** We are currently accepting book/material donations but limiting it to FIVE BOXES/BAGS PER HOUSEHOLD PER WEEK.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. **

Re-Imagine Your Summer Reading Story with READsquared!

We are re-imagining our Summer Reading Programs with READsquared! R2 is an online way to track your reading this summer, earn badges, and win prizes!
Please click here to visit our R2 registration page. You may register for a family account to make tracking for everyone simple!

Click the image above to view our Summer Reading brochure for more information about all of our Reading Programs plus other fun stuff happening this summer!

*Paper logs and craft kit sign-up will be available in person at the library for those not participating online. You may not do both. Mystery prize bags & craft bags MUST be picked up in person at the library; gift cards can be mailed. Programs run 7/6 through 8/15. Children should begin reading 6/29.

Fantastic Fairytale Virtual Storytime!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date with Miss Julie’s Fantastic Fairytale Storytimes!

Rock Painting!

Help us rebuild our Rock Garden!
You are invited to schedule a half hour to come in and paint a rock for our Community Rock Garden in our front windows.
Online registration required!
See our calendar page for more details and to reserve your time slot, or click on the date you are interested below to be taken to the registration form!

Saturday, August 8th ~ 11am to 1pm

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company presents…

Sherlock Holmes Takes the Case
Available for UNLIMITED viewings from 8pm Sunday, August 2nd through 8pm Sunday, August 9th
Something’s amiss and now “the game’s afoot!” for the brilliant scientist and criminologist Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Along with his trusted companion, Dr. Watson, Holmes will follow the clues and solve the mystery.
Please click here for more information and to register.

FREE! Online Karate Classes

Don’t be bored this summer! Traditional Okinawan Karate is offering the chance to give your kids a great online learning experience with these free karate classes sponsored by the Pleasant Valley Library along with the Millbook, LaGrange, and Clinton libraries. During this four-part series, kids ages 6 to 11 years will take an interactive class with our best instructors in Traditional Okinawan Karate. Not only will they get exercise, they will also practice skills such as focus, discipline and listening through fun martial arts drills. Our instructors will motivate them with positive feedback and keep them engaged with games.

The classes will be held virtually on Mondays July 27th, August 3rd, Augaust 10th, and August 17th.

Registration is required, space is limited. Please click here to register.

Teen Graphic Novel Book Group

Hey Teens! If you love graphic novels, come join our new Teen Graphic Novel Book Group! We will meet on Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30pm on the back lawn behind the old library (1584 Main Street). Masks and social distancing required; please bring a chair. Come for a discussion and as a bonus, you can count the book towards your Summer Reading badge for prizes!

For the month of August, we will be reading Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. It’s a fun, epic fantasy about a shapeshifter who’s the sidekick of supervillian Lord Blackheart. It’s available at many of our libraries and via Hoopla for digital download.

Please click here to register so we know that you’ll be attending!

Escape from the Pleasant Valley Library!

Gnorm is a lovable, friendly gnome who lives under Miss Valerie’s desk at the Pleasant Valley Library. Maybe you’ve paid him a visit at one time or another? Often you can catch him gardening, reading a book or just relaxing on his beach blanket. He’s usually content to just hang out there and watch all the people go by with their arms full of books. Such fun!! But sometimes, every now and then, Gnorm gets a little mischievous. And now he has locked the doors and stolen the key! Can you make it through our digital escape room to find Gnorm and be able to unlock the doors?
Click on Gnorm below to get started!

For Children and Parents…

The CDC has released a very helpful website with a survey/checklist for parents and caregivers making the decision about their child’s schooling this fall. Please click here to view the website. If you would rather just download the checklist, you may do so here. Please note that there are many other important subject on the CDC website; we encourage you to explore the links on the sidebar for more scientific information that may be useful to you and your family.

You heard it from The Baby-Sitters Club: “Libraries are great resources for summer reading and learning!” Check out their new video PSA to learn more!

Scholastic is offering a fantastic FREE health planner for families! Working with the Prevent Cancer Foundation, this kit offers information about vaccinations, tips for healthy nutrition and exercise, as well as a video PSA about how certain viruses can lead to cancer later on. Please click here to get your free planner.

Racial Justice Comic Books for All Ages
Many thanks to the The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association and  the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for assembling this list of amazing graphic novels/comic books so that readers of all ages may learn about the inequalities facing people of color. Many of these titles are available through the library system. Please click here to view the list.

Online Art Gallery

Our Adult Online Art Gallery is available by clicking here.
Our Children’s Online Art Gallery is available here.

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted!
We are still looking for submissions, so keep creating! Send your entries to pleasantvalleylibrary@yahoo.com. Please include your name and town (kids, 1st name only please). We can’t wait to showcase your art!

Do Your Duty: Voting & Census Information

Absentee Voting to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
*All info obtained from the NYS Board of Elections website here*
The deadline for the postmarked return of an absentee ballot has been extended to November 3, 2020 for the general election per Chapter 91 of the laws of 2020.

November General Election

  • Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections.
  • You may also download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form
  • Upon completion, applications must be mailed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.
  • You may also request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:
    • the address where you are registered
    • an address where the ballot is to be sent
    • the reason for the request, and
    • the signature of the voter

    If you apply by letter, an application form will be mailed with your ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with your ballot.

    If you cannot pick up your ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the mail, you have the right to designate someone to pick it up for you. Only that person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot.

    If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an Absentee Ballot for each subsequent election without further application. Simply file an application with your county board of elections indicating permanent illness or physical disability. You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled.

The Census deadline has been extended until October 31st.
You should have received a letter in the mail with a unique code for your address. Lost, misplaced, or didn’t get one? No worries! You can visit the Census website and fill it out without the code. Completing the census is a crucial task we all do to help make sure our community receives the proper funding.

If you are still concerned about the Coronavirus, please feel free to watch these videos. They have been compiled to help you understand the illness, how it spreads, how to protect yourself and family, and how to seek treatment.
*Please note that these videos should not and do not replace medical advice. Always contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns.*


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