LIBRARY NOTES – October 2022

By Pamela West-Finkle

Fall is here and glorious colors will soon surround us.  Let’s hope the snow holds off for a little while, but the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting colder than normal temperatures and a wet, unsettled Fall that will progress into a frigid Winter.  Anyway, now is the time to winterize because the snow will be here before we know it!

Summer Numbers & Library Usage

I tallied our Summer numbers and found it to be one of our busiest Summers.  We circulated 172 adult non-fiction books, 37 juvenile nonfiction books, 553 adult fiction books, 154 juvenile fiction books, 7 audio books, several magazines, 377 DVDs. We sent out 564 books and movies to other Four County Libraries.  Our patrons ordered 193 books from other libraries.  We counted 897 adults and 139 youth from June to August with 297 adults and 66 children attending scheduled programs besides our Summer Reading Program.

In our Summer reading program, 108 children, 10 teens, and 86 adults participated.  We held seven early childhood music programs, with total attendance of 47, and held seven Summer Reading Program workshops with 164 children and teens participating.  We gave out thirty Summer activity take-home goodie bags.



Closed on Monday, October 10th for Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day

Mondays 10:15 am starting October 17th:  Miss Pam’s Jamboree

We have postponed the start of our ten-week Fall early childhood music and movement class for young children and parents/caregivers. The class is open to babies through age 5, with older siblings welcome. Grandparents, senior citizens, or those with disabilities are also welcome to participate. Families are welcome to socialize and read books after music class.  Registration required as space is limited. Contact or call 607-441-8448 to register or receive more information.

Bill Birns  – Catskill Catalog Reading, Thursday, October 20th at 5 pm

     On Thursday, October 20th at 5 pm, local author and historian Bill Birns will be on hand to give readings from the reissue of The Catskill Catalog. The Purple Mountain Press describes it as a collection of 84 essays on irresistible Catskills topics.  It was originally published as a column in the Catskill Mountain News and it explores Catskill Mountain life and culture across many generations.

Bill Birns was honored to be named one of 50 Stewards of the Catskills by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, on the occasion of the Center’s 50th birthday. A citizen of Delaware County for over 50 years, Bill has long been active in the community.

A graduate of Union College, Bill holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  His 1986 dissertation was a study of the dialect of the Catskills.

He is the author of the recently re-released A Catskill Catalog, available from Purple Mountain Press (; I Was Corning a Beaver Like You Do: Joe Hewitt, John Burroughs, Mountain Culture (John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge & Mountain Arts Media); and two books of locally-focused verse: The Myth in the Mountain and Fleischmanns in Verse.

We have two of Bill’s books, A Catskill Catalog and I Was Corning a Beaver, Like You Do, if you would like to check them out!

Halloween at the Andes Public Library – Monday, October 31st

     As always, we welcome all ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, princesses, and pirates, and masked avengers to visit the library on Halloween night.  I think I’m going to be a vampire this year. We technically close at 4 on Mondays, but will probably stay open until all of the candy is gone.  In addition, we are a stop on the Halloween parade route, so if you’d like to get a daytime sneak peek at the costumes worn by Andes Central School students, come to the library about 12:30 pm.  I believe the parade is usually around 1 pm, but I would check with the school or the library to be sure.

We will have individually packed candy bags, hot drinks (cocoa, apple cider, coffee/tea) and other snacks if you want to come warm up or just hang out.

Have a wonderful October!  Remember to reach out if you need assistance with navigating the online catalog/managing your account, need copy/fax/printing/laminating services, or require technical assistance with computers and devices. or 845-676-3333.  Like and follow us on Facebook and visit ~