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.

The drawing for the donated HD 7-inch Kindle Tablet was held at the ice cream social on June 26 at the library. The winner was announced by visiting New York State Assemblywoman Patricia A. Fahy.  And the winner was Bruce Mance. Thank you all for participating and for attending the social. A special thanks to Stewarts’ Ice Cream Shops for their generous and delicious contribution that makes this community event possible.

Summertots

On Thursdays, July 17 and 24, at 10:15 a.m., children ages newborn to 36 months and their caregiver are invited to 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.

Experiment program

How do Elephants Brush their Teeth? Find out on July 17 as we learn about the basic science principles of cause and effect and exothermic chemical reactions in a fun and educational hands-on experiment program.  This program is for ages seven to 12 and their parents or caregivers. Please register.  Parent or caregiver must assist child.

Musical story time

On Saturday, July 19, at 10:15 a.m., this very special musical story time returns for toddlers through kindergarteners with an adult, featuring music and movement, stories, rhymes, and fun activities. Although she has officially retired, Mrs. Laiosa has promised to offer the occasional special program at the library.

Music and movement

Dance instructor Beth Jacobs will lead children in kindergarten through grade three on a creative exploration of South American rainforests with a dynamic program that incorporates music, movement, and books. Please register early and join us on July 21 at 2 p.m., for this unique and fun program.

Get ready for kindergarten

Starting kindergarten is a special time for parents and children.  Join us on Tuesday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m., for a fun-filled and educational evening where soon-to-be-kindergarteners will hone their kindergarten skills at activity and learning centers. Let's celebrate this important and exciting milestone. This program is for children entering kindergarten and their parents or caregiver; please register.

LEGO Club

On Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m., tweens in grades four through seven are invited to join our new LEGO Club.  Enjoy some free-building time with other LEGO-maniacs. What kind of robot will you build from our LEGOs? Feel free to bring a model from home to show off. Library LEGOs to share and club-member creations will be kept separate. You can also take a turn on the Wii playing LEGO videogames. Please register.

Donations

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

Artist of the month

Please be sure to stop by to enjoy the photography of Bob Riccardo and Carol Donato, featuring the Fonda Speedway. These photos practically jump off the walls with action. If you enjoy Fonda, you don’t want to miss this show.

Performing their own mix of covers and original country-blues, The Red Haired Strangers have been jamming together for over 20 years. Beginning as a guitar and harmonica duo, the sound of the Red Haired Strangers has been enriched with the addition of fiddle, drums, bass, dobro, and pedal steel guitar. At 7 p.m., on July 9, stop by the Voorheesville Public Library for a relaxing evening. Bring a blanket, your picnic baskets, and enjoy our concert on the lawn. The Friends will provide drinks, fruit, and cookies to share.  

Chickens around

the world

On Monday, July 7, at 2 p.m., children in kindergarten through grade four are invited to come meet some truly unique chickens. Smoke Ridge Farm from Rochester, N.Y. will be paying a special visit to the library, bringing with them chickens from around the world. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind program.

Creativity lab

At 2 p.m., on July 9, tweens grades four through six, are invited to explore chemistry and physics through art. Paint-bomb a banner for the library. Mold a clay creation, then use circuits to light it up, or make it move.  Discover patterns made by different sound waves, and make a lava lamp to keep.  Please register.

Take flight

At 2 p.m., on July 14, children in kindergarten through grade three will be using feathers, paper, balloons, and bubbles to learn about flight. Educator Anita Sanchez will assist children to create their own science experiment to explore the property of things that fly

Mother-daughter

book discussion

Meet local author Rose Kent on July 16, at 6:30 p.m. Join the fun as Kent leads us in a lively discussion of her middle grade novel Rocky Road, a moving story of family, community, and ice cream, which is set in Schenectady. This program is for grades four through seven and their mothers. Please register and pick up a copy of the book. Please bring a potluck dish to share.

How do elephants

brush their teeth?

Find out on July 17 as we learn about the basic science principles of cause and effect and exothermic chemical reactions in a fun and educational hands-on experiment program. This program is for children ages seven through 12 and their parents or caregivers; please register.  Parent or caregiver must assist child.

Donations

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

Gallery artist

Bob Riccardo and Carol Donato, our July artists of the month, are now showing their Fonda photographs in the library gallery. Stop by to enjoy the excitement of Fonda Speedway, without the dirt.

Our display case is filled with summer reading program prize packages. Which one is your favorite?

“Fizz, Boom, Read” is our theme for 2014’s summer reading program at the Voorheesville Public Library. Our programs are free and open to all. Young people who join the summer library program keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed. Check our library web site at http://www.voorheesvillelibrary.org/summerreadingfor up-to-date information about our programs, reading lists, and the many ways to discover the treasures of your library.

Sign up now for these summer programs.

Library programs

Here are just a few of the upcoming library programs. Check our website or stop in the library for program times:

— July 9, Tween Creativity Lab; art that bubbles, pops, and glows (grades four to six);

— July 14, Take Flight with Anita Sanchez. Using feathers, paper, balloons, and bubbles you will learn about flight. Create your own science experiment to explore the properties of things that fly (kindergarten through grade three);

— July 16, meet author Rose Kent for a mother-daughter book discussion potluck (grades four to seven);

— July 17, the Elephant’s Toothpaste Experiment. Do elephants brush their teeth and use toothpaste? Learn about the basic science principles of cause and effect in a fun and educational hands-on experiment program. (For ages seven to 12 and their parents or caregivers), please register. Parent or caregiver must assist child; and

— July 21, Music and Movement in the Rainforest with dance instructor Beth Jacobs, who will lead the children on a creative exploration of South American rainforests with a dynamic program that incorporates music, movement, and books  (kindergarten to grade three), please register.

Reading is always a big part of SRP and prizes will be awarded for top readers! The library will be the place to be this summer and you don’t want to miss out.

Summer concert series

Performing their own mix of covers and original country-blues, The Red Haired Strangers have been jamming together for over 20 years. Beginning as a guitar and harmonica duo, the sound of the Red Haired Strangers has been enriched with the addition of fiddle, drums, bass, dobro, and pedal steel guitar. At 7 p.m., on July 9, stop by for a relaxing evening at the library. Bring a blanket or use our chairs and kick back to enjoy a free concert brought to you by the Friends of the Library.

Donations being accepted

Beginning July 1, the library will be accepting donations of used books, DVDs and audiobooks. Please drop your donations at the library during regular business hours.

Gallery artist

Thank you to Rose Larson for sharing her lovely paintings. And thank you to Joe McDonnell for displaying his awesome Hess truck collection. Our July artists, Bob Riccardo and Carol Donato, will be showing their Fonda photographs. Stop by to enjoy the excitement of Fonda Speedway, without the dirt.

Our July display case will be filled with summer reading program prize packages. Which one is your favorite?

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