Gardiner Library News

Posted 10/7/20

Join the pen pal initiativeJoin the Gardiner Library’s Pen Pal Initiative where children can connect with friends, family and our community by putting pen to paper! Writers can participate …

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Join the pen pal initiative

Join the Gardiner Library’s Pen Pal Initiative where children can connect with friends, family and our community by putting pen to paper! Writers can participate in three ways:  “Dear Librarian” connects children to a Gardiner librarian who always enjoys reading and hearing the latest news (we like art too), “Senior Connect” connects children with a senior living at Woodland Pond, or our “Flat Stanley Pen Pal Club” where children register for a Flat Stanley kit to decorate and send to friends or family close to home or far away. Those participating in any of these pen pal programs will be eligible to receive monthly cardmaking kits and should email Nicole at nlane@rcls.org for more information. 

  For further information visit www.gardinerlibrary.org or the library’s Facebook page.

Surprise book bundle

Fill out a survey and Gardiner librarians will surprise you with a bundle of three special books. All books will be selected from the library’s collection. Once your surprise book bundle is ready, you will be contacted to arrange pick up during library hours. Visit the Kids/Teens section at www.gardinerlibrary.org to find and complete the form.

  For further information visit gardinerlibrary.org or the library’s Facebook page.

Gardiner Library hosts teen Literary Magazine meeting

As Gardiner Library prepares to launch its literary magazine, teens continue to meet virtually via Zoom on Monday October 13 at 7 p.m.

Middle and high school students who enjoy writing poetry, short stories and graphic novels are invited to join in on the fun. Submit work through email and fellow authors will share critiques, suggestions and compliments. The first issue will be published in December both online and as a hard copy to be checked out. Copies will be available for purchase as well. All proceeds will benefit teen programming. Artists wanted to add their creativity to our first publication. Freelance or to accompany written pieces.

Coming soon.. Zines! Consider being part of the Gardiner Library Zine Team. Informational meeting during our November 9 Literary Magazine meeting. For those interested in joining or for more information including the Zoom link to access the meetings contact Carolyn Thorenz at cthorenz@rcls.org. Virtual Teen Literary Magazine meetings will continue on the second Monday of each month.

Library hosts weekly walking club

The Gardiner Library holds a weekly walking club for Seniors on Thursdays from 9:00 to 9:45 AM, weather permitting. Those interested can meet in the upper parking lot at the library. It is the perfect way to get some fresh air, enjoy the fall foliage and meet new people, all while getting some exercise. Contact Nicole at nlane@rcls.org for more information.

For further information visit

gardinerlibrary.org or the library’s Facebook page.

Writing contest winners announced

The Gardiner Library announces the winners for its 2020 Great American Tall Tales Summer Short Story Writing Contest. For the Kids Short Story Writing Contest, children ages 11 and under wrote a Tall Tale beginning with the phrase, “Dear Librarian, I could not return my book on time because.” The writers were asked to finish the statement with a tall tale filled with exaggerations and outlandish characters to mesmerize our judges and entertain the librarians. And the winners chosen were: 1st place: Sophie Anne Meier (11 years old), 2nd place: Meghan Hofer (11 years old), and 3rd place: Lucille Maendel (6th grade).

  As for the Teen/Adult Short Story Writing Contest. Teens and adults were asked to write a Tall Tale inspired by local history and community to create a short story filled with fantastical intrigue and outlandish characters. And the winners chosen were: 1st place: Marlys Swinger (12 years old), 2nd place: Madilyn Becker (14 years old) and 3rd place: Steve Liss (adult).

  All entries will be printed in the first issue of the Teen Literary Magazine debuting in December. Hard copies will be available to view and purchase (all proceeds will be used for teen programming) as well as to be available to read online. 

  For further information visit www.gardinerlibrary.org or the library’s Facebook page.

Library to host Outdoor Up-Cycled Paper Jewelry Workshop

The Gardiner Library hosts an Outdoor Up-Cycled Paper Jewelry Workshop on Saturday October 17 from  10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pre-register for this event by October 9 by emailing Nicole at nlane@rcls.org. Limited space is available. The event will be held outside, under the pavilion at Majestic Park (rain or shine). Social distancing and masks will be required. 

Learn about up-cycling unwanted things into new useful things. Holiday gift-wrapping paper is rolled, glued, and glazed into beautiful beads that can be worn as necklaces or bracelets. All craft supplies provided. Recommended for children 3rd grade and up and their families.  The event is organized by the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency.

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