On Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., students from the Albany Law School Pro Bono Society are offering a free presentation and question and answer session on legal resources important to senior citizens, their family, caregivers, and elder care professionals at the Voorheesville Public Library. Topics will include Medicaid, advance directive documents, avoiding senior scams, and estate planning. Please register.

Meet the author
The library is proud to welcome former U.S. Army Captain and New York Times bestselling author Luis Carlos Montalván and Tuesday, his Golden Retriever and service dog. Captain Montalván and Tuesday will visit the library on Friday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. What a terrific way to commemorate Veteran's Day.

Luis Carlos Montalván, a 17-year Army veteran recovering from physical wounds and post-traumatic stress disorder, helps other veterans do the same. He will discuss his bestselling memoir, Until Tuesday, and share the story of how together, he and Tuesday began the healing process. The book also brings to light the challenges veterans and all people with visible and invisible disabilities find difficult to talk about. 

Copies of Until Tuesday and Tuesday Tucks Me In will be on sale for signing at the program. Appropriate for ages 11 and up. This program is sponsored by the generous support of the Friends of the Library and New Scotland Kiwanis. If this date is not convenient, Luis and Tuesday will also be at the Schenectady Public Library on Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. for Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog, and on Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. to speak about Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him.

Hidden History –

The Anti-Rent Rebellion

of New York State

On Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., you can hear the story of the Anti-Rent Rebellion, which tells of the courage of thousands of farmers who tried to change the feudal rent system politically and by resistance for nearly 30 years. We will talk about the story, sing a couple of songs, and open the floor to discussion.

International Games Day

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the library is holding a games day for children of all ages. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. we’ll have circle games for ages four to six. At 11:30 a.m., students in kindergarten through grade five and their families can join the Family Challenge and try their hand at some silly, fast paced physical challenges inspired by the TV game show, Minute To Win It.

Then, at 1:30 p.m., we welcome all Monopoly tycoons, Pokemon card collectors, and videogamers in grades three and up to show us your best game. Try a new PS3 game courtesy of the Delmar Game Stop. Then, at 3 p.m., grades four and up are invited to learn how to make your own two-player race car video game from scratch. Space will be limited for all times, so please call ahead to register.

 

Tweens are invited for this creativity lab on Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., at the Voorheesville Public Library. Make a candy corn catapult, paint with Skittles, explode some peep ghosts, and of course, snack too.  This program is for kids in grades four to six, please register.

Soup night

Bring your favorite soup, soup-friendly side, or dessert to share on Monday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m.  Include a recipe card to display. Sign up at the information desk to let us know what type of dish you’re bringing.

Thanking our Veterans

All teens are invited to join us on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. We'll make and package sweet treats for veterans and their families staying at the Fisher House at the Albany Stratton Veterans Administration. Participants will earn two hours of community service credit.  This program is for grades six and up, please register.

Elder Law presentation

On Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., students from the Albany Law School Pro Bono Society are offering a free presentation and question and answer session on legal resources important to senior citizens, their family, caregivers, and elder care professionals. Topics will include Medicaid, advance directive documents, avoiding senior scams, and estate planning.  Please register.

Author visit

It’s a privilege to have former U.S. Army captain and New York Times bestselling author Luis Carlos Montalván and Tuesday, his golden retriever service dog, visit the library on Friday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. (See editorial on page 2.)

What better way to honor Veterans Day than to hear Montalván’s personal story. Everyone is welcome.

Luis Carlos Montalván, a 17-year Army veteran, uses his recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder to help other veterans do the same. He will discuss his new book, Until Tuesday, and tell the story of how Tuesday helped him get control over his life. The book brings to light the mental health issues that many veterans find so difficult to talk about. Until Tuesday and Tuesday Tucks Me In will be on sale for signing at the program.

If this date is not convenient, Luis Carlos Montalván will also be at the Schenectady Public Library on Nov. 5, at 4 p.m., to talk about Tuesday Tucks Me In and Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m., to speak about Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him.

Mark your calendar

Join local author and historian Dennis Sullivan as he guides you on a journey through your own history. The program will be held every other Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., from Jan. 13 through March 24. The sessions offer the opportunity for you to share what you are writing with the group and receive a helpful critique of your work.  Limited seats available, so register early.

Find the right college at the right price. On Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Dean Skarlis will outline the steps you need to find the right college for you at the Voorheesville Public Library. The information and handouts you will take home from this presentation will help you begin your college search.

Book party

Are you a fan of Heroes of Olympus? Join us on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m., to celebrate the impending release of the final volume of Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus with trivia, activities, and Olympic snacks.  Please register.

Book sale wrap up

It was another great annual fall book sale. Many thanks to the friends of the library volunteers, who sorted media, worked the sale tables, baked treats for the bake sale, and helped set up and take down multiple tents, tables and too many boxes to count. FOL president Sherry Burgoon did a fantastic job, as usual, coordinating all of the above. And a special note of thanks to our young student volunteers. Our community tweens and teens really came through this year, and it was very much appreciated. Speaking of book sales, I’ve heard rumors there may be a surprise book sale this spring. Stay tuned to this column for updates.

Tween LEGO Club

The next meeting of the library Tween LEGO Club is Monday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. Join other LEGO-maniacs and enjoy free-building time at the library. Bring a model from home to show off, if you'd like; we have library LEGOs to share and club-member creations will be kept separate. You can also take a turn on the Wii playing LEGO videogames. For kids in grades three to six, please register.

Beginning beaded jewelry

Ages 14 and up, on Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., you can learn easy beading techniques for making simple necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Choose from our varied bead options to make something that suits your style. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can create a holiday gift.  Please register.  There will be a small materials fee.

Disaster preparedness

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., the American Red Cross will present a disaster preparedness program. This session will provide information on types of common disasters, ways to prepare as an individual, family and community member, and what to do when a disaster strikes. Disaster preparedness kits will be provided to participants of the program. Please register.

Halloween family

story time

Preschool children through second grade, please join Miss Amy on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10:15 a.m., for a morning of spooktacular stories, Halloween activities and a costume parade in the library. Come dressed in costume. Please register for this special Halloween celebration.

Halloween candy craze

Tweens are invited for this creativity lab on Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. Make a candy corn catapult, paint with Skittles, explode some Peep Ghosts, and of course, snack too.  This program is for grades four to six, please register.

It’s finally here! Friday, Sept. 19 beginning at 5 p.m., is the book sale preview night for Friends of the Library only at the Voorheesville Public Library. It’s never too late to join the friends group, who sponsor some wonderful library programs, including the book sale. On Saturday, Sept. 20, book sale 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 Canine Classic 5K Run/Walk at 11 a.m., at The Village Animal Clinic, located across the street from the library. Leashed dogs are welcome and encouraged to participate in the run. There will be water stations all along the route. All proceeds from the marathon will be donated to Guilderhaven, Inc. For more information or to request a registration form, email staff@thevillageanimalclinic.com or stop in at The Village Animal Clinic and pick up a form at the front desk.

Back at the library, noon opens the buck-a-bag book sale day. 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 trio of acoustic and electric guitars playing a variety of classic rock and blues with male and female vocals. So, bring your family, stock up on your reading, listening, viewing materials, take your dog for a nice walk around the village, and then relax on the cool lawn while you listen to some local talent. You won’t want to miss this fun family day.

Tween movie night

Join us on Friday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m., as we watch The Fault in our Stars on the extra-large screen in the community room. Piping hot pizza and popcorn will be served.

Find the right college…

At the right price. Dr. Dean Skarlis will outline the steps you need to find the right college for you. The information and handouts you will take home from this presentation will help you begin your college search.

Tween advisory meeting

Students in grades four through six are invited to join the tween advisory board to help shape the tween program development for the library. The board meets a few times a year and discusses what direction the students would like to go in. Movie nights, game nights, maybe a comic-con in Voorheesville? You decide! The next meeting is Friday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m.

Heroes of Olympus

book party

Are you a fan of Heroes of Olympus? Join us on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m., to celebrate the impending release of the final volume of Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus with trivia, activities, and Olympic snacks.  Please register.

Display case

Don’t forget to stop by and enjoy the oil paintings of Susie Flansburg and, in the display case, the New York State Nurses have shared a wonderful history of nursing in New York. 

What’s happening at the corner of School Road and Prospect Street? The Voorheesville Public Library and The Village Animal Clinic have planned a fun fall weekend for the whole family.

On Friday, Sept. 19, beginning at 5 p.m., is the book sale preview night for Friends of the Library only. It’s never too late to join the friends group, who sponsor some wonderful library programs.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, book sale 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 Canine Classic 5K Run/Walk at 11 a.m., at The Village Animal Clinic, located across the street from the library. Leashed dogs are welcome and encouraged to participate in the run. There will be water stations all along the route.

All proceeds from the marathon will be donated to Guilderhaven, Inc. For more information or to request a registration form, email staff@thevillageanimalclinic.com or stop in at The Village Animal Clinic and pick up a form at the front desk.

Back at the library, noon opens the buck-a-bag book sale day. 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 trio of acoustic and electric guitars playing a variety of classic rock and blues with male and female vocals. So, bring your family, stock up on your reading, listening, viewing materials, take your dog for a nice walk around the village, and then relax on the cool lawn while you listen to some local talent. You won’t want to miss this fun family day.

Make a book mark

Beaders, crafters, and all library lovers, we want you. Drop in on Sept. 13, anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., to help us make bookmarks to sell at the FOL book sale from Sept. 19 to 21. We will provide the materials and samples for inspiration. Make two bookmarks for the book sale and you can make one for yourself to keep.  

Wednesday Evening

Poesy Cafe

Join Dennis Sullivan Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m., for an interactive presentation on Allen Ginsberg. Program includes a brief lecture and short video followed by a discussion with questions and answers. Register at the library and pick up a copy of Sullivan’s paper including selected poems by Allen Ginsberg.

Artist of the month

If you haven’t yet stopped in to admire the artistic ability of Susie Flansburg, you really need to take a few minutes to stop by the library and see why Flansberg is a local favorite. Our display case this month is decorated by the New York State Nurses Health Organization. It’s only here until the end of the month, so please don’t miss it.

Tween movie night

Join us on Friday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m., as we watch The Fault in our Stars on the extra-large screen in the community room. Piping hot pizza and popcorn will be served. 

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