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March Programs

Click on Spring Programs in the Header above to see the programs planned for this month.  This week:  Story Hour and Spelling Bee for Adults and Teens.  Call the Library (518-758-9321) for details.

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

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!