Category Archives: Community

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.

Free Resources for Job Seekers Workshop

FREE RESOURCES FOR JOB SEEKERS CANCELED

The program scheduled for June 28th at 6:30PM at the  Valley Falls Free Library has been canceled.

Get a Job! Strengthening Library Partnerships in Workforce Development

This program is supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services Program, in partnership with the Capital Region Workforce Development Board and NYSED’s ACCES-VR

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CANCELED

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF GETTING A JOB

Tonight’s program has been canceled.

Registration was required.

Get a Job! Strengthening Library Partnerships in Workforce Development

This program is supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services Program, in partnership with the Capital Region Workforce Development Board and NYSED’s ACCES-VR

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