The BookBag Jan-Apr 2015 issue

The BookBag
January - April 2015
A letter from the Director...
488 Freedom Plains Rd.
Suite #109
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
(845) 452-3141
Visit our Events Calendar
at for more
information or to register
for a program.
Program registration opens
January 1, except as noted.
Apply for a
library card
in person
or online at
We are OPEN on the
following Arlington School
District holidays
to better serve you:
January 19
February 16
April 3-6
Holiday Closings
New Year’s Day
January 1
Recently I was selected
by the New York Library
Association to attend their
2014 Annual Conference
in Saratoga Springs
thanks to a generous
conference sponsorship.
I attended sessions
relating to fundraising, technology and
library administration; and reconnected
with many fellow
New York librarians.
I was fortunate
to participate in
discussions hosted
by fellow MidHudson librarians
Frank Rees (Saugerties) and Rebekkah
Smith Aldrich (MHLS). Meeting Sarah
Houghton (a.k.a. The
Librarian in Black), who
is a hero of mine, was a
thrill. Her advocacy for
internet privacy rights is
greatly admirable. Check
out her web site at www.
You will have noticed a cost saving
measure. While we continue to mail
print copies of this newsletter to reach
all LaGrange citizens, regardless of their
internet access, we are now migrating
from four newsletters per year to three.
If you wish to opt out in lieu of reading
this document online, please feel free
to e-mail the library at [email protected] Postage savings are always
Experiencing cabin fever? Know that the
library is open an extra 3 days this year
to offer engaging activities on non-school
Finally, as the winter weather turns our
LaGrange roads slippery and impassible,
we attempt to keep the library open to
serve you as best as we can. However,
safety is a paramount concern for
patrons and staff alike. Should we be on
a snow closure day, or late opening/early
closing, please call us to confirm hours
of operation. We make every attempt
to get the message out by changing our
telephone message, posting to Facebook
and, and notifying
local radio stations. We waive fines for
snow days. Please drive cautiously on
our winter roads; keeping it safe for our
school buses and children waiting at their
bus stops. Thank you Michael Kelly @
LaGrange Highway Department and his
dedicated crew of snowplow operators
and salt truck drivers for attending to our
slippery roadways.
Eagerly awaiting spring tulips and
Warm Reads & Fabulous Films
Adult Winter Reading Program
January 5 – February 27
The holidays are over,
but you can still receive
gift from us!
By registering for our winter
reading program, you’ll not
only receive a free gift, but
your reviews will be entered in our biweekly raffle drawing for a chance to
win a prize basket filled with goodies.
To get started you’ll need to register,
either online or in the Library. Then,
submit reviews for any books you’ve
read or listened to, as well as for any
films you’ve seen. Your reviews are
your entries in our bi-weekly raffles.
Review forms can be submitted online
by clicking on the Warm Reads link,
on our web site, or picked up in the
Library and submitted in our raffle jar.
The more reviews you submit, the
better your chances of winning!
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and
Museum Passes Available to Library Card Holders
Use your library card to obtain a pass for free family admission to the
Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park. There is one pass
available for use any day the Presidential Library and Museum is open. This pass is
not valid at the Mansion, Val-Kill or Top Cottage. Here’s how it works:
1. To reserve your pass call the Reference Desk at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. Call (845)485-3445
x3702 with your library card, email address and the day and date for which you wish to have the pass.
2. Staff will take your library card barcode and email address over the phone and email you the pass. You may only
request the pass for one day at a time.
3. Go to the Presidential Library on the day and date of the pass and present ID, your library card, and the pass, for
entry into the site. Enjoy!
Goodbye Jen Simmons...
We are sad to see our beloved Youth
Services Librarian leave, but know that
she is on to bigger and better adventures.
Thank you for your service and dedication
to our LaGrange children.
...Hello Mary Wickham
Join us in welcoming Mary Ford Wickham as
our new Youth Programmer. Mary comes
to us with a background in homeschooling
and is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a
Masters in Fine Arts.
Our Annual Campaign
Can we reach our goal of $20,000?
With your help, yes
we can!
We’ve been selected to receive
$1500 Building STEAM with Dia
The grant is awarded to libraries
that demonstrate a need to better
address the diverse backgrounds
within their communities and exhibit the
ability to develop and host culturally diverse
and appropriate STEAM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts and Math) programs.
LaGrange Library is one of only twenty libraries
across the country to receive this award.
As part of the grant, we're invited to attend the
Day of Diversity: Dialogue and Action full-day
event sponsored by the Association for Library
Service to Children in collaboration with the
Children’s Book Council held at the American
Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in
Chicago on January 30, 2015, and in addition,
will receive a $500 travel stipend.
We very gratefully accept donations of any amount; we can best provide LaGrange with a world-class library
if we receive a $25 gift from every member of our community. All $25/+ donors will be thanked in our Annual
Campaign Report. $100+ donors will be invited to our Library for an appreciation event.
I (we) would like to make a tax-deductible donation to our LaGrange Association Library’s 2014-2015 Annual
Fund Campaign in the amount of $_____________.
Please include me in any listing of Annual Campaign contributors _______Y ______N
Telephone:____________________________ E-mail:_________________________________________
If your contribution is eligible for matching funds from your employer, please enclose the form with your
donation. Please make checks payable to LaGrange Association Library and send to: LaGrange Association
Library, 488 Freedom Plains Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. If you prefer to pay by credit card online, please
visit our website at and select the PayPal Donate Now box in the right-hand column.
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~ Generously funded by the Friends of LaGrange Library ~
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Adults Programs
Laid-Back Book Club
Lisa Sassi, Adult Program Coordinator
No time to attend book club meetings? Join our new book
club, where the discussion takes place entirely online
through Facebook! Get started by clicking on Laid-Back
Book Club on our web site at Participants
must have a Facebook account. Participate anytime, as
much or as little as you want!
Monday, February 2 – Saturday, March 14
In honor of the 15th anniversary of the release of the first
book in the Twilight Saga, our first selection is Twilight by
Stephanie Meyer. A limited number of free copies will be
available at the Circulation Desk starting February 2. Be
sure to keep checking in, as Lisa will be posting questions
for discussion throughout the 6 weeks.
Monday, March 30 – Saturday, May 16
For our second selection, we’ll be reading Gap Creek by
Robert Morgan. A limited number of free copies will be
available at the Circulation Desk starting March 30. Be
sure to keep checking in, as Lisa will be posting questions
for discussion throughout the 6 weeks.
Seasoned Culinary Classes
Chef Ryan Judge, Seasoned Culinary Classes
Cost: $15 per class
In-person registration with non-refundable payment
begins January 2. Want to improve your cooking skills?
Looking to perk up your dinner routine? Whether you’re
a beginner or you’ve been cooking for a while, join us
when we offer these hands-on cooking classes taught by
a culinary chef. You’ll improve your skills, learn expert
techniques and might even gain a new recipe or two!
Participants will receive an
apron, chef’s hat and recipe
cards to take home.
Butternut Squash Soup
Wednesday, March 11, 6-8pm
Susan Olin-Dabrowski, Certified Consulting Hypnotist
Monday, January 12, 6:30-8pm
A combination of deep relaxation, positive visualization
and personalized auto-suggestion will help you tap into the
energy needed to be successful in the New Year.
History of the Shroud of Turin & the Veil of
Frank Diblasi, LaGrange resident
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8pm
Learn the history behind two of the most famous relics of
the world, as well as the many mysteries surrounding them,
during this informative lecture and slide show presentation.
Author Visits
Joseph Cosentino
Discussion of his novel Paper Dolls
Wednesday, February 11, 6:30-8pm
Visit with author and head of the Department
of Performing & Visual Arts at Dutchess
Community College, Joseph Cosentino. His
new mystery revolves around Jana Lane, a
famous child star until she was attacked on the studio lot
when she was 18. Now a 38-year-old mother living in the
Hudson Valley, Jana’s flashbacks from her past turn into
murder attempts in her present. Autographed books will be
available to purchase for $12.
Kevin O’Hara
Discussion of The Last of the Donkey
Pilgrims: A Man’s Journey through
Friday, March 27, 6:30-7:30pm
Join us for a look behind this warm-hearted
story of an Irish-American who goes back
to discover his roots in this chronicle of his journey around
the coast of Ireland with his donkey Missie. Autographed
books will be available to purchase for $18.
Tony Musso
Discussion of Staatsburg: A Village
Lost in Time
Chick Peas Three Ways
Wednesday, April 15, 6-8pm
Blind Date with a Book
February 6 – February 16
Watch for our display and check out
one of our book “dates,” just in time for
Valentine’s Day! You won’t know the
identity of your “date” until you unwrap it
at home. A small gift is included!
The BookBag/Jan-Apr 2015
Fulfill Your Resolutions Using Self-Hypnosis
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30-8pm
Take a journey to the historic Village of
Staatsburg. This quiet village stands in stark
difference to the one that existed before
1932, when the Route 9 bypass was constructed. Before
that, Old Post Road was part of the main route between
New York City and Albany. It boasted numerous lodging
establishments, restaurants, gas stations, businesses and
industrial sites. Hear more when Tony Musso introduces
his newest release. Autographed books will be available to
purchase for $15.
~ Generously funded by the Friends of LaGrange Library ~
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Tax-Free Retirement
Winter Film Festival
Donna Yoanidis, Bankers Life Insurance Co.
Wednesdays, January 7 & March 4, 6:30-7:30pm
Whether you’re in retirement, or working towards that goal,
this seminar will provide you with strategies to protect your
assets and achieve your goals. Topics include tax-free
retirement income streams, pension maximization, asset
protection, IRA Rescue, taxes, probate, wills and trusts.
Join us for light refreshments and a movie.
Medicare: The Biggest Gap
Donna Yoanidis, Bankers Life Insurance Co.
Wednesday, February 4, 6:30-7:30pm
There are many gaps in Medicare and understanding them
can be the difference between a secure retirement and
outliving your money. Learn how appropriate planning will
protect what you’ve worked for your entire life.
Hudson Valley Home Matters Info Session
Barbara Dobilias, Communication Strategist for Dobilias
Wednesday, March 18, 1-2pm
This non-profit organization provides those 50 and older
the practical means to continue living active, independent
lives in their own homes as they grow older. Dedicated
volunteers can assist members by providing transportation,
help around the home, handyman jobs and other services.
Learn about the services they offer, membership options,
volunteer opportunities, and numerous social events.
Medicare 101
Donna Yoanidis, Bankers Life Insurance Co.
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30-7:30pm
Whether you’re preparing to enter Medicare or are
already on Medicare, we’ll help you learn the ins and outs.
Topics include qualifications, options available, changes
in Medicare, Part D prescription drug plans, secondary
insurance and Medicare Advantage.
Are you looking to start a
book club?
Are you having trouble
getting copies of a title for
everyone in your group?
Could your book club
discussions use a jump start?
We offer Book Club in a Bag which has
everything you need; 10 copies of the book
(library staff can request additional copies,
if needed) and discussion questions all delivered in a
tote bag to your local library on the date you choose!
This free service can be found under the Databases
& Resources tab at All that’s required
is your library card. Just click on Book Club in a Bag.
Then, browse through the list of over 150 titles and
make your selection. Choose when you’d like it to be
delivered. You’ll be notified once it’s arrived and then
you just check it out like any other library item. The loan
period is 6 weeks. It’s as simple as that!
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Winter’s Tale (2014 / PG-13)
Thursday, January 22, 1-3pm
Endless Love (2014 / PG-13)
Thursday, February 19, 1-3pm
Twelve Years a Slave (2013 / R)
Thursday, March 26, 1-3pm
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013 / R)
Thursday, April 23, 1-3pm
Accounts owing $25 or more in unreturned items
and fines owed will be referred to a collection
agency and will incur a $10 fee upon referral.
Please contact us with questions or concerns.
Relax with Meditation
Susan Olin-Dabrowski, Reiki Master
Thursdays, January 8, February 12,
March 12, April 9, 1-2pm
An Introduction to Essential Oils
Ashley Brust, Young Living Essential
Oils Independent Consultant
Friday, January 9, 6:30-7:30pm
Learn how these health-promoting
botanicals can inspire a positive
emotional state, enhance your physical
wellness, purify your home, refine your
skin and create spiritual awareness.
Come in from the
cold and grab a
hot chocolate, tea
or coffee from our
Keurig machine.
$1.50 per cup
What could be
better than a
Dana Lucas, Certified Yoga Instructor
chair, good
Cost: $5 per class
and hot
($30 for entire session of 6 classes)
on a cold
Fridays, February 6 & 27, March 6 & 27,
April 10 & 24, 11:15am-12:15pm
Chair Yoga for Seniors
In-person registration with
non-refundable payment begins January 2. Stretch and
open your body while relaxing your mind. No prior yoga
experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes
that allow for movement and bring a thick towel/cushion
and water. Register for one or all six.
Interested in joining our Friend’s group?
A number of dedicated volunteers help the
library with sorting out gently
used books from our donations.
Sometimes these donations are
swapped out with worn copies in
our collection, or they are added
to our book sale. Join in the
comradery! Call the Library to see
how you can help.
~ Generously funded by the Friends of LaGrange Library ~
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Receive expert assistance on
job searching, resume writing,
interview skills and test prep.
You can find this great
resource by clicking on the
Databases & Resources tab at
Invasive Species of Dutchess County
Philomena Kiernan, Cornell Coop. Ext. Master Gardener
Wednesday, January 21, 6:30-7:30pm
Find out what defines a species as invasive and why
they’re a problem, as well as some of the common
species found in Dutchess County and what can be done
to manage or control their spread.
Twelve Easy Herbs to Grow
Chris Ferrero, Cornell Coop. Ext. Master Gardener
Wednesday, February 18, 6:30-8pm
Herbs are great multi-taskers! Their culinary and
ornamental value makes them candidates for kitchen
gardens, vegetable plots, perennial borders and containers.
LaGrange Library Tour & Online Catalog Demo
Lisa Sassi, Adult Program Coordinator
Wednesdays, January 14, 6:30-7:30pm &
February 25, 1-2pm
Learn how to use the online catalog to search for material
and create a library account to monitor your checked out
items, renew and reserve items, and record your reading
history. iPads will be furnished for use during the class, but
you will need to bring your library card & PIN.
We’d like to give a shout-out to
local resident Dana Effron. Read
about her inspiring story of
breast cancer survival, and how
it led her to launch the non-profit
Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Founda on, in
the October 2014 issue of Real Simple magazine.
Staff Reading Picks
Bird & Butterfly Gardening
Michelle Keeley, Cornell Coop. Ext. Master Gardener
Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-7:30pm
Want to bring more birds and butterflies to
your garden? Learn the best plants and
landscape designs that will have them
swarming to your garden!
The Mediterranean Diet: Model for Healthy Eating
Anthula Natsoulas, Cornell Coop. Ext. Master Gardener
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30-7:30pm
Learn how this plant-based diet and gardening goes hand
in hand with a healthy eating plan.
Wondering if the Library is closed or on a
delayed opening due to inclement weather?
- Check
- Follow us on Twitter or Facebook
- Listen to local radio stations
- Call us at 452-3141
Don’t forget, you can always
return library materials 24/7 in our
Book & Media Dropbox.
Become a Magazine Sponsor
(It’s tax deductible!)
We’re grateful to the many LaGrange
patrons and businesses who sponsor
our diverse magazine section of over
100 titles to select from. An average $15-$30 donation will
sponsor a how-to, cooking, sports, technology or current
affairs magazine subscription. You can even choose to be
the first to borrow it! Contact the Library for details.
Board of Trustees
One-on-One eReader Help
Lisa Sassi, Adult Program Coordinator
Wednesdays, January 7 & 21, February 4 &18,
March 4 & 18, April 8 & 22, 1-4pm
Learn how to download free eBooks and audiobooks using
OverDrive. Bring along your device, library card, PIN &
e-mail address. Call or stop in to schedule your 1-hour
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Wayne Delia, President
Bob Kaminski, Vice President
Gabe Roy, Treasurer
Manuela Acevedo
Mary Arnold
Duane Beyer
Erin Hawks
Joanne Pinello Kaley
Dr. Stuart Kofsky
~ Generously funded by the Friends of LaGrange Library ~
Karl Loatman
Dr. J. Sung
MaƩ Williams
Owen PaƩerson,
Junior Board Member
Sarah Potwin, Director
Sherri Smith, Layout & Design
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Kid’s Programs
= a “no school” activity
Meet Raspberry Pi
Anne DeCusatis, Raspberry Pi Expert
Ages 11 & up
Friday, January 16, 6-7pm & Saturday, March 7, 12-1pm
Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive credit-card sized computer
that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It helps kids gain a
better understanding of technology by teaching them about
electronics, computing, and many other technical subjects.
Get introduced to Raspberry Pi and learn about some of
the awesome projects you can create with it.
Dinosaur Storytime
Ages 3-6
Friday, February 6, 4:30-5:30pm
Teen Game Night
Ages 11 & up
Friday, February 6, 6:30-7:30pm
Solar Science
Penny Risinit Kelly, Science Teacher
Ages 8-11
Friday, February 13, 6:30-7:30pm
We‛ll gladly accept
donations of
Legos, as well as
cardboard tubes,
scraps of fabric,
knitting needles
and yarn that we‛ll
use for children‛s
Lego Builders Club
Building Bonanza!
Ages 4 & up
Friday, January 16, 6:30-7:30pm
Monday, March 30, 1-2pm
We’re having a building blowout with Legos, blocks and
PVC pipes! Put on your hard hat and let’s build something!
Wheels! Car & Truck Roadway Play
Ages 2-6
Monday, January 19, 10-11am (drop-in)
Bring your cars! Bring your trucks! It’s time for roadway
play in the Children’s Room.
Ages 4 & up
Fridays, February 13, March 6, April 17, 6:30-7:30pm
Explore Electricity with Snap Circuits
Ages 5 & up
Monday, February 16, 1-2pm (drop-in)
Bang a Gong, Dance Along
Chinese New Year
Emily Ellison, Emily Music for Kids
Ages 4 & up
Friday, February 20, 6:30-7:30pm
Snowman Crafternoon
Ages 5 & up
Monday, January 19, 2:30-3:30pm (drop-in)
Celebrate Chinese New Year with lion
dancing, instrument play, ribbon dancing
and kung fu during this lively, entertaining
performance for the whole family.
Family Movie Night: Disney’s Finding Nemo
Ages 4 & up
Friday, January 23, 6-8pm
Seasoned Culinary Classes
Chef Ryan Judge, Seasoned Culinary Classes
Ages 9-11
Friday, January 23, 6:30-7:30pm
Cost: $8
Ages 6-8
Friday, March 6, 6:30-7:30pm
Cost: $8
In-person registration with non-refundable payment
begins January 2. An allergy form must also be
completed at the time of registration.
During these hands-on classes kids will cook up some
tasty snacks as they learn basic cooking techniques
such as reading a recipe, measuring, slicing and
stirring. Participants will receive an apron, chef’s hat
and recipe cards to take home. Due to limited space in
our Community Room, parents are asked to wait in the
Library for the duration of the class.
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Italian for Children
Vita Mesnick, Italian Teacher
Ages 7-10
Saturdays, February 28, March 7, 14, 21
& 28, April 11, 18 & 25, (snow date May 2)
There’s a $25 fee for the required textbook, due on
the first day of class.
During this comprehensive eight-part class, children will
be introduced to the language and culture of Italy through
stories, music, text and the spoken word. Parents are
asked to remain in the Library for the duration of the class.
Family Movie Night: Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
Ages 4 & up
Friday, March 20, 6-8pm
Spring Break Scavenger Hunt for Kids
March 30 – April 6
~ Generously funded by the Friends of LaGrange Library ~
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The Jester Jim Show
Ages 4 & up
Wednesday, April 1, 6-7pm
With nothing more than a trunk full of
props, Jester Jim will have you cracking
up in your seat. Juggling, balancing, and
beatboxing, the Jester Jim Show show is
packed with fun and excitement for the
whole family.
Generously funded by the Friends of LaGrange Library
Ages 7 & up
Tuesday, March 31, 12:30-2pm
International Children’s Book Day
Ages 4 & up
Thursday, April 2, 1-2pm (drop-in)
Join us as we take a look at books by Eric Carle and make
a collage inspired by his artwork.
Life Size Candyland Game
Ages 4 & up
Friday, April 3, 2:30-3:30pm (drop-in)
Have giant-sized fun playing on our library-sized
Candyland board, where everybody’s a winner!
D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read):
Kamishibai Storytime
Ages 4 & up
Friday, April 10, 6:30-7:30pm
Come hear stories told in the tradition of
Japanese paper-theater, a form of storytelling with pictures.
Ages 11 & up
Friday, April 17, 6-8pm
Watch the movie If I Stay based on
the novel by Gayle Forman. Light
refreshments served.
January 12 – March 4
Registration opens December 1
Wonderful Ones
(12-23 months)
Mondays 10:45-11:30am
Terrific Twos
(24-35 months)
Tuesdays 10:45-11:30am
(3-6 years)
Mondays 4:30-5:15pm
Tuesdays 1-1:45pm
Crazy Eights Math Club for 1st & 2nd Graders
(6-8 years)
Tuesdays 4-4:45pm
Spring Session
Music & Movement Lapsit
Tuesdays 9:45-10:30am
2nd Annual Edible Book Fair
Saturday, April 18
Bring a dish inspired by a book to our Edible Book Fair.
Entries should be dropped off by 12:45pm. Judging will
begin at 1pm. Afterward, you’ll get to sample the entries.
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Winter Session
April 13 – May 20
Registration opens April 1
Book to Movie Night
Thursdays 3-5pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays 11am-12pm
Children can increase their reading
skills and self-confidence by
reading aloud to certified therapy
dogs. Call or stop in to register for
a 15-minute session.
Storytime follows the Arlington School District
calendar and weather closings
Music & Movement Lapsit
Tuesdays 9:45-10:30am
Make Transformer Paper Bunnies
Canine Book Nook
l Literacy
Wonderful Ones
(12-23 months)
Mondays 10:45-11:30am
Terrific Twos
(24-35 months)
Tuesdays 10:45-11:30am
(3-6 years)
Mondays 4:30-5:15pm
Tuesdays 1-1:45pm
MakerSpace for 1st & 2nd Graders
(6-8 years)
Tuesdays 4-4:45pm
~ Generously funded by the Friends of LaGrange Library ~
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LaGrange Association Library
488 Freedom Plains Rd., Suite #109
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: (845) 452-3141
Fax: (845) 452-1974
E-mail: [email protected]
Current Resident or:
Member of the Mid-Hudson Library System
Who we are
A separate 501(c)3 organization that raises funds to support LaGrange Library programs and
How we raise money
Book sales, on-going book sales with rotating “like new” stock that also includes DVDs,
puzzles, audiobooks and music CDs; tote bag sales; membership dues and donations.
What we’ve recently funded
New book drop where you can now safely put ALL library items (including DVDs, audiobooks and CDs); new computer
workstations throughout the Library for public and staff use; iPads; children’s furniture and art closet; glass enclosed
display board by the Library door; town-wide newsletters to inform LaGrange residents about happenings at our Library;
Library programming for all ages.
When we meet
Upcoming dates are January 15 & March 19 at 1pm. We’d love to have you join us for a meeting.
Membership year is June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015
Annual Membership Levels:
Thank you
your support!
Name: ________________________________________
_____ $10 Individual
_____ $15 Family
_____ $25 Business
Address: ______________________________________
_____ Additional Contribution
_____ Matching Gift Form Attached
Phone: ________________________________________
_____ No need to send an acknowledgement
E-mail: ________________________________________
_____ I / We would like to help sort book donations
Please make checks payable to:
Friends of the LaGrange Library
488 Freedom Plains Rd., Suite #109
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603