— Photo from Kimberly Graff Zimmer

Ron Barnell, from the Helderberg Earth & Sky Observatory Science Center presents Kim Zimmer, the director of the Rensselaerville Library, with Alan Shepard’s “Moon Shot” book. The book was given to the library in commemoration of the Apollo 11 anniversary signed by the members of the Helderberg Earth & Sky Observatory Science Center after the “Chasing the Moon” PBS program held at the Carey Institute for Global Good on June 27.

On Tuesday, April 23, learn about Lyme disease with author Mary Beth Pfeiffer at the Rensselaerville Library.

The growing threat of Lyme disease will be the subject of an informational event with Pfeiffer, an investigative journalist and author of a new book on the tick-borne illness. In her book, “Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change,” Pfeiffer documents the spread of Lyme disease around the globe as ticks move to places they could not survive before.

The disease infects half-a-million people in the United States and Europe each year and thousands in many other countries. Pfeiffer will discuss how modern medicine has underestimated the epidemic’s danger by framing Lyme disease, mistakenly, as easy to diagnose and straightforward to treat.

Pfeiffer's reporting, which is based on scores of interviews and a review of more than 300 scientific papers, won her the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award, among seven honors for her articles on Lyme disease.

This program is funded with support from the Library Moon Walk program.

Come start a new chapter with us! This month, starting on April 2, the Rensselaerville Library adjusted hours and went fine free.

The library has adopted a fine-free policy for late items. Borrowers will still be responsible for fees for lost and damaged items. This new policy applies to library cards used at Rensselaerville Library. If you use your Rensselaerville Library card at other libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System, you will be responsible for that library’s lending rules.

Like other libraries across the country, we are eliminating fines to decrease barriers and increase access to resources for our community. By going fine-free, we are ensuring that libraries are for everyone, resulting in a strong community.

New library hours also started on April 2.

The board of trustees and staff have been reviewing building use and surveying community members about the library’s hours. As a result, we are adjusting hours to meet the needs of the community.

The Rensselaerville Library will still be open 30 hours per week but we are closing earlier so we can increase morning hours on Tuesday and Wednesday and add morning hours to Thursday. The new hours, for each day of the week are:

— Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 8 p.m.;

— Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.;

— Thursday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 8 p.m.;

— Friday: 3 to 7 p.m.;

— Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;

— Sunday: Closed; and

— Monday: Closed.

We anticipate these changes will open new doors for our community, offering the resources they need during the hours that work best for them. We hope that patrons who considered their “late fees” as donations to the library will continue to do so.

On Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Berne, Middleburgh, and Rensselaerville libraries will host a community health fair at Conkling Hall in Rensselaerville.

The Spring Into Health event will include vendors and workshops and is free and open to the public. More details on the event can be found at www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/health-literacy.html. Conkling Hall is located at 8 Methodist Hill Road in Rensselaerville.

How to have a healthy brain

On Tuesday, March 26, at 3 p.m., at the Rensselaerville Library, the Alzheimer’s Association will provide the program, Healthy Living for Your Brain. At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health.

These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline. The workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habitats that are associated with healthy aging: cognitive activity; physical health, and exercise; diet and nutrition; and social engagement.

Please register for this program by contacting Victor Coles at 518-867-4999, ext. 200 or by email at . The Rensselaerville Library is located at 1459 County Route 351 in Rensselaerville.

Paula Chaffee Scardamalia will read from her new book, “In the Land of Vultures,” at the Rensselaerville Library on Saturday, March 16, at noon.

Local author Paula Chaffee Scardamalia will read at the Rensselaerville Library on Saturday, March 16, at noon.

She will read from her new book, “In the Land of Vultures.”

The book tells the story of Samara, priestess to the Goddess of Death, who has given up dreams of love and children — until she is rescued from the desert by a man who compels her to lie about what she is.

Paula will have copies of the book for purchase and signing.

Paula is book coach, dream and tarot intuitive, and the author of fiction and nonfiction. She wrote “Tarot for the Fiction Writer,” printed by Schiffer Publishing this year.

For 20 years, Paula has presented workshops across the country at: national and regional Romance Writers of America conferences and meetings; the San Diego University Writers Conference; and the International Women's Writing Guild.

Paula publishes a weekly e-newsletter on writing, creativity, dreams, and tarot. She was dream consultant for People Country Magazine, and is the award-winning author of Weaving a Woman’s Life.

Ayurveda 101 with Emileigh Tanner on Friday, July 13 at 7 p.m. at the library.

Ayurveda, literally translating to the science of life and living, is a time-honored health and healing system providing tools to balance one's mind, body, soul and spirit through simple dietary and lifestyle approaches. Ever wonder how you can attain health and well being while being fully self-empowered and living in accordance to nature? In this hour-long discussion, we will unveil the mystery of this ancient medical system and learn the basics to start living a life of balance.
Emileigh Tanner will discuss: Five Element Theory and how the elements manifest in the body; the three doshas, or biological mind-body constitutions; how to identify imbalance in the body and mind; and simple techniques to manage and avoid imbalance to promote maximum health, mental acuity and longevity.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

A gift from the Library of Congress: Congressman Paul Tonko, second from left, presented 30 books on Tuesday morning to the Rensselaerville Library. On hand for the occasion were, from left, Supervisor Steve Pfleging, Tonko, library Director Kimberly Graff, library Trustee John Gordon, Councilman Jason Rauf, and Assistant Treasurer Tom White.

The Rensselaerville Ramble: Trail Run and Walk is planned for Saturday, June 17. The Ramble is a fundraiser for the Huyck Preserve and the library. Registration is open and increases after June 7.

Museums

The Library has a number of Museum Passes this year. Borrow the USS Slater Family Pass to tour the USS Slater berthed on the Hudson River in Albany. The American Legion Clarke White Post #589 provided the support to obtain the pass. We also have the Clark, The Old Stone Fort Museum in Schoharie and the Albany Institute of History and Art in Albany. Museum passes are available to check out with your Library card for seven days.

Summer hours

During the months of May and June the Library will be increasing our hours. In addition to our morning hours on Tuesday and Wednesday we will be opening at 3:00pm in the evening. We hope that by opening early students will have more access to the resources they need.

Movie night

Movie Night on Thursday, June 15 and 29 at 6:30pm. Please visit the web site for more details. http://www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/movies.html

Trustees meet

The Library monthly Board of Trustees Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm. Board meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of every month except when noted. All Board meetings are held at the Library in the downstairs meeting room and are open to the public.

Get that interview

On June 28 at 7 p.m.: “How Not to Blow Your Interview.” Join us for an interactive discussion on what to do before, during, and after the interview. Participants will realize there are actually eight types of interviews and nine non-verbal interview skills. Come learn about the 13 toughest interview questions. Presented by Dr. Tom Denham of Careers in Transition.

Registration is Required for the workshop. These programs are supported by funds from the New York State Library's Adult Literacy Library Services Program, in partnership with the Capital Region Workforce Development Board and NYSED's ACCES-VR.

Thank yous

Thank you for supporting the Library budget increase and the Book Sale and annual Cocktail Party fundraisers this month.

Thank you to everyone for making our Annual Library Cocktail Party fundraiser a success. Special thanks to the Carey Center for Global Good for the hospitality, Jeff and Paul of Medusa Moonshine for the music and everyone who attended and shared an appetizer or dessert.

Youth Programs

Summer Reading Program sign up and activities begin on Saturday, June 17, and will go through Saturday, Aug. 5.

As part of the Rensselaerville Ramble Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, June 17 at 10:15 a.m. there will be a children’s program followed by the free 600 meter Wood Duck Dash at 11 a.m.

Saturday, July 1, children will have the opportunity to visit and read with a local Therapy Dog. A good reader takes practice and reading to a therapy dog provides children with a non-judgmental, comforting, furry friend who is attentive to their reading.

Rhymin’ Richie at Conkling Hall on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Kids will work with Richie Phillips to brainstorm, write, practice and record a song which reinforces positive character traits. Richie Phillips is a veteran radio personality and state certified educator.

 

The Rensselaerville Library is celebrating National Poetry month in April. Once again we will have a Today’s Poem featured on our website throughout the month.

Last year, the Rensselaerville Library’s Poem-A-Day Project netted 1,250 pageviews. Again this year, in celebration of National Poetry Month 2017, the library will feature one poem by a local or not-so-local poet each day for the 30 days of April.

After the poem features, it will remain online for the rest of the month. Visit the library’s web site throughout the month to view a new poem each day.

The Poetry Month Schedule of events at Conkling Hall includes:

— The Favorite Poem Project on Sunday, April 2 from 2 to 4 p.m.: What’s your favorite poem? Come read it at the 12th Annual Favorite Poem Project. People of all ages are invited to participate in this Rensselaerville tradition of celebrating Poetry Month. Or just come listen as your friends and neighbors share poems they love.

Join in an afternoon of poetry, good company, and refreshments, emceed by Claire North. Readers may sign up at Conkling Hall beginning at 1:45 p.m. Communities around the country hold Favorite Poem readings as part of the Favorite Poem Project begun by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky in 1997; and

— Conkling Café Open Mic on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.: Conkling Café and the Library are collaborating during poetry month so bring your poems, sonnets, haikus and lyrics to share. All musical genres, spoken word, and performance art are welcome. Equipment is provided.

Come participate watch and listen to what your friends and neighbors are creating. Sign up at 7pm to perform. Open Mic is free with donations accepted. Open Mic is a monthly event and all ages welcome.

Alzheimer's Disease education program

April 6, 2017 at 6pm. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia, it's time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more. An education program by the Alzheimer's association. Please Register for this program. We need at least five participants.

Eat Smart for Brain Health

On Tuesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. join us for a program provided by Karen Roberts Mort of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County. Emerging research shows that what you eat impacts the health of your brain. This presentation will highlight dietary and other health suggestions that are now thought to decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Past participants have found this helpful whether their concern was prevention or in helping to slow the progression in family members. Please register. We need at leasfive registered participants.

Movies

Movies Night on Friday, April 14 and Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m.We will also have a movie on Wednesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. Please visit the website for more details. http://www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/movies.html

Job workshops

Find a job now! Over the next few months we will have a series of workshops to support those looking for a new job or for someone wanting to brush up on their skills.

On Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. join us for  Skype for Job Interviews and Beyond. Learn how to set yourself up for successful Skype interviews. Learn and practice the basics of Skype, and get tips for making the long distance interview go as smoothly as possible. Presented by Sarah McFadden of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County.

Dealing with difficult coworkers

On Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. the library presents Dealing with Difficult Coworkers You got the job, now how do you navigate the personalities in the workplace? It's easy to work with those who are easy to get along with. But how do you treat a difficult person, someone you don't understand or can't relate to? Learn strategies to deal with them and make conflict productive. Presented by Evelyn Neale of Colonie Town Library and Milestones.

Interviewing

On Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. come join us for  How Not to Blow Your Interview. Join us for an interactive discussion on what to do before, during, and after the interview. Participants will realize there are actually eight types of interviews and nine non-verbal interview skills. Come learn about the 13 toughest interview questions. Presented by Dr. Tom Denham of Careers in Transition.

Registration is required for each workshop. These programs are supported by funds from the New York State Library's Adult Literacy Library Services Program, in partnership with the Capital Region Workforce Development Board and NYSED's ACCES-VR.

Youth programs

Tuesdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. join us for a multi-level Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math program aimed at a variety of ages. The group/parents will select the next week’s topic at the end of each session — the goal is to address the educational needs of children in our community by integrating the disciplines and stimulating young minds.

Story time

StoryTime with Movement & Music – Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., stories, music and movement activities for parents/caregivers and children. This program is designed as an early literacy program aimed at developing and reinforcing the skills that children need to be successful learners. Parents and caregivers this program also provides the opportunity to develop a local social support group.

Craft

Kids stop in and check out the craft table downstairs and discover crafts to work on your own.

Activities

Tween and Teens STEAM activities on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. with a different program each Wednesday of the month.

— On April 5,  Coloring a great way to relax and give your creativity a boost;

— On April 12, Writer's Workshop — Like to write? Spend time working on your stories;

— On April 19, Makey Makey Kits - Invent things with a circuit board, alligator clips, and everyday objects; and

— On April 26, the project is yet to be announced.

Help

Homework Help on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Please see Lee Ackerman-Sawyer or email .

Board meets

The library monthly board of trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Board meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of every month except when noted. All Board meetings are held at the library in the downstairs meeting room and are open to the public.

Writing group

The Writing Group meets on the second Thursday of the month. On April 13 the group will meet at 7 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room. Come share your work, receive feedback and spend time working on your own project.

Poetry group

Poetry Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., April 11 and 25. Come share your work, receive feedback and spend time working on your own project. The poetry group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month downstairs in the library.

We have a fantastic opportunity for kids to come into the Rensselaerville Library during the February school break and use robots to learn how to code. The equipment can be used by all ages, preschool through teen.

The Upper Hudson Library System is providing KIBO, Cubetto, and Colby the programmable mouse for these special free programs. Here is the schedule:

— Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon explore coding and robotics; and

— Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. join storytime and Cubetto and from 6 to 8 p.m. explore Cubetto and robotics.  

Steam

On Tuesdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. enjoy a multi-level Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math program aimed at a variety of ages. The group/parents will select the next week’s topic at the end of each session - the goal is to address the educational needs of children in our community by integrating the disciplines and stimulating young minds.

Story time

Enjoy StoryTime with Movement & Music on Wednesdays, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., stories, music, and movement activities for parents/caregivers and children. This program is designed as an early literacy program aimed at developing and reinforcing the skills that children need to be successful learners. Parents and caregivers this program also provides the opportunity to develop a local social support group.

Homework help

On Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Lee Ackerman-Sawyer or email youth@rensselaervillelibrary.org for homework help.

Movie night

On Thursday, Feb. 23 enjoy movie night at 6:30 p.m. please Visit the website for more details at http://www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/movies.html.

Board meets

The library monthly board of trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Board meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of every month except when noted. All board meetings are held at the library in the downstairs meeting room and are open to the public.

Writing group

Due to the weather the writing group has rescheduled to Feb. 16 the group will meet at 7 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room. Come share your work, receive feedback and spend time working on your own project.

Poetry group

The poetry group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. both Feb. 14 and 28. Come share your work, receive feedback and spend time working on your own project. The poetry group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month downstairs in the library.

 

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