May 2018 Newsletter: Book Discussion, Ashokan History TalkOnsies for Sale, Special Book Sale, Celebration of Storytelling, Calendar.
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The Rose Window: Rosendale Library eNewsletter

Sunday at the Library

The Friends of the Rosendale Library
Invite you to a

Read and Discuss

Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders

  From a seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln, the 11-year-old son of Abraham Lincoln, who died leaving a deeply grieve stricken father, finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.

  Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?

Sunday, May 6, 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.
Rosendale Library Presents:

Building the Ashokan Reservoir- a History


 Frank Almquist, Historian


Wed, May 9



Rosendale Community Center
1055 Rt 32
Rosendale, NY

  In 1913, the Olivebridge Dam was sealed.  It created the reservoir which provides New York City with up to 40 percent of its fresh water.  The story begins in 1899, when surveyors chose the site along the Esopus Creek.  But it was also home to more than 2,300 residents.  Almquist describes the engineering feat of the century using modern techniques and local material, and how the building of the Ashokan Reservoir impacted its engineers, workers and residents. Back by popular demand.  For more information, please contact Sue Horowitz.

Onesies for Sale!

  FOR SALE: Adorable “Born to Read” onesies for the babies in your life. Available at the library.

Special Spring
Book Sale

   The Friends of Rosendale Library are having a Spring Sale on our Special oversize collectible books.  These beautiful books are normally priced between $3-$10.  We will be selling them at 3 for $5 until our Summer book sale in July! 
  Many of these books are large art books with titles like:  Georgie O’Keefe, Deruta, and The Louvre.  You will find them in our Bookcellar which is open whenever the library is open.
  Come on down and get some great deals!
Ann Sarrantonio
The Rose Window: Rosendale Library eNewsletter

Celebration of Storytelling

  On Saturday, April 14th, 28 children and their families attended an event sponsored by the Friends of the Rosendale Library.  Three storytellers enthralled children and adults alike with stories and songs.  Crafts and cupcakes put the finishing touches on an exciting morning.
Nancy Van Laan, author, reading from her picture book, Possum Came A Knockin.
Carol Garboden Murray using sign language and a felt board to tell the story of Mr. Gumpy’s Outing.
Karen Pillsworth, telling several stories in the oral tradition. 
Children and families making Wind Rings and Multi Media Collages.

Mark your Calendars

Sun, May 6
Lincoln in the Bardo
Book Discussion
2:00 pm-3:30pm

Wed, May 9

Ashokan Reservoir History
(at the Rosendale Community Center)

Sat, May 12
Friends of Rosendale Library
(at the Rosendale Library)

(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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