This Week at CCL: August 19-24

Join Our Team!

Title:  Programming Coordinator (Part-Time)
Location: Clinton Community Library, 1215 Centre Road, Rhinebeck, NY (Town of Clinton)
Position: Part-time, 18-24 hours/week including Saturdays (9-1) and occasional evenings.
Pay: $15.00/hour


The Clinton Community Library seeks a creative, energetic, and detail-oriented individual to join its team as a Programming Coordinator. The coordinator will oversee all aspects of library programs. While the focus will be on adult and teen programming, he/she will also be expected to assist with children’s programming. Additionally, the coordinator will support marketing, and public relations outreach, with primary responsibility for updating our website/events calendar and maintaining the library’s social media presence.

Responsibilities include:

  • Planning, promoting, and implementing programs for adults and teens and assisting with programming for elementary-aged children.
  • Providing departmental information for the director’s monthly report.
  • Maintaining library website and events calendar as well as the library’s social media presence
  • Managing online public information calendars, news media postings, and writing and distributing press releases andevent alerts
  • Sending weekly subscriber e-newsletters, and event-specific email blasts
  • Providing reference and readers’advisory when needed.
  • Assisting with circulation and other library functions as necessary.

Required Skills:

  • Excellent working knowledge of computers, mobile devices, and e-readers.
  • Strong level of comfort with Microsoft Word & Excel. Familiarity with WordPress, MailChimp, and Canva is preferred.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative
  • Team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiastic about working with the public and providing exceptional customer service

Prior experience in marketing, public relations, or public libraries is helpful, but not required

Instructions to Applicants

Interested individuals should email their resume and letter of interest to Carol Bancroft at Please include “Programming Coordinator Position” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

This Week’s Concert

Cherished Memories
Friday, August 16, 6 PM
Sponsored by Nine Partners Lions Club
Cherished Memories recreate the classic sounds using only their voices singing tight harmonies. A cappella!Cherished Memories performs across New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, taking their listeners on a journey back to the sounds of street corner harmony not often heard anymore. The group’s origin dates back to the spring of 1998.

The members say they still enjoy performing the Doo-Wop hits and will continue as long as people want to hear it. Those yesteryear are revisited every time the group takes to the stage with their a cappella nostalgic renditions of songs of the past.

Their music appeals to all ages. Some people are taken back to younger days and simpler times, while others just appreciate the pure sounds and vocal intricacies of tight harmony.

Weather-permitting the concert will be held outside the library. In the case of inclement weather, we will move the performance into the Clinton Town Hall. Please call (845) 266-5530 for more information


Reserve Your Spot at Our Annual Tag Sale!

Vendors wanted for the library’s annual Community Tag Sale happening Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9AM-3PM (Rain or Shine). Individuals, businesses, and community organizations are all welcome. Spots are $15 if you bring your own table, and $25 if you need to rent a table for the day. You keep all the profits! Payment is due at time of reservation. Please stop by the library to sign up or call (845) 266-5530 for more information.

Proceeds from the reservation of spots at this event will be used to help fund library programming.

This Week’s Concert

Betty & the Baby Boomers
Friday, August 9, 6 PM

When Betty Boomer, Jean Valla McAvoy, Paul Rubeo, and Steve Stanne began singing together more than 30 years ago, the name made sense—a play on Betty’s name and the fact that all are children of the baby boom. Bassist Robert Bard fit right in demographically when he joined later on. If they’ve had second thoughts, it’s too late to change now. “Betty and the Baby Boomers” appears on the covers of the band’s five CDs, and the name is known to folk music fans from the mountains of Connemara in Ireland to the Catskills overlooking New York’s Hudson Valley, their home base.The folk genre covers many styles. The Boomers’ take on it is suggested in a review of their second recording, Tumbling Through the Stream of Days, in the folk song magazine Sing Out! It described the group as “a refreshing reminder of the halcyon days of American folk music” and the CD as “an enthusiastic testament to the sheer joy of singing and playing music.” In addition to original songs from Jean, the Boomers draw on sources including traditional tunes, Americana roots music, contemporary artists like Greg Brown, Bruce Springsteen, and Dougie MacClean, and classic “folksingers” like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Phil Ochs.

Whatever the source, each song is “Boomerized” – set in distinctive arrangements with three and four part harmonies. The singers’ voices differ in range and color; they combine in a unique and resonant blend that is the Boomers’ signature. Their vocals are coupled to impressive instrumental work on guitars, Dobro, bass, bodhran, and kazoo, or sometimes — “Look Ma, no hands”— uncoupled in a capella selections.

Weather-permitting the concert will be held outside the library. In the case of inclement weather, we will move the performance into the Clinton Town Hall. Please call (845) 266-5530 for more information.

Book Club News

Monday Evening Book Club
Monday, August 19, 7:00 PM

In August, the Evening Book Club will be discussing 1491 by Charles C. Mann.In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.

Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew.

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Tea Time Book Club
Thursday, September 12, 2:00 PM

In September, the Tea Time Book Club will be discussing Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson. There is no meeting in August.

When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she’s fresh out of high school, pregnant with her art teacher’s baby, and totally on her own. Izzy knows she can be a good mother but without any money or relatives to help, she’s left searching.

Dr. Grind, an awkwardly charming child psychologist, has spent his life studying family, even after tragedy struck his own.  Now, with the help of an eccentric billionaire, he has the chance to create a “perfect little world”—to study what would happen when ten children are raised collectively, without knowing who their biological parents are.  He calls it The Infinite Family Project and he wants Izzy and her son to join.

This attempt at a utopian ideal starts off promising, but soon the gentle equilibrium among the families disintegrates: unspoken resentments between the couples begin to fester; the project’s funding becomes tenuous; and Izzy’s growing feelings for Dr. Grind make her question her participation in this strange experiment in the first place.

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Error in Newsletter

We made an error on the calendar portion of our print newsletter. Wednesday Tai Chi is held at 6:00 PM — NOT at 6:30 as listed. We apologize for the mistake and any confusion!

A Note From The Board of Trustees

Teresa McGuirk & Carol Bancroft

The Clinton Community Library’s Board of Trustees wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Teresa McGuirk (left in photo) upon her retirement as Director of the Clinton Community Library effective July 6, 2019. Teresa agreed to become our Director at a time where we were facing significant challenges and the future existence of the Library was uncertain. Working closely with our Board of Trustees, Teresa demonstrated true leadership and uncommon courage as she successfully faced each challenge. Her contributions to the recent success of the Library are too numerous to list here but perhaps her greatest accomplishment is that the Library is once again viewed as the heart of our Community. The Board of Trustees will be planning a special recognition event for Teresa at the Library in the not too distant future.

The Board is extremely pleased to announce that Carol Bancroft (right in photo) has agreed to become our new Library Director. Carol has a long and distinguished history of employment at the Clinton Community Library working to coordinate the Library’s award-winning schedule of programs, and most recently she has served as Assistant Director. We are confident that Carol is prepared to maintain the level of high-quality Library services that our community residents have come to expect from the Clinton Community Library.

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