About Us

Valatie Free Library

The Valatie Free Library

1036 Kinderhook Street
P.O. Box 336
Valatie, NY 12184
Phone: (518) 758-9321
Fax:  (518) 758-6497
Email:  valatiefreelibrary@gmail.com

The Valatie Free Library serves the village of Valatie, the hamlet of Niverville and surrounding rural Kinderhook in Columbia County along the scenic Hudson River Valley of New York State. Board meetings are held on the third Monday of every month at 7:00 pm in the Library. The public is welcome to attend.


Monday  12:00 – 6:00 PM
Tuesday  12:00 – 6:00 PM
Wednesday  12:00 – 6:00 PM
Thursday  12:00 – 6:00 PM
Friday  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sunday  CLOSED


Genevieve Goetz, Librarian
Mimi Johnson, Assistant Librarian
Lucille Ouimet, Library Clerk
Bob Korycinski, Library Clerk

Board of Trustees

Emilia Teasdale, President  (term expires 12/2024)
Jill Leinung, Vice President (term expires 12 /2023)
Shirley Kelly, Treasurer (term expires 12 / 2026)
Laura Rogers (term expires 12 / 2026)
Melissa Schieren (term expires  12/ 2024)
Kristi Berner (term expires 12 / 2025)
Vivian Becker (term expires 12 / 2025)

The public is welcome to attend meetings of the Board of Trustees. The board meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 PM.  Holidays, inclement weather or other special circumstances may entail alternative or additional meetings. Call the library at (518) 758-9321 for more information.

Reports and Minutes

2021 Year in Review
2020 Year in Review
2019 Year in Review
2018 Year in Review
2017 Year in Review
2016 Year in Review
2014 Year in Review
2013 Year in Review
2011 Year in Review

VFL Policies

External: Circulation

External: Collection

External: Public Space

External: Technology


The Valatie Free Library Association was founded in 1931 and chartered by the State Board of Regents in 1948.

Voting membership in the Association is open at no cost to anyone over the age of 16.  All members in good standing are eligible to participate in Association meetings.

Subject to the regulations of the State Education Department, the affairs of the library are managed by a Board of Trustees.  The Board comprises eight members, each elected for a four-year term.  The library is also a member of the Mid-Hudson Library System.

The library currently has four paid staff members, the Library Director, Assistant Director and two Library Clerks.

Contributions to the library are exempt from federal taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Web Link Disclaimer

Links to external websites do not signify endorsement by the Valatie Free Library of the contents of such sites or the organizations they were made by. Parents and other users of the VFL website should be aware that links may change over time. The library cannot be held responsible for links that may have degraded and now point to “unacceptable” sites that are unrelated to the link’s original target. Requests to have any such links removed will be reviewed and acted on as quickly as possible.

Users should be aware that photos and other documents made available on or through this website may be subject to copyright.