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April Events for Adults

Tuesday, April 13 – 7 p.m.  Keeping the Body and Mind Functioning Well, an online  presentation by public health educator, Victoria McGahan, of the Columbia County Health Department.  This presentation may be moved to April 20th if Health Department Staff are needed for vaccination duty.  Please call the Library (518-758-9321) to register so we can send you the link.

Thursday, April 22 – 7 p.m. – A Different Paint and Sip.  Decorate a flower pot this month.  Call the Library to arrange to pick up supplies and to register to receive the GotoMeeting link.

The Story Walk Situation

We apologize for the confusion, but we are reconstructing our signs for the Story Walk on the Trail behind the Valatie Free Library.  The original signs could not withstand the high winds we have had in the past few weeks.  When we have received formal permission from National Grid, we will construct stronger story signs, and hopefully, they will be up next week.  Thank you for your patience.

Libby for Magazines Is Here!

E-magazines are available now only on Libby or Overdrive.  RB digital is no longer available.  However, you still have access to the same magazines that were formerly in RB digital and can request and borrow magazines for 7, 14 or 21 days.   Download the Libby App from the App Store or access Libby by clicking on the icon in the right side bar of this web page.  You can read the magazine in the browser on your e-reader or download it so that it is available when you do not have an internet connection.  Call (518-758-9321) for more information or assistance in using Libby.

Kanopy Goes Live This Afternoon at Valatie Free Library- 2/25/2021

Thanks to a very generous donation by Theresa Hurley in memory of her sister, Mary C. Hurley, the Valatie Free Library again has a subscription to Kanopy.  Valatie Free Library patrons may now stream films, documentaries and children’s programming for no charge.  To use this service, a person must be a patron of the Valatie Free Library and not have fines or replacement charges of more that $10.
Kanopy will go live this afternoon, Thursday, February 25, 2021.  Click on the Kanopy icon at the end of the right sidebar on this page and follow the instructions to register and get started.  You will need your library card barcode and pin.  If you need help or have misplaced your card or forgotten your pin, call us at 518-758-9321 or email valatiefreelibrary@gmail.com

Make Your Own Bird Feeder

Help the birds that you see around your house by making an easy bird feeder for your backyard.  Pick up an identification chart of common feeder birds, your own bird identification journal and bird seed at the Library.  Find a stick and an empty milk or juice carton and you are ready.  Click here to watch Chuck’s video.  Then hang up your bird feeder and watch for the birds to flock to your yard.

Art Journaling # 2

Nancy Kohler, local artist and enthusiastic art journalist, returns to the Valatie Free Library with a monthly series of art journaling workshops.  No stranger to the Library, she has presented several workshops for families, kids and adults in past years and is looking forward to this new venture.  We are enthusiastic about welcoming her again and sharing the videos she  has made for us.  To register, please click here.   For more information or to register by phone, call 518-758-9321.   Free supplies may be picked up at the Library.   Click here to see Nancy’s current video.

Announcement from Chuck, VFL Program Coordinator

The Valatie Free Library is joining forces with the Kinderhook Memorial Library to bring you our first ever Early Readers Book Club! Intended for kids grade K-2, you’ll get your very own copy of the book, a folder of activities related to the book, a take home craft, and access to a special video read-along! Participants will receive a prize for their efforts!
Registration is required, for grades K-2. Call the library at 518-758-6192 (Kinderhook) or 518-758-9321 (Valatie) for more information or email Mandy at mandy.babirad@kinderhooklibrary.org or Chuck at valatiefreelibrary@gmail.com
To see the video, click here.  This program is made possible thanks to a grant from the Columbia Opportunities’ Early Literacy and Learning Network.

Photo and Art Show –

Stay tuned for details about viewing the photos sent to the Library in December 2020 for our artistic recap of a most unique year in history.  See how the photographers revealed hope and optimism in the face of so much that was overwhelmingly frustrating and sad.

Path to the “Trail” Completed

Thank you to Billy Marsh, Ron Rich and Jake Samascott who completed the path linking the Valatie Free Library to the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail on Wednesday October 28th.  We appreciate their volunteering to create a functional and attractive access to the Trail for the community.  A special thank you to Ron for clearing the path and donating the material and to Jake for providing the necessary equipment for the task.

More information on the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail (AHET) can be found at the trail’s Facebook page and at the Columbia Friends of the Electric Trail (CFET) website and Facebook page.

A New Crafting Video: You Provide the Leaves; We Provide the Clay.

Chuck has just posted a new crafting video on Facebook!   It’s easy and fun!  Just find a few green leaves in your backyard, pick up the self-drying clay anytime at the Library, and you are ready to create a beautiful and useful leaf bowl.  For  more information or to arrange to pick up the clay, call us at 518-758-9321.  To see the video, click on https://youtu.be/sF7xDkoHfrs