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Reopening the Gardiner Library: Stage Four
Expanded Hours:
Tuesdays 12 - 8 PM
Thursdays 12 - 8 PM
Fridays through Sundays 12 - 4 PM
- Holds on all items system-wide opens 9/22
- Laptops available to use in the community room by appointment or walk-in if available.
- Open to six patrons at a time for 20 minute blocks
- All essential services available in library or by curbside service
- Curbside assistance and pick-up window available for all services
- All items continue to be quarantined before reshelved
Contact Nicole at with any questions.

Be a Part of New York State's "The Great Give Back"
October 1 through October 17
Please bring your donations to the library
The Ulster County “Food Fight" is a food collection contest held in cooperation with eleven libraries throughout Ulster County. The “Food Fight” is part of the Great Give Back that is happening on October 17 throughout New York State.
The library that collects the highest average of food during this period wins the “Food Fight” and receives a winners’ certificate!
The common goal is to “spread food all over Ulster County” by filling up the shelves of local food pantries and to putting an end to hunger in our communities.

Help Us Expand Our Collection
and make our goal of $1,000!
As we move forward we would want to support students who do not have access to school libraries as well as everyone else looking for their next favorite read, audiobook or movie to watch; items you asked for in our survey.
If you would like to donate money to be used exclusively to purchase new books, movies and electronic content please go here. Any amount is very much appreciated.
Thank you for your continued support.

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.

Volunteer(s) Wanted
Contact Nicole at if interested.
Two people to help move boxes of books from shed to library, shelving from one room to another and ceiling tiles to a new location.
One or two people to help organize and display non-fiction used books inside the library.
For Adults
Outdoor Italian 'al fresco' Conversational Class with
Dr. Ornella Mazucca

5:30 - 6:30 PM
Class will meet on the back patio, weather permitting through October 21. Masks and social distancing required. Classes will meet via Zoom during inclement weather and after October 22.
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. She graduated from the University of Urbino, Italy, with a Doctorate in English, French and Italian. She later earned an MA in Spanish and Linguistics and a PhD in Spanish Literature from the University at Albany.

(Re)Writing your Life: Virtual Writing Workshop with
Betty Marton
3 part series meets 9/24, 10/1 and 10/8
7 - 8:30 PM
Cost: $15 per 90 minute session with a preferred commitment to all 3 sessions ($45 total)
Contact Nicole at to register and for
the Zoom link.
Join a small group of like-minded writers in creating short essays about your life based on your photographs. Writer, editor and memoirist Betty Marton, from In Your Own Words ( has developed a guide with questions designed to take you below the surface of familiar photos so you can develop compelling and detailed stories about your life.
Go here for more information.

Language of Flowers Outdoor Workshop
with Elissa Rinaldo

Saturday, September 26
1 - 2:30 PM
Class will meet at Majestic Park under the pavilion.
Masks must be worn at all times. Social distancing protocols will be followed.
Pre-registration by 9/22 is required.
Email Nicole an to register.
Cost: $30 ($50 if registering for workshop #1 and #2 on 10/3: Fall Flower Arranging)
Materials fee: $15 cash
Tussie Mussies are a Victorian tradition, also known as talking bouquets. "Tussie" refers to a knot of flowers and "mussie" refers to moss that was used to keep the stems moist. These delicate bouquets made of flowers and herbs were created to send their own special message.

Each person will create their own delicate bouquet with a special meaning. These can be dried afterward as a keepsake.

Gardiner Library Walking Club for Seniors
9 - 9:45 AM
Meet in the upper parking lot at the library
Want to get some fresh air, enjoy the fall foliage and meet new people, all while getting some exercise? Join the club!
Contact Nicole at for more information.

Fall Wreath Making: Outdoor Workshop with
Elissa Rinaldo

Saturday, October 3
10 - 11:30 AM
Class will meet at Majestic Park under the pavilion.
Masks must be worn at all times. Social distancing protocols will be followed.
Pre-registration by 9/28 is required.
Email Nicole an to register.
Cost: $30 ($50 if registering for workshop #1 on 9/26 too)
Materials fee: $20 cash
We will be each creating an autumn themed wreath, with a grapevine base. Natural , seasonal materials will be provided, along with a choice of ribbons to choose from if desired.
If you have scissors and hand pruners please bring them along.

Live Painting Demonstration with Izzy Cubito
Saturday, October 3
2 - 3:00 PM
Outside on back patio
: Social distancing and masks required.
All ages welcome.
"Let's Create a Painting" using a basic color palette. Izzy will explain color mixing, how a medium is used, and will demonstrate how to create movement in your paintings using various brush strokes.
Izzy Cubito is an American artist creating in oil, acrylics and mixed-media. An exhibit of Izzy's artwork is currently on display at the library through October 29.
Go here for more information.
For Teens
YA Book Club Virtual Meeting
Monday, September 21
7 - 8:00 PM
Ages 13+
Meets the third Monday of the month
Contact Carolyn at for more information and the Zoom link
September's pick is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Friendship, love, mystery and a twist you won't see coming. Join us to discuss We Were Liars by E.Lockhart. Those who attend will help to decide the next book.
For Kids
Virtual Bouncing Babies Sing & Play with Miss Amy
Tuesdays: September 29 - October 20, 2020
Ages 0-18 months
Registration required.
Email Amy at to register

Bouncing Babies Sing & Play is a reoccurring 4-week virtual series for parents/caregivers to bond with baby through song, movement and touch. We may read a simple board book aloud together, but no screen time for baby is needed.
Join Miss Amy once a week on Zoom to learn songs, finger plays, rhymes, bounces, tickles and lullabies to share with your baby.
You will receive a lyric sheet for each 4-week session with the songs we will sing together.

Virtual Story Times with Miss Amy
Contact Amy at for the
Zoom link and password.
Join Miss Amy for stories and songs via Zoom.
Terrific Toddlers (Ages 3 and under)
Tuesdays (beginning 9/29)
10 - 10:30 AM
Fantastic Fours and Fives
Thursdays (beginning 10/1)

10 - 10:30 AM

Up-Cycled Paper Jewelry Workshop (Outdoors)
Saturday, October 17
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Pre-register by 10/9 by emailing Nicole at Limited space available.
This event will be held under the pavilion at Majestic Park
(rain or shine).
Social distancing and masks will be required.

Learn about up-cycling unwanted things into new useful things. Holiday gift-wrapping paper is rolled, glued, and glazed into beautiful beads that can be worn as necklaces or bracelets. All craft supplies provided. Recommended for children 3rd grade and up and their families.

Organized by the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency.

Gardiner Library Storywalk®
Read a story while you walk up to the library! For the month of September we will display Lost by David McPhail along the sidewalk of the library's driveway for you and your child to enjoy.
The Storywalk Project was developed by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
Free Services
Free Virtual Tutoring with Leo Glaser
3:30 - 6:30 PM
Contact Nicole at for more information
and scheduling.
Sessions: 30-45 minutes, depending on student's needs

Free tutoring for students that need extra help and support in the areas of Reading and Writing:
- Understanding and completing class assignments
- Improving reading and writing strategies and skills
- Addressing whatever reading and writing issues the child may be challenged by
Leo Glaser practiced in a Southern Dutchess County School District as a School Social Worker for 9 years and as a 4th, 5th and 6th grade teacher for 24 years. Leo taught primarily English Language Arts and Social Studies. Leo recently retired after a 39 year career of working with children and their families.

Free Virtual Tutoring with Teen Advisory Board member Kristie Benel
Dates and times determined by needs of student and availability of tutor
30-45 minute sessions
Contact Nicole at to connect with Kristie.
Kristie is 16 years old and started attending SUNY Ulster as a nearly college student over a year ago. She tested into intermediate algebra on the college placement exam, and has taken classes in drawing, English,chemistry, and eastern religion and has a GPA of 4.0.

Virtual Librarian with Amy Cote
Wednesdays 4 - 8:00 PM
By phone at 845-663-1435 or on Zoom
Contact Amy at for Zoom link.
Want to find your next great read? Do you need to renew or order some books, movies or audiobooks from other libraries? Have questions about using and checking out e-books? Need a new library card?
Ask Amy!

Museum and Other Attractions Passes Available
Reserve in advance or stop by the library.
Loan period: 3 days
More information can be found here.
Passes available to:
Mohonk Preserve, Empire State Pass (Minnewaska and all New York State Parks, The Museum of Firefighting in Hudson and
The Motorcycle Museum in Newburgh)

Gardiner Library "Reimagined" Survey
This quick survey will help us determine what you want and need as we all move forward.
Please help us determine how best to serve you.
Thank you.

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