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NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 28, 2020)

Brooks’ Bridge, Washingtonville, NY

HISTORIC POSTCARD
JIGSAW PUZZLES

#ThrowbackThursday: This week’s historical jigsaw puzzle is based on a 1915 postcard of the Brooks’ Bridge in Washingtonville.

Constructed in 1840, the Brooks’ Bridge, which spanned the Moodna Creek along the Blooming Grove Turnpike towards Chester was named after local farmer John Irving Brooks (1777-1852) who owned a farm valued at $40,000 in 1850, or $1,196766.86 in today’s currency.

The bridge was eventually demolished in 1922 and replaced with the current roadway.

Visit our Games and Home Activities page on our Local History Guide

 

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 27, 2020)

COULD YOU USE SOME EXTRA HELP WITH REMOTE LEARNING?

Elementary school students are invited to team up virtually with high school volunteers for homework help and fun reading meet ups!   

Volunteers are from the WHS National English Honor Society, WHS Peer Tutors, and Moffat Library’s Teen Advisory Board.  

Please note that spaces for elementary students are limited by the number of active volunteers, so be sure to sign up soon!  

 

Full information here

Sign-up here

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 26, 2020)

DELVE THE DATABASES!

Everyone at Moffat Library hopes that you and your family had a pleasant and meaningful Memorial Day. We look forward to the day when we can see everyone in our building again. Until then, we are committed to continue providing the best possible entertainment and education resources to the community. Even when the pandemic is over, people who are unable to travel to our physical building should be confident that our digital resources and programs will continue to be convenient and useful from the comfort of their homes.

Did you ever want to think like a librarian when searching for the next book to read? With NoveList, you can! This database lets you search by different appeal factors to hone in on what makes a book special to you. Perhaps this Memorial Day you want a book reflecting on themes of service and sacrifice. Or perhaps a compelling story of heroism and courage. Or perhaps something more fast-paced and action-packed.

By using authors you already love as a template or by choosing among different appeal factors, you can find the next perfect book. NoveList and its dedicated children’s counterpart NoveList K-8 are available through our Books and Literature guide and are free with your library card. No matter the interest, we’ve got a book for that!

Books & Literature Guide

Celebrate Memorial Day with the National Park Service

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 22, 2020)

A Moffat Library staffer’s pup reads “Walter the Farting Dog.”

SHOW US YOUR PETS!!

One of our staffers snapped this pic of her pup “reading” his absolute favorite book, “Walter The Farting Dog.”  We want to see what your pets have been up to during this time at home!

Send us a pic of your family pet doing whatever it is that makes him or her most happy during this time at home. Send pics to: moffat@rcls.org with the subject line: “Pet Pics Submission”

Please Note: Please send photos of pet only.  THANK YOU!

From everyone here @ Moffat, we miss you and we can’t wait to see you all again soon.

Be well all.

Your friends @ Moffat Library

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 19, 2020)

Hallock & Nicholl, Washingtonville, N.Y.

HISTORIC POSTCARD
JIGSAW PUZZLES

#ThrowbackThursday: This week’s historic postcard jigsaw puzzle features an image of the Hallock & Nicoll Feed, Coal and Lumber building published by Rudolph Brothers around 1915. The complex was located on South Street, near the Erie Depot station, and Fulton Gristmill.

This area of Washingtonville funneled agricultural goods throughout our region via the Newburgh Branch of the Erie Railroad. the structure unfortunately burned down in the early 1960s. Enjoy putting this piece of our history together by visiting our Games and Home Activities page on our Local History Guide.

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 19, 2020)

DELVE THE DATABASES!

We’ve all been cooking from home quite a bit more. Whether you’ve got just a few recipes in your repertoire or you’re an experienced home chef, the library can help! With the right resources, cooking can be a fun and healthy activity for the whole family.  Each week we’ve been collecting easy and simple recipes to help turn those pantry staples into something delicious. You can also explore our collection of digital cookbooks.

We also know that many people right now are struggling with food insecurity. There are many cookbooks that aim to let people with limited incomes to enjoy nutritious and flavorful food. One of our favorites is Leanne Brown’s Good and Cheap – you can get a free electronic version on her website. We’d also like to highlight the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley as a place to go to receive help.  And, if you remain secure during this pandemic, a donation there can make a big impact.

Pantry Raids! (Our Weekly Recipes)

Moffat’s Cooking Ebooks

Leanne Brown’s Good and Cheap  & The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley

 

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 15, 2020)

LIBRARY VOTE

NOTICE: The Moffat Library of Washingtonville Board of Trustees has decided not to hold a budget vote for the upcoming fiscal year.  Therefore, 2020-21 Moffat Library funding levels will remain the same as the current year (2019-20).

As per the Governor’s Executive Orders, the Moffat Library will hold a library trustee election via absentee ballot, which will be mailed by the Washingtonville Central School District along with their materials to all registered voters in the district.  The library trustee election ballot will be a separate ballot in the packet.  Please see the WCSD website (https://www.ws.k12.ny.us/) for more information on the absentee vote process.

More Information on the Trustee Election can be found here.

Thank you and be safe everyone.

-The Board of Trustees of the Moffat Library, 5/15/20

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 14, 2020)

Looking West on Main Street, Washingtonville, NY

HISTORIC POSTCARD
JIGSAW PUZZLES

Take a trip down Main Street, 105 years ago with this week’s jigsaw puzzle postcard! This image includes several local icons.

On the right is the elm tree, and watering trough, which stood at the corner of Goshen Avenue, and Main Street, the Samuel Moffat Store, and post-office.

On the left is the “Armenian Building” which contained the grocery store of John T. Brooks, Bond’s Drug Store, and the Grange Store, with the National Bank building on the corner of Main, and South Streets.

At this time the Blooming Grove Turnpike (Route 94) was still unpaved in our area, it would be replaced by a concrete road in 1919.

According to our Local History Librarian, the banner across main street was placed there by a local suffragette club for the upcoming vote to allow women to vote in New York State!

Enjoy this puzzle today by going to our Games and Home Activities page on our Local History Guide today!

Local History Guide

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 13, 2020)

THANK YOU, HEALTHCARE WORKERS!

THANK YOU, EVERYONE, who made cards and posters for our local healthcare workers earlier this month!  In total, 42 handmade cards and posters were submitted by Girl Scout Troops 480 & 544, the Moffat Library Teen Advisory Board, and members of our community.

These cards and posters were delivered to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital to show our appreciation to these incredible people.  Thank you for helping to brighten up our world, and a big thank you once again to our local health care workers!

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 12, 2020)

Ancestry.com free from your Library

DELVE THE DATABASES!

Everyone at Moffat Library hopes that you had a pleasant and happy Mother’s Day this past Sunday. Right now, we may not all be able to be as close to our family as we would like. But, near or far, the connections that we have with our families and communities are valuable.

It’s the perfect time to reach out and learn from the memories and experiences of our parents and grandparents. Whether you are just starting to build your family tree or are an experienced genealogist, we have resources to help. Our Ancestry database is available for home use through at least May 31. It’s free with your library card!

Get Remote Access to Ancestry

Getting Started With Family History Research Using New York State Records

 
NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 7, 2020)

WITNESSING HISTORY PROJECT

Witnessing History Project

As we live through this unique period of our shared history, where schools, businesses, and cultural centers are closed, and citizens are asked to stay home while essential workers continue to serve our communities, we must remember to preserve and document this moment for a broader understanding of how COVID-19 has affected communities and families throughout our region for future generations.

Our local history librarian Matt thought the “Witnessing History Project,” facilitated by Orange-Ulster BOCES presents K-12 students with a unique way to share their stories as part of an ongoing archive of first-person accounts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Hudson Valley.

You can learn more about this resource by going to our new “Citizen Historian” page on our
Local History Guide.  Here you can view additional local, and national history programs you can participate in!

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 6, 2020)
NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 4, 2020)

Gale OneFile Health & Medicine free with your library card

Delve the Databases!

We frequently hear recommendations to wash our hands thoroughly and often. That’s because scientific studies repeatedly conclude that proper handwashing is one of the most effective ways to improve public health.

Even if people did nothing else to prevent the spread of infection, proper handwashing  can help reduce the risk of infection of influenza-like diseases by 50%.

Remember that proper handwashing lasts for at least 30 seconds to give the soap an opportunity to destroy germs and viruses, as well as reaching all parts of the hands including under the fingernails, the thumbs, and the wrists.

Explore the science behind handwashing and other valuable insights into public health with our Gale: Health and Medicine database, free with your library card!

 

How various personal hygiene habits protect us against influenza-like illness

The CDC’s Handwashing Center

 

 

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of May 4, 2020)

Apollo 13 returned to Earth

APOLLO 13: 
HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM

with NASA Ambassador John Fontana via Zoom on Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 PM

Those five words signaled a problem that could have had catastrophic consequences for astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert.  They were about 200,000 miles from Earth (which turned out to be a good thing).  But thanks to brilliant teamwork, brilliant and creative NASA personnel, and a lot of luck this ended as “NASA’s Finest Hour.”

Join local NASA Ambassador John Fontana for a look at this inspiring story of how three astronauts and a team of NASA Scientists were able to overcome the impossible to return the team safely home to Earth!

To attend, please register here, and we will send you a Zoom link on the day of the presentation.

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of April 30, 2020)

HISTORIC POSTCARD JIGSAW PUZZLES

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Washingtonville, NY

Head over to our Games and Home Activities section of our Local History Guide  for this week’s historic postcard jigsaw puzzle!

Established in 1902, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church started as a small parish on the site of what is now Walden Savings Bank on East Main Street. This circa 1915 postcard shows the church after it was moved to its present location and expanded to fit an increased congregation. Although the church has since been replaced by an even larger building, the original bell is still on view outside of the present church.

For additional information on our local history resources, contact our local history librarian at moffat@rcls.org today!”

 

 

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of April 28, 2020)

 

 

THANK YOU, HEALTH CARE WORKERS!

Girl Scout Troop 480 and the Moffat Library Teen Advisory Board invite you to create cards and/or posters to express appreciation to our local health care workers.

Creations can be dropped off at the library’s side entrance (near the parking lot) until Sunday, May 3rd, after which they will be delivered to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

 

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of April 28, 2020)

JSTOR Daily Free Digital Library of Scholarship

 

DELVE THE DATABASES!

Taking a walk through nature is one of the best and easiest ways to relax and improve your mood. Continue last week’s Earth Day spirit by exploring the “biophilia hypothesis” or humans’ natural fondness and affinity for nature.

Visit JSTOR Daily, free to the public, to see how JSTOR’s rich digital library of scholarship can help contextualize and illuminate the world around us.

Go outside and enjoy the springtime – just remember to be responsible and respect social distancing!

The Benefits of Green and Blue Spaces

Celebrate Earth Day 2020

 

 

 

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of April 26, 2020)
NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of April 24, 2020)

DO YOU NEED STUDY MATERIALS FOR CIVIL SERVICE TESTING?

Here is a link for study guides

If you don’t find what you need please let us know at: moffat@rcls.org

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of April 23, 2020)

Members of the Washingtonville Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Monell Firehouse decorated for a Liberty Bond Parade, circa 1918

Washingtonville Fire House decorated to commemorate essential workers on April 19, 2020

WASHINGTONVILLE
YESTERDAY & TODAY

As our community comes together in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is worth noting how our community was affected by two global events that took place over 100 years ago. On February 26, 1919, Blooming Grove resident Marcus C. Sears wrote to David Hudson, who was serving on the Western Front of the First World War:

I have been shut in with the influenza & pneumonia since Christmas & have been thinking more about friends & my old group of boys who used to meet so often with Mr. Wilcox & me. I have been down stairs for a  week but have not been out doors for 2 months. A great many have been sick about here from the influenza & many of the younger people have died. The influenza has taken many  many more from this community than the war and the toll throughout the nation has been greater than the American Casualties in France. “

However, as the 1918 Flu pandemic took many lives at home, others in our community came together to provide aid and comfort to those affected at home and abroad during the First World War. In this series of articles, originally published in 2017, join our Local History Librarian Matt as we learn how our area reacted to the shocks of these major events!

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of April 22, 2020)

Tote bag by Miss Emily

HOW TO MAKE A TEE-SHIRT TOTE BAG

 

Happy Belated Earth Day! 

If you have an old tee-shirt that you are willing to recycle,
then this is an easy and fun upcycle project.
Full instructions are here

For a full list of creative, fun and easy home crafts and projects,
please see Miss Emily’s handy
Activities for Kids Guide

 

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of April 21, 2020)

Britannica Academic Online available to Moffat Library cardholders

 

DELVE THE DATABASES!

You have more information resources as a Moffat Library Cardholder than you might know.

Learn a new language, find reliable health and science information, or just explore more cute facts about penguins.

Check out your free access to Britannica Academic and other databases with your library card today!

Information educates us, empowers us, and inspires us.
What does information mean to you?

 

Click to Read about Cute Penguins

Click to Visit Britannica Academic

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of April 20, 2020)

NEW E-BOOKS & E-AUDIOBOOKS

Available via Overdrive

NEW Content added on 4/19/20!

Check out some of these titles & lots more HERE

FOR ADULTS:

NONFICTION:

 

How To Dress An Egg: Surprising And Simple Ways To Cook Dinner by Ned Baldwin & Peter Kaminsky

 

Face It: A Memoir by Debbie Harry

 

Clean Green: Tips And Recipes For A Naturally Clean, More Sustainable Home by Jen Chillingsworth

 

FICTION:

 

The Book Of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

 

Redhead By The Side Of the Road by Anne Tyler

 

Robert B. Parker’s Grudge Match by Mike Lupica (coming 5/5/20)

 

The Lost And Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs – e-book (coming in June)

 

FOR TEENS:

 

Rules For Being A Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno 

 

The Perfect Escape (Book 1 of Series) by Suzanne Park

 

Girls Save The World In This One by Ash Parsons

 

FOR KIDS:

 

Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14) by Jeff Kinney

 

Game On! – Video Game History From Pong and Pac-Man To Mario, Minecraft & More! By Dustin Hansen

 

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of April 17, 2020)

Elly Doring, Circulation Supervisor, Moffat Library

LET ELLY HELP!

Not sure how to access our online materials?

Having trouble using your library card?

Don’t have a library card?

Call Elly, our Circulation Supervisor, for assistance!  Call: (845) 496-5483 ext: 324 and leave a detailed message or email her at: wascirc@rcls.org.

SHE CAN HELP!

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of April 16, 2020)

First National Bank of Washingtonville, 1915

HISTORIC POSTCARD JIGSAW PUZZLES

On Thursdays we are bringing you a new jigsaw puzzle based on historic postcards from our library’s Local History Collection!

Start off with our 48 piece puzzle and work your way up to a 300 piece head-scratcher!

 

Click to Visit our new Games and Activities page on our Local History guide for easy, intermediate and hard jigsaw versions!

NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of April 15, 2020)

Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

CARING FOR EACH OTHER WITH
SESAME STREET

Sesame Street is helping families create a “for now normal” with content to help people find ways to laugh, play, and breathe together.

Check out games, eBooks, Sesame Street episodes, wellness tips, and more at:  https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring

 

 

Virtual Book Club - Tuesday, April 14 @ 7:30 PM
NEW! - From Your Education & Recreation Resource (as of April 9, 2020)
LIBRARY UPDATE (as of April 13, 2020)

MOFFAT LIBRARY CLOSING

Due to concerns for public health and safety during this time, the Moffat Library is CLOSED until further notice.

ONLINE RESOURCES: Until such time when it is deemed safe to open our doors again, we encourage our patrons to make use of the Library’s online resources, such as downloadable e-books, e-audiobooks and databases.  We have also added additional online content and online programs, which can be found via the menus on our website.  Please look for tabs that say “NEW!”

LIBRARY CARDS: Don’t have a Moffat Library Card?  No problem!  Sign up online today to have access to all the online services and resources Moffat has to offer!

*PLEASE NOTE: Outdoor book return is closed.  We ask patrons to keep all Library materials until further notice.  NO LATE FEES WILL BE CHARGED.

QUESTIONS?: Please feel free to leave a message on the Library’s voicemail (845) 496-5483 x 0 or email us at: moffat@rcls.org.  We will be checking messages on a daily basis and will make every effort to assist virtually.

Also see:  Moffat Library Services FAQs

UPDATES: We will be posting updates as the situation changes.  Please check our website (www.moffatlibrary.org) or call us at (845) 496-5483 for updated information.

RCLS Member Library Closures

Posted 4/13/20 at 1:00 PM EST

HEALTH INFO (updated DAILY)

For further information, guidance and updates about COVID-19, please go to:

NYS Department of Health (site being updated DAILY): ny.gov/coronavirus

Orange County Department of Health (site being updated DAILY): https://www.orangecountygov.com/149/Health

Resources for More Information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ONLINE RESOURCES @ Moffat Library

MOFFAT LIBRARY ONLINE RESOURCES

AVAILABLE TO YOU @ HOME OR ON YOUR DEVICE

To use one of our many online resources from your home computer, just go to our website at: www.moffatlibrary.org.

We have downloadable E-Books, E-Audiobooks & E-Magazines through our Overdrive service.

In addition, we offer databases that contain reference & magazine articles, car repair, college and civil services study guides, Rosetta Stone language learning and so much more!

Don’t have a Moffat library card?  Sign up online NOW!

For assistance, please leave us a voicemail at (845) 496-5483 x 0 or email us at: moffat@rcls.org.  We will get back to you as soon as possible. 

GALE LEGALFORMS ONLINE - Available @ Home

Moffat Library Offers Legal Information Resource 

Gale Legal Forms contain a wealth of information and forms to help with legal procedures commonly faced in a new year.  Gale Legal Forms can be used at the library or remotely, from your home computer.

Click here to access Gale LegalForms

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

May 31, 2020 - June 6, 2020

Date/Time Event
Thursday, June 4
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moffat Library Board Meeting

June 7, 2020 - June 13, 2020

Date/Time Event
Tuesday, June 9
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Beginnings Book Club
Thursday, June 11
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Birding Beyond the Backyard (via ZOOM)

June 28, 2020 - July 4, 2020

Date/Time Event
Saturday, July 4
All Day
LIBRARY CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

September 6, 2020 - September 12, 2020

Date/Time Event
Sunday, September 6 - Monday, September 7
All Day
LIBRARY CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY
Thursday, September 10
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FOML 2020 Authors Luncheon

October 11, 2020 - October 17, 2020

Date/Time Event
Sunday, October 11 - Monday, October 12
All Day
LIBRARY CLOSED FOR COLUMBUS DAY

November 8, 2020 - November 14, 2020

Date/Time Event
Wednesday, November 11
All Day
LIBRARY CLOSED FOR VETERANS DAY

November 22, 2020 - November 28, 2020

Date/Time Event
Wednesday, November 25
5:00 pm
LIBRARY CLOSING EARLY FOR THANKSGIVING
Thursday, November 26 - Friday, November 27
All Day
LIBRARY CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

December 20, 2020 - December 26, 2020

Date/Time Event
Thursday, December 24 - Friday, December 25
All Day
LIBRARY CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS