The Voorheesville Public Library is starting a GMO-free seed library — no genetically modified organisms.

As part of the kickoff for the seed program, the library will host a presentation and discussion about how to properly save seeds on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. Voorheesville Seed Savers and members of Cornell Cooperative Extension Service’s Master Gardener program will discuss how to save seeds and answer any questions the public may have.

Residents will be able to go to a seed catalog in the library and borrow seeds without charge. In exchange, the library will ask borrowing patrons to save some seeds from their harvest and donate them back to the library.

To help kick-start the collection, everyone attending is encouraged to bring vegetable or flower seeds with them for donation. Light refreshments will be served. 

Beginning beaded jewelry

Adults and teens ages 14 and up are invited on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. to learn easy beading techniques for making simple necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Try adding some wire-looped links or dangles to your project. Check out our beading books and magazines for inspiration. Please register online, and there will be a small materials fee.

Author visit

Come meet Forrest Pritchard on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. as he embarks on a speaking tour to promote his new book “Growing Tomorrow”. Pritchard is a professional farmer and New York Times bestselling author. His farm, Smith Meadows, was one of the first "grass-finished" farms in the country, and Pritchard has sold at leading farmers' markets in Washington D.C. for 15 years.

His first book, “Gaining Ground,” became a New York Times bestseller and was named a top read by The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and NPR's “The Splendid Table.” His new book, “Growing Tomorrow,” debuts in October. Books will be available for purchase and the author will sign copies. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Makerspace and digital lab

Teens and adults, drop in on Nov.12 at 4 p.m. to tinker with some cool tools. We’ll have laptops, sewing machines, the Cube 3-D printer, 3-D scanner, and a flatbed scanner to digitize documents and photographs. We’ll have some instructions to guide you as you explore something new and staff will be available to help.

NYC bus trip

On Saturday, Dec. 5, you can enjoy a day at one of New York’s most exciting holiday destinations and support the library at the same time. The cost of the bus is $40 for Friends’ members and $45 for non-members. Paid reservations are accepted at the circulation desk.  Payment in advance is required; no seat is reserved until payment has been received.  For more details visit the library web site.

Holiday closing

The library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

“This beautiful hooked-rug wall hanging, by Barbara Meilinger, is just one of the many colorful creations on display at the library this month," says Lynn Kohler, administrative assistant at the Voorheesville Public Library.

Barbara Lukas from WMHT will present a wonderful family engagement program based on the book “Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson at the Voorheesville Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10:15 a.m. Families will read the book collectively and share exciting and educational book-based activities. Intended for children ages pre-kindergarten through grade 2 and their families. Registration is requested.

WWI movie matinee

Join us on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. to view “The Water Diviner,” rated R. Director/actor Russell Crowe plays Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli.

This movie is part of "The Great War Remembrance Series" of educational programs. 

Halloween story time and costume parade

Bring the whole family and join Miss Amy in the fun for the whole family on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10:15 a.m. A not-so-scary story time will be followed by trick or treating in our library and a Halloween party full of mummy-licious treats! Please feel free to come in costume. Registration is requested. 

Creativity Lab: Skull T-shirts

Bring in a dark-colored T-shirt, and iron on a skull to celebrate Halloween or the Day of the Dead. Make your skull look tough, or more like a fancy Mexican sugar skull by adding stencils.  The lab will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25 and is intended for kids in grades 4 and up. Registration is requested.

Money Matters

Voorheesville Key Bank manager, Guy Prisciandaro, will be offering a free financial seminar about preparing for your needs today and in the future. Some of the topics addressed will include saving for emergencies, preparing to retire, and passing assets on to the next generation. You won’t want to miss out on this worthwhile free money seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Registration is requested.

October displays

Barbara Meilinger and Julie Stump are showing their beautiful wall hangings for the month of October. La Mini Scala are sharing their miniature scenes, which are incredible to-scale creations. Please be sure to stop by and enjoy all of this talent and creativity. 

NYC bus trip

On Saturday, Dec. 5, you can enjoy a day at one of New York’s most exciting holiday destinations and support the library at the same time. The cost of the bus is $40 for Friends members; $45 for non-members. Paid reservations are accepted at the circulation desk. Payment in advance is required; no seat is reserved until payment has been received. For more details visit the library web site. Buses will leave Voorheesville at 7 a.m. and return at 11 p.m.

The annual Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale will be Sept. 18 through 20.  The sale on Friday Sept. 18 beginning at 5 p.m., is for members only. Annual memberships are available at the door for $10.

Saturday, Sept. 19, the book sale doors open to the public at 10 a.m. There will be a bake sale table, and Voorheesville schools spiritwear will be available for purchase.

Nimblefingers crafting group will have a table offering handmade items for sale, as well as a quilt drawing. And don’t forget the kids clothing swap in the community room from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday is fill-a-bag day, so bring your grocery bag and fill it with books for only $2.

Sonny and Perley Concert

On Sunday, Sept. 19 at 12:30 p.m., you can enjoy the music of husband and wife duo Sonny Daye and Perley Rousseau. They have spent the last several years developing and perfecting their unique blend of Jazz, Bossa Nova, American Songbook Standards, and International Cabaret, which has become their musical signature.

They perform the timeless standards of the “Great American Songbook” such as Berlin, Gershwin, and Porter as well as the irresistible Bossa Nova melodies of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Listen to the music while shopping at the book sale. If it rains, the concert will be held inside.

Social Security retirement workshop

On Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., the library will be hosting a free public information workshop designed to help participants ages 45 to 70 to better understand their Social Security retirement benefits and what they may be entitled to.

Popular questions such as "When can I stop working?" "How much can I expect from the government?", and "What's the best claiming strategy to maximize my benefits?" will be discussed. This program will be presented by volunteers from Retirement Solutions.

Registration is required and can be done online at www.voorheesvillelibrary.org.

WWI movie

Join us at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4 for the WWI movie “Paths of Glory.” Safe in their picturesque chateau behind the front lines, the French general staff passes down a direct order to Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas): take the Ant Hill at any cost.

A suicide mission, the attack is doomed to failure. Covering up their fatal blunder, the generals order the arrest of three innocent soldiers, charging them with cowardice and mutiny. Dax, a lawyer in civilian life, rises to the men's defense but soon realizes that, unless he can prove that the generals were to blame, nothing less than a miracle will save his clients from the firing squad.

Light refreshments will be served. This movie is part of "The Great War Remembrance Series" of educational programs.

Join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept.17 as Dr. Clifford Brown and Professor Stephen Berk from Union College present an informative talk on the causes that led up to WWI. There will be an opportunity for questions and follow-up discussion after the lecture.

This lecture is part of "The Great War Remembrance Series" of educational programs. Watch for further World War I programs coming in the near future or check out our website at www.voorheesvillelibrary.org.

Hours change

Instead of alternating Babygarten and Toddler Town every other week, the youth services librarians are switching things up a bit. Both programs will be held every Thursday morning. Here’s the new schedule beginning today, Sept. 10.

Babygarten will be from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. for babies, newborn to 18 months, with a caregiver. Immediately following Babygarten, Toddler Town will be from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for ages 18-36 months, with a caregiver.

Fall book sale

The annual Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale will be held on Sept. 18 to 20. Friday Sept. 18 beginning at 5 p.m., is for FOL members only. Sept. 19, the book sale doors open to the public at 10 a.m. Sunday is fill-a-bag day, so bring your grocery bag and fill it with books for only $2.

There’ll be an FOL bake sale, VCSD spiritwear will be available for purchase, and the Garden Club will be available to answer gardening questions. Nimblefingers crafting group will have a table offering handmade items for sale, as well as a quilt drawing. 

Kids clothing swap

On Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is your chance to exchange your child's outgrown clothes for something he or she can wear. This is a great opportunity to de-clutter, upgrade and be green.

Bring your clean, gently used children's clothes, sizes newborn to size 16, and shoes to the library for our first ever community kids clothing swap 

Sonny and Perley Concert

On Sunday, Sept. 19 at 12:30 p.m., you can enjoy the music of husband and wife duo Sonny Daye and Perley Rousseau. They have spent the last several years developing and perfecting their unique blend of Jazz, Bossa Nova, American Songbook Standards, and International Cabaret, which has become their musical signature.

They perform the timeless standards of the “Great American Songbook” such as Berlin, Gershwin, and Porter as well as the irresistible Bossa Nova melodies of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Listen to the music while shopping at the book sale. If it rains, the concert will be held inside.

The annual Friends of the Library fall book sale will be held on Sept. 18 through 20. Friday Sept. 18 beginning at 4 p.m. is sneak preview night for Friends of the Library only. Memberships are available for as little as $10 at the door.

Saturday, Sept. 19, the book sale doors open to the public at 10 a.m. A kids clothing swap will be held in the community room and a bake sale will be in one of the tents, while supplies last. VCSD spiritwear will be available for purchase.

Nimblefingers crafting group will have a table offering handmade items for sale, as well as a quilt drawing. The library is still accepting book sale donations. Please use the blue book-drop, next to The Book Nook shed, to donate your gently used books, DVDs and audiobooks.

Kids clothing swap

On Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is your chance to exchange your child's outgrown clothes for something he or she can wear. This is a great opportunity to de-clutter, upgrade and be green.

Bring your clean, gently used children's clothes, sizes newborn to size 16, and shoes to the library for our first ever community kids clothing swap. If you would just like to make a donation, we will be accepting items Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 16 and 17, during regular library hours.

Sonny and Perley Concert

On Sunday, Sept. 19 at 12:30 p.m., you can enjoy the music of husband and wife duo Sonny Daye and Perley Rousseau. They have spent the last several years developing and perfecting their unique blend of Jazz, Bossa Nova, American Songbook Standards, and International Cabaret, which has become their musical signature.

They perform the timeless standards of the “Great American Songbook” such as Berlin, Gershwin, and Porter as well as the irresistible Bossa Nova melodies of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Listen to the music while shopping at the book sale. If it rains, the concert will be held inside.

 

Holiday hours

In honor of Labor Day, the library will close at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, and will reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. If you would like to renew an item, you may use our online catalog at www.voorheesvillelibrary.org.

Hours change

Instead of alternating Babygarten and Toddler Town every other week, the youth services librarians are switching things up a bit. Both programs will be held every Thursday morning. Here’s the new schedule beginning Sept. 10.

Babygarten will be from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. for babies, newborn to 18 months, with a caregiver. Immediately following Babygarten, Toddler Town will be from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for ages 18-36 months, with a caregiver.

Corrected Sept. 11, 2015: The garden club will not be available to answer questions during the Sept. 19 book sale.

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