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Trivia Night – 9/30/2021

Test your knowledge!  Have Fun!  Join us at Reifenberg’s Brewing on Thursday, September 30 at 7 p.m. to participate in Valatie Free Library’s first Trivia Night.  Compete as an individual or with a group.  Call the Library (518-758-9321`) to register.  Prizes will be awarded.

The Great Give Back

This fall, the Valatie Free Library is again  taking part in the Great Give Back, an annual drive which features libraries across New York State working with their communities to help community members.  This year, the Columbia County Libraries Association which includes the eleven libraries in Columbia County will be partnering with Our Community Cares Columbia County to collect items to help support cancer patients. 

From September 15 through October 16, the Valatie Free Library will be collecting items for Our Community Cares Columbia County to be given to cancer patients in hospitals in the County.  Please help!  You can drop off items during library hours throughout the month.  Following is a list of suggested items.

Suggested Comfort Bag Wish List

  • Lap Blankets
  • Hats, Fuzzy Socks, Mittens, Gloves
  • Crayons/Colored Pencils, Adult Coloring Books, Pens
  • Unscented Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Drinking Cups with Straws
  • Travel-size Tissues
  • Inspirational items such as cards, books, magnets, and memo pads
  • Puzzle Books, Playing Cards, Crossword Books, Journals
  • Emery Boards
  • Chewing Gum
  • Lifesavers

NOTE:  Please join us in the Library on Wednesday, October 6th between 5 and 7 p. m. to make cards to be placed in the comfort bags.  Sarah Bailey will be here to guide us in making cards, and supplies will be provided.  If you use a Cricut machine and prefer to create your cards on that, we will have two here or you can bring your own.  Masks are required and will be provided if needed. 

To register or for more information, call the Library (518-758-9321) or click here.

Read Books / Win Ice Cream Cones

From June 27th through August 14th,  we will be awarding certificates for free ice cream cones from O’Kennys.  Read 6 picture books or 3 chapter books (2 if they are very long).  Sign the passport that is at the Library or that we will give to you at a program.  Return the passport to the Library when you have finished reading, and we will stamp it and give you your ice cream certificate.  Note:  Parents also may read to their children and record the selections on the passports for their children.  Take the Reading Challenge!  Win ice cream cones! 

Story Book Signs Are Back

The Storybook Signs are again on the Rail Trail behind the Library.  As you walk or bike on the Trail, pause to read William Wakes Up by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Chuck Groenink, Valatie Free Library’s Program Coordinator.  Thank you to Al Johnson who made and painted the new signs, to Chuck for putting them along the trail, to Hudson Valley Greenway for permission to place the signs and to Ron Rich for his advice on sign placement.

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.