January 2021 Newsletter: Katie's Corner, Farewell Sue, Book Discussion, Repair Revolution, Great Reads, Volunteer, Friends' Meeting Dates, AmazonCalendar.
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Katie's Corner

January 2021

    Happy new year! For 2021, the library’s board of trustees along with members of the library staff and friends group will be working on a long-range plan of service for the library. Typically, this is a plan for the next five years that sets goals and milestones in order to guide the library in improving services. This plan must have input from the community. To that end, later this spring we will be soliciting input from Rosendale residents and organizing a series of community conversations. We hope that the conversations can be in-person, but we will also make plans to organize remote events. The more input we can get from residents, the better the library’s collections, services and allocation of resources will be aligned with the needs of the community, so please stay tuned.
    Many people have been reading more this year than in times past and we are happy to be able to keep the reading habit affordable. If you have not done so already, check out the New Books section on our website where you will find books and DVDs the library has most recently added to the collection along with descriptions of the titles. There is also a Staff Picks section where we recommend books we have recently enjoyed. Patron demand drives the titles we purchase so if you are interested in a title, place a hold on it in the library catalog.

From Sue to you:

Thank you Sue, we'll miss you!

    Well friends, another year has gone by with a new one about to unfold, bringing promise and growth.
    Although this year has been trying, we have past foundations to build on.
    It’s with this in mind  I will be leaving the library come February 1st. in order to pursue personal goals.
    It has been a wonderful experience being part of an institution I believe in, and contributing to its growth and success by implementing public programs and assisting patrons both personally and educationally.
    I couldn’t have asked for better co-workers, who continue to fulfill the goals of this wonderful place: a place of vision, service and longevity.
    So have a Happy New Year, and thanks to you all.
    And remember, this “place” depends on everyone’s continued support!
Sue Horowitz

Story Hour with Miss Annie

    Please join us every Thursday 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. 

Repair Revolution

Monday, January 25
at 7pm via zoom

    John Wackman and Elizabeth Knight will discuss the success of repair cafes that started as an ingenious idea and spread throughout the world.
    Their book, "Repair Revolution: How Fixers are Transforming our Throwaway Culture" chronicles the life and evolution of this movement.
    The Hudson Valley participates!  Join us to learn more by registering at
Sue Horowitz

Great Reads

Book Reviews from Molly Swartz

    Our patron, Molly Swartz has been donating a book a month to the Rosendale Library that she purchases from our local bookshop, Postmark Books.  Here she reviews a few of her latest favorites.  All of these are available from Rosendale Library.
    If I had been able to walk casually into the library to check out the shelves I would never have read these books, but I really liked each one. On the face of it they look like they would be entirely different, a Buddhist monk in Katmandu, a successful career woman and mom in Boston and a blossoming writer in Mexico City. I confess to reading "safe" authors, repeating the same ones I've enjoyed in the past but its been a pleasure to step out of my comfort zone and explore some new worlds.
    I have my own copy of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche's In Love with the World now. I originally chose it because it was one of the staff picks in the monthly newsletter. It is a true life adventure story like no other steeped in Buddhist philosophy and the color and culture of his country.
    Sasha Sagan, daughter of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, wrote For Small Creatures Such as We. Here she talks lovingly of her family and her life and about the idea of ritual. Ritual that is not always of a religious nature, but ritual that can help us to navigate through our world and time, that has meaning and is  chosen by us. How we celebrate, recognize change, move through our days, anything that we want to give importance to, that we want to make special or memorable.
    Jazimina Barrera's On Lighthouses was a Jesse Post (of Postmark Books) recommendation. I had no idea of what it was going to be like but since I do like lighthouses I took a chance and it was a real win. Barrera is widely read and she enjoys sharing what she's read about and come across during her time as a collector of lighthouses. She takes us along on some of her travels to see special lighthouses and writes about others that have been lost to time but not yet to words. 
    These have been wonderful armchair traveling books. For me though these three books, that come from such very different people and places, there is the commonality of individuals finding their way to live a meaningful life.
    So even though I really enjoyed my visit to Katmandu and I haven't yet learned enough about Boston I think I might still be more comfortable with lighthouses. Whatever else I certainly do recommend getting out to travel with your next read.
Molly Swartz

Looking Ahead to a New Year

    This is an exciting time to become an active member of the Friends of the Rosendale Library. 2021 is going to a busy year as the pandemic begins to wind down.  The Friends, the Board of Trustees and the library staff are taking advantage of this "pause" to reflect and plan how to most effectively move our wonderful library forward.  We invite community members to join us in supporting our library and working together to generate ideas and actions that will create a library that will be an even more valued community resource. Friends meetings are currently in a virtual format. The next meeting is January 9th at 10:00. Please email and request the link to the meeting or for more information.
Eileen Hall

2021 Friends Meeting Dates

    Friends of Rosendale Library will meet on the following Saturdays at 10am via Zoom, until further notice. Please email the library at to receive the link to join the meeting.
Jan. 9
Mar. 13
May 8
July 10
Sept. 11
Nov. 13

Mark your Calendars

Curbside Pickup Open
click for more info

Story Hour
Thu, Jan 7
Thu, Jan 14
Thu, Jan 21
Thu, Jan 28
via Facebook Live

Mon, Jan 25
Repair Revolution
via Zoom

Sun, Jan 31
Virtual Book Discussion
via Zoom

(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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