Kick off 2015 with a Resolution Revolution. The Voorheesville Public Library wants to help you achieve your goals for the new year. Want to lose weight, eat healthier, learn a new language? We can point you in the right direction, with literature, websites, and programs designed to aid you with your resolutions. Stop in and check out our Resolution Revolution display and post your resolution or tweet us @voorheesvillepl and let us know how we can help.

Counting Breaths

meditation workshop

On Monday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Suryanarayana Chennapragada will guide program participants in a breath meditation workshop. Focusing on breathing calms the mind, relaxes the muscles, and relieves stress. You can practice breathing meditation anywhere, while doing anything; from the time you wake up, until you fall asleep.  Studies have shown that those who apply this technique can gain relief from a variety of ailments, such as insomnia, anxiety, and anger. It’s easy and practical. For more information go to www.countingbreaths.com. This program is suitable for teens and adults.  Space is limited.  Please register.

Meet the illustrator

Take Your Child to the Library Day is Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 to 5 p.m. This year, the library is excited to have Elizabeth Zunan, an Albany artist and illustrator, leading the session.

Children will learn about her process of illustrating children’s books and will make their own artistic collage to take home.  This program is for children in kindergarten through grade 5.  Please register. This program is funded by a special legislative project through the New York State Education Department.

An Afternoon with

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson, who died in 1964, was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.  On Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m., area actress Judy Lott, from the Schenectady Theater for Children, will portray Carson as an individual who made a major impact on the way we live today.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and presented as part of the Climate+Art initiative developed by the Upper Hudson Library System and the University at Albany. Please register.

Nimblefingers

annual open house

Whether you do crafts yourself or just have an appreciation for textile arts, be sure to drop in at some point during February to stroll through the gallery and community room to enjoy the wonderful crafts these ladies have displayed for your pleasure.

Story time

Join Miss Amy on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., to celebrate Valentine's Day as she shares Valentine's Day stories. Books, rhymes, songs, a Valentine's Day craft, and a snack will all be a part of this special family story time. This program is for children in prekindergarten through grade two, please register.

Sailor’s Valentine

Crafternoon

What is a Sailor’s Valentine? They were elaborate gifts decorated with seashells. We have shells, glue, and wooden boxes for you to decorate; so stop by and craft with us on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m.  This program is open to adults, teens, and families, please register. 

Start looking for your missing items. There will be amnesty for all late returned Voorheesville Public Library items during Fine Free Days, Jan. 3 through 14. If you can find the Voorheesville items that you’ve misplaced there will be no fine even though it’s way overdue. Unfortunately, fine free days does not apply to items borrowed from other libraries using inter-library or catalogue requests.

Writing workshop

Join local author and historian Dennis Sullivan as he guides you on a journey through your own history. This program will be held every other Tuesday evening 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 are still available.

The Magic of Change

How do you deal with change?  Do you find it frustrating and stressful or exciting and challenging?  In this program, certified speaking professional Jim Snack puts a new twist on transition. Using humor, experiential learning activities, and team-building exercises, he vividly teaches how to make change a positive force in your life. 

You will learn:

—  The importance of having a sense of mission and creating shared vision;

— How to re-frame problems into opportunities;

— Using humor to manage the stress and tension of change;

— How to strengthen relationships and build support systems; and

— How to develop confidence by expanding your comfort zone… and much more.

At the conclusion of this program you will understand the essential factors in building resilience and developing personal strategies for adapting to change. On Sunday, Jan. 11, at 1:30 p.m., be prepared for an exciting presentation filled with magic, humor and audience participation. For more information on Snack, visit his web site www.jimsnack.com. Please register at 765-2791.

Beginning beaded jewelry

On Thursday, Jan. 15, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., you will 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 tried this creative activity, you’ll be hooked.  In response to requests, we’ve extended the program time and you may begin work at the time that’s best for you.  This program is for kids ages 14 and up, please register and there will be a small materials fee.

LEGO Junior Maker event
Little LEGO enthusiasts are invited on Friday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m., to make, tinker, build, and explore at the library. Parents and caregivers will join in this creative journey meant to foster creativity and encourage storytelling.  For kids in kindergarten through grade two. Please register. 

Join local author and historian Dennis Sullivan as he guides you on a journey through your own history. This program will be held every other Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m., from Jan. 13 through March 24 at the Voorheesville Public Library. 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 are available, so please register early.

Now accepting

Humane Society donations

This year the library is collecting donations for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Through Tuesday, Dec. 31, bring in any pet related item (food, leash, treats, etc.). Place them on our donations for pets table display. For a complete list of acceptable items, go to www.mohawkhumane.org/wishlist.html.

LEGO events

Stop by at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 29, for the LEGO Junior Maker Event. Come in to make, tinker, build, and explore at the library. Parents and caregivers will join in this creative journey meant to foster creativity and encourage storytelling. This program is for kids in kindergarten through second grade; please register.

At 2 p.m., the tween LEGO Club will be exercising their mad building skills and playing LEGO games on the Wii. Bring one of your mad creations to show off to the other LEGO-maniacs.  This program is for kids in grades three to six, please register. 

Tuesday morning movie

Drop by the library at 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 30, to watch How To Train Your Dragon 2. When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. This movie is rated PG. 

Closed for the holidays

The library will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas. 

 

If you will be doing some last minute shopping online at Amazon.com, please consider using the boxed Amazon link on the Voorheesville Public Library website. For every dollar spent using the library link, Amazon will donate a small portion back to the friends of the library.

Six-week writing workshop

Join local author and historian Dennis Sullivan as he guides you on a journey through your own history. This program will be held every other Tuesday evening 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 are available, so please register early.

Now accepting

Humane Society donations

This year the library is collecting donations for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Through Tuesday, Dec. 31, bring in any pet related item (food, leash, treats, etc.). Place them on our donations for pets table display. For a complete list of acceptable items, go to www.mohawkhumane.org/wishlist.html.

Teen movie matinee

On December 22, at 2:00 p.m., you are invited to stop by and watch an aMAZE-ing new video release to start off your vacation. The snacks will be pretty good too. This movie is rated PG-13 and teens in grade seven and up are welcome to drop in.

LEGO events

Stop by at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 29, for the LEGO Junior Maker Event. Come in to make, tinker, build, and explore at the library. Parents and caregivers will join in this creative journey meant to foster creativity and encourage storytelling. This program is for kids in kindergarten through second grade; please register.

At 2 p.m., the tween LEGO Club will be exercising their mad building skills and playing LEGO games on the Wii. Bring one of your mad creations to show off to the other LEGO-maniacs.  This program is for kids in grades three to six, please register. 

Tuesday morning movie

Drop by the library at 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 30, to watch How To Train Your Dragon 2. When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. This movie is rated PG. 

Closed for the holidays
The library will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas. 

Children ages pre-kindergarten through grade four, with an adult, are invited to drop in to the Voorheesville Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and enjoy a snack and some holiday cheer while making crafts. Join the fun by putting together our famous gingerbread houses, making some ornaments, and taking part in other holiday activities.

Cookie exchange

Yum Yum… We all want a variety of cookies and treats to put out for holiday visitors, but who has time to make so many different things?  Here comes the library foodies to the rescue. On Sunday, Dec. 14, at  2 p.m., bring three dozen of your finest treats along with a recipe card and we'll have a grand old time. Of course, we’ll have to do some taste tests, but the rest will be boxed up and sent home to share with your family and friends. The library will provide hot chocolate, tea, and coffee and the take home containers.

Holiday shopping on

Amazon

If you will be doing some of your holiday shopping online at Amazon.com, please consider using the boxed Amazon link on the library website. For every dollar spent using the library link, Amazon will donate a small portion back to the friends of the library.

Six-week writing workshop

Join local author and historian Dennis Sullivan as he guides you on a journey through your own history. This program will be held every other Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m., from January 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 are available, so please register early.

Artist of the month

Please be sure to stroll through the hall gallery and admire Watercolors by Barbara McGeachen. She is a local artist who does watercolors and stained glass originals. Our display case this month is a collection of Nutcrackers, shared by Pat Galvin. If you have a collection that you would be willing to share at the library, please give us a call at 765-2598 and let us know about it.

Now accepting

Humane Society donations

This year the library is collecting donations for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Through Tuesday, Dec. 31, bring in any pet related item (food, leash, treats, etc.). Place them on our donations for pets table display. For a complete list of acceptable items, go to www.mohawkhumane.org/wishlist.html. 

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