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7th annual amazing race of fulton family scavenger hunt

Tuesday, July 23: 5:30-7:00 PM

Scavenger Hunt Clipart

If you’re looking for something fun to do on a hot summer night, why not participate in Schmaling Library’s 7th Annual “Amazing Race of Fulton” on Tuesday, July 23rd  from 5:30-7:00 pm?

Families are invited to come to the library and embark on a journey that will take them through Fulton’s downtown area. Each team must have at least one adult member. Bring your digital camera or camera phone and register at the library by 5:30 pm on Tuesday and you will receive a race packet, which will include: the “Amazing Race of Fulton” scavenger hunt and photo challenge clues, pencils, paper, crayons, and a bottle of water for each team member. You will have from 5:30 to 7:00 pm to complete as many of the scavenger hunt questions and photo challenges as possible. This is a foot race, so no vehicles, scooters, bikes, skates, or skateboards, please (Strollers or wagons for little participants are acceptable)! Points will be awarded based on the number of clues that have been completed. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place.

Stay after the race for pizza and snacks at the library! Come join the fun!!!! Rain date will be Tuesday, July 30th from 5:30-7:00 pm.

You can register right before the race or ahead of time. Registration forms are available at the library at either circulation desk or for your convenience, right here: Amazing Race Registration Form. Simply print the form, fill it out, and bring it with you. We hope to see you there!

Summer Reading Registration June 3-8

Step right up, folks, it’s Showtime @ Schmaling! Summer Reading Program registration is coming up June 3-8 and the reading program runs June 10-July 6. Remember, our program is for preschoolers through adults. And, you can sign any little ones who have not yet entered Kindergarten up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, as well. There is truly something for everyone!


Children entering preschool through 5th Grade win prizes for each reading slip they turn in up to the 5th and then get entries into the CHILDREN’S GRAND PRIZE DRAWING for $50! Young Adults (students entering grades 6-12) are entered into the weekly prize drawing for each book they read and when they reach 6 books will be entered into the YOUNG ADULT GRAND PRIZE DRAWING for $50! Adults are entered into weekly prize drawings for each book they read and when they reach 6 books will be entered into the ADULT GRAND PRIZE DRAWING for an overnight stay at Wild Rose Casino & Resort-Clinton and a $25 gift certificate at Coach’s Corner Bar & Grill at the Casino!


To register for our free Summer Reading Program, you must have a valid Schmaling or Albany Public Library Card. No library card is necessary for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten; the child, a parent, or caregiver must reside within the boundaries of the River Bend School District.


And remember, ANY registered River Bend student is eligible to get a Schmaling Library Card at no charge, regardless of where you live. Parents must accompany any child under age 14 to get a library card. These student cards are to be used ONLY BY THE STUDENT. Parents MAY NOT use their child’s card in lieu of paying the non-resident card fee.

Landscaping face lift

This week the Library’s landscaping underwent a face lift. The Library received a 2019 FACE Gardens Grant for new mulch and plants in the library’s flower beds and around our new little free library (to be installed sometime this summer). The FACE Gardens Grant was created in memory of Gerry Kopf, the man responsible for establishing many of the roadside gardens that make Fulton so beautiful in the spring. Kyle Kopf represented the Kopf Family to present the Gardens Grant to the Library (pictured left).

Students (pictured right) and staff members from River Bend Middle School spent Wednesday morning and early afternoon at the Library raking out the beds and putting down new landscape fabric and mulch.

We’d like to thank the Kopf Family and FACE for giving the Library this wonderful grant. We’d also like to thank the River Bend Middle School students and staff members who worked so hard to bring new life to our landscaping. And, finally, we’d like to thank Ken Huizenga for hauling the mulch and helping out on Wednesday, as well. THANK YOU, ALL!