April 2016 Newsletter:  Bird Medicine Book Talk, Sandcastle Girls Book Discussion, Library Advocacy Day, Story Hour, Scholarship, Calendar.
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Rosendale Library Presents:

Wed, April 13, 2016

"Bird Medicine: A Book That Took Off!"
Lecture/Slide program with author Evan Pritchard

  In this lecture at the Rosendale Library, critically acclaimed author and director of the Center for Algonquin Culture talks about the writing of his recently published book, "Bird Medicine" and the impact it has had on his life. Native American views about birds are revealed through stories, songs and slides. Book signing.

The Sandcastle Girls

Sun, April 17, 2016

at the Rosendale Library
  Sunday, April 17th at the Rosendale Library,  the Friends of the Rosendale Library invite you to read and discuss The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

  This spellbinding tale travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012—a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author’s Armenian heritage.  Bohjalian deftly weaves the many threads of this story back and forth from past to present, from abuse to humanity, from devastation to redemption. His ability to add irony and wit makes the contrasting horrors even more intense. and creates a riveting story.

You may borrow the book from the Mid-Hudson Library Collection. Contact the Library for Assistance

Library Advocacy Day

by Barbara Morrow

  I went to the advocacy day in Albany, found a lot of lip service to libraries so hope it will generate follow through.  Merribeth Advocate is well named at MHLS; she and colleagues were awesome. I was accompanied locally by Jo Ann Reuben, treasurer of our Friends' Group and my son John. We were told that speaking about our personal experiences as trustees and members, would be most effective.  I talked about the invisible ways that libraries save tax payers money and invisible ways they generate new revenue, so invisibly they get no credit for it.

  The personal examples I used were:
Traveling around the state I've bumped into homeless people in libraries who have used the libraries not just for warmth and bathrooms but to get social services, then find a shelter, then get job training and then a job, lying awake nights thinking of ways to become tax payers and succeeding.

  One was a teen I met at Yonkers main library, thrown out by drug addict parents, who was applying for training as a paramedic trainee. I followed up with him in his shelter and learned he did get training and a job.  None of the taxes he pays is attributed to the library system.

  Another example was a homeless man I met in wealthy Bronxville's movie-set beautiful library, who lost his job, home and marriage after the 2008 crash. Few knew because he lived one week here, one month there, sometimes in basements, and did ultimately through the library find first shelter and services and then ultimately became a tax payer again.  Of course NY State has no way of attributing his sort of tax revenue to the library either.

  Re: tax savings, I spoke of Eric's experience with special needs kids for which the local and NY State Dept. of Education make Herculean efforts.  These very heroic efforts for Special needs students do wonders for many but are almost useless for kids in the autistic spectrum precisely because they are so sensorily rich. These kids get overwhelmed with social interaction and stimulus overload, SO increasingly their parents are home schooling them.  While the state spends between $10,000 and $15,000 per "normal" student (as I reminded these legislators and assistants) the spending on special needs kids often approaches $100,000 so every parent who home schools a child saves tax payers huge money, on the back of the libraries which are their pillars of support. Interestingly I was making this point to the aide to our representative Kevin Cahill, and it was picked up by two teens there speaking on behalf of home schooled kids as they are. They said they agreed and had become friends with talented autistic students in the libraries and were impressed with what those kids got from the libraries.  They mentioned one autistic friend who succeeded at the library in REDESIGNING THE OPERATING CODE for the game mine craft.  It happened that Cahill's aide is into Minecraft, herself, and was engaged with them in conversation about this for some time. She will remember that vividly and is writing in her summary for Cahill such example of ways libraries invisibly save taxes. Wow were those kids sharp!

  I went to the office of Andrea Stewart Cousins, leader of the state's Democrat caucus because though she wouldn't likely remember me, we met through a close mutual friend. She was tied up but I spent considerable time with two aides who were interested in these points and who spent a
lot of time with me. She's probably the most powerful woman in NY state politics, from Yonkers, so I emphasized the Yonkers story and what libraries mean to the community.

  Altogether interesting and inspiring day. And tiring.
Barbara Morrow, Trustee

Story Hour at the Rosendale Library

   Miss Annie and the children celebrated Dr. Seuss's Birthday on March 3rd.  Julie Gaidies, her daughter Riley and our own Ann Sarrantonio dressed up as Thing 1, 2 and 3 respectively.  Miss Annie would love to see you at 10am on Thursdays!

The Anna Mae Auchmoedy / Lottie Burns Scholarship 2016

   Every Spring the Friends of the Rosendale Library give a scholarship to a graduating high school senior.  This year the award is $800.  The money is to be used for college expenses, books, etc.  Students from Rondout Valley, Kingston, Coleman and New Paltz high schools who live in the Rosendale Library district may apply.
   Applications have been sent to the above high school guidance offices and to the Rosendale Youth Center.  They are also available at the Rosendale Library desk.  The deadline for submissions is April 10.  Please bring completed applications to the library or mail to:
          Friends of Rosendale Library
          P.O. Box 73
          Rosendale, NY  12472
Applicants will be notified by May 11.
   Anna Mae Auchmoedy was the woman we have to thank for the original idea of the Rosendale Library.  Anna Mae and the Comus Club of Rosendale started our library in 1940.  The Women’s Club of Rosendale was key in promoting and supporting our young library.
   Lottie Burns worked very closely with Anna Mae for many years.

Ann Sarrantonio

Mark your Calendars

Wed, Apr 13
Bird Medicine
by Evan Pritchard

Sun, Apr 17
Book Discussion
The Sandcastle Girls


Sat, May 14
Sat, Jul 9
Sat, Sep 10
Sat, Nov 12
Friends of the Rosendale Library Meeting:
10am at the Rosendale Cafe

(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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