March 2021 Newsletter: Book Discussion, Katie's Corner, Library Advocacy, Scholarship, Walking Club, Sunny Side Up, Story HourMental Health Resources, Local Author TalkAmazonCalendar.
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Book Discussion:

The Woman in the Window
by A. J. Finn

Sunday, March 28th

      It is a sad anniversary we are reaching this month. I clearly remember the emergency board meeting we held at the Rosendale Café to decide about closing the library as the state and library system simultaneously shut down. That was our last in-person meeting. We are all getting better at using online meetings and enjoying online learning opportunities that we might not have participated in before. We will continue to provide virtual programs in March, April, and May that we hope will offer something for everyone.
      According to the CDC, 40% of adults have struggled with mental health or substance use during the pandemic. On Tuesday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m., a representative from the Mental Health Association of Ulster County will provide an overview of the resources available to Ulster County residents to help with substance use and mental health in a virtual presentation. Sign up on our website.
      We are excited to announce the library has been awarded a grant from Humanities New York to hold a weekly reading and discussion group in April and May. The theme of the discussion is American Politics and Community Today. The texts, which will be supplied by the Humanities Council, include political theorists Hannah Arendt, Danielle Allen, and essays by Ralph Ellison. These texts will help us explore the divide we currently see in our communities over politics. The sessions will be led by SUNY New Paltz political science professor and Rosendale resident, Jeff Miller. We will send out specifics about this program soon.
      March 16 we will host a reading of the new book: Flipping the Bird: an anthology of short stories, essays and plays by Rosendale’s Margarita Meyendorff (Mourka). Sign up on the website.
      We will offer a local history program on March 29: Historian Susan Stessin-Cohn will talk about slavery in this area from her book: In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in New York’s Hudson River Valley, 1735-1831. Registration will be available on our website soon.
     Many people have asked about tax forms. We only received forms from the state this year. We will print out federal forms on demand for patrons. If you want to file your taxes on-line, SUNY New Paltz School of Business is offering free assistance for filing online for individuals with a gross income of less than $66,000.
     If you would like to do some free and fun writing in the company of others, consider joining us on Tuesday mornings for writing practice. This will be held for two more Tuesdays, March 2 and March 9. Sign up on the library’s website.
      We are in the process of hiring a new librarian to help us create dynamic, responsive library programs for people of all ages, and to help expand our collection of materials to meet the many tastes and needs of Rosendale residents. They will introduce themselves in next month’s newsletter.

How Much Money Has Rosendale Library Saved You This Year?

      Use the Library Value Calculator to find out how much your family has saved this year!  Please email the total to us at  Let us know if you are comfortable allowing us to use your name in our promotional materials.

      Stay up to date on library advocacy issues by registering with the New York State Library Association Online Advocacy center at


And as always, thank you for your support!

Ann Sarrantonio

Richard F-stop Minissali Scholarship $1,000

Matthew C. Bowen Memorial Scholarship $1,000

      Every Spring the Friends of the Rosendale Library give scholarships to graduating high school seniors.  The money is to be used for college expenses, books, etc.  Students from Rondout Valley, Kingston 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 March 12.  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 April 30.

Ann Sarrantonio

New Children's Book by
Local Author Jacky Davis

      Bestselling author Jacky Davis and award-winning illustrator Fiona Woodcock celebrate family, love, and imagination in this vibrant and expressive picture book. Father-daughter time shines in this irresistible story about creativity, solving problems, and looking on the bright side when faced with obstacles. A great read-aloud for rainy days . . . or any day you’re stuck at home!

Mark your Calendars

Curbside Pickup Open
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Walking Club
Wed, Mar 3
Wed, Mar 17
Rail Trail Parking on Binnewater Rd

Tue, Mar 2
Writing Group Online

Tue, Mar 9
Mental Health Resources
Via Zoom

Fri, Mar 12
Scholarship Applications Due

Sat, Mar 13
Friends Meeting
via Zoom


Tue, Mar 16
Local Author Talk:
Margarita Meyendorff
via Zoom

Sun, Mar 28
Book Discussion:
The Woman in the Window
via Zoom

(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
Library Hours
Mon:     12:00pm - 7:00pm
Tues:     12:00pm - 7:00pm
Wed:     12:00pm - 4:30pm
Thu:      12:00pm - 7:00pm
Fri:       12:00pm - 4:30pm
Sat:       10:30pm - 2:30pm
Sun:                         Closed
Rosendale Library
264 Main St.
PO Box 482
Rosendale, NY 12472
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