VFL's Sustainable Library project was spotlighted during 'Rio+20', the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development: 'Earth Summit'.

Our VFL Sustainable Library project was spotlighted during Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, "the Earth Summit" held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.

The library's project caught the attention of the United Nations' Rio+20, for our commitment to investing in a new library facility with the goal of attaining near net-zero energy usage.

The planned green building project will align resource-use with 'ever-green' practices, including the installation of skylights, photovoltaic solar panel technology, and ductless air conditioning.

Over a decade ago, the Board of Trustees commissioned an independent Feasibility Study, which concluded that the Valatie Free Library had outgrown our 600 square foot cottage—the space we still occupy. Since then, a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau found Valatie to be the only traditional population center in Columbia County that has experienced growth during the past decade. Importantly, also during the past ten years, our library’s program attendance has risen 1,000% (program statistics provided by Mid-Hudson Library System).

Begun in 1928 as a casual circulation of collected books, the Valatie Free Library Association was chartered in 1931 by the Valatie Parent Teachers Association. Housed in a local Church, the original library owned two-thousand books by 1939 when it moved to its current location—a 600 sq ft cottage.

The current facility has become restrictive to further growth and no longer serves the library’s chartered patrons in a productive manner. As this building is severely cramped, many activities are planned after hours when the library is closed. Even so, squeezed and constrained into confining quarters, there is very limited room, and as a result, many programs are actually scheduled in ‘off campus’ locations.

Rural libraries such as ours meet many needs of a community. Working on all levels, our plan anticipates and strategizes for the future, favoring legacy over immediacy. You can help us to improve the literary integrity of our area, making this a better place to live and work. Now more than ever, your gift can help enrich our community, bringing an accessible and sustainable library to encourage and inspire future generations.

Our goal is to gain a larger building and reduce costs by creating an energy-efficient, lower energy-use, accessible and sustainable facility; dedicating funds to meet the needs of every age group. The new larger library building has separate areas that will serve many groups, including: adults, teens, and children.

Your Gift will help us to build the future Sustainable Valatie Free Library through the retrofit and expansion of the historic Barn. The hybrid building is also iconic for an online innovative hub—community hub—serving the entire community, fostering communication and cooperation between many library and community patrons and groups.

The Valatie Free Library is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your gifts and donations are fully tax-deductible.

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