Art in the Library 2016

Nancy Kohler teaching Ichabod Crane 25 May 2016Art in the Library 2016

Connecting words, art, and kids, ASCC is excited to announce the second year of our community-based Art in the Library series. Expanded to over double the number of libraries as last year, the theme for this year’s program is “Location: Finding Home.” These free outreach programs combine art and reading, using poetry as a short, visual text form from which to begin our creative explorations. This year students K-12 are creating art inspired by poems by Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, centered on the themes of landscape, location, and journeys. Projects range from watercolor-and-resist landscapes in which special words children have selected “magically” appear, to accordion books with a walk with Robert Frost on one side, and the other side depicting a journey with a friend. All of our Art in the Library Programs are free and open to children K-12, and parents, grandparents and older friends and siblings are welcome to attend in a supportive role.


K-2: “I’ll tell you how the sun rose” landscapes & postcards

Gr. 3-6: “You Come Too” accordion books with a journey

Gr. 6-8: “The Road Less Travelled” collaged maps & landscapes

Gr. 9-12: “Far from Home” mapping in hand-stitched pamphlets





We have taught our Art in the Library Programs in the Kinderhook (Ichabod Crane) and Chatham Central School Districts, and also taught high school students in the Hudson Central School District.  The following programs are open to students and their families from any community:

Claverack Public Library:

  • Aug 27 K-2   9-10 am

Nassau Free Library (with take-home kits):

  • Jul 11 gr. 3-6 2:30-4:30
  • Jul 25 gr. 6-8 4-6 pm

New Lebanon Library:

  • July 19 K-2 1:30-2:30 pm
  • July 26 gr. 3-6 1:30-3:30 pm
  • August 23 gr 6-8  1:30-3:30 pm

Roe-Jan (Roeliff-Jansen) Community Library:

  • July 17 gr. 6-8  1-3 pm
  • Jul 31 gr. 3-6 1-3 pm
  • Aug 6 gr. 9-12  1-3 pm
  • Aug 13 gr. K-2  1-2 pm

Valatie Free Library:

  • Aug 9 gr. 3-6  2-4 pm
  • Aug 10 K-2  2-3 pm

North Chatham Free Library:

  • Jun 28 K-2 10-11 am
  • Jun 28  gr. 6-8 10 am -12 pm (programs run concurrently in 2 library spaces)
  • October 29  grades 1-7   11 am – 1 pm “You Come Too”


Philmont Public Library:

June 29 gr. 3-6   1-3 pm

June 30 K-2   10 -11 am




Please check back soon for additional information and additional programs.

We are grateful to our community’s libraries for their partnership with ASCC to make these programs possible. These programs are made possible in part with a Stewart’s Holiday Match Grant and public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund, and the generous support of donors like you. Thank you.



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