LIBRARY NOTES – April 2024

By Pamela West-Finkle

Spring has sprung!  April is shaping up to be an exciting month here at the Andes Public Library.

Solar Eclipse, Monday April 8th – We have a limited supply of glasses!

As luck would have it, we were able to get our hands on some solar eclipse glasses for safe viewing of the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th.  Right now we are giving them out one per person or two per family and you must give your email and phone number so that we can email you a survey about what activities you engaged in on solar eclipse day.  If we have any left over the day of the eclipse, we will hand them out first come first served.  Our area is expected to have 98-99% totality from 3:10 pm to 3:20 pm with the eclipse starting around 1:40 and ending around 4:30 pm.  Let’s hope for clear skies as this will be the last total eclipse for us for about twenty years.

Edible Landscape Meeting – Wednesday, April 17th – 3 pm

A big thank you to the Community Foundation of South Central New York for awarding us $2,500 for Phase II of the edible landscape.  We are having a meeting for interested volunteers on Wednesday, April 17th at 3 pm.  Tina DeSanto will be on hand, and we have had some interest from a local landscape architect who is starting an edible landscape business called Catskill Foodscapes.

Some seeds have been started in the upstairs of the library, and we plan to acquire the rest of our direct sow seeds, seedlings, fruit trees and bushes during the month of April with plans to plant before May 1st. I even purchased a bunch of Mammoth Sunflower seeds for a sunflower house and some gigantic pumpkin seeds in hope that maybe we will grow a gigantic pumpkin that we can guess the weight of for a prize!  In addition, I found some lovely red, white, and blue seed mixtures of poppies, coneflowers, and chamomile to go around the veteran’s monument once we pull up the sod around the stone.

We will also be having a brick painting workshop to make bricks look like books with various gardening titles and names of herbs on them.  Stay tuned for more information on this upcoming garden craft workshop for teens and adults.

Latin Dance Party – Saturday, April 20th at the Andes Hotel – 4 pm to ?

Please note the change in date from last month’s Gazette from the end of the month to Saturday, April 20th.  Tickets are $70 per person and must be purchased with cash or check at the library prior to the event.

The ticket includes beginner/basic Latin dance lessons starting at 4:00 pm with professional dance instructor and former library board member, Debra Abbate.  Dinner will be a Latin/Spanish fare buffet with the following options: Steak Fajitas, Paella (chicken/seafood), Carnitas (pulled pork), Gazpacho soup, lime cilantro rice, black beans, guacamole, and churros with condiments Sour cream, cheddar, jalapenos, lime, cilantro, Pico de Gallo, salsa.  Nonalcoholic beverages are included, but there will be a cash bar for those wishing to purchase alcohol during the event.

After dinner, we will have open Latin dancing, and I will be your master of ceremonies/DJ for the evening.  All net proceeds will go to benefit the Andes Library. We look forward to sharing this exciting evening with you.~