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

Getting my first library card!
Getting my first library card!

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

 

Geocaching for Adults and Families

Saturday, July 19

Participants in the Fall 2013 Geocaching program pose on the trail at Frick Pond.
Participants in the Fall 2013 Geocaching program pose on the trail at Frick Pond.

What is geocaching? Geocaching is a high-tech outdoor treasure hunting game and an easily-learned recreational activity for the whole family. Participants use GPS-enabled devices to find hidden containers at specific outdoor locations. Those who prefer recreational hiking and good old-fashioned map reading can readily join in.

Check it out when the Livingston Manor Library and Morgan Outdoors host Geocaching for Adults and Families on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children ages 10 and up are welcome with an adult. There is no cost and no materials are required other than walking shoes and weather-appropriate attire.
Participants will learn how to use a topographic map, a GPS device & geocaching.com to find hidden containers and track their treasure hunts online. GPS devices will be available on loan to library members for future outings.

Meet at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main Street, Livingston Manor, where we will begin with an interactive program of map and GPS use, then travel to Frick Pond Hiking Trail, near Mongaup Campground. Carpooling will be arranged if desired.

To register, call the library at 439-5440. Space is limited.


Peace Corps and Catskill Mountainkeeper at Livingston Manor Free Library

Wednesday, July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

From Latin America to Africa, Peace Corps has overseas work opportunities in Environment, Agriculture and other programs. Spend part of a summer’s evening at Livingston Manor Free Library and discover the benefits of Peace Corps service from returned volunteers. Join us to learn about the challenging, rewarding, and inspirational moments of being a Peace Corps Volunteer. Have your questions answered and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

About the Peace Corps: Read more or watch a video about what it’s like to be a volunteer including what volunteers do, where they go and the many benefits of Peace Corps service. Or apply now to begin your life-defining experience: http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/meet/events/11277/


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Livingston Manor Free Library Goes Solar!

LMFL goes solar

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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.

 

Storytime
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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Exhibits

New Exhibit: Seasons by Kate Hyden

Artwork by Kate Hyden
Artwork by Kate Hyden


The Livingston Manor Library presents Kate Hyden's watercolors "Seasons," an exhibit from 6/18 through 7/31.

Kate, a member of the Catskill Art Society and the North East Watercolor Society, takes her subjects from the surrounding area in the Catskills. The exhibit will run as part of the Livingston Manor Artwalk/Chalkwalk from 10-4pm (Main Street) on July 5th (raindate 7/6.)




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News

26th Annual Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Award Recipients include Livingston Manor Library

Regards to the Man in the Moon

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, has awarded minigrants to 60 educators at public schools and libraries in 27 states across the country. Now in its 26th year, the Foundation awards each recipient with up to $500 for specific programs.

Five grants were awarded in New York State, one of which was awarded locally to the Livingston Manor Library for the two-week long summer Regards to the Man in the Moon Puppet Program. Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) wrote and illustrated Regards to the Man in the Moon in 1981. Program participants in grades 2 to 4 will sew their own puppets and produce their own dramatic interpretation of this imaginative adventure, in which children build a spaceship out of found objects and pretend to fly to the moon. Dollmaker Naomi Hurst will lead the program, which will take place from August 4 to 16. Registration is currently open.

For Keats, the preeminent author-illustrator, whose book The Snowy Day broke the color barrier in mainstream children’s publishing, it was at the public library that he found a haven that introduced him to the wonders of art history. The Foundation fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression by supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries; cultivating new writers and illustrators of exceptional picture books that reflect the experience of childhood in our diverse culture; and protecting and promoting Keats’ work.

For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.ezra-jack-keats.org. To learn more about the Livingston Manor Library’s Regards to the Man in the Moon Puppet Program, call 439-5440 or go to www.rcls.org/liv.

 

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LMFL goes solar

 

Solar Diagram

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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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