March 2017 Newsletter: Library Advocacy, Local History Talk, Canvas Bags for Sale, Scholarship, Author Talk, Book Discussion, Calendar.
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 Real People.
Real Dollars.

2017 Advocacy Campaign

  Meet Becky and Aaron Copenhaver and their children Jane, Liam and Quinn.  Last year the Rosendale Library saved their family $10,784!
  March 1 was New York Library Advocacy Day.  Hundreds of library supporters went to Albany to make their voices heard.  They met with their state legislators to ask for more support for library funding.  Gov. Cuomo’s 2017-2018 Executive Budget has cut library funding by 4%.  These cuts would leave library funding at year-2000 levels, and for the tenth consecutive year, would leave library funding far short of what Education Law mandates. If you want to make your voice heard go the New York Library Association (NYLA) Online Advocacy Center at and take 5 minutes to send a quick message.
  Other patrons that have used the library value calculator to figure out how much the library saved them last year:
    •    Danielle Baker        $7,176
    •    Frank Kosempa        $1,367
    •    Sue Livingston        $2,392
    •    Amy Myslik        $2,804
    •    Felicia Flanagan        $5,535
    •    Cathy Mathews        $1,365
    •    Sue Horowitz        $2,025
    •    Daniel Julty        $3,144
    •    Vicki O’Neill        $5,850
    •    Diane Newlander    $2,628
    •    Ann Sarrantonio        $4,627

Stop by the library to see more pictures of our thankful patrons!

Ann Sarrantonio

Rosendale: Vacationists' Rendevous

  On March 9, The Women’s Club of Rosendale is presenting a talk by Linda Tantillo of the Rosendale Library Local History Collection on the resort industry in Rosendale.  It will focus on the first half of the twentieth century when our town picked itself up after the devastating collapse of both the D&H Canal and the Rosendale Cement industry and re-invented itself as a widely-known tourist destination.  Just how and why did this come about? What were its features?  How was it similar, yet different, from other resort areas in the region?  And how has it evolved?
  The talk will be at the Rosendale Recreation Center March 9, at 7pm, before the regular meeting of the Rosendale Women’s Club.  It is open to the public and all are welcome!

Support Your Library by Buying a Canvas Bag

   Our stylish canvas bag is available for sale for only $10.  It is all cotton, heavy duty canvas measuring 18"X14.5"X3".
   If you want to pay $20 you can go down to our Bookcellar and fill the bag with used books!

The Anna Mae Auchmoedy / Lottie Burns Scholarship 2017

  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 7.  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 10.

  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

The Rosendale Library Presents:


Author / Historian Talk:

Vernon Benjamin

"The History of the Hudson River Valley From the Civil War to Modern Times"


Wed, March 22
7PM/ Free

  Combining historical records with anecdotes from colorful figures who lived it, Vernon Benjamin presents the concluding volume of the history of the area U.S. Congress called "the landscape that defined America".  This volume shows how the great estates, population growth and political strength transformed the region into a vibrant cultural powerhouse.  Book signing follows.

Sunday at the Library


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


The Japanese Lover

by Isabel Allende

  From New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende, “a magical and sweeping” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) love story and multigenerational epic that stretches from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during World War II.  Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover is written with the same keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel The House of the Spirits. The Japanese Lover is a moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.

Sunday, April 30, 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

Thu, Mar 9
Local History Talk at the
Rosendale Recreation Center

Sat, Mar 11
Friends of the Rosendale Library Meeting:
10am at the Rosendale Cafe

Wed, Mar 22
Author/Historian Talk:
Vernon Benjamin

Sun, April 30
Book Discussion:
The Japanese Lover

(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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