October 2019 – Library Notes

Library Notes by Pamela West-Finkle

     The Andes Library is honored to announce that the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation has awarded us over $225,000 toward our handicap compliance and efficiency renovation project, enabling us to finally launch the construction phase of our project.  This money will be used to match the other funds we have already received from the State Library Construction Aid, as well as other awards we expect to receive in the coming months from two other regional foundations and Senator Seward’s $50,000 DASNY appropriation. The actual project cost bids came in higher than we expected from our engineer’s fair cost estimates, so we are so grateful the O’Connor Foundation was able to contribute the additional funds we needed to make this project happen.

     We are also grateful to the Town of Andes who have been supportive of this project from the beginning, and who is willing to step in just in case we end up with any costs above and beyond.  We are hoping this project will not cost the taxpayers of Andes one cent, however, and we are so grateful for the support of our patrons, supporters, and benefactors who helped us build the capital reserves so that the library was able to make a contribution toward the project as well.

     So, the big move is finally here! Hopefully by the time this news is reaching you through the Gazette, we will already be getting settled into our new temporary home at 454 Lower Main Street, formerly the Blink Gallery at the T-intersection in town. At the time of me writing this, I am not sure exactly when we will be able to open the new temporary location, but I am hoping by Monday, October 7th.

     That being said, the Wi-Fi should be transferred and operational from September 26th onward outside of the Blink Gallery at 454 Lower Main Street.  The free Wi-Fi signal will be turned off at the 242 Main Street location.  Even if we are still setting up the shelves and books at the new location, the computers, printers, and fax machine should be working at the new location after the 26th as well, so you are welcome to call to see if someone is there in case you have an urgent need to use our technology services.  We realize that many people, including our second homeowners and visitors, greatly rely upon our technology and communications services, so even if the physical library is not yet operational, we hope to at least offer those crucial operations.

     On Saturday, October 5th, members of the Upsilon Delta Epsilon and Tri-Altelier Fraternities from SUNY Delhi will be putting in some community service hours assisting us with moving the rest of the books and other first floor library materials to the Citi Hope Warehouse starting at 10:00 am.  We could use someone with a fork lift and pallets or a pickup truck or flatbed trailer to help transport boxes.  If you are interested in helping that day or even the week before, please contact the library at 845-676-3333 or an.ill@4cls.org.

     We plan to be at the temporary location until late spring/early summer 2020.  As previously mentioned in last month’s Library Notes, we are bringing only a portion of our book collection and are happy to order whatever books our patrons desire through the www.4cls.org website. We will have our entire movie, audio, and local author/history collection on hand.  Regular groups such as the Stitch Witches and Lit Wits Book Group will still meet at their regularly scheduled times once we reopen, and I am anticipating at this time that the first Thursday of the month book club meeting in October will take place at the new location, even if we’re not officially open to the public yet.

     We will move the drop box to the porch at Blink and any late fees or late returned items will be forgiven during our move, so please hang onto your materials after September 23rd until we’ve reopened. Also, we will be taking absolutely NO donations while we are at our temporary location as we will not have the space.

     One new thing you may notice before the library parking lot is completely overrun with construction equipment, is that an Electric Vehicle charge station has been installed next to the spring house.  There will be no charge to use the charge station, which will charge electric or hybrid cars much faster than a regular plug; however, you will be required to download an app on your phone to be able to use the charge station.  Once the Wi-Fi is temporarily moved down the street, we are not sure at this point if the charge station will be fully operational; however, it is there for the general public’s use.

     Lastly, the library is traditionally the “last stop” for the school’s Halloween parade, so we would love to still invite the children and families to visit us at the new temporary library.  I am not exactly sure when I will be out for my shoulder surgery, so I may or may not see you on Halloween night, but the library will be open until 7pm on Thursday, October 31st and we will have treats for the kids.

September 2019 – Library Notes

Library Notes by Pamela West-Finkle

Happy Birthday Andes!  This year’s parade was amazing and it was so great to watch it from the porch of the Andes Library. All throughout the day, many of our book sale books found new homes.  Thank you to our volunteers and board members who took turns manning the book sale throughout the day.

Navy Band Concert a success! Many thanks to the U.S. Navy Band Country Current for choosing us as one of their eight stops on their national tour and to Delaware Academy school in Delhi for being willing to host the event.  It was quite an undertaking to get rid of 700 tickets, but thanks to the help of our staff and volunteers, as well as the Canon Free Library in Delhi, the Huntington Library in Oneonta, the Veteran’s Outreach Center in Stamford, and Delaware Academy, many people from around the region had a chance to be entertained by this amazingly talented ensemble. A huge thank you to Deb Abbate for another great bake sale, to the Delaware County Sherriff’s Department for the event security, and to the administrative and custodial staff at Delaware Academy.

Moving day for the Andes Public Library has finally arrived!  After two long years of work, we are finally embarking on our construction project and we have to temporarily relocate the library to 454 Lower Main Street, the location of the Blink Gallery right at the blinking light in the center of town at the intersection of State Hwy 28 and County Hwy 1. We apologize in advance, but we will end up closing for a week or two as we make the transfer.  At publication time, we do not have exact moving dates, but are awaiting to hear from Delhi College to see when some of their students are available for community service.  We will send out a mass email to everyone who wishes to volunteer to help with the move.

Needs: Small boxes (we have been going to the liquor stores), strong arms and backs, a flatbed truck or pickup trucks, volunteers with automatic drills and hand tools to help dismantle shelving, pallets (for our storage space at Citi Hope).

Pilot Library: We are not bringing everything to the Blink Gallery space, just our new fiction and non-fiction, hand selected older books from both sections, our local history books, all of our DVDs and audio books, and some hand selected children’s, juvenile, and young adult books.  Anything we do not have or cannot find because it is in storage, we are happy to order for you from the Four County System.  We are also working to get our patron computers and printers up and running as quickly as possible because we know how much the community needs our technology services.

When will our renovations be complete? Well, that is hard to say.  We are scheduled to move back to our library in June of 2020, but much of that depends upon when the contractors can schedule us in, what the weather does, and on top of everything, we discovered we do have a small asbestos abatement to take care of.

So, for now, I say SYOTOS….See You On The Other Side….of town!

Free Tickets – U.S. Navy Band Country Current

America’s Navy is coming to Delhi, New York, one of eight cities in four states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2019 tour—one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy.

The United States Navy Band Country Current performance is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st at 7:00 pm at Delaware Academy High School in Delhi, New York. Doors will open at 6:00 pm. The Andes Public Library will have refreshments for sale in the lobby before the concert and during intermission.

The Navy’s premiere country-bluegrass ensemble Country Current is renowned for its versatility and phenomenal musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass.  Reaching out to communities both locally and nationally, they regularly perform for veterans, elementary schools, and in support of our active-duty Sailors.

One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country.  All of the band’s primary performing units embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy’s premier musical ensembles on a regular basis.  The concerts are family-friendly events, meant to be entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy.

All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public.  Free tickets are available at the Andes Public Library, located at 242 Main Street in Andes, New York or you can reserve your tickets by emailing an.ill@4cls.org or calling 845-676-3333. Please indicate the number of tickets you need and provide your name, phone, email, address and whether you will pick up your tickets, hold them at Will Call, or request they be mailed.

July 2019 – New Books and Movies

New Books:
Aging for Beginners
by Ezra Bayda

Annotated Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
by Ulysses S. Grant

Cari Mora
by Thomas Harris

City of Girls
by Elizabeth Gilbert

D-Day Girls
by Sarah Rose

The End of the Myth
by Greg Grandin

Girl, Wash Your Face
by Rachel Hollis

The Guest Book
by Sarah Blake

Howard Stern Comes Again
by Howard Stern

Lost Roses
by Martha Hall Kelly

Mephisto Waltz
by Frank Tallis

Miracle at St Andrews
by James Patterson

The Moment of Lift
by Melinda Gates

Mrs. Everything
by Jennifer Weiner

The Mueller Report
by Robert Mueller

Murder in Bel-Air
by Cara Black

My Life as a Rat
by Joyce Carol Oates

One Day in December
Josie Silver

The Oracle
by Clive Cussler

Queen Bee
by Dorothea Benton Frank

Save Me the Plums
by Ruth Reichl

The Second Mountain
By David Brooks

The Sentence is Death
by Anthony Horowitz

Skin Game
by Stuart Woods

Summer of ‘69
by Elin Hilderbrand

The Tale Teller
by Anne Hillerman

by James Patterson

The War Outside
by Monica Hesse

Woman in Red
by Eileen Goudge

A Woman of No Importance
by Sonia Purnell

New Movies

Jack Ryan
The Mule
New York: a Documentary Film (Episodes 1-8)
Old Man and the Gun
Private Parts
Spider-man Into the Spiderverse
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

New Books and Movies – June 2019

New Books:
The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn

The American Agent
by Jacqueline Winspear

An Old Man Squawks
by Peter Lederman

Anne of Kleve, the Princess in the Portrait
by Alison Weir

Baby of the Family
by Maura Roosevelt

The Big Kahuna
by Janet Evanovich

Black Elk Speaks
by Black Elk

Blessing in Disguise
by Danielle Steel

Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons
by Carol & David White

Daisy Jones and the Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

18th Abduction
by James Patterson

Everything in its Place
byOliver Sacks

by Evan Thomas

The Five
by MHallie Rubenhold

The Flight Portfolio
by Julie Orringer

Game of Bones
by Carolyn Haines

by Newt Gingrich

The Huntress
by Kate Quinn

Lost and Wanted
by Nell Freudenberger

Machines Like Me
by Ian McEwan

Miracle Creek
by Angie Kim

Mistress of the Ritz
by Melanie Benjamin

The Mother-in-Law
by Sally Hepworth

by Sarah Blake

The Never Game
by Jeffrey Deaver

Normal People
by Sally Rooney

The Paris Diversion
by Chris Pavone

The Pioneers
by David G. McCullough

The Power
by Naomi Alderman

Resistance Women
by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Road to Character
by David Brooks

Run Away
by Harlan Coben

The Satapul Moonstone
by Sujata Massey

Women Talking
by Miriam Toews

New Movies
Crazy Rich Asians
A Dog’s Way Home
The Nice Guy

Library Notes – June 2019

Come one, come all to the Andes Public Library Annual Party on Sunday, June 2nd from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  As always, there will be sweet and savory treats, many interesting characters to converse with, live music provided by our very own library talent pool, and a chance for those who love and use our library on a regular basis to all gather as a community. 

     This year the town of Andes is celebrating its Bicentennial Anniversary and thanks to an O’Connor Youth Grant, the library was happy to provide one of the first of many Bicentennial events to be held throughout the summer.  The Old Fashioned Barn Dance held at Andes Central School brought over sixty people, young and old, out to sample the chili dinner, participate in group dances from around the world led by Peter, Paul, George, and our very own Ira McIntosh. Debbie Abbate organized and packaged a super fantastic bake sale.  Thank you so much to all of the community members who donated their delicious wares.  Also thank you to the ACS custodians and music teacher, Kellie Daino, who set up for our event and provided sound support, and to Kari Haugeto whose support and time is always appreciated.

     The 2019 Summer Reading Program’s theme this year is Universe of Stories.  Since we did a lot of space and solar system STEAM workshops for the area youth two years ago with the solar eclipse, this summer we plan on a variety of fun workshops, to include edible DNA, a Build-an-Alien stuffed animal and Dr. Seuss story workshop, and there is talk of an overnight sleepover, facilitated by Miss Kari, Story Laurie, and myself (parents are welcome and invited to chaperone).  I am hoping to have the entire summer schedule available by mid-June before school lets out for the summer. 

     You will notice from the new book list this month that Gloria continues to acquire the best new fiction and non-fiction for our library.  One trend that I’ve noticed is that there are suddenly a great deal of historical fiction that features the brave women—especially those in France—who aided the escape of those facing persecution by Nazi Germany.  There must be something in our collective consciousness that wants us to pay attention to these inspiring stories. Sometimes it is best to have reminders of the past so that we are not doomed to repeat it.

     Speaking of books, this summer we will be doing a lot of book moving in preparation for our construction project.  We will also be relocating our collection essentials to our temporary location, so if you have some strong arms and a strong back and have some time to volunteer, we would greatly appreciate the help!

     Finally, the Andes Public Library Board of Trustees and staff give our fondest best wishes and appreciation to board member, Marty Donnelly.  Marty joined the board after leaving his position as town supervisor but has plans to retire down south.  We greatly appreciated his feedback and help these last two years when it came to our construction project planning and facilities management.  He will be greatly missed by the library and our community.

     Congratulations to all of the high school and college graduates! In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the places you’ll go!”

New Books and Movies – May 2019

New Books:
American Duchess
by Karen Harper

Blood Oath
by Linda Fairstein

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted
by Robert Hillman

Celtic Empire
by Clive Cussler

Cemetery Road
by Greg Iles

The Chef & The Cornwalls are Gone
by James Patterson

Dark Tribute
by Iris Johansen

The Department of Sensitive Crimes
by Alexander McCall Smith

Dreyer’s English
by Benjamin Dreyer

The Fifth Doctrine
by Karen Robards

Fire & Blood
by George Martin

The Handmaid’s Tale – Graphic Novel
by Margaret Atwood

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War
by Lynne Olson

by Philip Kerr

Never Tell
by Lisa Gardner

The Night Visitors
by Carol Goodman

Our Souls at Night
by Kent Haruf

Outside Looking In
by T. C. Boyle

The Parade
by Dave Eggers

The Path Made Clear
by Oprah Winfrey

by David Baldacci

See Jane Run
By Joy Fielding

Someone Knows
by Lisa Scottoline

The Threat
by Andrew McCabe

Triple Jeopardy
by Anne Perry

Unto Us a Son is Given
by Donna Leon

New Movies

At Eternity’s Gate
The Bookshop
Dumbo (original Disney)
Fantastic Beasts – Crimes of Grindelwald
The Favourite
Green Book
If Beale Street Could Talk
Jane Fonda in Five Acts
Julian Po
Mortal Engines
Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Library Notes – May 2019

Library Notes by Pamela West-Finkle

     The Andes Library is hopping in May, gearing up for summer and kicking off some events to celebrate Andes Bicentennial Celebration 1819 – 2019. To start with, Saturday, May 4th, Judy Garrison is holding a Heritage Days event that will feature readings of local historians Buffy Calvert and John Jacobson from 2 – 4 pm.

     On Mondays starting May 6th, Sharon Ruetenik of Writers in the Mountains is conducting a six week writer’s workshop called The Muse is All Around Us. The 6-8 pm workshop will run from May 6th – June 16th (skipping Memorial Day) and will focus on the question “Where do we get our ideas from?” The class is suitable for beginners and experienced participants and will explore the many external sources of inspiration available.  The workshop fee is $70 for WIM members and $85 for non-members. To register, contact Jean Stone at  607-326-4802 or emailing her at jtstone@catskill.net.

     Friday, May 17th, all are invited for and Andes Bicentennial All Ages Old Fashioned Barn Dance at Andes Central School. The ACS Junior class will be providing a chili dinner and refreshments just before and during the barn dance.  The extraordinary Homespun musical trio, Peter, Paul, and George will be on hand at 7:00 pm to provide old timey music and will teach the participants dances from around the world. The event is sponsored by the Andes Public Library and is made possible by a Youth Grant from the O’Connor Foundation.  Rumor has it that local folk music icon, Ira McIntosh, will also be on hand to sit in with the group. We hope that you can make it to this all ages celebration of music and dance traditions!

     One last date for your calendar is the Annual Library Party, Sunday, June 2nd from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the library. Bring your favorite sweet or savory dish to share with friends and neighbors and enjoy wonderful food, conversation, and music provided by the talented Andes Library musicians taking turns to entertain.  Kari Haugeto, Bill Duke, Peter Lederman, and myself might all share a few songs throughout the afternoon.  Keep an eye out for our annual appeal letter in the coming weeks to read about the various programs and activities our library has provided over the previous year.

     The Garden Tour Committee has begun to meet and is seeking those in the community with fabulous gardens or views who would like to participate in this year’s Garden Tour, scheduled tentatively for Saturday, July 13th.  If you are interested in having your property featured in this year’s tour, please call 845-676-3333 or email us at an.ill@4cls.org.

   Lastly, on Thursday, April 18th, members of the Board of Trustees and construction committee held a special meeting to discuss the most recent setbacks in our flood mitigation, ADA compliance, and expansion project.  After two years of diligent work and seven months of working with engineers and the Catskill Watershed Corporation, it is now the consensus of the board and my recommendation that the flood mitigation project–which entailed raising the historic portion of the library, demolishing the 1973 portion and rebuilding it to current code, and adding on a new children’s room–is economically infeasible.  The most recent cost estimates for the entire project had climbed into the $650,000 range.

     In mid-March, we submitted the completed twenty-two page feasibility study to CWC and were told that if we planned to move forward, a new design study application would have to be submitted and the DEP still had many questions in regards to the impact of us expanding the library closer to the stream. The same week, Governor Cuomo cut the 2019-2020 library construction aid from $34 million to $14 million, leaving only $400,000 to be distributed among all Four County libraries in need of construction and repair. Because the library must spend the money already received from the 2017-2018 Library Construction Aid by June of 2020, we had a very short time frame to submit final bids and applications to the various funding sources needed to fund such a substantial project.

     The board members, engineers, and our architect will be collaborating in the coming weeks to prioritize the projects that must be completed by next June.  These may include a new roof with solar, the raising and bracing of the main circulation room floor and redesign of the bathroom and circulation desk areas for efficiency and ADA compliance, as well as some outdoor foundation and siding repair. We also plan to spend the summer culling our juvenile and young adult sections and reorganizing the books so that our non-fiction collection can come downstairs and our historic books, reference books, and young adult sections will be moved upstairs.

     If you have any questions about our two-year adventure into library construction and flood mitigation exploration, please feel free to contact me any afternoon between Monday and Thursday.  Otherwise, I hope to see you at one of our upcoming events in May and early June!

Library Notes – December 2017: New Hours & New Computers!

Happy Holidays to everyone in our lovely little hamlet of Andes! May you have joy and good health in the coming year! Speaking of the holidays, the Andes tree lighting ceremony will be Saturday, December 2nd. I will have some pre-tree lighting holiday songs in the library and I hear Santa will be making a stop. Please join us in a wonderful community tradition!

NEW HOURS! Starting December 1st, the library board of trustees voted to change our hours on Mondays and Thursdays. The library will be open on the following times and days:
Mondays 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesdays 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wednesdays 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursdays 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Fridays 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am to 12 noon
Closed Sundays, Federal Holidays, and during inclement weather

NEW COMPUTERS & WIRELESS PRINTING! A big thank you to the O’Connor Foundation for a matching grant to purchase three new patron computers, one volunteer/back-up circulation computer, a wireless printer, scanner, fax, copier and new monitors. As many of our patrons know, our old computers were in self-destruct sequence and were barely operable. We will now have the latest technology for our patrons and visitors, including the ability to print from phones and wireless devices.

Remember that if you would like to receive some free one-on-one or group computer instruction or technical assistance, I am more than willing to make an appointment with you to help you with your technically-challenged needs. I also offer tutoring in resume/cover letter writing, creative writing, and research assistance. Please email me at an.ill@4cls.org or call 845-676-3333.

Unfortunately, we have decided to end our movie licensing and 2nd Thursday movie night. There has been a lack of interest in publicly shown films that are already available on streaming internet sites. Instead, we have decided to reach out to the film making community and invite regional film makers to have public presentations of their work in our library. In addition, we welcome local musicians, artisans, and authors to give performances or presentations about their work. If you or someone you know would like to discuss scheduling an event, please contact me at the above phone or email.

Again, have a wonderful holiday season and remember our holiday book sale in the back room will be ongoing throughout the winter. Five paperbacks for $1 or $ .25 each, three hardcovers for $1 or $ .50 each, and a nice selection of DVDs for $1 each.

Andes Library offering Computer and Internet Tutoring Services

In addition to our regularly scheduled programming, we are now offering several new options. Computer and Internet tutoring is available by appointment throughout the week, or patrons and community members of all ages are welcome to come to a walk in session each week on Mondays at 2:00 pm (except for Federal holidays). Learn about topics like internet navigation, email and security; easy diagnostics to help keep your computer running fast and clean; word-processing and formatting; basic Excel spreadsheets and databases; mail-merges; basic photo editing;  flyer and promotional material creation; navigating the Four County Library system; using the new Kiosk to download media to your devices, etc. Resume assistance is also available by appointment only. Walk-in workshops and private appointment tutoring will focus on your personal needs. Please be prepared to take notes and bring your own flash drive if you need help creating a document or template.