LIBRARY NOTES – January 2018

By Pamela West-Finkle

Happy New Year! Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, I know quite a few patrons excited to have some time to curl up, stay warm, and read some books—myself included! We have many of the best new books on the market and are always happy to include your suggestions.

Also, remember if we don’t have what you want we can often order it for you through the Four County Library System. If you want to browse at home, just visit Our deliveries are on Mondays and Wednesdays, except for federal holidays. You will need a barcode library card from either our library or one of the Four County Libraries. If you have not yet received a barcoded library card because you have been a long-time Andes patron, please stop in or email me at and I will be happy to issue you one. Also, many people do not know that Four County Library privileges expire after three years and a librarian must renew the privilege. I am happy to check your account for you when you come in or call.

December kicked off with the annual Andes Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 2nd. Santa came for a visit, yummy treats were available, and nearly one hundred community members, young and old, stopped by to share in our festivities and carols.

Local artisan and children’s author Gary Mead visited the library on Monday, December 18th to read his children’s book My First Tree Book – Sweet Sap to over twenty students from Andes Central School CROP program (see photo above). The book is about four local trees that provide sap for syrup and is the first of a four book series he has plans to write. It was co-written with Paul Trefz and illustrated by Misty So.

Gary has been working with and speaking about wood since 1979. Over the years, he has come to realize that ninety-percent of the people that live in and come to the Catskills do not realize the wealth of the local forests. He decided to write books for children to educate teachers, adults, and children at the same time in a simple, but factual way. He reports that most adults who read his book have said “I never knew that about that tree.”

Just a reminder that starting in December 2017, the library board of trustees voted to change library hours on Mondays and Thursdays. The library will be open on the following times and days: Mondays 11 am to 4 pm, Tuesdays 1 pm to 6 pm, Wednesdays 11 am to 4 pm, Thursdays 4 pm to 7 pm, Fridays 1 pm to 5 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 12 noon. The library is closed Sundays, on most federal holidays, and during inclement weather. For more information on hours, policies, and upcoming events, please visit our new website at