“Buskin & Batteau: A Concert of Pop, Folkie Grit and Killer Wit”

Sunday, December 19 at 2:00 PM
Orangeburg Library is thrilled to welcome music and comedy headliners, Buskin & Batteau. After a 13-year hiatus, they are on the road again, booked everywhere, and we are so LUCKY to get them!!! Thank you, Orangeburg Library Board President, Bill Hahn, for helping to land this event.

Singer-songwriter-soloists David Buskin (remember Modern Man?) and Robin Batteau have received rave reviews from the New York Times: “Versatile, sophisticated & by turns acerbic, funny and plaintive. Buskin & Batteau are breathing new life into the genre of the folk-pop singer -songwriter.”

Help the Orangeburg Library celebrate the year-end with this very literate music, intelligent songwriting, incredibly funny and talented duo.
Registration is a must! 359-2244 x10.





Are you ready for the Orangeburg Library's best-ever Year End Concert?

On Sunday, December 19 at 2:00 PM "Buskin & Batteau," will headline the free 2010 Year-End Concert of Pop and Folk Music. David Buskin, formerly of Modern Man, and Robin Batteau write jingles, compose music and have received rave reviews from the New York Times for their off-beat humor and musical excellence. Registration is a MUST. Please call 845-359-2244, Ext. 10.

Great Senior Special - For all who love the Outdoors

"A New Deal for the Palisades"
On Monday, December 6 at 1:00 PM,
the Orangeburg Library hosts Palisades Park Administrator, Eric Nelson, who will show a documentary which includes recently found footage on the dramatic growth of the Park under Roosevelt’s New Deal. This return of Mr. Nelson is a response to the popular demand after his presentstion of "The Unknown Palisades" last year. Please call the library at 845-359-2244, Ext. 10 to reserve your place.

The Library Book & Bag Lunch Group

Change of Date: The Library Book & Bag Lunch Group will be meeting on Monday, November 29 at 12 Noon for its discussion on Sue Miller's "While I Was Gone." The library will provide dessert.

Top-of-the-Stairs Gallery

At the Top-of-the-Stairs Gallery throughout December and January Photographers Drew and Sandy Wohl present their amazing underwater creatures in a very new format called Illuminart. The Gallery is wheelchair accessible.

New and Notable

Fall Selections at Orangeburg Library

Censored 2010: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-2009/ Peter Phillips.
Think you’re up on all the news? You’ll be surprised to read the most important overlooked stories of the past year.

Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat/ Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim.
With the help of two nutritionists, cat and dog owners can select the healthiest food for their pets.

Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures/ Robert K . Wittman.
Leader of the FBI’s Art Crime Team relates his fascinating 20-year career of traveling the world to recover stolen artwork and documents.

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things/ Rany O. Frost and Gail Stekettte.

Hoarding is more common than most of us realize. Two psychologists share their experiences in treating compulsive hoarders.

Ape House/ Sara Gruen.

A scientist’s life is thrown in to turmoil when her six bonobos (chimpanzees), fluent in sign language, are stolen from a research facility.

Black Mamba Boy/ Nadifa Mohamed.

A Somali boy travels over a thousand miles across North Africa and through parts of Europe in search of his father.

The Hundred-Foot Journey/ Richard C. Morais.

A lively immigrant family, new to the French Alps, opens an Indian restaurant much to the chagrin of a local chef.

Rembrandt Affair/ Daniel Silva.

A detective travels the world to recover a lost portrait by the Dutch master.

Skippy Dies/ Paul Murry.

The untimely demise of a 14 year-old boy at a Dublin boarding school starts a chain of horrifying and hilarious events.

Top of the Stairs Gallery

October & November– Local artist, Helen Greenberg, displays “The Joy of Nature” with an enchanting group of acrylic, oil and watercolor still lives and landscapes.

December & January– Artist/Underwater Photographer, Drew Wohl, and his wife, Sandy Wohl, display the latest of their marine discoveries, several in a new format called Illuminart.

CHAIR YOGA: With Instructor Colleen Briscoe

Five Monday Afternoons at 1:00 PM

On Five Consecutive Mondays - Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov., 8, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22
...all classes begin @ 1:00 PM promptly so plan on arriving 10 minutes early.
In this gentle yoga, participants sit in a chair, but all joints and muscles are exercised for increased flexibility, strength, balance and circulation. Please bring a towel to class. Class size is limited, so please call the library at 359-2244, Ext. 10 to register.


New Displays

Award-winning fiction and non-fiction books are on display now in the magazine/newspaper section, and at the far west windows, by the mysteries. All have won awards or honorable mentions for 2010!

Also on display, Extraordinary Animals, on the cart by the tables. Come check out the large number of "memoir" -type books on living with animals that have been published recently, as well as books on animal behavior, their emotional lives, how to start a pet business, dogs in literature, and more!


Teen Corner ( Winter 2012 )

Please register for Youth Programs at 359-2244, Ext. 15

Teen Programs
Grades 7-12
Registration required for all programs except where noted..

Teen Advisory Board
Grades 7-12

Become a part of the library by sharing your opinion. Have a say in teen programs and material selection. Earn community service hours for attending.
1/13, 2/10, 3/9
Fridays 3:30-4:30

Crochet for your Community
Mondays, 6-7 PM
Earn community Service hours by crocheting. Learn simple crocheting stiches.
1/9, 1/23, 2/27, 3/12, & 3/26

LoveBots Felt Creatures
Monday, 2/13 7 PM
Create a soft fuzzie creature for Valentine’s Day.

Paying for College
Jan. 30 @ 7 PM
Joshua Marber, MsEd. advises teens and their families on financial aid and scholarships. He will offer tips on:
* Filling out the FAFSA form
* Getting financial aid from the government, state and college
* Applying for scholarships

Call to register.

Speed Book Dating
Life is too short to read a book you don’t like. Discover new books that you will want to read by spending a short amount of time with them. We will look at everything from fiction to graphic novels.
Friday, 2/24 1-2 PM.

Dragon Eggs
Create awesome Dragon Eggs.
Monday, 3/19 7 PM



Adult Programs ( Winter 2012 )

Please call 359-2244, Ext. 10 to register for all programs.

SUNDAY, January 8 at 2:00 PM - A Salute to Modern Art
Producer Harvey Chertok presents the Hermitage Masterpieces of Modernism : Matisse, Picasso and more 20th Century Painters. One of the world’s greatest museums, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, showcases the colorful works of the Fauve artists, the singular creations of Matisse and the startling innovations of Picasso. Hear the amazing story of how this Hermitage video program was born.

SATURDAY, February 25 at 2:00 PM – A Celebration of Black History Month

Performers Kim and Reggie Harris present a concert of songs, stories and narratives about slavery and the quest for freedom entitled Music and the Underground Railroad. They reveal the hope, the power and eventually the triumph shared by people of many races. Through sing-a-longs, audience involvement and a multi-media presentation, Music and the Underground Railroad provide an understanding of the secrets and passion of this powerful era. This eventis a collaboration of the Adult and Youth programmers and is perfect for Adults and Grades 5 - 12.

SUNDAY, March 4 at 2:00 PM – “Shalom Aleichem : The Jewish Mark Twain Spins a World of Humor”
Fall into the world of wit and amazement when Bob Spiotto, Artistic Director of the Hofstra Community Arts Program, re-creates the character of Shalom Aleichem in “Shalom Shalam.” The legendary Shalom Aleichem was the literary storyteller of the Jewish people and playwright of the stories that led to the successful “Fiddler on the Roof.” Hear these stories come alive in this acclaimed “one-man show.”

MONDAY, March 26 from 1:00 PM
Acknowledging Great Women : The Art of Georgia O’Keeffe
The brilliant art historian from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Irene Wisoff, will be discussing one of the world’s great female artists, Georgia O’Keeffe. From her early landscapes of the West to her large images of stylized flowers, Ms. O’Keeffe created exotic paintings of animal bones, geological formations and adobe architecture. Find out about her life, her marriage to photographer Alfred Steiglitz, and how her personal and spiritual images became American icons.

Book & Bag Lunch Group
Everyone is welcome to join the group. Bring your lunch; the Library provides dessert. Books are available one month before the discussion. Note the differences in days of the week and times.
Tuesday, January 17 at 12 Noon: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Tuesday, February 21 at 12 Noon: Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr
Wednesday, March 28 at 1:00 PM: No One Writes to the Colonel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez



The library will be closed Monday
September 6, 2010.
Sunday Hours (1PM-5PM) resume
September 12, 2010.


Water Your Mind
Summer Reading Raffle

Week VII
Patron Top Picks

Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah

"Great story. Slow to start, but ending was very good."

Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring

"This play only gets better with time. It's deliciously funny. Murder can be charming."

Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down by Dave Barr

"Earlier collection of Dave Barry's columns. They are riotously funny, especially the one about getting school supplies for your kids."

The 9th Judgement by James Patterson

"Rapid-fire read!! One of his better plots (don't normally enjoy books that he co-authors)"

New Children's Books

Picture and EZ Readers Books

Barton, Chris Shark VS. Train
Carluccio, Maria. I'm 3! Look what I can do
Castellucci, Cecil. Grandma's Gloves
Underwood, Deborah.  The Quiet Book
Willems, Mo City Dog, Country Dog
                     I am Going (EZ Reader section)
                     Let's say HI to Friends Who Fly!
                     Time to Sleep Sheep the Sheep!
                     What's your Sound Hound the Hound?

J Fiction
De Quidt, Jeremy - The toymaker
Pogue, David - Abby Carnelia's one & only magical power.


AARP Defensive Driving Course

Wednesday and Thursday, September 22 and 23 from 1-5 PM
The Orangeburg Library will offer a 2-day AARP Defensive Driving course with instructor Elliot Cohen from 1 - 5 PM on each day. It is necessary to register in person at the library with a check made out to AARP for $12 per person, or $14 if you are not a member of AARP.

Book & Bag Lunch Group

Tuesday, September 21 at 12 Noon
The Orangeburg Library resumes its Book & Bag Lunch Group discussion at 12 Noon. The book is Chris Cleave's "Little Bee." All are welcome to attend, and the library will provide a beverage and dessert.


Children's Programs ( Winter 2012 )

Please register for Youth Programs at 359-2244, Ext. 15
Registration required for all programs except where noted.
Songs Stories and silliness
Ages 3 & younger
Tuesday 10:30 AM
1/17, 2/7, 2/28, 3/6 & 3/20
Drop in

Mother/Daughter Book Club
Grades 4-6, 5-6 PM
Celebrate woman’s history month. Join us each Thursday in March to discuss a biography of a woman who made a difference in history.
See Angela for list of books.

Boredom busters
Schools out! Check out what’s going on at the library.
1/16 1 PM Lunch and a movie. Bring lunch and watch Dolphin Tale (PG)
2/21 12-1:30 Fancy Nancy Tea Party
2/22 1 PM Lunch and a movie. Bring lunch. Movie TBA
2/23 11 AM Paper Airplanes – Design and fly paper airplanes

Crafternoons for Grades K-2
Mondays, 4:30 - 5:30
For Grades K-2
1/16 Listen & Craft – Listen to an audiobook and do a related craft.
2/6 Chocolate Covered Pretzels – Make a sweet treat.
3/5 Leprechaun House

Crafternoons for Grades 3-6
1/23 – Beaded Safety Pin Jewelry
2/13 Chocolate Covered Pretzels – Make a sweet treat.
3/9 Listen & Craft – Listen to an audiobook and do a related craft.

Local Children's Author Visit(Cancelled)
Award winning author, Donna McDine will read and discuss her new book The Golden Pathway.
Saturday 2/4 10:30 AM
For ages 7 & up.
Please register.


Pre-School Storytime for Ages 3-5

Children from ages 3 to 5 years have fun with engaging books, songs and activities as they build their early literacy skills.
Select one Session
Wednesdays at 1:30, 1/11 - 2/15
Thursdays at 10:30, 1/12 - 2/16

Session 2
Wednesdays at 1:30, 3/7 - 3/28
Thursdays at 10:30, 3/9 - 3/29
No Session 1/18


First Art for Toddlers
Ages: 18-36 months
Tuesdays, 10:30 Am
1/31, 3/13
Registration required


Toddler Valentine Dance Party
Tuesday 2/14 @ 10:30



Top of the Stairs Gallery

August and September
The Orangeburg Library is pleased to present an exhibit of artist John Sanders entitled, "More Than A Box" at the Top-of-the-Stairs Gallery. Using mixed media, Mr. Sanders displays a variety of diverse sculptural containers and 3-dimensional wall hangings.

Library Lock-in

Saturday, August 21 from 5 to 11 PM
The library closes at 5pm, but we'll stay and eat pizza and snacks, play Wii games, watch movies, do craft projects and much more until 11pm! This event will be open to reading club participants who complete the reading club and attend 3 teen programs. Space is limited and permission slips are required.


Gasland Documentary @ Roscoe Library

The Roscoe Free Library has a rare opportunity to have a one time showing of Gasland, Friday, August 13, at 5pm.

Initially shown at the Sundance Festival in Colorado, the film has also been shown on HBO. The subject matter is 'fracting', a controversial natural gas extraction method.

Link to Gasland Trailer

It's free, juice & cookies are in afternoon's future. If enough folks were interested, I could show it twice on the Friday. I have to return it Saturday morning.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Joyce Conroy ( at the Roscoe Free Library for additional information.


Water Your Mind
Summer Reading Raffle

Week VI
Patron Top Picks

Return To Sender by Fern Michaels
"Great mindless enjoyment!"

Final Exam by Maggie Barbieri
"A little far-fetched plot but light reading."

Blockade Billy by Stephen King
"Not up to King's usual suspenseful and often gory standards. If you're a baseball junkie, you'll like the tone and the ambience. The plot is so-so."
Water Your Mind
Summer Reading Raffle

Week V

Patron Top Picks

The Search by Nora Roberts
"One of the best! Suspense, love -- couldn't put it down!"

Three Chords for Beauty's Sake: The Life of Artie Shaw by Tom Nolan
"I have been a great fan of Artie shaw. The sound that he produced from his clarinet was sweet and mellow and beautiful. He was completely self-taught and his ascent to the top of the musical world int he 1930's and 1940's was all the more amazing. He had numerous number one hits. His professional success was in sharp contrast to his failed personal life due to his obsessive, compulsive, and mean-spirited behavior towards women."

The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
"'. . .the purpose of individual growth is to share with others.' K. Norris' experiences in the monastic life are the basis for this book. The quotation from St. Benedict was one tenet difficult to follow and to explain to one's self. Living the life of self-discipline and of yielding to the needs and lifestyle of community required constant vigilance. I might need to read this a second or third time!"

Winston's War: Churchill 1940-1945 by Max Hastings
"This is a greatly detailed work about the Second World War and Winston Churchill's enormous contribution to the winning of the war. He alone truly got the English people safely through the war. He is one of the most important people of the 20th century."

Mature When I'm Dead by Dave Barry
"Another collection of really funny essays, in line with the rest of Dave Barry's wierd humor. The earlier essays are the funniest."

The Abortionist's Daughter by Elizabeth Hyde
"A 'whodunit' with interesting characters. I couldn't put it down!"


Book Reviews by Patrons: Our Readers Write!

See what Orangeburg Library patrons are reading and enjoying this summer.

Click Here!


New Online Reading Program

You can now do the Children and Teen Summer Reading Program online!  Click here to register.  Children grades - PreK to entering Grade 6, click on "Make a Splash" tab.  Teens grades 7-12, click on Make Waves @ your library tab.  Once you register Click on Add/View Log and list all your books.  To collect your prizes, see Angela.


Water Your Mind - 9th Annual Adult Summer Reading Raffle.

Beginning June 28 – July 31, the Orangeburg Library is sponsoring a Reading Raffle. Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, and fill out a Raffle Ticket with your name, the title of the book and a brief critique. The more you read, the more chances you have to win a prize. Winners will be drawn every week for five weeks beginning July 2. See Richard in Adult Reference for details.


New Children's Non-fiction books

Here are just a few of the new children's non-fiction books the library has recently purchased.

Cool Crafts with Old CDS
Cool Crafts with Old Wrappers, Cans, and Bottles.
Cool Crafts with Old Jeans
Cool Crafts with Old T-Shirts

Who Dunnit? Forensic Science Experiments (series)
  •  Who Can Solve the Crime?
  • Who Forged This Document?
  • Whose Bones Are These?
  • Whose Fingerprints Are These?
How Does It Happen (series)
  •  How Does A Plant become Oil?
  • How Does a Volcano become an Island?
  • How Does a Cloud become a Thunderstorm?
I Like Weird Animals!
  • Bomb-Factory Beetles and other Weird Insects
  • Fainting Goats and other Weird Mammals
  • Leafy Sea Dragons and other Weird Sea Creatures
  • Weird Birds
Raptors (Series)
  • Eagles
  • Falcons
  • Hawks
  • Kites
  • Owls
  • Vultures
My Body (Series)
  • Why Do I Brush my teeth?
  • Why do I was my hands?
Simple Machines
  • Levers
  • Pulleys
  • Ramps
  • Screws
  • Wedges
  • Wheels and Axles
Ripley's Believe it or not! (series)

Explore & Draw (series)
  • Wizards, Witches, & Dragons
  • Dinosaurs
Ready, Set, Draw! (series)
  • Dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures you can draw
  • Cool Boy Stuff You Can Draw

Stop in to check out other new books!

New DVDs

Check catalog for availability

The Horseboy
Leap Year
Seraphine (foreign)
Tokyo Sonata (foreign)


A Concert of Live Opera & Italian Ballads

Sunday, May 2 at 2:00 PM

The Orangeburg library is proud to present a free concert by tenor, SALVATORE CHIATRELLI with a special appearance of soprano, ELGA JOHANNES in a unique program entitled, “From Italy: Con Amore.” Trained in opera in both Italy and Manhattan, Mr. Chiarelli returns to the Orangeburg Library to sing arias from Italian operas, Neapolitan ballads and songs from musical theatre. Salvatore Chiarelli has performed as a soloist and ensemble leader in more than 30 Italian opera productions. He will be joined in duets with the fresh elegance of Ms. Johannes. Please call the library at 845-359-2244, Ext. 10 to register.

Book & Bag Lunch Group

Thursday, May 27 at 12 Noon

The Orangeburg Library will be discussing “Revolutionary Road” by Richard Yates. The book is available at the Circulation Desk. Feel free to bring a sandwich and the library will supply coffee and dessert.


New DVDs

Check catalog for availability

The Blind Side
The Fourth Kind
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Sherlock Holmes

CHAIR YOGA: With Instructor Colleen Briscoe

On Five Consecutive Monday Afternoons at 1:30*- 2:30 PM April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17 and May 24...all at 1:30 PM

In this gentle yoga, participants sit in a chair, exercising all joints and muscles for increased flexibility, strength, balance and circulation. Bring a towel to Class. Class size is limited, so please remember to register by calling 359-2244, Ext. 10.
* Note the change in time.


DVDs - Coming Soon!

Did You Hear About the Morgans?
The Fourth Kind
The Blind Side
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Sherlock Holmes
An Education


Aerosmith & Lullabies

I couldn't believe it when I first saw it, there are now lullaby renditions of Journey, Aerosmith & Michael Jacksons songs!  So when your "Angel" is "Cryin'" or "When the Lights go down" in the nursery, put on one of these CDs.

Now available at the Library
My Baby Loves...Michael Jackson
Rockabye Baby! lullaby renditions of Aerosmith
Rockabye Baby! lullaby renditions of Journey

New CDs for older children:

Circle Time songs & Games
Alvin & the Chipmunks the squeakuel
Disney Princess Party


New CDs

Check catalog for availability

All Time Low - Unplugged
Christina Aguilera - Keeps Gettin' Better - A Decade of Hits
Lil Wayne - Rebirth
Nine - Motion Picture Soundtrack
Sade - Soldier of Love


New Building Blocks Club for kids

The library is planning a building block club for children this spring.  We are looking for donations of new or used LEGO products.  Does your family have any that you don't play with anymore?  Details on the club to follow.  See Angela at the Library to donate.  Thank you!

DVDs - Coming Soon!

Boondock Saints- All Saints Day
Capitalism: A Love Story
Old Dogs
Up in the Air

New DVDs

Check catalog for availability...

Couples Retreat
A Serious Man
The Stepfather
The Time Traveler's Wife


New Video Games

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
Marvel Super Hero Squad
TMNT Smash Up

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010
Lego Rock Band
Super Mario Bros Wii
Toy Story Mania!


2010 Awards

The winners were announced and our mock group didn't predict the winners (see post from 1/12/10), but we read some great books.   Here is a list of the winners:

Newbery Award:  When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Newbery Honors:  Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
                              The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
                              Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
                              The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Caldecott Award:  The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Caldecott Honors: All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
                             Red sings from  Treetops by Joyce Sidman

Printz Award:        Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Printz Honors:       Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
                             The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
                             Punkzilla by Adam Rabb
                             Tales from the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes

Sibert Award for the most distinguished informational book:
Winner:                 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
Honors:                 The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton
                             Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 12 by Brian Floca
                             Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

Theodor Suess Geisel Award for Beginner Readers:
Winner:                 Benny and Penny in the Big No-NO! by Geoffrey Hayes
Honors:                I Spy Fly Guy by Ted Arnold
                            Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith
                            Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends by Wong Herbert Yee
                            Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day by Kate McMullan

Happy Reading!!


Newbery/Caldecott Medal Awards

Next week, at the American Library Association winter conference, the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals will be announced.  This is an event that children's librarians all over look forward to.   While we wait with anticipation, the librarians of Rockland county hold Mock Newbery and Caldecott awards.  For the last few months librarians are busy reading and evaluating the books that have been published in the last year.  

Today, I met with the librarians to discuss which books we think should win these awards.  It was a lively discussion with many opinions.  Here are the books we choose as our winners:

Caldecott Winner:   Otis by Loren Long
Honor books:          Billy Twitters and his big blue whale problem by Mac Barnett
                               All Gods Critters by Bill Staines

Newbery Winner:    Love, Aubrey by Suzanne Lafleur
Honor Books          Anything but typical by Nora Raliegh Baskin
                               The Girl who threw butterflies by Mick Cochrane

These were all great books that I highly recommend.  On Monday, the winners will be announced and I can't wait to see if we were right.  Check back on Monday when I post the winners.