LIBRARY NOTES – October 2021


By Pamela West-Finkle

Happy Fall!  If you are a leaf peeper who likes to sip some cider in sweater weather, the Catskills are most glorious this time of year.  Although the Summer was wetter than normal, I hope it didn’t dampen your fun too much!  The Fall colors with all of the lush vegetation from the Summer rain should be spectacular this fall.

October 2nd – 11 am – Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with W.I.D.E. at the Andes Library

   Saturday, October 2nd,  11 am, W.I.D.E. (Women for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity) will be hosting a family program to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. All ages are welcome to come to participate in the fun activities, hear Miss Pam sing songs in Spanish, and listen to a reading of Pepe and the Parade: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage by Tracey Kyle. Children who attend will receive a free age-appropriate book to take home.  Be Bold! Be Brave! 11 Latinas who made U.S. History by Naibe Reynoso for the younger children, and Esperanza Rising by Pam Mu᷉noz Ryan for those reading chapter books.

Funding for this program was provided by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and is a collaboration between W.I.D.E. and the Andes Library, the Cannon Free Library in Delhi, and the William B. Ogden Library in Walton. If the weather is nice, the event will be held in Bohlmann Park and the gazebo behind the library.  Masks are required for all unvaccinated individuals and recommended for all due to rising Covid numbers in Delaware County.

New Books and Movies at the Library

If you haven’t been to the library over the last month or if you’ve recently moved here and haven’t come in to get your library card, now is a great time to visit the library. We’ve recently received quite a few new publications, as well as processed many of the donations we have received since before the pandemic.  This includes a bunch of wonderful, classic movies.  A full list is available at the library.  Come check out our new acquisitions! Also, please remember that anything we don’t have, we can most likely order for you.

DVD/Audio Book Sale

We have a fantastic selection of practically new or still-in-the-shrink-wrap audio book titles of  best selling authors, as well as an eclectic collection of movies and season television series DVDs for sale in the upstairs of the library.  Suggested donation is $1 for a single DVD disc or $5 for an audio book or DVD series. This sale is ongoing.

Lamination Service

In addition to our copy, fax, and scanning services, we have a laminator!  If you wish to have your Covid vaccination card copied and laminated so that you don’t have to take the original with you when you travel or go to events, we’ll charge you $2 to make two laminated copies of your card, which can then be placed in a vital records file until the need arises of possibly receiving a booster vaccine.  I am also happy to laminate signs or any other document that can fit onto an 8 ½ x 11” page for $1 per page.  Any copies needed for that lamination would also be 15 cents for black and white and 50 cents for color.


Song and Storytime Returns!

     I took a break from the Wednesday online Facebook Live Song and Story videos because it was very difficult for me to hold a book and turn pages after breaking my shoulder. I may still have to go out again for surgery, but in the meantime, I have started my themed story times again, each week racking up about 800+ views. Due to the COVID transmission rate, we will not be doing any group in-person story times, but if you have young children you would like me to read and sing to, I am happy to make an in-person appointment with you to give them some one-on-one attention.

Tails and Tales Stories from Our Local Kids!

Lastly, I would love to feature some of the stories that came out of our Summer Reading Program. During our workshops, the children were asked to create their own fable, animal story, or mixed up fairy tale.  Here is the first group of stories. Each month, I will share another of writing contest submissions we received.

Fables by Andes Central School CROP


Characters: Mean Cat and  Silly Horse

Once upon a time there was a horse who made a lot of noise. The cat was annoyed by the horse’s noise. “Neigh, neigh!” said the Horse. So, the cat scratched his ear. “Hey, why’d you do that to me?” said the Silly Horse. “Because you’re annoying me,” said the Cat. “Maybe you should have asked me to stop instead,” said the Horse. “Sorry, that was my bad,” said the Cat. The Silly Horse said, “Can we be friends?” And the Cat said, “Sure!”Lesson: Be kind.


Characters: Fox (clever / sly / sneaky) and Chicken (peanut brain / fast / shy)

Once upon a time there was a sly fox and a shy chicken. The fox and chicken both wanted to win the spelling bee. The fox always thought he could outsmart the chicken in the spelling bee. The fox said to the chicken, “You’re going to lose!” The chicken then thought, “Maybe there’s a way I can outfox this fox today.” The fox didn’t prepare. “I’ll study after I play more video games,” thought the fox. The chicken studied all the spelling words. If she even got one wrong, she would go back to the beginning and start again. The day of the spelling bee came and the first word came and the fox didn’t know it because he was up all night playing video games. It was the chicken’s turn next and she got it right off the bat. The fox felt shocked and impressed with how the chicken did. So the fox said, “How’d you do that?” The chicken said, “I am not going to tell. I am just too good!” The fox felt bad because he didn’t win.

Lesson: Never underestimate your opponent. ~