This year, The Rensselaerville Library’s 10th Annual Celebration of National Poetry Month is dedicated to the memory of poet Galway Kinnell, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and author of more than two dozen volumes of poetry, as well as numerous translations.
He is recognized for a body of work that “pushed deep into the heart of human experience,” according to his “New York Times” obituary. In 2010 and 2012, he honored our village with readings at Conkling Hall.
Community online poem
Join Rensselaerville poets Tom Corrado and Linda Miller, as well as your neighbors and friends in a Community Poem. Add a line to the virtual poem at www.rlcpp.blogspot.com.
Then come to our Favorite Poem Project on Sunday, April 26, from 2 to 4 p.m., to hear it read aloud and you will receive a copy.
Favorite Poem Project
Dedicated to the Memory of Poet Galway Kinnell (1927-2014), on Sunday, April 26, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Conkling Hall, join us for an afternoon of poetry, good company, and refreshments. It will be emceed by Claire North.
This event will open with readings of Kinnell’s work, followed by your readings of your favorite poem or an original poem. Of course, you can just sit back and enjoy an afternoon of poetry.
Can you remember a poem you loved as a child? A poem taught in school, sent to you by a friend or lover, or read in a book? Are you a poet with an original poem to share?
Or would you simply enjoy the pleasure of getting to know your neighbors in new ways as they read aloud their favorite and/or original poems?
If your response is yes to any of these questions, please join our Favorite Poem Project. Refreshments will be served.
On Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m., join us for The Big Poetry Roundup: Cowboy/girl Poetry at The Palmer House Café .
Western poems and ballads were collected by our favorite cowgirl Janet Botaish, and by audience volunteers like you. Come enjoy heritage poetry and music inspired by a life herding cattle and spending long nights under the stars around a campfire.
Free program begins when Cowgirl Janet will bring on the poems and range tunes from local musicians. Make an evening of it: The chuck wagon dinner menu created by Palmer House chef, Micah Kuhar, starts at 5:30 p.m. There is a cash bar all evening. Coffee is compliments of the library. For dinner reservations call 797 3449 or e-mail us at palmerhousecafe.com.
Savvy Social Security
On Tuesday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m., join us for social security information. Please Register.
On Friday, May 15, we will have story time with Linda Styer. There is pizza at 5:30 p.m., and stories and crafts at 6 p.m. This month’s theme is dance.
On Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., we have our book sale. Gently used books can be dropped off the week prior.
The library’s board of trustees will meet on Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m.
Story time is back at the Rensselaerville Library, starting on Friday, Feb. 20, at 5:30 p.m., with an art theme.
One On One
Would you like one on one computer or technology help with setting up an e-mail account, word processing, Facebook, Overdrive, E readers, job searching sites and more? Kim is offering individual sessions in the library to help get you started with almost any common everyday computer and Internet questions. Appointments are required, please visit or call the library at 797-3949.
Are you remodeling, reorganizing, or purchasing new technology? Consider donating to the library, we are looking for the following items: a coat rack, counter height table, large outdoor style rug, children’s educational toys, any version of Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad, or tablets.
Thank you for all of the generous contributions from financial support to toys for the children’s play area.
The library invites you to join its small, informal, and supportive writing group. Writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome. We currently have a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry writers. You will always have time to write during our two-hour session, and you will never be forced to share anything. If you have works-in-progress or would just like to put pen to paper, the library’s writing group will give you the time and support you need.
If you have any questions, you can call Linda Miller at 936-4402. We meet on Thursdays at 7 p.m.
The following are the dates of our meetings: Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10.
The library has a new Poetry Group that is organized by Tom Corrado. The group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Bring your poem and receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words. For more information please contact Tom at email@example.com.
The following are the dates of our meetings: Feb. 10 and 24, March 10 and 24, April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26, June 9 and 23, July 14 and 28, Aug. 14 and 25, Sept. 8 and 22, Oct. 13 and 27, Nov. 10 and 24, and Dec. 8 and 22
The library is open the following hours:
— Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 4 to 9 p.m.;
— Thursday and Friday, from 4 to 9 p.m.;
— Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and
— Sunday and Monday the library is closed.
The library’s board of trustees consists of 11 dedicated members that meet at the library on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.
The town of Rensselaerville’s library is the heart of our community. This unique resource serves as a focal point of contact in this rural area, providing intellectual and social enhancements that enrich the quality of life for children and adults alike. Besides providing traditional library services, the library is often the catalyst of other activities, workshops, lectures, and fund-raisers that keep alive the spirit of volunteerism and total community involvement.
The library’s mission
The library works to preserve a comfortable historical gathering place that is open, free, and inviting to all of the residents of the five hamlets and environs. We strive to awaken and promote a life-long love of reading and learning by fostering personal connections, and providing access to a stimulating variety of texts, technology, and programming.
Saturday, Feb. 7, is Take Your Child to the Library Day. Visit the Rensselaerville Library and see our children’s play area and check out what resources are available for children.
Story time is back starting on Friday, Feb. 20, at 5:30 p.m., with an art theme.
The library’s writing group will meet on Thursday, Febr. 12, at 7 p.m. This informal and supportive writing group is designed for writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities. Participants have time to write and share works in progress, and receive the support needed. If you have questions please call Linda Miller at 936-4402.
The library’s poetry group will be meeting on Tuesdays, Feb. 10 and 24, at 7 p.m. If you have questions please contact Tom Corrado at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library’s board of trustees meeting is on Monday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.
The Rensselaerville Library’s writing group will meet on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. This informal and supportive writing group is designed for writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities. Participants have time to write and share works in progress and receive the support needed. If you have questions please call Linda Miller at 936-4402.
The library’s poetry group will be meeting on Tuesdays, Jan. 13 and 27, at 7 p.m. If you have questions please contact Tom Corrado at email@example.com.
The library’s board of trustees meeting is on Monday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.
The library’s website has been redesigned. Come visit www.rensselaervillelibrary.org. We also have a Facebook page.
On Saturday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m., the Rensselaerville Library will be hosting the Annual Lawn Party fund-raiser, at the Palmer House Café Courtyard (New Location). Tickets are $20 and available at the door. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share.
Do you have overdue Rensselaerville Library books, audiobooks, movies, magazines? Starting Aug. 26 through Sept. 2 is fine amnesty. So dig through the closets, book bags and drawers, search the bookcases, and family car, and recover those library items. Fine amnesty does not apply to damaged or lost items.
The library’s annual meeting is on Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. The regular board meeting to follow.
The library will be participating in the Discover the Hilltowns – Farm and Artisans Tours on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a used book sale. If you have books to donate please bring them to the library during operating hours by Sept. 12.
Sign up month
Getting ready for back to school? We know every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Rensselaerville Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.
Going Fishing? Stop into the library and check out a fishing rod. The library has five rods to loan. Just remember if you are over 16 you need a fresh water-fishing license. The program is made possible with assistance from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The library has museum passes to the Clark and a 50 percent discount pass to the Adirondack Museum.
The library’s website has been redesigned. Come visit www.rensselaervillelibrary.org.
The library’s poetry group will resume meeting on Sept. 9 and 23, at 7 p.m. If you have questions please contact Tom Corrado at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library’s writing group will resume meeting on Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. This informal and supportive writing group is designed for writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities. Participants have time to write, share works in progress, and receive the support needed. If you have questions please call Linda Miller at 936-4402.