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Our holiday gift wish list is available!

Our holiday gift wish list is out!

Last year, we put out a wish list of items we need, but couldn't afford to buy. It was a huge success last year, and we thank you all for your generosity!

We are doing it again this year, but the list looks a little different than it did last year. 

Based on community needs surveys and our budget, we're asking for some unusual things as well as regular materials like books. 

Libraries of Things are one of the newest things libraries across the country are offering their community members. We started last year with prom dresses and our seed library, and we're growing! 

This year, we'd like to offer: 

Two Hiking Kits 

  • backpack, water bottle, and an Adirondack trail map for each 

Two Yoga Kits

  • yoga mat, blocks, and DVD 

One Sewing Kit

  • thread, needles, etc.

One Embroidery Kit

  • needles, thread, a book, embroidery hoop

One Indoor Gardening Kit

  • seeds from our seed library, a book on indoor gardening, soil, and a trowel 

In addition to our library of things, we're expanding our collections based on community feedback. We are asking for science fiction, historical fiction, and language learning materials. The library is also in desperate need of replacing some of its well-loved classics like the Nancy Drew series.Finally, you will see books with diverse characters and cultures on our list as well. 

Finally, the boring stuff. We could really use some office supplies so we can focus on putting the money in our small budget towards programs. 

If you have any questions about the list, please contact Hannah at 518.306.1039 or email her at hstahl@sals.edu

Seeking a Volunteer Program Coordinator

We're looking for a volunteer program coordinator!

 

The Argyle Free Library is seeking a Volunteer Program Coordinator. We are looking for a caring individual who will bring excitement and innovation to the Argyle Free Library. The volunteer program coordinator will assist the Director in planning programs, program set up and take down, overseeing projects, and program publicity. This is an unpaid position.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Planning and coordinating programs
  • Assisting with outreach efforts
  • Coordinating with other volunteers and staff
  • Running programs as needed
  • Contacting the press and utilizing other outlets to publicize programs

 

Desired Skills

  • Ability to use email and social media (Facebook)
  • Interest in innovative and engaging programs
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Drive preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively in print and in person

 

If interested, please reach out to the director, Hannah Stahl, at: hstahl@sals.edu

Our value to the community in 2016: $157,952.65

 

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Open Enrollment for Health Insurance ends on January 31st!

 

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You can apply for a health insurance plan until January 31st, 2018

Go to the New York State of Health Marketplace to review and purchase health insurance plans. 

Don't know where to begin? You can find a navigator to guide you through the process. Click here for a list of navigators available by county. 

Argyle Free Library has four available computers for you to use to apply for health insurance. We also have high-speed Wi-Fi if you would like to bring your laptop or tablet in with you. 

Girls Who Code Club

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What's Girls Who Code?

Girls Who Code is a non-profit organization that offers girls FREE computer science training. It also provides a fun place to make new friends! Interested in knowing what we'll do and learn? Go to this link.

We're having our next meeting on February 6th from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

 
We ask that you bring your own computer if you have one. If you don't, we have 4 available for use at the library. Please email us to reserve a computer: hstahl@sals.edu

New book donation policy

 

We had a record year with all of the donations we received. Thank you for being so generous!

The record book donation has created a slight problem, though. The building cannot support the weight of so many books, so the board and the director have decided to implement a new donated book policy. 

Argyle Free Library Donated Book Policy

Gifts/donations 
Gifts or donations of any material will be evaluated for inclusion in the collection. If we deem that the material is right for the collection, we will add it to our shelves. If the material is not right for us, we will either sell it at our annual book sale or direct the person to other organizations that may accept the item.

How to drop off gifts and donations 
We only accept books on the first Saturday of the month from 12 pm to 1 pm. During that time, volunteers will be at the library to accept donations. They will go through donations and accept books for inclusion in the collection or for sale at our annual book sale. Any books that the volunteers deem are not fit for inclusion in the collection will not be accepted. A list of other organizations that may accept the books will be available upon request.

General guidelines on materials the library will and will not accept

Books and materials the library WILL accept: 
Fiction that has been popular in the last three years 
Non-fiction on topics such as knitting, cooking, gardening that are in fair condition. 
Non-fiction on topics that date quickly (health, law, technology, science) that are between one year old and three years old 
Paperbacks in fair condition with genres of western, romance, mystery, and science fiction 
DVDs that came out in the last 3 years

Books and materials the library is unable to accept: 
Fiction that is older than three years 
Non-fiction on topics that date quickly (health, law, technology, science) more than three years old 
Paperbacks in poor condition or in a genre we don’t collect in 
DVDs that are older than 3 years

Any questions? 
Please direct them to Hannah at hstahl@sals.edu

Knitting Club

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We welcome any hand-crafters at any experience level!

 Let's have a fun time as we knit together! 

The Knitting Club meets every Wednesday from 2:00pm-4:00pm