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Miles Eyler raises $1,000 for the Gardiner Library!
Eleven year old Miles participated in our read-a-thon, raising $1,000 to be used exclusively for youth programming. "We wanted to give the youth in our community a chance to combine their love of reading with an opportunity to make a difference locally. Miles not only spent time reading but also finding friends and family to sponsor his endeavor. The entire Gardiner Library staff is grateful for Miles' dedication to the library and our community." Nicole Lane

Valentine's Day Orchid Sale-Library Fundraiser
Potted, double-stem orchids.
Decorated in a cellophane bag with ribbon
and a blank card. Instructions for care included.
$25 each

Pick-up beginning February 6th.
Give a lasting Valentine's Day gift. Phalaenopsis orchids are easy to take care of and can last many years. All orchids are grown locally, from Taida Orchids. Contact Nicole at to reserve an orchid(s). Limited supplies.

COVID Vaccination Information and Updates

Click the link to receive updates about vaccine availability and eligibility, making an appointment and information about the vaccines. This is an important resource since information is changing all the time.

NY Project Hope: Coping with COVID
Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314
Free, confidential, and anonymous.
Through an emotional support helpline, educational materials, and trusted referrals, NY Project Hope helps people manage and cope with changes brought on by COVID-19. Project Hope Crisis Counselors understand what you are going through. Talk to someone who is trained, knowledgeable and never judges. Sometimes it helps to talk with someone you don’t know.

Library Hours and Services - Reminder
Tuesday and Thursday 12 - 8 PM
Friday through Sunday 12 - 4 PM

Full service pick-up window open at all times.
Limited number of patrons allowed to browse inside for 20 minutes.
Printing, photocopying and faxing available curbside or inside.
Laptops available for use in the community room.
Strict cleaning protocols in place. PPE available, required and in use at all times.

Used Book Shop
Come by and browse through our used books, audiobooks and movies on sale for all ages. Items are quarantined for at least 7 days. Browse items displayed inside and outside the library.
Support the library while spending some time looking for something fun to read or watch. It's a treasure hunt, you never know what you might find.
For Adults
College Admissions and Financial Aid Presentation with Liz Levine
Thursday, January 28
5:00 PM
Contact Nicole at to register and
receive the Zoom link.
Topics include the college search, the application process, the college essay, SAT vs. the ACT, how college choice will affect your bottom line, college sticker prices and what they really mean. See a real-life example of a family's financial aid picture and how this affects their decisions and final choice.

Elizabeth Levine owns Signature College Counseling in Central Valley, New York.
Coming February 11: Calculating your Expected Family Contribution and Navigating the SAT and ACT Landscape with Elizabeth Levine and Marc Hoberman

"Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Orphan Trains" Premier and Q&A by historian Michael Keene
Monday, February 1
11 - 12 PM

Contact Nicole at to register and to receive the YouTube link.

By the end of the Civil War, an estimated 30,000 homeless and orphaned children roamed the streets of New York City. In response to this crisis, the age of orphan asylums began, culminating in one of the most improbable and audacious episodes in American history. Called the Orphan Train Movement, it endeavored to save these children lost to the streets by heroes who fought for their liberation

Witness to History© Virtual Writing Class
with Carol Bergman

Monday, February 1
5 - 7 PM

Cost: $60
To register contact Nicole at for the Zoom link and instructions for payment.

Students will choose a reported event they have witnessed either first-hand or through the media. By the end of the workshop, each student will have the beginning of a viable draft which can then be amplified by primary source material, interviews, and revision. Beginners and seasoned writers are welcome.
Carol Bergman is a journalist whose articles, essays, and interviews have appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and Carol Bergman lives in New Paltz and teaches writing at New York University.

(Re)Writing Your Life: Bite-Sized Memoir with
Betty Marton

3 week series beginning Thursday, February 4
7 – 8:30 PM

Cost: $20 per class
Register by contacting Nicole at

Your photographs can be a window into your life’s story. Writer, editor and memoirist Betty Marton, of In Your Own Words (, offers a writing guide and structure that helps you go below the surface of familiar photos to explore the past from a present-day perspective and develop compelling and detailed stories about your life.
Session One: Getting Started
We’ll ease into the first photograph with the basics, answering questions from the guide in timed writing segments. After writing, we’ll share and get feedback from the other members of the group.
Session Two: Going Deeper 2/11
Session Three: Connecting the Past to the Present 2/18

Explore Wine, Expand Your Palate with Melanie Young
Class One: Champagnes and Sparkling Wines (in time for Valentine’s Day)
Wednesday, February 10
7 – 8 PM
Contact Nicole at to register.
Pre-register for 4 class series for $100 or per class at $30 each. Register at last one week in advance of class attending or by 1/27 for full series.
Attendees will receive a list of wines to purchase from local retailers or online as well as class notes.Students choose what they want to spend.
This introductory series is designed to expand your knowledge about wine, from grapes to glass. We’ll cover key terms you should know when selecting, tasting and serving wine and tips to pair different wines with different foods. We’ll source from local retailers (and online). Select what you wish to try and learn and taste in the comfort of your home at your convenience. Special care will betaken to include suggestions for women and minority run wineries.
Melanie Young is co-host of The Connected Table LIVE weekly radio show and The Connected Table SIPS podcasts and has worked more than 20 years in the wine and food industry. Her articles on wine have been published in Wine4Food and WineEnthusiast. She is a member of the Wine Media Guild and Les Damesd’Escoffier.
2/17: White: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Chenin
2/24: Red wines: Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah/Shiraz, Pinot Noir
3/3: Rosé wines and styles

Virtual Italian Conversational Class with
Dr. Ornella Mazucca

5:30 - 6:30 PM
Contact Nicole at for the Zoom link and password.
This weekly class is designed for people who have some knowledge of the Italian language and would like to improve their conversational skills.

Dr. Ornella Lepri Mazzuca is a native speaker of Italian and has been facilitating the conversational class at the Gardiner Library since 2016.
For Kids and Teens
Preschool Curbside Craft: Cork Boat
Please email Amy at to receive a number for reserving a kit. Supplies are limited.
Make a boat that really floats!

Winter Snow & Ice Embroidery (and more) Kit
Ages 8 and up.
Email Carolyn at to receive a number for reserving a kit. Supplies are limited.
Beat the winter doldrums, learn to embroider, and deck out your space with snowflake PAZAZZ! Lean to embroider snowflake window hangings, all supplies included. Plus, a standing snowman decoration, snowflake coloring sheets, ice cream in a bag recipe, and ice cream science projects.

Children's Surprise Book Bundles
Answer a few selected questions and Miss Amy will surprise you with three special books.
Get to know our (your) collection better!

Pen Pal Initiative
Go here for more information.
Join the Gardiner Library's Pen Pal Initiative where children can connect with friends, family and our community by putting pen to paper!
Writers can participate in three ways:
1. "Dear Librarian"....correspond with one of our librarians
2. Senior Connect - connect with a senior living in our community
3. Flat Stanley Club - receive a Flat Stanley Kit to decorate and send
Those participating in any of these pen pal programs will be eligible to receive monthly cardmaking kits.
Gardiner's Virtual Library Resources
Check out all the resources here.
Below are a few to get you excited!
Consumer Reports Magazine Online
Consumer Reports' flagship website and magazine publishes reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on reporting and results from its in-house testing laboratory and survey research center.

Social Justice and Anti-Racism Resources
To access resources go here:

Resources include books, videos, audiobooks, podcasts, television shows and more for parents, educators, adults, teens and children.
Suggestions are always welcome.

Kanopy and Kanopy Kids
Kanopy's excellent video streaming service provides quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films, classic cinema, independent films, children's programming and educational videos that inspire, enrich and entertain.
Free Services
BookMatch Reader's Advisory Service
Personalized reading recommendations.
Fill out our BookMatch survey and get a list of 8 books
within 7 days.

Our librarians will send you a personalized list of recommendations based on your responses to our
BookMatch survey.

Links to the library catalog included to place holds on items quickly and easily.
Let us help you find your next great read!

Free Virtual Tutoring with Leo Glaser and Kristie Benel
Go here for more information.
Available for first through sixth graders
- Extra help and support in the areas of reading,
writing and math
- Understanding and completing class assignments
- Improving reading and writing strategies and skills
- Homework assistance

Connect with a free expert tutor between 2 and 9 PM.
No appointments necessary.
Click here to access. provides on-demand tutoring, homework help, test preparation and writing assistance for students in grades K-Adult in over 60 subjects.
You can choose to use their drop-off reviews, practice quizzes, video lessons, and The Princeton Review© SAT©/ACT© Essentials for self-study 24/7.

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Gardiner Library
133 Farmer's Turnpike
Gardiner, New York 12525