April 2020 Newsletter: Story Hour on Facebook Live, Creator Reading of Agent LionKatie's Corner, Scholarship, Library of Congress, Book DiscussionCalendar.
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Story Hour

with Miss Annie


Thursdays at 10am
Facebook Live
Rosendale Public Library

Agent Lion

Read by co-creators
 Jacky Davis and David Soman

  Join Jacky Davis and David Soman, co-creators of the Ladybug Girl book series, as they read their new fun, picture book, Agent Lion.

Monday, April 6th 10am

Facebook Live:
Rosendale Public Library

  It seems impossible that so much has changed in the past month. We are so sorry to be closed!  We have extended the due date for any materials checked out at the Rosendale Library until May 9, and will adjust it further if needed. 

  The staff and I are searching to find ways to serve our patrons even while we are closed. Miss Annie is offering story hour on our facebook page, Rosendale Public Library, on Thursdays at 10 a.m.  Our other Ann, Ann Sarrantonio, welcomed people into her kitchen via facebook live for Friday night pizza making last week. We are also sharing our “Librarian Diaries” which are posts by different staff members. 

  We will have a special treat on Monday, April 6, when Jacky Davis and David Soman will read from their new, fun picture book called Agent Lion. Jacky and David are the creators of the Ladybug Girl book series. This will be a live reading on our Rosendale Public Library facebook page.

  It’s not necessary to have a facebook account to see our facebook page. There will be a banner asking you to sign in at the bottom. If it pops up and takes over the screen asking you to sign in or create an account, select “not now” at the bottom of the window. We have also started an Instagram account.

  For those without internet connection, Spectrum is offering 60 days of free cable internet service for families with K-12 or college-age students. The library also has the ability to purchase some mobile hotspots. These would allow any internet-capable mobile device such as a smart phone, laptop, or tablet to access the internet. If you know someone who needs this, please email me.

  We have created a food resource page on our website. If you or anyone you know in Rosendale needs food delivered or is experiencing food insecurity please visit this page for resources:

  If ever we needed access to good books it would be now. I personally don’t love reading e-books, but I have to say, e-audiobooks are great. Hoopla allows you to download an audiobook to a mobile device, like a smart phone, and listen to it wherever you go, and it remembers where you left off. We are allowing 8 checkouts per month on hoopla until the end of April. I have also been adding more e-books and audiobooks to our OverDrive collection. Digital magazines are more fun than they sound, they are page-for-page reproductions of the real thing and we have hundreds available for free through our website. 

  If you need help accessing any of the rich online offerings from our website, please email me. I will be happy to walk you through setting things up, like taking an online class, or researching your genealogy. 

  And finally, Joanne Schatzel Messer grew up in Tillson and her mom, Mary volunteered at our library for many years. Joanne has COVID-19 and is on a respirator. She has shown improvement within the last few days but still needs healing thoughts and prayers.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to send a note of support to Mary, her email is

Please be safe,


The Anna Mae Auchmoedy / Lottie Burns Scholarship 2020

The Matthew C. Bowen Memorial Scholarships


New Deadline for Submission

  Due to the pandemic and school closures, the deadline for the submission of scholarship applications has been extended to May 30th.  Students from Rondout Valley, Kingston and New Paltz high schools who live in the Rosendale Library district may apply. There are 3 $1,000 scholarships available eligible students.  The application is available on the home page of the library website,   Anyone who would like a paper copy of the application mailed to them can request one by emailing  Applications can be filled out either digitally or  by hard copy and be submitted by attachment to or by mailing it to:

          Friends of Rosendale Library
          P.O. Box 73
          Rosendale, NY  12472 

Any questions about the scholarship application process can emailed to  Please put scholarship in the subject of the email.

Rosendale Postcard Challenge

  We have recently added some wonderful old postcards to the Local History page of the Rosendale Library website. Thanks to the efforts of our SUNY New Paltz history intern, Dakota, some of our collection of historical postcards can now be viewed from the comfort of your own home.

  So here is a challenge. Take a look at these vintage postcards and then create a new local postcard for Rosendale. Your post card should measure 3.5" by 5.5".

  Take a picture of your new postcard and send it to us at  We will post them on our Rosendale Public Library Facebook page.  When we are all well and the library is open again we will have an event to show off our new cards.

Searching the Library of Congress Website

  Are you a history buff? Do you like to explore your family tree? Are you doing a research paper for school? Or maybe you’re just looking for cool historic images to use to make a project pop. Consider visiting the Library of Congress’s website where you can search through their Digital Collections of millions of items! Everything from books and documents, to maps and photographs. 

  They have hundreds of cool images you can use for free in their Free to Use and Reuse Collection. These are images that have no known copyright restrictions and/or are in the public domain and you can use for FREE! The image above is Yamato Yoshinoyama by Hiroshige.

  Can’t get down to Washington D.C. to see their latest exhibit? Not a problem. They have several interesting Online Exhibits worth exploring. For a quick dose of history and some fascinating stories about our Nation’s history, take a break from work and check out their latest exhibit on the life and activism of Rosa Parks. 

Exerpted from Tuesdays Tips March 10, 2020 provided by The Adriance Memorial Library.

Sunday at the Library

The Friends of the Rosendale Library
Invite you to a 

Read and Discuss

The Secrets We Kept

by Lara Prescott

  A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice--inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago. 

  The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story--the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago's heroine, Lara--with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Pasternak's country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, D.C. to Paris and Milan, The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature--told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail. At the center of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world.

Book Discussion Postponed Until Further Notice

Copies of this book are available to borrow online through the Mid-Hudson Library system.  Ask at the circulation desk for assistance if needed.  Check it out on Overdrive.

Mark your Calendars

Thu, Apr 2
Story Hour with
Miss Annie
Facebook Live
Rosendale Library

Mon, Apr 6
Reading of
Agent Lion
Jacky Davis & David Soman
Facebook Live
Rosendale Library

Fri, May 30
Scholarship Applications Due

(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
Rosendale Library
264 Main St.
PO Box 482
Rosendale, NY 12472

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