April 2021 Newsletter: Katie's Corner, Museum Passes, Build America's Libraries Act, Walking Club, Earth Day Walk, Book DiscussionAmazonCalendar.
      At long last, we are planning on moving to the next phase of reopening May 1. We will keep curbside service going, and we will allow a limited number of people into the building at a time for half-hour browsing sessions, or one-hour computer sessions. We have been planning this, yet as I write today, the numbers of positive cases are rising in Ulster County. Strict mask rules and time limits will be in place for patrons coming inside the library so that we do not contribute to spreading a fourth wave of this virus.

      To help people preserve their vaccine immunization cards we have purchased a laminator and will laminate COVID immunization cards for free. The health department is calling these cards your "ticket to ride." Please call before bringing in your card for lamination.

      We have hired a new fulltime librarian, Allison Mikulewich whose first day of work is April 5. Allison is originally from Brooklyn, and has been working in the Philadelphia Free Library system as a youth services librarian. During the pandemic she helped to organize mutual aid efforts in Philadelphia for people in need. She will be responsible for developing library programs for people of all ages in Rosendale. Please help us welcome Allison to our library family.
Allison Mikulewich

      One of our talented library staff members, Diane Newlander, is also a banjo player. She has been running a popular acoustic string Slow Jam at the Gardiner Library for several years. Diane will start leading a slow jam in Rosendale on the first Sunday of the month. The first slow jam will be on Sunday, May 2, 3:30-5:00, in the Recreation Pavilion. Please sign up on the website.
      The Friends of the Library have purchased three mobile Hot Spots which we have cataloged and will loan out for three weeks at a time. The hot spots will give you a wi-fi connection as long as there is cellular service in the area. Contact the library if you would like to borrow one of the hot spots.
      April 4-10 is National Library Week. (Yes, it’s a thing!) This year’s theme is Welcome to Your Library, and this year’s spokesperson is actress and book freak Natalie Portman. You can celebrate libraries this week in creative ways, like sharing what you are reading with others, helping a neighbor get a library card, or just offering some friendliness to your local library staff, board, and friends.

Local Park and
Museums Passes

      Rosendale patrons can now check out free passes for the Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska and state parks (Empire pass), the Hudson River Maritime Museum.
      The Mohonk Preserve has generously donated 4 passes for library patrons.
The Empire pass allows one car entrance to most of the NY State parks, DEC forest preserve areas, boat launch sites, arboretums and park preserves, including of course, Minnewaska State Park.
      The Hudson River Maritime Museum is located at 50 Rondout Landing in Kingston. Check out their great website at .
These passes may be reserved in advance by calling or coming to the library.
      Thanks to the Friends of Rosendale Library for purchasing these passes.
--Ann Sarrantonio (photo by Sue Livingston)

Support the
Build America's Libraries Act

      The Build America's Libraries Act would fund upgrades to the nation's library infrastructure to address challenges such as natural disasters, COVID-19, broadband capacity, environmental hazards, and accessibility barriers. Please give your representative a call and let them know how important this bill is to libraries in their district or use this link to send a message to your congresspeople urging them to support this very important act.

Thank you.

Book Discussion:

The Vanishing Half

by Britt Bennett

      A stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.  A story that asks pertinent and, at times, overwhelming questions about who we are and where we’re headed as a society.  Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

Sunday, May 16, 2021
2:00 pm-3:30pm


Rosendale Library Outdoor Meeting

Masks and Social Distancing Required

      Copies of this book are available to borrow through the Mid-Hudson Library system.  Ask at the circulation desk for assistance if needed. Contact  for further information.

Mark your Calendars

Curbside Pickup Open
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National Library Week
Apr 4-10

Walking Club
Wed, Apr 7
Wed, May 5
Wed, May 19
O & W Rail Trail Parking on Leggett Rd

Earth Day Ecology Walk
Thu, Apr 22
Willow Kiln Park

Slow Jam
Sun, May 2
Sun, Jun 6
Rosendale Recreation Pavilion

Book Discussion:
The Vanishing Half
Sun, May 16
Outdoor Meeting at the Library

(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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