On Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m., world-class athlete, Judoka Nick Kossor, will provide participants in grades four through eight with an introductory lesson to the sport of Judo, so dress for action. He has won numerous championships and been ranked among the top 30 judoka in his weight class world-wide. He has 13 years of experience teaching judo to people of all ages and abilities. Space is limited, so please register early.

LEGO Jr. maker event

Come in on Monday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m., to make, tinker, build, and explore at the library. Parents and caregivers will join their kindergarten through grade three children in this creative journey meant to encourage problem-solving and foster storytelling.

Nimblefingers Jr.

Mom is always telling you to make new friends, so why not sew your own? Come in on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 3 p.m. and choose from a variety of materials to create a new buddy. We’ll teach you easy sewing skills to transform fabric to friend. This program is for students in grades four and up, please register.

Tween writing workshop

Everyone has a story to tell come write yours down. Ms. Serfilippi, a graduate student at the College of St. Rose, will teach some new terms, tricks, and tips about fiction writing. Students in grades four through eight will receive a new notebook to write their own short stories, illustrate them, and share them. All skill levels are welcome.

This is a two-part program; the firstwill be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3, continuing on with Part II, on Thursday, Aug. 4. Both parts begin at 6:30 p.m. Please register.

Teen tech time and maker studio

Students in grades six and up are invited on Friday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. to learn to 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.

Polymer clay minis

On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. participants in grades six and up will learn to shape a cute, realistic cupcake charm from polymer clay. While your creations bake, Miss Sternklar will share some sources for more polymer clay inspiration. Please register.

Healthy habits show with Professor Klutzo

Children in kindergarten through grade four  can join in on Monday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m., as the fumbling, bumbling professor discusses healthy habits along with his hilarious puppet sidekicks, Percy the Penguin and Freddie the Frog. The show includes magic, juggling, interactive music and lots of audience participation.

ENCORE! Hours

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

Library summer hours

I just wanted to make sure you all know we have changed our hours this summer. Our hours for July and August are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. to  6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed on Sundays.

 

Students in grades six and up are invited on Friday, July 22, 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.

Story time

Following a short story time, Saturday, July 23 at 10:15 a.m., parents and children, ages 2 through 5, will explore and play at different stations using hands on science, technology, engineering, art and math, building not only their reading skills but their STEAM skills, too. Activities include making a water xylophone, water table sensory play, bubble fun, and bubble painting, squirt bottle art, and pool noodle boats. Please wear a bathing suit or clothes that can get wet. Registration is requested for this special storytime.

Essential oils

What is all this talk about essential oils? This workshop on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m., will provide you with a hands on experience that will allow you to leave with an understanding of what an essential oil is and what it can do to improve your lifestyle. Throughout this hour, you will be able to enjoy the aromas of various oils, apply oils topically,and even taste the oils if you would like. We will discuss safety of the oils, how and when to use the oils, and what the oils can do for you and your family (and even your favorite pet). Come join us for this wonderful education! It’s time to empower yourself and take control of your own health with instructor Karen Chenel.

Dazzle Dogs

The Dazzle Dogs are coming at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, this remarkably unique and talented group of dogs will delight you with their exceptional talents. They will perform tricks, complete agility obstacles, and dance to choreographed musical routines. All ages are  welcome.

Robot races

Join us on Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. to learn about our new Ozobots and program one to run through a maze. Which team will navigate the maze the fastest? Students in grades 4 and up should register early for this limited space program.

Judo

On Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m., world-class athlete, Judoka Nick Kossor, will provide participants in grades 4 through 8 with an introductory lesson to the sport of Judo, so dress for action.  Kossor has won numerous championships and been ranked among the top 30 judoka in his weight class world-wide. He has 13 years of experience teaching judo to people of all ages and abilities. Space is limited, so please register early.

ENCORE! Hours

ENCORE! used book store will be open every Tuesday through Sept. 1, from10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

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.

 

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