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Stuffie Sleepover – April 23, 2019

Hi Everyone! My name is Dave and my friend, Sneetch, and I live at the library. Last night we had a sleepover with 8 new friends – Barry, Flopalopso, Dickens, Frogy, Weasley, Ali Wings, Little Guy, and Acrobat Cowy. I was watching as these new friends arrived with their humans. Everyone got a name tag, which was good because Sneetch & I can’t remember names! Then the humans made fun beds for their stuffie friends to sleep in. Acrobat Cowy & Little Guy had a bed with a canopy! How cool is that!
The first thing we all did was listen to Mrs. Morris read a story. We used the sit-up-ons like they do for Preschool Story Hour – that floor is cold! The story was about seeds. Monday was Earth Day and there are a lot of good books with that theme at the library. After the story, Mrs. Morris said we could do one of the Earth Day activities that anyone can do this week. We planted some bean seeds in a peat pod in a cup and then watered them. The peat pod got bigger and covered the seed! I hope everyone’s plant grows as big as the one Mrs. Valente planted and brought to the library! Little Guy tried to plant himself in a cup to see if he would grow!

The next thing we tried was origami. Sneetch found a book on the shelf and there was paper on the table. I helped Frogy & Dickens read the directions. We made some hats, a heart, and a cat. It was hard without thumbs, but it was fun!

Mrs. Morris & Nick made sure we were all set for the night and then they went home. Now the fun can start – the grown-ups have left the building!
I showed the new kids the play area and they had fun doing puzzles and playing with cars on the rug that looks like a town. Flopalopso & Weasley checked out the Launchpad tablets filled with games and stories. Barry & Acrobat Cowy thought the magnetic game was a challenge, but great fun!

Everyone said they wanted to get out of the children’s room and explore the library. Sneetch & I were thinking about what we should show them and we heard a crash! Oops! Ali Wings and Little Guy somehow got up on the desk and knocked over the tubs of pencils. What a mess! But everyone pitched in and helped and we got it back into the tub.

I told our new friends to hop on the book cart and Sneetch & I would take them on a tour of the library. First stop was the LEGO display out in the entryway. The kids in the LEGO Club are very creative. Everyone wanted a closer look. We discovered that the case was unlocked! Sneetch & I slid the heavy glass doors open so we could all see the creations better and before we knew it, they had all climbed right into the display case to get the closest look possible! Thank goodness they didn’t break anything! Wow! We better get them out of there!

Next we headed in to see what was making all the noise in the workroom. Nick had started a 3D print job before he left. They all scrambled to the top of the book cart to get a better look. Weasley & Little Guy decided being on top of the 3D printer was the best view!

Dickens asked about the big machine next to the 3D printer. We told him it was a copy machine. Some of the other friends said they heard that, in February at another sleepover, some stuffies decided to photocopy their behinds! After much laughter, it was decided to try doing faces this time. Little Guy was the perfect size to push the button and out came the cute faces of Flopalopso, Cowy, and Ali Wings! But maybe they would try behinds too! Why not? So they turned around and Little Guy pushed the button again. Out came the copy of three little behinds, tags and all! HaHaHa!!

Frogy asked what was behind the big white door that Nick had closed before leaving. Sneetch said it was the stairs and that got the friends excited! “What’s upstairs?” they asked. So with a lot of effort, we opened that heavy door and up we all went. Sneetch went up the railing and took Little Guy with him as the stairs were too steep for Little Guy. I had to tell them to be careful as they climbed the stairs.
There is a lot to do upstairs! Flopalopso & Ali Wings played checkers, Sneetch read a book about dogs to Barry & Dickens, and Weasley, Little Guy, Cowy, & Frogy stacked cups. Whoa! That was a quick ride down for Little Guy! The stack of chairs in the corner of the Teen book room looks like a ladder. And, of course, a ladder needs to be climbed! Frogy & Dickens made it up quickly and encouraged Cowy and Flopalopso to try it, too!

While they were playing, I dragged out a couple of tubs of the LEGOs to play with. That was a lot of fun. They were inspired by the great creations they saw (and played with) in the display case. Ali Wings was in the tub looking for pink blocks and Weasley was looking for wheels. Little Guy found a big wheel and was trying to figure out how he could ride on it!

After we put all the LEGOs away, the friends decided to look through some magazines. It was hard to choose as there are a lot of them!

Sneetch & I thought it was time to go back down stairs. I found the big boom box in the Story Hour cabinet and we put in a Doobie Brothers CD to do some dancing. Frogy & Flopalopso were rocking in their flashing light glasses! Cool!

To end the night and calm everyone down, Sneetch & I got all the friends around one of the computers to watch the Toy Story 4 trailer. We ALL love Toy Story movies!!! They are so true! I just watched from the cart and Sneetch was relaxing and saying, “I’m exhausted!”

Sneetch had found some marshmallows in the kitchen, so we had a little campfire and sang some songs together! That was fun. We found out that most of the friends don’t like burned marshmallows. Good thing because our campfire was not hot!

It was pretty late when we all got settled in for bed and we were all as exhausted as Sneetch! I don’t want to tell you the exact time. Mrs. Morris won’t let us have another sleepover if she thinks we stayed up all night. I hope she doesn’t read this story! She thinks she tucked us in when she left and we slept all night! We picked up everything we played with, so there are no signs of us doing anything but sleeping. SHHHHH! Don’t tell her! We had a wonderful time with our new friends and we want to do it again sometime!
Goodnight, from Dave & Sneetch!

No Story Hour on 4/19 & 4/26!

April Updates!

Fun things are happening at the library in April! Earth Day activities, STEM program, Stuffie sleepover, USS Slater Museum pass, Spring Market Day, and a College-bound Scholarship Award!

April 20, 10am-1pm – Earth Day Activities. Stop in and find out about Earth Day and what you can do to help the environment. A wetlands biologist will have a pond exhibit. Plant some seeds and paint a flower pot.

April 23, 4-7pm – Stuffie Sleepover! Bring your favorite stuffie to sleep overnight at the library with all the other stuffie friends.

April 24, 4-6pm – STEM program with Cornell Cooperative Extension – Learn about Computer Design & Processing. Appropriate for grades 2-10.

NEW!! USS Slater Museum Pass – available for a 3-day loan. Admits up to 2 adults and 2 children.

May 4th – 9am-1pm – Friends of Poestenkill Library Spring Market Day. Book sale ($5 per bag, bring your own bag or buy a pretty purple Friends bag for $5 and fill it for free – while supplies last), bake sale, plant sale, Basket Raffles! Fun for all! Held on the lawn of the library, rain date, Sunday 5/5.

8th Annual Leo B Clement Memorial Scholarship
The Poestenkill Library Board of Trustees is pleased to offer a $500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who is a resident of Poestenkill and plans to enter a two- or four- year college program this fall. This is the 8th year this award has been offered.

The Leo B. Clement Memorial Scholarship is funded by a generous gift from Alma Clement in memory of her late husband. Mrs. Clement established this fund specifically for scholarship purposes to a high school senior who loves reading.

Entrants must:

1. Be a Poestenkill resident;

2. Be a High School Senior (or equivalent) from a public, private, or home school who will be attending a two- or four- year college for the 2019-20 school year;

3. Write an essay of 500-750 words on the general subject of “The Love of Reading.”

Scholarship award will be chosen by a committee comprised of Mrs. Alma Clement, two Clement family members, the Director of Poestenkill Library, a Library Trustee, and a community member to be chosen by the Board of Trustees. The initial reading of essays will be completed without knowledge of the applicant’s name.

Announcement of Winning Essay:
The essay winner will contacted by June 30, 2019. The scholarship award will be announced on the Poestenkill Library website and in The Advertiser. The scholarship check for $500 will be awarded at the Poestenkill Library.

1. Essay must be between 500-750 words. Computer-generated is preferred. No specific font or spacing is required. Applicant’s name should not be on essay page.

2. A cover page must also be submitted which includes the following:

Applicant’s name, address, and phone number

High School currently attending (or equivalent)

College attending in the fall

3. Essay should be submitted via email or mail by May 31, 2019.


Mail: PO Box 305, Poestenkill NY 12140

4. One submission per student.

April Events

Fun things are happening at the library in April!

April 3: 6:30-7:30 – Marshmallow & Toothpick Challenge. Are you able to build a structure strong enough to hold a book? That is one of the challenges at this great event. Please stop in or call to register.

April 6: 10:30 – 1:30 – Discovery Day at Poestenkill Elementary School. The library will bring the Makerbot 3D printer along with some other fun things you can find at the library. Be sure to stop by our table to see what we offer.

April 10: 6:30-7:30 – LEGO Club. Join the fun on the second Wednesday of each month. We have a HUGE selection of LEGOs to use to build thanks to generous donations. This is a great family event and it is sometimes hard to determine who is having more fun, children or adults! Please stop in or call to register.

April 20: During library hours – Earth Day Activities. Stop in and find out about Earth Day and what everyone can do to help the environment. Ongoing all through library hours.

April Break Week – It looks like we may be having another Stuffie Sleepover. Check back with us to see what the dates will be. Other fun activities are being planned for children to do when they stop in during break week. More details to follow.

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