Library Notes

January 2022 – Library Notes by Pamela West-Finkle

     Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! Let’s hope that 2022 sees the end of the pandemic.

     At this point, however, there seems to be no end in sight.  Delaware County numbers are at a record high with hundreds of new cases per week, and 75-80% of the cases are those who are not vaccinated.  On Friday, December 10th, the governor of New York put a mask mandate into place, stating that all those entering a public space must have a mask.

     Although Delaware County has publicly stated our county will not enforce the mask mandate, we here at the Andes Library ask that for the safety of our staff, volunteers and other patrons, we hope you will agree to don a mask in the library whether you are vaccinated or not.

     As we have continued to do over the pandemic, we offer curbside/porch pickup services, and remote printing by emailing  We also offer copying and lamination of your vaccination card. We continue to wipe down books, public computer terminals, and the bathroom with disinfectant and we are thankful for a donation from Eddie Piervincenzi’s family for the Coway Air Purifier for the community room.  This in combination with our brand new HVAC air handling system helps to make for a safer environment for all.

Our library is now fine free!

     Good news!  At our November Board of Trustees meeting, the board voted unanimously to go FINE FREE!  We are in the process of getting our Four County software to be configured fine free, but in the meantime I am forgiving fines in the computer as I come across them. 

     If you lose or damage an item, we of course wish to have that item replaced or paid for, but we wish to encourage the return of our items without the stigma of having to pay late fines before you are allowed to take out any more items.  I understand…I’ve been there!  I can remember standing before the librarian with a stack of books in one hand and holding a wiggly toddler with the other, ready for checkout when the librarian sternly said, “I’m sorry, you owe 68 cents and you’re not allowed to check out anything else until that’s paid!” Of  course, that would be the day that I didn’t have any cash on me.  It’s embarrassing, right?  Well, no more!  Fine free libraries are a growing trend across the country and research has shown it’s a good thing that encourages more library use.

     We are most concerned with just receiving our items back in good condition.  As always, we hope that you will call or email us to renew any items you have checked out should you need additional time.  Please understand that new materials—especially those on the new best seller lists—often have holds on them, so please try to get those items back to us in a timely manner.  Lastly, if you’re feeling exceptionally guilty about having late items, we always gladly accept monetary donations to the library!

Weather, Snow, Ice, and Library Hours:

     As with every winter, the Andes Library closes during inclement weather, so if there is heavy snow, ice, or school closings, please call 845-676-3333 before you travel to the library to make sure we are open.

     When we are open, we ask that you stomp and wipe your feet before entering the library if there is salt and slush outside, and if you bring a stroller, please park it on the porch and carry your child in if possible.  We are trying to avoid purchasing multiple running mats and rugs because of the trip and fall hazard to our elderly patrons; however, slopping boots, salt, and slushy strollers rolling around the stacks make for a salty mess. We thank you in advance!  Let’s hope for a mild winter!

Thanks, Santa and Assemblyman Brian Miller!!!

     Lastly, we’d like to thank Santa for coming to visit the library on Saturday, December 4th.  Although we didn’t get the turnout we had hoped for, we had some adorable visits and Santa must have put in a good word for us because on December 13th, we received notice from the Executive Director of the Four County Library System that Assemblyman Brian Miller has appropriated $25,000 for our library. What a fabulous present to our community!  We knew a few months ago that this was in the works, but didn’t want to get our hopes up.  Although the check isn’t in hand yet, we expect it to be coming down the pipeline soon. Some of the improvements to the library we’ve discussed have been a paved parking lot, a new drop box, a new air conditioner for the upstairs, a 3-D printer, fixing the sculpture and sign out front, and offering a variety of programs in the coming years.  If you have any feedback or suggestions for additional improvements or programs, please let us know!

December 2021 – Library Notes by Pamela West-Finkle

     Happy Holidays! Holy Days! On behalf of the Library Board and our staff here at the library, we would like to wish you a very merry holiday season and blessed New Year!  It’s hard to believe it’s nearly the end of 2021!  This year has been a blur and we all have hope that next year sees the end of the pandemic. Thank you to all who volunteered and donated your time, talents, and contributions.  Between our Garden Tour fundraiser and our annual fund drive, we raised over $17,000 this year. We are so grateful for your support!

     As far as holiday hours, we will, of course, be closed on the 25th for Christmas and January 1st for New Year’s Day.  There is a chance we will be open for a bit on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, but be sure to call the library before coming down.  As the weather gets snowier, just a reminder that we close for inclement weather (heavy snow/ice) and generally whenever Andes school has a snow day.

SANTA is coming to the library!!!

     Yes, boys and girls, Santa is making a special visit to the Andes Public Library…live and in person! Saturday, December 4th, we hear the fire truck is going to deliver Santa at the library at noon and will begin seeing youngsters soon after!  With the recent increase in Delaware County cases, we are asking that all visitors over age two wear masks inside the library and when talking to Santa.  To help encourage social distancing, we would like to invite community members to sing carols on the porch or in the gazebo, and lots of hot chocolate will be on hand.  If you would like to set up a time to see Santa, please email or call the library at or 845-676-3333.  We’re not sure how long he’ll be able to stick around as he is very busy this time of year, but we hope you can make it with the kiddos!

Tails and Tales Writing Contest Submissions

     We received four official entries into the writing contest we held this summer.  Because all four submissions were amazing and from the same family, we couldn’t possibly make a decision between them, so we awarded at gift certificate to the Phoenicia Diner (made possible by Anne Shea) and will be showcasing the original stories in laminated storybook form near the circulation desk.  Below are the four adorable stories from the Collins family, but please stop by the library to see the wonderful illustrations that go with the stories.

Snowflake and Her Babies

By Pippa Collins (4 years old)

     Snowflake is a rabbit.  She has blue eyes and is a White Blue-Eyed Viennese rabbit.

     Snowflake has newborn babies.  She has four babies.  One baby it has a stripe and it is named “Stripe.” One of them is named “Coconut” and she is mine.  She is a good bunny.  The other two bunnies are white and grey.

     Stripe is very bitey.  Coconut is friendly and she loves to hop.  The other two bunnies are very mad because they don’t like to play with us. They were in Snowflake’s tummy.  Snowflake picked out her fur and the babies came out.  They were born.  They had closed eyes and they couldn’t open them yet.  They were tiny and pink.

     They grew bigger and bigger and got bulgy like Snowflake. Snowflake felt happy, happy, happy about her babies being born.  Coconut felt good about that too.

     Snowflake was a good mummy.  Snowflake did not hug them but she licked her paws and cleaned them. She fed them.

     Snowflake felt angry when she had the babies in her tummy.  She was sitting down waiting or them to come.  She was angry and said “I do not care about you!” She did not want any pats from us. When the babies were born she was happy again.  Snowflake loves her babies and never bites them.

The Underground Home

By Oliver Collins (age 6)

     Once upon a time, there was a snake named “Slithery,” a worm called “Tuddy,” a mole named “Tole,” and a chipmunk called “Chip.” They were a family and lived together in a dirt home underground.

     They had a little table and chairs, and one big bed that everyone slept in.  They all helped out.  Slithery cleaned the dishes. Tole folded the laundry.  Tuddy cleared the table and Chip vacuumed.

     They had a happy life until, one day, a big yellow giant digger came and dug up their home.  Suddenly they were being lifted up into the air and dumped into a big pile of dirt.  They felt scared and sad.  The digger destroyed their home!

     They got out of the pile of dirt.  Chip, who was the big brother, said “We have to find a new home!” so they all went to find a new home.

     That night they stayed on a rock but it was too hard!  Slithery fell out of their bed and hit his head.  Slithery was hurt and he felt tired.  He had a headache.

     Slithery said “We have to find a new home!” So they all went off to find a new home.

     The next night they slept in a pipe.  In the middle of the night, their bed was washed away.  The pipe was full of water because it was a drainage pipe.  They were scared that Tuddy would drown because he could not swim.

     Tuddy said, “We have to find a new home!,” so once again, they went and looked for a new home.

     They found a tree and climbed up.  When night came, they slept in this tree.  But then an owl and squirrel came and tried to eat them.  The owl pecked Tole, who could not see.  They felt very scared. Tole said, “We have to find a new home!”

     They decided to dig a new home far away from houses, diggers, drains, rocks, owls, and squirrels.

     Their new house was a very nice house because it was dry, warm and safe.  They found some wallpaper lying on the ground and put it up.  They set up their table and chairs, their very big bed and everything else they had.

     They also had an escape exit.  They put a ladder in a corner of the house up against a window in the roof.  They felt happy and safe.  They lived happily ever after.

     The end.

The Chicken Mystery

By: Lucy Collins (age 8)

     Happy Farmer Liddle had 140 chickens.  Had had 138 hens and two roosters.  The hens were clucky and the roosters said “cook-a-doodle-doo” in the morning.

     The chickens lived in a coop where the roosters fought and the hens laid eggs.  The coop was painted red and it always shone in the sun unless it was night.

     One day, Farmer Liddle noticed that his chickens were disappearing.  Each morning he woke up and discovered the two chickens were missing.

     “Why are my chickens disappearing?” Farmer Liddle said.  “How come my chickens are disappearing?  I only have 111 chickens left!”

     Farmer Liddle thought the culprit might be a hippopotamus.  He knew that hippos need water and mud.  So Farmer Liddle drained the pond.

     It didn’t work.  The next day two more chickens were missing!

     Farmer Liddle was nervous about this chickens. “What is stealing my chickens?” he said to himself. “Why are they leaving my farm?”

     Farmer Liddle thought and thought.  “Is it a lion or tiger?” Farmer Liddle remembered seeing some chipmunks by the coop.  Maybe, he thought, the culprit is a chipmunk!

     He knew chipmunks like acorns so he chopped down all the oak trees on his farm.

     It didn’t work.  The next morning another two chickens were missing!

     Farmer Liddle simply had to find out what it was that was taking his chickens.  Farmer Liddle throught the culprit might be a giraffe, so he made the coop smaller.  He made the door very small and took off the coop legs to make it short.  No giraffe would get into that coop!

     It didn’t work.  The next day two more chickens were missing!

     Farmer Liddle was not happy.  Perhaps, he thought, the culprit was a bull.

     Farmer Liddle knew that bulls like red, so he took everything that was red on the farm away and painted the coop white.

     It didn’t work.  The next morning more chickens were missing!

     Farmer Liddle thought hard. Finally he came up with an idea. “I know what to do.” he said.

     Farmer Liddle put up night vision cameras.

     The cameras worked!  The next morning he saw the footage and saw that the culprit was a FOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     Farmer Liddle looked in the coop and found a letters.  The letter said:

                        Dear Farmer Liddle,

                        Thank you for your chickens. They were delicious!

                        I also love your eggs.


                        Fox Family

     Finally, Farmer Liddle knew who the culprit was!  This was a big relief!  It wasn’t a hippo or a chipmunk.  It wasn’t a lion or tiger.  It wasn’t a giraffe or a bull. It was a fox and Farmer Liddle knew exactly what to do!

     His solution was to block up all the hopes in his coop. It worked and none of the chickens went missing again.

     It was a happy and hopeful life for Farmer Liddle and his chickens ever after!


The Chickens Who Would Not Eat Quinoa

By Maria Collins (age 10) July 2021

     Once upon time, there was a girl named Lavinia. She had fifty-two broiler chickens. One day, a famine hit the land and the only thing to eat was quinoa! The chickens were very picky and would not eat their quinoa.

     “Those fussy and spoiled chickens”, Lavinia thought. Lavinia tried to feed it to them in all different ways. They did not like quinoa wet. They did not like it dry. They did not like it warm and they did not like it cold. They would not eat it cooked. They would not eat it uncooked. They did not like it seasoned but they did not like it bland.

     The thin chickens were very sad and bored of eating quinoa. It was flavorless and the texture was not to their liking. They much preferred cracked corn, grain and kitchen scraps.

     So the chickens came up with a plan. They decided to escape and find something else to eat. The rebellious chickens dug up some of the dirt that made up the floor of their coop. They made a tunnel to get out and ran away.

     They came to a stream. The stream was pleasant and cool. One chicken decided to go in and nearly drowned. They discovered that as chickens, they could not swim! They found only fish to eat. The fish were simply too big for the unhappy chickens to eat and they did want to risk falling into the water again.  The very tired chickens were sad and decided to look elsewhere.

     Next, they went into a forest! In this dark and frightening forest, the chickens (who were very small compared to the large forest and menacing trees) found only sticks and stones to eat. One silly chicken tried to eat a stone and hurt her beak. They were beginning to feel very hungry.

     While they were foraging there was a constant crackling of dry leaves and twigs. The feather-brained chickens did not notice this noise. Nor did they notice two red paws creeping out of the bracken. A sly fox pounced on one of the chickens who managed to escape just in the nick of time. The flock squawked and violently flapped their wings. One plump and brutal-looking chicken flew at the fox and pecked his nose. This made the fox yelp and retreat.

     The chickens ran out of the forest and went onto a road. There they found only gravel and straight lines that seemed to lead to nowhere. A silly chicken tried to eat a loose piece of gravel. It had a horrible tar taste! Suddenly a big loud thing came roaring down the road and frightened the chickens. The chickens scattered in all directions. It was a huge, red pick-up truck. Fortunately, the chickens were not hurt!

     After the truck disappeared, the chickens regrouped in the center of the road and went back to the farm. The tired chickens went into the farmhouse. They got in by the back door, which had been left open. Inside, they found only laundry. The curious chickens tasted some of the laundry. It was disgusting and inedible. It was so unappetizing that the chickens decided it was better to eat the bland quinoa.

     While they were discussing this, Lavinia’s mother came into the laundry room, waving a broom at them and squawking like a chicken herself. She chased them all the way back to the coop. All the exhausted chickens felt relief about being back in the coop where they were safe from sly fox, roaring cars and Lavinia’s squawking mother! The chickens were happy and grateful to have two meals of bland quinoa a day. They thought that quinoa was better than sticks, stones, gravel and laundry. They became very plump indeed. A few weeks later the famine ended, but being meat chickens, the broilers were not around to enjoy it. THE END

November 2021 – Library Notes by Pamela West-Finkle

     I just looked up the winter 2021-2022 forecast on the Farmer’s Almanac.  We can look forward to a typical Catskill Mountain winter—maybe a little colder and a little snowier than usual. We have been treated to a lovely start to fall, but as most of us who have been here for a while know, the snow is soon to come.

Thank you to our supporters and funders!

     We received a visit from Tina Barber and some representatives from the Community Foundation of South Central New York.  They had awarded us $7500 in operations costs early in the year and came to tour and take pictures of the newly renovated library.  A few days later, our library was featured in a CFSCNY social media post. We are very grateful to them, as well as to the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation for providing us with additional funding this year for youth programming, diversity workshops and acquisitions, a new air conditioner, and funding to keep the utilities on and pay our staff.

     I have other very exciting news about some legislative Grant in Aid money from Assemblyman Brian Miller’s office, but I am waiting on confirmation of the details before we make the official announcement. As always, we are also grateful to the operations support we receive from the Town of Andes, as well as the generous contributions of our patrons and community friends. If you have not yet made your 2021 tax deductible charitable contribution, please consider making a donation to the Andes Library.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration with W.I.D.E.

     On Saturday, October 2nd, thirteen children and fourteen adults participated in our Hispanic Heritage Day celebration, presented by Women for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (W.I.D.E.). Olga Abinader and Jenine Osbon read Pepe and the Parade:
A Celebration of Hispanic Culture
by Tracey Kyle  and talked about the Dominican Republic, where Olga is from. Afterwards, parents and children alike made Mexican Paper Flowers, then learned to dance the Bachata. Lastly, tasty empanadas were served, courtesy of Greenane Farms. Children took home Andes Library Song and Story activity bags and each received a copy of either Be Bold! Be Brave! 11 Latinas who made history! by Naiba Reyoso, or Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

     The next cultural diversity workshop in Andes for families will be on Saturday, January 29, 2022, celebrating Lunar New Year at 11:00 am.  The Canon Free Library in Delhi will hold the November workshop on the 6th to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights; and the Ogden Free Library in Walton will hold a celebration for International Human Rights Day on December 11, 2021. These workshops and all books chosen for each event are part of a collaborative grant between the Andes, Walton, and Delhi libraries, funded through the O’Connor Foundation.

The Holidays Are Upon Us!

     Happy Veterans Day and Happy Thanksgiving!  The library will be closed in observance of these holidays on Thursday, November 11th and Thursday November 25th.

     Just a reminder that we have a great selection of DVD movies and audio books (some of them brand new, still in the plastic) for sale in the upstairs of the library (suggested donations $1-$5), as well as poster copies of our 2021 Garden Tour Art (suggested donation $15.)  These would make great gifts for the holidays, so stop by soon to get the best selection!

Programs and Volunteers!

     As most of you know, our circulation desk is run by volunteers on Saturdays, and usually covered by volunteers when I am running programs or out sick/on vacation. We are so grateful to those volunteers who have continued to make themselves available throughout the pandemic, but the time has come to invite some of our new community members to volunteer their time as many of our former volunteers are no longer available or physically able to come.  We are looking for reliable, responsible, honest, friendly, pleasant volunteers who love books to join our team. Basic computer skills and the ability to help patrons with the copy machines is very helpful. Before you start covering the front desk, you will be required to attend a short training with me, preferably on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon. Teens are also welcome to volunteer after school!

     We are also looking for workshop presenters, authors, filmmakers, crafters, and teaching artists to lead workshops or give presentations in 2022, whether online or in person.  Please reach out if you are interested by calling 845-676-3333 or emailing

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