Aspiring writers in grades four and up are welcome to attend an evening with author Leslie Connor, on Friday, March 20, at 4:15 p.m., at the Voorheesville Public Library.

Connor will lead young writing enthusiasts through a fun and creativity-based one-hour session. The author’s workshops are all about nurturing the writer within. She will run a few mind-loosening exercises, often using props to kick the imagination into gear.

The process will not focus on producing finished works, but rather the participants will look for spark and note how a story, poem, or lyric can grow from one small idea. Please register.

This author event is funded through a special legislative project from the New York State Education Department.

Tween/teen

creativity lab

Kids in grades four and up are invited to join Mrs. Sternklar on Sunday, March 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. You will learn about ecosystems as you create your own tiny landscape inside a container. All supplies will be provided for you to make a terrarium to take home. Please register. 

LEGOs

Come in on this half-day of school to make, tinker, build, and explore at the library. Parents and caregivers will join their kindergartener through second grade student on March 25 in this creative journey meant to foster creativity and encourage storytelling. This program will begin at 2 p.m. Please register. 

The Right College

at the Right Price

Stop by on March 31, at 6:30 p.m., to hear Dr. Dean Skarlis of The College Advisor of New York. Dr. Skarlis holds a doctorate in educational policy and administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He attended the Harvard University Institute on College Admissions and he has worked as a college administrator and an American College Testing consultant. Dr. Skarlis will outline the steps needed to find the right college for you. Some of the topics he will cover are: The top five factors colleges look for in applicants; strategies to reduce college costs; understanding why “fit” is critical; SAT and ACT strategies; how to make the most of your college visits and how to write the essay. The information and handouts you will take home from this presentation will help you begin your college search. There will be time for questions.

Centennial poets

In honor of the VPL’s first hundred years of life, a new poetry group is forming at the library.  We will discuss individual poems authored by either the member or someone in whom the member has interest. Members may bring poems, brief articles, memoirs, or quotes concerning poetry.  Members may come empty-handed, but with a head full of perspectives and ideas. The group will be as informal as possible, as long as the subject for discussion is connected to poetry.  Meeting times are the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Anything is possible, as Yentl and Avigdor said. For more information, call Larry at 765-2247.

Aspiring writers in grades four and up are welcome to attend an evening with author Leslie Connor, on Friday, March 20, at 4:15 p.m., at the Voorheesville Public Library.

Connor will lead young writing enthusiasts through a fun and creativity-based one-hour session. The author’s workshops are all about nurturing the writer within. She will run a few mind-loosening exercises, often using props to kick the imagination into gear.

The process will not focus on producing finished works, but rather the participants will look for spark and note how a story, poem, or lyric can grow from one small idea. Please register.

This author event is funded through a special legislative project from the New York State Education Department.

Tween/teen

creativity lab

Kids in grades four and up are invited to join Mrs. Sternklar on Sunday, March 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. You will learn about ecosystems as you create your own tiny landscape inside a container. All supplies will be provided for you to make a terrarium to take home. Please register. 

LEGOs

Come in on this half-day of school to make, tinker, build, and explore at the library. Parents and caregivers will join their kindergartener through second grade student on March 25 in this creative journey meant to foster creativity and encourage storytelling. This program will begin at 2 p.m. Please register. 

The Right College

at the Right Price

Stop by on March 31, at 6:30 p.m., to hear Dr. Dean Skarlis of The College Advisor of New York. Dr. Skarlis holds a doctorate in educational policy and administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He attended the Harvard University Institute on College Admissions and he has worked as a college administrator and an American College Testing consultant. Dr. Skarlis will outline the steps needed to find the right college for you. Some of the topics he will cover are: The top five factors colleges look for in applicants; strategies to reduce college costs; understanding why “fit” is critical; SAT and ACT strategies; how to make the most of your college visits and how to write the essay. The information and handouts you will take home from this presentation will help you begin your college search. There will be time for questions.

Centennial poets

In honor of the VPL’s first hundred years of life, a new poetry group is forming at the library.  We will discuss individual poems authored by either the member or someone in whom the member has interest. Members may bring poems, brief articles, memoirs, or quotes concerning poetry.  Members may come empty-handed, but with a head full of perspectives and ideas. The group will be as informal as possible, as long as the subject for discussion is connected to poetry.  Meeting times are the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Anything is possible, as Yentl and Avigdor said. For more information, call Larry at 765-2247.

 

Students can be part of the Albany Chapter of ConKerr Cancer’s pillowcase project. ConKerr provides emotional support to area cancer patients by providing them with fun pillowcases while they are receiving treatment. On Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Voorheesville Public Library teens in grades six and up are needed to pin material, run the sewing machines, and iron pillowcases. All materials will be provided. You will earn three hours of community service during this pillowcase party. Please register. 

Special Circle Time

Come join Miss Amy for a whole month of Circle Time. Every Tuesday in March from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., we will be exploring a variety of preschool concepts such as letter and number recognition, positional words, and counting skills through art, literature, music, and playtime. This will be a great hands-on learning experience whether your child is already attending a preschool program or if you are just curious to see if they might be ready to attend one. For children ages three to five with caregiver. Registration is requested.

Beginning beaded jewelry

On Wednesday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m., you can learn easy beading techniques for making necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Choose from our varied bead options to make something that suits your style. Once you’ve tried this creative activity, you’ll be hooked. This program is for ages 14 and up, please register, and there will be a small materials fee.

Author visit

Aspiring writers in grades four and up are welcome to attend An Evening with Author, Leslie Connor. On Friday, March 20 at 4:15 p.m., Connor will lead young writing enthusiasts through a fun and creativity-based one-hour session.

The author’s workshops are all about nurturing the writer within. She will run a few mind-loosening exercises, often using props to kick the imagination into gear. The process will not focus on producing finished works, but rather the participants will look for spark and note how a story, poem, or lyric can grow from one small idea. Please register. This author event is funded through a special legislative project from the New York State Education Department

Managing debt

Have you been looking for a way to manage your debt? Do you use a credit card that charges a monthly fee? Are you juggling high credit card bills? Join us on Sunday, March 8, from 3 to 4 p.m. for this workshop that will help you learn how to select and use credit wisely. You will also learn strategies for paying down and prioritizing existing debt. Maria DeLucia-Evans from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County will be leading this workshop, and will supply informational materials for you to take home. Space is limited so please register early. 

Students can be part of the Albany Chapter of ConKerr Cancer’s pillowcase project. ConKerr provides emotional support to area cancer patients by providing them with fun pillowcases while they are receiving treatment.

On Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Voorheesville Public Library teens in grades six and up are needed to pin material, run the sewing machines, and iron pillowcases. All materials will be provided. You will earn three hours of community service during this pillowcase party. Please register for this program. 

Author visit

Aspiring writers in grades four and up are welcome to attend An Evening with Author, Leslie Connor. On Friday, March 20 at 4:15 p.m., Connor will lead young writing enthusiasts through a fun and creativity-based one-hour session.

The author’s workshops are all about nurturing the writer within. She will run a few mind-loosening exercises, often using props to kick the imagination into gear. The process will not focus on producing finished works, but rather the participants will look for spark and note how a story, poem, or lyric can grow from one small idea. Please register. This author event is funded through a special legislative project from the New York State Education Department

Managing debt

Have you been looking for a way to manage your debt? Do you use a credit card that charges a monthly fee? Are you juggling high credit card bills? Join us on Sunday, March 8, from 3 to 4 p.m. for this workshop that will help you learn how to select and use credit wisely. You will also learn strategies for paying down and prioritizing existing debt. Maria DeLucia-Evans from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County will be leading this workshop, and will supply informational materials for you to take home. Space is limited so please register early. 

Creating terrariums

On Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m., tweens and teens in grades four and up are invited to learn about ecosystems as you create your own tiny landscape inside a container. All supplies will be provided for you to make a terrarium to take home. Please register. 

Special Circle Time

Come join Miss Amy for a whole month of Circle Time. Every Tuesday in March from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., we will be exploring a variety of preschool concepts such as letter and number recognition, positional words, and counting skills through art, literature, music, and playtime. This will be great hands-on learning experience whether your child is already attending a preschool program or if you are just curious to see if they might be ready to attend one. This program is for children ages three to five with a caregiver. Registration requested.

Beginning beaded jewelry

On Wednesday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m., you can learn easy beading techniques for making necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Choose from our varied bead options to make something that suits your style. Once you’ve tried this creative activity, you’ll be hooked. This program is for ages 14 and up, please register, and there will be a small materials fee.

The Friday Read-A-Thon is back by popular demand; the Voorheesville Public Library has set aside the community room for the entire day on Feb. 20. Bring your sleeping bags and soccer chairs and settle in with us.

We’ll take activity breaks throughout the day for crafts and games too. Drop in for any part of the day, watch the “pages read” total grow, you may even win a prize. Pizza will be served for lunch, and snacks will energize our afternoon hours. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

Nimblefingers

Our artists this month are the Nimblefingers crafting group. Every February, the ladies in Nimblefingers treat us to a small sampling of their crafting genius. Please be sure to stop by the library and stroll through the gallery and community room.

 If you are interested in joining a craft group, check out our events calendar. There are several groups that meet at the library and they are all friendly and helpful and welcome new members with open arms.

Managing debt

Have you been looking for a way to manage your debt? Do you use a credit card that charges a monthly fee? Are you juggling high credit card bills? Join us on Sunday, March 8, from 3 to 4 p.m. for this workshop that will help you learn how to select and use credit wisely. You will also learn strategies for paying down and prioritizing existing debt. Maria DeLucia-Evans from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County will be leading this workshop, and will supply informational materials for you to take home. Space is limited so please register early. 

Author visit

Aspiring writers in grades four and up are welcome to attend An Evening with Author, Leslie Connor. On Friday, March 20 at 4:15 p.m., Connor will lead young writing enthusiasts through a fun and creativity-based one-hour session.

The author’s workshops are all about nurturing the writer within. She will run a few mind-loosening exercises, often using props to kick the imagination into gear. The process will not focus on producing finished works, but rather the participants will look for spark and note how a story, poem, or lyric can grow from one small idea. Please register. This author event is funded through a special legislative project from the New York State Education Department.

Creating terrariums

On Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m., tweens and teens in grades four and up are invited to learn about ecosystems as you create your own tiny landscape inside a container. All supplies will be provided for you to make a terrarium to take home. Please register. 

Meetings

The next regular meeting of the library’s board of trustees is March 16 at 7 p.m., and the next meeting for the Friends of the Library is March 27, at 10 a.m. Both meetings are held in the community room and are open to the public.

Next week is mid-winter school vacation here in Voorheesville and the Voorheesville Public Library is brimming with fun programs for the soon-to-be-bored students in your family.  Here are just a few…

Sailor’s Valentine Crafternoon

What is a Sailor’s Valentine? They’re not paper, and they’re not chocolate. Sailor’s Valentines were elaborate gifts decorated with seashells.

We have shells, glue, and wooden boxes for you to decorate, so stop by and craft with us on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m.  This program is open to adults, teens, and families; please register. 

Tween Lego Club

The Tween Lego club will meet on Monday, Feb. 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Join us to try your hand at the challenge of the month or dream up your own creation. This program is for kids in grades three to six; please register.

Movie matinee

On Monday, February 16 at 1 p.m., we’ll watch an animated PG film, which follows the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans 3 worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

The movie is 96 minutes long and is suitable for children ages seven and up. Refreshments will be served.

Tween sewing workshop

This two-part workshop will allow tweens to design a fleecy friend, mean monster or cuddly cutie. There will be some simple hand sewing, with library sewing machines available as well. Day one is Tuesday, Feb. 17, and day two is Wednesday, Feb. 18. Both days will begin at 3 p.m.  This program is for children in grades four and up. Please register and plan to attend both sessions.  

Judo demonstration

Local Olympic hopeful Nick Kossor will stop by the library on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 10:30 a.m., to discuss what it takes to become an Olympic athlete. An exciting and energetic Judo demonstration will be a large part of the program. This program is for kids in second grade and up.

Family engagement program

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., Barbara Lukas from WMHT will present a family engagement program based on the book The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson. Families will read the book collectively and share exciting and educational book-based activities. This program is for children pre-kindergarten through grade 2 and their families. Please register.

Friday Read-A-Thon

Back by popular demand, the library has set aside the community room for the entire day on Feb. 20. Bring your sleeping bags and soccer chairs and settle in with us. We’ll take activity breaks throughout the day for crafts and games, too.

Drop in for any part of the day, watch the pages read total grow, you may even win a prize.  Pizza will be served for lunch, and snacks will energize our afternoon hours. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

Holiday hours

The library will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16, in observance of Presidents Day.

Artists of the month

Our artists this month are the Nimblefingers crafting group. Every February, the ladies in Nimblefingers treat us to a small sampling of their crafting genius. Please be sure to stop by the library to enjoy this wonderful display from your friends and neighbors.

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