December 2018 Newsletter:  Frozendale Dec 8th, The Desk Set, Winter Gift Sale, Rosendale News Online, Table Dedicated to John Nevins, Canvas Bag SaleCalendar.
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Dec 8th is Frozendale

10am-11am: Story Hour with Miss Annie
10am-3pm: Gifts, Bags, and Book Sale

  The Town of Rosendale will be celebrating FROZENDALE on Saturday, December 8.  Here at the library we will have small gifts and books to sell from 10am-3pm.  Miss Annie will be reading Holiday stories for children at 10am.  We will be selling Raffle tickets for four gift baskets:  a Baker's  basket, a Children's Literacy basket, an International Food basket and a Snuggle up with a Book basket! (Tickets are on sale now.) The winners will be chosen at 3pm.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for the fun!

The Desk Set

  Library Staff, Trustees and Friends had a great time celebrating the 60th Anniversary at The Rosendale Theatre. We dedicated the night to our beloved trustee Barbara Morrow (who passed away earlier this year) and enjoyed seeing many members of the community come out too!

The Rosendale News is Now Online!

  Rosendale Library is happy to announce that our copies of The Rosendale News are now online on the website   This website is free and searchable.  A link is also being put to this website from the Rosendale Library Local History page at   Or you can go directly to The Rosendale News link at

The Rosendale News was started on November 18, 1938 by Henry L. Dittmar of Rosendale.  We have most of the issues from 1938 through 1942.  This is a very interesting time in Rosendale history.  While most places were in the depths of the Great Depression, Rosendale had reinvented itself as a thriving resort area.  In addition, in a wonderful weekly column “Do You Remember?,” complete with photographs, Joseph A. Fleming recalls growing up in Rosendale in the late 1800s, when the Rosendale Cement industry and the D&H Canal were still going strong. History and genealogy, memories for long-time residents, surprises and insight for new ones!

You can do a word, phrase search or look at a specific issue on the NYS Historic Newspapers website. There is also an annotated Name Index on the Local History page that solves problems of alternate spellings and hyphenations, and gives a short reference to make searching more efficient.  [Note: Fleming’s articles have separate name and subject indexes that are not yet on our website.]  

Some issues are missing, and we hope that someday, someone will find missing issues we can add to the database.

Many thanks to Henry L. Dittmar’s descendants who were very kind in giving us permission to put The Rosendale News on this website.  This is no small matter, since newspapers published before 1923 are not in public domain and without such permission, could not be put online.

Linda Tantillo

Rosendale Library Local History Collection

New Table in Honor of John Nevins

  On Sunday November 4th the director, some board members and family and friends of library patron John Nevins met to dedicate a lovely picnic table for the library's use in Mr. Nevins' memory.  His sister, Carole Brtalik, seated foreground, commissioned the table from a local craftsman, and read a moving letter honoring his life. He was an enthusiastic book lover and particularly fond of our library. Coffee, cider and donuts were then enjoyed to fortify the family for a long ride home.

Canvas Bag Sale!

$10 each
$20 when filled with regular priced books from Bookcellar

Mark your Calendars

Sat, Dec 8

Sat, Dec 8
Frozendale Story Hour

Sat. Jan 12
Friends of the Rosendale Library
at the Rosendale Cafe

 Make a resolution to join us at our Friends of the Rosendale Library Meetings to plan 2019 events and programs!

(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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    On October 31 we received our seventeenth donation from the Amazon Smile Foundation. Friends who shopped at between July 1 and September 30, 2018 choosing Friends of Rosendale Library as their charity earned us $43.84. Whoohoo!! This brings our donation total to $450.41 over the past 4 years.  Thank you for your support.

Sincerely, Jo Ann Reuben, Treasurer

Friends of the Rosendale Library
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