— Photo from Lynn Kohler

“Nature’s Wonder” by Rose Lawson is just one of the paintings on display at the Voorheesville Public Library this month.

The Summer Reading Program at the Voorheesville Public Library will be wrapping up soon.  Readers should use their online accounts to record the time and titles of books read or heard by Friday, Aug. 21.

Come into the library before 5 p.m. to turn your reading into grand pprize tickets for every hour recorded. Every book read or listened to earns a donation ticket for a local charity.

With our new reader reward system, all participants who record their reading will choose a free book and one prize from a local business: Tickets to the Aug. 31, Tri-City ValleyCats baseball game, frozen yogurt from Menchie’s, a kid’s meal from Applebee’s, or a free cone from Tastee Treat.

Prize books and tickets must be picked up between Monday, Aug. 24, and Thursday, Sept. 3, at 5 p.m. 

Get ready for kindergarten

Starting kindergarten is a special time for parents and children. Join us on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m., for a fun-filled and educational evening. Soon-to-be-students will hone their kindergarten readiness skills at activity/learning centers designed just for them. Let’s celebrate this important and exciting milestone! Registration is requested and all children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Super birds of prey

Students in grades three and up are invited to drop in at the library on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m., to find out about birds of prey and their super powers. Learn about these incredible birds from Trish Markey from the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York. Trish will be bringing real live birds. The president of the Audubon Society of the Capital Region will inform us about the organization whose mission is to conserve and restore national ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.

Movie matinee

Stop in the library on Aug. 17, at 2 p.m., and enjoy this PG rated new release. An alien named OH, is on the run from his own people when he lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own. This film is 94 minutes. Popcorn and refreshments will be served.

SRP prize drawings and Jester Jim

On Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m., Jester Jim will bring his fast-paced juggling show filled with balancing, beatboxing, and tons of laugh-out-loud antics as our thanks for all of your reading efforts this summer. Summer Reading Program top readers and grand prize winners will be announced. All ages are welcome.

Save the date

The annual fall book sale will be held on Sept. 18 through 20, and the library is now accepting donations. Please use the blue book-drop, next to The Book Nook shed, to donate your gently used books, DVDs and audiobooks.

I can’t believe this is the last week for the Super Readers Club. The theme for this final week is Super Sidekicks Stuffed Animal Summer Camp.

That’s right boys and girls, on Monday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m., students in kindergarten through third grade can send your favorite stuffed animal sidekick to sleepover summer camp at the Voorheesville Public Library. When you arrive with your stuffed friend, you can decorate his or her nametag, listen to some stories, help them choose their bed for the night, then kiss them goodbye until pick-up time on Tuesday evening.

Our teen camp counselors will show your sidekick a great time as they explore the library.

Read It Forward

Free copies of “I Have a Bad Feeling About This” by Jeff Strand will be circulating through Voorheesville all summer long. If you get one, read it and then pass it on to another teen. There are no due dates or overdue fines. All readers who respond to an online survey will have a chance to win a prize package full of fun survival gear.

Heroes of the

Mammal World

At 2 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, students in grades 4 and up are invited to observe amazing camouflage, learn about the mammal that can jump 100 times longer than their body, find out about echolocation, and see live, in front of your eyes, the most amazing mammal of all with George Steele. Registration is requested for this super exciting animal program.

Heroic Hijinks

This music and movement program, conducted by Rose Stuart, will have children ages 3 to 7 vanquishing villains, flying around a super-sized parachute, and leaping over buildings in a single bound. Come dressed in your “superest” costume on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 10:15 a.m., for some super fun photos.

Super birds of prey

Students in grades 3 and up are invited to drop in at the library on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m., to find out about birds of prey and their super powers. Learn about these incredible birds from Trish Markey from the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York. She will be bringing real live birds. The president of the Audubon Society of the Capital Region will inform us about the organization whose mission is to conserve and restore national ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.

Movie matinee

Stop in the library on Aug. 17, at 2 p.m., and enjoy this PG rated new release. An alien named OH, is on the run from his own people when he lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own. This movie is 94 minutes long. Popcorn and refreshments will be served.

Save the Date

The annual fall book sale will be held on Sept. 18 through 20, and the library is now accepting donations. Please use the blue book-drop, next to The Book Nook shed, to donate your gently used books, DVDs and audiobooks.

Bring your favorite books to life on Saturday, July 18 from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., to the Voorheesville Public Library. Children in grades five and up are invited to join local children's artist Aly Parrott as we create and design small scale, functional, puppet theaters from old boot boxes and drawing paper. Just bring your vision of a favorite book scene and we will supply the tools to create a piece of interactive art you can enjoy for years to come.

Lego Club with

master builder

This is one Lego club meeting that you won’t want to miss. On Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m., Master Lego Architect William Leue will show us some of his LEego models based on local landmarks. Learn how he approaches brick challenges and then create your own unique structure from a mystery bag of Lego pieces.

This program is recommended for grade four and adult builders are welcome as well. Please register early as this is sure to be a popular program.

Super Readers Club

Can you keep a secret? Every Monday in July, at 2 p.m., a secret meeting of the Super Readers Club will take place in the library. These may look like ordinary children, but in fact, they are super readers. The theme for July 20 is “What is a Hero?” with Monica Parmenter. Super readers and their caretakers will travel back in time to learn about historical heroes. Children in kindergarten through grade three are invited to join Parmenter as she discovers who the true heroes were long ago.

Write Your Own Adventure

Artist and educator Rebecca Angel Maxwell will assist teens in grades six and up as they write a story in the style of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series.  On Tuesday, July 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., students, using Twine publishing software, will format their story into an interactive game for readers to explore online. Please register early as this program is sure to fill quickly.

Movie matinée

Stop by on Wednesday, July 22, at 2 p.m., to watch Paddington. A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. This movie runs 95 minutes

Family dance party

Children ages two to five, with caretaker, are invited to join us on Wednesday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m., for an evening of dancing fun. Did you know that playing music, clapping, and singing strengthen early literacy skills? Please stop by and shake your sillies out.

Annual fall book sale

The library is now accepting donations for the Annual Fall Book Sale from Sept. 18 to 20. Please use the blue book-drop, next to The Book Nook shed, to donate your gently used books, DVDs and audiobooks. 

Why is the summer reading program important?

Studies show that elementary aged children who don’t read regularly over the summer vacation lose a portion of their learned skills. This is called the “summer slide.” You can help your kids avoid the summer slide by participating in a summer reading program at the library of your choice.

This year’s theme at the Voorheesville Public Library is “Every Hero Has a Story!” Reader registration opened online on June 1. Voorheesville Elementary School students will be able to create their accounts during library time in school.

With our new reader reward system, all participants who record their reading will receive prizes at the end of the program, and also earn tickets for grand prize drawings. Check the library’s online calendar to see all of the fun events we have scheduled.

Registration is required for some of these activities and will begin on June 1. You can register through the online calendar, by phone or using email. The Voorheesville Public Library is excited to keep our community’s young people reading and learning through the summer, we hope to see you here.

Teens Care:

Pillowcase Sewing Party

At 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, June 30, student’s can be part of the Albany Chapter of ConKerr Cancer’s pillowcase project. The group provides emotional support to area cancer patients by providing them with fun pillowcases while they are receiving treatment.

All materials will be provided, teen power is needed to pin material, run the sewing machines, and iron the pillowcases. You will earn two hours of community service during this pillowcase party. This program is for students entering grades 7 and up, please register.

 

Saturday study hall

The library has open study hall, on June 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Do you need a quiet place to work? Need a space for your study group to meet? Come to the Library! The community room is open and set up for quiet work. Individuals and small groups welcome.

Free fishing weekend

Did you know the library has fishing poles and basic tackle, generously donated and maintained by Helderberg Bassmasters, that you can borrow? And, did you know that anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State and no license is required for the last weekend in June?

For more information, go to http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89821.html. First come, first served, so stop by early for your gear.

Online registration

The library now has online program registration. Just go to our library website and click the link to the events calendar. This is where you will find information about upcoming programs and registration forms. Of course, you can still call the library or stop by the reference desk to register for a program. 

The Voorheesville Public Library is planning a super Summer Reading Program for all ages. This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story!” Reader registration opened online on June 1. Voorheesville Elementary School students will be able to create their accounts during library time in school.

With our new reader reward system, all participants who record their reading will receive prizes at the end of the program, and also earn tickets for grand prize drawings. Check the library’s online calendar to see all of the fun events we have scheduled. Registration is required for some of these activities and began on June 1.

You can register right through the online calendar, by phone or using email. We’ll be kicking off the fun with our annual Ice cream social on Thursday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. The library is excited to keep our community’s young people reading and learning through the summer, we hope to see you here.

Did you know the library now has online program registration? Just go to our library website and click the link to the events calendar. This is where you will find information about upcoming programs and registration forms. Of course, you can still call the library or stop by the reference desk to register for a program.

Saturday Study Hall

On June 13 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the library offers open study hall. Do you need a quiet place to work? Need a space for your study group to meet? Come to the library! The community room is open and set up for quiet work. Individuals and small groups welcome.

Teens Care: Pillowcase Sewing Party

At 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, June 30, student’s can be part of the Albany Chapter of ConKerr Cancer’s pillowcase project. The group provides emotional support to area cancer patients by providing them with fun pillowcases while they are receiving treatment.

All materials will be provided, teen power is needed to pin material, run the sewing machines, and iron the pillowcases. You will earn two hours of community service during this pillowcase party. This program is for students entering grades 7 and up, please register.

3D Printing

Drop in on Monday, June 22, at 6:00 p.m., to check out the library’s new 3D printer. The library received a generous grant from the Albany County Legislature to purchase the Cube printer, and Sense 3D scanner. Watch it work, and learn how you can find or create a project to print for yourself. All ages are welcome.

Beginning beaded jewelry

Learn the ever-popular beading techniques for making simple necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Stop by the library on Thursday, June 18, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., for some jewelry making fun time. We’ve added wire choices to our supply of beads and findings. Adults and teens ages 14 and up can register online, by phone or in person. There will be a small materials fee.

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