September 2015 Newsletter: Budget Vote, Scholarship Raffle, Mohonk During Civil War, Thank You!, Genealogy Resources, Orphan Train, Calendar.
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Please Vote!

Thursday, Sep. 3rd 

The Vote for the Budget and Trustees Proposed
For the Rosendale Library

  The annual Rosendale Library budget vote and Board election vote is Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  The voting is held at the library on Main Street for all Town of Rosendale voters.
  Absentee ballots become available the week of Friday, August 14th through August 21st and can be picked up at the library’s circulation desk.
  Absentee ballots being returned by mail must be postmarked by September 2nd and hand delivered absentee ballots must be received at the library by September 2nd at 5:00 p.m.
  A public information session regarding the budget will be held at the library on August 19th at 6:30 p.m.
  The Rosendale Library’s Board of Trustees, the library’s Director and the Treasurer/Secretary have worked together to come up with a viable budget for the library and the town. This committee has met multiple times, as well as through e- communication to discuss, understand and consider the needs and wants of the library for the upcoming year and the future. For the budget, the committee has to comply with New York State Civil Service laws regarding staffing. In addition, the library has to adhere to fiscal directives imposed by New York State regarding timelines for auditing.
  Although the latter two entities have a big impact on the budget, this committee is dedicated to our library, our wonderful staff, our supportive patrons and interested taxpayers and have come up with a budget that we think will work for all concerned.
  A fact sheet is available at the Rosendale Library.

  Trustees Up for Election on the Rosendale Library Board

  Cherilyn Craig is President of the Board. She is running for a 2nd term as president of the board. Cherilyn is diligent in staying informed of library protocol and the changes necessary to stay current, the changes imposed by other entities, and the needs of the library’s staff and patrons. Cherilyn has served on the board since 2010 as a trustee, vice president and president. Her knowledge and expertise are valuable, but her positive attitude, work ethic and leadership are priceless. A resident of Tillson, Cherilyn worked for the United States Post Office for many years.
  Karen Burchell is running for re-election to the Rosendale Library Board. As a trustee since 2012 she has been vital to the board and committed to the library. With fourteen years of working at a local community bank, Karen also volunteers her time to contribute this knowledge and expertise to help the library. She is a mother and a Rosendale resident.
  Jacky Davis-Soman is running for a 1st term position on the board as a trustee for the Rosendale Library. She says she is eager to serve, is a writer of children’s books and a mother. Jacky is also on the board of Wild Earth, a local wilderness organization. The Board would welcome her experience.
Respectfully submitted,
Kathleen Wiacek
Trustee of the Rosendale Library

Scholarship Raffle:

Please Support our Annual High School Scholarship


Only two weeks left to buy your raffle tickets!

  Every Spring the Friends of Rosendale Library award a $750 scholarship to a graduating high school senior.  In order to raise the money for the 2016 scholarship, we are sponsoring a raffle.

  Tickets are $5 each and will be sold at the library desk until Tuesday, Sept. 15.  The winner will be drawn on Sept. 15 at 5pm at the library. 
  We have some wonderful prizes from local businesses:
  • One-night stay for 2 at The 1850s House, including Breakfast
  • Gift Certificate from The Garden House on Main St. in Rosendale
  • Gift Certificate to Matsu, the new Japanese restaurant in the Rosendale plaza
  • Photograph  from Anne Coleman
  • Signed, original print from Amber Kelly
  • Portrait of Your Pet, 8 X 10 original by Vicki O’Neill
  • Year membership for Rosendale Theatre collective
Ann Sarrantonio

Rosendale Library Presents:


Civil War Years at Lake Mohonk

Wednesday, Sept 30 at 7pm

Robi Josephson, author and historian

  On Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7pm, the Rosendale Public Library will host a free program: 

“Enterprise and Courage: The Civil War Years at Lake Mohonk”
by Robi Josephson, author and historian
  While tensions brew between North and South during the 1850’s, an idea takes hold in the mind of an Ulster County farmer: establish a must-see destination at a remarkable lake high atop the Shawangunk Mountains.  Robi Josephson traces the earliest days through the eyes of John F. Stokes, a man of “enterprise and courage” who, after wrestling with rocky terrain, created the Mountain that has been celebrated from Civil War survivors to modern-day resort patrons. Book signing. 
  Please contact Sue Horowitz for more information.

Thank You!

Summer 2015 Book Sale

   Our 2015 Summer Book Sale was a big success!  We were able to raise $1,022.  This is more than we have ever made. A very big thank you to all who helped make this a great event!
Thanks to:
  • Wendy Alexander, for sifting through and organizing the donations throughout the year.
  • Library volunteer, Ed Redelberger, for pre-sorting.
  • James Mow, Bennett Mow, Davis Mason and Dean Blough, for their help hauling all the books out of the Bookcellar and carting the leftovers away at the end of the sale.
  • Essell Hoenshell-Watson (The Alternative Baker), for the delicious lemon cake for the volunteers.
  • Nancy Tuller for donating the pillowcase dresses.
  • Jacky Davis (library board member), for the loan of the dress rack.
  • Carl, Max and Nadya Welden, for the setting up the great Pink Garland.
  • All the Friends (including my husband, Tom) who worked shifts and set up and cleaned up.
  • And all of our patrons who continue to gift us with their used books.
Ann Sarrantonio
Miss Annie and Della Ross Ferreri after the pajama party and Della's writing workshop.

Summer Reading a Big Success!

Our children read over 600 books this summer

  What an amazing summer of Reading! The children of Rosendale read over 600 books, and reading logs are still coming in.  We all have learned just what super heroes we are and to see the super hero in others.  We look forward to school starting where we can share some of our summer experiences like our summer pajama party with our new author friend Della Ferreri, and our dance party with Evan Goffried.

  Thank you to all who did such a good job reading this Summer.  We will be taking a break from story hour on Sept. 3.
  Please come and VOTE for the 2016 Library Budget and Trustees on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 11-7:30pm at the library.
  Our Fall story hour will resume on Thursday, Sept. 10 starting at 10am.
Please join us!
Miss Annie

Genealogy Resources

Some Local History Websites

  I love helping people with their genealogy research, but if you are a do-it-yourself person and relish the hunt itself, I have some great websites to share with you.
  As a card-carrying member of the Mid-Hudson Library System you have free access to some great resources.  Start at our website,  On the menu bar click on Ulster County Infoportal.   Follow the instructions (you will need your library card barcode)  click on Genealogy Research where you will find access to Heritage Quest with its many databases, including some census records, and The Historical New York Times (with index). 
  Some libraries have additional access to  Rosendale does not, but I have just found out that portions of pertaining to New York State are free to New York State residents through a partnership with The New York State Archives.  The address to sign up for this service is at
  I tried it and it has many databases, including some censuses the Heritage Quest does not.  It does not have everything that the paid Heritage Quest subscription has, and I have received emails from them advertising for a paid subscription, but it is definitely worth looking into the free account.
  Another online database I use a lot is
  This website with the straaange name is a labor of love! It is free, with no membership or log-in required. It has thousands of United States and Canadian newspapers, with a very large number of New York State newspapers, including many small town newspapers.  In fact, it has the largest collection of Kingston Freemans, spanning 1872-1969, available free, anywhere that I know of.  Also some early Kingston papers, like the Rondout Whig (1834-1836).  This website has so much on it, in fact, that it seems to have outgrown its original search engine, so searching and finding what you want can be a little tricky.  Feel free to ask me for advice on this!
  If you want to search area newspapers you can try the Hudson River Valley Heritage website at  Although it has fewer papers, and only has the Kingston Freemans for 1895-1913, very user-friendly.
  Fulton doesn’t have the New Paltz papers, but you can search the New Paltz Times online at  This website has newspapers from all over New York State.  You can search by county or just pick one publication within that county.
  As for Rosendale newspapers, you have to come to the library for these, and I will be very glad to help you!
  So whether you come in or search at home, I’m here to help. Good Luck and let me know if you find something exciting!
Linda Tantillo, Rosendale Library Local History Collection

Orphan Train
Book Discussion

Sunday, October 25, 2015
2:00 - 3:30pm

   The Friends of the Rosendale Library invite you to read and discuss Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
“Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past—Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are. ”
The New York Times Book Review
Discussion of the novel will be facilitated by Susan Lewis, Associate Professor of History, SUNY New Paltz
Sunday, October 25, 2015
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Rosendale Library
  You may borrow the book from the Rosendale Library circulation desk beginning Sept. 15th or from the Mid-Hudson Library Collection.

Mark your Calendars

Thu, Sep 3
Library Budget
and Board Vote

Tue, Sep 15
Raffle Drawing

Wed, Sep 30
Civil War Years at Lake Mohonk

Sun. Oct 25
Orphan Train
Book Discussion

Sat, Sept 19
Sat, Nov 21
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 9:45am-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

Support Our Library

  A BIG thank you for supporting our Outdoor Book Sale. We made $1022.50 and sold a lot of Scholarship Raffle Tickets! You all rock!!


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