LIBRARY NOTES – December 2022

By Pamela West-Finkle

Happy Holidays from all of us here at the Andes Public Library! We hope you have a blessed and safe holiday season. The library will be closed December 24th – 26th (since Christmas is on a Sunday, we will close Monday the 26th), and December 31st – January 2nd.

    SANTA is coming! The community tree lighting in Bohlmann Park next to the library will take place at 5 pm on Saturday, December 3rd. Bring the family to sing carols, drink hot chocolate. Santa will be on hand to listen to children’s Christmas wishes. Bring cookies to swap and trade. A big thank you to Kari Haugeto for helping to coordinate the tree lighting and Santa visit.

BOOK, AUDIO BOOK & DVD SALE! While you are visiting the library this month, be sure to stop on the porch and go upstairs to see the paperbacks, hardcovers, children’s books, audio books, and DVDs we have for sale.  Books and movies make great holiday gifts and only a small donation is needed to take home a whole bag of gifts to give friends and family.

Andes Garden Club Meeting and Speaker – Tuesday, December 13th from 5 pm to 7 pm  – The Andes Garden Club will hold an open meeting at the Andes Public Library on Tuesday, December 13th from 5 to 7 pm. The featured speaker will be Ryan Trapani who will speak about “Trees Near Your Home.” Ryan is an ISA Certified Arborist He’ll cover the following topics: What makes a healthy tree; are you and your tree a good match; residual tree maintenance; new trees; and Catskill Forest Association programs for you.

Ryan was hired as CFA’s Director of Forest Services in March 2017.  He had been Education Forester at CFA for the previous ten years. In addition to his duties as Director of Forest Services, he also oversees the day-to-day activities at CFA. He is involved in the creation, administration, and marketing of the CFA’s  programs and events. Ryan researches forest-related topics and writes articles for publications such as The Shawangunk Journal, Kaatskill Life, The Walton Reporter, and CFA News. In addition, he handles the broadcast of CFA’s radio show “From The Forest” on WIOX 91.3 FM.

If  you want to attend this presentation please RSVP to:

Problems using your library card issued digitally over the pandemic or problem with your 4cls account?

      It has come to our attention that people who signed up for a digital library card over the pandemic via will need to make sure they have picked up their physical card, which is a different barcode number.  The online ordering and renewal system is rejecting those digitally issued library card numbers.  Also, if you are an Andes patron who hasn’t used your library card in the last three years, please call or email to be sure you’re still in the system.  We have had to issue a number of new library cards this year after we brought our catalog online.

Remember, we can also order books and movies for you, renew things multiple times, and we provide many office services such as faxing, color and black and white copying, scanning, laminating, space for in-person or digital meetings, and straighten out anything having to do with your Four County Library account. We also answer reference questions, local history questions, give technical and device support, and even provide a listening ear for those just needing some company.  Please call 845-676-3333 or  Most services are available Monday through Friday during open hours. Saturdays are run by volunteers.

Programs and Clubs:

Lit WitsBook Club, 4:30 pm on the first Thursday of the month

Stitch Witches Club, 2nd and 4th Monday at 2 pm

NEW:  Andes Garden Club & DelCo PRIDE meetings TBA

Story and Music Time, Wednesdays 11 am (Returning to In-Person)

Upcoming Programs (please inquire if interested): Teen Book Club, Game night, Mountain Dulcimer lessons with Bill Duke, guitar and voice lessons with Miss Pam

Again, wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons!  “God Bless Us, Every One!” (Tiny Tim, Dicken’s A Christmas Carol).~