August 2016 Newsletter:  Vote, Book Sale, Book Donations, Summer Reading, Pillowcase Dresses, Author Ann Hood, Raffle, Join Us!, Calendar.
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Library Budget Vote

Thursday, Sept. 1
at the Library

2017 Budget information is available at the library desk.

  Greetings from the Library Board!  Once again it is approaching time to vote on a budget for the Library.  The Board continues to strive to balance the needs of the Library with attention to current economic realities. In addition to funding the Library’s day-to-day operations, it is essential that we plan for anticipated improvements as well as being prepared for unanticipated expenditures.  Despite challenging economic times we feel committed to our beloved and experienced staff and have included a modest 1% pay increase in this year’s proposed budget.

  Trustees will be available to answer questions about the budget at 6:30pm on Wednesday, August 17th at the Library prior to the regularly scheduled Board meeting (usually the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm and open to the public).
  In addition to the budget vote, two people on the Board are seeking election.  Barbara Morrow and Eric Morrow bring passion for the Library and a wealth of experience to the Board.  There is also one seat still available.  Information about this vacancy can be found at the Library.
  The proposed budget for 2017 is $310,700 including $305,100 from taxes and the remainder from library revenues.  This represents a 3% increase over last year’s tax levy. The proposed tax rate is $0.6158 per $1000 of assessed property value.  This means that the owner of a property assessed at $100,000 would be paying a Library tax of $61.58, an increase of less than $2.00 from 2016.
  Absentee ballots will be available at the Library by August 19th and must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Library by August 31st. 
  The budget vote will be held on September 1st from 11am to 7:30pm and will take place at the Library.  We hope you will continue to benefit from our library by utilizing its many offerings and support these services by coming out to vote!  Thank you for your ongoing commitment.

Book Donations Welcome!

  The Rosendale Library is now happy to accept book donations in good condition.

  Our Summer Book Sale will be Sat., August 27 from 10am-3pm.

  Please note that we are unable to accept encyclopedias, textbooks or Reader's Digest books.

  If you would like a tax receipt please count the number of hardcovers, softcovers and/or media before dropping off your items.

  We ask that you do not put donated items in the book drop and only bring in donations when the library is open.

Thank you for your generosity!
Ann Sarrantonio

Fun at a Summer Reading Program with Evan Gottfried

Summer Reading Update!

Our Summer Reading program fun continues!  This week we have local children's author, Lisa Thiesing, who will discuss both the writing process and the illustrating process.  Younger children (0-5yrs) are invited from 10-11am on Thursday, August 4.  Older children (6-12yrs) are invited to join us afterwards to meet Lisa from 11:30-12:30pm. There will be no children's programs on August 11 but please come to our Ending Celebration Party on August 18 at 10 am.  Keep on reading!

Pillowcase Dresses

$10 each
by Nancy Tuller

  We have more children’s Pillowcase Dresses available at the library, sizes 3-6.  They are $10 and include a decorative hanger.  These dresses were lovingly made for us by Nancy Tuller. Nancy will gladly make a dress to order, her card is available at the desk.
  The Pillowcase Dress has been around for many years, probably going back to pioneer times.  It has been made from old linens, printed flour and sugar sacks during the Depression, and pillowcases, especially if the other half of a pair was too worn to use.  These dresses were a simple and inexpensive way for families to dress their daughters during difficult economic times.
  They are still a charming style for today’s girls!
Linda Tantillo

Book Discussion with the Author!

 Sunday, October 2, 2016

2:00 pm-3:30pm

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

The Book That Matters Most
by Ann Hood

  Ann Hood will read and discuss the book at the library. Join us for this very special event.

  The fall book discussion will feature a new novel by Ann Hood, The Book That Matters Most, on October 2nd at 2:00pm at the library We are thrilled to have the author with us that day.  Ann Hood is an accomplished author of 15 novels and many short stories.  She will be reading from the book and leading a discussion of the novel. 
  Review of the novel from Publishers Weekly: 
Hood’s (The Obituary Writer) latest novel is a moving, intricate story about loss, healing, and the value of critical thinking. A year after being left by her husband, Ava is still reeling from the grief of separation, which brought back the pain of losing her sister and mother early in life. In order to branch out and meet new people, Ava joins a book club where each member must choose a book that matters most to them for the group to discuss. Although the new activity keeps her engaged, Ava, who lives in Providence, R.I., still feels alone, with her son abroad in Africa and her daughter studying in Florence. What Ava doesn’t know is that her daughter has recently quit school and is now living in Paris under increasingly dangerous circumstances. Ava doesn’t immediately enjoy the book group (she watches a movie adaptation instead of reading the first book), but bit by bit, book by book, she rediscovers her love of reading, makes new friends, and begins to heal. As the narrative focus moves among different characters and back and forth in time, suspense builds about what happened to Ava’s mother and sister and what might happen to her daughter. Meanwhile, the book club allows Ava to examine her grief and slowly learn how to move forward. This is a gripping, multifaceted novel about recovering from different kinds of loss and the healing that comes from a powerful story. (Aug.)
  The book will be released on August 9th and there will be copies available for loan at the library after August 22nd

  You may borrow the book from the Rosendale Circulation Desk or Mid-Hudson Library Collection. Please contact the Library for Assistance.

Friends of Rosendale Library Scholarship Raffle Begins

  In order to raise money for next year's scholarship the Friends will be selling raffle tickets at the library circulation desk throughout the summer. 
  Tickets are $5 each.  The drawing will be Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6pm at the library.
  Thanks to continuing support from local Rosendale businesses we have the following prizes:

    •    One-night stay for 2 at The 1850s House, including breakfast - Main Street, Rosendale

    •    Dinner for 2 at the Bywater Bistro - Main Street, Rosendale

    •    One year membership to The Rosendale Theatre

    •    One free class at Rosendale School of Arts


  The Rosendale Library Board is looking for a new Board Member. It’s a great way to support your local library with other committed, friendly neighbors. To find out more about what it entails please email us at:

Mark your Calendars

Thu, Aug 4
Summer Reading
Meet a Local Author
10-11am (0-5yrs)
11:30-12:30pm (6-12yrs)

Thu, Aug 18
Summer Reading
Ending Celebration

Sat, Aug 27
Book Sale

Thu, Sep 1
Budget Vote

Sun, Oct 2
Book Discussion
with Author
Ann Hood

Sat, Sep 10
Sat, Nov 12
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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