Mike Russert presents

Please join us on Thursday, March 19th when Mike Russert tells us about the life of farmer Norman Williams.

The presentation will start at 6:30p.m.

Library Software Update

New program will go live on March 31, 2015.

Request fulfillments may be delayed due to the upgrade and potential issues with our telephone notification system.

Upgrade timeline:

All functions will be restored on 3/31

3/28 – The ability to request and renew materials will be temporarily unavailable and we will be unable to take new patrons registrations.

3/30 – All UHLS libraries will be offline while the move occurs.

3/30 – the following services will be available

  • Item checkout

  • Public computers are available at library

  • Our current catalog will be available (for reference only, item status will be ) at www.vufind.uhls.org

  • If  you use ‘My List’ print or email this to yourself before 3/29, since it will not be transferred.

Computer Class

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

DanPeer, his mother and sisters

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 http://www.gottry.com. 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.