By Pamela West-Finkle
So far, it’s been a rainy summer here in the Catskills, but being the kind of person who always tries to look on the bright side of life, I can definitely say that the rain has boosted business here at the library; and I haven’t had to go home and water my garden, so I’m not complaining.
Besides being busy with our usual influx of second homeowners, visitors, and part-timers, we have had lots going on. Each Wednesday in July we had our Solar workshops for kids, bringing 20-25 children to the library for our various programs and activities. Our Ice Cream Social in Ballantine Park was a wonderful success (in spite of a bit of rain), and the Annual Garden Tour took place on the 22nd, giving participants a peek at some beautiful vistas and views. We would like to thank Mary Davis for hosting and organizing the Ice Cream Social and all of the wonderful Andes residents who included their gardens on the tour.
On Wednesday, August 2nd, we will have a Fun in the Sun party for the area children from 11 to 12:30 and on Monday, August 21st we will be participating in the viewing of the Great American Eclipse from 1 to 4 pm. We have free NASA-approved solar viewing glasses available for pick up either prior to the event (if you’re one of those shadow hunters who plans to take a trip to the 100% eclipse zone) or on the day of the event.
Here in Andes, we expect to see a little over 75% of the eclipse and it will be visible for three hours. Please be sure you view the eclipse safely, using the solar glasses, a pinhole viewer, or a kitchen colander to project the image of the sun on paper. Regular sunglasses are not safe for solar eclipse viewing. The Kopernik Observatory showed us it is definitely not safe to view an eclipse through a regular telescope. He held up a pair of solar glasses to an unfiltered lens on his telescope and demonstrated that it took only two seconds to burn a hole right through the viewing glasses.
Our September movie will be Disney’s stunning 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson (Harry Potter), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Luke Evans (The Hobbit), Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad, Ian McKellen, and Kevin Kline. If you loved the cartoon version, this version brings the enchanted castle to life, adds a few gorgeous new songs, and is truly a hit for all ages. The movie will start at 7 pm on Thursday, September 14th.
Last, but certainly not least, Andes Community Day will be held on Saturday, August 12th this year. The Andes Library is sponsoring the Dancing in the Park, and we will be holding a HUGE book and DVD sale, as we are bursting at the seams with donations. You are welcome to stop by anytime to peruse the back storage room next to the kitchen, but on August 12th, our book sale will be held from 10 am to 2 pm. As always, suggested donation is hardbacks 3/$1 or 50¢ each, and paperbacks 5/$1 or 25¢ each. Movies are $1.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and thank you for making my first year here at the library a treasured experience!~