Mid-Hudson Library System (Aired on Jan 14 2017 & Jan 15 2017)

Modern Libraries Serve the Community (Aired on January 14 and 15, 2017)

RadioRotary interviews Rebbekah Smith Aldrich,
Coordinator for Library Sustainability for the Mid-Hudson Library System, a group of 66 libraries in the five mid-Hudson counties that form the core of the RadioRotary listening area: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnum, and Ulster—serving 2.5 million homes. Libraries today are a platform for all sorts of information, forming a cornerstone of democracy. They provide affordable access to services that really matter, including downloads of E-book and audiobooks in addition to the traditional  printed material and human fonts of accurate information. Many offer shared community experiences, including talks, concerts, meeting centers, and always programs for children. This is a terrific show that ought to make the listener pull our his or her library card and head either for the library building or the computer/cellphone.
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Mid-Hudson Library Digital Downloads
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July 17, 2017 · Posted in Education, Hudson Valley, Literacy  

The Learning Lab with Amy Shapiro (Aired on June 3 2016 and 4 2017)

RadioRotary interviews librarian Amy Shapiro , who supervises the Mahopac Library Learning Lab, a multigenerational learning center focused on technical help for computers, smartphones, or other electronic devices. This lab, which is open five days a week, provides one-on-one individual help along with two classes each week on aid for resume preparation. The library not only has
desktop computers that patrons can use, but also offers Wi-Fi access for personal devices. The Lab is available for adults and for children either over fifth grade or with their parents—no library card needed. The Learning Lab is only one of the services of the Mahopac Library. In additions to books, DVDs, and computer access, there are summer programs for adults, for teens, and for children.
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Mahopac Library
Mid-Hudson Library System
Goodwill Training Help

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June 5, 2017 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Education, Hudson Valley, Literacy  

Vassar-Haiti Project (Aired on June 20 & 21, 2015)

(l-r) Lila Meade and Sarah Oliver

(l-r) Lila Meade and Sarah Oliver

The ongoing Vassar project for improving education, health, women’s economy, water purity, and forests in Chermaitre, Haiti, is described by the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Vassar-Haiti Project, Lila Meade, and Vassar student Sarah Oliver. Andrew and Lila Meade founded the project in 2001, partly in a response to the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. Its original goal was simply a lunch project at a school in poverty-stricken Chermaitre, but it has evolved greatly. So far more than 350 Vassar students have been involved. The project has also attracted the attention and considerable help from the Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club. One of the major sources of funding is an annual art show and auction featuring work by native Haitian artists.

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Vassar-Haiti Project
History of Vassar-Haiti Project
Rural Poverty in Haiti

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Seventh Annual Millbrook Literary Festival (Aired on May 16 & 17, 2015)

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Bryan Bunch, Tim Tocher, Sarah O'Connell (front)

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Bryan Bunch, Tim Tocher, Sarah O’Connell (front)

Authors Bryan Bunch (Millbrook Rotary), and Tim Tocher discuss the seventh annual Millbrook Literary Festival with co-hosts Jonah Triebwasser and Sara O’Connell. The Festival features several talks by journalists and authors as well as panel discussions on historical fiction, mysteries, cookbooks, journalism, history, and getting published. Books for younger readers featured include picture books and young-adult novels. Younger writers also have a chance to participate with their short works published in a special booklet distributed at the event. Some 50 authors will be part of the Festival, with all signing copies of their books. The Festival will take place on May 30, 2015 in the Millbrook Village at the Millbrook Library.

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Millbrook Literary Festival
Millbrook Library
Millbrook Business Directory
Bryan Bunch
Tim Tocher

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May 16, 2015 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Education, Events, Hudson Valley, Literacy  

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