Outside the library, things are blooming, even though inside the building it feels very lonely. The library will be closed at least through May 15th, pending updates to guidelines set by state and local governments. At this time, several staff members are safely taking turns doing building and collection maintenance inside the library. Others are busy running virtual activities via the library blog and online meeting platforms. All are learning new skills to better serve patrons, as we plan how RHPL will serve the community when we open again. Updates will be posted on our website. Feel free to call us anytime at 845-758-3241.
From The Director
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Live Activities in May
Book groups, knitting, and storytimes are continuing via live virtual meetings. You can use a computer, tablet, or smart phone to participate. It is also possible to join by simply calling in to the meeting. If you would like to participate in book groups, contact Paul. For Storytime information, contact Amy. For Knitting, contact Dawn. We can help you get started using Zoom Meetings.
This month the Evening Book Group is reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean and the Afternoon Book Group is reading Black Boy by Richard Wright.
On Demand Activities in May
Look to the library's blog for activities you can do whenever you please. Posts are arranged into four broad categories and represent interests ranging from art and science to general information and support. Below is a sampling of what's available.
Paul has taken the popular hands-on science program, Libratory, online. Kids and families will learn about science while doing fun projects such as making different types of play dough, exploring surface tension, or growing salt and sugar crystals.
Arts & Crafts
Did you know that library clerk, Roger, is also a naturalist? His Let’s Go Outside series teach us about the plants and animals springing to life in our area. Kids and adults alike will enjoy noticing, identifying, and learning about the wonders in our own backyards.
If you have elementary school kids, check out Elliot's recommendation of NPR's Wow in the World. It's a podcast (no screen!) that makes serious science wacky and fun.
Here is a chance to exercise a little creativity. In the Arts & Crafts category you’ll find inspiration, instruction, and class reviews for projects such as drawing, book making, yarn crafts, sewing, and origami. Many of the reviewed classes are available to you with your library card on CreativeBug. Others are the products of staff members’ skills and interests.
Teens may especially enjoy zine making with Ari and Tim, or weaving bracelets with Sophie.
Don't forget Lego Club on Fridays! Check out the spectacular creations participants are making on the Lego Gallery.
If you'd like to send cheer in the mail to someone who can't see their loved ones right now, you'll find instructions here on where to mail cards and/or artwork, to residents of local nursing homes.
This is where you'll find general interest stories and activities. Italian language learners can connect with Patrizia via La Travola Rotunda, edizione blog. You can also catch up with long-time library clerk Shelley on the west coast, or see how Amy, Dawn, and Renee are coping with working from home in the It's Okay series.
Kids love watching Miss Amy's Storytimes any time they want, via the blog. They'll sing along with favorite songs and enjoy familiar fingerplays too.
New to the Collection
Your library card gives you access to hundreds of streaming movies through Overdrive. New additions this month include action/adventure, documentaries, music, comedy, and family shows.
For example, if you love true stories of human strength, courage, and compassion, check out any of the three episodes of the PBS series “We’ll Meet Again” with Ann Curry. Available episodes include The Fight for Women’s Rights, Surviving the Holocaust, and the Great Alaskan Earthquake.
If you love music and comedy, take a look at Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra: Live at the Royal Albert Hall. And for a good laugh take a trip back in time with Cutting Edge Comedians of the 60’s & 70’s.
For kids and families, there are many new additions including: The Magic School Bus series, Swift, and Sesame Street 50 Years.
In 2010 RHPL was lucky enough to have Trupti join our staff. After ten years of dedicated service, she has decided to retire from the library, but promises to keep in touch. We all treasured Trupti's quiet competence at the desk, kind encouragement in new staff training, attention to detail in cataloging materials, and planning and implementing two exciting and fun Diwali events for the community. RHPL Staff and Board wishes her well, but know the library will not be the same without her. Thank you, Trupti!