Moffat Library of Washingtonville
3348 Route 208
Building 2, Suite 2
Campbell Hall, NY 10916
Phone: (845)496-5483
Restore. Renew. Reimagine.

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Moffat Library Writing Contest

Moffat Library in the Snow, by E. J. McLaughlin III

Moffat Library Writing Contest

Excitement for the Grand Re-Opening of the Moffat Library is building!  With the anticipated opening in Fall of 2017, the library will hold a Writing Contest for children and teens with the theme “Moffat Library is…” 

Entries will be published in a commemorative booklet for display in the Moffat Library, and winners will be honored at the Moffat Library Opening Ceremony.

Students grades 3-12 (or homeschooling equivalent) living in the Washingtonville School District are eligible to enter.  Students’ submissions will be judged in three sections divided by grade level.  Each section will have awards for First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and an Honorable Mention.

The deadline for submission of written entries is March 1, 2017.  Click for Writing Contest Rules and Entry Forms or inquire at the Moffat Library.

To enter, please submit your completed submission and entry form to moffatwriting@gmail.com or Moffat Library Writing Contest, 3348 Route 208 Building 2 Suite 2, Campbell Hall, NY 10916.

Moffat Library Building Update

Moffat Library Building Update
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Library Trustees Ruth Manyin, Jeanne Versweyveld and Jim Casazza visited Chapman Stained Glass in Albany where the library’s Tiffany and Belcher windows are under restoration.

Much has happened since our groundbreaking ceremony on April 6th.  As is evident to everyone driving into the heart of Washingtonville, our new Library is taking shape.  The concrete has been poured for the new addition sections and the steel is in place as well. The concrete flooring and ramps for the reading porch are also finished.  Windows are being installed and our Tiffany & Belcher windows are undergoing restoration.

The envelope of the building should be completed by the end of December so that they can continue work throughout the winter on the interior.  The slate on the roof should be in place before the winter snows come.  This will be an exciting event since it will again show our building as it was in all its 1887 glory.  The original slate roof was removed and replaced with an asbestos roof tile during a 1950’s renovation.  Now the beautiful and sturdier slate will again grace our building.

The building committee and the library staff are now concentrating on choices for furniture, shelving, decorating ideas, and carpeting.  Our technology consultant is working with the architects and library staff on the development of a plan for the infrastructure needed for the latest equipment.  We will truly have a library equipped for the 21st century!

The excitement generated by our progress is palpable.  An events committee is already working on the ways we will be celebrating the grand re-opening of our fabulous Moffat Library.  We expect events to begin in the spring and continue throughout the summer culminating in a grand opening in September 2017.  Look for announcements of events and ways you can help and participate!

-The Board of Trustees of Moffat Library of Washingtonville

Please Donate To The Moffat Library Building Project

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Please consider making a contribution to the Moffat Library Building Fund. An initiative of the Library Board of Trustees, this charitable program allows you to make a tax-deductibe contribution to the help with the costs associated with the renovation of the historic library building.

Please let us know how you want acknowledgment, and don’t forget that we have some truly astounding naming opportunities, including the restoration of the clock tower, and stained glass windows and specific rooms and furnishings within the library.

We have suggested some donation levels, but any amount is gladly accepted. Please see the Moffat Library of Washingtonville’s Restore, Renew and Re-imagine Historic Building fund’s donation form, and follow this link for a description of our exciting naming opportunities.

Donation Form

Naming Opportunities

FOML Christmas Ornament Fundraiser

This gorgeous christmas ornament was designed and commissioned by the Friends of the Moffat Library.

FOML Fundraiser to Benefit the Moffat Library

FOML (Friends of Moffat Library) are holding a fundraiser to benefit the Moffat Library.  

These beautiful ornaments, depicting the historic library, will sell for $10.00 (sales tax included) and are available at the Moffat Library and Corner Candle Store in Village of Washingtonville.

Made of baked plastic, the ornament resembles stained glass, and could be mounted on a window or mirror, but who could resist having the historic building right on their Christmas Tree!  

Please consider supporting The Friends of the Moffat Library!

Dig Into Some New Titles for Teen Read Week

Banned Books Week

Picture BooksTeen & Juvenile BooksAdult Books
And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family. At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. Challenged for being “anti-family,” homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group,

And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family. At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. Challenged for being “anti-family,” homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group,

After misbehaving at home, Max is sent to bed without supper. He imagines sailing away to the land of wild things, “where he is made king.” Challenged for having witchcraft, supernatural elements, and a child who yells at his mother.

After misbehaving at home, Max is sent to bed without supper. He imagines sailing away to the land of wild things, “where he is made king.” Challenged for having witchcraft, supernatural elements, and a child who yells at his mother.

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room--to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one--he says goodnight. Challenged because the picture of the illustrator featured on the back originally was holding a cigarette.

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room–to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one–he says goodnight. Challenged because the picture of the illustrator featured on the back originally was holding a cigarette.

A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Challenged for being “anti-family,” offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and being unsuited for age group.

A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Challenged for being “anti-family,” offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and being unsuited for age group.

Fourth-grade class clowns George Beard and Harold Hutchins have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school -- and now they're going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is SO secret, even HE doesn't know who he is!

Fourth-grade class clowns George Beard and Harold Hutchins have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school — and now they’re going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is SO secret, even HE doesn’t know who he is!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

In the aftermath of a small-town school shooting, lawyer Jordan McAfee finds himself defending a youth who desperately needs someone on his side, while detective Patrick Ducharme works with a primary witness, the daughter of the judge assigned to the case. Contains depictions of physical violence in public schools and a scene of graphic sexual activity.

In the aftermath of a small-town school shooting, lawyer Jordan McAfee finds himself defending a youth who desperately needs someone on his side, while detective Patrick Ducharme works with a primary witness, the daughter of the judge assigned to the case. Contains depictions of physical violence in public schools and a scene of graphic sexual activity.

: A black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums. Banned for sexual explicitness.

A black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums. Banned for sexual explicitness.

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television and by listening closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. On the night before his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through, hoping, in his next life, to return as a human. Reasons: Sexually explicit

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television and by listening closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. On the night before his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through, hoping, in his next life, to return as a human.
Reasons: Sexually explicit

Moffat Teens Compete in Battle of the Books

Moffat team members: Bianca Ring, Justine Alicea, Rebecca Small, Abby Buck, Robert Havner, and Children’s Librarian, Emily Kinney, pictured here with Assemblyman of the 99th District, James Skoufis.

Moffat Teens Compete in Battle of the Books

On Saturday, September 10th, teens from libraries around Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties (including “Team Moffat” pictured here) battled it out for the chance to become world champions (champions of the teen reading world at least!).

The teams answered questions on seven books, (click for a synopsis of the selected books) in a college-bowl type quiz format that capitalized on tension!

The 15 teams of 120 teens took on the challenge with vigor and performed admirably. Assemblyman of the 99th District, James Skoufis also made an impromptu appearance to cheer the teams on. Finally, to top off the exciting and fun-filled day, there were prizes for all the participants!

Kindergarten Readiness Resources

Picture, Alphabet & Counting Books

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A fun day-in-the-life of a school bus and his road-hugging buddies. Get ready for a rip-roaring, rhyming ride that celebrates all things drivin’ with a special spotlight on a kid’s four-wheeled best buddy–his school bus!

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This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world.

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It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him?

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What could be more WOW than the first day of school? From science and storytime to music and math, Izzy’s classroom is full of new things to explore. Tag along with Izzy and experience the wonder and excitement of school from a child’s-eye view.

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Yoko is so excited for the first day of school. She’s just learned to write her name. Mrs. Jenkins asks Yoko to show everyone, and Olive and Sylvia make fun of her Japanese writing.  Yoko declares that she can’t go back to school. Luckily her Mama,  Mrs. Jenkins, and classmates teach Yoko the  lesson of the year:  friendship can bridge cultural differences.

The alphabet hits the road in this vividly illustrated picture book featuring all things that go! Buckle up for an alphabetical road trip in Ramon Olivera's ABCs of Wheels ! In this book, kids will learn their ABCs in the fast lane. From A is for axle to Z is for zoom, young children will be introduced to taxis, hot rods, moon rovers, stagecoaches, racecars, ice cream trucks, and more in a celebration of where the wheels meet the road.

The alphabet hits the road in this vividly illustrated picture book featuring all things that go! Buckle up for an alphabetical road trip in Ramon Olivera’s ABCs of Wheels ! In this book, kids will learn their ABCs in the fast lane.

Take Away the A is a fun, imaginative romp through the alphabet. The idea behind the book is that within every language there are words that change and become a different word through the simple subtraction of a single letter. In other words, without the "A," the Beast is Best. Or, without the "M," a chomp becomes a chop

Take Away the A is a fun, imaginative romp through the alphabet. The idea behind the book is that within every language there are words that change and become a different word through the simple subtraction of a single letter. In other words, without the “A,” the Beast is Best. Or, without the “M,” a chomp becomes a chop

Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of busy little peas. Featuring a range of zippy characters from Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas, this delightful picture book highlights a variety of interests, hobbies, and careers--each one themed to a letter of the alphabet--and gives a wonderful sense of the colorful world we live in.

Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of busy little peas. Featuring a range of zippy characters from Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas, this delightful picture book highlights a variety of interests, hobbies, and careers–each one themed to a letter of the alphabet–and gives a wonderful sense of the colorful world we live in.

Alphabet Early Literacy Kits A-Z available for checkout. Imagine hours of alphabet learning fun with your little ones. Each kit complete with 2 books, alphabet stamp, alphabet cards, cutouts, crayons and a stuffed toy or hand puppet!

Alphabet Early Literacy Kits A-Z available for checkout. Imagine hours of alphabet learning fun with your little ones.
Each kit complete with 2 books, alphabet stamp, alphabet cards, cutouts, crayons and a stuffed toy or hand puppet!

Teachers and parents, here is another favorite from Marianne, who has a special talent for engaging children with the natural world--in this case, animals of the Arctic. This book combines singing, counting, and full-body action with terrific cut-paper illustrations that kids will want to imitate. Children too will joyfully honk like the snow goose and howl like baby wolves while they learn to count the animals and sing to the tune of Over in the Meadow.

Teachers and parents, here is another favorite from Marianne, who has a special talent for engaging children with the natural world–in this case, animals of the Arctic. This book combines singing, counting, and full-body action with terrific cut-paper illustrations that kids will want to imitate.

Certain to delight young vehicle lovers, this fantastical number book perfectly balances imaginative play with instructions on counting. When one tractor in the grass runs out of gas, the backyard doesn't stay quiet for long. Soon pirates sail in to play, and the backyard races to life with airplanes, cranes, trucks, and trains. Readers can count along as the vehicles and machines soar, hoist, dig, and zoom in this fantastical number book.

Certain to delight young vehicle lovers, this fantastical number book perfectly balances imaginative play with instructions on counting.

Count from 1 otter pup to 10 baby crayfish as readers learn about the special relationships of baby and mom mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects that make their home in the Okefenokee Swamp. A helpful guide to swamp flora and fauna is included. Modeled after the song "Over in the Meadow" by Olive A. Wadsworth.

Count from 1 otter pup to 10 baby crayfish as readers learn about the special relationships of baby and mom mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects that make their home in the Okefenokee Swamp. A helpful guide to swamp flora and fauna is included. Modeled after the song “Over in the Meadow” by Olive A. Wadsworth.

Early Literacy Kits for Pre-Schoolers & Kindergartners

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Alphabet Early Literacy Kits A-Z available for checkout. Imagine hours of alphabet learning fun with your little ones. Each kit complete with 2 books, alphabet stamp, alphabet cards, cutouts, crayons and a stuffed toy or hand puppet!

Alphabet Early Literacy Kits A-Z available for checkout. Imagine hours of alphabet learning fun with your little ones. Each kit complete with 2 books, alphabet stamp, alphabet cards, cutouts, crayons and a stuffed toy or hand puppet!

Alphabet Early Literacy Kits A-Z available for checkout. Imagine hours of alphabet learning fun with your little ones.
Each kit complete with 2 books, alphabet stamp, alphabet cards, cutouts, crayons and a stuffed toy or hand puppet!

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Alphabet Early Literacy Kits A-Z available for checkout. Imagine hours of alphabet learning fun with your little ones. Each kit complete with 2 books, alphabet stamp, alphabet cards, cutouts, crayons and a stuffed toy or hand puppet!

Alphabet Early Literacy Kits A-Z available for checkout. Imagine hours of alphabet learning fun with your little ones. Each kit complete with 2 books, alphabet stamp, alphabet cards, cutouts, crayons and a stuffed toy or hand puppet!

Alphabet Early Literacy Kits A-Z available for checkout. Imagine hours of alphabet learning fun with your little ones.
Each kit complete with 2 books, alphabet stamp, alphabet cards, cutouts, crayons and a stuffed toy or hand puppet!

Alphabet Early Literacy Kits A-Z available for checkout. Imagine hours of alphabet learning fun with your little ones. Each kit complete with 2 books, alphabet stamp, alphabet cards, cutouts, crayons and a stuffed toy or hand puppet!

Alphabet Early Literacy Kits A-Z available for checkout. Imagine hours of alphabet learning fun with your little ones.
Each kit complete with 2 books, alphabet stamp, alphabet cards, cutouts, crayons and a stuffed toy or hand puppet!

Alphabet Early Literacy Kits A-Z available for checkout. Imagine hours of alphabet learning fun with your little ones. Each kit complete with 2 books, alphabet stamp, alphabet cards, cutouts, crayons and a stuffed toy or hand puppet!

Alphabet Early Literacy Kits A-Z available for checkout. Imagine hours of alphabet learning fun with your little ones.
Each kit complete with 2 books, alphabet stamp, alphabet cards, cutouts, crayons and a stuffed toy or hand puppet!