Join us Wednesday evening, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. for “Stand Tall: Against the Odds”, an inspirational memoir about Everett Rau’s life and farming in 20th Century America.

At age 97, Everett Rau still farms the land where he was born in 1919. Hoping that his tales of survival can inspire others, he reminisces about early life in Altamont, farming during the Depression, working for General Electric in World War II, and the rise and catastrophic failure of his own small business.

Find the right college

Dr. Dean Skarlis will be joining us on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the world of college admissions. Dr. Skarlis, of The College Advisor of New York, holds a doctorate in educational policy and administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

He attended the Harvard University Institute on College Admissions, and he is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling and the Independent Educational Consultants’ Association.

Some of the topics he will cover include: how your child will be evaluated; the top five factors colleges look for in applicants; strategies to reduce college costs; college rankings: understanding why “fit” is critical, and more.

Lego Jr. Maker Event

Veterans Day will be our inspiration this month. Use the library’s Lego bricks to honor our country’s servicemen. On Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. parents and caregivers will join their children, ages 5 through  7, in this creative journey meant to foster problem-solving skills and encourage storytelling.

Teens Care: Sewing for vets

Students in grades six and up are invited to spend Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, earning community service time! From 2 to 4 p.m., teen power is needed to sew telemetry holders for the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

You’ll be cutting and pinning material, then using the sewing machines to make simple pouches with straps. Participants will earn two hours of community service.

Gallery and display case

Our November Artist of the Month is local favorite Susie Flansburg. Susie credits her artistic accomplishments to her mentors and friends, Louis Pelky and Ruth Cawley. She also enjoys painting regularly with a group of friends who meet at the Guilderland Town Hall. Please be sure to stop in to enjoy some Oil Paintings By Susie. Our display case this month is Kaleidoscopes, shared by Judy Mysliborski. Everyone enjoys using a kaleidoscope, and Judy has an amazing collection. There will also be a kaleidoscope creativity lab, for students in grades 2 and up, at the library on Nov. 27. Check back here for more information, or check our calendar at www.voorheesvillelibrary.org.

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.

— Photo by Mark Yingling

Matthew Rozell talks to a packed house at the Voorheesville Public Library on Oct. 19. He spoke about his first book,“The Things Our Father Saw,” which is full of first person accounts of World War II in the Pacific Theater and is one of a series of three books. He also talked about his newest book, “A Train Near Magdeburg,” which chronicles the eventual reunion of nearly 300 Holocaust survivors with their American GI liberators, made possible by the work of Rozell, a Hudson Falls high school history teacher, and his students. “The audience on Wednesday night was a real cross section of society. In addition to the general public, there were Voorheesville high school students and their teacher, several of Matt Rozell's past students, a few World War II veterans, and a Jewish gentleman whose family had the good fortune of escaping Nazi Germany in 1939 — a fascinating couple of hours, to say the least,” said Mark Lingling who attended the event.

Please join us in welcoming Hayley Stevens-Miller, from the Saratoga Olive Oil Company. Hayley is one of very few ONAOO certified professional olive oil tasters and is the 2015 North American Olive Oil Tasting Champion.

Some of you may remember her from this past spring, when she stopped by the library to introduce us to different flavors of olive oil. On Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m., she will give an interactive talk and offer some new varieties of olive oil for your tasting pleasure.

Meet Everett Rau

Join us Wednesday evening, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. for “Stand Tall: Against the Odds,” an inspirational memoir about Everett Rau’s life and farming in 20th Century America.

At age 97, Everett Rau still farms the land where he was born in 1919. Hoping that his tales of survival can inspire others, he reminisces about early life in Altamont, farming during the Depression, working for General Electric in World War II, and the rise and catastrophic failure of his own small business.

Find the right college

Dr. Dean Skarlis will be joining us on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the world of college admissions. Dr. Skarlis, of The College Advisor of New York, holds a doctorate in educational policy and administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

He attended the Harvard University Institute on College Admissions, and he is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling and the Independent Educational Consultants’ Association.

Some of the topics he will cover include: how your child will be evaluated; the top five factors colleges look for in applicants; strategies to reduce college costs; college rankings: understanding why “fit” is critical, and more.

Lego Jr. Maker Event

Veterans Day will be our inspiration this month. Use the library’s Lego bricks to honor our country’s servicemen. On Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. parents and caregivers will join their children, ages 5 through 7, in this creative journey meant to foster problem-solving skills and encourage storytelling.

Teens Care: Sewing for vets

Students in grades six and up are invited to spend Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11, earning community service time. From 2 to 4 p.m., teen power is needed to sew telemetry holders for the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

You’ll be cutting and pinning material, then using the sewing machines to make simple pouches with straps. Participants will earn two hours of community service.

Holiday hours

The library will close at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Register

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 at 765-2791 or by using our online calendar at http://voorheesvillelibrary.org/calendar.asp.

 

Learn easy beading techniques on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m.You can make simple necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. The Library provides tools and offers a variety of beads to choose from, or you are welcome to bring your own supplies and projects along. Check out our beading books and magazines for inspiration. You may arrive at any time during the workshop that fits your schedule. Adults and teens ages 14 and up. There will be a small materials fee, depending on your chosen project.

Story time

Join Miss Amy on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10:15 a.m. for not too scary Halloween themed stories and songs, a themed craft and Trick or Treating in the library followed by a mini Halloween snack celebration. Come dressed in costume.  

Creativity lab

Make your own zombie hand Halloween prop. Catch a glitter slime monster. Create a creepy string doll. Even our snack will be a scream. Grades four through six are invited to join us at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23 for a Halloween creativity lab.

Adult coloring book club

Each month we provide different coloring sheets to choose from as well as a large selection of colored pencils, markers, and crayons, or you may bring your own. Relax and enjoy some you time. This month we will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Music and movement program

Back by popular demand, Rose Stuart of “Rose’s Joyful Noise,” will be conducting a spectacular music and movement program sure to get preschoolers singing, and dancing. Boogie on down to the library on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. and join us for a fun, music program with Miss Rose. We'll play with the parachute, sing along with the ukulele, chant, and march to the beat of her drum, and dance ourselves silly. You won’t want to miss out on this one! For ages 2 to 5 with parent or caregiver.

Olive oil talk

Please join us in welcoming Hayley Stevens-Miller, from the Saratoga Olive Oil Company. Hayley is one of very few ONAOO certified professional olive oil tasters and is the 2015 North American Olive Oil Tasting Champion. Some of you may remember her from this past spring, when she stopped by the library to introduce us to a selection of various olive oils. On Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. she will give an interactive talk and offer some new varieties of olive oil for your tasting pleasure.

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 at 765-2791 or using our online calendar at http://voorheesvillelibrary.org/calendar.asp.

— Photo by Lesa Clark

Halloween by the book: Graphic artist Lesa Clark assembled this display for the Voorheesville Public Library.

Nicole Iannoti, a registered representative from Foresters Financial Services Inc., will be presenting about new Social Security guidelines at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Learn the answers to your questions such as: Will Social Security be there for me?  How much can I expect to receive? Many more questions will be answered throughout the seminar.  

“The Things Our Fathers Saw”

We are pleased to welcome author and teacher, Matthew Rozell on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Rozell is an award-winning history teacher, author, speaker and blogger on the topic of the most cataclysmic events in the history of mankind — World War II and the Holocaust. Rozell has been featured as the “ABC World News Person of the Week” and has had his work as a teacher filmed for the CBS Evening News, NBC Learn, the Israeli Broadcast Authority, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the New York State United Teachers.

At the height of World War II, “Look Magazine” profiled a small upstate New York community for a series of articles portraying it as the wholesome, patriotic model of life on the home front. Seventy years later, Rozell and his students track down over two dozen veterans residing around "Hometown, USA" who fought the war in the Pacific, from Pearl Harbor to the surrender at Tokyo Bay.

They rescue and resurrect firsthand accounts of combat and brotherhood, of captivity and redemption, and the aftermath of a war that left no American community unscathed. The Things Our Fathers Saw contain the stories that the magazine could not tell, from a vanishing generation speaking to America today.

As the founder of the World War II Living History Project, Rozell and his students recorded the testimony of hundreds from the WWII generation, one person at a time. One of his interviews, and his dogged pursuit thereafter, led to the reuniting of a train transport of Holocaust survivors with their actual American liberators over 60 years later and the discovery of one of the most iconic photographs of the Holocaust.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more on Matthew Rozell, visit his web site at: http://matthewrozell.com.

Beading workshop

Learn easy beading techniques on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. You can make simple necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. The Library provides tools and offers a variety of beads to choose from, or you are welcome to bring your own supplies and projects along.

Check out our beading books and magazines for inspiration. You may arrive at any time during the workshop that fits your schedule. Adults and teens ages 14 and up. There will be a small materials fee, depending on your chosen project.

Story time

Join Miss Amy on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10:15 a.m., for not too scary Halloween program. We’ll have themed stories and songs, a themed craft and Trick or Treating in the library, followed by a mini Halloween snack celebration. Come dressed in costume.

Make a Great Pumpkin

Join us on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1:30 pm as we showcase our creative skills to decorate pumpkins for Halloween and the fall season. What is your fancy? Spooky, silly, whimsical, humorous, or artistic? Pumpkins and decorating supplies will be provided.

We will end the program by watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and snacking on pumpkin bread and cider. Decorated pumpkins will be displayed in the library Oct. 17 through  23 for the entire community to enjoy. Pumpkins may be picked up beginning Oct. 24.  For children in kindergarten through grade five and their families. Please register.

Legos

Create a new land from your imagination and LEGO bricks at the library on Monday, Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Parents and caregivers will join their kids in kindergarten through grade two in this creative journey meant to foster problem-solving skills and encourage storytelling. Please register.

Bricks and blocks

Students in grades three through seven will create something creepy with our LEGO bricks, and try to survive the Creepers during your turn on Minecraft. The program starts at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10. Please register.

Gluten free and Paleo baking

Come to the library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, for a presentation by cookbook author, Elizabeth Barbone. Despite being born with life-threatening food-allergies, Barbone graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. Now she shares her delicious and creative recipes for the food allergic and gluten-free communities through her site GlutenFreeBaking.com, cooking classes, and regular radio and television appearances. She is the author of three cookbooks: “Easy Gluten-Free Baking”, “How to Cook Gluten-Free”, and the “World’s Easiest Paleo Baking”. Samples will be offered, and registration is required.

Social Security planning

Nicole Iannoti, a registered representative from Foresters Financial Services Inc., will be presenting new Social Security guidelines at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Learn the answers to your questions: Will Social Security be there for me? How much can I expect to receive? Many more questions will be answered throughout the seminar. 

Holiday hours

In observance of Columbus Day, the library will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10.

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