92 Main Street
Livingston Manor, NY 12758
Phone: (845) 439-5440
Fax: (845) 439-3141

Livingston Manor Library
Comfortable seating, public computers, many new books and Gloria Wagenknecht's wildlife photography exhibit make this cozy corner a great place to relax.

What's Happening

See below for a list of events and programs being offered at the Livingston Manor Free Library, as well as exhibits and library news. The library is located at 92 Main Street in Livingston Manor. For more information call 439-5440.

For more information about what's happening in Livingston Manor, check out www.livingstonmanor.org

New programs

Job Counseling

Job Counseling

Saturday, May 9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday, May 30, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Cost: Free


Tech Open House

Technology Open House

Tuesdays, May 12 & 19, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Cost: Free


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Books in Bloom


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Donate your old eReader!

Donate your old eReader!

Are you considering upgrading your eReader? The Monday Afternoon Kids’ Book Club would love to accept your older-model Kindle or Android Device for their shared reading circle. The device will be re-registered once donated so that you will not be charged for any future downloads.

Please call the library for more information: 439-5440.


Chess Anyone?

Are you between the ages of 8 and 14? Do you play chess? Would you like to learn how? The library chess club is now meeting on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. with our local chess pro! Call to register or just come by.

Chess Anyone?



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Livingston Manor Free Library Goes Solar!

LMFL goes solar



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High School Equivalency

High School Equivalency (formerly called GED)

Are you, or is someone you know, interested in studying for the NYS High School Equivalency test? A teacher is available at the library every Monday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. to help adults prepare for the test. All are welcome; there is no fee for participating. Home study materials are provided, so students who cannot attend can arrange to pick up work at their convenience. Call for information: 439-5440.

Cosponsored by BOCES Adult and Continuing Education and Livingston Manor Free Library

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Preschool Storytime: Join us on Tuesdays 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.


Preschool Storytime at the library

Storytime leader Chatral A’dze welcomes children ages 2 to 5 to hear stories, sing songs and play games. As a library volunteer, Chatral enjoys sharing the stories and songs taught to her by her mother and finding new library books for young children. Her lively readings and energetic circle games create an atmosphere of fun in which children enjoy listening to stories and interacting with each other. Parents/caregivers and siblings are welcome to participate in the games and to explore the resources the library has to offer.

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"Mountain Vistas"
Landscape Paintings by David Munford
at Livingston Manor Library

Painting by David Munford
"Kelly Farm" - Oil painting by David Munford

A selection of landscape paintings collectively entitled "Mountain Vistas," by Grahamsville painter David Munford, is currently on exhibit at the Livingston Manor Library. The exhibit includes seventeen oil paintings depicting the Catskills, Beaverkill and Bashakill regions.

"I love the Catskills. I grew up in Colorado and Wyoming and have always felt at home near the mountains. They may not be as tall as the Rocky Mountains, but the Catskills are very rugged and beautiful. I feel blessed to live in an area of such amazing natural beauty," says Munford, who prefers to paint his landscapes on location, ‘en plein air,’ working directly from nature as much as possible. "My aim in painting these scenes is to convey a sense of place that others can relate to and enjoy."

David Munford earned a Certificate of Fine Art from the Art Institute of Boston, where he studied painting and printmaking. He relocated to the Catskill region of New York State in the early 1990's, and holds a BA in Fine Arts from Empire State College. He is a represented artist with the Wallkill River School, in Montgomery, New York, and is a member of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance and the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

The exhibit will run through February and March. The Livingston Manor Library is located at 92 Main Street across from the firehouse. For more information, call 439-5440.

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Open House Drawing prize winners

Open House Drawing prize winners

Open House Drawing prize winners: John Beckett, Shirley Shwartz and Frances Ball. Prizes were generously donated by Photographer Gloria Wagenknecht and Livingston Manor store, Morgan Outdoors.

Health and Wellness Information Website

health and wellness information, including updates on the Ebola Virus

Click here for health and wellness information, including updates on the Ebola Virus, brought to you by the Middletown Thrall Library.

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LMFL goes solar


Solar Diagram

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Battle of the Books Team Takes Third Place

Livingston Manor Library Battle of the Books Team

Livingston Manor Library Battle of the Books Team took 3rd place at the RCLS Teen Battle of the Books, held in Nyack, NY on September 6, 2014.

Twelve libraries in the Ramapo Catskill Library System fielded teams. Livingston Manor was represented by Roan Gillingham, Alder Cemelli, Iris Gillingham,Tessa Nettleton, Hannah Tuso, Ember Cemelli and Nathaniel DePaul. Congratulations team!

Library staff members are glad to speak with any youth in grades 6 to 12 who may be interested in battling in 2015!

Livingston Manor Library Battle of the Books Team
Livingston Manor Library Battle of the Books Team

Livingston Manor Library Battle of the Books Team
RCLS Teen Battle of the Books, held in Nyack, NY

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Updated eBook Service

OverDrive, our library system’s eBooks provider, has updated its eBooks service (at efiles.rcls.org) to improve access to electronic books. Click here for highlights and a quick tour of the new system: OverDrive PDF


RCLS Launches Mobile App

One click access to library information
from any Internet-capable phone

The Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) puts your library in your hand with RCLS Mobile. Want to renew a book or place one on hold? There’s an app for that. Library hours? There’s an app for that. Want to download an ebook or eAudioBook? There’s an app for that, too.

The Launch of RCLS Mobile puts the library at your fingertips. From any mobile phone or tablet connected to the Internet you can instantly tap into library resources, anytime, anywhere. You can search the library catalog, check your account, ask a question, download eBooks and eAudioBooks, find events and more.

To access RCLS Mobile, visit rcls.boopsie.com/ and download the app.
“Nearly 50% of all US mobile subscribers use smartphones, so it’s important for people to be able to access the staff and rich resources available at our libraries,” says Robert Hubsher, RCLS Executive Director. “RCLS Mobile puts library information just one click away with much faster access than going through a browser. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this new way to use the library by downloading our app.”

Searching the library system catalog with RCLS Mobile is especially easy. Just type the first few letters of two or three words and search results will begin to appear. For example, if you’re looking up Mark Twain in the catalog, just type “ma twa.” Once you find the title you’re looking for, you can place it on hold right from your phone.

The app offers additional features such as BookLook Mobile that lets you scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if your library owns the title. “This is an amazing feature,” says Hubsher. “If you’re at a bookstore you can just scan the book’s ISBN, see if we own it and—if we do—place a hold on it right from your phone.”

The RCLS Mobile also has a Digital Media feature which allows people to download eBooks and eAudioBooks to their devices.

If a library has a Facebook page and/or Twitter feed, people can access those through RCLS Mobile.

The mobile app was developed by Boopsie Inc. More than 250 libraries and universities use Boopsie to increase campus and community visibility. Easy to implement and affordable for all size libraries, Boopsie solves the problem of unwieldy website viewing on a small screen.

To download the RCLS Mobile, visit www.rcls.boopsie.com or contact the library at 845-439-5440.

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The library has a new sign and a beautiful flower garden!

Livingston Manor Library's new sign and flower garden
Livingston Manor Library's new sign and flower garden

Sullivan Renaissance provided a grant for this project and thanks go to Vera Farrell for planning and planting the garden, Marietta Beanland for helping with the garden and donating a soaker hose and Carolyn Bivins for helping with the sign design. The kids in the Grow Your Own Book summer reading program helped with the weeding. The sign was created by Paul Kean of Graphic Detail.

The flower boxes and hanging baskets were provided by, and maintained by, Livingston Manor Renaissance.

Installing the new sign
Installing the new sign

Butterflies love the flowers in the new garden
Butterflies love the flowers in the new garden!

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Manor Ink Hits the Streets

Manor Ink Hits the Streets
Manor Ink hits the streets at this year's Trout Parade

As the third issue of Manor Ink hits the streets, the staff of the local newspaper rejoices at their success. The newspaper is growing in the community and many townspeople enjoy reading it, Says Khris DiBartolo, one of the Manor Ink team members. We are very excited and a bit surprised at how popular the paper has become. One of the main focuses in creating the newspaper is having a wide variety of articles to interest a large group of people. So far, that goal has been a success for the staff of Manor Ink. The paper doesnt just add to the community, the young people involved in making it also benefit from the youth-led news. The paper has improved writing and editing skills for everyone making it.

The staff sincerely thanks everyone who has contributed to the paper. Whether it is 25 cents or 25 dollars, we appreciate all donations to our community-based project. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for our newspaper, visit us on our Facebook page or email us at manorink@yahoo.com.

Written by Leif Johansen and Khris DiBartolo of Manor Ink


You can pick up a current copy of Manor Ink at one of the following locations or go to manorink.com for recent news:

Catskill Art Society
Catskill Fly Fishing Center
DeBruce Country Inn
Duke Pottery
Flour Power Bakery
Helen's Barber Shop
Lanza's Country Inn
Lazy Beagle Pub & Grill
Livingston Manor Free Library
Madison's Main Street Stand
Morgan Outdoors
Main Street Farm
Moose Be Morning
Mountain Bear Crafts
Pepacton Natural Foods
Robin Hood Diner
Rolling River Cafe & Gallery
Town of Rockland Town Hall
Wildlife Gift Shop
Willow and Brown
Yolanda's Custom Interior


Thank you

Thank you to the Lazare & Charlotte Kaplan Foundation for its support of the library's youth programs and Manor Ink, in particular.

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Second Floor Renovations

Thanks to consecutive grants from the NYS Public Library Construction Grant Program, the library has been able to renovate the second floor of the old portion of our building. Built in 1891, it has served as a firehouse, a bar and as of 1955, the library. The second floor still contains a ladder to a bell tower that was used to call the firefighters, but the bell resides across the street at the new firehouse. These matching grants have allowed us to replace the stairs, the ceiling and the floor, and to install shelving for storage of supplies and the local history collection. In the coming year we hope to continue renovations by improving the walls and installing electrical outlets. Currently the space is being used as the office for Manor Ink.

Second Floor Renovations
Second floor of the library being renovated

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