo of three submitted by kids 18 and under. At the exhibition on Sunday, April 10th, the following winners in ten categories were announced by VFL Board President, Erica Balon.
Insects : 1st Place: Jennifer Bock – Untitled (description -Dragonfly with Green “Eyes”) 2nd Place: Brother Gilbert Pretto – Wasp on Thistle
Nature: 1st Place: Sage Arnold – Mushrooms on a Stump 2nd Place: Sierra Dexheimer – Summer Sky
Architecture: 1st Place: Jean Thomas – Untitled (description -roofs) 2nd Place: Kara Keeler – “Train through 7th Street Park” Hudson, NY
Flowers: 1st Place: Steve Wildermuth – Flowers in Early Morning Sun 2nd Place: Trudi Roth – Large Camelia Bud
Kids: Samara Regan (12) – Heart of Stone / Corey Dexheimer (14) – Honey Bee After Pollen / Grace Landry (10) My Cat Fuzzy / Blaise Perez (8) Sunset by the Park
Still Life: Ken Bovat – Four Vases
Landscape: 1st Place: Shana Perez – The Blue Boat at Brant Lake, NY 2nd Place: Ken Bovat – Sunset on the Catskills
People: 1st Place: John Alicea – Child in the Brooms 2nd Place: Judy Harris – “Are you sitting down on the job AGAIN?”
Birds: 1st Place: Doug Stalker – Osprey with Fish 2nd Place: Trudi Roth – Two Laughing Gulls Courting
Animals: 1st Place: Bridget Arnold – “Well Hello There” 2nd Place: Paul Roberts – Lunch Break
The workshop “Drawing Exercises with Margot” was very enjoyable last night. It started with drawing what each participant thought was in the plastic bag he or she had drawn out of the “grab bag” and ended with some really great collages. In between there was drawing with eyes closed, with the non-dominant hand, with graphite, with markers and with lots of cutting and pasting. There are two more sessions, each completely different from this first workshop and each other. So. . . feel free to join us for an evening of fun and creativity even if you could not attend last night. Dates: April 12 and April 19. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: the Library / 1036 Kinderhook Street. Call us at 758-9321.
April 2 – Final Submission of Photos for Annual Photo Competition (Adults and Kids)
April 5 – First of 3 Art Exercises Workshops with Margot – Call the Library to register. (Adults)
April 8 – First of 2 Cake Decorating Classes with Lori – Call the Library to register. (Adults)
At 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016 , the Valatie Free Library will be hosting Valatie Village Historian, Dominick Lizzi’s, presentation “Women in Valatie.” The presentation is an overview of Valatie’s unique history and the women who participated in it. Mr. Lizzi will cover the lives, struggles and hardships of women in one of the major rural mill villages in the Hudson Valley. Long overlooked, both the village and its working class women will be brought to light by Mr. Lizzi in this 45 minute presentation which will take place at the Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street.
Dominick Lizzi is the author of Valatie The Forgotten History: a Rural Mill Village, Microcosm of America, Governor Martin H. Glynn: Forgotten Hero and Let There Be Light: the Forgotten History of the Chatham Library, a Carnegie Legacy as well as numerous historical articles.
Although registration is suggested so that there is enough seating, walk-ins are welcome. You can register by phone (758-9321) or at the Library. Desserts and coffee/tea will be available after the presentation. We invite you to share in this informative evening.
For Kids and Families
Game Night – Friday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Story Hour – Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12,19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Library (1036 Kinderhook Street). Join us for stories, crafts, therapy dog Posie and snacks
Mud Creek Presentation – Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. Michelle from Mud Creek will present an interactive program about amphibians.
Movie Night – Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 in the Library. Join us half-way through April Vacation for a movie (To Be Determined), popcorn and soft drinks.
For Adults and Young Adults
Board of Trustees Meeting – Monday, March 7 and Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Library. The Public is welcome to attend.
Book Club – Monday, March 14 and Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Library. New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Bohjalian will join us in March via Skype or Speaker Phone.
Knitting / Crochet – Monday, March 21 and Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Library. Newcomers of all skill levels are always welcome.
Seasonal Plate Craft – Friday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. Create an easy but very attractive snack / dessert plate. Please register by March 7th so that we have the needed supplies.
Drawing Exercises with Margot – Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Library. Each week a new technique will be presented by local artist, Margot Curran.
Cake Decorating with Lori – Fridays, April 8 and 29 at 6:30 in the Library. Each week a new technique will be presented. Please bring an unfrosted sheet cake or cake layer with you to class. Tips, bags and frosting will be provided.
For All Ages
Submission of Photos for the Annual VFL Photo Competition – Tuesday, March 8 through Saturday, April 2 during Library hours. Matted photos must be submitted at the Library. Children, teens, adults, seniors are invited to submit up to three photos per person to the competition.
Photo Competition – Sunday, April 10 from 2 – 4 p.m. Join us to see the photos submitted by your friends and neighbors. Coffee / Soft Drinks and Desserts will be served. Location is being finalized.