Meet some creepy and spooky animals LIVE with Eyes of the Wild! This program will be held at the Manse Barn in Tappan. Please email blvprograms@rcls.org with the number of children AND adults to register, as there will be a limited amount allowed in the building, due to social distancing.
 
 

Join us for a virtual, live, interactive experience with Jan Berlin from Everything Animals. Meet 3 live animal ambassadors! Join in a scavenger hunt, too! Show us your own pets at the end of the program, too!

Registration required. Please email blvprograms@rcl.org for the link and list of materials for the scavenger hunt

Listen to internationally known storyteller Bobby Norfolk, as he finishes out our Creepy Crawlies Week with the tale of that famous trickster Ananse the Spider! Visit https://pageturneradventures.com/s21-6-5/ and enter blauvelt (username) and summer2021 (password). Watch at your leisure!

Meet author Candace Fleming, who has written over 40 books, including Honeybee and Cubs in the Tub. Find out the true story of the first woman Zoo keeper at the Bronx Zoo! Visit https://pageturneradventures.com/s21-6-3/ and enter blauvelt (username) and summer 2021 (password). Watch at any time!

 

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Watch the Smallest Show On Earth! Can Felix the Flea join a flea circus? Meet a real jumping spider & the last ringmaster from Barnum & Bailey! Visit https://pageturneradventures.com/s21-6-1/ and enter blauvelt (username) and summer2021 (password)

Pick up a clue sheet and search for animals at each of the Mighty 5 libraries during the month of August! Prizes at each library for finishing.

Meet Noggin, the sled dog, and her human, Karen Land. Karen will talk about being a musher and relate her experiences in the Alaskan Iditarod sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, held every March.

Please email blvprograms@rcls.org with your name and child's name & age (if applicable) for the link

Watch our performance of Fairy Tale Theatre with Marybeth, Fran, and Nicole on Facebook Live! Watch on the library's Facebook page whenever you can!

Listen to the tale of the Three Little Pigs with Marybeth, Fran and Nicole performing on Facebook Live! Watch on the library's Facebook page whenever you can!

Meet Cindy Cavallini from Teachers of Nature and her animal superheroes! Visit https://pageturneradventures.com/s21-5-5/ and enter blauvelt (username) and summer2021 (password). Watch at any time, as many times as you want!!

Meet puppet master Jim Hammond from The LION KING! Watch anytime; visit https://pageturneradventures.com/s21-5-4/ and enter blauvelt (username) and summer2021 (password). Learn how to make a simple puppet!

Joion illustrator David Pasquale as he shares his book "A Wisdom of Wombats" and talks about other names for groups of animals. He will also teach you how to draw Arlo, the Alligator Boy! Watch the video any time!

Visit https://pageturneradventures.com/s21-5-3/ and enter blauvelt for username and summer2021 for password.

What animal eats upside down? What animals never fart? Find out the answers to these questions and more when you watch the Sofa Safari Game Show! Watch at any time: visit https://pageturneradventures.com/s21-5-1/ and enter blauvelt for username and summer2021 for password.

Watch Wesley Williams of America's Got Talent and his hilarious Puppy Pals Show, featuring his delightful dogs!

Visit https://pageturneradventures.com/s21-4-5/ and enter blauvelt (username) and summer2021 (password)

Read along with author Pat Cummings as she shares her book Harvey Moon, Museum Boy, about a boy and his pet lizard who go on an adventure and wind up in their own movie! Also, illustrator Francesca Chessa demonstrates how to draw some common pets. Visit https://pageturneradventures.com/s21-4-4/ and enter blauvelt (username) and summer2021 (password.

 

Watch the video at any time! Meet super-star author and illustrator Pat Cummings, a recipient of the Coretta Scott King and the Boston Globe-Horn Book awards. She'll share her latest book Where is Mommy? as well as Ananse and the Lizard. Visit https://pageturneradventures.com/s21-4-3/ and enter blauvelt for username and summer2021 for password

Watch the video at any time! Get ready to roll out the red carpet when a cast of special guests join Kenny and Page Turner during this classic awards -style show honoring furry friends of the silver screen, hero animals and presidential pats. Visit

https://pageturneradventures.com/s21-4-1/ and enter blauvelt for username and summer2021 for password.

Meet author Donna Gephart and illustrator Francesca Chessa! They will talk about their picture book Go Be Wonderful! We'll also get a sneak peek at Donna's new novel for older readers, Abby Tried and True, and learn how to draw our own animals. Watch at any time! Just click here and enter blauvelt for user name and summer2021 for password.

Watch the show at any time! Kenny's many pets keep interrupting his Zoom call and he is frustrated! So, Page Turner tells him the folktale, "It Could Always be Worse!" Then she gives it a modern-day twist by transporting the tale to a library filled with animals, a magical book and a wacky librarian named Miss Understood.

Just click here and enter blauvelt for user name and summer2021 for password.

Yasu Ishida is an award-winning performer who combines traditional Japanese theatre, music, origami, magic and storytelling into one of a kind performances. He will amaze you with stories, then show you how to make your very own origami whale! Watch any time!

https://pageturneradventures.com/s21-2-5/     user name: blauvelt   password: summer2021

Meet an American alligator, 14 foot python, a giant tortoise and more with Erik's Reptile Adventures! Email blvprograms@rcls.org to register and to receive the Zoom link.

Join a live Zoom presentation and meet rescued animals such as a coatimundi, wallaby, macaw, scorpion & more!

 
 Email blvprograms@rcls.org for more information
 
 
 

World Turtle Day is Sunday, May 23. The hamlet of Blauvelt is specially situated to make note of this day, as the north end of Western Highway that connects us to West Nyack, NY is the site of a millennia-old trek of female snapping turtles every spring, from mid-May to mid-June, who cross the road from the Hackensack River to lay their eggs in the sandy soil adjacent to its eastern shore.

The Turtles of Western Highway is a volunteer group who administers to the snappers' safety, helping them cross the busy two-lane highway, and also building a temporary yearly barrier with egg-laying mounds on the river side of the road, to encourage the females to relocate future treks to the safer area.

Each year, on May 23, the above group, part of The Hudson Valley Humane Society, holds a kick-off event, which is usually held at the library. However, COVID-19 and a coming renovation of our Community Room have conspired against a planned program here. Interested parties should check for updates on the Turtles of Western Highway Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/287554056087940

It's the 9th Blauvelt Yard Sale, happening at homes all around Blauvelt. Formerly an annual springtime event, the "Western Highway Roundup" as it's nicknamed, was rescheduled to fall in 2020 due to COVID-19. We decided to try doing it twice in 2021, once in May and once in October.

If you live in Blauvelt, you qualify to display in your yard. The library handles publicity, gives you a sign and produces maps that potential buyers can get here on our website or via hard copies in a real estate bin in front of the building.

The sale is Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, rain or shine (however, a deluge on Saturday may suggest using Sunday as a rain day for some, and heavy rains on Sunday may cause others to end their sale after Saturday)... This is your sale, not ours!

To register, Blauvelt residents can email blvadultprograms@gmail.com.

Call the library at 845 359-2811 for info and ask for Barry.

Jonathan Kruk, well known Master StoryTeller in the Hudson Valley, creator of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Old Dutch Church in Tarrytown, brings his yarn spinning skills to Facebook Live, courtesy of the Blauvelt Free Library, on the first Tuesday of the Month at 7:30. Just go to:

https://www.facebook.com/BlauveltFreeLibrary

Stop by the front desk beginning on Tuesday, February 23 to pick up your bingo cards. 

Registration required. Email child's full name and age to blvprograms@rcls.org for the Zoom link

Watch Jan and two live "animal ambassadors" from Everything Animals. Try your hand at drawing each animal after Jan's demonstration. Please email blvprograms@rcls.org with the child's name and age for the BlueJeans link.

Join us for a virtual scavenger hunt to find a list of items around your house!

Registration required. Please email blvprograms@rcls.org for the link.

Join us for a virtual, live, interactive experience with Jan Berlin from Everything Animals. Meet 5 live animal ambassadors from around the world! Show us your own pets at the end of the program, too!

Registration required. Please email blvprograms@rcl.org for the link.

 

Master Storyteller, Jonathan Kruk-- famous for his telling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in the Old Dutch Church north of Tarrytown, NY, returns again with tales of Christmas, Hannukah and the Solstice. Learn about Grandmother Christmas from the great Russian and Italian seasonal traditions, hear about the Hannukah Goat & Bear, and enjoy the story of why we "Give Back the Light" at the Winter Solstice.

This is a live event on the Blauvelt Free Library Facebook page and was RESCHEDULED FROM TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8

https://www.facebook.com/BlauveltFreeLibrary

Join Arlene virtually as she explains how to tie dye a mask or t-shirt using sharpies and rubbing alcohol. Limited supply of masks will be available. Email blvprograms@rcls.org to register and for the link. Please indicate if you need a child's or adult mask.

Watch Jan tell a true story featuring a live "animal ambassador" from Everything Animals and demonstrate a quick-drawing activity. Please email blvprograms@rcls.org for the Zoom link.

Be entertained with fables and myths by a master storyteller! Tune into our Facebook page to watch.

Join us for a virtual, live, interactive experience with Jan Berlin from Everything Animals. Meet 3 live animal ambassadors! Join in a scavenger hunt, too! Show us your own pets at the end of the program, too!

Registration required. Please email blvprograms@rcl.org for the link and list of materials for the scavenger hunt

Juggling fire and spinning iPads is just the start ! This 40 min live broadcast will be packed with tricks, balancing, and laughs, and will leave you wanting more! Come join us for all the fun and interact with Jim and his amazing show, LIVE! Jim has a background in film making and over 3 million views on social media.

Email blv.summer@rcls.org to receive the link to the show

 

Build a barn for a farm animal with your child to celebrate our Parents as Reading Partners 2020 read.

Children's Room | Drop-in | from 4 - 6pm

Bring a pillow and blanket and a copy of the PARP reading choice for WOS & Cottage Lane for a family read. Drinks & snacks, too!

Children's Room | All Ages | Drop-in

Design a holiday card from a variety of materials!

Children's room | Drop-in | All ages

 

Sip hot chocolate and nibble on sweets while Mr. Magoo puts on a stage show in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge (Did you know his first name is "Quincy"? It says so on the theatre marquee.). The crude animation style (by today's standards) is more than redeemed by the memorable tunes. Scrooge, as always, is voiced by Jim Backus. With the voices of Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano and Paul Frees.

Saddled with the kind of simplified animation that was considered affordable to produce in the early 1960s, when computerization was non existent, it still manages a winning formula due to the heartfelt musical score.

If you think of it, bring along some non-perishable  foods or personal hygiene products to add to our collection for Neighborhood Pantry, South Orangetown's own food charity, and you'll get raffle ticket(s) for a $60 gift card to AMC Cinemas, to be picked on Friday, December 27.

Comedy + magic with audience participation

Registration required | Limit 30 | Community room

Learn the ways of the Jedi! Dress up as you favorite Star Wars character. Sign up with your home library (Blauvelt, Orangeburg, Palisades, Piermont or Tappan). Location is St. Catharine Parish Gymnasium, 523 Western Highway, Blauvelt.

The Blauvelt Community Yard Sale: a Harbinger of Spring

The BLAUVELT YARD SALE happens at homes all over Blauvelt on a Saturday and Sunday in May, from 9am to 4pm. Individual home's hours may vary -- some have abbreviated hours, some do their sale only on Saturday or Sunday. There is no rain date, and residents are free to cancel an individual sale at any time. We try to avoid dates on which competing events are scheduled at local churches and civic groups, so we pick the most “available” weekend in May and announce it in our Spring newsletter, out on March 1. This event usually features 30 locations or more in Blauvelt. Each home displays a teal and orange BLAUVELT YARD SALE lawn sign in front of their house.

Sale locations are easily found with the YARD SALE TREASURE MAP produced by Blauvelt Free Library and available on May 1st online at > blauveltfreelibrary.org or in print at the Library, located at 541 Western Highway in Blauvelt.
 
The map has dots where the houses are located, along with the addresses. On the reverse is a merchandise listing. Sellers tell us about the type of stuff they have to sell, so you can work out a route that gets you to the ones most likely to offer what you want. Blauvelt is under 5 square miles, so you should be able to cruise the sales over the course of a day.

 

yard sale general info

Sale locations are easily found with the YARD SALE TREASURE MAP produced by Blauvelt Free Library and available on this website several days before the sale or in print at the Library, located at 541 Western Highway, Blauvelt. Later versions of the map supersede the initial printing, but it can still be used to plan a route in advance for out of towners.

We locate an outdoor map display by our front door on Friday night, previous, so the maps can be retrieved 24/7 during Yard Sale Weekend. The most up-to-date version online is always found on our Facebook page, revised to the minute, at https://www.facebook.com/BlauveltFreeLibrary.

The map has dots and addresses where the houses are located. On the reverse there’s a merchandise listing gleaned from information collected from sellers about the type of stuff they have to sell, so you can work out a route that gets you to the ones most likely to offer what you want. Blauvelt has an area of under 5 square miles, So navigating it is quick, despite the sometimes gerrymandering road network.

Each year, Blauvelt residents are encouraged to call, email or stop by the library to register after March 1. Participation is free. They get a lawn sign, a sales kit and benefit from online and print advertising throughout the Hudson Valley. We advertise in newspapers, on yard sale sites, and on tag sale Facebook pages within a 100 mile radius from Blauvelt.

In addition, the library can help a Blauvelt resident promote an individual yard sale anytime during the year, utilizing our email and Facebook reach.

Call Barry at 845 359-2811 for more information.

Meet Blauvelt's own pet pig when he comes to visit the library for a meet-and-greet!

All ages welcome | Behringer Room | Drop-in

Six years ago, a foursome made up of the leaders of each section of the Westchester Chordsmen, a "barbershop" chorus from the other side of the Hudson came together as a quartet called, "Main Ingredients" to perform a Valentine concert at the library. We liked them so much that we asked them back for a St. Patrick's Day show the next year. They had never been asked to do such a program, but were up for the challenge of creating one, so they mixed beloved ditties from the Green Holiday with American Songbook selections to make a great show.

We decided to email their leader, Chet, to offer them a slot if they would reprise the concert this year. He said, "Sure! In fact, I've got a new quartet, and they are even better than the last one!"

The new barbershop quartet is named, "RSVP". The concert is FREE, with Irish-themed sweets to nosh on.

"Barbershop" singing is a style of very close harmony in which the first tenor often sings higher notes than the lead tenor. It's characterized by a minimum of vibrato in the delivery, resulting in clear, brassy chords. The lore tells of groups that evolved from pals who hung around the local barbershop in "olden times", and dress often refers to music hall costumery of the late 1890s-into-1900s, such as brightly striped summer blazers (perfect for romantic spooning), loud vests, bow ties and "straw boaters"--flat-topped, flat brimmed straw hats that businessmen wore in the summertime.

Create an original masterpiece from assorted materials! For kids and adults.

Storycraft cottage | Drop-in from 6 - 7:30pm.

 

Meet some animals who use rocks for protection!

Community Room | Registration required | Limit 20

Play board games and solve puzzles! For all ages

Children's Room | Drop-in | 6:30 - 8pm

Colorful fun for the whole family!

5:00 to 7:00pm | Children's Room | Drop-in 

Play games and puzzles with your young ones!

10am - 12:30 pm | Children's Room | Drop-in 

Play board games, cards, puzzles or chess with your kids, grandkids or friends. Singles welcome, too!

Children's Room | Drop-in

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