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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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: https://rosendalelibrary.org/food-assistance-during-covid-crisis/
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 email@example.com
Please be safe,