Fresh, but Familiar

Come into the Valley Falls Free Library, and you notice something different.  A little more light shining through the windows. A little more space. A feeling that there is just something different.

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Through efforts of the Library Manager and the Board, we have moved things around, lessened our inventory, and created a space that invites you to explore, relax, and stay a while.


Have a cup of coffee… or tea… or hot chocolate… on us! Read a magazine, grab the iPad, or go on the computer. Best of all, browse for a book… an old friend or a hot new release. If you don’t see it, tell us, and we will get it for you-no problem!



Check out our “Window of Opportunity”! Hurry, though… the “YOUR Old House” display will soon be changed to “How Sweet it Is”… Curious??



We are looking forward to seeing you… especially our new staff! Say hello to Jessica, Rusty, Carolyn and Betsy. They are just as interested in meeting you!!

Library in Motion

The Valley Falls Library would like to remind you of this service of our library to anyone in the service area (the Village of Valley Falls and the Town of Pittstown) who cannot easily come to the library in person:  someone unable to negotiate our stairs, a Mom with kids at home, someone with no car or home-bound. Patrons can select material of interest from books, magazines, movies and music by telephone, email or via a volunteer delivery person. All the usual fines, fees and expectations of patron responsibility will apply through Your Library in Motion. If you are interested in learning more about this new service, please contact us by phone or email, and we can help determine the best way to serve you.

If you are interested in volunteering to deliver library materials to our patrons, please contact us.

January/Feburary: “YOUR Old House”

Old House   

Come to the Valley Falls Free Library during the months of January and February, and check our display for helpful materials for maintaining YOUR old house. Some materials that will be available:

1     How your house works: a visual guide to understanding & maintaining your home by Charlie Wing.
2     The American farmhouse by Henry J. Kauffman
3    American farmhouses: country style and design by Leah Rosch
4    Complete do-it-yourself manual  with the editors at the Family handyman.
5    Dare to repair : a do-it-herself guide to fixing (almost) anything in the home by Julie Sussman
6  Dare to repair   (DVD)
7   Home maintenance for dummies by James Carey
8  Old homes of New England : historic houses in clapboard, shingle, and stone Roderick H. Blackburn
9  Big house, little house, back house, barn : the connected farm buildings of New England by Thomas C. Hubka.
10 The seventh old house catalogue by Lawrence Grow.
11    How old is this house? by Hugh Howard for Home Renovation Associates.
12  How to restore & improve your Victorian house by Alan Johnson.
13  Renovation : a complete guide by Michael Litchfield
14 The vintage house : a guide to successful renovations and additions by Mark Alan Hewitt, Gordon Bock.
15 The Old-house journal guide to restoration editedby Patricia Poore ; project editor Louise Quayle.
16 Bob Vila’s complete guide to remodeling your home :everything you need to know about home renovation from the#1 home improvement expert by Bob Vila
17 Green restorations : sustainable building and historic homes by Aaron Lubeck.
18  The Old-house journal compendium /  Library editors, Clem Labine, Carolyn Flaherty                                                                                                                                                                                              19 Bungalow style : creating classic interiors in your arts and crafts home by Treena Crochet.
20 Working windows : guide to the repair and restoration of wood windows by Terry Meany.
21  Walls & molding : how to care for old and historic wood and plaster by Natalie Shivers.
22 The slate roof bible by Joseph C. Jenkins.
23 What style is it? :  a guide to American architecture by John C. Poppeliers, S. Allen Chambers, Jr. ; Historic American Buildings Survey.
24 Historic houses of the Hudson River Valley by Gregory Long.
25  A carpenter’s life as told by houses by Larry Haun.
26 A field guide to American houses  by  Virginia and Lee McAlester ; revised by Virginia Savage McAlester

And for Entertainment:
27  Plaster and poison by Jennie Bentley.
28 The book of old houses : a home repair is homicide mystery by Sarah Graves.
29  The book of old houses [large print fiction] by  Sarah Graves.
30 The money pit          (DVD)

Here are some helpful links as well:

National Park Service Preservation Briefs: Preservation Briefs provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. These NPS Publications help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work. The briefs are especially useful to Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program applicants because they recommend methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings that are consistent with their historic character.

Bob Vila How To Center Tried, true and trustworthy advice from Bob Vila from “This Old House”.

This Old House A great resource for how-to’s to upgrades, and discussions on every aspect or your old house, inside and out.

Old House Journal Preservation and Technical Services for Historic Buildings Writers working under contract with the federal government have assembled more than 40 booklets designed to help owners and developers of historic buildings recognize and resolve common preservation and repair problems.

Historic HomeWorks Learn to care for your fine old home. Learn here. Learn how. Learn now.Care for a house, it becomes your home–a safe haven for the comfort of your family.Got peeling paint? Crumbling bricks? Rotting porch columns? Not sure which way to jump first?Wish you had a brother in the business who could tell you what’s what and who’s who? Well, I’m not your brother, but you can still count on me for objective advice not tainted by the construction industry’s marketing hype and hidden agendas.– John


And that is just the start!! Stop in during the months of January and February… more surprises on the way!!

42 State Street, Box 296 Valley Falls, New York 12185-0296