Welcome to Casey
Please join me in welcoming our new assistant library director, Casey Conlin! Casey comes to us with lots of experience, most recently as the assistant library director at the Poughkeepsie Area Library District and as the library director of the Pawling Library before that. He's into BMX biking with his family and tinkering. Be sure to say hello when you see him around.
We are so very lucky to have a dedicated team of people who are committed to the Library and to you, our community. I'd like to take this opportunity to recognize those team members whose anniversaries occur during November and December: Victor C., 1 year; Wilma K., 22 years; Priscilla H., 11 years; Anne S., 12 years. That is 46 years of service to this institution and to the community. If you see any of these folks around, please join me in congratulating them! This recognition of team members is a regular feature in our newsletter.
See you in the stacks!
Claudia Depkin, Library Director
Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library patrons donated $991 in fines last month. This money will be sent to One Appeal America, which will share the funds fully with victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
We are again placing Giving Trees in both our Main Library and the Village Branch. Your gifts will be donated to People to People, Hi Tor Animal Shelter, and the Center for Safety & Change. The trees will be up November through mid-December. Thank you for your generosity!
Sunday, December 21, 1 - 7 pm
The Hudson Valley is still in the midst of a severe blood shortage. Please help save lives with your donation. Blood collected will also benefit hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. No appointment needed. Also, thank you to everyone who donated on September 11. 63 units of blood were collected!
Bernadette (Bonnie) Koop has been a Library Trustee since 2007. She has lived in Haverstraw for most of her life. Currently residing in Garnerville, Bonnie graduated from Haverstraw-Stony Point High School, and was an elementary school teacher for 33 years in the Haverstraw-Stony Point Central School District. Her father was in the Army, and because of the family's moves with the military, Bonnie has a travel bug with a suitcase always ready for another adventure. She often combines travelling with painting, attending conventions throughout the U.S. to take classes in many styles and media. She does decorative painting, which can be folksy or fine, on a canvas or an article of clothing, on a piece of wood, or on anything handy.
Bonnie belongs to local chapters of the Society of Decorative Painters, Orange Blossoms Decorative Artists, and Hudson Valley Tole and Decorative Painters. Volunteering is another part of her life, Bonnie spends time with Helping Hands of Rockland, an interfaith agency which services the homeless in Rockland. Another priority for Bonnie is reading, she is often found with a book in hand, fiction or non-fiction, it doesn't matter!
Autumn has just started, but Winter and snow are on the way. If North Rockland Schools are closed, the Library will open at 1 pm. If the weather is still bad at 11:30 am, the Library will not open. Closings are announced on our recorded phone message, on WHUD 100.7 FM and WRCR 1700 AM radio, and on cancellations.com. No fines on snow days! Stay safe and return your items the next day.
November - Junior Art Show
Artwork by our youngest patrons. There will be an Artist Reception in the Community Room on Saturday, November 4, 2 pm to 4 pm.
December - Teen Art Show
Artwork by our teen patrons, grades 7 through 12. There will be an Artist Reception in the Gallery on Wednesday, December 6, 6 pm to 7 pm.
Our gallery is located at the lower level of the library. Interested in exhibiting your artwork? Please call 786-3800 ext. 14 for information. We'd love to have you!
Looking for some family fun? Interested in viewing some amazing art, or exploring the beauty of the Hudson Valley? The Library has free admission museum passes to many museums. Passes can be checked out for 3 days. We currently have passes to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum; The Museum at Bethel Woods; the American Museum of Natural History; the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum; the Guggenheim; Storm King Art Center; Museum Village; Boscobel House and Gardens; and the Museum of the City of New York. Coming soon - The Frick Collection.
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