The BookBag Summer 2014 A letter from the Director... 488 Freedom Plains Rd.

The BookBag
Summer 2014
A letter from the Director...
488 Freedom Plains Rd.
Suite #109
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
At the LaGrange Association Library we prepare all year for the busy summer months.
We offer a little something for just about everyone...all with the power of your LaGrange
Library card.
(845) 452-3141
Fizz Boom Read, the NYS Summer Reading Program for children ages toddler
to 18 years begins June 13th and runs until August 15th. This year
a fun, bingo styled card will encourage our children to be actively
reading, and thus combating the “summer slide.” (Statistically,
children who do not read over the summer will lose more than two
months of reading achievement or roughly 22% of instructional time.
Cumulatively, by the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading
skills over the summer will be 2 years behind their classmates.)
isit our Events Calendar
at for
more information or to
register for a program.
Summer program
registration opens June 1.
pply for
a library
card in
person or online.
Holiday Closings
Independence Day, July 4
LaGrange Library
Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 12, 7pm
Nearly 50 summer programs for children, tweens and teens …
many with a STEM/STEAM focus and free of charge.
Arlington Middle and High School summer reading list
selections are available, no need to go out to purchase these
books, some are available as a free eBook download.
We offer eBooks 24/7 from any worldwide WiFi spot. If you are
travelling and at a loss for something to read on that long airline
flight, download an eBook or an audio book to plug into your car
speakers using OverDrive at
Volunteer opportunities for teens looking for meaningful
summer experiences.
Dutchess County Job Resource Center databases to aid those
seeking employment.
Teen Tech Interns to help parents learn how to download free
eBooks for their children. Learn about early literacy supportive
apps to promote reading skills to children. (Thank you to Dollar
General for financially sponsoring this service.)
Nearly 37 summer programs geared to adults for learning, growth
and enjoyment. Many programs are free of charge.
For the Potwins, it is a season in which all bass fish need to fear. While my husband
loves to fish, I, too, am in the boat, though fishing around in my tote bag for a novel to
hook into and catching up on my reading list.
LaGrange, you have a library to be proud of. Like us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit the
library online. Walk in the door for friendly service.
Happy Summer,
One-on-One eReader Help
Lisa Sassi, Adult Program Coordinator
Get help setting up most mobile devices and learn how
to download free eBooks using OverDrive. Please bring
along your device, library card, PIN & e-mail address. Call
or stop in to schedule your 1 hour appointment.
Wednesday, June 4, 1-4pm
Wednesday, June 18, 1-4pm
Wednesday, July 2, 1-4pm
Wednesday, July 16, 1-4pm
Wednesday, July 30, 1-4pm
Wednesday, August 13, 1-4pm
Wednesday, August 27, 1-4pm
LaGrange Library Tour & Online Catalog Demo
Lisa Sassi, Adult Program Coordinator
Enjoy a guided tour of the Library, then learn how to use
the online catalog, search for material and create a library
account to monitor your checked out items, renew and
reserve items, and record your reading history. iPads will
be furnished for use during the class, but you will need to
bring your library card & PIN.
Friday, June 13, 6:30-7:30pm
Friday, July 11, 6:30-7:30pm
Friday, August 8, 6:30-7:30pm
Lisa Sassi, Adult Program Coordinator
Tuesday, June 3, 12-1:30pm
Lisa Sassi, Adult Program Coordinator
Tuesday, July 1, 12-1:30p
These classes are perfect for beginners wanting to
get started with social media. Learn how to create an
account, adjust your privacy settings and navigate the
site. Participants may bring their own laptop/ tablet or
borrow one from the Library for use during the class.
Beginners Conversational Italian
Vita Mesnick, retired Arlington Italian Teacher
Mondays, June 2, 16 & 30, July 14 & 28, August 11 & 25,
September 8, 10-11am
Cost: $10 one time charge for workbook
This 8-week series will teach you to converse in Italian with
minimal grammar work. Come for one class or all eight.
Extended Care Planning
Donna Yoanidis, Bankers Conseco Life Insurance Co.
Wednesday, June 4, 6:30-7:30pm
As people live longer, they are more likely to outlive their
savings. Learn how appropriate planning will protect what
you have worked for your entire life.
One-on-One Job Help
Meghan Amara, Dutchess One Stop Field Coordinator
Tuesdays, June 17, July 15, August 19, 12-2pm
For those seeking employment, call or stop in to schedule
a 30-minute appointment to meet with a Dutchess One
Stop support staff person to get help with job research,
career counseling, resumes and cover letters. Also,
learn about enrolling in their free job assistance program
and how to improve your job skills by participating in
their scheduled training workshops. Those planning to
enroll in the job assistance program should bring their
completed application (the link can be found on our web
site), NYS Driver’s License/State ID/Visa, and males ages
18-26 need to have registered with Selective Service.
Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Job Workshop with Dutchess One Stop
Meghan Amara, Dutchess One Stop Field Coordinator
Wednesdays, June 18, July 16, August 20, 6-8pm
Looking for a job? Get off on the right foot with expert
information on writing and designing a successful
cover letter and resume, interviewing skills and the job
application process.
Relax with Meditation
Susan Olin-Dabrowski, Reiki Master
Thursdays, June 5, July 3, August 7, 1-2pm
Feeling overwhelmed, stressed or just plain tired?
Meditation can create a sense of calm and leave you
feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated through healing
and visualization techniques.
Author Talk with Tony Musso featuring
his book Setting the Record Straight
Friday, June 6, 6-8pm
Hear about the careers of some of the most
popular musicians and musical groups of the
1950’s & 60’s based on a series of personal
conversations with the author. The multimedia presentation, which includes photos and music clips,
will take you through the infancy of rock and roll from the
first bus tours and concerts to appearances on American
Bandstand and other top television shows. Books will be
available to purchase for $20.
Starting a Home Chicken Flock
Jennifer Fimbel, Cornell Cooperative Extension Resource
Wednesday, June 11, 6-7:30pm
Learn how you can start a flock at home with information
on obtaining chicks, required shelter, equipment needed,
feeding and caring for the birds and eggs, as well as
regulations as outlined in LaGrange zoning laws.
~ Generously funded by the Friends of LaGrange Library ~
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Wire Wrapping Jewelry Workshop
Donna Filomio, Artist
Friday, June 20, 5:30-8pm
Cost: $5 (in-person registration with non-refundable
payment begins June 2)
Create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind pendant using a wire
wrapping technique. Please bring a stone to use for your
pendant. All other supplies will be provided.
Francine Torhan, NY State Trooper
Saturday, June 21, 9:30am-2pm (drop-in)
NY State Troopers will be performing child car seat safety
checks and demonstrating proper car seat installation in
our back parking lot.
Bonjour! Hola!
Como vai?? Konnichiwa. Guten Tag!
Travelling this summer?
Want to learn basic language skills before your
travel to that foreign destination?
Use your library card and PIN number to access over
45 foreign languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian
Portuguese, German, Russian, Mandarin Chinese,
Japanese, Greek, Irish and more) and 15 English as a
Second Language (ESL) courses, free of charge.
Click on Mango Languages under the database tab
on to get started.
AARP Smart Driver Courses
Saturday, June 21, 9am-3pm
Saturday, August 16, 9am-3pm
Cost: $20 AARP members
$25 non-AARP members
In-person registration with non-refundable payment begins
June 2. Make checks payable to AARP. Participants are
invited to bring their lunch.
Make a T-Shirt Tote Bag
Lisa Sassi, Adult Program Coordinator
Wednesday, June 25, 6:30-7:30pm
Bring along an old t-shirt to recycle into a
reusable, washable tote.
Donna Yoanidis, Bankers Conseco Life Insurance Co.
Wednesday, July 2, 6:30-7:30pm
Get expert advice on planning for your retirement,
protecting your assets, wills, trusts and probate.
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Mondays 12:30-2pm, Community Room
Drop by to work on your latest project,
share ideas, learn a new technique or
show off a finished design.
College Admissions Prep
Car Seat Safety Check
Retirement & Estate Planning
Afternoon Knitting
Carmen McGill, Dutchess Community College Admissions
Wednesday, July 9, 6:30-7:30pm
This workshop, for parents and students, will prepare you
for the college admission process and help maximize your
child’s chance of gaining admission to the college of their
choice. Get information on SAT prep, entrance exams,
filling out applications and preparing college essays.
Dutchess Hops at Eastern View Farm
Justin Riccobono, Director
Thursday, July 10, 6pm at Eastern View Farm
Eastern View Farm, located at 1167 Noxon Road in
Lagrangeville, is home to Dutchess Hops, the first
commercial hop farm in the Hudson Valley whose mission
is to provide quality grown hops to brewers in New York
State. Join us at Dutchess Hops at 6pm for a tour of their
A huge THANK YOU to our
Friends of the Library!
Through generous funding, we have
recently purchased a new, functional,
art cabinet for Miss Jen’s craft
supplies as well as much needed
comfortable adult sized furniture for
the Children’s Room. Past funding
has allowed us to purchase new
iPads and laptops for use with
Library programs, helped defray
programming costs, provided support
for our Summer Reading Programs
and so much more.
Thank you to all who purchase preloved books from our recent sales,
who make donations or who support
the Friends membership drive. We are
looking for LaGrange residents to join us in our efforts. Time
commitments can vary to sorting books, researching the catalog,
etc. Please contact the Library Director for more information at
452-3141 or [email protected]
~ Generously funded by the Friends of LaGrange Library ~
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Cooking Classes
with Chef Ryan Judge, Owner of
Seasoned Culinary Classes
From the Library Board President...
Are you interested in helping to run a small “not
for profit” business? Think about applying for a
LaGrange Library Board position. We can use
some good people with business, organizing,
personnel or planning experience who have
creative ideas on how to help our library better
serve our community. If you are looking for
this type of challenge, please contact me at
[email protected] It can be very rewarding.
~ Bob Kaminski
Looking to Opt-Out?
We mail our quarterly newsletter The
BookBag to all LaGrange residents,
and offer it in electronic format on
our web site. Help us save paper
and postage by opting out of having
it mailed to you by contacting us at [email protected] or 452-3141. Please include your name and
address. Remember you can visit our web site 24/7 to
read the latest issue of The BookBag, as well as our
monthly e-newsletter.
A note from our Friends of the
Library President...
s I step down as President of the Friends
of the LaGrange Library I would like to
thank all the members of the Friends for their
contributions both of money and time over the
years – especially those who came in regularly to
help with our book sales. I am very proud that in
my 11 years as president we have donated just over
$100,000 to support many wonderful programs
and services at our Library. I am very fortunate to
have made lots of wonderful Friends in my time as
~ Judy Rosenfeld
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Friday, July 25, 6-7:30pm
Friday, August 22, 6-7:30pm
Cost: $15 per class
(in-person registration with non-refundable payment
begins June 2)
Learn expert cooking techniques in this enjoyable interactive
class which includes a sampling of the prepared dishes.
Each class costs $15 and covers different foods available
during the summer harvest season. Participants will also
receive an apron, chef’s hat, and recipe cards to take home.
* Generously funded by the Friends of the LaGrange Library
Life During the Civil War as portrayed by the
150th NY Civil War Reenactors
Monday, July 21, 6-7pm (drop-in)
Ever wonder what life was like during the Civil War? Enjoy
a unique, historical experience as you travel back in time
with fully dressed soldiers to learn what life was like.
Hear about their uniforms, weapons and food, and see
examples of weaponry, tack and other Civil War artifacts.
LaGrange Environmental Action Forum (L.E.A.F.)
Emily Arnold, LaGrange Resident
Wednesdays, July 30 & August 27, 6-8pm (drop-in)
Enjoy an informative discussion about climate change and
environmental initiatives and find out ways you can make
a difference for a greener LaGrange.
Medicare 101
Donna Yoanidis, Bankers Conseco Life Insurance Co.
Wednesday, August 6, 6:30-7:30pm
Learn the ins and outs of Medicare with topics including
how one qualifies, available options, recent and future
changes, Part D prescription drug plans, secondary
insurance, and Medicare Advantage. This information is
valuable to those entering Medicare, as well as those who
are already on Medicare.
~ Generously funded by the Friends of LaGrange Library ~
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Staff Reading Picks
Summer Reading
June 13 - August 8
Submit book and film reviews as entries in our
bi-weekly raffle drawings to win fabulous prize baskets!
Receive a special gift just for registering!
Participate online or in person.
Check out our new Blu-ray
collection and stop by and
browse our “NEW” DVD section
which makes finding the latest
releases fast and easy!
Retro Summer Movie
Ghostbusters (PG/1984)
Wednesday, June 11, 1-2:45pm
Need help downloading FREE eBooks?
Big (PG/1982)
Curious about apps to help your child’s
reading, science, and mathematical literacy?
Wednesday, June 25, 1-3:10pm
Back to the Future: Part I (PG/1985)
Wednesday, July 9, 1-3pm
E.T. (PG/1982)
Wednesday, July 23, 1-3pm
Indiana Jones & the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Wednesday, August 6, 1-3pm
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (PG/1977)
Wednesday, August 20, 1-3pm
Our Teen Tech Wizards can walk you through downloading
eBooks, deciphering your mobile devices and laptops, and using
apps that focus on developing children’s
literacy. The program is generously funded
by The Dollar General Literacy Foundation
in conjunction with YALSA/ALA.
July 7 - August 25: Monday 5-8pm
July 12 - August 30: Saturday 10am-1pm
Did you know?
We carry all of the titles on the Arlington High
School & Middle School summer reading lists. Stop
by and browse the collection or check what’s
available in print or eBook by searching the
library catalog at
Board of Trustees
Bob Kaminski, President
Allison Withers, Vice President
Gabe Roy, Treasurer
Mary Arnold
Duane Beyer
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~ Generously funded by the Friends of LaGrange Library ~
Wayne Delia
Joanne Pinello Kaley
Karl Loatman
Matt Williams
Sarah Potwin, Director
Sherri Smith, Editor
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For Kids
Minecraft Game Days
Summer Reading Program
June 13 - August 8
Register in person or online beginning June 13 then stop
by to pick up your sign-up prize and Fizz Boom Read
Bingo Card. Each time you get “BINGO!” bring in your
card and pick up a prize!
Also, don’t forget to mark your calendar for our Summer
Reading Awards Ceremony at Freedom Park on Friday,
August 15 at 6pm. Bring a picnic dinner and come enjoy
dessert, lawn games and a spectacular magic show with
special guest JIZ Magic & the Young Magicians Society.
Ages 7-9: Thursdays, July 24 & August 21, 12:30-2:30pm
Ages 10-14: Thursdays, July 10 & August 7, 12:30-2:30pm
Have a blast playing the hottest game! Bring your own
iPad or gaming device preloaded with Minecraft or sign up
to use one of the Library’s iPads. Participants must have a
Minecraft account. Registration is required.
Family Knitting Night
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm
Parents and children are invited to join us in the Children’s
Room for an evening of knitting to learn basic techniques,
work on your project and share ideas.
Learn ways to knit without needles…
July 9 – Finger Knitting
Bring a skein of worsted or bulky weight yarn.
Recommended for ages 7 & up
August 6 – Arm Knitting
Bring 1-2 skeins of bulky weight yarn.
Recommended for ages 10 & up
Astor Child Development Check-Up
Astor Early Childhood & Dutchess County United Way
Ages 4 mos - 5 yrs
Tuesdays, June 10, July 8, August 5, 1-4pm
Call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment.
Lego Fun
Fridays, June 13, July 11, August 1, 6:30-7:30pm
(registration required)
Looking for eBooks and apps for kids?
Thursday, August 14, 10-11am (drop-in)
Ages 4 & up
Caterpillars & Butterflies Storytime
Friday, June 13, 4:30-5:30pm (registration required)
Ages 4 & up
Explore Electricity with Snap Circuits
Ages 5 & up
Thursday, June 26, 1-2pm (drop-in)
Thursdays, July 17 & August 28, 10-11am (drop-in)
Canine Book Nook
Cooking Classes for Kids
Thursdays 3-5pm
with Chef Ryan Judge, Owner of Seasoned Culinary Classes
2nd & 4th Saturdays
Children can
increase their
reading skills
and selfconfidence
by reading
aloud to
certified therapy dogs. Call or stop in to register
for a 15-minute session.
Page -6- Tumblebooks provides free games and eBooks! Visit
Kid’s Corner on our website, and select the Tumblebooks
icon. With your library card, you
can access free games, as well as
fictional and nonfictional picture
and chapter eBooks. While you’re
at Kid’s Corner, check out our
recommended apps. In June we’re featuring “Stack the
States,” to reinforce our states knowledge and spatial skills.
Stay tuned for new apps weekly in July and August!
Ages 6-8
Wednesday, July 23, 4:30-5:30pm
Friday, August 8, 4:30-5:30pm
Ages 9-11
Wednesday, July 23, 6-7pm
Friday, August 8, 6-7pm
Cost: $5 per class (in-person registration with non-refundable payment begins June 2)
During these hands-on classes kids will cook up some tasty snacks as they learn basic
cooking techniques such as reading a recipe, measuring, slicing and stirring. Each
class costs $5 and will cover different recipes. Kids can register for one or both of them.
Participants will receive an apron, chef’s hat, and recipe cards.
* Generously funded by the Friends of the LaGrange Library
~ Generously funded by the Friends of LaGrange Library ~
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Monday Night Adventures
“Frozen” Sing-Along
Monday, July 7, 6-8pm (drop-in)
Ages 4 & up
Watch Disney’s Frozen (PG) and join in a singalong led by Mary Arnold. Light refreshments.
Build Your Own Bluebird House & Lecture
John Rogers, Bluebird Educator
Monday, July 14, 6-7:45pm (drop-in for 1 hr lecture only)
Ages 6 & up
Hear all about the Eastern Bluebird from their nesting
cycle to the use of bluebird boxes. The lecture is drop-in.
However, if you’re interested in building a bluebird house,
you must pre-register and pay $8 (June 2-July 10) to
purchase a kit. Tools will be provided.
*Generously funded by Stewart’s Holiday Grant
Life During the Civil War as por trayed by the
150th NY Civil War Reenactors
Monday, July 21, 6-7pm (drop-in)
All ages
Travel back in time with fully dressed soldiers to learn
what life was like during the Civil War. Hear about
their uniforms, weapons and food and see examples of
weaponry, tack and other Civil War artifacts.
Winter in July Ar t Competition
Monday, July 28, 6:30-7:30pm (drop-in)
Ages 4 & up
Create a winter greeting card and enjoy a wintery snack.
The winning card will be printed and used by the Library
for their holiday cards. Materials provided.
Take a Tromp through the Swamp…
and a Break by the Lake!
Lava Lamp Science
Penny Risinit Kelly, Science Teacher
Ages 8 & up
Friday, July 11, 6:30-7:30pm (registration required)
Explore the mysteries of how lava lamps work.
Duct Tape Fun
Ages 6 & up
Saturday, July 12, 12-1:30pm (drop-in)
Thursday, August 7, 1-2:30pm (drop-in)
Bring a roll of duct tape and see all of the creative and
crafty things you can do with it!
Learn to Make Rainbow Loom Bracelets
Ages 5 & up
Thursdays, July 24 & August 21, 1-2:30pm (drop-in)
Bring your Rainbow Loom and rubber bands.
Thursday, July 10, 1-2:30pm
Ages 4 & up
Marshmallow Fun!
Ages 6 & up
Friday, July 25, 6:30-7:30pm (registration required)
Make a marshmallow shooter out of PVC.
Ages 5 & up
Thursday, July 31, 10-11am (drop-in)
Construct a tower using marshmallows and toothpicks.
Tabletop Catapults
Ages 6 & up
Tuesday, August 26, 3-4pm (drop-in)
Build catapults and trebuchets to hurl your marshmallow.
Tom Sieling, Musician
Monday, August 4, 6:30-7:30pm (drop-in)
Ages 4 & up
Enjoy lively songs and music with loads of fun mixed in!
Make a Paracord Survival Bracelet
World Wildlife with Animal Embassy
Make Back to School Bookmarks
* Generously funded by the Friends of the LaGrange Library
Monday, August 11, 6-7pm (drop-in)
Ages 4 & up
During this interactive animal presentation you’ll meet a
Eurasian Eagle Owl, a Sinaloan Milk Snake, an African
Tortoise, a Chinchilla, a Flemish Giant Rabbit and more.
* Generously funded by the Friends of the LaGrange Library
Borrow a Tote Bag Buddy
vacation! Fill their albums
and send us a postcard.
track of their adventures
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to take on
with photos
Then keep
on Facebook!
Ages 5 & up
Friday, August 8, 5:30-6:30pm (drop-in)
Ages 4 & up
Wednesday, August 27, 2:30-4pm (drop-in)
Early Literacy Storytime - Summer Session
July 7 - August 12 (drop-in)
Rhyme Time (5-15 mos)...........Tuesdays 9:45-10:30am
Waddling Tots (12-23 mos).......Mondays 9:45-10:30am
Terrific Twos (24-35 mos).........Tuesdays 10:45-11:30am
Preschool (3-6 yrs)...................Mondays 10:45-11:30am
Preschool (3-6 yrs)...................Tuesdays 1-1:45pm
Fall registration begins September 1
~ Generously funded by the Friends of LaGrange Library ~
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LaGrange Association Library
488 Freedom Plains Rd., Suite #109
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: (845) 452-3141
Fax: (845) 452-1974
E-mail: [email protected]
Current Resident or:
Member of the Mid-Hudson Library System
Who we are
A separate 501(c)3 organization that raises funds to support LaGrange Library programs and
How we raise money
Book Sales - 2 Better Book Sales each year in the spring and in December with thousands of
books in “like new” condition plus, on-going book sales with rotating stock that also includes videos, puzzles, audiobooks
and CDs; tote bag sales; membership dues and donations.
What we’ve recently funded
New book drop where you can now safely put ALL library items (including DVDs, audiobooks and CDs); new computer
workstations throughout the Library for public and staff use; a glass enclosed display board by the Library door; quarterly
town-wide newsletters to inform LaGrange residents about happenings at our Library; Library programming for all ages.
When we meet
Usually on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1pm - but not in July and August. Check the Library calendar for dates.
We’d love to have you join us for a meeting.
Membership year is June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015
Name: ________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________
Phone: ________________________________________
E-mail: ________________________________________
_____ I / We would like to help sort book donations
Annual Membership Levels:
_____ $10 Individual
_____ $15 Family
_____ $25 Business
Thank you
your support!
_____ Additional Contribution
_____ Matching Gift Form Attached
_____ No need to send an acknowledgement
Please make checks payable to:
Friends of the LaGrange Library
488 Freedom Plains Rd., Suite #109
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603