Valatie Free Library

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3203 Church StValatie, NY 12184


The Valatie Free Library is a supportive guide and a learning template for young children and adults; it is a place for contemplative reading; a computer and online information resource; a community gathering place. The Valatie Free Library serves the village of Valatie, the hamlet of Niverville, Kinderhook Lake, and the surrounding area of rural Kinderhook in the scenic Hudson River Valley of New York State.

Begun in 1928 as a casual circulation of collected books, the Valatie Free.. Library Association was chartered in 1931 by the Valatie Parent Teachers Association. The original library was housed in a Methodist Church, and owned two-thousand books by 1939 when it moved to the Carney Building on Main and Church Streets. Within the year, it moved again to its present location in a nineteenth century converted cottage at 3203 Church Street. During the 1970s-1980s, an idealistic all-volunteer staff kept the library going.

The children's library is an important entree to education, as children often visit their neighborhood library even before they enroll in preschool. An overall average of one-quarter of the area population is under the age of nineteen. Current population of the village of Valatie is 1,819 (source: US census 2010), and shows 26% of the population to be under the age of nineteen; the hamlet of Niverville (2010 population 1,662) shows 23% of its population under the age of nineteen. Combined with the Niverville population and the outlying rural Kinderhook served by Valatie’s library, the total chartered client base is nearly 4,400.

As part of the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS), VFL provides access to over 2.5 million items (books, DVDs, etc). The system connects the library to the five-county inter-library loan system and coordinates exchange of library materials with other libraries.

During the past ten years, the Valatie Free Library has seen a literal explosion of activity; in 2002, the library offered just six programs for the public; last year, almost 140. Program attendance is up more than 1000 percent.

Current library programs include weekly story hours, craft workshops, foreign language classes, tutoring, summer programs, and special events for children; Monthly Book Club, cooking classes, computer and craft workshops for adults; and special annual Winter Walk activities for all groups.

The Valatie Free Library’s forthcoming Capital Construction project, an iconic and near-Net-Zero hybrid library building will be created through the retrofit and expansion of the Kinderhook Steam Railroad Freight Barn on Rt 9. The new library will include an energized landscape of learning and access to information for all age groups as well as provide a centralized location and facility that meets multiple community needs, i.e. community hub for the library's chartered district.

Our goal includes a central meeting place for literary events such as author readings and book signings, special interest and computer classes, and other local civic group meetings and events. The success of this project will include an energized landscape of learning and access to information for all age groups while providing a centralized location and multi-use facility that meets multiple community needs, allowing and inviting people to begin or continue their journey with literacy and literature, receiving and exchanging ideas and knowledge in this new information age.

The Valatie Free Library is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and all gifts and donations are fully tax-deductible.


Business details


  • Book Clubs
  • Children's Storytime
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Public Computers
  • Public Readings
  • Tutoring


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The Valatie Free Library is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations and gifts are fully tax-deductible.

Hours of Operation

  • MON
  • 12:00pm
  • 7:00pm
  • TUE
  • 12:00pm
  • 5:00pm
  • WED
  • 12:00pm
  • 5:00pm
  • THU
  • 3:00pm
  • 8:00pm
  • FRI
  • 10:00am
  • 4:00pm
  • SAT
  • 9:00am
  • 2:00pm
  • SUN

Payments Accepted

  • Money Orders
  • Paypal
  • Personal Checks

Year Established


Green Credentials

The Future Valatie Free Library will be a near Net-Zero building, and was featured by the United Nations at the 2012 Earth Summit, 'Rio+20' in Brazil. See:


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