April 2018 Newsletter: Scholarship, Celebration of StorytellingFirst Literacy, Indian Annie, Art and Literature, Barbara Morrow, National Library Week, Thank You Stewart's, Onesies for Sale, Calendar.
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The Anna Mae Auchmoedy / Lottie Burns Scholarship 2018

   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 13.  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

A Celebration of Storytelling

For Parents and Children Ages 2-6 Years-Old

presented by

Carol Garboden Murray, Nancy Van Laan & Karen Pillsworth

  Join us in celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Rosendale Library with an exciting morning of storytelling by professional authors and storytellers.  
•    A retired kindergarten teacher will delight the audience with a classic tale told in the oral tradition
•    A local children’s book author will read stories from her published collection
•    A local author will tell stories that engage children by using felt props and sign language
•    Songs and crafts will build on the storytelling experiences
•    The celebration will include an anniversary cake marking this milestone in our library’s history.

Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00 – 11:30am
Rosendale Recreation Center

Reservations are requested.  Please sign up in the library or email

  Carol Garboden Murray is the Director of the Nursery School at Bard College, author of Simple Signing with Young Children, and parent to 2 sons.  Nancy Van Laan has written many books perfect for reading aloud, including With a Whoop and a Holler, an American Library Association Notable Book; and the 1990 Parents' Choice Award winner, Possum Come a-Knockin'. She is a parent of three children and grandmother of four. Karen Pillsworth is a professional storyteller.

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Rosendale Library.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Rosendale Library

First Literacy:

How Parents Can Build Readers and Writers


presented by
Carol Garboden Murray and Karen Pillsworth

Join us for an interesting and interactive evening as we discuss how to:
•    Encourage your child’s oral language skills, an essential foundation needed for reading, through conversations, telling family stories, and reading aloud.  
•    Choose high quality children’s literature
•    Importance of rhyme, repetition and word play
•    Interpret scribbles and the stages of writing
•    Spark a love of reading and writing

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7:00 – 9:00pm
Rosendale Library

Carol Garboden Murray is the Director of the Nursery School at Bard College, author of Simple Signing with Young Children, and parent to 2 sons.  Karen Pillsworth is a professional storyteller and retired kindergarten teacher.

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Rosendale Library.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Rosendale Library
Rosendale Library Presents:

Indian Annie: A Grandmother's Story: Native Americans Who Refused to Leave:


 A reading by Sally Bermanzohn


Wed, April 11



Rosendale Library
264 Main Street
Rosendale, NY

  A reading of historical fiction about a 19th century Chicasaw woman and her family's survival during the Indian Removal from the deep South.  Told in the first person, her story describes their resilience against all odds in the Freedom Hills of Alabama.
  Sally Bermanzohn has ancestral roots in northern Alabama. During the 1960's she joined the Civil Rights Movement and has written extensively on social issues, most notably the book, Through Survivor's Eyes: From the Sixties to the Greensboro Massacre.

The Rosendale Library Presents:


Exploring Connections Between Children's Literature and Art

FREE At the Rosendale Recreation Center

To Children in grades 2-4 with their parents:

Wednesdays at 4:30-5:30 pm -
April 4th 11th 18th and 25th


Art Exhibit Friday, April 27th from 5:30-7pm

  Register by email with Ann Van Damm at or
Call 658- 9013 or sign up on the sheet at the front desk.

  Jill Obrig has been teaching art, to people of all ages, across New York, for over 35 years which include public school art from k-12 to museums like Olana and the Parrish Art Museum (Long Island), to galleries like the Unframed Artists Gallery to summer camps to various venues including an After School Art Programs in elementary schools or helping out High School Classes with fundraisers. Jill has been awarded the Arts Mid Hudson Decentralized Grants in 2016, 2017 and in 2018 teaching a unique series of art programs exploring literature through children’s books, and fusing it with art history, learning about artists and cultures, then applying this knowledge into creating amazing sculptures, drawings, paintings and multi media.
  This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

Thanks Barbara!

  The Rosendale Library and its Board of Trustees were both deeply saddened by the sudden passing of a current board member in January of this year. Barbara Morrow joined our board in the summer of 2015 along with her husband Eric. Barbara brought with her a wealth of knowledge and a lifetime of experience. She had received her baccalaureate degree in philosophy from Barnard College at Columbia University and her MBA from Harvard University. She also completed post graduate work at the University of Colorado, Dartmouth, and the London School of Economics. Barbara worked as a broker at Morgan Stanley and later as a Principal at Barronett Financial Services. In addition, she founded international investments at TIAA and also global investments at AIG. The board, all comprised of volunteers, greatly benefitted from her financial analysis skills and intimate knowledge regarding the tax system as we reviewed monthly budgets and annual audits.

  Barbara traveled to Albany to participate in Library Advocacy Day in 2016 and 2017. In a write-up that Barbara contributed to the April 2016 Rose Window, she mentions meeting a homeless teenager in the main branch of the Yonkers Library. He had been thrown out by drug addicted parents. He was using the library’s services to apply to become a paramedic trainee. She followed up with him at the shelter where he was staying. He did receive the training and found a job thanks in part to the library system. Barbara believed strongly that libraries could serve as a vehicle for social change. They provide invaluable services for children, adults and seniors alike.

  Several board members wanted to share memories of Barbara with all of you.

  “Sitting at the long table, Barbara made a point to consider each member’s concern or contribution and saw the best in us. She led by example, exhibiting the ‘we’ not the ‘I’ always moving forward.
  Knowledgeable and dedicated she passionately sought out ways to benefit and support the Rosendale Library by studying and discerning this library’s issues. Through her activism here and in Albany, Barbara, powerful and professional, advocated for libraries, literacy and education.”  

– Kathy Wiacek
  “Barbara and her husband Eric have a home in the Rosendale area but during the week they lived in Westchester County where they were closer to Eric’s work. They both made the long trek up from Westchester to our monthly library board meetings on a Wednesday evening and then would have the return trip back after the meetings ended at 9pm or later. They did this even when Barbara was having some health concerns with her eyes. These trips demonstrated to me a fierce loyalty and dedication to our small community library.  Barbara also used to write prolific emails from her cell phone to the board about the monthly topics we were discussing when she was doing things like waiting at the doctor’s office. I was impressed by their length and depth. Again, it spoke to her sincere regard for the Rosendale Library. I will miss those emails and their authoress.”
– Beth King

  “I so enjoyed the brief two years or so that Barbara Morrow spent with us on the library board. She had great style and an informed, almost poetic way with words.  When she took on a project you knew her report would be detailed and well researched, though maybe not brief! We used to joke together about her lengthy emails; she still seemed to have a sense of excitement about learning and how libraries help everyone enhance their lives.
  During our 60th year celebration we'll be watching the movie "Desk Set" at her suggestion. Thanks, Barb, we'll miss you.” 

– Cherilyn Craig

  “Barbara’s intelligence and engagement on the Library Board was exceptional. She brought an energy that was focused and bright, and was eager to tackle any problem that presented itself in a tireless and enthusiastic manner. Barbara's passing is a sad loss for the library and those who knew her, but her contributions and lasting presence will remain with us.” 
– Jacky Davis-Soman, former Board Member

April 8-14 is National Library Week

  National Library Week (April 8- 14, 2018) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2018 National Library Week is "Libraries Lead," National Library Week 2018 will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958. This national celebration is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate every year in National Library Week.

Thank You!

Rosendale Library Children's Program Thanks Stewart's Shops!

  We are happy to report that Stewart's Holiday Match has donated $750 to our library for children's programming.  We have been receiving these grants for the last 8 years thanks to the diligence of our Children's program person, Ann Van Damm.
  We plan to use these funds for our Storyhour and Summer Reading programs. 
  Thanks to Stewart's Shops for supporting our community.
Ann Sarrantonio

Onesies for Sale!

  FOR SALE: Adorable “Born to Read” onesies for the babies in your life. Available at the library and at the
First Literacy Workshop on Saturday, April 25th, 7 pm.

Mark your Calendars

Wed, Apr 4, 11, 18, 25
Exploring Connections between Children's Literature and Art
at the Rosendale Recreation Center

Apr 8-14
National Library Week

Wed, Apr 11
Book Reading and Signing:
Indian Annie by Sally Bermanzohn

Fri, Apr 13
Scholarship Applications Due!

Sat, Apr 14
Storytelling Celebration
for Young Children
at the Rosendale Recreation Center

Wed, Apr 25
Early Literacy
Parents Workshop

Fri, Apr 27
Art Exhibit 5:30-7pm
(from the Exploring Connections in Children's Literature and Art at the Rosendale Recreation Center)

(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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