Save the Date: March 24th – Book Signing by Chris Gibson

Former Congressman and Army Colonel, Chris Gibson will be at the Valatie Free Library at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th to discuss and sign copies of his book, Rally Point:  Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream.  We look forward to hosting Chris Gibson, who represented the 19th District for six years as a member of the House of Representatives and served twenty-nine years in the U.S. Army where he rose to the rank of colonel and commanded the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade.  Recipient of four Bronze Star Medals and the Purple Heart, he served four combat tours in Iraq.  Join us on March 24th to meet Chris Gibson and to hear his vision for our country.  Visit the Chatham Bookstore or go to https://www.amazon.com/Rally-Point-Country-Revitalize-American/dp/1538760584 to obtain a copy of Rally Point.

Board of Trustees Meeting – Monday, March 19

The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street, Valatie.  The Public is welcome to attend.

What’s Happening in March

Monday, March 5, 2018, 6:30 p.m. in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street –  Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration for Kids, Ages 4 and Older.
Monday, March 5, 2018 – Saturday, March 31, 2018.  Submit photos for the Library’s Annual Photo Competition and Exhibit.  Kids and Adults are welcome to submit photos.
Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018, 10:30 a.m. in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Story Hour.  Stories, crafts, snack for preschoolers and caregivers.
Friday, March 9, 2018, 6:30 p.m. in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Paint and Sip for Adults.
Monday, March 12, 2018, 7 p.m. in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Book Club.  We will be discussing Rally Point by Chris Gibson.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 4:30 – 6:45 p.m.  Lloyd the Geek will be here to give individual assistance on computer, laptop, phone, etc.  Sign up for a 45 minute session, bring your device to the Library and work out a solution with Heather (Lloyd the Geek).
Monday, March 19, 2018, 7 p.m. in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Board of Trustees Meeting.  The Public is welcome to attend.
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Book Signing.  Chris Gibson will speak about his book, Rally Point, and autograph your copies.  Books are available on Amazon and at the Chatham Book Store.
Monday, March 26, 2018, 7 p.m.  in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Knitting / Crochet.  Newcomers are welcome.

Thank You, Hannaford!

Thank you to Hannaford which chose the Valatie Free Library to be the recipient of part of the proceeds from the sale of  “Create a Little Karma” bags at the Hannaford in Valatie, New York during October.  Thank you also to all who purchased one of the bags.

Calling All Preschoolers!

Apple Printing at Story Hour – 9/12/17

Preschoolers, Caregivers and Younger Siblings, join us for Story Hour every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Valatie Free Library. Listen to stories, do a craft, meet Posie, the therapy dog, and have a snack. No registration is necessary. Just walk in – 1036 Kinderhook Street – 4 buildings down from the VMA.

Red Apple Run – Appreciation and Results

Today was a great success!  Our appreciation to all for your support.  Thank you, runners and walkers, for your participation! Thank you to our sponsors and to Samascott Orchards for hosting us. Also thanks to the Kinderhook Runner’s Club for all of their guidance.   You can check times in the following links:
Click 2017awards-age groups for the awards in the 5K by age group.
Click 2017Kids_1_Mile for results for the Kids 1 mile walk / run.
Click 2017overall_results for the overall results for all the runners in the 5K.

Announcement: Future Board Meetings

The Board of Trustees will  meet on the third Monday of each month beginning on Monday, September 18th.  The Public is welcome to attend all regular Board Meetings.

Red Apple Run Sponsors

Thank you to all our sponsors.  You helped to make the race a great success.

Thank you to our GOLD sponsors:
Diana Van Alstyne
Freeman Howard, P.C.
Great Lengths Hair Salon
Hennessy Insurance Agency
Kinder Farm Inc.
Kinderhook Runners Club
Law Office of Alexander Powhida
Samascott Orchards
VFL Staff

Thank you to our SILVER sponsors:
Anderson Agency Real Estate
Chatham Brewing
Chatham Village Auto LLC
Gilcrest Properties
Key Bank
Kinderhook Wine & Spirits
La Bella’s
Shooters Sports
Wicked Good Food & Company

How did he do that?

Last night, Doug Bartels, local master magician, entertained a large audience at St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall in the second Valatie Free Library Summer Wednesday Program.

With a mixture of comedy and amazing magic, Doug created a wonderful show for adults and kids. We thank Doug for a special evening and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church which generously donated the use of the Hall for the Library Wednesday programs. Thanks also to those who attended and to the brave children and one brave adult who “helped” our magician.


The Valatie Free Library Summer Program kicks off this Wednesday, June 28, 2017  at 6:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall on Kinderhook Street.  Performing for the this event will be the Storycrafters,  a locally and internationally known partnership who have received many awards for their performances, including:

  • National Storytelling Network Oracle Award
  • Cayman National Cultural Foundation Gold Medal for Creativity in the Arts
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award
  • Parents Choice Award
  • Storytelling World Award
  • Multiple NYS Broadcasters’ Association awards for their family radio show, “Just Imagine.”

Publishers’ Weekly describes them as “top-notch family entertainment,” and we are proud to  welcome them back to the first of our Wednesday Evening Summer Family Programs.  Please join us this Wednesday as Barry Marshal and Jeri Burns present “Building a Better World . . . One Story at a Time.”  Even if you have not registered for this program, feel free to attend.  You won’t want to miss the action!  Refreshments will be served.  Call the Library (758-9321) for additional information.

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