Oct 2019 Newsletter:  Book Discussion, Writers Reading Program, Director's Column, Thank You Friends!, Book Donation Hiatus, Book Suggestions, National Friends of Libraries Week,  Calendar.
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Sunday at the Library
The Friends of the Rosendale Library
Invite you to a
Read and Discuss

The Storyteller's Secret
by Sejal Badani

  An epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.  Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past.
  Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.

Sunday, October 27, 2019
2:00 pm-3:30pm
Rosendale Library

Copies of this book are available to borrow through the Mid-Hudson Library system.  Ask at the circulation desk for assistance if needed.

Rosendale Library Presents:


Wed, Oct 30, 2019


"An Apple in Her Hand--Writers Reading"

A Collection from the Hudson Valley Women's Writing Group


  "Another belief of mine- that everyone else my age is an adult, while I am merely in disguise."- Margaret Atwood

  An Apple in Her Hand is a book crafted from myriad bits and pieces combining memoir, poetry and prose by regional writers.

  Join us for a reading and book-signing with authors whose individual passions collectively weave dissonance and joy. Colleen Geraghty, Kit Goldpaugh, Eileen Howard, Tana Miller, Mary K O'Melveny, Jan Zlotnik Schmidt, Kappa Waugh.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
264 Main St
Rosendale, NY
Contact: Sue Horowitz

Director's Column 

  Greetings! This is just my second week on the job, but I have met so many people stopping by the library and am very grateful for the warm welcome! I am learning all I can right now about the library in order to understand the best ways to serve the community. If you have suggestions for books, DVDS or programs please send them along to

  I look forward to meeting more people in person and expanding this column in the coming months.

Warm regards,

(Library Director)

Thank You!

  Thank you to all who have responded to our friends membership renewal letter!  Your continuing support is greatly appreciated.

Please Hold the Book Donations until 2020

  Rosendale library is not accepting any book donations until after the end of the year.  

Thank you to all who have generously donated in the past!

Book Suggestions from the Library Friends and Staff

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

“…he heard the siren song of family – how it pulls you despite all sense; how it forces you to discard your convictions, your righteous selfhood, in favor of profound dependence."  An engaging story that explores the line between fate and free will, reality and illusion, how our beliefs guide us and can trap us. Stories of four siblings, a magician, longevity researcher, a dancer and an army doctor, each seeking to understand, deny or outrun the prophecy given to them by a psychic when they were children.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

This book offers a fresh look at war, homelessness, desperation, and the crisis of refugees.  Two young people seeking love, pursuing careers and living their lives caught in the catastrophe of civil war are forced them to leave their homes, their families and their country in order to survive.  A thought provoking look at the struggle of refugees to maintain a sense of identity and to see a path forward in a world hostile to their very existence.  


America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

A historical fiction novel based on letters and original sources tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph, who in the aftermath of her mother’s death, becomes her father’s companion and protector, keeps his secrets, and helps to shape his legacy.  After marrying his protégé, William Short, she is torn as to where her loyalties lie, as a daughter or as a wife.  The reader travels to Paris, Washington, D.C. and back to Monticello as all of characters struggle with the politics and realities of revolution, war, diplomacy, slavery, poverty and morality. 


The Storyteller’s Secret  by Sejal Badani

Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, Jaya, decides to go to India to recover from the deep grief of miscarriages and to uncover answers to her family’s past. Ravi, her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant, reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her.  The FRL will be discussing this book at our fall discussion on October 27th.  Please join us.

National Friends Of Libraries Week

   October 20-26 is National Friend of Libraries week.  The Friends of Rosendale Library do many things to support our community.

The Friends:

  • Write and send out a monthly eNewsletter ( which you are presently reading)
  • Sponsor book sales and book discussions
  • Sponsor 2 annual scholarships for graduating high school seniors
  • Launched and maintain our Little Free Library near the Rosendale Community center, where you can "Take a book...Share a Book"
  • Organize our Frozendale sale and celebration in December

  Our next meeting is November 9.  We meet at the Rosendale Cafe at 10am.  Please consider joining us.  Even if you cannot come to meetings we have many things you can do to help the library. 

Ann S.

Mark your Calendars

Oct 20-26
National Friends of Libraries Week

Sun, Oct 27
Book Discussion:
Storyteller's Secret
by Sejal Badani

Wed, Oct 30
Writers Reading Program:
Hudson Valley Women's Writing Group

(All events are at the Rosendale Library unless otherwise indicated.)

Ongoing Events:

Preschool Story Hour:

Thursdays, 10am-11:00am, at the Library

Library Board Meeting:

Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00pm, at the Library

Library Friends Meeting:

Bi-monthly,  for date, time and location see the calendar above or check the Friends website
Rosendale Library
264 Main St.
PO Box 482
Rosendale, NY 12472

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