Happy New Year, and Happy Birthday Rose Memorial Library! This year we are celebrating 75 years of service to Stony Point. Follow along with us as we commemorate this milestone. We will be compiling historic photos, asking you to share your Library stories with us, hosting special programs and an official anniversary party in the Fall. You’re invited!
These past 75 years the Library has been the cornerstone in our community for lifelong learning and discovery. It has served as a sanctuary for book lovers and fostered a love of reading in our kids. And
as you have surely seen, we have evolved way beyond books. Access to e-books, audiobooks, online databases, and digital resources that cater to diverse interests are just a few of the changes. Our inclusive programs have brought us all together. We’ve shared so many memories through our programs – book clubs, storytimes, craft classes, art exhibitions, our annual summer reading program and countless more. We have a great line up of programs already in the works for 2024 to continue our tradition of unique, high-quality events.
Looking ahead, our anniversary reminds us that the Library, and access to books and information, are as relevant today as
ever. We’ll continue to embrace change, new technologies, and expand our services to meet the diverse needs of Stony Point. Thank you for the last 75 years and hope you’ll join us in our next chapter!
Community Art Show
Works of art by patrons are currently on view in the Library’s Kennedy Room through February. All of the pieces were created during our adult painting and crafting classes led by Joy Buckhout. Thanks to all who participated and their ‘teacher’!
Reading & Resources for January
Book Club: Ball of Fire by Stefan Kanfer
Saturday, Jan. 6 | 11 am -12 pm | RML Kennedy Room
Join us for a lively discussion of our monthly book pick, Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball. This is the first biography to examine the legendary Lucille Ball in her many personal struggles and torments that forged a comic genius; and her posthumous influence on television, comedy, and American culture at large. Come hear why this book became a national best-seller. New members are always welcome, light refreshments will be served.
Winter Reading Challenge
Jan. 15 – Feb. 29 | RML front desk
Register to take part in our Winter Reading Challenge! All registered readers will get a folder with instructions and a small gift that can be picked up at the Library starting on Jan. 15. When you’ve finished the challenge, return materials to the Library and collect your grand prize – a Rose Memorial Library tote bag stuffed with goodies for book lovers. REGISTER ᐳ
January New Books
For everyone who enjoys new books, we’ve compiled a list of some January releases that are headed our way. Many are well-reviewed and/or predicted best-sellers, so early holds are encouraged. Check out time for new books is 2 weeks. VIEW ᐳ
Health & Wellness
We’re proud to partner with the town to offer no-cost health and wellness classes off-site at Kirkbride Hall (5 Patriot Hills Lane). Must be a Stony Point resident. No registration required.
Tai Chi with Mark Breithaup
Wednesdays : Jan. 3, Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31 | 9 am – 10 am |
Improve your strength, flexibility, and balance.
Mondays : Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29 | 10 am – 10:45 am |
Instructor Lonnie June has three Yoga offerings, open to all levels. Come work on your strength, balance, breath work and mindfulness. Bring a mat. Suggested donation is $5 -10 per class.
Fiber Arts / Craft Circle
Monday, Jan. 15, 12 pm – 1 pm | Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6 pm – 7 pm | Monday, Jan. 29, 12 pm – 1 pm
Come learn a new craft or lend a hand to a beginner in this casual meetup for fiber artists and crafters. Bring your projects… knit/crochet, paper quilling, weaving, jewelry, needle felt, needle point, macramé, embroidery – all types are welcome. We believe it’s more fun and social together. REGISTER ᐳ
Painting & Drawing
Woodpecker in Snow Wednesday, Jan. 10 | 11 am -12 pm |
Open Studio Wednesday, Jan. 17 | 11 am – 1 pm |
Snowy Lake Wednesday, Jan. 31 | 11am – 1pm |
This is a series of workshops for beginners to explore the special quality of watercolors. Enjoy the process of painting while learning essential techniques. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your preferred paint, paper or brushes.
This is a popular class and seats fill up quickly, so please register for the waitlist if available.
Abstract Paper Towel Painting
Wednesday, Jan. 10 | 2 pm – 4 pm |
We will explore a new method where we drop paint onto and through paper towels onto watercolor paper to create loose, inspiring forms. The focus will be on color and form and learning to let go. Everyone will do their own unique painting, based on the process and less on instruction or reference. REGISTER >
Beginner Acrylic Painting – Open Studio
Wednesday, Jan. 24 | 11 am – 1 pm |
Join us for an open studio to explore acrylics. Bring your imagination or your own reference photos to work from. Please bring a canvas, canvas board, wood panel or object of your choosing to paint. REGISTER >
Wednesday, Jan. 24 | 2 pm – 4 pm |
Join us for an easy, fun technique. Blow bubbles colored with paint or ink and create interesting papers or paintings in their own right. REGISTER >
Zentangle & Neurographic Art
Wednesday, Jan. 17 | 3 pm – 5 pm |
In this class we will explore a few special methods to utilize art as therapy, to calm your mind. We will be working with a combination of Sharpie markers, permanent pens, watercolors, markers &/or colored pencils. Teens & tweens are also welcome to join this class. REGISTER >
Wednesdays : Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31 | 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm | RML Children’s Room
Join Valerie Vendrame in a lively introductory yoga class for preschoolers. Children should wear comfortable clothes. For ages 3, 4 & 5 with a caregiver. REGISTER ᐳ
Update to our Program Registration Process
We are replacing our Events Calendar software, and making some changes to our program registration process – to better ensure that all members of our community have a spot. This change will go into effect next month (February 2024). The new Calendar will make it easier to view programs; see available seats; register with your basic info; and be emailed confirmation. We want to encourage everyone to register ONLINE for our programs: this is the easiest way for us to manage attendance and cancellations and move people over from the waitlist. Advance online registration is required for all programs.
We will be providing tech help to anyone who may need it, and we understand technology and change can be difficult! Please contact us for help using the online calendar/ event registration.
Support the Library
Last month we sent out our Annual Appeal and welcomed in a record amount of support! There is still time to make a tax deductible donation to contribute to our growth in 2024. If you are interested in joining our Donor List and making a financial contribution visit our Online Giving
Your generous contribution will directly impact the quality and accessibility of programs, collections, and resources we can provide. Contributions will support the acquisition of new books, the maintenance of popular programs for all ages, and the upkeep of a welcoming environment – although our limited space remains an issue!
The Library staff and Board express their deep gratitude for your support.
Thank you and a very happy and healthy New Year from all of us!