Carol Gaillard to Retire

Carol Gaillard has announced her intentions to retire from the position as Library Director of Cheney Library as of  December 31, 2017. The Board of Trustees has accepted her intent with deep regret. Carol has kept our Library running smoothly for 18 years. We are proud to call her our Library Director.

We wish Carol a long, healthy, and happy retirement. We thank her for her long and distinguished service to Cheney Library.

Kindness Rocks Project

When Mrs. Nadine Scott, retired elementary teacher from Hoosick Falls Central School, was vacationing on Cape Code she found the Kindness Rocks Project, which she discovered is world wide. Now,  Mrs. Scott is going to bring the project to Hoosick Falls. On August 22 at 3 pm and August 23 at 4 pm at Cheney Library we will be decorating rocks to place in our Kindness Rocks Garden. The rocks have already been prepared with a base coat and you paint on a picture or a favorite saying with felt tip colored markers. Then we will seal them and put them in the garden of Cheney Library.

“The Kindness Rocks Project: Take one when you need one. Share one with a friend who needs some inspiration. Leave one for another. One message at just the right moment can change your whole day, outlook, life.”
Please call 518-686-9401 to sign-up for this event so that we have  enough rocks painted.

We can become a part of this world-wide project.


JANE, SAM & CHARLIE: Manchester, VT

We would like to invite you to meet Jane Sobel Klonsky, author of UNCONDITIONAL.

Jane has traveled the United States with one mission: to document the powerful relationship between people and dogs in the twilight of their lives. The heartwarming collection of beautiful portraits is a one-of-a-kind celebration of the special bond with our cherished pets.

Jane is an award winning commercial photographer known for her work in travel, lifestyle and sports. The author of several books, Jane lives in Vermont with her husband Arthur, and their dogs Charlie and Sam.

This event will take place on Saturday, September 16 at 11:00 am

The book sells for $20 of which $5 are donated to library!


Need some suggestions for choosing a device?

Buying a new device can be overwhelming. Tablet or laptop? iPhone or Android? How much is it going to cost? Get overviews on the differences between all the devices. We will talk about how to decide which one is best for you.

Come to this free class! Thursday, September 28th at 6 p.m.

Call us to register: 686-9401

Presented by Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Rensselaer County

2017 Cheney Library Summer Reading Adventure


Come to the Cheney Library during the week of June 26th and register. It is free and you receive bookmark and materials to keep track of your reading. Get a prize for signing up!


Students in K-3 use time sheets and book logs provided.

Students 4-8 track progress on sheet provided. Each circle equals 20 points. Mark a circle for 20 minutes of reading or a secret code earned by attending a library program. Visit the library when you reach 500 and 1,000 points to collect your prizes. Redeem prizes by August 23rd.

Programs for grades K-3 at 3 p.m. Tuesdays:

June 27 – Cave Paintings or the first drawings.

July 11 – Sewing Stories – Making a picture quilt.

July 18 – Inventions – Who invented the Slinky.

July 25 – Skidmore College’s TANG – Create 3-D sculptural collage.

August 1 – Pond Circle – Trout are made of trees.

August 8 – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Make a recycle craft.

August 15 – Bridges – Try building a bridge from Legos.

August 22 – Party – with some thaumatropes and walking water.


Students entering grades 4-8

Activities Wednesdays at 4 p.m.


July 12 – Board Game Night- New and old favorites from Scrabble to Apples.

July 19- Bad Art Night – Create something awesomely bad.

July 26 – Minute to Win It – Compete in wacky and wild challenges.

August 2 – Snack Attack – Taste a variety of snacks from fruit to chips to popcorn.

August 9 – Edible Architecture – Build your own delicious version of a famous landmark.

August 16 – Cupcake Wars – Compete to make the tastiest treat.

August 23 – Ice Cream Party – Celebrate your achievements.

This is to remind you that …

besides checking out books, we have videos, audiobooks, books in large print, magazines, five computer stations, free wifi, copying available for .15 per page and computer print-outs for .20 per page.

You can send or receive faxes for $1 per page.

We are more than happy to request books for you from other libraries within the Upper Hudson Library System, including videos and audiobooks. You can learn a new language on-line and access

Of course, you can request your own material on-line here or at home. So, while it is mostly about books, there are many other things we have for you.

Library at dusk, September 2015

Have you tried …

… our site? For this, you will have to come to the library and use one of our library computers. You can even send information you gather to your computer/i-phones, etc. at home.

This is a free service, of course, why not explore it!