January 2018 Newsletter: Frozendale Storytime, Raffle Winners, 60yrs and Still Growing, 60th Year Events, Book Discussion, Calendar.
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Frozendale Storytime

  Miss Annie began our Frozendale event by reading holiday stories to children.

Holiday Gift Basket Raffle

Thanks to all who bought raffle tickets this year!

And the winners are:
•    Pet Lover’s Basket – Brad Gorfien
•    Baker’s Basket – Jo Ann Reuben
•    International Food Basket – Jeanette Caurant
•    Jazz Lover’s Basket – Pat LaMariana

Rosendale Library:

60 Years and Still Growing

   We have taken free and public libraries for granted for many years, and yet the actual creation of the Rosendale Library was the dream and work of many people over many years: Town Clerk Anna Mae Auchmoedy, The Comus Club for girls, The Rosendale Women’s Club, local cement baron A.J. Snyder, a multitude of volunteers, a talented young mason, dedicated directors and staff and all the people of Rosendale who wanted their little town to become a big town.

  The Rosendale Free Library started in a small space in the Town Clerk’s Office with donated books and books on loan from New York State in 1940.  Enthusiasm for the idea caught fire, and in 1958 the Library Committee of the Rosendale Women’s Club sponsored the formation of the Rosendale Library Association.  Over 150 volunteers helped raise money with the first Rosendale Library Fair that summer, and on October 24, 1958 the Library Charter was granted to Rosendale Library.  This is the milestone we are celebrating this year.

  In April of 1959, the library moved into the beautiful All Saints Chapel which had seen two hurricanes and floods, threatened demolition and a heroic rescue by A.J. Snyder who donated it to the town as a library.  A lovely large addition brought much-needed room to the building in 1977.  That same year Rosendale Library’s first MLS librarian, Director Wendy Alexander, was hired, and we received our Absolute Charter from New York State.  The Rosendale Library added the new world of computers in 1992, with free internet access in 1995.  A Gates Grant in 2001 gave us four public use computers.  The same year Mid-Hudson Library System went on line with barcoded books and patron cards, leading the way to system holds, home access, our library webpage, online catalog, e-Book downloads, and all the online features we now take for granted.

-Linda Tantillo

Please Join Us For These Events to Celebrate the Rosendale Library’s 60th Year

•    March 28 – 7pm – Rosendale Community Center – Library Staff member and local history lover, Linda Tantillo, will give a talk on the many wonderful people who made Rosendale Library the heart of our town.
•    April 14 –  10-11:30am – Rosendale Community Center – Celebration of Storytelling for Young Children.  This workshop is for parents and young children.  Presented by Carol Murray, Nancy Van Laan and Karen Pilsner
•    April 257 pm – Rosendale Library – Early Literacy:  How Parents of Preschoolers Can Encourage Strong Readers and Writers.  This workshop is for parents.  Presented by Carol Murray and Karen Pilsner.

Sunday at the Library
The Friends of the Rosendale Library
Invite you to a

Read and Discuss

The Secret of 1945
by Barbara Freer

  In June 1945, Bobbie, an American, Protestant girl, was taken to a French prison.  The ten-year-old and her grandparents had survived WWII in German occupied France.  Bobbie’s parents, living in America, had received no news of their family for many years and finally heard in early June 1945 that their relatives were living in liberated Metz, France and were safe.  By June, Bobbie and her grandparents had disappeared and all contact was lost again.  This memoir was written by a local author who will be discussing her book and her war time experiences at the library.  Please join us for an interesting discussion.

Sunday, February 25, 2018
2:00 pm-3:30pm
Rosendale Library

Copies of this book are available at the Rosendale Library.  Contact Ann at to arrange to borrow one of the copies. 

Mark your Calendars

Sat, Jan 13
Friends of the Library Meeting
Rosendale Cafe

Sun, Feb 25
Book Discussion:
The Secret of 1945

Wed, Mar 28
60th Historical Talk:
Linda Tantillo

Sat, Apr 14
Storytelling Celebration
for Young Children
at the Rosendale Community Center

Wed, Apr 25
Early Literacy
Parents Workshop

(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 August 17 we received our twelfth donation from the Amazon Smile Foundation. Friends who shopped at between April 1 and June 30, 2017 choosing Friends of Rosendale Library as their charity earned us $18.02. This brings our donation total to $292.51 over the past 2 years. This donation is smaller than the last two we received so we are asking you to SPREAD THE WORD! We hope more of you will do your Amazon shopping at this special website where we earn 0.5% of the price on eligible items. Thank you for your support.
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Friends of the Rosendale Library
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