August 2020 Newsletter: Summer ReadingCurbside Pickup, Building RenovationsKatie's Corner, Story Hour on Facebook LiveBook DiscussionCalendar.
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All Ages Join in our Summer Reading Program!

Stop by the Rosendale Library to sign up

(or sign up online) and pick up a Bingo card

Fill in your first Bingo square for a FREE ice cream coupon (from Stewarts.). When you have a "Bingo" claim another ice cream coupon. For each bingo square you will also get one virtual ticket for our end-of-summer raffle.

Raffle prizes
• Kids: $20 gift certificates to Postmark Books on Main St. in Rosendale
• Teens: an iTunes gift certificate for $20 or a $20 gift certificate to The Alternative Baker on Main St. in Rosendale.
• Adults: a $20 gift certificate to the Rosendale Café on Main St.

Program ends August 31

The password for Science Tellers programming is:  sciencetellers.
The password for Page Turner programming is:  Read2020!
  Both programs are available from the Ulster County Library Association here:

Building Renovations

  We recently completed some renovations and repairs on the library. The renovations make the space more open with better light to see the books, and increased air circulation.

  The tall free-standing shelves in the main room were remade into shelves along the front wall of the building and into lower free-standing shelves that are more user-friendly.

  The carpenter, Eric Friedman, also made desks to go in front of the windows for individual laptop work stations. We enlisted the help of a patron in a wheelchair in order to make sure there would be ample space to move through the stacks. She made suggestions that we happily incorporated, such as placing the free-standing shelves at an angle. This also allows more light to fall on the books, and more open space in front of the shelves.

  The Woodcrest Community donated a children’s table to the library with adjustable legs so it can be raised to a regular adult height if needed for programs. The table fits right in with the other work tables in front of the windows.

  Board member Rose Unes donated her time to do a lace window treatment for the windows dividing the office from the circulation desk. The effect is very attractive.

Pictured left to right are: Ann Sarrantonio (staff), Sen. Jen Metzger, Katie Scott-Childress (Library director), Sheila Dixon (Library board member).

  On July 28th NY State Senator Jen Metzger visited the library and brought us a gallon of hand sanitizer. We very much appreciated the visit, the hand sanitizer, and all of the work Senator Metzger is doing to support libraries and many important initiatives at the state level. We look forward to the time when people can enjoy hanging out in the library again.

Katie's Corner

  It’s been a month since we opened for curbside service and so far, it seems to be working well with new systems in place to circulate the materials safely. We are staying with curbside service for the time being since it is the safest option. But we understand it’s difficult to not come in and browse the books. If you are having any issues finding or ordering books or other materials, please be in touch, we are here to help. We would love to hear what you are using and needing in terms of library services right now. Please take a moment to fill out our patron satisfaction survey.

  You can find out about the latest books in many genres by getting a NextReads e-newsletter. The newsletters are linked directly to our catalog so when you find a book you like, you can place a hold on it from the newsletter. This service is purchased by the Ulster County Library Association.

  It’s not too late to sign up for the summer reading program, and this year the program is for people of all ages. We have bingo cards with lots of fun activities and challenges that will get you reading, discussing, exploring, and maybe even making some artwork. Signing up and completing one bingo square earns you an ice cream coupon and getting bingo enters you into a raffle for gift certificates purchased by the Friends of the Library.

  To supplement our online programs for kids, we are preparing a “StoryWalk” which is a big picture book, placed outdoors on signs that allows children and caregivers to enjoy reading a book as they take a walk.

  We are exploring the best place to put this up--considering the rail trail and other popular walking locations.  The first book will be In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming. We will announce its location on our website, Facebook page, and in the Bluestone Press.

Story Hour with Miss Annie

 Please join us Thursday’s at 10am on Rosendale Library’s Facebook page for a wonderful live event! Miss Annie shares stories, songs, finger plays and craft ideas for you and your little ones to enjoy. 

Sunday at the Library


The Friends of the Rosendale Library
Invite you to a
Read and Discuss

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

by Kim Michele Richardson

  The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything—everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.  Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.  Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home. 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

2:00 pm-3:30pm

Rosendale Library Virtual Meeting


  Copies of this book are available to borrow through the Mid-Hudson Library system.  Ebook is available through Hoopla on Rosendale Library website. Ask at the circulation desk for assistance if needed. Contact to receive the link to the virtual meeting.

Mark your Calendars

Curbside Pickup Open
click for more info

Sun, Sept 13
Online Book Discussion:
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

(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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