April 2017 Newsletter: Library Advocacy Day, Scholarship, Origami Classes, National Library Week, Stewart's Grant, Book Discussion, FDR Exhibition, Author Talk, Calendar.
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 NY Library Advocacy Day 2017

  A full bus of happy patrons and supporters of local libraries met on March 1 to carry our opinions and voices to our legislators in Albany on Library Advocacy Day.  Our group met primarily with Senator Bonacic and a representative of Assemblyman Cahill, who were very attentive.  The folders that were presented showing how much some Rosendale families had saved by using library resources were particularly noted.  
  It was an eye opening day, from hearing some homeschooled kids speaking rather eloquently about the importance of libraries, to mixing in the hallways with groups wearing team T-shirts asking, “What are you reading now?”
Try it next year- it is a day well spent!
Molly Swartz

  See below to continue to make your voice heard :
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DEFEND LIBRARY FUNDING - NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT! We are counting on you to ensure the legislature fights for libraries as negotiations take shape. TAKE ACTION NOW! Use our pre-drafted letter to voice your support for fully funding NYS Library Aid in the FY 2017-2018 Budget.
  Even if you have already written to your representative, please follow this link  to send this NEW message to your legislators that library funding is NOT NEGOTIABLE!

  Here is an update from Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (MHLS)-  At least $210 million in federal library funding is on the budget-cutter's chopping block. Our champions in Congress need your help to save it and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Everything you need is at ALA's Legislative Action Center now!  You can also visit the District Dispatch for more context.  Action is needed by April 3rd!
  Eliminating the IMLS, and the LSTA program, would have devastating impacts on statewide library services that are provided by the NYS Library and Division of Library Development.
  The ALA's Online Advocacy Center provides you with all the tools you need! 
  Their system will provide you with editable, pre-drafted messages that will be automatically delivered to your representatives.

The Anna Mae Auchmoedy / Lottie Burns Scholarship 2017

  Every Spring the Friends of the Rosendale Library give a scholarship to a graduating high school senior.  This year the award is $800.  The money is to be used for college expenses, books, etc.  Students from Rondout Valley, Kingston, Coleman 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 April 7.  Please bring completed applications to the library or mail to:
          Friends of Rosendale Library
          P.O. Box 73
          Rosendale, NY  12472
Applicants will be notified by May 10.

  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.

Ann Sarrantonio

Origami Classes

at the Rosendale Youth Center

  The Friends of Rosendale Library are sponsoring art classes at the Rosendale Youth Center.  In February, Kathryn Paulsen taught 14 students all about the wonderful world of origami.  Pictured here are their beautiful creations.  On Feb. 24 we hosted a reception at the library for the students and their families.  Everyone had a good time making a hopping frog and enjoying cookies and camaraderie.  Matt McCluskey, Rosendale's Youth Director, is working on the next series of classes and will have the details soon.
Ann Sarrantonio

Celebrate National Library Week: April 9-15, 2017

  Every year since the American Library Association's founding in 1958 *, Spring arrives and we celebrate National Library Week.  This year the observance will be April 9-15, 2017, with the theme, "Libraries Transform".  As the online ALA site suggests: " It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries.....all types---school, public, academic, & special......& to promote library use & support."

   * A bit of History: "In the mid-1950's, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions, and musical instruments.  Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954.  The committee's goals were ambitious.  They ranged from 'encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time' to 'improving incomes and health' and 'developing strong and happy family life.'  In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries.  With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!"

   So here we are, nearly 60 years later, witnessing the good work of all the people who have cared about, strengthened, and supported libraries while maintaining them as essential to the infrastructure of our democracy going forward.

Wendy Alexander

Thank You!

Rosendale Library Children's Program Thanks Stewart's Shops!

  We are happy to report that Stewart's Holiday Match has donated $750 to our library for children's programming.  We have been receiving these grants for the last 7 years thanks to the diligence of our Children's program person, Ann Van Damm.
  We plan to use these funds for our Storyhour and Summer Reading programs. 
  Thanks to Stewart's Shops for supporting our community.
Ann Sarrantonio

Sunday at the Library


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


The Japanese Lover

by Isabel Allende

  From New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende, “a magical and sweeping” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) love story and multigenerational epic that stretches from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during World War II.  Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover is written with the same keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel The House of the Spirits. The Japanese Lover is a moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.

Sunday, April 30, 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.

FDR Library's Teachable Moment Short Film

Something Special for Readers of the The Japanese Lover

  For those who are reading the book, The Japanese Lover, for the FRL discussion on April 30th,  The FDR Presidential Library and Museum currently has an exhibition titled, Images of Internment:  The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II.  The exhibition has over 200 photographs many by Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams.   You can click on this link for more information  There is also a book of the images available through the Mid-Hudson Library System, titled Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II: Images by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and Other Government  Photographers by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams.
Eileen Hall

Rosendale Library Presents:


Thurman Greco

Wednesday, April 26


"A Healer's Handbook:
The Spirituality of Health"
Thurman Greco, Reflexologist, Reiki Master Teacher and Author

  Using thirty-five years of experience as a foundation, Thurman Greco shares her knowledge about healing and the way we define spirituality in disease. Her model for healing is direct and practical, explaining risk factors, root causes of most health issues, how your body talks to you, and the path to achieving a balanced lifestyle.

Mark your Calendars

Apr 7th
Scholarship Submissions Due

Apr 9th-15th
Celebrate National Library Week

Wed, Apr 26
Author/Healer Talk:
Thurman Greco

Sun, April 30
Book Discussion:
The Japanese Lover

Sat, May 13
Sat, June 24
Friends of the Rosendale 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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