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New Paltz’s Elting Library quietly marks 100 Years at current location

New Paltz’s Elting Library quietly marks 100 Years at current location

If you think you remember the Elting Memorial Library celebrating its centennial back in 2009, you’re not wrong. That was indeed 100 years from the date when seven women from the New Paltz Study Club, inspired by the opening of a new Normal School building after the original one was destroyed by a 1906 fire, decided that the town needed a Free Library Association. So, they opened a reading room at 60-62 Main Street: the first iteration of what was to become the modern library the town knows today. A few months later it relocated to larger quarters in the Nathan Van Wagenen building at 68 Main Street. The Regents of the University of the State of New York granted the New Paltz Free Library a provisional charter on April 1, 1909, and an absolute charter on December 2, 1915.

Kids enjoy mask-making at the Saugerties Library

Kids enjoy mask-making at the Saugerties Library

Kids made Halloween masks at the Saugerties Library last Friday afternoon. The mask-making exercise was followed by “Spooky Tales,” a dramatic reading of stories of the supernatural read by local volunteers in costume. The events are organized through a collaboration of the Saugerties Library and Shout Out Saugerties.

Dr. Kate Stone’s journey of discovery from the world of science to creative design

Dr. Kate Stone’s journey of discovery from the world of science to creative design

We’d been hearing about this ultra-creative mechanical wiz living in the hills outside Woodstock. She’s been making a name for herself via TED talks and other keynote speeches about investing the magic of new technology into old-fashioned things, of slowing life down without going Luddite. From what we read about her, Stone was not only an eloquent ambassador for our Upstate glories involving nature and elegantly quiet introspection, but a clear example of the many ways in which the Hudson Valley and Catskills have long drawn great thinkers (and doers) to its hills and valleys.