George Steele will be at the Voorheesville Public Library on Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. to teach about animal tracks. This program is for students in grades three and up.

Bring a T-shirt and decorate it with tracks from your favorite mammal. Registration is required for this program.

Story time

Start Family Bicycling Day, Saturday, July 16, off right with a "Bikes and Trikes" storytime at the library at 10:15 a.m. Storytime will finish with plenty of time to make your way to the Village Park for the opening ceremony for Family Bicycling Day.

Voorheesville Family Bicycling Day

Join the bicycle parade on Saturday, July 16 at 11 a.m. at the village park. Participate in a bike skills rodeo and enjoy the new rail trail and pavilion. Activities for all ages will take place throughout downtown Voorheesville. Join friends and neighbors as we bicycle a closed, supervised route.

Bicycle skills rodeo

This bicycle skills educational program will allow young bicyclists the opportunity to practice and develop skills that will help them to become more informed and better bicyclists and to avoid typical crashes.

Our team of bicycling experts will lead participants through some practical exercises such as a safety bike and helmet check, scanning, avoiding road obstacles, and starts and stops.

Space is limited. Please register on the library event calendar. Please wear proper bicycling attire (helmet, close-toed shoes). This program is for children in kindergarten through grade three, from 11 a.m. to noon; for grade four and up from 1 to 2 p.m. Skills rodeo will be held at the Rail Trail pavilion on Saturday, July 16.

Pea pod pandemonium

Let’s hear it for the power of peas. On Monday, July 18, students in kindergarten through grade three will hear some stories about these green guys, play pod games, and even make some art with dried peas.

Chinese cooking

Students in grades six and up will learn how to prepare a delicious Chinese brown rice stir-fry from fresh, healthy ingredients. Join host speakers from the Honest Weight Food Co-op on Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m., as they share shopping, preparation, and cooking skills. Please register as space is limited for this program.

Creativity lab

On Wednesday, July 20 at 2 p.m., students in grades four through six can learn the basics of designing in three dimensions using Tinkercad. Create a keychain or nameplate that will be printed on the library’s Cubify 3D printer. Equipment is limited, so please register early.

Adult coloring book

Join us on Wednesday, July 20 at 6 p.m., for our adult coloring book club. 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.

ENCORE! hours

The ENCORE! used book store will be open every Tuesday through Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. 7:30 p.m.

 

On Wednesday, July 6, join us for a matinee starting at 2 p.m. In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. This film is rated PG, and runs for 93 minutes. Don’t forget popcorn will be served.

Bricks and blocks

Builders in grades four and up are invited to join us on Thursday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m.  to “Get Building!”  With our LEGO bricks and Minecraft blocks on the laptops, you can create anything that you can imagine. Use LEGO Movie Maker on the iPads to make your own stop-motion movie. Please register online to reserve your spot.

Teen tech time and Makerspace

Middle and high schoolers in grades six and up can use their imagination on Friday, July 8, at 2 p.m. to make something high-tech or low-tech. Use the Leap Motion, the 3D scanner, or 3D printer with our laptops. Tackle a building challenge in Minecraft, 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. Please register, space is limited.

Visit Graystone Stables

Children in kindergarten through grade three will meet Mrs. Brown at the stables on Monday, July 11, at 2 p.m., for an introduction to the wonderful world of horses and the sport of horseback riding. Directions to the stable will be provided to all online registrants.

Garden discussion

Our gardens should be thriving this time of year. Come to a discussion on Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m., to brainstorm solutions for challenges you are having in your garden, share your successes, and start and return, quote, or trade borrowed seeds. We will briefly review how to save seeds for those who are interested in contributing to the library. Bring in samples of vegetables or flowers you are growing, whether from the seed library collection or others. Identify seeds in our library collection for succession planting for the rest of the summer and into the fall. Local gardeners and Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will facilitate the discussion and help answer questions. Beginner to advanced gardeners are welcome. Please register. Borrow, grow and share with the library.
 

ENCORE! Hours

Begining July 12, ENCORE! will be open every Tuesday through Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Be sure to stop in and stock up on your summer reading supplies. ENCORE! is made possible by the dedication and determination of the Friends of the Library. If you are interested in joining the FOL, please contact Sherry Burgoon at .

Can you believe it is time for our annual ice cream social? Join us on Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m., as we welcome summer and the On Your Mark, Get Set ... READ! summer reading program. Stewarts Shops will be generously donating ice cream and toppings so you can make your own sundae. Stop in to find out about all the fabulous programs the library has to offer for children, tweens, teens, and families. Activities and sports-themed demonstrations from experts are all part of this annual celebration. Bring the whole family.

SRP kick-off

Join us at the Performing Arts Center on June 27, for an invigorating and exciting evening of song and dance with nationally acclaimed children’s musician of PBS fame, Steve Roslonek of Steve Songs. He has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for the past 15 years. Anyone who’s attended a Steve Songs concert appreciates his ability to connect with his audience — from the exuberant children flocking toward the stage, to the moms bouncing babies with the beat, to the parents and grandparents singing along.

You won’t want to miss this one. This program is made possible with the generous support of The Friends of the Library and The Voorheesville PTA. The concert will be held at the Lydia C. Tobler Performing Arts Center at the Voorheesville High School/Middle School.

Toddler Yoga

Experience the benefits of yoga together in this nurturing class taught by local instructor, Janine Murphy. Yoga supports physical and emotional well-being and promotes fun and bonding. Bring a mat or a towel. This is a four session program, every Tuesday at 10:15 a.m., beginning June 29 and running through July 20. It is understood that things come up at the last minute, but you must commit to the four sessions since the next class builds upon the previous. Ages 2 to 5 with parent or caregiver, please register online.

Teen project

Teen power is needed to sew telemetry bags for the Cardiac Care Unit at Albany Medical Center. Join us on Wednesday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. and 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.  Students entering grades seven and up, please register.

ENCORE! hours

The next scheduled hours for ENCORE! are June 23, from 4:30  to 7:30 p.m. Be sure to save the date, July 16, for the grand opening celebration. Watch here for more information as the date draws nearer. It is sure to be fun.

 

Join Miss Amy on Saturday, June 18, at 10:15 a.m. for a special story time that is all about daddies. Books about Father’s Day will be shared along with complementary songs, activities, and doughnuts. Please register for this unique and fun event to celebrate the dads! For kids ages 2 to 6 and their fathers and grandfathers.

From garden to table

Are you interested in starting a garden? Join Rachel, the dietitian from ShopRite of Albany, on Tuesday, June 21, at 6 p.m., to learn the basics about gardening, composting, and how to use your herbs and vegetables. Please register.

Ice cream social

Can you believe it is time for our annual ice cream social? Join us on Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m., as we welcome summer and the On Your Mark, Get Set ... READ! summer reading program. Stewarts Shops will be generously donating ice cream and toppings so you can make your own sundae. Stop in to find out about all the fabulous programs the library has to offer for children, tweens, teens, and families. Activities and sports-themed demonstrations from experts are all part of this annual celebration. Bring the whole family.

SRP kick-off

Join us at the Performing Arts Center on June 27, for an invigorating and exciting evening of song and dance with nationally acclaimed children’s musician of PBS fame, Steve Roslonek of Steve Songs. He has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for the past 15 years. Anyone who’s attended a Steve Songs concert appreciates his ability to connect with his audience — from the exuberant children flocking toward the stage, to the moms bouncing babies with the beat, to the parents and grandparents singing along.

You won’t want to miss this one. This program is made possible with the generous support of The Friends of the Library and The Voorheesville PTA. The concert will be held at the Lydia C. Tobler Performing Arts Center at the Voorheesville High School/Middle School.

Toddler Yoga

Experience the benefits of yoga together in this nurturing class taught by local instructor, Janine Murphy. Yoga supports physical and emotional well-being and promotes fun and bonding. Bring a mat or a towel. This is a four session program, every Tuesday at 10:15 a.m., beginning June 29 and running through July 20. It is understood that things come up at the last minute, but you must commit to the four sessions since the next class builds upon the previous. Ages 2 to 5 with parent or caregiver, please register online.

ENCORE! hours

The next scheduled hours for ENCORE! are June 20 and 23, from 4:30  to 7:30 p.m. Be sure to save the date, July 16, for the grand opening celebration. Watch here for more information as the date draws nearer. It is sure to be fun.

Looking for an afternoon of fun and games? Find it at the “Bored” Game Club, Monday, June 13, at 1:30 p.m. The library will provide board games and cards, or you’re welcome to bring a favorite of yours. Adults, please register online.

Coloring book club

Join us on Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. for our adult coloring book club. 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.

Please register online or call the library at 765-2791.

Healthcare discussion

Capital District Alliance for Universal Healthcare and Physicians for a National Health program present “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point” on Sunday, June 12, at 1:30 p.m. This film takes an in-depth look into our healthcare system. Discussion of the film will be facilitated by Dr. Cliff Casey and Dr. Richard Propp.

Encore! Update

There was a crowd waiting as Encore!, the Friends of the Library used book store, opened its doors last week. Business is booming and the friends could not be happier. The next scheduled hours for Encore! are June 13, 16, 20 and 23, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sherry at .

Teen volunteers

Students entering grade seven and up are invited to join us on Friday, June 17, at 4:30 p.m. for this mandatory teen-volunteer orientation. Summer volunteer jobs include helping prepare crafts, working with younger children during programs, and some computer tasks. Fill out a volunteer form (a link can be found through our online calendar) prior to this mandatory volunteer orientation. Teens should also bring their summer calendars so they know which dates they are available to volunteer.  For more information, please contact Debbie Sternklar at the library, or e-mail . Space in the volunteer program is limited, please register for orientation online by Monday, June 13.

Summer reading program

Join us at the Performing Arts Center on June 27, for an invigorating and exciting evening of song and dance with nationally acclaimed children’s musician of PBS fame, Steve Roslonek of Steve Songs. Steve has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for the past fifteen years.

Anyone who’s attended a Steve Songs concert appreciates his ability to connect with his audience from the exuberant children flocking toward the stage, to the moms bouncing babies with the beat, to the parents and grandparents singing along. You won’t want to miss this one.

This program is made possible with the generous support of the Friends of the Library and the Voorheesville PTA. The concert will be held at the Lydia C. Tobler Performing Arts Center at the Clayton A. Bouton High School/Middle School.

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