Moffat Library of Washingtonville
6 West Main Street
Washingtonville, New York 10992
Phone: (845)496-5483
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Winter 2019 Programs

MOFFAT LIBRARY WINTER 2019 PROGRAMS

JOIN US FOR A FULL ROSTER OF WINTER PROGRAMMING!

We have movies, history programs and a plethora of other programs, from book clubs to lego club! We have early literacy story hours, children’s playtime, crafts, and of course, coming up soon, our Teen Art Show & Contest hosted by The Friends of the Moffat Library. Our Friend’s Group have their Annual Author’s Luncheon listed with the 2019 Authors! Check out our programs for adults, teens and children.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2019 WINTER NEWSLETTER

Moffat Library Wins NYLA Award

MOFFAT LIBRARY WINS NEW YORK LIBRARY ASSOCIATION'S 2018 PUBLIC LIBRARY BUILDING AWARD FOR RESTORATION & RENOVATION
The Moffat Library of Washingtonville is honored to be the recipient of a 2018 New York Library Association Public Library Section Building Award for Renovation & Restoration, which will be awarded at the Association’s Annual Meeting on Friday, November 9th in Rochester, New York.

The Library is one of two recipients of this biennial award, which alternately focuses on new construction one year and then renovation & restoration the next. Last month, the Library was also awarded a New York State construction grant for $135,000 to renovate and restore the historic carriage house on the library property that will provide additional storage & collection space.

Congratulations to you, our community! You made this possible!

Moffat Library Receives State Funds to Restore
Historic Carriage House

MOFFAT LIBRARY RECEIVES STATE FUNDS TO RESTORE HISTORIC CARRIAGE HOUSE
The Moffat Library of Washingtonville received calls from both the offices of Senator William J. Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis last week, notifying us that we were to receive $135,000.00 in 2017-18 NYS DLD Library Construction Program grant funds towards the renovation of the library’s historic carriage house building.

Once renovated, the restored carriage house will provide additional and much-needed space for the Library’s local history and other special collections. In 2017 an appropriation of $24 million in capital funds for public library construction was included in the state budget. This week’s announcement of projects to receive funding occurred a year after the library’s submission of a successful application.

“We are thrilled to be able to have an additional space to assist in providing even more services to the community,” said Library Director Carol McCrossen. “Moreover, the fact that we are able to rehabilitate an existing historic structure to meet those needs makes this even more exciting for us. On behalf of the Moffat Library, we express our sincerest thanks to our NYS Legislators for their continued support of libraries and the communities that they serve.” Final approval for the project is expected soon; and construction should be getting underway in the months following.

Reminder to New and Returning Students and Their Parents

REMINDER TO NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS
For the safety of all, please note: “All children ten (10) years and under using the Moffat Library must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. Any unaccompanied minor between the ages of eleven (11) and seventeen (17) must show a valid Moffat Library card and school or other NYS-issued photo ID and sign in at the Circulation Desk to use the library facility, library grounds or any library services.

Parents or guardians who wish to allow their child (between the ages of eleven and seventeen) use of the Moffat Library unaccompanied must apply in person for a Moffat Library card for their child.”

For more information, please see our policies on use of the library facilities: Rules of Behavior For Use of Library Facilities Policy, Unattended Children Policy & Children’s Program Policy.

Moffat Library Fall 2018 Programs

MOFFAT LIBRARY FALL 2018 PROGRAMS
Join us for our full rooster of programming this Fall!

We have family events for Halloween and Christmas, and a plethora of other programs, from book clubs to music!

We have early literacy story hours, language learning, crafts and of course, coming up soon, our Halloween Carnival hosted by our Teen Advisory Board.

Our Friend’s Group have their Annual Meeting & Presentation and Holiday Open House listed.

Check out our programs for adults, teens and children by clicking here for a full list of our offerings!

Moffat Library Local History Librarian Matthew Thorenz Publishes on Life of David Wright Hudson

Moffat Library Local History Librarian, Matthew Thorenz recently published in the Spring, 2018 issue of the Hudson River Valley Review Journal.  The article “From Washingtonville to the Western Front” chronicles the life of local soldier David Wright Hudson during his service in the First World War.

To research his article Matthew used the letters and diary kept by Sergeant Hudson between 1917 and 1919 that had been donated to the Moffat Library just prior to Hurricane Irene.  The Hudson Collection is now in the process of being transcribed and digitized for online viewing.

You can request a hold on the latest edition of the Hudson River Valley Review Journal by clicking here.

Moffat Library Summer Music Series

MOFFAT LIBRARY SUMMER MUSIC SERIES

Understanding Jazz

Thursday, July 12 @ 6:30 PM

Learn about the history, progression and influences of Jazz music and how to listen and enjoy this expressive musical genre with Dr. Larry Newcomb.
Register Now!

Classical Guitar Concert with Eric Roth

Saturday, July 21 @ 1:00 PM

Join professional guitarist and lute player Eric Roth for an afternoon of baroque and classical pieces performed on guitar.
Register Now!

Violin Concerto Concert

Saturday, July 28 @ 2:30 PM

Experience an hour of classical music performed by local artist Valerie Bynum and her violin concerto!
Register Now!

The Bill Pernice Trio in Concert

Saturday, August 11 @ 1:00 PM

Come on down & beat the heat with a cool concert at Moffat Library! Join us for a jazz-filled afternoon with the Bill Pernice Trio! Refreshments will be served!
Presented as part of The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival.

Moffat Library Wins Placemaking Award

The Orange County Citizen’s Foundation has awarded the Moffat Library of Washingtonville a 2018 Placemaking Award for the historic “Restore, Renew and Reimagine” Moffat Library Renovation and Expansion Project.

The Award recognizes individuals, organizations, projects, and festivals that have contributed to the creation or transformation of public “places” to improve the local community, and have exemplified placemaking concepts and practices.

The Awards Ceremony will take place at the 10th Annual Placemaking Conference and Awards on
Friday, June 15, 2018.

Moffat Library Wins Placemaking Award

MOFFAT LIBRARY WINS PLACEMAKING AWARD

June 1, 2018

For Immediate Release

The Orange County Citizen’s Foundation has awarded the Moffat Library of Washingtonville a 2018 Placemaking Award for the historic “Restore, Renew and Reimagine” Moffat Library Renovation and Expansion Project. The Award recognizes individuals, organizations, projects, and festivals that have contributed to the creation or transformation of public “places” to improve the local community, and have exemplified placemaking concepts and practices.
The Awards Ceremony will take place at the 10th Annual Placemaking Conference and Awards on Friday, June 15, 2018.

After Hurricane Irene hit in 2011, the historic landmark Moffat Library of Washingtonville building was left uninhabitable and the Board of Trustees needed to quickly find alternate accommodations in order to continue service to the community. James Smith, the owner of Advance Testing in Campbell Hall, New York, came to the Library’s rescue and offered to temporarily house the library for the community. Once the building was turned over to the Library in 2013, the library staff, Board of Trustees and the newly-created building committee immediately got to work.

The Library conducted a major survey to discover the needs and wants of community members in order to start creating a plan to return the library to its building in the center of the village. From the survey results and information gathered at community meetings, as well as from Library staff, trustees, Friends and community members, a building plan was developed to meet the growing needs of the Washingtonville/Blooming Grove community into the 21st century. Once that plan was in place, the architectural firm of Butler Rowland Mays was engaged and created a building design that strove to incorporate the community’s needs and the features of a 21st century library, while maintaining the historic character of the original historic landmark building, and all within the confines of a fiscally-responsible budget that the public could support. The plan was then presented to community groups and organizations to show the benefits of the project. A $6.9 million bond reference was set and passed by the community in March of 2015 and the final plans were drawn up. After a well-attended Groundbreaking Ceremony on April 6, 2016, the project began the construction the following month.

A New York State Division of Library Development Library Construction grant was awarded in 2014 and went towards the demolition of two adjacent buildings and site preparation for the library’s new expanded parking lot. In 2015, the library received another NYS construction grant towards the HVAC mechanical system for the building. In addition, the Library is set to receive a NYS grant from Senator William Larkin towards the fire sprinkler system, as well as a grant from Assemblyman James Skoufis towards a generator. Lastly, a 2017 NYS construction grant has been submitted to renovate the historic Carriage House that sits on the grounds of the library. These grants were made possible by New York State Senator William J. Larkin and New York State Assemblyman James Skoufis, who have supported the project throughout.

The Orange County Citizen’s Foundation believes that Placemaking strengthens the connection between people and the places they share and encourages residents of Orange County to engage in placemaking initiatives to shape a meaningful and sustainable future for subsequent generations. The Moffat Library “Restore, Renew and Reimagine” project has made that dream into a reality for its community now and for the future. The grand re-opening took place on September 16, 2017 and the community has been enjoying its “new” library ever since.

For more information and photos of the project, go to: moffatlibrary.org / ABOUT US / Historic Building Project

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