Annual Children’s Christmas Shop – December 14

Cheney Library is currently accepting donations for our annual Children’s Christmas Shop. We are looking for new or gently-used gifts, wrapping supplies–and, of course, volunteers.

On December 14, children will be able to come to the library and shop for their parents, siblings and friends. A large variety of items will be available and prices will be very low (usually between $0.50 and $1.00). Library volunteers will also wrap and tag everything so gift recipients are properly surprised!

Thank you for any and all support we receive to make this beloved tradition possible.

Monthly Ukulele Lessons at the Library

Henry Simpatico will be offering free monthly ukulele lessons at the library on October 24, November 7 and December 5. Beginners’ lessons start at 4:30 PM and intermediate lessons start at 5:15 PM. If you do not have your own ukulele, 4 are available for use. Lessons are open to all players ages 12 and up. Please email or call (518) 686-9401 to reserve an instrument.

Saturday Sept. 28, 9 AM – 1 PM: Peppertree Pet Adoption

Cheney Library and Peppertree Rescue will be holding a pet adoption event at the library on Saturday, September 28 from 9 AM – 1 PM.

Peppertree is a nonprofit corporation that finds homes for dogs in need that have the character and temperament commonly associated with the friendly and peaceful nature of Golden Retrievers. While they are a recognized Golden Retriever Rescue and member of the Golden Retriever Club of America National Rescue Committee, they do not focus on Goldens alone – they are an all breed rescue dedicated to finding good dogs good homes, regardless of breed, age, size or health. You can learn more about them on their website:

Please join us to meet and greet some new friends–or help a dog in need find his or her forever home.

Sept. 19, 4:00 – 5:30 – Ukulele Jam!

After receiving such a positive response to our August event, we have planned another ukulele jam with Henry Simpatico for this Thursday! All ages and skill levels are welcome, and a free lesson will be provided for beginners. Please join in and make some music with us!

If you do not have your own ukulele, 4 are available for use. Please email or call (518) 686-9401 to reserve an instrument.

Unity House Law Project Workshop: Sept. 16, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Attorney Christopher A. Amato of the Unity House Law Project will discuss domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and relationship abuse, as well as the services provided by Unity House for victims of violence. The attorney will answer questions, and/or provide a private legal consultation.

Unity House is a human service agency based in Rensselaer County. Their mission is to assist those who are living in poverty, adults living with mental illness or HIV/AIDS, victims of domestic violence, and children with developmental delays. To learn more about Unity House, please visit their website at

New Parking Lot in the Works!

If you’ve stopped by the library recently, you will have noticed the construction behind our building. Soon, we will have a new parking area with capacity for approximately 30 cars.

Progress is being made quickly. If you have not taken a look, drop in and check it out!

August 15 is Ukulele Jam Day!

Join us at Cheney Library on Thursday, August 15 from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM for a ukulele jam! All skill levels are welcome, and a free lesson will be provided for beginners. Whether you’re a strummer, a singer, or both, you are invited to join in! 

If you do not have your own ukulele, 4 are available for use. Please email or call (518) 686-9401 to reserve an instrument.  

July 16 – Learn to Use

Have you ever wanted to learn more about a family member? Now is your chance! Cheney Library will be holding 2 instructional sessions on July 16.

– Session One: 12 PM – 1 PM

– Session Two: 1 PM – 2 PM

5 seats are available per session. Please call (518) 686-9401 or email to reserve your seat.

Participants are encouraged to bring as much information as possible about individuals you wish to research!

We hope to see you there!

The Summer Reading Program is Here!

We have lots of excitement planned for Grades K-8 this summer! See the schedules below for events and times. All events begin at 12:00 P.M. unless otherwise noted.

Participants are welcome to sign up at any time. The Summer Reading Program is open to all individuals in Grades K-8, and it is free to participate. Have fun, stay cool, and win prizes!

Grades K-3

* Caretakers are expected to stay with children in Grades K-3 during events.

July 9 @ 10:30 A.M. – A Universe of Art: Create your own textural art with visitors from the Tang Teaching Museum.

July 19 – Space Slime: SLIME-MAKING. Need we say more?

July 23 – Enter the Hero Universe: Create your own superhero costume!

July 30 – Space Crafts: Make galaxy piggy banks and glow-in-the-dark constellation jars.

August 6 – Pet a Robot Day: Play with Botley, the friendly coding robot.

August 16 – Meteorite Mixology: Experiment with cold drink mixing. Tasty or gross-out? Your choice!

August 23 – Alien Cupcake Decorating: Make (and eat) your own edible aliens.

Grades 4-8

July 12 – Galaxy of Games: Battle against your friends on the Wii or go old school with a board game.

July 19 – Space Slime: Sparkly, crackly, fluffy, create-your-own!

July 26 – Edible Mars Rover: Build your own delicious version.

August 2 – Galactically Bad Art: Create something especially awful

August 9 – Astro-eats Taste Test Challenge: Put your taste buds to the test!

August 16 – Meteorite Mixology: Create and sample a selection of cold summer mocktails.

August 23 @ 5 P.M. – After-hours Blast Off: Celebrate your achievements with ice cream and karaoke!

Congratulations, Margaret Pine!

Upper Hudson Library System Executive Director Timothy Burke presents Margaret Pine with the UHLS Volunteer of the Year Award.

Cheney Library is pleased to announce that longtime library volunteer Margaret Pine has been awarded the Upper Hudson Library System Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognizes a library volunteer who made extraordinary contributions to their library while demonstrating leadership in a volunteer position.

Margaret played a vital role in the organization of Cheney Library’s new Multipurpose Room, stocking the room with items and facilitating a safe environment for workers. She also created a storage space for Cheney Library’s Story Hour materials. Finally, Margaret continues to ensure the success of the library’s book sales. Besides keeping shelves freshly stocked and logically arranged, Margaret vets each book sale book to ensure it is relevant and in good condition. Currently, Cheney Library’s book sale space looks like that of a new bookstore.

Through the years, Margaret has made a notable difference at Cheney Library. Her commitment to her community, and to librarianship as a whole, have earned her the well-deserved Volunteer of the Year Award.

Pet Meet-and-Greet this Saturday!

On Saturday, June 22, Cheney Library and Second Chance Animal Shelter will be holding a pet adoption event from 9 AM – 1 PM at the library. Join us to meet and greet some fuzzy friends–or bring home your newest family member!

Second Chance is also accepting donations of pet food and supplies during Saturday’s event. See their wish list for items of particular interest!

Career Workshops This Week

Join us at Cheney Library this week for two new career workshops! Pamela Cross will offer professional expertise to assist job-seekers in various aspects of the job search process, including navigating the web for job posts, completing applications, and resume writing.

Informational presentations will be followed by a Q&A session, plus the opportunity to schedule individual sessions for one-on-one assistance.

Tools for Job Searching in the 21st Century: June 4, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Create the Resume that Tells Your Story: June 6, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Later this month, we will be holding our final career workshop: Interviews that Get the Job, which will take place on June 25, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

June 1 Open House and Book Sale

Cheney Library will be holding an Open House event on Saturday, June 1 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. During this event, we will be unveiling our long-anticipated downstairs Multipurpose Room. This will also be the day of our monthly book sale!

The event will begin with words from the library’s Board President and Library Director, followed by announcements about new library programs.

Afterward, attendees will be invited to view the Multipurpose Room, where the book sale will be held. Light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you for Coming to Story Hour!

This Tuesday was our last Story Hour of the spring season. Thanks to all who came to paint fireworks, march in our parade, and–of course–listen to some wonderful stories!

Tuesday mornings with our attendees have been a blast. We hope to see you again in the fall. (But in the meantime, check out some of our amazing firework art!)

New Books for May 2019

Looking for a fresh new read? We’ve got you covered! Here are some of our newest titles this month:

Adult Fiction

  • The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich
  • The 13-Minute Murder by James Patterson
  • Redemption by David Baldacci
  • The 18th Abduction by James Patterson
  • The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Diane C. McPhail
  • A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle
  • The Department of Sensitive Crimes: A Detective Varg Novel by Alexander Smith McCall
  • I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeny
  • The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman
  • Triple Jeopardy: A Daniel Pitt Novel by Anne Perry
  • Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
  • Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger
  • The Crazy Bunch by Willie Perdomo (poetry, shelved with nonfiction)

Young Adult and Juvenile Fiction

  • How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow
  • Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Allyson Condie
  • Dig by A.S. King
  • Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself by Matthew Gray Gubler

Adult Nonfiction

  • Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself by William W. Li
  • Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression–and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari
  • Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things by Courtenay Hameister
  • What to Eat During Cancer Treatment by Jeanne Besser
  • The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esme Weijun Wang
  • Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know by Emily Oster
  • Mayo Clinic to a Healthy Pregnancy by Myra J. Wick
  • Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood – and Trusting Yourself and Your Body by Erica Chidi Cohen
  • Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat–Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett
  • Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant
  • The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time by Alex Korb
  • Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

May 2019 is also Mental Health Awareness Month. Cheney Library is working to promote mental health awareness and emotional wellbeing with books highlighting diverse aspects of physical and mental health. Come and check some out! 

Adding Some Finishing Touches

You may have noticed that there are places to hang your jackets and bags as you walk through our downstairs hallway…

Our Multipurpose Room is also coming along as we continue to stock it with books!

Last but not least, we have our drop-down projector screen! Once audiovisual equipment is installed, this will be used for showing movies and delivering presentations.

Stay tuned for more!

Our Children’s Room is Open!

Story Hour in our freshly-reopened Children’s Room was tons of fun today. Together, we made rainbows and storm sounds to celebrate April showers bringing May flowers!

Below is April’s remaining Story Hour schedule. Please join us!

Meet Cheney Library’s New Director

Cheney Library is pleased to announce that Sara Yetto has accepted appointment to be our new Library Director.  Sara grew up in the Adirondacks where she developed her love for small rural libraries at a young age.  She attended Southern Vermont College where she graduated Valedictorian with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Psychology and a minor in Creative Writing. Sara is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree of Library and information Science from Valdosta State University’s online program.

Professionally, Sara has worked For Southern Vermont College Library as a Librarian, where she organized community outreach events, maintained the library’s main website and social media, and instructed students and faculty in performing advance database research. She also worked at the Pittstown Historical Society as a Record-Keeper and Transcriptionist, College Steps as a mentor, and for Southern Vermont College Communications Office as an Assistant.

Sara’s personal interests include reading, creative writing, and watching football with her family and friends.

Sara is excited to join Cheney Library’s team where she hopes to encourage library usability for our patrons, promote E-books, and maintain Cheney Library’s status as a “Place for the People.”

Story Hour begins March 5!

**NOTE: March 26 Free Play is cancelled due to electrical work being done in our Children’s Room.**

Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and a snack! Story Hour begins at 10:00 A.M., and caregivers are expected to stay with children. Please let us know if your child has any allergies or dietary restrictions.

Our new director, Sara Yetto, looks forward to meeting you!

April-May Story Hour Schedule:

  • April 2: “Caterpillars and butterflies”
  • April 9: “Rain makes flowers”
  • April 16: “Bunnies and eggs, oh my!”
  • April 23: No Story Hour – Free Play
  • April 30: “The moon above”
  • May 7: “We love Mother’s Day”
  • May 14: “My country and me”

Re-Opening Soon.😊😊😊

Even though we opened he Children’s room on January 22nd, today, we found it necessary to keep it closed just a bit longer. Our basement renovation is interfering with the use of the room.

We thank you for your understanding. ✨✨✨✨✨✨

Basement Renovation

We are currently undergoing renovation in our basement area. Unfortunately, the children’s room will be closed until January 22nd. Photos will be posted, so you can be part of the improvement and follow the progress.

 Once completed, we will have a wonderful multipurpose room. We hope to introduce Movie Night among other things. Cabinets and shelves will complement the setup. This will also give the Book Sale room a new look.

Please excuse the noise that inevitably goes with renovations as you visit. We have a number of children’s books upstairs, so that the little ones won’t have to go without.

Meanwhile, we thank you for your patience.