We’re holding a special storytime Pajama Twilight Tales for our youngest readers, ages 18 months to 5 years, to celebrate your family’s progress toward reading 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. On Friday, Feb. 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., put on your pajamas and join us at the library. Bring along your favorite bedtime friend (stuffed animal or doll) and join us for snuggle time stories, quiet songs, a bedtime snack, and sleepy time fun. The library will be closed except for the children and their families.

Nimblefingers open house

February is Nimblefingers month at the library. Whether you do crafts yourself or just have an appreciation for textile arts, come for an afternoon of fun and friendship on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. Even if you can’t come for the afternoon, 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. No need to register.

Coding with LEGO

You can learn how to “program” your minifig to navigate a LEGO maze using paper codes to give instructions. Caregivers of students in kindergarten through grade two will serve as assistant programmers on Monday, Feb. 20 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

STEAM

Students in grades three through six are invited to try out the Library’s new STEAM Tools on Monday, Feb. 20 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Program the Ozobots using marker codes or Ozoblockly. Use the littleBits electronic sets to build an invention with your friends. See the Cubify 3D printer in action.

Family storytime

Who doesn’t like a nice stack of steaming, buttery, syrupy pancakes on a cold winter morning? Children ages 3 thru grade two, and their families are invited to join the fun on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m., as we read pancake stories, participate in pancake themed activities, and, of course, eat pancakes.

Kids’ movie matinee

Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. for a delightful tale about the adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be a dragon. Refreshments will be served. This movie is rated PG, and is 103 minutes long. No need to register.

Starting seedlings indoors

It's almost time to start your garden seedlings indoors. Join local gardener Sharon Miller at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 to discuss when to start different kinds of vegetable seeds indoors. Learn about indoor lighting and heating equipment that you can use to start your garden. Choose seeds from the library's seed collection and start planting now. No need to register.

Holiday hours

In observance of President’s Day, the Voorheesville Public Library will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20.

 

The library is proud to present this screening of Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic: Kern & Hammerstein’s Show Boat in Concert with Ted Sperling directing. Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden, Norm Lewis, Jane Alexander, Fred Willard, and Lauren Worsham star in Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s groundbreaking musical saga about the lives, loves, and heartbreaks of show folk on the Mississippi River. Join us at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 for this breathtaking film. Lincoln Center Local partners with the Voorheesville Public Library to bring exclusive free screenings of Lincoln Center’s finest performances directly to our neighborhood. Major support for Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings is provided by the Oak Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Booth Ferris Foundation and the Altman Foundation.

Mason Jar Mixers

Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time for this program, as you will probably want to make more than one. On Sunday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., you can create a mason jar edible gift. Choose from hot cocoa mix, cookie mix, or a hearty soup mix. Once you have the technique down, making these at home will be a snap.

Adult coloring book club

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., we will provide a quiet, relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy some me time. We have a large selection of coloring supplies, some relaxing music and different coloring sheets for you to choose from.  

Pajama Twilight Tales

We’re holding a special storytime for our youngest readers ages 18 months to 5 years to celebrate your family’s progress toward reading 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! On Friday, Feb. 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., put on your pajamas and join us at the library. Bring along your favorite bedtime friend (stuffed animal or doll) and join us for snuggle time stories, quiet songs, a bedtime snack, and sleepy time fun. The library will be closed except for the children and their families.

Annual open house

February is Nimblefingers month at the library. Whether you do crafts yourself or just have an appreciation for textile arts, come for an afternoon of fun and friendship on Feb. 21, from 1 to 3 pm. for the annual open house and quilt show. Even if you can’t come for the afternoon, 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. No registration required.

Registering for programs helps us to determine supply needs. Unless otherwise indicated, registration is requested for all programs. You can register in person, by phone (765-2791) or using our online calendar at http://voorheesvillelibrary.org/calendar.asp.

Calling all pirates and princesses! Come celebrate “Take Your Child to the Library Day” on Saturday, Feb. 4. Our special dress-up storytime event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is especially for children ages 3 to 7, with families. After reading some great pirate and princess themed books, we will have “tea” and snacks fit for royalty and buccaneers alike. Don’t leave without making your pirate hat or fairy wand or you might be asked to walk the plank or face a fiery dragon! Registration is requested.

Author visit and book discussion

The library is very excited to welcome author Eric Luper, who will visit us on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eric will chat with participants about his book “Key Hunters; The Mysterious Moonstone.” Students in grades two to five should register early and pick up a copy of the book from the library reference desk.

Parenting styles and discipline tools

As a parent/caregiver of a preschooler, do you ever wonder how your parenting style might affect you and your child? On Saturday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer an educational program to help parents/caregivers understand four different parenting styles and how their particular parenting behavior affects their children. Parents/caregivers will also learn several discipline techniques to use with their children, including understanding the difference between punishment and discipline, the myths of spanking, and getting children to listen.

On-site childcare in the children’s area of the library will be available for children ages 18 months to 5 years (register early – maximum number of registrants will be no more than 12). If you need childcare, please go to www.voorheesvillelibrary.org/calendar and use the on-site childcare registration for the appropriate date, or just call the library at 765-2791.

Beading workshop

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., adults and teens ages 14 and up are invited to stop by the library to make simple necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. The library provides tools and offer a variety of beads to choose from, or you are welcome to bring your own supplies and projects along. There will be a small materials fee, depending on which project you choose to make.

Show Boat screening

This is a screening of “Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic: Kern & Hammerstein’s Show Boat in Concert” that was broadcast on Oct. 16, 2015. With Ted Sperling directing, Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden, Norm Lewis, Jane Alexander, Fred Willard, and Lauren Worsham star in Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s groundbreaking musical saga about the lives, loves, and heartbreaks of show folk on the Mississippi River. Lincoln Center Local partners with the Voorheesville Public Library to bring exclusive free screenings of Lincoln Center’s finest performances directly to our neighborhood. Light refreshments will be served.

 

As a parent or caregiver of a preschooler, do you ever feel that stress is inhibiting your abilities or that you do not quite know the basics of early child development? On Sunday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m., the library will welcome Cornell Cooperative Extension, as they present an educational program that will help parents and caregivers understand how stress affects them and their children, and influences their parenting. Parents and caregivers will also understand why they need to know about child development and how they can play a crucial role in nurturing developmental skills in their children. Please register in person, by calling 765-2791 or using our online calendar at http://voorheesvillelibrary.org/calendar

Limited on-site childcare, in the children’s area of the library, will be available for children ages 18 months to 5 years. If you need childcare, please go to www.voorheesvillelibrary.org/calendar and use the on-site childcare registration for the appropriate date, or just call the library at 765-2791, and we will get you registered.

Free screening

The library is very excited to invite you to the first of our Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings. “Act One,” starring Tony Shalhoub, will be shown at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15. A play written and directed by James Lapine, adapted from the 1959 autobiography by Moss Hart, and filmed at Lincoln Center Theater, “Act One” provides an insight into early 20th Century immigrant life in New York City. Poverty, severe living conditions, limited job opportunities with a backdrop of Broadway during one of its most prosperous periods, all intersect to create an atmosphere in which Moss Hart launched his theatrical career.

Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings is a program created by Lincoln Center Education and hosted by libraries and community centers. It brings the best of Lincoln Center off its Manhattan-based campus and into communities anywhere. This program provides high-definition film screenings from the growing digital catalog of the world’s leading performing arts center. For more information, please visit LincolnCenter.org/Local. Please register in person, by calling 765-2791 or using our online calendar at http://voorheesvillelibrary.org/calendar

Holiday donation drive

We had a very successful holiday donation drive this year. Thanks to everyone who joined library staff in donating personal care and pet care items. A special thank you to the New Scotland Food Pantry volunteers, who work year-round to insure there is always help available to our neighbors in need.

Fine free days

Start looking for those overdue items now. Overdue Voorheesville Public Library items returned between Monday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 15 will be granted amnesty. Sorry, but items from other libraries are not included in this offer.

Holiday hours

In observance of the New Year, the library will close at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, and will re-open at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

 

Join us at the Voorheesville Public Library on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. for our Adult Coloring Book Club. Each month we will provide different coloring sheets with multiple pages to choose from as well as a large selection of colored pencils, markers, and crayons.

The library community room will provide a welcoming environment with soothing music to help you relax and enjoy some you time. Supplies will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own.  

Winter family story time

Why not join Miss Amy for a morning of snow much fun? Register now for a Tuesday, Dec. 27 family story time. Our program, for preschool through grade two children and their families, starts at 10:15 a.m., when we warm up with some good books and a snow-themed craft, followed by hot chocolate and a yummy snack.

Kids’ movie matinee

Drop in on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 1:30 p.m. for our afternoon matinee. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

Light refreshments will be served. No registration needed. The movie is 95 minutes and it’s rated PG

Lego building

Drop in between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Thursday, Dec. 29 for Lego fun. We’ve got bricks for all ages and stages, toddlers to tweens. Everyone is welcome, No registration needed.

Teen time

Friday, Dec. 30, is all about teens. From 2 to 3:30 p.m., middle and high schoolers are welcome to hang out together, play geeky games, or make something, whether high-tech or low-tech. Use the Leap Motion, the 3D scanner or 3D printer with our laptops.

Tackle a building challenge in Minecraft, invent something with the littleBits electronics kits, or program our new Ozobots. Fabric and craft supplies will also be on hand if you want to use the sewing machines or create something handmade. There will be snacks. (Grades six and up, please register.)

Donation drive

This year the library is collecting donations for the New Scotland Food Pantry, with special emphasis on personal care items and pet items. Through Saturday, Dec. 31, bring in any personal care item or pet food/item to add to our bins.

Register

Registering for programs helps us to determine supply needs. Unless otherwise indicated, registration is requested for all programs. You may register in person, by phone at 765-2791 or by using our online calendar at http://voorheesvillelibrary.org/calendar.asp.

Cancellation

If the Voorheesville schools are closed or delayed by two hours due to weather, all library youth programs will be cancelled for the day. Call to check on adult afternoon or evening programs.

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