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November/December 2015 Newsletter
A Note from the Director
Books: Paper or Digital?
According to a 9/22/15 article in the New York Times, e-book sales have declined by 10% in the first five months of 2015 while independent booksellers are reporting increases. From our perspective, we continue to see circulation numbers for e-books rise. (We're up 30% over last year!) For those who are believers in the e-book format, you'll be pleased to know that the 47 libraries in the Ramapo Catskill Library System, of which we are one, are now cooperatively spending $100,000 on a shared collection of e-books, e-audio and e-video. That means hold times will be noticeably shorter and there will be greater variety of titles available. You can see those titles and borrow them directly from our online catalog, which you can get to via our homepage at www.hkdpl.org.
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: Rosemary Amabile, 4 years; Wilma Glover-Koomson, 20 years; Ann Hanus, 37 years; Priscilla Hervias, 9 years; Anne Sullivan, 10 years; Charlotte Von Hein, 37 years. That is 117 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 will be a regular feature in our newsletter.
See you in the stacks!
Thank You to Our Patrons!
The Library received a letter from Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland, whole-heartedly thanking us for our generous food drive donation earlier this year. This donation was made possible by you, our patrons, and we wanted to pass along the "thanks."
Annual Giving Tree
We are again placing a Giving Tree in both our Main Library and the Village Branch. In past years you, our patrons, have been extremely generous with your gifts for local children and pets in need. Your gifts will be donated to People to People, Hi Tor Animal Shelter, and the Center for Safety & Change. These organizations are always appreciative of your generosity. The trees will be up in November through mid-December, exact dates will be on our website. Thank you again.
New Policy Update - Unattended Child Policy
A child below the age of ten (10) must be accompanied by a parent or responsible caregiver while on Library premises. If the parent or caregiver cannot be located on premises, Library staff members are instructed to telephone the Town of Haverstraw Police Department for assistance.
In Our Gallery
November - Join us for the very first Junior Art Show! During the month of November, there will be an art display in the Lower Level featuring artwork created by some of our youngest patrons. Please come and enjoy their work.
December - Jane E. Foreman exhibits Under the Tor Mountains>, a collection of paintings of places in Haverstraw, the town that she loves. Ms. Foreman will host an Opening Art Reception in the Library's Community Room on December 3, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 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.
Winter Weather Closing Reminder
If the North Rockland School District closes for the day, the library opens at 1 pm. If the weather is still bad at 11:30 am, the library will not open. Library closings are announced on WHUD 100.7 FM and WRCR 1300 AM radio, and on cancellations.com. No fines on snow days!
Wednesday, November 25 - early closure at 5:30 pm
What's All This Swiping and Tapping, Anyway?
Are you confused about the new technology everyone seems to be talking about? Do you want to catch up with your grandchildren? Then join us for Sip & Swipe Café! This is a no-pressure series of programs on using tablets, geared especially for seniors. There will be something hot or cold to drink, depending upon the weather, and coaches to help you as you work through the self-paced tutorials to handle and use an iPad or other tablet, navigate apps and the Web, set up and use email, and lots more.
Watch for flyers in the Library once we get dates set up, we hope to start this fall. No need to have your own tablet, you can participate using one of the Library's devices. Registration will be required, as we can accommodate only a limited number of learners at a time.
E-books: More Availability than Ever!
In response to your frustration with having to borrow and download popular titles, all of the libraries in the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) are working together to make more content available sooner. You can read e-books on an e-reader, tablet, smartphone or other device, and on your desktop computer as well. The same goes for e-audio, for the most part. Stop by the Reference Desk, and we will be glad to show you how it works, and help you get started.
20th Annual Rockland County Storytelling Festival
Hear stories from Christopher Agostino, April Armstrong, Elise Krakower, Jonathan Kruk and Pamela Schembri on our 20th Annual Rockland County Storytelling Festival! "Everyone has a story to tell" on Sunday, November 15, 1:30 pm - 5 pm at the Main library. There will be high school student tellers and story crafts for children. Enjoy this is a free multicultural family event with friends and family! Light refreshments will be served. See you there!
For a paper copy, please visit the library. For a list of programs and events, please select the appropriate department above or our Events Calendar. For previous Library newsletters, check our Newsletter Archive.
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