Memorial Day Weekend – Library Closed

The Valatie Free Library will be closed on
Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.  

Honor the Men and Women in the Military

United States Flag with the Words Memorial Day Remember and Honor

Kids, join us during this week to make a patriotic windcatcher to honor the men and women in our military All supplies are in the Children’s Area, and the project takes about 10 minutes to complete.   Choose a book and then make a craft you can display on Memorial Day.  

No-Cost Ways to Help the Valatie Free Library

For two no-cost ways to help, view the following suggestions.
If you would like to help us with  no cost to yourself, Amazon Smile is the way to do it. Click here to be taken to the Amazon Smile site; sign in with your usual Amazon user ID and password, and shop. The Library will receive 0.5 % of your purchase amount at no cost to you. Thank you to anyone who uses Amazon Smile and indicates that Valatie Free Library should receive a percentage of their sales.
Another way to help the Library is to use CLYNK bags and Valatie Free Library tags.  Place your recyclable cans and bottles in the bags, place a tag in the appropriate place on the bag and drop off at the CLYNK location at Hannaford in Valatie or any other Hannaford.  The Library will receive a donation.  Stop in to pick up bags and tags at the Library / 1036 Kinderhook Street / Valatie.
Thank you to all who use these means to help your local Valatie Free Library.

Thank You!

Thank you to Mayor Frank Bevens and the Village Board for their donation of rapid Covid testing kits to the Valatie Free Library for our patrons and community members.  Visit the Library and pick up a test!

New Feature – RECITE ME

The Columbia County Libraries now have RECITE ME, a tool to make the information on our web pages accessible to all.  On this web page, click on RECITE ME  in the top toolbar.  Then go to any article, hover at the beginning of the article or highlight the article and listen.  RECITE ME will read the post and the caption under any picture included in the post.  Call 518-758-9321 if you have any questions.  Let us know what you think about this helpful new feature.

Kanopy – A Review

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.
To use the service, c
lick 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  If you were a Kanopy member when we last had a subscription, you need to re-register.  Feel free to call us for assistance.

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.

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.

Thank You, Doug Bartels, Master Magician

On Wednesday, July 5, 2020, Master Magician Doug Bartels  presented his special brand of magic for Valatie Free Library at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook Live.   If you missed the show,  check our Facebook page.  You can watch it there anytime for the rest of the summer.   It was great!

Doug is a master magician who is a member of the world’s most prestigious Magic Society, The Magic Circle. He is one of 147 U.S. magicians to be a member of this premier organization.  He has performed for several years at the Valatie Free Library to enthusiastic and amazed audiences of kids and adults.   Wednesday’s virtual audience was as amazed as our past in-library audiences.  Thank you, Doug Bartels!

Try These Art Projects

On Thursday, July 23 and Friday July, 24, Mr. Chuck will present two  fascinating and fun art projects.

Today (Thursday) at 1:30 p.m., join him for a Cartooning Workshop on GotoMeeting.  Even if you have not already registered, you can still join the group if  you email valatiefreelibrary@gmail.com so that he can send you the link.  Do you like comics and/or drawing?  Then this workshop is for you.  Learn the basics of designing characters and drawing comic panels. 

Tomorrow (Friday) at 10:30 a.m. is String Painting.  Check our Facebook Page to see some of Mr. Chuck’s string paintings.  They are cool!  Email or call the Library if you would like to be part of this workshop, also on GotoMeeting.  The link will be sent to you, and art supplies will be available at the Library.  Stop by and pick them up.  Have a smock ready!