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

Livingston Manor Free Library
Trout Parade 2013

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

National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week

From April 14 to 19, the Livingston Manor Free Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other, to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities’ needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, programs for job seekers, tax-related information or materials and programs to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.

The Livingston Manor Library serves the Livingston Manor School District by providing many of these types of programs, as well as youth programs, including Manor Ink, and High School Equivalency (GED) exam preparation.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Library Trustee Paul ‘Terry’ Shultz. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”

The Livingston Manor Free Library is celebrating National Library Week with free drop-by crafts activities for children on Monday, April 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and a week-long in-house book sale. In addition, the library will be accepting canned and packaged food items in lieu of fines from April 14 to 19. All food collected will be donated to the Livingston Manor Methodist Church food pantry.

For more information, visit the Livingston Manor Library at 92 Main Street, call 439-5440 or see the library’s Web site at rcls.org/liv. The library’s hours are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday and Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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Free Income Tax Preparation and Forms at the Livingston Manor Library

Call now to reserve your appointment with the qualified AARP volunteers for free tax preparation at the Livingston Manor Library on one day only: Saturday, March 29.

Volunteers with the AARP Tax-Aide Program, sponsored and certified by AARP and the IRS, can do not only simple returns, but also returns for small businesses (with expenses < $10,000 and no depreciation), self-employed, cancellation of debt and health savings accounts. To make an appointment, call the library at 439-5440. For questions about what is / is not covered, call 292-6180 and leave a message. An AARP team member will return your call.

Taxpayers need to bring:

• Photo id
• Copy of last year’s return
• Checkbook (if wish direct deposit of refund)
• Social security documents for taxpayer, spouse, dependents
• All tax documents for 2013 (W-2, 1099, interest statements, brokerage statements, property tax receipts, medical logs, etc.)

For those wishing to prepare their own tax returns, federal and state forms and instructions are available at the library. The Livingston Manor Library is located at 92 Main Street, across from the firehouse.


Federal and State tax forms now available

NYS Department of Taxation Logo

IRS logo

New York State tax forms and directions and Federal tax forms are now available at the library.

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Health Care Enrollment

Healthcare Insurance Enrollment Assistance Continues at Library

It is not too late to sign up for healthcare insurance through the New York State Health Exchange if you qualify for Medicaid or Child Health Plus, or you have a small business with 50 or fewer employees.

Free private 90-minute sessions for healthcare insurance enrollment assistance with a NY State of Health Certified Navigator will be available at the Livingston Manor Library on April 26 and May 17 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Call 800-453-4666 to make an appointment with a certified navigator, or for more information, call the library at 845-439-5440.

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Dundas Castle Presentation at Manor Library

Dr. Joyce Conroy, Town of Rockland Historian, will give an illustrated talk on the Dundas Castle of Craigie Clair, at the Livingston Manor Library on Friday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m.

This enduring and beautiful structure, currently in private ownership, was believed to have been inspired by late 19th century Scottish interpretations of medieval European castles. It is notable for its stone construction and decorative roof elements such as steep gables, arched windows and “witches hats,” cylindrical turrets with conical roofs. The castle’s final form was finished in 1924, with 40 rooms and 3-foot thick walls. Owner Ralph Dundas died in 1921 and never had the opportunity to live in the castle.

Dr. Conroy will present the history of the land & its owners, illustrated by historic and contemporary photographs. The fascinating story of the castle culminates in the fact that, as Dr. Conroy says, "No one has successfully lived on that piece of land since the Native Americans were here."

The library is located at 92 Main Street, across from the firehouse in Livingston Manor. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please arrive early. For more information, call 845-439-5440.


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Build a Terrarium at the Livingston Manor Library, Saturday, April 12, 1-2:30 p.m.

Build a Terrarium

at the Livingston Manor Library, Saturday, April 12, 1-2:30 p.m.

GED Class

GED Class

Free GED preparation will take place throughout 2013 at the library. Please call for more information, 439-5440.

Cosponsored by
Livingston Manor Central School, 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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Crafters Welcome at Library

Crafters Group meets at the Livingston Manor Library
An Adult Craft Night will be held at the Livingston Manor Library

Does your creative soul long for company? You are welcome to join others for a monthly opportunity to socialize while sewing, drawing, beading or doing whatever gets your creative juices flowing. Bring your own project.

The crafters group meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

For more information call the Livingston Manor Library at 845-439-5440.

Note: Crafters' Night is on break for the winter and will resume in the spring.

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Wagenknecht Wildlife Photographs on Exhibit

photograph by Gloria Wagenknecht
Photograph by Gloria Wagenknecht

Photographer Gloria Wagenknecht’s wildlife photographs are on display at the Livingston Manor Library through the month of June.

Gloria’s work brings broad scenes of color and clarity to the library walls and thrills every wildlife watcher who is lucky enough to see her naturalistic portraits. As a free-lance residing in Loch Sheldrake, Gloria attempts to capture the extraordinary beauty of the wildlife and terrain of Sullivan County.

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Battle of the Books Team Takes Second Place

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

Congratulations to the Livingston Manor Library Battle of the Books Team for a second place finish at the 2013 RCLS Teen Battle of the Books!

The battle took place on September 8 at the Middletown Thrall Library. Team members Tara Carlson, Nathaniel DePaul, Kris DiBartolo, Iris Gillingham and Leif Johansen placed second on a tie-breaker question in the championship round. Fourteen teams competed from public libraries throughout Rockland, Orange and Sullivan Counties. The Livingston Manor Library Team took 2nd in 2011 and 1st in 2012.

Battle of the Books is set up in a game show format. A moderator asks 19 questions per round concerning 8 pre-selected books. Each team member holds a buzzer and tries to hit the button and correctly answer the question before the other team.

Following are the books that were included in this battle:

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

White Cat by Holly Black

Legend by Maria Lu

How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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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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