On May 25, the Rensselaerville Library Board of Trustees approved a COVID-19 Continuation of Service (COS) Plan in anticipation of the phased-in reopening of the Rensselaerville Library.

The COS Plan consists of multiple levels of library operations and service to our patrons and community. At all times during each level, the fundamental driver for moving forward will be the health and safety of the library staff and members of the public based on Federal, State, and County recommendations and guidelines. 

On March 16, we entered Level 1 of the plan, closing the library building while continuing the highest level of library services possible. Those services included enhanced 24/7 wifi access, additional digital content providers and e-content, virtual programming, and expanded community outreach through social media and other digital formats.

As of May 26, we have entered Level 2 of the COS Plan. We are reintroducing staff to the building and orienting them to all-new safety protocols and procedures. The building and the collection are being cleaned and sanitized, and furnishings reorganized to provide for safe physical distancing.

On June 9, the library will enter Level 3 of the COS Plan during which time we will begin providing “Front Porch Services.”  The staff will be onsite Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to fill online, email, and phone orders for library materials and accept drop-off items for check-in. More details about Front Porch Services will be provided on our website and via social media and other digital outlets soon.

Level 3 will remain in effect until we determine it is safe to advance to Level 4 when slightly expanded library services will be available by appointment only. 

Each successive level will expand both hours of operations and library services until we reach Post-Pandemic Level 7. The plan is gradual and flexible, allowing us to move forward, or backward, through the plan as health and safety guidelines dictate. The plan may be amended as needed, but any changes will first and foremost be guided by the health and safety needs of our staff, patrons, and community. During all levels, masks will be required on the library premises until determined otherwise by the library based on federal, state and county health and safety guidelines. 

Hard copies of the full plan are available in the enclosed bulletin board on the front porch of the library. It can also be downloaded at our website at www.rensselaervillelibrary.org. Any questions should be directed to Heidi Carle, Library Director, by email at director@rensselaervillelibrary.org.

Join Miss Judy for Story Time at the Rensselaerville Library on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. On Oct. 31, the kids will hear “The Ugly Pumpkin” by David Horowitz and do an art activity called Halloween at The Library.

Teen Program

Teens join Miss Judy to identify and design programs that are of interest to you. Share your expertise and ideas for Science, Technology, Art, Music, Engineering, Math, Writing, Book Club, Community Service and so much more. Teen Club will meet on Thursdays at 5 p.m.

Light Pollution 

On Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.join us for  Better Light, Better Night with lighting expert David Stankavich from Helderberg Earth and Sky Observatory Science Center. He will discuss light pollution and how best to preserve dark skies.

Census Information

On Oct. 26 at noon learn more in Census 101, Why is it essential to be counted? Robert Scardamalia from the Partnership Specialist with the NY Regional Census Center will share more information about the 2020 Census.

Farewell Party

On Oct. 26 from 2 to 6 p.m.  join us for a Drop-In Farewell Party.  Come wish a fond farewell to Kim as she gets ready to depart for the Community Library in Cobleskill! Light food and drinks will be served.

More information on our programs can be found at www.RensselaervilleLibrary.org.

Poets, bring your poems to the Rensselaerville Library and receive feedback from fellow poets or just come to share your words on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. 

Story time

Join Miss Judy for Story Time on Thursday mornings at 10:30. Oct. 10, we’ll hear “ Turning Pages: My Life Story,” written by Sonia Sotomayor and illustrated by Lulu Delacre, followed by an art activity.

On Oct. 17, we’ll read “Piñata Party” by Susan Ring. We’ll have an art activity and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at our Library Piñata Party. The kids have been creating their own piñata.

Teen Club

Teens join Miss Judy to identify and design programs that are of interest to you. Share your expertise and ideas for Science, Technology, Art, Music, Engineering, Math, Writing, Book Club, Community Service, and so much more. Teen Club will meet on Thursdays at 5 p.m. 

Writing Group

Writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome on Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. to join the Writing Group.

More info

More information on our programs can be found at www.RensselaervilleLibrary.org.

The Sept. 12 Story Time with Miss Judy at the Rensselaerville Library, starting at 10:30 a.m., will feature “Danny and the Dinosaur” by Syd Hoff. The author’s birthday is Sept. 4. For the art activity, kids will make a batch of the best homemade playdough and create some dinosaurs! National Play-Doh Day is Sept. 16.

Writing Group

On Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome to join the writing group.

Family STEAM

On Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. join Miss Judy for the FAMILY STEAM program. Part 2: Get creative about science, artfully collage a think out of the box Bulletin Board.

Then on Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m. join Miss Judy for FAMILY STEAM program Activity: Part 1- National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: Let’s make a Paper-Mache Piñata 

Trustees meet

On Sept, 17 at 7 p.m. the Library Board of Trustees will hold their annual meeting and the regular monthly meeting will follow the meeting will be held on the lower level.

Storytime

On Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m. join us for Storytime with Miss Judy: Hooray! A piñata by Elisa Kleven Activity: Part 1- National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: Let’s make a Paper-Mache Piñata. 

Living Room Conversations

On Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. join us for the first Living Room Conversations. A Living Room Conversation is a simple way to heal divides. It is a conversational model developed by dialogue experts in order to facilitate connection between people despite their differences and identify areas of common ground and shared concerns. This program is a follow up to the July American Creed program held at the Carey Institute. Whether you’ve seen the film or not, all are invited to join the conversation. You can visit the website to view the film. Additional Resources for the Program can be found at: www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/american-creed.html

More information on our programs can be found at www.RensselaervilleLibrary.org.

— Photo by Amy Lauterbach Pokorny

Maple-syrup-processing equipment, viewed from the loft at Bittersweet Maple in Berne, was part of last year’s “Discover the Hilltowns” self-guided driving tour. The Rensselaerville Library is a stop on this year’s tour, and printed maps of the stops are available at the libraries in Berne, Westerlo, Altamont, Voorheesville, and Bethlehem. The tour runs on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Friday, Aug, 30, a youth STEAM (science, technology,engineering, art, math) program will be held at the Rensselaerville Library at 3:30 p.m. Participants will paint a mural-themed night sky filled with constellations.

Summer Reading Program

The summer reading program will come to an end on Saturday, Aug.31. Make sure you have recorded your books and pick up your prizes. The final raffle drawings will be held that day.

Lawn Party

On Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. the library will host the annual Lawn Party fundraiser at 1440 County Route 351, Rensselaerville. Tickets are $20 at the gate and include food and a drink ticket. Music will be provided by Joe Frisino and Emileigh Tanner.

Story time

Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m. enjoy storytime with Miss Judy and “My Footprints” by Bao Phi, illustrated by Basia Tran (Author’s birthday: September 1) and the art activity will be Let’s Make Slime.

Family STEAM

On Sept. 6 at 3:30 p.m.  join the Family STEAM program and get creative about science, artfully collage a Think-Out-of-the-Box Bulletin Board!

Hilltown tour

Sept. 7 Discover the Hilltowns Tour, a self-guided driving tour of the Hilltowns where the library will be a stop. To obtain more information and download a copy of the map visit http://www.hilltowns.org/discover-the-hilltowns-tour.html

More information on our programs can be found at www.RensselaervilleLibrary.org

On Aug. 24 at noon, author John Gordon II will read from his new book, “Liberty’s Flight.” The book is a fictional tale based on historical events providing the reader with period authenticity.

Historical events and personages include Culloden, Lord Glenbucket, Big John Chattan, the wild geese, colonial America, slavery, Ben Franklin, The Albany Plan, the Grand Council of the Iroquois Confederacy, Sir William Johnson, and others. John will have books for purchase, and he will be happy to sign your copy.

Poetry Group

On Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. join the Poetry Group: Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.

Book discussion

On Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. join author and former resident of Rensselaerville Kirsten DeLeo for a special evening to celebrate her new book “Present Through The End: A Caring Companion’s Guide to Caring for the Dying!” Inspired by decades of experience caring for dying people and teaching, Kirsten will share stories and practical tools to help us be present even when we feel utterly helpless and respond to the dying person's needs and concerns. Kirsten will have books available for purchase and signing.

Lawn Party

On Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. the library will host the annual Lawn Party fundraiser at 1440 County Route 351, Rensselaerville. Tickets are $20 at the gate and include food and a drink ticket. We do appreciate guests bringing a dish to share.

Children’s programs

Children’s programs scheduled with Miss Judy will include Story Time and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). The upcoming programs are on Thursday Aug. 22 Vincent Can’t Sleep: “Vincent Paints The Night Sky” by Barb Rosenstock themed story time followed by the art activity Starry Night Sky Paintings inspired by Van Gogh. The art activity will be repeated on Friday Aug. 23 at 3:30 p.m. This week’s story time is on Tuesday Aug. 27 with Constellations by F S Kim and the art activity will be paint a mural-themed night sky filled with constellations. The art activity will be repeated on Friday Aug. 30 at 3:30 p.m.

Summer Reading

The summer reading program will come to an end on Saturday, Aug. 31. Make sure you have recorded your books and pick up your prizes.The final raffle drawings will be held that day.

More information on our programs can be found at www.RensselaervilleLibrary.org

Still looking for something to do over summer break? The Rensselaerville Library has museum passes to The Clark, The Old Stone Fort Museum, The Albany History and Art Museum, The Iroquois Museum, The Slater and miSci. We also have fishing poles to borrow.

Story Time

Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Miss Judy will host a drop in Universe of Stories themed Story Time followed by a STEAM activity. If you miss the STEAM program on Thursday mornings join us on Fridays for Family STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) themed programs at 3:30 p.m.

The upcoming programs are on Aug. 8 Story Time: “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen followed by a STEAM activity: Blast Off Collage — make a space scene with a rocket flying through it! The STEAM activity is repeated on Friday August 9 during the Family STEAM Activity:  Blast Off Collage- make a space scene with a rocket flying through it!

On Thursday Aug. 15 Story Time: “Many Moons” by Remi Courgeon followed by an art activity: Apollo 11 Moon Landing-Create the surface of the moon in a 3-D painting and on Aug. 16 the Family STEAM Activity: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Create the surface of the moon in a 3-D painting

More information on our programs can be found at www.RensselaervilleLibrary.org

The Rensselaerville writing group will meet on Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Rensselaerville Library.

Writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome. Come put pen to paper in a “free-write” or responding to a prompt and be surprised, amused, and even inspired by what you and others at the monthly session come up with.

Lessard reads from her new book

Saturday, Aug. 10, at noon author Suzannah Lessard will read from her new book, “The Absent Hand: Reimagining Our American Landscape.”

Her new book is an exploration of the meaning of place in our new era: the digital era, the era of climate change, the era of global finance combined with intense nationalism.

This is a literary book yet also deeply reported, is personal and yet focused on what we share. The intention is to reimagine our environment as a pathway to political reinvention.

Rensselaerville, where much of this book was written, has a starring role. Lessard will have books to purchase and sign.

Poets meet

Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m., the Rensselaerville Poetry Group will meet. Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.

Story time

Thursday mornings at 10:30, Miss Judy will host a drop-in Universe of Stories-themed story time.  Family STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs are held on Friday afternoons at 3 p.m.

More information on our programs may be found at www.RensselaervilleLibrary.org.

— Photo from Kimberly Graff Zimmer

Paul Grondahl leads a discussion following the screening of “American Creed,” sponsored in part by the Rensselaerville Library on July 28.

On July 28, Paul Grondahl, director of the New York State Writers Institute, moderated a discussion after the free screening of “American Creed,” a documentary examining the values and beliefs that hold Americans together.

Over 55 people came to the program. The event was made possible by support from Citizen Film, the NYS Writers Institute, the Carey Institute for Global Good, and WMHT. 

Parade and Block Party

On Aug. 3 the annual Parade and Block Party fundraiser for the library and Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department will take place on Main Street in Rensselaerville. A pig roast, buffet, live music, bounce house, face painter, ice cream, raffles and more.  Tickets are on sale at https://www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/block-party.html.

Writing Group

The Rensselaerville writing group will meet on Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. Writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome. Come put pen to paper in a "free-write" or responding to a prompt and be surprised, amused and even inspired by what you and others at the monthly session come up with.

Story Time

Thursday mornings at 10:30 s.m. Miss Judy will host a drop in Universe of Stories themed story time.  Then family STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) themed programs on Friday afternoons at 3 p.m.

More information on our programs can be found at www.RensselaervilleLibrary.org.

On July 27 at noon, author Darryl McGrath will be at the Rensselaerville Library to discuss her new book, “I’ll Be Home: The Writings of Jim McGrath.”

Jim McGrath was chief editorial writer for the Albany Times Union. His editorials and commentaries charted many of the most critical issues in New York and the country: the death penalty, civil liberties, historic presidential campaigns, the economy, terrorism and more.

The book is both a tribute to a memorable newspaperman and an insider’s perspective on politics and life through the lens of an editorial writer, a position that Jim described as “a great seat at a really weird show.”

“American Creed”

On July 28 at 4 p.m. there will be a free Screening of “American Creed.” a documentary examining the values and beliefs that hold Americans together, followed by a Community Conversation, facilitated by Paul Grondahl, Director of the New York State Writers Institute.

The idea for this film grew out of conversations between two Stanford University professors, political scientist and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy.

Kennedy was drawn to history in large part to determine whether the United State has a “national character,” and if so, what defines it and how it changes over time. This program is an outgrowth of these enduring questions locally.

The screening will be followed by community conversations and refreshments. This free event is provided by Citizen Film, the Rensselaerville Library, the Carey Institute for Global Good, and WMHT. This event will be at the Carey Institute Guggenheim Pavilion.

“Path to Discovery”

Research the “Path to Discovery” with Dr. Joseph Heyman on July 30 at 6:30 p.m.

How did we get here — flying around the world, landing on Mars, man on the moon, driving cars at 65 miles per hour, watching TV, living healthy, searching the web?

It all came from research, perhaps the most exciting lifework one can have! In this discussion, we explore the past and how research is the path to discovering new and exciting futures.

Dr. Heyman will share stories from his 37 years at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. There are some OTU’s (Out of This Universe) from his career that you may find amazing. He will share stories about solar wind, hiring an astronaut, the Space Shuttle, the Viking Lander on Mars, aircraft, wind tunnels and heart-lung machines.

Block Party

Tickets are now on sale for the Aug. 3 annual Block Party fundraiser for the library and the volunteer fire department at https://www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/block-party.html.

More information on our programs may be found at www.RensselaervilleLibrary.org.

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