Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library

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January/February 2017 Newsletter

A Note from the Director


There's a movement starting in New York State's libraries toward building a more sustainable future for our communities. It started with resolutions passe3d by the New York Library Association and the American Library Association, in which we see ourselves taking a pivotal role in community conversations, so that communities thrive, bounce back from disruption and are infused with new and better life for everyone. I'm participating in this venture and will most assuredly be reporting back to you. To keep up with what's going on in the State on this, check out the New York Library Association's Sustainability Initiative.

Service Recognition

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 January and February: Stephanie Alicea, 9 years; Evan Anunziata, 5 years; Yahira Berrios de la Cruz, 1 year; Elizabeth Bute, 9 years; Eileen Calcaterra, 15 years; Liju Devasia, 4 years; Patrice Gottfried, 18 years; Tim Heinsman, 12 years; Naomi Goldberg Honor, 13 years; Ken Kral, 2 years; Helen Rojas, 23 years; Arlene Sandner, 2 years; Raquel Ventura, 10 years; and myself, 5 years. That's 128 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.

A Fond Farewell

It is with a heavy heart that we annou8cen the retirement of Assistant Director Donna Sopalsky. Donna has been a core member for the library family since 1982. Her dedication and service to the library and the community are a model for us all. Please join me in congratulating Donna, and wishing her a long and healthy retirement. We'll miss you, Donna!

See you in the stacks!
Claudia Depkin, Library Director

Thank You!

Thank you for your continued generosity. You graciously donated many items for the People to People Givign Tree, Hi Tor Animal Shelter, and Catholic Charities Community Food Services Pantry.

Winter Blood Drive - December 28, 11 am - 7 pm

A blood shortage continues in the Hudson Valley. Please donate and save a life! Sponsored by the NY Blood Center. Call Cathy at 786-3800 ext. 22 for more information.

Meet Our Library Trustee Patricia Swift Soto

Patricia Swift Soto has been a Trustee of the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library since 1979. A native of Haverstraw, Pat is a graduate of St. Peter's School and Haverstraw High School. Formerly married to Angelo Soto, she has two grown children (Angelo, Jr. and Marianne Soto King) and four grandchildren (Alyssa, Tommy, and Matthew King).

Pat has advocated, along with previous directors and local legislators, for state construction aid and grants to meet the community's changing needs. These include building the extension on the Village Library, thanks to the efforts of the late Assemblyman Robert Connor and community development grants. The extension was constructed to conform to the standards of the historical designation of this beautiful building, obtained through the efforts of then-President of the Board Thomas F.X. Casey. When the extension could not meet the needs of the growing population of our special library district, Pat worked with the Trustees, Director, local developers, and community library supporters to find an appropriate location (present Garnerville site) and funding a new building and plan for future community needs.

Pat has served two terms representing Rockland County as Trustee of the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS), is currently on the Executive Board of the Library Association of Rockland County (LARC), and is employed as a personnel administrator at the Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg. She commends the devotion and support of past and present Trustees and the community. "Thanks to their ongoing efforts, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library continues to move forward to serve the needs of our very diverse and tech-savvy population."

In Our Gallery

JANUARY - Photographs by Barbara Fitzgerald "Sailing on Haverstraw Bay" - An Open Art Reception will be held on January 7 from 2 pm - 4 pm in the Library's Community Room.

FEBRUARY- Paintings by Robert Hoover.

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, WRCR.com, and on cancellations.com. No fines on snow days! Bring your items the following day.

Library Closings

Saturday, December 31 - New Year's Eve
Sunday, January 1, 2017 - New Year's Day
Monday, February 20 - President's Day

Got a New Tech Toy Over the Holidays?

Come in and let's see if we can figure out together what it can do. Bring your new widget, and manuals if you have them, and we'll crowd-source suggestions for you. Library staff and your neighbors will join together to take a look at both Apple and Android devices, sharing tips and putting our heads together to find answers to your questions. Join us first Wednesdays in January and February, 7 pm - 8:15 pm in the mid-level group workroom.

Knitting News

The Library knitting group, the Cast On Crew, and the Teen Volunteers Group donated many handmade hats, scarves, and mittens to North Rockland High School during their winter collection. Items will be given to the North Rockland Clothes CLoset for distribution. Thank you to all who participated!

We Have So Much Available to You!!

Have you tried hoopla? Or seen the new OverDrive interface? Take a look at Rosetta Stone! These services are in addition to the databases we make available to you, including Ancestry and HeritageQuest, LearningExpress Library and many more. We have electronic products that will help you make purchasing decisions (take a look at "Consumer Reports" articles in General One File) and assist your children or grandchildren with their schoolwork (have you see A-Z the USA or CountryWatch?) Come in to the Library, and we will be happy to show you any of these and many others!

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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