Voorheesville Library Notes for Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Are you a hiking enthusiast? Then the Voorheesville Public Library has 2 upcoming programs that you will nott want to miss!

On Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., the library will be hosting author Alan Via and his dog, Bookah. Alan has led hikes for the Adirondack Mt Club, Catskill 3500 Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Taconic Hiking Club for 35 years. He was Albany ADK's Outings Chair for 14 years and currently an ADK main club committee Chair for 24 years. He's a 'regular' and winter 46er and 35er, Northeast 111 completer and has hiked all over the western and Canadian mountains. He is only one of a small handful of hikers to have hiked all the Adirondack and Catskill 100 highest peak, the latter with his Lab, Bookah, who will be joining us.

The Adirondack Mt Club published Via’s book, The Catskill 67 - A Hiker's Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3500' in 2012 and the Schenectady Gazette named it one of the top 10 new books of 2012.  The hiking guide has color photos and maps, and Via will be sharing additional photos from the photographers who contributed to the book. He enjoys engaging the audience with stories and tales of his hikes.

 The theme of the presentation is Catskill 100 highest mountains, where they are, and how they are unique. His presentation is an introduction for hikers and other mountain enthusiasts to a range of peaks largely unknown to the public. There will be time for questions and book signing after the program.

For our second hiking program, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m., we will be welcoming Erik Schlimmer, hiker and founder of the Trans-Adirondack Route. Schlimmer designs sustainable trails for federal, state, and private agencies. He will give a presentation highlighting the history, ecology and preservation of the Adirondack Park, as well as photographs of his personal trek traversing the entire park. The Trans-Adirondack Route is 235 miles long and climbs 25,000 vertical feet from end-to-end. It begins in Ellenburg Center, NY, just nine miles from Canada, and ends near the small settlement of Lassellsville, N. Y.  Some highlights of the route include Whiteface Mountain, the Cold River, the Cedar River, Long Lake, Catamount Mountain, and the High Peaks. His guidebook and maps will also be available, so you can follow his footsteps across the largest park in the United States.

Book sale success

The library wanted to send out a big thank you to the entire community.  Our annual fall book sale was a huge success this year, because of  all of the used books, cd’s and dvd’s so generously donated by our neighbors. A special thanks to all of the volunteers who tirelessly worked to sort and box and stack countless items. Also, day after day. And a heartfelt thank you to FOL President, Sherry Burgoon, for her above and beyond efforts that made this the best book sale ever.

Hall gallery

Be sure to stop in and admire the works of our October artist of the month, Barbara Meilinger. She has graciously agreed to display her incredible quilt collection. You will not want to miss it.