May 21-26 at the Library

Local Author Janet Johnson Schliff to Talk at CCL

Author Talk: Janet Johnson Schliff
Whatever Happened to My White Picket Fence?
Thursday, May 31, 6:30 PM 

How Do You Rewrite Your Life’s Script after You’ve Suffered a Massive Brain Tumor? Janet Johnson Schliff, author of Whatever Happened to My White Picket Fence? will be at Clinton Community Library on Thursday, May 31 at 6:30 PM to talk about the book and her personal experiences.

Schliff was an award-winning special education teacher for 25 years. But, as her abilities began to fade away with no medical explanation, she suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) behaviors that wreaked havoc on her much-loved teaching career…. A massive brain tumor was discovered, and finally, after brain surgery, the odd behaviors it caused that had ruled her life for years were gone, only to be replaced by a different set of life-long challenges due to her injured brain.

Brain Injury is often referred to as a silent epidemic. Schliff’s memoir is a poignant portrayal of her life before and after the removal of a brain tumor. It is honest, informative, emotional, and humorous. Her story helps readers to understand that though not all impairments are outwardly physical, they are devastating nonetheless. This program is free and open to the public.

Learn About the History of the Walkway

Lunch & Learn:
“Walkway over the Hudson:
From Railroad Bridge to State Historic Park”

Thursday, May 24, 12:30 PM

In October 2009, the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park opened as a legacy project of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial. The park provides access to the Hudson River’s breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The bridge deck stands 212 feet above the river’s surface and is 6,768 feet (1.28 miles) long, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Come and hear the story of this amazing project, from an abandoned relic to a popular tourist attraction.

Lunch is provided by the library. If you would like, you may bring a dessert to share. We can accomodate a limited number of people for lunch. All are welcome to join us for dessert and the lecture at 1 PM. Call 266-5530 to RSVP or register online.

Part of our Optimistic Aging series.

May Book Club News

Tea Time Book Club
The Paris Architect
by Charles Belfoure 

May 17, 2:00 PM
In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money – and maybe get him killed. But if he’s clever enough, he’ll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won’t find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can’t resist.
Reserve your copy now and join us for a book discussion on Thursday May 17 at 2 PM. New members are welcome!

Monday Evening Book Club
The Odyssey
by Homer
May 21, 7:00 PM
Homer’s Odyssey has been called “the first novel,” “the first expression of the mind in literary form,” and “the best story ever written.”  Whether fans of suspense, fantasy or human drama, readers of all ages thrill to Homer’s vibrant picture of Odysseus on his decade-long journey, as he meets the lotus-eaters, cunningly flees Cyclops, angers his gods, resists the sexy Sirens, narrowly escapes Scylla and Charybdis, averts his eyes from Medusa, docks in exotic cities—all the while struggling to make it home to his wife and son.
Reserve your copy now and join us for a book discussion on Monday May 21 at 7 PM. New members are welcome!

Readers Wanted!

First Meeting: Wed. May 23, 6:30-7:30 PM
What is Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books (BoB) is a book-based trivia contest for middle schoolers in the Mid-Hudson Library System. Teams compete by answering questions based on the 8 books that every participant reads. The team meets bi-weekly in May and June and weekly during July and August.

Who Can Join?
Anyone entering grades 6-9 in Fall 2018 can participate!

Why Should I Participate?
You get to read great books, discover new authors, and make new friends. At our meetings we play games, watch movies, discuss the books, and have a lot of fun! Every team member gets an official BoB team t-shirt to wear to the Final Battle!

Where/When is the Battle?
During the summer we participate in smaller battles with neighboring libraries. The 2018 Middle School Regional Battle will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 9 AM  at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge
How Can I get More Information?
Contact team coach Carol Bancroft at (845) 266-5530 / or come to the Info Session on Saturday, April 21 at 11:30 AM.

If you are shopping at Amazon, consider using AmazonSmile and helping the Clinton Community Library! When asked to pick an organization to support, choose Clinton Community Literary Association Inc. Shopping at AmazonSmile is no different from shopping at Amazon, with the sole exception being financial support for the library. There is no additional cost to shop through AmazonSmile. With each purchase you make, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the library.

Program Proposal Form

Do you want to get involved with the library? Do you have a great idea for a program or library event, but aren’t sure how to get started? Now you can simply fill out our online Program Proposal Form. We read through submissions monthly and will contact you if your program is a good fit.

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Pass

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum Library Pass
We are pleased to share that we now offer our patrons a pass to the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum! The Pass allows for free general admission during public hours for the entire family. The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum defines “family” as up to two adults and all children under 18 years old from one household. Library card AND photo ID must be presented when entering the museum, per the Museum’s rules. The Family Pass may be borrowed during the week for 5 days. Passes must be returned to the Clinton Community Library and handed to a staff member.
A Family Pass may NOT be renewed, and there is a late fee of $5.00 per day, and a fee of $10.00 for a lost membership card. For more information, call the library or stop by the circulation desk!

eBooks for Kids!

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.

Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.