LIBRARY NOTES — March 2019

By Pamela West-Finkle

 The sounds of love were in the air on Valentine’s Day when our barcode aficionado, Kari Haugeto, led an Our Town Love Song Sing-a-long at the library. She had sing-a-long books ready and led our program attendees in jazz renditions of well-known popular songs from the ‘20s – ‘60s. In case you didn’t know this about Kari, she was the singer for the Naval Academy Band for a number of years.  She and I share this military music background as I played bassoon with the Armed Forces School of Music Symphonic band when I was in the Army years ago. No wonder we make such a great team and run the library like a tight ship!

Our next sing-a-long at the library will be Thursday, March 14th at 5:30 pm. Kari plans to do an evening of sing-a-long Irish tunes, so wear your green, put on your best Irish accent, and come join us for a fun evening of St. Patrick’s Day Song and Celebration!

Recently the Catskill Mountain News caught up with me for an interview shortly after I received confirmation of the findings of the Feasibility Study we conducted. The article was printed in the February 13th edition of the Catskill Mountain News and does a nice job of describing the project timeline that has unfolded over the last year and a half. If you missed the article, I have copies to hand out attached to my own project one-sheet, in case you have questions about our flood mitigation, handicap accessibility, code compliance, and expansion project.

As Spring fast approaches but the colds and flu of the Winter season still hang thick in the air, I ask that if you have been suffering from any kind of upper respiratory virus or flu when handling your library materials, please use the disinfectant wipes to gently wipe down the outside of the covers. Obviously if you’ve been in bed sneezing all over the pages, there’s not much we can do about that, but every little bit of germ management helps.

Ongoing programs include our ever-popular and growing book group, the LitWits. They meet at 5 pm on the first Thursday of the month. The Stitch Witches meet the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 2 pm. I offer computer, technical, and reference support by appointment, but Tuesday afternoons are usually the best time to catch up with me if you need a more intense one-on-one session. Don’t be afraid to email me at or call at 845-676-3333, as I might be able to walk you through something over the phone.

Let us hope Punxatawney Phil was right and an early Spring is on the way.~