The Cheney Library was a gift to the people of Hoosick Falls from Charles Cheney who, in 1912, left $50,000 in his estate for the construction and support of a Library and historical rooms. Mr. Cheney was a long-standing student of history with a keen interest in libraries. In his will, Mr. Cheney also left the people of Hoosick Falls many books and pictures for the Library.
In 1907, Mr. Cheney petitioned the New York State Education Department for a Charter for a Library for Hoosick Falls. The Hoosick Falls Free Public Library was opened in February of that year in the municipal building on Main Street. After Mr. Cheney’s death in 1912, the funds he left for the Library were invested until they had increased enough for a suitable building. On October 22, 1922, the cornerstone of the Cheney Library was laid.The library opened on November 23, 1923 with 4,000 books in its collection and 400 patrons. Today, the Cheney Library has over 13,000 books, 1,000 audio and visual materials, several different magazines and 2,400 patrons.
Join us this year for events and programs celebrating the Cheney Library centennial!
October 20 (6 PM)
Charles Cheney's Legacy: 100 Years of the Cheney Library
In 1922, the cornerstone of Cheney Library was laid in Hoosick Falls. Join us at the Louis Miller Museum for a presentation exploring the history of Cheney Library. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For questions, please call (518) 686-4682.
October 4 - November 29 (10 AM)
Fall Story Hour
Join us at the library on Tuesdays for stories, rhymes, and lots of fun! The program is geared toward children ages 2-5, but all are welcome! Caretakers are expected to stay with their child.
October 7 (4 PM - 5 PM)
Calling all builders! Join us for Lego Club at the library to construct the creations of your dreams! Lego Club meetings are held on the first Friday of every month, and is open to all ages. No sign-up required! Just bring your imagination.
September 17 - December 3 (12 PM)
Fall and Winter Spice Club
Love to cook, bake, or simply experiment in the kitchen? Join us at the library for our Fall and Winter Spice Club! Create a dish using our featured spice, then meet at the library to share your cooking adventures. Bring in samples to share, photos of your creations, or just a story about how your delicious dish came to be. On October 15, our featured spice/flavor is maple!
Bring your project to the library and spend time with other crafters. Whether you like to sew, draw, sculpt, or create in another way, you are welcome to hang out, share, and learn new skills! Crafternoons take place on the fourth Friday of every month from 3 PM - 4 PM. All ages are welcome.
October 26 (5 PM - 6 PM)
Teen/Tween Halloween Hangout
Enjoy Halloween crafts, games, and snacks with friends! And don't forget to come in costume!
Free COVID-19 Test Kits Available
Available on a first-come, first-served basis. Supplies are limited. Please ask a librarian for a kit.
Shop Our Book Sale Anytime!
Cheney Library's book sale is open whenever the library is open. There is always something new to see, so be sure to check in and see what's on our shelves!
We are also currently accepting donations of books in good condition. If you have items you would like to donate, please bring books to the library during our open hours so that a librarian can review any items of interest.
New To Our Shelves
The following are just a few of the new titles coming to the library:
All the Living and the Dead by Hayley Campbell Fall Guy by Archer Mayor The Furies by John Connolly The Getaway by Lamar Giles Leech by Hiron Ennes The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson This Appearing House by Ally Malinenko This Is What It Sounds Like by Ogi Ogas The United States of Cryptids by J. W. Ocker The Vicious Circle by Katherine St. John Visual Thinking by Temple Grandin
This month, we are featuring books about how to get out and explore the great outdoors. From novels about hiking to nonfiction titles featuring hikes you can do yourself, there is a little something for all outdoorspeople!
And, if you're not an outdoorsperson, don't worry. We are also featuring chilling thrillers this month, just in time for the Halloween season. Check out one of those titles to get your heart racing, all from the comfort of your armchair!