Voorheesville Library Notes for Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanks to Friends for the Skype program!

When asked about her recent skype author visit and the role that the Friends of the Voorheesville Public Library played in making that a reality, youth services librarian Gail Brown had this to say: “I would like to extend a great big thank you to the Voorheesville Friends of the Library for funding a well-received special reading event. New York State author, Kate Messner, visited the library via Skype for a mother-daughter book discussion of one of her books. Kate was a warm and engaging presenter who discussed her writing process and the ins and outs of publishing. She was delightful! 

Mrs. Brown continued “I would not have been able to coordinate this program without the monetary help for book purchases and the author’s fee generously provided by the Friends of the Library. I am grateful for all the support this organization gives toward programs and services for youth and families.”


The library now offers TumbleBooks, digital animated, talking picture books that help parents and kids share the joy of reading together at home or on the go. Users of iPads, tablets, smart phones, or computers can connect through our website,  www.voorheesvillelibrary.org,  to the TumbleBooks elibrary, a collection of over 300 fiction and nonfiction ebooks.

TumbleBooks are based on print titles, with added features such as animation, sounds, music, and narration, transforming the book into an electronic picture or chapter book. The collection also offers read-alongs, puzzles and games, language learning, and short videos. 

Retirement party 

Please stop by the library, on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m., to help us say good-bye to youth services director, Joyce Laiosa. As many of you know, she has been at the library for 16 years, working in the youth services area.

She has been a part of many of our lives, through our children and grandchildren. We will be hosting an open reception in the community room and, courtesy of the friends of the library, there will be light refreshments. Please join us.

Artist of the month

Our December artist of the month, Jean Mackay will be displaying watercolor sketches from her artist journals, as well as finished paintings. For more than 20 years, she has used art as a way to study nature and to share its beauty and diversity with others.

Mackay’s journals and paintings aim to help people see anew and appreciate both the remarkable species and ordinary things we encounter close to home. She will be hosting a reception to highlight her gallery display. Please stop by on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 4:45 p.m. to view Jean’s work and enjoy some light refreshments.