May 2020 Newsletter: Friends MeetingTheremin PresentationKatie's Corner, Book SuggestionsScholarship,  Story Hour on Facebook LiveCalendar.
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Friends of the Library Meeting:

Sat, May 9th 10am
Virtual Meeting

  Please email in order to attend by phone or on-line.

Carl Weldon


Theremin Presentation!

Wed, May 13th 7pm
on Facebook Live

  The daddy of weird instruments, and one of the very first times electronics were used specifically to create music.  Notable for its eerie sound, contact-less playing technique and its use in science fiction movies, Leon Theremin (great name) went down in musical history for this one.  It was used memorably in Miklos Rozsa's soundtrack for Spellbound and The Lost Weekend, and Bernard Herrmann's soundtrack for The Day the Earth Stood Still.
  It’s hard to believe a month has gone by since our last newsletter, and we are still at home.  When will we reopen? Almost certainly it will happen in stages. As of now, the governor is not planning on lifting the PAUSE orders for all industries on May 16, so we in the Ulster County library community are guessing we may be allowed to have some sort of opening by June 1, but it could be sooner, or later. Opening will likely begin with curbside pick-up service, just as many businesses deemed essential are operating now. We are planning to rearrange some of the furniture and computers in the library in order to maintain social distancing but there are still many questions about what reopening will look like which we are working through while remaining flexible.  We are receiving guidance from the library system as well as the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

  For those who are uncertain about job prospects, or who wanted to switch jobs or careers even before the shutdown, this may be a good time to create, spiff up, or re-tool your resume, and to consider how to present the versatility of your skills, and gain some new ones. I plan to offer a virtual Job Resource Workshop on Monday, May 11, at 11 a.m. The library provides a wealth of resources for job seekers including live resume help, interview coaching, test prep, and career and personality tests. 

  We hope that you are able to enjoy some of the rich online resources available with your library card. The library staff are also available for tech support if you need it. Call the library and leave a message, or email us at and we will get back to you.

  It’s unfortunate that at this moment of global cooperation, there are some who are exploiting this time to perpetrate scams. The Federal Trade Commission is offering the following advice: Please be safe and stay in touch. We are posting everyday on our Facebook and Instagram accounts and love the little interactions we have with folks there.

The New Book Shelf in Our Virtual World

  In these homebound days, we are not able to come into the library and browse in person.  The shelves of new books are usually the first stop as you come in the door.  However, we are able to access the library’s digital resources, so below is a list of a few of the new ebooks and audiobooks the Rosendale Library has recently purchased that are available through the Overdrive system.  Since these books were purchased by Rosendale, our patrons receive priority on the hold list.  

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, Historical Fiction ebook
1947 Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and banished to Europe. A cousin who vanished in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive so Charlie heads to London to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. 1915 During WWI, Eve Gardiner joins the fight against the Germans and is recruited to work as a spy. She is sent into enemy-occupied France where she’s trained by Lili, code name Alice, the “queen of spies.” Lili manages the Alice Network, a vast network of secret agents. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and alone until Charlie barges and launches them both on a mission to find the truth.

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, Fiction ebook
Twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor. His story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. This is a transcendent coming-of-age story, a multidimensional portrait of an unforgettable cast of characters, and a breathtaking illustration of all the ways a broken heart learns to love again.

Long Bright River by Liz Moore, Fiction ebook
Two estranged sisters live in Philadelphia, Kacey struggling with addiction and Mickey the cop, struggling with the opioid crisis from the other side. When Kacey disappears, just as a mysterious string of murders begins in Mickey's district, Mickey becomes obsessed with finding the culprit and her sister. A page turning suspense story of childhood, adolescence, sisterhood, addiction and the formidable ties that persist between place, family, and fate.

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende, Historical Fiction audiobook
This epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires. Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning, but they will also find joy as they patiently await the day when they will be exiles no more. Through it all, their hope of returning to Spain keeps them going. Destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world, they find that home might have been closer than they thought all along.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb, Non-Fiction ebook
As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives, she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is bringing to her own therapist. With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb reveals our blind spots, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change. Gottlieb offers an honest, deeply personal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and provides the rarest of gifts: a boldly revealing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them.

The Anna Mae Auchmoedy / Lottie Burns Scholarship 2020

The Matthew C. Bowen Memorial Scholarships


New Deadline for Submission

  Due to the pandemic and school closures, the deadline for the submission of scholarship applications has been extended to May 30th.  Students from Rondout Valley, Kingston and New Paltz high schools who live in the Rosendale Library district may apply. There are 3 $1,000 scholarships available eligible students.  The application is available on the home page of the library website,   Anyone who would like a paper copy of the application mailed to them can request one by emailing  Applications can be filled out either digitally or  by hard copy and be submitted by attachment to or by mailing it to:

          Friends of Rosendale Library
          P.O. Box 73
          Rosendale, NY  12472 

Any questions about the scholarship application process can emailed to  Please put scholarship in the subject of the email.

Story Hour

with Miss Annie


Thursdays at 10am
Facebook Live
Rosendale Public Library

Mark your Calendars

Sat, May 9
Friends Virtual Meeting
to attend

Mon, May 11
Online Job Resource Workshop
to attend

Wed, May 13th
Theremin Presentation
Facebook Live:
Rosendale Library

Fri, May 30
Scholarship Applications Due

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

Ongoing Events:

Preschool Story Hour:

Thursdays, 10am-11:00am, on Facebook Live: Rosendale Library

Library Board Meeting:

Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00pm, at the Library. Please email in order to attend by phone or online.

Library Friends Meeting:

Bi-monthly,  for date, time and location see the calendar above or check the Friends website

Friends of the Rosendale Library Meeting
Saturday May 9th, 10:00, virtual meeting.
Please email in order to attend by phone or on-line.
Rosendale Library
264 Main St.
PO Box 482
Rosendale, NY 12472

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