February 2019 Newsletter:  Library Lover's Month, Advocacy Day, Book Discussion, Canvas Bag SaleWinter Gift Sale,  Calendar.
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February is Library Lover's Month


How To Love Your Library:


  • Donate your time, money, and expertise to your library.
  • Remember your library in your estate planning.
  • Write a check to your library’s Friends group
  • Give to the library through your company’s matching program for charitable giving.


  • Join the Friends of the Rosendale Library.  We meet on the 2nd Sat. of every other month, next meeting is March 9 at 10am at the Rosendale Café.
  • Volunteer to work at the Friends Book Sale in July.
  • Donate your good condition used books to the Friends.


  • Offer a committed helping hand to your library’s staff.


  • Write to your state and federal legislators and insist that library service be viewed (and funded) as a necessary public service.  Click here to sign up for the New York Library Association’s list of trusted library advocates.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your newspapers or call in to a radio talk show to let them know how important your library is to you and how important it is to give the libraries full funding.
  • Attend Library Advocacy Day in Albany on Feb. 27.  Library advocates will be meeting with legislators to show support for full library finding.  Contact the library for information about getting on the bus to Albany that day.  The Friends of the Rosendale Library will even pay for your bus ticket!
  • The Division of Library Development has calculated that for every $1 in state aid to the Mid-Hudson Library System our library’s community received $13 worth of services.  That is a fantastic return on investment we should all be concerned about preserving!

Ann Sarrantonio

Calling All Advocates!

We need your help

  The Governor unveiled his budget proposal last week and it was not good news for Library Aid: 
 Proposed State Library Aid: $91.6 million 
The Governor's suggested funding is $4 million less than what was in last year's enacted state budget. This proposed cut fails to acknowledge the crucial role libraries serve in our communities, and the contributions they make to our state's education system. 
  Proposed Library Construction Aid: $14 million  
Library Construction Aid received a $20 million increase in last year's enacted budget - Governor Cuomo has proposed eliminating that additional funding. The State Division of Library Development estimates that library renovation and construction needs are $1.7 billion statewide. Over 48% of public libraries in NYS are 60+ years old, and an additional 33% are 30+ years old. Investment in the Library Construction Aid program must be increased to address aging infrastructure, energy inefficient buildings and the evolving roles of libraries in their communities. 
This is the third year of proposed cuts to library funding!  It's going to be important that we have a strong state-wide voice in support of library funding this year. 
  Here are three things you can do immediately to help with this year's advocacy effort: 

  1.     Help more NY library supporters get enrolled in the NYLA Online Advocacy Center, numbers matter! The more people we can activate when the time is right, the bigger impact we can have with the legislature. Drive as much traffic as you can to this sign up form:
  2.    Help us tell the story with photos and numbers! Participate in the Real People. Real Dollars. Campaign at your library!  Rosendale Library is participating in this campaign learn more here . Contact Ann Sarrantonio at the circulation desk for help with the ‘Library Value Calculator’.
  3.    Join us, and encourage others to join us, in Albany for Library Advocacy day on February 27!  MHLS makes the day easy by scheduling meetings with each Assembly member and Senator that represents our region and through arranging transportation. Thanks to the generosity of area Friends Groups the ticket to ride the bus this year is just $5! That's a lot less than it would cost you to park in Albany let alone the cost of gas! To register and learn more please visit .

  Let us know at the circulation desk if you plan to go to Albany on Feb. 27, the Friends of Rosendale Library will pay for your bus!
Excerpted from the MHLS Bulletin Vol. 19-05  1.29.19

Sunday at the Library
The Friends of the Rosendale Library

Invite you to a
Read and Discuss

Manhattan Beach

Jennifer Egan

  Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family.  She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.  Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war.  Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad.  She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war.  One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.  With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men.  Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. It is a magnificent novel by the author of A Visit from the Goon Squadone of the great writers of our time.

Sunday, February 24, 2019
2:00 pm-3:30pm
Rosendale Library

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

Canvas Bag Sale!

$10 each
$20 when filled with regular priced books from Bookcellar

Mark your Calendars

Sun, Feb 24
Book Discussion
Manhattan Beach

Wed, Feb 27
Library Advocacy Day
in Albany

Sat, Mar 9
Friends of the Rosendale Library
at the Rosendale Cafe

 Make a resolution to join us at our Friends of the Rosendale Library Meetings to plan 2019 events and programs!

(All events are at the Rosendale Library unless otherwise indicated.)

Ongoing Events:

Preschool Story Hour:

Thursdays, 10am-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

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    On October 31 we received our seventeenth donation from the Amazon Smile Foundation. Friends who shopped at between July 1 and September 30, 2018 choosing Friends of Rosendale Library as their charity earned us $43.84. Whoohoo!! This brings our donation total to $450.41 over the past 4 years.  Thank you for your support.

Sincerely, Jo Ann Reuben, Treasurer

Friends of the Rosendale Library
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