Calling all teens! Have you left your summer assignments until nearly the last minute? Is it time to buckle down and finish up? On Friday Aug. 22 and 29, the Voorheesville Public Library is setting aside the community room to hold study hall for you. Drop in anytime during the day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for a quiet, air conditioned space to catch up with your summer work. Snacks provided; bring your own water bottle. 

Jim Snack science

or magic?

What better way to end a summer of reading, learning, and fun than with magician Jim Snack? On Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m., Snack will amaze us with his sleight of hand and magical tricks. Top readers and grand prize-winners of the Summer Reading Program will be announced and prizes awarded.

Kitchen science

parent-child program

Why don’t oil and water mix? On Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., children ages seven to 12 and their parent or caregiver will learn why certain liquids don’t mix. Join us in this fun and educational hands-on experiment program presented by the educators at WMHT. Please register. Parent or caregiver must assist child.

Book sale

Save the date: Friday Sept. 19 beginning at 5 p.m., is sneak preview night for Friends of the Library only. Saturday, Sept. 20, the doors open to the public at 10 a.m., and on Sunday, Sept. 21 the day begins with the Canine Classic 5K Run/Walk at 11 a.m., at The Village Animal Clinic, located across the street from the library. Leashed dogs are welcome and encouraged to participate in the run. All proceeds from the marathon will be donated to Guilderhaven, Inc., a not-for-profit that helps the animal community. The book sale buck-a-bag day begins at noon, and at 12:30 p.m. the fun kicks into high gear with local band Lifeline, a classic rock trio. You won’t want to miss this fun family day.

Matinee and lecture

On Sunday, September 7 at 1:30 pm, everyone is welcome to attend this special free screening of 12 Years a Slave, and lecture given by historical expert Dr. Clifford Brown, Professor of Political Science at Union College.  Based on the 19th Century slave narrative by Solomon Northup, and 2014 Academy Award Winner, 12 Years a Slave captured the hearts and minds of audiences from around the world.  After the movie, Dr. Brown will lecture on the life of Solomon Northup, his ties to the local area, and provide details of Northup’s life after he regained his freedom.  There will also be a question and answer session. There will be a break between the movie and lecture at which time refreshments will be served. 

Wednesday evening

Poesy Cafe
Join Dennis Sullivan on Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m., for an interactive presentation on Allen Ginsberg. Program includes a brief lecture and short video followed by a discussion with questions and answers. Register at the library and pick up a copy of Dennis Sullivan’s paper including selected poems by Allen Ginsberg.
 

By Lynn Kohler

It’s a Sense-ational Exploration.We will use our senses just like scientists to explore and understand the world. Come to an afternoon of experiments and activities on Monday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m., at the Voorheesville Public Library that will have you seeing, tasting, hearing, touching and smelling your way to new discoveries! Intended for children in kindergarten through grade three.

Sewing Catnip toys

Teens in grades seven and up can earn two hours of community service while having fun sewing felt toys for shelter and foster cats. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m., drop by the library, no experience necessary. This is a great project for beginners.  Please register.

Kids movie matinee

 Stop by the library on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m., for The Lego Movie matinee, rated PG. Have a parent post a photo of one of your LEGO creations to the Voorheesville Lego League Facebook page to be part of the pre-movie slide show.  Take home a minifig crayon as a souvenir. 

Free family concert

Bring your lawn blanket on Wednesday, Aug. 20, for a 7 p.m. family concert featuring Mark Shepard’s Drum Song Story: Beyond the Borders, sponsored by the friends of the library. Beyond the Borders is a celebration of cultural collaboration with drums, songs and stories. Starting with the haunting sounds of Overtone Singing from Asia and making stops around the world, this musical program celebrates how cultures come together and influence each other. Rain or shine

Matinee and lecture:

12 Years a Slave

On Sunday, Sept. 7, at 1:30 p.m., everyone is welcome to this special free screening and lecture given by historical expert Dr. Clifford Brown, Professor of Political Science at Union College.  After the movie, Dr. Brown will lecture on the life of Solomon Northup, his ties to the local area, and provide details of Northup’s life after he regained his freedom. There will be a break between the movie and lecture at which time refreshments will be served. 

Fall book sale

Friday Sept. 19, beginning at 5 p.m. is sneak preview night for Friends of the Library only. Saturday, Sept. 20, the doors open to the public at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 begins with the Canine Classic 5K Run/Walk at 11 a.m. at The Village Animal Clinic, located across the street from the library. Leashed dogs are welcome and encouraged to participate in the run. All proceeds from the marathon will be donated to Guilderhaven, Inc. The book sale buck-a-bag day begins at noon. At 12:30 p.m., the fun kicks into high gear with local band Lifeline, a classic rock trio. You won’t want to miss this fun family day.

It’s a Sense-ational Exploration.We will use our senses just like scientists to explore and understand the world. Come to an afternoon of experiments and activities on Monday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m., at the Voorheesville Public Library that will have you seeing, tasting, hearing, touching and smelling your way to new discoveries! Intended for children in kindergarten through grade three.

Sewing Catnip toys

Teens in grades seven and up can earn two hours of community service while having fun sewing felt toys for shelter and foster cats. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m., drop by the library, no experience necessary. This is a great project for beginners.  Please register.

Kids movie matinee

 Stop by the library on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m., for The Lego Movie matinee, rated PG. Have a parent post a photo of one of your LEGO creations to the Voorheesville Lego League Facebook page to be part of the pre-movie slide show.  Take home a minifig crayon as a souvenir. 

Free family concert

Bring your lawn blanket on Wednesday, Aug. 20, for a 7 p.m. family concert featuring Mark Shepard’s Drum Song Story: Beyond the Borders, sponsored by the friends of the library. Beyond the Borders is a celebration of cultural collaboration with drums, songs and stories. Starting with the haunting sounds of Overtone Singing from Asia and making stops around the world, this musical program celebrates how cultures come together and influence each other. Rain or shine

Matinee and lecture:

12 Years a Slave

On Sunday, Sept. 7, at 1:30 p.m., everyone is welcome to this special free screening and lecture given by historical expert Dr. Clifford Brown, Professor of Political Science at Union College.  After the movie, Dr. Brown will lecture on the life of Solomon Northup, his ties to the local area, and provide details of Northup’s life after he regained his freedom. There will be a break between the movie and lecture at which time refreshments will be served. 

Fall book sale

Friday Sept. 19, beginning at 5 p.m. is sneak preview night for Friends of the Library only. Saturday, Sept. 20, the doors open to the public at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 begins with the Canine Classic 5K Run/Walk at 11 a.m. at The Village Animal Clinic, located across the street from the library. Leashed dogs are welcome and encouraged to participate in the run. All proceeds from the marathon will be donated to Guilderhaven, Inc. The book sale buck-a-bag day begins at noon. At 12:30 p.m., the fun kicks into high gear with local band Lifeline, a classic rock trio. You won’t want to miss this fun family day.

On Monday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m., students in kindergarten through grade three can join us at the Voorheesville Public Library for fun activities about Scaredy Squirrel, Pete the Cat, Naked Mole Rat, and more of our favorite animal characters. 

Light-trick photography

Teens in grades six and up are invited to join us on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. We will learn how to paint with light, and take a photo of your artwork with your cell phone or our iPad. We’ll gather all of the photos to make a gallery show. Please register.

Owl ecology

At 2 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 13 kids in grades four to six are invited to learn about the common owls of our area and how you can find them on a nighttime owl prowl. Be an ornithologist as you participate in a hands-on investigation of owl pellets. Space is limited, please register.

It’s a sense-ational

exploration

We will use our senses just like scientists to explore and understand the world. Come to an afternoon of experiments and activities on Monday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. that will have you seeing, tasting, hearing, touching, and smelling your way to new discoveries. Intended for children in kindergarten through third grade.

Summertots

Children up to 36 months old and their caregiver are invited to join Miss Amy on Thursdays, Aug. 14 and 21 for an early literacy program that emphasizes sharing books, flannel board stories, music, rhymes, and playtime together. After the short program, the children will have the opportunity to play with the age-appropriate toys and learning activities either indoors or outdoors. Water play activities will take place outside, so don’t forget to wear your sunscreen and bring a towel and an extra change of clothes.

Save the dates

Friday Sept. 19, beginning at 5 p.m., is sneak preview night for Friends of the Library only. It’s not too late to join the friends now, or at the door. Saturday, Sept. 20, the doors open to the public at 10 a.m. The friends will also be hosting a baked goods sale, so be sure to save some room for a cookie or two. Sunday, Sept. 21, begins with the Village Animal Clinic Canine Classic 5K Run/Walk at 11 a.m. Call the animal clinic for more information. All proceeds from the marathon will be donated to Guilderhaven, Inc., a not-for-profit group that helps the animal community. At noon, the buck-a-bag day opens at the library. Fill your plastic grocery bag with books for only $1. At 12:30 p.m., the fun kicks into high gear with local band Lifeline, a high energy trio of acoustic and electric guitars playing a variety of classic rock and blues with male and female vocals. You won’t want to miss this fun family day and help support Guilderhaven.

Artist of the month

The library is pleased to welcome back local artist Susie Flansburg. Please be sure to stop by, stroll through the gallery and enjoy Susie’s oil paintings. 

The library is now accepting donations. You can drop off your used books, dvd’s and audiobooks at the library during regular business hours.

Summertots

Today at 10:15 am, children ages newborn to 36 months and their caregiver can join Miss Amy for an early literacy program. After the short program, the children will have the opportunity to play with the age-appropriate toys and learning activities either indoors or outdoors. Water play activities will take place outside, so don’t forget to wear your sunscreen and bring a towel and an extra change of clothes.

We Dig Dinosaurs

Learn what it’s like to dig for dinosaurs.  At 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 28, children in kindergarten through grade three will discover how hard it is to rebuild a creature from just the bones.  Please register and pick up a free copy of Boy Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs.

39 Clues Party

Fans of the 39 Clues books and aspiring secret agents in grades four through seven are invited to a party on Wednesday, July 30 at 2 p.m. to celebrate the series.  We’ll divide into family branches to face the trivia challenge, crack codes, track Cahill clan members, and test your powers of observation with games and activities.  Please register.

Giraffes Can’t Dance” Music & Yoga Program

On Thursday, July 31 at 10:15 a.m, join Lisa Russo, an early childhood music educator from Tykesadelic Music, and Ellen Dragonette, yoga instructor, for a music and creative movement program that is sure to get children up and dancing! Come to the Jungle Hop with Gerald the Giraffe and see what his jungle friends are up to. Explore each animal’s yoga pose, the dance they are doing and its music and use instruments that are just right for each dance.  Based on the book by Giles Andreae this active yoga/music & movement class promises to be great fun! For ages three through eight. Please register.

Food Fun with Honest Weight Food Co-op

On Monday, August 4,  we have two great youth programs that promise to be very appetizing! Both programs have attendance limits, so register early!

Fruit & Veggie

Sculptures

At 2 p.m., children in kindergarten through grade four can create their own healthy snack and have fun too!  We’ll read books by Saxton Freymann for inspiration, then use fresh fruits and vegetables to create our own edible sculptures. 

Snack Attack with the Honest Weight Food

Co-op

Students in grades five and up will learn how to eat healthy, even when snacking.  The Honest Weight Food Co-op teachers will set up stations where you can make smoothies, veggie and cheese kabobs, fruit dip, trail mix and healthy soda.  Take home the recipes so you can cook up more when you feel a snack attack coming.

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