Join us at the Voorheesville Public Library for a Minecrafternoon on Friday, Jan. 15, which is a half-day of school. Why not spend the afternoon building a new Minecraft world?

The program runs from 1 through 4 p.m., for grades 6 and up. Online registration is requested. 

STEAM  story time

On Saturday, Jan. 16, following a 10:15 a.m. story time, parents and children will explore and play at different stations using hands on science, technology, engineering, art and math, building not only their reading skills but their STEAM skills, too. Stations will include snow making, melting ice, and marshmallow snowmen.

Collections or displays

Do you have a collection that you would be willing to display at the library? If so, we would love to talk to you. Give us a call at 765-2791 or drop in anytime. We are always looking for new and interesting displays.

Food pantry donations

The library is a convenient drop spot for the New Scotland food pantry, which helps provide food, paper products, and basic personal care items to those in need within the town of New Scotland, including the Voorheesville school district. This month the library will be giving away a new Snoopy library card for every two cans of food dropped in the pantry baskets, located next to the computer stations.  

Teen read-in

You asked for it. On Friday, Jan. 29, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., we have a whole night set aside to do nothing but read.  Bring your bean-bags, camp chairs, or sleeping bags to make yourself at home in the library. Catch up on your favorite series or tackle something new. Dinner and snacks will be provided. The Library will be closed except for participants. This program is for grades 6 and up, please register.  

Thursday afternoon movies

Bored? Tired of the same old, same old? Why not stop by the library on Thursday afternoon and watch a classic movie on the big screen? They really don’t make movies like these anymore. We always serve light refreshments and friendly conversation, with a dash of trivia thrown in. To see what movies are playing this month, either check online at voorheesvillelibrary.com or stop by and pick up a brochure. All movies start at 1:30 p.m.

 

Holiday hours

In observance of Martin Luther King Day, the library will close at 5 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 18. The library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19.

Bookworm mailing list

It has been more than a year since the library transitioned from paper to an electronic newsletter. I thought this might be a good time to send out a reminder that you can still sign up for the newsletter. Go to www.voorheesvillelibrary.org/bookworm.asp, where you can choose to read the current newsletter online, receive it by e-mail, or have the newsletter mailed to your home every month.

If you still have an overdue Voorheesville Public Library item, you only have a few more days to save some cash. There will be amnesty through Jan. 10, for all returned Voorheesville items, no matter how late they are. Unfortunately, fine amnesty days does not apply to items borrowed from other libraries using inter-library or catalogue requests.

Fleece hats

On Saturday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m., students in grades six and up are invited to learn how to make a simple fleece hat and get two hours of community service credit.  

Beginning beaded jewelry

Adults and teens ages 14 and up can learn easy beading techniques on Thursday, Jan. 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m. You choose the project: necklaces, bracelets, or 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.

Teen book club

The teen book club is a program sponsored by the library, and is held after school in the Voorheesville high school in the library. On Thursday, Jan. 14, at 2:30 to 3:25 p.m., we’ll be sharing what we’ve been reading on our own, and picking up copies of Carl Hiaasen’s “Skink — No Surrender” to read for the February meeting. New members are always welcome and snacks will be served.  This program is for kids in grades six and up, please register at the school library, or online. 

Minecrafternoon

Friday, January 15 is a half-day of school. Why not spend it building a new Minecraft world? Program runs from 1 p.m. through 4 p.m. for grades six and up. Online registration is requested. 

Story time

On Saturday, Jan. 16, following a 10:15 a.m. story time, parents and children pre-school to age 5 will explore and play at different stations using hands on science, technology, engineering, art and math, building not only their reading skills but their STEAM skills too. Stations will include snow making, melting ice, and marshmallow snowmen.

 

Food pantry donations

The library is a convenient drop spot for the New Scotland food pantry, which helps provide boxed and canned food, paper products, and basic personal care items to those in need within the town of New Scotland. For the month of January, the library will be giving away a new Snoopy library card for every two cans of food dropped in the pantry baskets, located next to the computer stations.  

Program cancellation policy

If the Voorheesville schools are closed or delayed by two hours due to weather, all library morning programs will be cancelled. Call to check on afternoon or evening programs.

Collections or displays

Do you have a collection that you would be willing to display at the library? If so, we would love to talk to you. Give us a call at 765-2791 or drop in anytime. We are always looking for new and interesting displays.

Join us at the Voorheesville Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m., and be a part of the global movement to learn computer coding, one hour at a time. Tutorials are available to guide students ages four to 14. Space is limited, and registration is requested. Register online or call the library at 765-2791.

Drop in craft

Come in from the cold and enjoy a morning of seasonal crafting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Past projects have included gingerbread houses, ornaments, paper plate snowmen, and other fun holiday and winter themed crafts to keep as treasured holiday decorations or to give as gifts. This program is for children age 3 to 7. The younger children under age 7 will need to be supervised by a parent or caregiver. Light refreshments will be served.

Story telling

The Friends of the Library will sponsor a dinner and reading of stories from the Writing Personal History for Family, Friends, and Posterity class, and on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The dinner begins at 6 p.m., with stories immediately following. Attendance is free, but space is very limited. Please register online or call the library to sign up. 

Thursday afternoon movies

Every Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., the library showcases a classic movie. You are invited to join us as we discuss movie trivia, munch on some snacks, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a wonderful group. For a listing of scheduled flicks, please check out the library calendar at www.voorheesvillelibrary.org. 

December artists

Local artist Diane Wozniak will be showing her artwork in the library hall gallery during the month of December. If you are still looking for that perfect, unique gift for someone special on your list, this could be just what you’ve been waiting for. 

Ivan Lawson has filled the display case with his handmade miniatures, and they will be here until the end of December. If you have not yet stopped by to see this amazing display, please do so, before it is gone. 

 

Program cancellation policy

If the Voorheesville schools are closed or delayed by two hours due to weather, all library morning programs will be cancelled. Call to check on other afternoon or evening programs.

 

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.

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