October 2015 Newsletter: Budget Vote Passed, Raffle Winners, Poetry Reading, Orphan Train, Rosendale Connection, Summer Reading, Calendar.
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The Rose Window: Rosendale Library eNewsletter

The Budget For Our Library Has Passed

  On September 3rd registered voters of the Town of Rosendale approved the 2016 budget for the Rosendale Library. 84% of the voters approved the budget with 16% of the voters opposing the budget.

  In addition, voters re-elected Cherilyn Craig for a second term as President of the Board of Trustees for the Rosendale Library. Also winning approval to serve a second term as trustee is Karen Burchell. And voted in is new board member Jacky Davis-Soman who will serve as trustee on the board.

  The Rosendale Library is a Special District Library and as such the budget is subject to approval by the town residents.  With this in mind the Board of Trustees, the Library Director and the Staff thank this community for its continued support and patronage all during the year.

Respectfully submitted,
Kathleen Wiacek

FRL Scholarship Raffle Winners

  • 1850 House One-night stay – Liggan Family
  • Matsu Japanese Cuisine Gift Certificate – Eileen Hall
  • The Garden House, Rosendale Gift Certificate- Jean Gallucci
  • Rosendale Theatre Collective Year Membership- Sharon Brady
  • Photograph by Anne Coleman- Jeremy Reuben
  • Portrait of Your Pet by Vicki O’Neill- Victoria Cinton
  • Signed, Original Print by Amber Kelly- Lynn Waddell
  Thanks to all who donated prizes and to all who bought tickets to support our Scholarship program!!
With your help this year we were able to raise $922 for the FRL Scholarship fund!

Rosendale Library Presents:


Douglas Nicholas: Poetry Reading

Wednesday, Oct 14 at 7pm

Douglas Nicholas, Poet and author

   On Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 at 7pm, the Rosendale Public Library will host a free program: 

A Poetry Reading by Douglas Nicholas: Poet and Author of Something Red, Throne of Darkness, The Wicked and Three Queens in Erin

  Doug Nicholas is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in many publications, among them Atlanta Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Sonora Review.  He has won recognition in numerous competitions.

  He is the author of Something Red, The Wicked, Throne of Darkness, and Three Queens in Erin, a tetralogy of fantasy novels set in the thirteenth century garnering excellent reviews.

  The reading will consist of selections from four books of poetry: Iron Rose, The Old Language, The Rescue Artist, and In the Long-Cold Forges of the Earth.

Orphan Train
Book Discussion

Sunday, October 25, 2015
2:00 - 3:30pm

   The Friends of the Rosendale Library invite you to read and discuss Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
“Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past—Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are. ”
The New York Times Book Review
Discussion of the novel will be facilitated by Susan Lewis, Associate Professor of History, SUNY New Paltz
Sunday, October 25, 2015
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Rosendale Library
  You may borrow the book from the Rosendale Library circulation desk or from the Mid-Hudson Library Collection.  We have received the Book Club in a Bag from MHLS with 10 copies of The Orphan Train.  Please come by the desk to pick up a copy!

Orphan Trains:


A Rosendale Connection

  When I found out that The Friends of Rosendale Library Book Discussion Group would be reading Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, I was “on board” and I started reading the book immediately.  Little did I know that my interest would explode through a simple genealogy request from a man in Wisconsin seeking an obituary for his great-aunt who is buried in Rosendale Cemetery.  Out of curiosity, I clicked on the link below his name and discovered that he had written a book, and made a film, about his grandmother who had gone out on the orphan trains! --that along with several other scholarly articles on the subject.  From there on, Clark Kidder and I have exchanged emails and information. Clark gave the library a copy of his book, Emily’s Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider; I found a sister of his grandmother he didn’t know about who died in Kingston.  Now I’m reading another book of his, Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargo: The Life’s Work of Rev. H.D. Clarke, a fascinating compilation of the records and correspondence kept by Rev. Clarke on each of the hundreds of children that he placed, showing his great love for them all. 
  If you are like me, and like to check the facts when reading historical fiction, you might want to check out some of the following non-fiction materials, along with Clark Kidders books: Orphan Trains: The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed by Stephen O’Connor, which gives a more controversial look at the “Placing Out Program.” 
  The DVD The Orphan Trains, an American Experience/PBS production, is available through the Mid-Hudson Library System.
  I am looking forward to the book discussion on October 25!  Dr. Susan Lewis will be leading the discussion and I will be sharing some of the information I have found.    
  Remember, you can borrow a copy of Orphan Train from the “Book-Club-in-a-Bag” right at Rosendale Library—just ask at the Front Desk!

Linda Tantillo
Rosendale Library
Local History Collection
Summer Readers celebrating with ice cream sundaes.

Summer Reading a Huge Success!

Our children read over 900 books this summer

  What a year for Summer Reading!  We had 40 children registered for our summer reading program.  We read for 3952 minutes, and read 911 books.

  We are so proud of our summer reading superheros!

  Congratulations to all of our children!

Miss Annie

National Friends of Libraries Week:


October 18-24, 2015


  Please join us in celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week.
  Consider joining the Friends of Rosendale Library and supporting all the good work that we do.
What are the Friends of the Library?
  • A volunteer membership serving as a community link between library and community.
  • Provides the Rosendale Library support for its programs, fundraising and building needs.
What does the Friends of the Rosendale Library do?
  • Supports a national literacy program through "Books For Babies".
  • Publishes a monthly library eNewsletter, the Rose Window.
  • Organizes and runs book discussions, writing workshops, etc.
  • Sponsors the annual Book Sale.
  • Offers a Scholarship to a local graduating high school senior
  • And much more!
Please consider joining us as a Friend!
We meet every OTHER month!
  • Go to the Library and sign up!
  • Go to
  • Go to our next meeting!   November 21 10am Rosendale Cafe
  • Call: 658-9013
   “According to the State Education Dept., local communities realize $7 in services for every $1 allocated in state aid.” 

Libraries are the best bargain in town!

Mark your Calendars

Wed. Oct 14
Douglas Nicholas
Poetry Reading

Oct 18 - Oct 24
National Friends of Libraries Week

Sun. Oct 25
Orphan Train
Book Discussion

Sat, Sept 19
Sat, Nov 21
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, 9:45am-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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