Library will be closed on Monday, February 15th for President’s Day

The true story of St. Valentine’s

Filing your taxes on-line


Every Wednesday, between 1-8 p.m. thru April 13th, we will have a New York State Tax Representative at the library, who will advise you how to file your taxes on-line. You will have to file yourself, but the information given should make the process for you much easier. This service is free.

A successful evening


A big ‘thank you’ to Gordon Fricke, locally known as the ‘Car Guy’.

Gordon visited the Cheney Library yesterday and gave lots of information, advice and stories about cars and car repairs. We all learned a lot and are grateful that Gordon took the time for this presentation. We thank all the patrons who attended – it was a very cold night!

“Car Guy” at Library

car We will host “Car Guy”, Gordon Fricke, on Thursday, January 21st at 7 p.m. Snowdate will be January 28th at 7 p.m. Gordon has been on WAMC 90.3 one a month for many years. Ray Graf is the news anchor and director of News Media. He has a variety of experts on the show with programs from medical to gardening, and Gordon is the “Car Guy”.

As most of you know, Gordon is the proprietor of Barber and Fricke Automotive, Inc. in Hoosick Falls. He knows a lot about cars, so if you have car questions here is the chance to get them answered. See you then!



Season’s Greetings

Nuremberg, Germany at Christmas

Nuremberg, Germany at Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of our patrons from all of us at the Cheney Library.

We appreciate your patronage. Thank you!


Just a look how other countries celebrate.


Opening of the Christmas Market in Nueremberg, Germany



Books for the Holidays

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Please join us on Thursday, December 10th at 7 p.m. at the Library and get inspired and informed on new books available for the season. Connie Brooks of Battenkill Books, Cambridge, NY, will visit and bring books for sale or order. Connie spent an evening with us once before and it made it so easy to decide which book to buy for yourself or to give to someone for the holidays.  Connie will give insight and a summary of the books she brings.

Keep this date available and be part of this evening.

We look forward seeing you!

Thank you very much!

A big ‘thank you’ to everybody who attended our Festival of Wreaths Auction, last Saturday, November 7th, 2015.

60 people attended and all wreaths were  bid for. The proceeds will be used for a stair lift to help patrons to access the basement of the library.

Again, thank you so much.

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Festival of Wreaths

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Hello all Wreath Decorators! It is now time to return your decorated wreath to Cheney Library. We already have quite a few on display. The live auction will take place in the Church of Immaculate Conception in Hoosick Falls, Saturday, November 7th. Preview is set for 6:30 p.m. and live auction to start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Library and at event for $10.

Desserts and refreshments will be served.

Please feel free to call for details 686-9401


Don’t forget about Story Time

Story Time has started. See schedule above under ‘ Story Time’.

Preschool and caretakers are invited – Tuesdays at 10 am.

Please join us!

Google Earth/Google Maps


Please join us Thursday, August 20th at 6:30 pm for an introduction to Google Earth and Google Maps. See how you can locate your house and see it via satellite. Need directions to Grandma’s house? Well, we will show you how to map the route.

Please sign up and stop by if you have questions.

Free Computer Class – SKYPE


Are you looking for an affordable, easy way to stay in touch with family and friends? Skype is a free tool for making audio and video calls to people all over the world. All ages and abilities are welcome. Feel free to bring your own laptop or device.

Thursday, June 18th at 6:30p.m. at Cheney Library.

Please call us 686-9401 to register.

Presented by Cornell University Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County.

Books and Beer

Please join us on June 6th between 3p.m. and 6p.m. and learn about beer and brewing at Brown’s Brewing,  North Hoosick .

Show your Cheney Library card and receive a discount for books and beer.

Craig Gravina will talk about his book UPPER HUDSON VALLEY BEER.

Also joining us will be Connie Brooks, owner of BATTENKILL BOOKS, Cambridge, NY.  She will bring a variety of beer related books.


Raffle and Puzzle Time

puzzleWho will be the first to start our puzzle? And while you are looking for the right pieces why not participate in our Summer Raffle. Adirondack chair, books, suntan lotion, soda and a tote will prepare you for a nice summer afternoon.


Lyme and Tick Disease

Jennifer Mahoney, Rensselaer County Health Department, will inform us about Lyme and Tick Disease. Please join us on May 13th, 6:30p.m. Lots of people came last year and we hope many will come again to learn about this important topic.

Computer Class – Social Media 101

Are you interested in learning more about Social Media? Would you like to learn about Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter? Bring your questions to this class on Thursday, April 30th, 6:30p.m. We will demo some popular sites, look at how they work and discuss some tips and tricks.

Thanks again to Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Rensselaer County.

Please preregister at the Library.

Microsoft Class

Please join us again this Thursday, April 9th at 6:30pm to learn about Microsoft. Sarah McFadden, Cornell Cooperative Extension, is back again to teach us. Sarah has visited our Library a few times already, and we enjoy her wonderful classes.


Computer Workshop

Our first Computer Workshop on  January 15th was a great success.

Sarah E. McFadden (Digital Literacy Resource Educator) from the Cornell University Cooperative Extension shared with us basic knowledge of computers and Internet. It was well attended with 22 patrons.

There will be another workshop in the near future, posted online and in the newspapers.

A big thank you to Sarah for all she taught us and we are looking forward seeing her again soon.


New Fireplace

FullSizeRender (6)Just in time for the Holiday Season! Our new gas insert fireplace adds a wonderful touch to our already beautiful Library.  Have a seat in  our comfortable  armchairs, enjoy the warmth and glow of the fire and catch up on local news with the Eastwick Press or the Eagle.

We look forward  to seeing you!

Dan Peer Retires

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Dan Peer, his mother and sisters

Dan Peer and Carol Gaillard, Director of Cheney Library

Dan Peer and Carol Gaillard, Director of Cheney Library

Dan Peer was Cheney Library’s maintenance man for 38 years. He kept the inside of the Library in good order and you could often see him outside on his lawn mower. Dan had a knack for coming up with ideas and solutions for things that needed fixing.

We will miss him and hope that he has more time now to do the things he loves. Many of his friends and patrons joined in to say good-bye.

Silent Auction

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Cheney Library is having a Silent Auction.

Even though no Festival of Wreaths is happening this year, there are wreaths and knitted items you can bid on until mid December. There are four wonderful quilts, each representing a season of the year.

Anyone who would like to participate in decorating a wreath and donating it to our auction, please ask for more details at the Library.

We have moved our computers and now our beautiful fireplace can be admired. We are in the process of having a gas insert installed. This will be a cozy place to sit and read. Thank  you to the Friends of Cheney Library and our generous patrons!


Change of Hours

There will be a change in Library Hours as of October 14th:

Hours Monday through Thursday will remain the same.

Friday’s change will be : 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday’s change will be: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bats at the Library

bats2Join us at the Library on Saturday, October 25th at 10 a.m. and learn about bats and have some fun. The story time will feature funny story books by bat enthusiast Brian Lies and bats’ lives in nature.

Song-singing, crafting and a bat-licious snack will make for a great time.

Priscilla McCaughin will be the story leader – ages four through elementary level.

Card supplies will also be available for any children who would like to craft a holiday card for a veteran. These can then be returned to the library and will be forwarded to our veterans.



Home Sweet Home

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Eagle Bridge Slideshow

We would like to thank Ken Gottry for a wonderful evening.

60 patrons came to hear Ken talk and to watch his slideshow last Monday, July 21, 2014. There was lots to learn and share and a good time was had by all.


Eagle Bridge History Presentation July 21, 7 pm

$_1Ken Gottry will present a slide show of the history of Eagle Bridge at the
Cheney Library on Monday, July 21 at 7 pm.
Eagle Bridge, the junction of the north-south D&H and the east-west
B&M railroad lines, was equal in prominence with Albany, Troy, and
Saratoga. There were multiple hotels and inns, an opera house, a
creamery, and many fine houses along tree-lined streets.

The show will include the history of the bridge, the church, the railroad,
the houses, and the people. Several lifelong residents including
octogenarian Harry Moses will be on hand to add their stories to the

The public is invited to attend and bring its own memories of the

The slideshow is available online at In addition,  DVD’s will be available at the library.

Ken Gottry is a computer consultant who flies around the world
correcting performance issues with large systems for FAA, DHL,
MasterCard, Nokia, Dept of Homeland Security, and others.
His father was a local historian and his mother’s roots go back to the
original settlers. In 2011, he published a pictorial history of Cambridge
for its 250th anniversary.

Each year Ken entertains and educates the CCS 4th grade with stories
and photos of the community. He is a frequent lecturer at area historical
societies and social organizations.

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Thank you, Jennifer Mahoney – Rensselaer County Health Department Representative – for spending Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at our Library. 30 people attended and learned about ticks and lyme disease. Anybody who would like literature on this subject, please contact us and we will ask Jennifer for additional pamphlets.

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Grand Opening of Children’s Room, May 31, 2014

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Carol Gaillard and Contractor Eric Amidon

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Carol Gaillard, Director of Cheney Library and Tim Burke, Director of Upper Hudson Library System

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Mark Surdon, Town Supervisor, Carol Gaillard and David Borge, Mayor

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June 18th, 2014 – Ticks and Lyme Disease

Nice weather is back and so are the ticks! Are you concerned about Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses? Join us Wednesday, June 18th at 6:30 pm at Cheney Library for a program on ticks and Lyme disease. The program, presented by Jennifer Mahoney,  Senior Public Health Educator, Rensselaer County Health Department, will cover the life cycle of a tick, the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses, the current levels of Lyme disease in our area, how to prevent tick bites and what to do if you get bitten. The program is free and no RSVP is needed.


Helping Children Keep A Garden Journal

Come and visit Cheney Library on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10 a.m . and be part of this gardening lecture. Some children, once introduced to gardening, will become life-long gardengarden kidsers.  Others lose interest fast and head back to their computer games. Whether their interests are in art, music, writing or building, teaching children to keep a journal will get them outdoors and hone their academic skills through the school year or over vacations, all while tending their garden plants. Leader Marilou Town-Pudiak is a Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension and a retired teacher. With spring on its way, summer will be here before you know it. There will be lots to learn for kids and adults.


Fancy Nancy and the Pirates Party

piratesnancyCome and have fun at Cheney Library’s  Fancy Nancy and the Pirates Party on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 10 am.  Dress up as the fanciest Nancy or come as a Pirate. We will read a story about Nancy, learn Pirate lingo, sing a sea chantey and enjoy cookies and drinks. There will even be a treasure hunt!  This event is for preschool children through third grade – we ask caregivers to attend, please.

In case you are unable to attend, you can check out a book about Fancy Nancy or Pirates, we have a very good selection available.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party

33 children came to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday last Saturday, March 15, 2014.

Thank you so much for visiting our Library and participating!




Thank you, Mike Russert!

photo (3)We learned a lot and we enjoyed ourselves a lot. Mike Russert, on March 10, 2014,  talked about the Irish-American Invasion of Canada in 1866. This was Mike’s second visit to our Library, and hopefully there will be many more.