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Discover the Adventures and Activities at the Gloversville Public Library

The Gloversville Public Library was recently honored with the Thomas J. Ruller Historic Preservation Award for preserving local history and preserving the iconic building in a $9.2 million restoration project. In addition to the word “Preservation” in describing this facility library, the words “Perseverance” and “Plethora” fit as well as the library grows with its readers and expands its services when it sees a community need.

For example, this coming week is school break, and many families are wondering what activities to schedule with the recent winter weather being unpredictable. Reading is always a good choice and borrowing one of many options at the library is a great pastime as every book hosts an adventure. However, the library is also offering a range of activities and events from Feb. 19 – 24, including:

·       “Teen Art Cart hour” on Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. for ages 12-17. Drop in for an open art hour featuring a variety of supplies and inspiration.

·       “Creative Crafters” on Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. for children ages 5 and above.

·       “Dress-Up Story Time: Wear a Fun Outfit or Costume!”

·       “Community Indoor Winter Fest,” sponsored by the Glove City Coalition, on Feb. 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. This event will offer a poster contest, treasure map, vape escape, Abra the Therapy Dog, door prizes, Adirondack stories with Don Williams and other activities.

Whether it is during break or any other time of the year, take the time to visit the “Game Nook,” located in the Fiction Room, as it hosts a small collection of puzzles, games and coloring sheets for in-house use. For the younger crowd, there is also an early learning toy collection in the Early Literacy Room and it includes blocks, a cash register, puzzles, vehicles and more. View the “Library of Things” wall to see what other exciting items that can be checked out. For example, take the tag that says “Bocce Ball” on it to the information desk and 8 bocce balls can be borrowed to play indoors or outdoors. Other tags on the rack include snow sled, snowshoes, inflatable unicorn sprinkler and bird watching kit. Museum passes are also available to borrow.

In addition to the children’s activities, there is plenty of programming for adults as well. It includes an “Adult Craft” class on Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. with participants designing a lovely sign to display at home (must pre-register). “Yoga Essentials,” a fitness class for ages 18 and above with participants providing their own mats, is also offered. Next class will be held on March 1 and 15 at 10:30 a.m. In the summer there is the outdoor library garden with participants harvesting what they need and weed when they are able. A Seed Club is also offered.

Numerous services are also offered as well. Wi-Fi, notary public, and computers to use on site are some of the free services, while faxing and photocopying are available for a low fee. It’s currently tax season and finding paper copies of state and federal forms are rare these days but the library has a variety of forms on hand.

The library possesses a collection of over 30,000 materials to help people with research, information or entertainment. In addition to “regular” books, eMaterials are available, as well as DVDs, magazines and more. Can’t find a book that you want at this library? No problem! The library can order from another one in its Mohawk Valley Library Association and have it at the Gloversville location within days.

Researching the past? Check out the Local History Room’s collection as it has a variety of material pertinent to the history of Gloversville, Fulton County, the Mohawk Valley Region and the Capital District. Hours of the room are listed on the library’s website at

The Gloversville Public Library’s mission statement defines the term “Your Library” as “a gathering place where you can learn, grown, and enjoy.” That certainly sums up the building at 58 E. Fulton St. that has been serving the City of Gloversville for well over 100 years!


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