Art in the Library 2018


Join us for summer and fall fun as words come alive with art!  These free programs are in community libraries throughout Columbia County and beyond.  Connecting words, art, history and children, ASCC’s Art in the Library programs use both word and image-based learning paths so that students may be inspired to experience reading and art in an entirely new way.

Our theme for 2018 is learning about all the ways we are on the move!  Families are welcome to attend.  These free programs are offered in partnership with public libraries throughout Columbia County and beyond and in schools.

Our programs are free and open to families, and our community libraries welcome families from any community—you do not have to be a town resident to participate.


We will be making:

  • up-cycled treasure boxes with a special message reflecting where we’ve been in our lives
  • hand-made art books with a secret pocket for a message plus up-cycled pages and covers showing how materials come from many places in our world, and can be re-used
  • a 3-D book with special pockets for messages and a place to collect natural treasures
  • assemblages to show something we value or something that was lost
  • trees that “blow” in the wind – using watercolors!
  • and more

Libraries we will be partnering with for our free art outreach programs – open to families (you do not have to live in the town to participate – all are welcome).

Kinderhook Memorial Library (Kinderhook) (518-758-6192)

  • fall program TBA

Nassau Free Library (Nassau) (518-766-2715)

  • “A Day at the Beach with e e cummings” Nassau Free Library (Nassau) Monday July 9   2:30-3:30 pm  (grades K-2 & families)
  • “Exploring Radial Symmetry” Nassau Free Library (Nassau) Monday July 16   2:30-4:30 pm (grades 3-12 & families)

Valatie Free Library (Valatie) (518-758-9321)

  • “A Day at the Beach with e e cummings” Tuesday July 3  1-2 pm (grades K-2 & families)
  • “City Trees” Tuesday July 10   1-2 pm (grades K-2 & families)
  • “Recuerdo” and Treasure Boxes Valatie Library (Valatie) Tuesday July 17   1-3 pm (grades 3-6 & families)

Roe Jan Community Library (Hillsdale) (518-325-4101)

  • Bee!” with Emily Dickinson Saturday September 22 10:30-11:30 am (grades K-2 & families)
  • “Recuerdo” and Treasure Boxes Saturday September 29 10:30 am—12:30 pm (grades 3-6 & families)

Stephentown Memorial Library (Stephentown) (518-733-5750)

  • Fall programs TBA

Philmont Public Library (Philmont) (518-672-5010)

  • “City Trees” Thursday August 16 11 am—12 pm (grades K-2 & families)
  • “Radial Symmetry” Monday August 20 3-5 pm (grades 5-12 & families) – with free take-home art kits
  • Additional High school art program TBA  for fall 2018

Claverack Library (Claverack)  (518-851-7120)

  • City Trees” Claverack Library (Claverack), Friday July 6    10-11 am (grades K-2 & families)

North Chatham Free Library (North Chatham) (518-766-3211)

New Lebanon Library (New Lebanon) (518-794-8844)

  • “Exploring Radial Symmetry” Thursday July 19  1:30-3:30 (grades 3-12 & families)
  • “City Trees” Thursday August 2 1:30-2:30 (grades K-2 & families)
  • “One Art” Assemblage & sculpture Monday August 13 1:30-3:30 pm (grades 6-12 & families)

Check back soon for additional dates, times, and programs.  All of our Art in the Library programs are free.

Poets and poems we will use to get inspired and create art include:

  • Elizabeth Bishop One Art  (Hudson High School Program)
  • Emily Dickinson, Dear March- Come In –  [excerpt]
  • Robert Frost, Dust of Snow and The Pasture
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay, City Trees
  • Phillis Wheatley – excerpts
  • more poems and projects TBA

This spring, ASCC taught over 650 students in the following schools:

  • Chatham MED Elementary School
  • Hudson High School
  • Kinderhook (Ichabod Crane) Primary School
  • New Lebanon WBH Elementary School

Art in the Library 2017 Sayzie Carr

We are grateful to our community’s libraries for their partnership with ASCC to make these programs possible.  These free programs made possible with funding from Humanities NY, Stewart’s Holiday Match, the Children’s Foundation of Columbia County, Columbia County Tourism, Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation, Bank of Greene County, Key Bank, Kinderhook Bank, 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.  Programs based in schools are funded in part by funds from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation: the Chatham, Kinderhook, New Lebanon, and Hudson Art & Humanities Funds. All of the programs rely on the generous support of donors like you.  Thank you.

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