January 2020 Newsletter: Frozendale a Success, Winter Gift Sale, Scholarship, New Years Resolution, Katie's Corner, Book Discussion, Friends Meeting Schedule, Calendar.
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From Left to Right:  Sue Livingston, Judith Minissali, Ann Sarrantonio, Eileen Meltzer, Joan Boris and Pat Challener.

Frozendale a Big Success!

   We had a big crowd for our Frozendale celebration on Dec. 14 this year!  Families were treated to wonderful holiday stories by Miss Pat (Challener).  We had great gift items donated by our patrons for sale.  Thank you to our good friend Nancy Tuller donated beautiful handmade children's sweaters, hats and scarves.  Also a special thank you to the Woodcrest bakers who provided delicious cookies for our revelers.

  Our front door is graced with a wreath donated by Victoria Gardens.  Thank you Victoria.

  We are very grateful to all who helped to get the library and bookcellar ready for our celebration.  And to all the Friends of Rosendale Library who worked that day.

Ann Sarrantonio

The Anna Mae Auchmoedy / Lottie Burns Scholarship 2020

The Matthew C. Bowen Memorial Scholarships

   Every Spring the Friends of the Rosendale Library give a scholarship to a graduating high school senior.  This year there are three awards being given.  Each award is $1,000.  The money is to be used for college expenses, books, etc.  Students from Rondout Valley, Kingston and New Paltz high schools who live in the Rosendale Library district may apply.
    Applications have been sent to the above high school guidance offices and to the Rosendale Youth Center.  They are also available at the Rosendale Library desk. 

  The deadline for submissions is March 13.  Please bring completed applications to the library or mail to:
          Friends of Rosendale Library
          P.O. Box 73
          Rosendale, NY  12472
  Winners will be notified by April 30. 

    Anna Mae Auchmoedy was the woman we have to thank for the original idea of the Rosendale Library.  Anna Mae and the Comus Club of Rosendale started our library in 1940.  The Women’s Club of Rosendale was key in promoting and supporting our young library.   Lottie Burns worked very closely with Anna Mae for many years.

  Eric Bowen has funded two scholarships in memory of his son Matthew C. Bowen.  Matthew had many interests, he was an avid reader and cyclist.

Ann Sarrantonio

Happy New Year!

  Do you make New Year’s resolutions? A few years ago at a New Years dinner we went around the table sharing our resolutions. As one year changes into the next it’s natural to think about the  new year as a new beginning. On this particular year I had been feeling so grateful for what I have, but always with a gnawing sense that I needed to give back more. My resolution that year was to volunteer for something. I joined the Friends of the Library. So easy! You just come to the Rosendale Cafe at 10 am on January 11, and you will be warmly welcomed. 

Mary Potratz

  As we leave 2019 behind, I feel such gratitude for the support of the Friends of the library. We sold a lovely assortment of raffle baskets and other gifts at Frozendale this year, all donated by the Friends, and these drew a great turnout of people to the library. The staff and I also very much appreciate all of the kind cards and treats we have received from our patrons. Being part of a caring community makes confronting the difficult problems of our world seem much more doable. May we find joy in good books, good friends and neighbors, and good work in the new year.

  We will have Assembly member Kevin Cahill (or a representative from his office) at the library on Tuesday, January 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. They will greet members of the community, answer questions, provide information, and discuss any concerns that constituents of the 103rd Assembly District may have. Please come and make your voice heard. 

  We will also be starting a new feeding circle for mothers with babies. This will happen every other week after the story hour, beginning on January 12. This is a nice way for moms to get to know each other and share advice on their parenting journey.

  Our new photocopier is so smart. It can even send faxes!  New FAX price: $1.00 per fax, no matter the number of pages.

  We also have a new replacement card policy. If you lose your card, the first replacement is free, and after that it is $1.00 per card.

Happy 2020!

Sunday at the Library

The Friends of the Rosendale Library
Invite you to a 

Read and Discuss


by Tara Westover

  Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
  “Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”—The New York Times Book Review

Sunday, March 1, 2020

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

Join us!  We've set our Friends meeting schedule for 2020.  Meetings occur at the Rosendale Cafe from 10-11:30am on the following Saturdays.

Jan. 11
March 14
May 9
July 11
Sept. 12
Nov. 14


Mark your Calendars

Sat, Jan 7
Kevin Cahill's Visit
 2-4 pm

Sat, Jan 11
Friends of the Library
Meeting at the Rosendale Cafe

Sun, Mar 1
Book Discussion:
Educated by Tara Westover

Fri, Mar 13
Scholarship Applications Due

Sat, Mar 14
Friends of the Library
Meeting 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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