February 2017 Newsletter: Valentine Quilt, Children's Program, Support Rosendale LibraryLibrary Lover's Month, Rosendale Women's Club Loan Closet, Origami Youth Art Class, Book Discussion, Calendar.
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Valentine Quilt

by Nancy Tuller, $40

  Our good Friend Nancy Tuller has done it again!  She just brought us 2 beautiful quilts for us to sell to raise money for the library.
  The Valentine Quilt is 36" by 44" perfect for as a lap quilt or for a crib.
  The Alphabet quilt is 35" square.  This quilt has some lovely hand stitching.
  We are asking $40 for each of these.

Library Lover's Month at Preschool Storyhour

  February is Library Lover's month and we love our library at Rosendale.  Saturday, Feb. 4 is Take Your Child to the Library Day but we will be celebrating our library on Thursday, Feb. 2 at Storyhour at 10:00 am.
  We are so excited about our program for 3rd grade children and older, Origami Art Class.  This will be held at the Rosendale Youth Center, Friday, Feb. 3, 10 and 17 from 5-6:30pm.  To register contact Matt McCluskey at 658-8982.  We will end this program with a reception at the Rosendale Library on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6-7pm.  Come and join us and see our beautiful work!
  Also on Feb. 23 we are welcoming our local author, Jacky Davis at our Preschool Storyhour at 10 am.  She is the co-author of Ladybug Girl

We are so excited for February!
Miss Annie


Not the way I have chosen, so far:
1.  I fail to return to return my borrowed materials in time and, so, owe the Library a lot of fines.  I might better return the materials on time, so others can gain access, and just give the Library a regular or enhanced money contribution.
2.  I walk past the Library, admire its beauty, and think good thoughts about it.  Positive thinking works in a lot of endeavors, but I am not sure this will be enough to sustain it through the years.
3.  A thought of helping the Library crosses my mind, I feel guilty about not doing more, and I move on to other tasks or take a nap.  Guilty feeling probably never help and, I am sure, will not add to this year’s budget success.

  A more effective way might be to go to the New York Library Association (NYLA) Advocacy Center (click here),
and press the blue button to , "Take Action Now."  I think I just did, and it sent something to officials.  I acted!
Whoops, not so fast, Lazy.   I went back and realized I had to scroll down further, fill in my name and address, and hit one more button.  I’m exhausted now, but I did it this time.
After a nap, I went even further, but then realized that a shorter nap would have worked.  I tried enrolling at the link below, “Library Advocate Enrollment Form.”   Because I earlier hit the “remember me” box, after I put in my address, it loaded the address, and I only had to hit one button to enroll.  Now, I will get further, few emails on how to act, I hope, maybe (?), as easy.
  If I wanted to go further I would go to Albany on Mar. 1 for Library Advocacy Day.  The easiest way is to join other library supporters on the bus.  The Friends of Rosendale Library will pay for my bus ticket.  Buses leave from New Paltz and Kingston and I will be given talking points on the way to Albany.  I just have to let the staff at the library know if I am interested.  I could invite a friend to join me.
  By the way, I might share some of my positive thoughts experienced on walking past the Library.
  It’s a place to go where you are welcome, not judged, not charged.  It’s colorful.  It’s quiet.  You can look at stuff at your leisure and even sit down.  How many places in any given town can you do that?  My dad told me that, while “bumming” (riding freight trains, working in fields) across the West in the 1920s, he would get separated from his brother but agreed to always meet back up with each other in the next town’s library.  Smart thinking.
Bill Pape


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 Mar.11 at 10am at the Rosendale Café.
    •    Volunteer to work at the Friends Book Sale.
    •    Donate your good condition used books to the Friends.
    •    Help maintain the Friends website.
    •    Offer a committed helping hand to your library’s staff.
    •    Write to your state and federal legislators and demand 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 March 1.  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

Rosendale Women’s Club Loan Closet

  The Rosendale Women’s Club has been active in the community for over 85 years.  They have been involved in many community activities over the years, including the formation of the Rosendale Library.
  They have many committees and the one I am addressing is the loan closet.  Small items such as wheel chairs, shower chairs, walkers, etc. are loaned out to those in need.  These items are kept in the stone building in the Rosendale cemetery (former caretakers building).
For information contact:      
Pat Merck             658-9247
Juanita Yarter       658-9164
Rae Policastro      901-0928
Pat Merck

By Andreas Bauer Origami-Kunst - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5

Origami Art Class

at the Rosendale Youth Center Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th.

  The  Rosendale Youth Center and the Friends of the Rosendale Library present three nights of Origami.  Each night has room for up to 10 youth from 3rd grade and up with no fee.  The first class is a beginner's class and will teach the skills needed for the other classes.  Each class will be 90 minutes long and take place at the Rosendale Youth Center.  The teacher will be Kathy Paulsen.  After the three classes there will be a reception at the Rosendale Library to show off the students work.

  Outreach for the program will be done by touching base with the children and teens who use the Youth Center.  It will also be advertised in the Blue Stone Press.  Local art teachers in the Rondout School district will also be contacted to reach out to interested students.

  The Friends of Rosendale Library encourage all members of the library to take advantage of this exciting program.

  The dates for the classes are as follows:
Friday, Feb.3; Friday, Feb.10; Friday, Feb. 17
The date of the reception to show the students work at the Rosendale Library will be determined.
Those who are interested should sign up with Matthew McCluskey at the Rosendale Youth Center by emailing or calling 658-8982.

Matthew McCluskey
Director, Rosendale Youth Program

Sunday at the Library

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


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

  A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.   

  “Funny, tender, and moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.”  Library Journal

Sunday, February 26, 2017
(snow date Sunday, March 5, 2017)
2:00 pm-3:30pm
Rosendale Library

You may borrow the book from the Mid-Hudson Library Collection. Contact the Library for Assistance if needed.

Mark your Calendars

Thu, Feb 2
Bring Your Child to the Library Day

Fri, Feb 3,
Fri, Feb 10,
Fri, Feb 17
Origami Art Class
at Rosendale Youth Center

Thu, Feb 23
Storyhour with
Jackie Davis
Co-Author of Ladybug Girl

Thu, Feb 23
Origami Art Reception

Sun, Feb 26
Book Discussion

Wed, Mar 1
Library Advocacy Day
in Albany
(Bus Fare provided)

Sat, Mar 11
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, 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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