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Second Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee for Adults – Friday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m.  Join us for our second Spelling Bee.  We will meet outside in the Library Parking Lot with CDC guidelines (wearing masks and maintaining social distancing) in effect.  Registration is necessary.   For more information or to register,  call the Library at 518-758-9321.   

Cricut Workshop – Wednesday, May 12

Do you have a Cricut; have you thought about purchasing one or just wondered what this great machine can do?  Then register for the Cricut Workshop presented by Sarah Bailey on May 12th at 7 p.m. on GotoMeeting or Zoom.  Learn how it can help you if you are a crafter or teacher or parent helping your child with a school project.  Make posters / cards; create designs for tshirts and much more.  The Cricut can cut paper, cardstock, fabric, vinyl, even wood.  There is no limit to what you can do with it.  Sarah will show us how the machine works and the projects she has done.  Prepare to be amazed!  Join us for this introductory workshop, the first of several we hope to offer.

The Story Walk Situation

We apologize for the delay, but we are now reconstructing our signs for the Story Walk on the Trail behind the Valatie Free Library.  The original signs could not withstand the high winds in April.  We have received formal permission from National Grid to post the story along the trail, and Al Johnson is now constructing stronger story signs which should be completed soon.  We will post again when they are ready for viewing.  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.