Margaret Peterson Haddix
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Library Program Rooms
Peterson Haddix comes
from a long line of bookworms, so it is no wonder that she became a
writer. "When we went on family
vacations, my parents were always saying things like, 'Would you guys
reading for a minute and look out the window? That's the Grand Canyon
were driving past!'"
As a child, while other kids
would answer the question of what do you want to be when you grow up by
choosing the career of their parents, Margaret longed to have a career
she didn't believe real people actually got to do. She thought all
people were farmers, like her father or nurses,
like her mother, or doctors or teachers.
She thought that authors were only found in books.
Margaret Peterson Haddix did
become a writer, the prolific author of more than 20 books beginning
Out of Time in 1995. She is the
author of The Shadow Children series and also of the tenth and final
book of the
39 Clues series which will be available in the fall of 2010. At any
given time she has two or three books
in various stages of readiness for publication. "I know I have to write
a story when the story keeps me
awake at night, teases at the back of my brain all day, just won't let
Park- Halfmoon Public
Library, in conjunction with the Friends of the Library, is pleased to
that Margaret Peterson Haddix will be speaking at the Library on
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
at 7 pm. Her presentation is for
children and adults alike. Borders
Books will have a selection of her books for sale and Ms. Peterson
be available for book signing immediately following the presentation. To
register on-line for this wonderful event click on www.cphlibrary.org,
On the left side of the page, click
Program Registration then Calendar of Events. Or, call the Library at
371-8622. Registration is requested and begins Monday, May 3. Seating
will be on a first-come,
first-served basis and limited to room capacity.
|Announcing . . .|The Friends' Favorites Cookbook
By Ellen Burns
The Friends of the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Public Library have
prepared a taste-tempting cookbook to be sold at our library. The cookbook has been created with the
help of Shenendehowa High School East students in the graphics design class who
have created the artwork for the cover and throughout the book. This wonderful cookbook will feature
favorite recipes from members of our community, your neighbors and friends.
The Friends' Favorites Cookbook will be on sale beginning in
the month of April at the library for $12 each. Proceeds from the sales of our cookbooks will support the
many worthwhile projects and programs at the library. Your help in purchasing the cookbook will insure the success
of this fundraiser while introducing you to many new and delicious
Mothers, aunts, sisters, and grandmothers alike, would love
to receive this wonderful addition to their cookbook collection for Mothers'
Join the Friends for A Book and Story Festival for Adults: Stories and Families
Wednesday, May 5th, 5:30 PM
Library Program Rooms
are invited to enjoy a Springtime Book and Story
Festival for Adults, organized and sponsored by the Friends of the
- Halfmoon Public Library. The
festival will be held on Wednesday, May 5th from 5:30 until 9:00 PM in
Library Program Rooms on the second floor. Supper will be served and
attractive literary baskets and
author signed books will be auctioned (Chinese Auction) throughout this
fun-filled evening. The program
will include Four Courses of Books and Stories with Three Courses of a
Our special guests and presenters for the evening include
lover of books and literature professor, Frank Hodge and local
member of the Friends of the Library, Kate Dudding. Their story telling
and book sharing will touch the heart of
adults who are parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles or simply
For many years, Frank taught Children's Literature at SUNY
Albany and brought the joy of literature to thousands of adults and
the Capital Region. He is the
former owner of Hodge-Podge Books that was located on Lark Street in
now operates his business from his web site,
Frank's love of literature is infectious and he counts among his friends
many of the better children's book writers and illustrators.
Kate Dudding is an award-winning storyteller and
author. She enjoys telling many
kinds of stories to all ages. A particular interest of hers is bringing
to life -- giving a voice to people from the past. She has told stories
venues in the Northeastern USA, including The New-York Historical
York City, NY), The Clearwater Festival (Croton-on-Hudson, NY), First
Saratoga (Saratoga Springs, NY), and The Norman Rockwell Museum
MA). She is a member of the Story
Circle, Proctor's Theatre Resident Storytelling Company -
Our Book and Story Festival is free. Seating is limited and
required. As a Member of the
Friends of the Library, you will have two weeks to register before this
becomes open to the public on April 19th. To register, simply call
371-8622. You may also register in person at the
library Welcome Desk. Registration
will begin on Monday, April 5, 2010.
Our festival will begin at 5:30 PM. You'll have time to check in, purchase
Chinese Auction tickets (12 tickets for $10.00) and make your auction
before the first course of stories.
Before supper, we'll enjoy a book and story course while sipping a cup
of punch followed by our first auction drawings. Our appetizer course
will be followed by more
books, stories and another auction drawing. Next, you'll enjoy gourmet
sandwiches, fresh fruit, and side
dishes followed by more stories, books and another auction drawing. The
meal will conclude with dessert and
coffee. Our exciting evening will
end with our final course of stories, books and our final auction
|National Children's Book Week|
by Toby Elman
Celebrating New Babies
The Friends of the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Public Library
invite parents and grandparents of a newborn (up to six months old). to join us
in participating in National Children's Book Week, May 9 ~ May 15, 2010 with
"Books for Babies."
If you are a Library District parent or grandparent of a
newborn. please stop at the Welcome Desk in the lobby of the Library during the week of
May 9~15 to receive a special gift packet containing, among other materials, a board book, library card
application, nutritional information and tips on reading compliments of the Friends.
by Rhona Koretzky
Buon giorno from Rhona, the FOL
travel coordinator. We are
announcing the next international adventure with Collette Vacations,
by and in support of the Friends of the Library. We will be traveling to
in March 2011. The first part of the trip will be six days touring
will then travel by ferry to the spectacular Amalfi Coast for two days,
to the ruined city of Pompeii, and conclude our trip with two full days
The trip departs from Albany Airport on Thursday March 17,
2011 and will return on Monday March 28. The tour cost is $3,344 per
on double occupancy. Single occupancy is available for a supplemental
$495. Included in this price: round-trip airfare from Albany, air taxes,
and surcharges, travel insurance, 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners, and guided
Please mark your calendar to join me on Wednesday June 2 at
6:00 PM at the library for a slide show presentation about this trip
opportunity. Jennifer Baumann, district sales manager for Collette
will be available to answer all questions. I will be happy to take
registrations for the trip at any time. Please email me at [email protected]
or call me at 518-505-1303 with any questions or if you would like to
Even before we jet off to Italy an exciting opportunity is
being planned for this autumn. The next FOL sponsored day trip will be a
of major literary sites in Massachusetts. Exact itinerary and pricing is
yet final, but expect to spend a full day exploring the great New
literary heritage. Please contact as above for further details or to
Safe travels wherever you go...and see you soon!
|Museum Pass Program
by Nancy Hampton
Have you checked out our Museum Pass Program? Stop by our Ask the Librarian desk for information and
details about checking out a fun museum pass or simply click on the links below.
·Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
· Schenectady Museum & Suites-Bueche PlanetariumSchenectady, NY
· Hancock Shaker VillagePittsfield, MA
ª Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary
Art) North Adams, MA
· Norman Rockwell Museum
· Iroquois Indian MuseumHowes
· Saratoga Children's MuseumSaratoga
We are pleased to offer patrons of the Clifton Park - Halfmoon
Public Library the opportunity to visit the following museums free of charge:
Our passes may be borrowed for three days and are on a
first-come, first served basis.
Currently, we are looking into expanding our Museum Pass Program. So, "check us out" and let us know what
|Change of Heart|
A Memoir by Dan Riley
You couldn't say my father and I had a relationship like
most of my friends had with their Dads. After I returned from Naval service at
the close of the War, he and I were friendly, but never close. Perhaps it was
because he was frequently absent from my life up to the time that I enlisted;
more likely because I was preoccupied with my friends and what was going on in
my world; not exactly shunning him, but keeping a safe distance between us. An
alcoholic, he had been a journeyman carpenter in the 20's, and 30's. With the
help of AA, he stopped drinking in 1941, later starting up a roofing and siding
company. His dream was for me to join him in the business, but I had other
During my summer vacations from college, I worked for my
father; the experience convinced me
that roofing would not be in my future plans. A perfectionist, he kept a close eye on me, and when he spied
a shingle that didn't line up with its neighbor, I had to rip it off and nail
on another while he stood behind me and looked over my shoulder. Nearing 60
years old, his agility on a makeshift scaffold always unnerved me as I stood
there 30 feet above the ground, knees shaking, trying to correct my mistake
without mashing my thumb.
We left for work early during the hot weather, anywhere from
six to seven a.m.; this enabled me to be on the golf course by four o'clock, a
concession he granted both of us. He didn't relish working in 90-degree heat
any more than I did.
I reluctantly deferred to my father's "work rules". Some
examples: "Always buy good paint and a good brush"; years later I ignored this
advice and found out the hard way that using cheap paint to cover our dock was
akin to brushing on glue. And when working on a scaffold, "Never look
down--just concentrate on what you're doing" (easy for you, difficult for me).
"You should be getting to bed earlier" was the one that always got me (I was often
tempted to ask, "What were you doing nights when you were 22?"). These
admonishments were soon forgotten after leaving the job site as my mind was
focused on golf.
Sixty years has scarcely erased these memories. His words are now seen as metaphors
that went right over my head. One bit of advice that did sink in was "You can
get all the education in the world, but if you can't get along with people, you
won't be successful"; I tried not to forget that one. He was a prime example of how to get along with others; his
friends were many and loyal. He came out of the "school of hard knocks" and
wanted me to learn from the mistakes he had made.
I wouldn't let myself concede that he could possibly know
more than I did then; I was determined to make it on my own without his
help. In retrospect, it's plain
that any success I may have attained in my life came from the "on-the-job"
training I received while standing 30 feet in the air on a shaky scaffold.
So on this forty-fifth anniversary of his untimely death,
and overdue to wipe the slate clean, I salute my father: "Thanks a lot, Dad;
you were one smart guy".
Book Friendly is published quarterly, in January, April,
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|Friends of the Library Annual Meeting|
Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at
7:00 PM in Program Rooms C/D
by Jo Anne Robbins, President
The Board of the Friends of the
Library invite our membership to attend our Annual Meeting scheduled for
Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at 7:00 PM in Program Rooms C/D. The winners
of our 2010 Scholarships will
receive their awards. Generous
donors will also receive recognition.
Finally, the Board will present a PowerPoint Summary of their
achievements for the year.
Refreshments will be served.
We encourage members of the
Library Board of Trustees, FOL Committee Chairs, library staff and
members of the Friends to attend and participate in the discussion.
Members interested in finding out more
about the Friends and how they may participate more actively in our
organization are also welcome.
This is a major change in FOL
past practice and will result in an amendment to our By-laws. This
amendment to the By-laws of the
Friends of the Library will be on the agenda.
It has also been past practice
that the Friends recognize a Volunteer of the Year at our Annual
Meeting. The Board has decided that this event
will take place in September at a special reception to be held on the
vote day, Thursday, September 16th, at 6:30 PM in the Josephine Piracci
Room. Nominations for Volunteer of
the Year may be made in writing to our Secretary, Lori Bennett - [email protected].
Author Events Coordinator
Do you enjoy planning and
The Friends are looking for a volunteer to work with our
Events and Fund-raising Chair to plan and coordinate author events for the
This is not a Board position and much of the work can be
done from home.
If you might be interested in receiving a job description
and discuss the possibilities, please contact Toby Elman.
Calling All Gardeners!
Save the Date - Saturday,
That morning, the Friends will be sponsoring a plant swap and sale
from 10 AM to 1 PM under the roof of the Library porch. Area gardeners will be
able to bring perennial plants that have been thinned from home gardens or
extras of annual seedlings to the Library to swap for plants from other
gardeners or to donate for sale to folks who are just beginning to garden. (Proceeds from the sale of plants will
be donated to our Library Literacy Volunteer Program.) Visit the Friends website or drop
by the Library in the next few weeks to pick up a brochure with more
information about how you can participate in the swap - a "swapper's
toolbox" will be provided to ensure an organized and successful inaugural
event. If you are interested
in working on this project, please contact Wilma Jozwiak at:
Cookbook Art Exhibit
During the month of April, there will be an exhibit of FOL Cookbook Art created by a very talented group of students from Sally Way's graphics design classes at Shenendehowa High School East. The exhibit is located on the wall opposite our Program Rooms on the second floor. Look for the Friends' Favorites Cookbook mid April. The art selected for our cookbook cover and the dividers is part of that art display.
Once the cookbook has been received from our printer, it will be available at the Circulation Desk. The price: $12.00.
|Spring 2010 Issue|
Upcoming Events May
and Story Festival for Adults
Used Book Sale
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Enjoy Reading? The Friends of the Library will deliver books to people who are unable to get to the Library. If you are interested in receiving this Outreach service or know anyone who might benefit from this service, please call Lou Ann Stewart at the Library, 371-8622.
Friends Springtime Used Book Sale
The next regular full-scale Used Book Sale will be held May 21 through May 23 in Program Rooms A and B and the Friends Room (adjacent to Program Room A). The Friends have received an overwhelming amount of donations for this next sale, and volunteers have been working tirelessly to sort and categorize all the books and audio/visual materials that have pouring in.
This sale will feature a selection of audio books and VHS movies, as well as the usual great selection of contemporary and classic fiction, children's books, and non-fiction books.
Details of the Sale are below.
Friday, May 21st
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 22nd
10:00am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 23rd
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Paperbacks - $ .50 Children's Books - $ .50
Hardcovers - $1.00
VHS Tapes - $1.00 CDs/DVDs $2.00 and up Audio Books $2.00 - $5.00
Special Items priced slightly higher.
Members of The Friends of The Library may purchase items at the members preview sale which is held Friday at 12:00, before the event opens to the general public. Each member may buy as many as 50 items at the preview sale. Bring your membership card, and get the best selection. If you are not a member, sign up now to take advantage of this benefit.
Sunday is Bag Day!
On Sunday, fill a bag with books for $5.00. Or buy a tote bag or backpack for $10.00 and fill it for free!
Mark your calendar now!
Friends' Used Book Sale Donation Guidelines
Recently, we have re-
ceived numerous dona-
tions to the Friends' Used Book Sale that we are not able to use. In fact, with surprising regularity, we receive donations of books that are ripped, dirty, moldy, and water-damaged. The volunteers go through every book, and have on occasion had to resort to wearing rubber gloves before removing the books from their bags or boxes. While we certainly want and need donations to continue to operate the Used Book Sales, PLEASE keep in mind that we only want books that we can actually sell. A good rule of thumb is that if the book does not look like it belongs on the Library's shelves, it should not be donated to the Friends Book Sale. Another good guide is to look at the books you are donating, and ask yourself "would I buy this book in this condition?" If the answer is no, please discard it.
Our actual donation guidelines are provided below:
The Friends gladly accept donations of the following items in preparation for the Used Book Sales: gently used books in good condition; compact discs; computer software and games; records; sheet music; videocassettes and DVDs.
Books with broken spines, missing pages or covers, or that are water damaged, should be discarded. We are unable to sell such books. Also, please discard any books that have a mildewy odor.
We are unable to use textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader's Digest Condensed Books or magazines.
Please bring your donations to the Welcome Desk in the lobby of the library at 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
FOL Recycling Fund-raising Program
The Friends of the Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library are continuing the "green" recycling fund-raiser through a program called EcoPhones. The recycling program is for cell phones, inkjet cartridges, iPods and digital cameras.
There is nothing to buy. We are simply asking you to protect the environment by donating your old items. They may be tax deductible and will be recycled in accordance with EPA regulations or refurbished and sold.
The cell phones will be donated to the Saratoga Domestic Violence Shelter and 100% of the other proceeds will go directly to support library programs.
The green collection bin is located in the library at 475 Moe Rd. Clifton Park.
The following items will be accepted:
-Cell Phones - working and non-working. The memory will be cleared from all donated cell phones; however, we recommend you remove any personal information from your phone before donating it. Please include the battery with
the phone, but no other accessories (chargers, cases, earpieces, etc.) can be recycled.
-Ink Jet Cartridges - all brands, functional or broken will be accepted. No toner cartridges, please. (Ink jet cartridges
are small and can fit in your hand, toner cartridges are large and bulky).
-Apple iPods - working and non-working. Please include the battery, but no other accessories.
-Digital Cameras - work- ing and non-working. Please include the battery, but no other accessories.
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Board of Directors
Jo Anne Robbins
1st VP & Book Sales
2nd VP & Publicity
Get Out The Vote Campaign
FOL Committee Chairs
Janice Jaskolka Golden