January 2017 Newsletter:  Message from Board, Frozendale Success, Origami Youth Art Class, Storytime, Stewarts Grant, Note Cards for Sale, Book Discussion, Calendar.
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Happy New Year!

Thanks for all you do!

  The Library Board of Trustees wish all our excellent staff, Friends and loyal patrons a healthy and prosperous 2017.  As Board president I personally wish to thank our Director Wendy for her length of service and expertise, our Friends group for the loyal years of support, and our volunteer Trustees for all you do for our excellent library in your "spare" time! Happy New Year to all.

Cherilyn Craig
Board of Trustees
  The library was colorfully lit for the night of Frozendale in Rosendale. Just before dusk, the festive parade crowd gathered in holiday cheer as cookies were distributed and music played. Thank you all! (Photo by Carl Welden)


Celebration a Success!

  Our Frozendale celebration here at the library was wonderful.  We welcomed the children for  Holiday Stories with Miss Annie.  There were lots of gifts and books to sell. We had delicious cookies and a parade, too!
  The winners of the gift baskets are:
  • Jazz Party Basket: Andrew Wilmer
  • A Taste of Mexico:  Natalie Wargin
  • Pet Lover’s :  Julie McKelvey
  The gifts, books and handmade items will continue to be available throughout the holiday.

Special thanks to:
  • Wendy, Andy and our devoted volunteer, Ed, for their hard work pre-sorting our book donations.
  • Woodcrest Bruderhoff bakers for their delicious cookies for all.
  • Mary Potratz, Rose Unes, and Miriam Patton for helping to get the Bookcellar ready for the sale.
  • Nancy Tuller for creating the beautiful handmade quilts, hats, mittens, scarves, blankets and pillowcases.
  • All of the Friends who took shifts during the sale.

  Wishing you all a very happy new year from all of the Friends!

Ann Sarrantonio
By Andreas Bauer Origami-Kunst - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5

Origami Art Class

at the Rosendale Youth Center Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th.


  The  Rosendale Youth Center and the Friends of the Rosendale Library present three nights of Origami.  Each night has room for up to 10 youth from 3rd grade and up with no fee.  The first class is a beginner's class and will teach the skills needed for the other classes.  Each class will be 90 minutes long and take place at the Rosendale Youth Center.  The teacher will be Kathy Paulsen.  After the three classes there will be a reception at the Rosendale Library to show off the students work.

  Outreach for the program will be done by touching base with the children and teens who use the Youth Center.  It will also be advertised in the Blue Stone Press.  Local art teachers in the Rondout School district will also be contacted to reach out to interested students.

  The Friends of Rosendale Library encourage all members of the library to take advantage of this exciting program.

  The dates for the classes are as follows:
Friday, Feb.3; Friday, Feb.10; Friday, Feb. 17
The date of the reception to show the students work at the Rosendale Library will be determined.
Those who are interested should sign up with Matthew McCluskey at the Rosendale Youth Center by emailing or calling 658-8982.

Matthew McCluskey
Director, Rosendale Youth Program

Story Hour

Frozendale celebration

  We had a  fun morning on Saturday, Dec 10 as part of our Frozendale celebration. I read about 6 holiday stories to get into the festive spirit.  The children and the adults seemed to enjoy!
  The library is a great place to be on those cold, January days .  Join us on Thursday mornings from 10- 11 for a fun filled hour of stories, crafts, and song .

  Stay tuned for some special visitors in Jan.

Miss Annie

Stewart's Matching Grant Received!

  Every year we receive a grant from Stewart's Matching Grant Fund that helps with our Children's programming here at the library.
  Please remember to support our local Stewarts stores who are such good friends of our Rosendale Library.
Ann Van Damm

Note cards from the 100th anniversary of the library, 1876-1976, reproduced from an original silkscreen by Ruth Shaeffer and Judy Brenner


Note cards for Sale

$1 each or 6 cards for $5


( A special note from our Town Justice and Friend of the Library Bill Pape )

  Wait a minute, I the judge, well, a part-time judge, so I’ll ask the questions, and, I’ll give the answers.  You just pay attention.
1.  Are they too expensive?  No, they’re supercheap.
2.  Do they look cheap?  You’re trying my patience, come in to see them; they’re very classy, subdued yet artistic, soft color choices, and not something everyone has already seen.
3.  What can I do with them?  Loads; start thinking; since they have no inscription inside and have quiet evergreen silhouettes included, and a touch of architectural beauty, they fit every occasion, birthdays, holiday greetings, sympathy, congratulations, apologies; I started using them to thank couples whose marriages they invited me to officiate, thus congratulating them, politicking, and promoting Rosendale, its history and beauty, all at the same time.
4.  What if I don’t like to write or use regular mail?  Get with it; people really appreciate the personal and extra effort, as you revive the art of sending something handwritten, however brief, and tangible, and worthy of display on the refrigerator on bookshelf top.
5.  But, I don’t care about Rosendale, and I don’t want to promote the library?  Out of order, overruled, and…..
6.  But, again, are they too expensive?  Get down there fast, before the library realizes what they’re really worth, and buy ten packets of six; for next or this holiday or for birthdays or events in years to come, when you realize you forgot to go get a card, you just reach for one of these, jot a note in it and you’re done (it comes with an envelope).
7.  Do you practice what you preach?  I keep buying and asking the library to put out more, and I am thinking about using them as holiday cards this year, because I’m stressed by the world and want something quiet and easy.
8.  Is this really a gift to me?  Well, a gift to me is my favorite gift, and these cards will give you the gift of looking good, also my favorite gift.

Bill Pape

Sunday at the Library

The Friends of the Rosendale Library
Invite you to a
Read and Discuss


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

  A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.   

  “Funny, tender, and moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.”  Library Journal

Sunday, February 26, 2017
(snow date Sunday, March 5, 2017)
2:00 pm-3:30pm
Rosendale Library

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

Mark your Calendars

Fri, Feb 3,
Fri, Feb 10,
Fri, Feb 17
Origami Art Class
at Rosendale Youth Center

Sun, Feb 26
Book Discussion

Sat, Jan 14
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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