Director's Message
As we begin in 2019, I would like to thank everyone who has made this year such a success and have provided support to the library in any way. Many have donated to our elevator fund, and we are incredibly thankful to all of you. Many have contributed their time helping out with fundraising events or donating items to the library, and we cannot say thank you enough. We've had many happy times at the library this year, but also some hard losses in 2018 and it has helped us to step back and reflect on what is most important about our library. A library is not just about the items inside its walls but about the people that gather there and the connections we make with them. This is what makes our library an exceptional place to visit, and I'm very honored to be a part of it. Thank you all for a wonderful 2018, and I look forward to making 2019 a fabulous year with your help and support.

We will not be taking book or other media donations during January due to the elevator construction. Please check with us in February to find out what items will be accepted for 2019.

See you at the library!
Adult Crafting Club
January 22, 6:00 p.m.

Love the snowflakes hanging in the library? Want to learn how to make them? Join us for the new Adult Crafting Club and learn how to make these beauties to decorate your home!

Each month there will be a new project. We will provide all the supplies, but we ask for a $5 donation to help with the cost of the craft.

Preregistration is requested please call the library or email
Upcoming Events
Thurs., January 3, 4:30-6 pm
Clay Sculpting

Thurs., January 10, 4:30-6 pm
Cookie Baking

Thurs., Jan. 17, 4:30-6:30 pm
Dinner & A Movie

Thurs., January 24, 4:30-6 pm
Book Club

Thurs., January 31, 4:30-6 pm
Make a Zen Garden
Clay Sculpting

Make modeling clay and create a one of a kind project. All supplies will be provided.

Drop-ins always welcome!!

Snacks will be provided.
Cookie Baking

Join 430 for cookie baking.
We will be making a variety of cookies and taste testing them.
Dinner & a Movie

Join 430 for dinner and a movie.
We will have cheesy pepperoni sticks and watch
a mystery movie .

Please note: dinner & a movie nights end at 6:30 p.m.
Book Discussion

Some books just need to be talked about!! Meet up with the 430 group to share your thoughts about this month's selection while feasting on some yummy snacks. Open to anyone in grades 5-8.

This month's selection is    Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea.

We have extra copies of the book at the library.
Zen Garden

Make your very own Zen Garden. All supplies will be provided.

Drop-ins always welcome!!

Snacks will be provided.
Upcoming Events
Every Saturday in January
10:30 am
Story & a Craft

Saturday, January 19, 6 pm
Family Movie: Smallfoot (PG)
Story and a Craft

This is a free family fun event for all ages. Read a short story, create a craft and play in our children's area.

Please call the library at 845-657-2482
or email for more details.
Family Movie:
Smallfoot (PG)
Migo is a friendly Yeti who discovers something that he didn't know existed -- a human. When his fellow villagers refuse to believe him, Migo embarks on an epic journey to find the mysterious creature that can put him back in good graces.

Free family fun at the library! Check out what has to say about the movie.
Gentle Yoga
Mondays 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:00 a.m.
Saturdays 9:00 a.m.
Kathy Carey is the instructor of this series. This is an hour long beginner level class. Gentle Yoga is the perfect start for those new to yoga, providing the gentle and healing benefits of yoga.

$48 for 12-class card or $6 drop-in fee.

No classes Monday, January 14 or Wednesday, January 16.
Tai Chi for Health

Beginner Level
Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.

Intermediate Level
Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.
Tai Chi is a great form of exercise. Suitable for people who have pain or limited mobility due to arthritis. Kathy Carey is the instructor of this series. Wear comfortable, loose clothing and shoes with little to no tread. This is an hour long beginner level class. Students will be standing for the whole class, but chairs will be available. 

$48 for 12-class card or $6 drop-in fee.

No class Wednesday, January 16
Singing Circle
Wednesdays 1:30 p.m.

We sing the most fun songs from a wide time span! Open to all ages and free. Participants can request a song or bring a song, and be willing to join in with others. Reading music is not necessary.
Musician Julia Haines is a music therapist and educator. She plays piano, accordion, and harp, among other things. (This is Julia leading the merriment at our Summer Reading kickoff carnival).

No group meetup on Wednesday, January 16 due to elevator construction.
Catskill Ukulele Group
Wednesdays 6:00 p.m.
Pull up a ukulele and learn a song! This is a friendly group who welcomes all new comers. If you do not have a ukulele but would like to participate, you can check one out from the library. This group stays connected to other players through under the name Catskill Ukulele Group 
Thursday Night Movie Series
Movies start at 6:00 p.m.
8 Speaker Surround Sound, Overhead Projector
January 3
Mama Mia! Here We Go Again

In 1979 Donna falls in love with Sam while embarking on a series of adventures throughout Europe. In the present day, Donna's pregnant daughter reunites with her mother's old friends and boyfriends on the Greek island of Kalokairi.
January 10
Finding Your Feet

A middle-class snob on the eve of retirement takes refuge with her bohemian sister after she discovers her husband is having an affair with her best friend.
January 17
Mission Impossible: Fallout

An arms dealer and a group of terrorists plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack. When the weapons go missing, Ethan Hunt and the IMF team must race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.
January 24
Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin, now an adult, helps Winnie-the-Pooh find his friends -- Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Once Pooh finds them, the lovable bear and the gang travel to London to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life.
January 31
Joan Jett: Bad Reputation

A journey through Joan Jett's life and career, from her early years as founder of "The Runaways" and first collaborations with Kenny Laguna to her status as rock icon.
Tuesday, January 8, 10 a.m.
My Friend Rag Doll
My Friend Rag Doll was created by Donna Kopf as a way to provide a source of comfort to children who are going through difficult times. Whether it’s going through a round of chemotherapy, a broken leg or finding themselves in situations without basic comforts, these situations can be scary. Sometimes having a friend to hold onto during those trying times can make all the difference and Donna has helped hundreds of children by donating My Friend Rag Dolls to local hospitals, charities and other organizations centered around supporting and helping children.

Please consider joining Donna at the library to help create these precious gifts for kids in need.
Wednesday, January 16, 7 p.m.
Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Learn more about the library by attending a meeting. Board meetings are open to the public.
Saturday, January 19, 4 p.m.
Book Discussion Group

In this remote Yunnan village, a stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.

After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance,  Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane  paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.

We have extra copies of the book at the library. All are welcome to join the discussion!
Mon., January 28, 12:30 p.m.
Mystery Book Club
The Blind Man of Seville by Robert Wilson

Called to a gruesome crime scene, Inspector Javier Falcón is shocked and sickened by what he finds there. Strewn like flower petals on the victim’s shirt are the man’s own eyelids, evidence of a heinous crime with no obvious motive.

When the investigation leads Falcón to read his late father’s journals, he discovers a disturbing and sordid past. Meanwhile, more victims are falling. While he struggles to solve the case, he comes across a missing section of his father’s journal—and becomes the murderer’s next intended victim.
Community Spotlight

We will continue to collect food to help stock the Reservoir Food Pantry and Olivebridge Food Pantry. Please consider dropping off a non-perishable item at the library.

Local Farm Food Pickup
We are a Friday drop off location for  Rondout Valley Organics , a group of local organic farms in the Rondout Valley. It is similar to a CSA but includes more than vegetables and more flexibility. Please visit the website to learn more about the farms and find out how to join. There are lots of vegetables available during the growing season.
Library Hours
Monday 10-8
Tuesday 10-8
Wednesday 1-8
Thursday 1-8
Friday 1-5
Saturday 10-4
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