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You Learn Something New Everyday

Mary Paige Lang Clouse - Director, Ethelbert B. Crawford Library
Posted 7/6/21

In the last month or so I’ve spoken with a few people that I thought knew their way around a library but was surprised to discover that they may not have known as much as I thought.

While …

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You Learn Something New Everyday


In the last month or so I’ve spoken with a few people that I thought knew their way around a library but was surprised to discover that they may not have known as much as I thought.

While both are avid readers, they were unaware that if the book they were looking for wasn’t on the shelf in the library they were browsing that that didn’t mean they’d necessarily have to wait weeks to be able to read it.

Each of the public libraries in Sullivan County (there are 9 with 11 locations), Orange County (there are 17 with 19 locations), Rockland County (there are 17 with 18 locations), and 4 public libraries in Southern Ulster County - are all part of our regional library system - the Ramapo Catskill Library System.  

Much of the collections of all 47 libraries are made available via interlibrary loan to the other 46 libraries. A patron with a library card from any one of those libraries can go to the circulation desk and ask the library staff person there to help them by putting a ‘hold’ on the next available copy of that book - or DVD - or magazine - or book on CD - and depending on how early in the day it is, they might even get it delivered to the library they want to pick it up from the very next day.

Or that person at the circulation desk can show them how to browse our shared collections from the comfort of their home and put a hold on what they want to read themselves at any time of day or night.

For those of you that were already in the know about that, I’ll highlight some events taking place this summer at a public library near you.

The Liberty Public Library is Offering ‘The Fun Group’ along with Sullivan 180 on Thursday, July 15th at 6pm; outside in the sun - inside if it rains. It will be a fun hour of bilingual singing and dancing for age 3-9.

The Fallsburg Public Library has Bethel Woods Museum passes available to any adult Fallsburg Library cardholder. (Other libraries have them too - call yours and see!)

The Western Sullivan Public Library is offering geocaching backpacks this summer for tweens and teens to borrow for a treasure hunting adventure. They are also offering a ‘Lend-a-Rod’ program for kids up to age 14 available at all three branches. Check out a rod and tackle box just like you’d check out a book.

And for adults they’ve got an Adult Summer Reading Book Review Challenge. Send them your book reviews for a chance to win gift certificates to local restaurants. See their website for details at wsplonline.org.

The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will host a performance by the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra that includes double bass duets by Andrew Trombley and Justin Kujawski outside in their new programming space on Thursday, July 22nd at 6pm (raindate: August 4th).

The Mamakating Library in Wurtsboro is holding a Repair Cafe on Saturday, July 24 from 11:00 to 3:00 in the parking lot behind the library. Repair and Reuse!

The Roscoe Free Library is having a book signing that same Saturday - July 24th at 1pm. Pam Jones has written and illustrated a ‘happy’ book about Roscoe in poem form. She will be reading from her book, titled “Dog and Horse; “A Wild Romp Thru Roscoe”, followed by light refreshment.

The Sunshine Hall Free Library in Eldred is having a Treasures & Trinkets Sale Saturday, August 7th from 10am - 5pm at which you’ll be able to pick up some great collectibles, camping gear, tools, artwork, small furniture pieces plus much more while supporting a great library.

I’m hoping you can now check off your ‘learned something new’ box for today!


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