We have some great programs scheduled during October, November and December for adults and children. From Ghoulish Family Game Night; a half hour with Lloyd the Geek; a Mexican dinner of tacos de pollo dorados; programs by Michelle of Mud Creek; workshops for making the perfect pie crust, decorating Christmas cookies and doing crafts – adults and children; and of course, Book Club, Knitting and Crochet nights and story hours, the weeks are filled with fun activities. To see specific details, please click here or on “2016 Fall Programs” at the top of this web page.
A very special program takes place on October 18th when Bruce Hallenbeck joins us to talk about his newest book, Rock-in-Roll Monsters: the American International Story. Save the date and come to the Library to meet Bruce, hear about the creation of his book, see a brief documentary about the American International Story and enjoy coffee and desserts. Please read the following post to learn about the evening and about the author, himself.
ROCK’N’ROLL MONSTERS: THE AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL STORY by Bruce G. Hallenbeck
We invite you to join us on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street, for a special pre-Halloween presentation. Local author, Bruce Hallenbeck will take us on a journey through the world of American International Pictures, the film company responsible for such disparate movies as I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957), MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964), THE WILD ANGELS (1966) and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979).
The author will describe the crisis faced by the traditional American film industry in the early 1950s, a crisis due to one thing: television. Two men from totally different backgrounds pooled their talents and tapped into the burgeoning “teenage” market, and American International Pictures was born. Over the next 25 years, AIP would turn out genre films of every kind, from sici-fi and horror to “beach party” and blaxploitation. But the company also produced prestige pictures like WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1970) and box-office bonanzas such as LOVE AT FIRST BITE (1979). Hallenbeck’s book, ROCK’N’ROLL MONSTERS, tells the story of how AIP went from being purveyor of drive-in double features filled with monsters and mayhem to a major force in films whose “fast and furious” business model was copied and eventually adopted by the Hollywood mainstream. Continue reading
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.*
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!
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.
Thank you to all who helped make our summer program possible. A complete list of people who assisted, presented and took part will be posted at the end of the week with pictures, but we wanted to let you know now that you were appreciated. Meanwhile check our Facebook page to see the pictures from our last program, Pizza and Puzzles.
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.