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VFL’s Mock Caldecott

Be a judge.  Click here to vote for the book or books in a list of 8 chosen by VFL’s Program Coordinator.  Which one or ones would you choose or would you nominate and choose a different book published in 2020?  The  actual Caldecott winner will be announced on Monday, January 25th.  Will it be one of the 8 on the VFL list, the one you chose from the list or the one you nominated and selected? 

Background Facts:  The Randolph Caldecott Medal, established in 1937,  annually recognizes the preceding year’s “most distinguished American picture book for children.” It is awarded to the illustrator of the book by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
Ceremony dateJanuary 25, 2021, 4:00 PM EST

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
This program is made possible thanks to a grant from the Columbia Opportunities’ Early Literacy and Learning Network.

Thank You

Thank you to all who donated food, toiletries and money to the Valatie Free Library Christmas Food Drive for the Valatie Food Pantry.   It was much appreciated.

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!

Summer Programs: July 19 – 25

Thursday, July 23 – 1:30 – Cartooning Workshop with Mr. Chuck.  Whether you like Peanuts, Spiderman or graphic novels, this class is for everyone who loves comics and/or drawing.  We will have fun with the basics of designing characters and drawing comic panels.  Gotomeeting.
Friday, July 24 – 1:30 p.m.  Gotomeeting.  Craft Workshop with Mr. Chuck.  Pick up your free art supplies at the Library.

Summer Programs Week Three

The following events are the highlights of the third week of the Valatie Free Library Summer Programming. Don’t forget to register so that we may send you the links to the shows.
Paint with Hannah DeWeerd.  Video is available for the Summer.  Free supplies will be provided to registrants.
Tuesday, July 14 – 10:30 a.m. Story Hour with Mr. Chuck.  Gotomeeting.
Wednesday, July 15 – 6:30 p.m. – Animal Embassy. “Dragons, Dwarfs and Giants.”  Join Chris from Animal Embassy as we explore some real-life dragons, and creatures great and small.  Facebook Live. Don’t miss this!
Friday, July 17 – 1:30 p.m.    Craft Workshop with Mr. Chuck. Pick up your free art supplies at the Library. Gotomeeting.
REGISTER: Click here to see the lineup and sign up for your favorites.
ANNOUNCEMENT: ART AND CRAFT SUPPLIES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR ALL WHO REGISTER FOR THE ART AND CRAFT PROGRAMS. WE WILL CONTACT YOU TO PICK THEM UP ON THE TABLE BY THE LIBRARY DECK.