The Patterson Library Park now boasts a Community Tool Shed!
As seen on the library's Facebook page: "Thanks to the United Way of Westchester & Putnam and the Tractor Supply store, you will be able to borrow garden tools starting May 16th. With a small refundable deposit and your library card, you can borrow rakes, shovels, cultivators, planters, leaf blowers and other basic tools to help you with your home gardening projects!" The Patterson Library has made great use of their outdoor space, creating a park that includes a gazebo, picnic tables and a community garden. In 2010 the library was featured on Rachel Ray's Yum-O! website for their Story Time Garden Club!
Rosalie Burgher, the former director of the Olive Free Library Association in West Shokan was named a New York State Woman of Distinction and was honored by the State Senate in Albany earlier this month!
"Rosalie Burgher has been a driving force in the Olive community for the past six decades and shows no signs of slowing down," said Senator James Seward who presented Rosalie with the award, "Rosalie has been a fixture with a number of community organizations. Her greatest contribution was helping found the Olive Free Library. From the time of its inception to present day, Mrs. Burgher has been vital in the library's operation and growth. She has helped collect book donations to fill the shelves at the original library, raise funds for construction of a new building, and held virtually every library position including director. Even today, after stepping down as library director, she has stayed on in a staff position at the age of 86. When I called to congratulate Rosalie on her selection as a 'Woman of Distinction' she wasn't home. Instead, she was at the library hard at work - a typical day for her."
The senate's "Woman of Distinction" program was created in 1998 to honor New York women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or acts of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.