Category Archives: Youth Services

The Hobo Convention


From the 1880’s to the 1940’s, hobos were a part of American life, with up to 250,000 travelers on the road at one time. Most saw them as honest, honorable people caught in extraordinary times. All would agree, however, that the railroads crisscrossing this country were the lifeblood of every hobo.  Hobo signs were their secret language: they gave direction and advice to the savvy traveler, including where to find food, water, a place to sleep and possibly work. Based on these signs, hobos could tell how they would be received by a home owner, the police, a community or even a dog. The meanings of hobo signs reflect all sides of transient life, from the honorable to the unsavory.  These signs also tell the story of what it took to survive as a hobo* (GoUpstate.com, The Hobo Quilt Dedication). As they traveled, they often sojourned in camps, called jungles. There was just such a jungle outside Valley Falls in the 1930’s. The Library invites you and your child to become a member of the hobo subculture for a day and learn about this important part of American history.

Registration for the Convention on October 14th is required, and space is limited to 20 children, so register early!! Children must be accompanied by an adult. You can pick up your registration form at the library. The fee is $5.00/child, or $7.00/family. Registrations must be received by 10/3/17. 

Registration forms can be picked up at the library, or downloaded here:  HoboConvention2017

For more information, contact Janet Weber at jweber6131@aol.com or call 753-6131.

Reading Volunteers Needed

man-reading-to-kids-libraryThe Build a Better World Summer Read Program will run from June 26th-August 23rd. Again this year, the Valley Falls Free Library will be adding some programming in conjunction with the Summer Read Program, such as a visit by the Tang Museum, and Reading in the Library.

The library is looking for volunteers to read to the children on Wednesdays from 9:15-10:45AM at the library. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up at the library, or contact the library at 753-4230, or Kelly at director@valleyfallslibrary.org.

Vacation Week Activities

 

It’s vacation week, and we have activities for the kids planned! Join the Valley Falls Free Library and Diver Library:

  • Saturday the 15th @ 10am:  “Let’s Make Pancakes!” at the Valley Falls Community Center
  • Monday the 17th @ 10:30am : Learn & Play Storytime at Diver Library
  • Tuesday the 18th @ 2pm : Make Seed Paper! at Diver Library
  • Wednesday the 19th @ 2pm: Spring Craft Make ‘n Take at Valley Falls Library
  • Thursday the 20th @ 2pm : Creative Workshop with Lili Loveday at Diver Library
  • Friday the 21st @ 2pm: Spring Craft Make ‘n Take at Valley Falls Free Library

Let’s Make Pancakes!!

 

Amy Halloran, author of “The New Bread Basket” will demonstrate pancakes from field to griddle, and you’ll get a taste of what it takes to make a pancake from the ground to your plate. Come learn about grain growing, flour milling, and pancake making and eating! This is for kids of any age, just let us know how many are coming so we have enough pancakes!!

WHEN:  April 15th    10:00AM-11:00AM

WHERE:  Valley Falls Community Center
11 Charles Street, Valley Falls, NY

COST:   FREE

TO REGISTER:  CALL 753-4230, or EMAIL  circulation@valleyfallslibrary.org