If your income is under $60,000, you qualify to receive assistance from the New York State Tax Department volunteers. The volunteer will be in the library on March 11 and 18 to provide free guidance to those taxpayers who are electronically preparing and filing their own tax returns.

Call the Rensselaerville Library to make an appointment.

Appointments will be scheduled all day in the library from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tax forms

and instructions

You can borrow the IRS 1040 instructions and check them out for two weeks. We also have a binder with the instructions if you just need to look something up. We have the most common NYS tax forms and can help with printing the forms.

You can also visit the library's web site for more tax information at http://www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/tax-help.html.

Short stories

On Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m., in the library, storyteller Nancy Payne will read Norman Cohen’s short stories. Cohen was a 2014 Festival of Writers local writer.

Poetry

On Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m., join us for poets Leah Umansky and Barbara Ungar, who will read and sign books.

Caving

On Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m., in the library, where local caver Mike Warner will share his presentation on the Supercaves of China. Mike Warner traveled to China in 2013 with NatGeo as a photographic and logistics assistant to a British team using cutting edge technology as they laser mapped China’s Supercaves. The team’s journey was documented in the July 2014 issue of “National Geographic Magazine.”

Visual poetry

On Saturday, March 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., combine words and images in a visual poetry workshop in the library with Katrinka Moore. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please register by March 24.

Story time

Story time programs are scheduled on Fridays as follows: March 20 with music; April 17 with poetry; and May 15 with dance. Each session starts at 5:30 p.m. with pizza followed by stories at 6 p.m.

Computer and

Internet help

Would you like one on one computer or technology help with setting up an e-mail account, word processing, Facebook, Overdrive, E readers, job searching sites, and more? Kim is offering individual sessions in the library to help get you started with almost any common everyday computer and Internet questions. Appointments are required. Please visit or call the library at 797-3949.

Spring forward drawing

The library is currently holding a fund-raiser. Tickets are $1 for one ticket or $5 for six tickets. The prizes include: gift certificates for Hilltown Professional Organizing, Yoga with Sarah Weiss, Small Town Curl Hair Styling, a gift basket of gardening items, and a basket of tea. There are also gift certificates for Boyer Sparkling Wine, a hanging flower basket, and cakes for a special occasion.

The drawing is on Saturday, March 7, during the R'ville Stage Creations "Lets Go To The Movies" a cabaret. You do not need to be present to win.

Writing Group

The library invites you to join its small, informal, and supportive writing group. Writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome. We currently have a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry writers. You will always have time to write during our two-hour session, and you will never be forced to share anything. If you have works-in-progress or would just like to put pen to paper, the library’s writing group will give you the time and support you need.  If you have any questions, you can call Linda Miller at 936-4402.

Our meetings are Thursdays at 7 p.m., and the dates are March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10.

Poetry group

The library has a new poetry group that is organized by Tom Corrado. The group meets from 7 to 9 p.m., on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Bring your poem and receive feedback from fellow poets, or just share your words. For more information please contact Tom attjc123@midtel.net.

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.

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