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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Thank You!

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.

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We Have Museum Passes

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.

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Change in Overdrive Usage!

The number of ebooks and audiobooks that patrons may now checkout and put on hold in Overdrive has been changed.  Patrons may now check out 10 ebooks /audiobooks at one time and place 10 holds.  Formerly the number of checkouts and holds was 3 each.  A welcome change as we head into summer vacations and more time for reading!

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Photo Competition Winners

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

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