February 2015 Newsletter: Book Discussion, Toboggan Auction, Library Advocacy Day, Library Lovers Month, Librarian of Basra, Hudson Valley History, Wish List, Calendar.
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  Winter Book


  The Friends will be hosting a discussion of  The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez on February 22, 2015 at the library from 2-3:30.  This timely book is a chorus of immigrant voices telling their individual stories of coming and living in the United States.   “ [the book] is at its most powerful not when it’s giving us a documentary like look at immigrant life in one Delaware (yes, Delaware) town, but when it’s chronicling the lives of its two central characters: a beautiful Mexican teenager named Maribel Rivera and her admiring friend and neighbor, Mayor Toro. It is Maribel and Mayor’s star-crossed love that lends this novel an emotional urgency, and it’s the story of their families that gives us a visceral sense of the magnetic allure of America, and the gaps so many immigrants find here between expectations and reality."-  NY Times 7/10/14.  The discussion will be facilitated by Dolores Quiles, Professor and Chair of the English Department at UCCC.  Books are available for loan at the circulation desk.  We hope you will join us for a lively discussion.

2015 Book Discussion dates and Books:
April 12 - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 
Oct. 25 - Orphan Train by Christina Kline.

Toboggan Auction

 Recently one of our patrons, Louie Wiegert, donated a beautifully restored 6 foot wooden toboggan.  The Friends are having a silent auction to raise money for the library. The toboggan is vintage solid maple and has been lovingly restored.
 Look for the toboggan downstairs in our Bookcellar and if you would like to make a bid you can do so at the library circulation desk.  Bids will be accepted until Feb. 28.

NYLA Library Advocacy Day

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 in Albany

  As it does every year the New York State Library Association is sponsoring Library Advocacy Day in Albany on Feb. 25.
Buses full of library staff, trustees and library supporters of all kinds will travel to Albany to meet with State Legislators.  Appointments with all MHLS (Mid-Hudson Library Service) area legislators are made by MHLS between 10am and 3pm and there will be a rally at 12 noon.
  If you would like to go and represent Rosendale Library please let Ann S. know at the desk.  The Friends will pay for your bus ticket.  The deadline to sign up for the bus is Feb.18.   If you love your library grab a friend and go!
  If you are not available to go to Albany please take part in the Virtual Advocacy to be found on the website.  Click on the Advocacy tab, then on Advocacy Day and Virtual Advocacy.  You will also be able to see the 2015 talking points.
  Thanks for your continued support.

Ann Sarrantonio

February is Library Lover’s Month

  For many years our patrons have expressed their love of Rosendale Library.  Since February is Library Lover’s month here are a few of the recent comments:
         “I want to thank Rosendale Library for their daily public services.  I could  not have landed the jobs I hold presently without their kindness, support and the convenient schedule they offer.  I have been hired by multiple school districts as a substitute teacher.  Without the use of their computer, copies, printer and assistance I would not have achieved this goal.  Now I come here frequently to take out children’s books for future lesson plans for my elementary students.  I currently live in High Falls and I am so grateful to have Rosendale Library in my community.  Everyone here is completely helpful and patient.  This place is truly a gem.”
         “Greatest place to come and get my work done.  Great people here who listen to me and make me feel confident.”
You may ask how you can help support your library and show your love?
Here are some ways:
  • Tell a friend or neighbor about the library, encourage them to come in and get a library card so they can take advantage of all the great services we offer.
  • Join the Library Board so you can help make decisions that affect the library and the community.
  • Contact your NY State representatives, especially on Feb. 25, Library Advocacy Day, see helpful info on the NY State Library Assoc. website's Advocacy tab:
  • Join the Friends of  Rosendale Library.  We meet bi-monthly on a Sat. morning at the Rosendale Café.  See the library website for the meeting schedule.  The Friends give the library many different kinds of support, from fundraising to planning events and book discussions.
“According to the State Education Dept., local communities realize $7 in services for every $1 allocated in state aid.”  Libraries are the best bargain in town!
Ann Sarrantonio

The Sum of a Librarian

  The book, The Librarian of Basra, is a true story from Iraq, written by Jeanette Winter and published in 2005. It’s recommended reading by New York State’s Department of Education’s Common Core for intermediate students. The heroine, Alia Muhammad Baker, dedicates this book quoting “In the Koran, the first thing God said to Muhammad was ‘Read’.”
The Librarian of Basra tells a true story of dedication and sacrifice. As the librarian, Alia Muhammad Baker believes that protecting the books is necessary. Alia is a librarian in Iraq who sees that war in her country is imminent. She worries that the books will be destroyed and, receiving no help from the officials and at great peril, devises a plan to save them.
In this story we identify with this library in Iraq as a place of learning and information, knowledge and history, literature and imagination, but also of community and dedication.
We applaud our librarians as the keeper of all these, of the past and the present and the guardians of the future.
This story, wonderfully illustrated, reminds us a love of literature is a commonality among humanity, something to be embraced and shared across cultures and civilizations.
It is also a poignant reality that this crisis of war is such a recent past as to be our present.
I hope you will be enticed to ‘check it out’ and may you enjoy the book.

Kathleen Wiacek,
Trustee on the Board of the Rosendale Library

Hudson Valley History

Wednesday, March 25, at 7pm

Vernon Benjamin: Author/Historian

  The Rosendale Library Presents: “The History of the Hudson River Valley From Wilderness to the Civil War” with Vernon Benjamin, author and historian on Wednesday, March 25 at 7pm at the Rosendale Library (264 Main St. Rosendale, NY).

  Combining historical records with anecdotes from the colorful figures who lived it, Vernon Benjamin presents the definitive book about the area U.S. Congress called “the landscape that defined America.” This lecture covers the Native American communities, Henry Hudson’s Dutch-sponsored voyage, effects of both the American and Industrial Revolutions and life in the valley at the close of the Civil War.  Book-signing.

Rosendale Library Wish List

  • Do you have an hour or two once a month?  The Friends of Rosendale Library are looking for help with the ‘Friends’ page of the Rosendale Library website:
        Click here to see the Friends webpage. 
      About once a month we need to update this webpage.  An updated ‘Friends’ page will allow the Friends group to communicate better with our patrons and help this volunteer group to grow.

  • Do you have some clean, dry storage space that you would allow us to store books in temporarily?  We receive many wonderful donated books from our very generous patrons.  We keep some for the library collection and we sell or donate the rest.  Our office space is very crowded when we are evaluating donated books.  What we need is a place to temporarily store some of the better books until a book dealer could help us to sell them.

  • Do you know of a book dealer that would volunteer an hour a month to help us sell some of the better donations? 
  Contact Ann Sarrantonio at 658-9013 or for more information.  Thank you for considering spending some time to help your Rosendale Library!

Mark your Calendars

February is Library Lovers Month


Wed, Feb 18, 2015
Library Advocacy Day Signup Deadline


Sun, Feb 22, 2015
Winter Book Discussion:

Wed, Feb 25, 2015
Library Advocacy Day:
10am in Albany

Sat, Feb 28, 2015
Toboggan Bidding Ends

Wed, Mar 25, 2015
Hudson Valley History

Sat, Mar 14, 2015
Sat, May 16, 2015
Sat, July 11, 2015
Sat, Sept 19, 2015
Sat, Nov 21, 2015
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 check the Library website
Rosendale Library
264 Main St.
PO Box 482
Rosendale, NY 12472

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