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Black History Month Events and Resources
Hudson Valley Ebony Strings Ensemble
Sunday, February 28
2 - 3:00 PM
All ages.
Celebrate African American History Month via a Zoom concert by the Hudson Valley Ebony Strings Ensemble. Led by violinist E'lissa Jones, the ensemble is comprised of students from middle and high school. They perform classical pieces, African American spirituals and original compositions by Ms. Jones.
E'lissa Jones is a beautiful singer, prolific songwriter, violinist, pianist, and guitarist. E'lissa has toured the world as a backup singer as well as solo. Throughout her career she has performed and toured with many legends and has recorded and released six albums,Ms. Jones has been named "Singer-Songwriter of the Year" and "Best Solo Artist in Orange County" by the Times-Herald Record.

Kanopy Movie Streaming Service
All you need is a library card!
Kanopy’s curated African American collections include Legacy in the Arts, African American Cinema, Race and Racism, Leaders, Activists and Politicians, African American Identity and more.

Overdrive E-books and E-audiobooks
Celebrate and discover Black authors.
Access here:
Using Overdrive is easy and we are here to help. Read and listen to books while making dinner, cleaning the house (yuk), taking a walk or when soaking in a hot bath. All you need is your library card.
Contact Nicole at for assistance.
Library Information
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.

Gardiner Library Virtual Board Meeting
Thursday, February 25 (rescheduled)
7 - 8:00 PM
Email Nicole at to join.

New York Library Advocacy Day
Friday, February 26 (submissions due by 2/26)
The New York Library Association is gathering stories and videos about how libraries have impacted your life.
Click here to share your story.
Click here to share a one minute video.
Tell your story in social media and use the hashtags #LibraryAdvocate and #LAD21
A Little Local History
A Local History Re-Photographic Project by Jack Murphy
For more information and pictures visit:
This view is looking east on Main Street from just past the corner of Arch Street, and was taken
circa 1910.
For Adults
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
Virtual YA Book Club with Carolyn
Monday, March 15
7 - 8 PM
For ages 13+
Meets the third Monday of the month

Contact Carolyn at for more information and the Zoom link.

The March book club book is All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.Those who attend will help to decide the next book.

Travel to China Curbside Kit
Ages 5 and up.
Email Nicole at to receive a number for reserving a kit.

Get your passport ready, we are heading to China! Make a paper lantern, a chopstick holder, a paper orange and fish to hang, and a dragon puppet. Play the Chinese game Pong Hau K'i. Map and flag to color included as well as a blank passport book with sticker (to reuse with future travel kits).

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.

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!
Gardiner's Virtual Library Resources
Check out all the resources here.
Below are a few to get you excited!
Rosetta Stone Language Learning
Access here:
Choose from over 30 languages. Core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening. Focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and more.
Mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce language on the go.

A series of college-level audio and video courses taught by distinguished and legendary instructors from Ivy League and other renowned schools and institutions. Hundreds of videos and lectures on subjects ranging from photography to physics, astronomy to art, history to health, and more.

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 Library 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.
Community Information and Resources
Lifetime Learning Institute (LLI) Spring 2021 Catalog and Registration Information
The LLI Spring 2021 Catalog and link to the Membership and Registration form are only available online at the LLI website.
To view catalog, go here:
To join and register, click on the How To Join link on the left, read the instructions, and click on the
Spring 2021 LLI Membership and Class Registration Form link after reading through the instructions. You will be scrolling to the bottom for the link.
If you have any questions, call and leave a message at 257-2892. A return call will be made as soon as possible.
Pandemic Resources

Librarians at the Phoenicia Library created this regularly updated google doc about how to get vaccinated in Ulster County.
This is a great resource to use and share with others.

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.
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.

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Gardiner, New York 12525