This Week at the Library: 1/18-1/23

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Accepting Donations for Spring Book Sale

Virtual Tour: The Cloisters Museum & Gardens

Thursday, January 21st | 6:30 PM
Online via Zoom | Register here

Why is there a medieval art museum in North Manhattan? Discover the answer within the origins of The Met Cloisters, a collection of medieval architecture that is a work of art itself, then learn about some of its individual works of art, such as the Unicorn Tapestries.

Join Michael Norris, Ph.D., on Thursday, January 21st @ 6:30pm, as he guides us through The Middle Ages and other surprises in North Manhattan as well as a virtual stroll through the medieval masterpieces of the Met’s Cloisters

Registration is required. Zoom meeting link will be sent no later than 2 days before program begins.

This program is sponsored by the Clinton Community Library, Pleasant Valley Library, Stone Ridge Library, West Hurley Public Library, Staatsburg Library, Morton Memorial Library, and Tivoli Free Library.

Virtual Presentation: The Life and History of the Ancient One: The Story of ‘Kennewick Man’

Tuesday, January 19th | 1:00 PM
Online via GoToMeeting
Register here

Around 9,000 years ago a Native American community buried one of their own near a river in the Pacific Northwest of North America. Then, in 1996, after millennia of erosion the remains of this individual, now known as The Ancient One (also Kennewick Man), were found by locals along the banks of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington, setting in motion a more than two-decades-long legal and cultural battle between Native Americans, anthropologists, and the United States Government, sparking conversations within the country about cultural ownership, scientific intentions, and Native American rights.

Join us for a talk and Q&A with anthropologist and archaeologist Martin Walker to better understand this conflict over the control of human remains, to learn about NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act), and to discover how this singular case has brought into sharp relief Native American sovereignty in the United States.

Martin Walker, MA, RPA, is an anthropologist and professional archaeologist who has been conducting research and teaching North American Prehistoric archaeology for over 10 years. He has worked with the American Museum of Natural History, the University of Tennessee, the University of West Georgia, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and the National Parks Service.

“Feastival” for the Birds

“Feastival” for the Birds
Saturday, February 13th | 10:00 AM
Snow date – Friday, February 19th
Outside the Library

According to legend if lots of birds come, a good crop will follow the next year. The very act of giving to the birds signifies a reminder that no matter how lean the times, when people share, good fortune will follow. Join us in the time honored tradition of feeding birds this time of year. We’ll make creative, edible bird feeders to hang from the trees at the library and for you to take one home with you. Dress warmly for the weather and meet outside the library by the picnic table.

**Please wear a mask and respect social distancing guidelines.

Cooking with Alternative Sugars

Saturday, February 13th | 11:00 AM
Online via Zoom
Register here

Do you love sweets but you don’t want the accompanying blood sugar rush? Join Holly Shelowitz, Certified Nutrition Counselor and Culinary Nutrition Educator for a nutrition workshop and cookalong cooking class. Learn about alternative sweeteners like monk fruit sugar, stevia, erythritol, maltitol, xylitol, swerve and others, what they are, where to find them and how to use them. Together we will prepare chocolate chip cookies which are naturally gluten free since we are using almond flour. Cook along with Holly by bringing your screen into the kitchen, or kick back and watch. It’s so much fun to see each other in our kitchens!

Sponsored by Clinton Community Library, Starr Library, Morton Memorial Library, Staatsburg Library, and LaGrange Public Library.

Virtual Chinese Calligraphy Workshop

Saturday, February 20th | 11:00 AM
Online | Register here

Join artist Jojo Liu in this beginner’s Chinese calligraphy class, from the comfort and safety of your own home. Jojo will teach traditional Chinese calligraphy basics, including how to hold a brush, write basic strokes, and write stokes while standing. Learn about the stories and traditions of Chinese New Year, and welcome luck in the year of the Ox! No prior knowledge is required to participate, except a passion for calligraphy and/or history. This class is ideal for beginners and is a great indoor activity for all ages.

All materials are supplied for this class. Kits may be picked up 1 week before class begins. Meeting link information will be sent no later than Tuesday, February 16th.

Sponsored by Clinton Community Library, Starr Library, and Tivoli Free Library.

Take & Make

January 2021–April 2021
Pick up 1st & 3rd Fridays when the library is open

Grab a kit, make a craft! Stop by the library any time on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month to pick up a craft kit. All materials and instructions are included for you to take home and make at your leisure. Kits are given on a first come, first served basis. Share with us what you make and tag @clintoncommunitylibrary! Ages 5 and up recommended.

Crafting with Creativebug

December 2020–March 2021
Register here for February

Let’s get crafty with Creativebug! This winter, teens and adults are invited to pick up a different craft kit each month to make at home. Instructions are delivered via videos on Creativebug, the library’s free resource for arts and crafts classes. You will need to know your library card number and PIN to log in. Ages 14 and up recommended. To register, call the library at 845-266-5530 or sign up online.

*Kits are limited to 1 per person and registration is required.* Kits may be picked up anytime after the first Friday of the month.

Book Club News

Monday Evening Book Club
Monday, January 18th | 7:00 PM
Online via GoToMeeting

In January, we will discuss The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Tran family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Tran Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope.

Call the library at 845-266-5530 to reserve your copy.

***This program will take place online. Please email for the Go-To-Meeting log-in information.***


Tea Time Book Club
Thursday, January 14th | 2:00 PM
Online via Zoom

In January, the Tea Time Book Club will be reading The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. From the author of Me Before YouThe Giver of Stars is set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.

Call the library at 845-266-5530 to reserve your copy. Email Susan at to register and receive meeting information.