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Stuffie Sleepover on 2/18/20 as reported by Dave


Hi! My name is Dave and I live at the Poestenkill Library. (Do you like my photo? I’m just learning to do selfies!) Last night was my favorite night of the year! It’s the night stuffie friends come to the library to sleep over. I love meeting new friends each year! I met Dasher, Hippo, Pink Bunny, Thumper, Angel Angelee, Dolphin, Squirtle, Honey Muffin, Sniggly, Foxy (and his little stuffie friends), Snakey, SpiderBear, and Stormfly. What a nice bunch of stuffies. You can tell they are very loved at home.

The friends came in with their people and after everyone arrived, Mrs. Morris introduced us to each other and then read us a cute story about hugs. It’s a good thing we could use the sit-upons they have for preschool story hour because that floor is very cold! Then Mrs. Morris said they could do some coloring sheets up on the table. There were so many colored pencils to choose from! Hippo found a book she liked and read it to Dasher, Squirtle, and Stormfly. Snakey wanted to do the Dr. Seuss floor puzzle so Dolphin, Thumper, Stormfly, and Pink Bunny got down from the table to help.

By the time they were done with all of that, it was time for Mrs. Morris and Taylor to go home. Everyone was tucked in for the night under the nice warm blanket. Picachu and Mickey decided to join them (they live at the library with me), but I wanted to stay in my own bed, at least that’s what I told Mrs. Morris. The lights were turned off and the doors were locked. Now the fun can begin!!!
I don’t mean to be a troublemaker, but I feel like I needed to show my new friends some of the fun things at the library. So, once I saw the car leave the parking lot, I turned the lights back on and we explored the library.

First we went upstairs. It was easy for Snakey and Sniggly to slither up the railings. Dolphin and Stormfly hitched rides. The rest climbed the stairs as best they could. Angel Angelee used her pretty wings.

There were many things to do upstairs. Dasher saw the big people’s puzzle and wanted to try to help finish it. Squirtle got right into things trying to find a piece they could put into place. There a lot of tiny pieces, the box said 1,000! Yikes!
I unlocked the office door and we all dragged out a tub of LEGO bricks. They were so much fun to use! SpiderBear, Honey Muffin, Stormfly, Thumper really got into it and the two snake friends ssssssupervised.

In the other room, Hippo and Dolphin played Connect 4, while Pink Bunny, Angel Angelee, and Foxy & friends played Candy Land. Snakey and Sniggly left the LEGOs and had a race to see who could get to the top of the stack of chairs. It looks like Snakey took a wrong turn! They all had fun!

Before we went back downstairs, Honey Muffin wanted to read a book about St. Patrick’s Day to everyone. It was good to take a little break before going back down all those stairs.
Dasher, Thumper, Foxy, and Dolphin wanted to use the new library computers to watch a movie. They found Frozen 2 and sat quietly to watch for a while. Someone found the snacks that are kept in the kitchen for LEGO Club and a few friends enjoyed fruit snacks and Goldfish crackers. They were nice and shared with everyone.

Some of the friends had heard the copy machine running earlier in the evening and wanted to take pictures of their fannies. But Thumper said he would only push the Start button if they took copies of their faces. What a nice young rabbit he is!

While friends were playing with the copier, Snakey said he would take everyone for a ride on the book return cart. He is very strong to be able to pull that around. Mickey & Picachu decided they wanted a ride too.

There was a huge book leaning against the table in the fiction room and some of the friends wondered what it was about. It took them a while to get it opened and the page they turned to had wonderful photos of seal in the Arctic. It’s a really nice book!

My new friends were getting pretty tired so I suggested they go back into the children’s room and play with the Launchpad tablets or listen to the new readalong Wonderbooks that let you listen to the book being read.

Everyone settled down and before long they all climbed back onto the nice warm blanket, all snuggled together, and fell asleep. I spent some time putting things back where they belonged. Mrs. Morris will never know the fun we had all night! Don’t tell her because I want to do this again! But now I’m exhausted and need to go to bed! Hope to see all my friends and some new ones next year!

February News & Events

February is Love Your Library Month!

February 8, 1-3pm – Chocolate “Friendzy” This delicious event is held by the Friends of Poestenkill Library. Each ticket holder may select an unlimited assortment of chocolate items to taste, and a complimentary drink. There will be a chocolate fountain! Tickets are $5 for individuals and $15 for families (3-6 people). In addition, there will be a drawing for a HUGE basket of chocolate/chocolate-related items. Tickets are on sale now through end of Chocolate Friendzy and are 3 for $5.00.

February 12, 6:30 – LEGO Club. Open to all ages, the theme for February is Design Your Dream House! We have DUPLO bricks also. This event is held the second Wednesday of each month.

February 18-19 – Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the library! Bring your fuzzy friend in on Tuesday evening between 4-7pm. You will give your friend a name tag and you can read them a story. They will stay over night at the library with all the other friends. In past years, they have gotten themselves into a little mischief ( you can read their stories on posts from 2/2018, 2/2019, & 4/2019). Will they do the same this year? Animal friends can be picked up after 1pm on Wednesday.

February 19, 6:30-7:30pm – Hour of Coding for kindergarten through Grade 8. Join us to explore different activities that focus on improving your computer science skills. Please bring a laptop, a tablet, or a phone. Please email info@poestenkilllibrary.org to register and receive a link to the coding activities prior to this event.

Winter Reading Challenge runs through February 29. Stop in and pick up a Reading BINGO sheet to earn tickets for a drawing for a Kindle Fire 8. Open to all ages!

We now have Wonderbooks – readalongs for children. At this time, we only have 12 titles, but hope to do some fundraising to purchase more. Stop in and check out what we have!

Don’t forget we have a huge selection of cake pans you can check out! The hearts are great for Valentine’s Day, but we have many, many other shapes & characters to chose from! And now they can be taken out for two weeks! See the list of items available at the Cake Pan link on this page.

Things to know:
Mango Languages has been discontinued due to a lack of use across the Upper Hudson Library System. Most of the Flipster Magazines (online) have been switched to Overdrive. See those links on this page.

Effective February 1, the loan period for DVDs and BluRays increased from 7 days to 14 days, except for the newest titles. Magazines also increased to 14 days.

We accept household batteries and used up markers for recycling. We also have a bin for collecting old eyeglasses. The Bread of Life Food Pantry has a collection basket here also.

Wonderful new books & DVDS for all ages are arriving weekly! Stop in and check out the great selection, especially our newly expanded collection of Large Print Books.

The library is closed on Monday, January 20.

January News & Events

Happy New Year from the staff at the Poestenkill Library! We start the year off with three brand new public use computers. These updated PCs are so much faster than what we have had for the past 10 years! Patrons will now have a quick and dependable computer to use at the library. This is especially important as the Census is coming up in February. We want to be able to offer the use of the public computers for residents to come in and fill out their census form if they do not have a dependable connection at home. We will be sharing more census information soon. Did you also know that you can access Ancestry.com (library edition – not the full paid version)for free at the library? It is available on all three public computers.

Upcoming events:

1/8: LEGO Club @ 6:30 – open to all ages and meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month! We have several large tubs of LEGO pieces to create wonderful things! Join the fun!This month’s theme is monsters!

1/13: Friends of the Poestenkill Library meeting @ 7pm: Open to all – join this dedicated and energetic group of people who support the library with their fundraising and fun events.

1/13 through 2/29: Winter Reading Challenge for all ages. Join the Winter Reading Challenge BINGO and earn tickets to win a Kindle Fire 8! Participants use a reading BINGO card which has you reading a variety of types of books. Each complete line earns a ticket. BINGO sheets will be out beginning 1/11.

1/22: Homemade beauty products @ 6:30. Concerned about leading a more sustainable lifestyle? Join us as we learn to make products such as toothpaste & deodorant. Please call or stop in the library to register.

The library will be closed on Monday, January 20, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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