LIBRARY NOTES – November 2021

By Pamela West-Finkle

I just looked up the Winter 2021-2022 forecast on the Farmer’s Almanac. We can look forward to a typical Catskill Mountain Winter—maybe a little colder and a little snowier than usual. We have been treated to a lovely start to Fall, but as most of us who have been here for a while know, the snow is soon to come.

Thank you to our supporters and funders!

We received a visit from Tina Barber and some representatives from the Community Foundation of South Central New York.  They had awarded us $7,500 in operations costs early in the year and came to tour and take pictures of the newly renovated library.  A few days later, our library was featured in a CFSCNY social media post. We are very grateful to them, as well as to the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation for providing us with additional funding, this year for youth programming, diversity workshops and acquisitions, a new air conditioner, and funding to keep the utilities on and pay our staff.

I have other very exciting news about some legislative Grant in Aid money from Assemblyman Brian Miller’s office, but I am waiting on confirmation of the details before we make the official announcement. As always, we are also grateful to the operations support we receive from the Town of Andes, as well as the generous contributions of our patrons and community friends. If you have not yet made your 2021 tax deductible charitable contribution, please consider making a donation to the Andes Library.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration with W.I.D.E.

On Saturday, October 2nd, thirteen children and fourteen adults participated in our Hispanic Heritage Day celebration, presented by Women for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (W.I.D.E.). Olga Abinader and Jenine Osbon read Pepe and the Parade: A Celebration of Hispanic Culture by Tracey Kyle and talked about the Dominican Republic, where Olga is from. Afterwards, parents and children alike made Mexican Paper Flowers, then learned to dance the Bachata. Lastly, tasty empanadas were served, courtesy of Greenane Farms. Children took home Andes Library Song and Story activity bags and each received a copy of either Be Bold! Be Brave! 11 Latinas who made history! by Naiba Reyoso, or Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

The Holidays Are Upon Us!

Happy Veterans Day and Happy Thanksgiving!  The library will be closed in observance of these holidays on Thursday, November 11th and Thursday November 25th.

Just a reminder that we have a great selection of DVD movies and audio books (some of them brand new, still in the plastic) for sale in the upstairs of the library (suggested donations $1-$5), as well as poster copies of our 2021 Garden Tour Art (suggested donation $15.)  These would make great gifts for the holidays, so stop by soon to get the best selection!

Programs and Volunteers!

We are looking for responsible, friendly, volunteers who love books to join our team. Come in and talk to me any time about training and what’s involved.

We are also looking for workshop presenters, authors, filmmakers, crafters, and teaching artists to lead workshops or give presentations in 2022, whether online or in person.  Please reach out if you are interested by calling 845-676-3333 or emailing


New Books and Movies

New Books

Beautiful Country
by Qian Julie Wang

by Richard Powers

The Book of Form and Emptiness
by Ruth Ozeki

The Burning
by Jonathan Kellerman

Cloud Cuckoo Land
by Anthony Doerr

A Darker Reality
by Anne Perry

Great Circle
by Maggie Shipstead

If They Come in the Morning
Voices of Resistance

by Angela Yvonne Davis

An Impossible Promise
by Jude Deveraux

by Simone de Beauvoir

The Last Chance Library
by Freya Sampson

The Lincoln Highway
by Amor Towles

The Master
The Long Run and Beautiful Game
Of Roger Federer

by Christopher Clarey

by Lauren Groff

by Bernard Schlink

by Bob Woodward

A Slow Fire Burning
by Paula Hawkins

State of Terror
by Louise Penny and
Hillary Rodham Clinton

Talk to Me
By T.C. Boyle

The Wish
by Nicholas Sparks

The Woman Who Smashed Codes
by Jason Fagone

Movies Newly Added to Our

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life


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