Friends of the Esopus Library
Come Grow With Us!
Join our lively group working to improve the Town of Esopus Library. Although we are known for the Book Cellar in the downstairs community space, we do many other projects and events. All of our proceeds go towards supplementing library programs, events and projects. Memberships start at $10 for individuals. Email us with any questions.
Extra Book Sorting Needed!
We have many book sorters away for the winter months. If you are able to help sorting and stocking the book cellar, we would appreciate the extra hands! Meet downstairs Mondays, 10:30am-12:30pm or Friday, 2pm-5pm.
Our Elected Officers
Connie Spoth, Chair
Connie Beuselinck, Recording Secretary
Mary Beth Rogers, Membership
OPEN, Book Sale Manager
Marion Zimmer and Lin Fagan, Book Cellar
Cheryl Benker, Vintage Book Sales
April Zeng, Community Business Committee Chair
Jennifer Russell, Grant Coordinator
Board liason rotates monthly
Donate to the Friends
Does your company have an Employee Match Program? The Friends’ of the Esopus Library is eligible for these funds. Contact your Human Resources Department for the correct form to send to us so we can double your support of our library.
Donations for the Book Cellar
The Library accepts donations during normal business hours. If you have more than three bags/boxes please call ahead (845) 338-5580. Please be aware, we do not accept items that are dirty, musty, moldy, heavily marked or wet/stained. Also, we no longer accept video tapes.
Thank you for adhering to the following guidelines when donating your books and media. We are volunteers who sort through and manage all the donations. Following these simple guidelines will help us provide better book sales.
YES, we do accept hardcover and paperback books in good, saleable condition.
NO, we DO NOT accept books in poor condition (e.g., water damaged, musty,
mildewed, missing pages, missing covers, falls apart when opened.
YES, we accept textbooks 10 years old or newer in good condition.
Condensed Books (eg. Reader’s Digest)
NO, we DO NOT accept condensed books.
YES, we accept antiques and classics (rare books) in good, saleable condition.
NO, we DO NOT accept books with content that is time dependent and has
become outdated, unreliable, and/or useless (e.g., old tax guides, old travel guides,
old business books, encyclopedias).
NO, we DO NOT accept magazines.
CD’s, Videos, DVDs and Audio Books
YES, we accept these in covers or boxes.
NO, we DO NOT accept these without covers or boxes.
Check the catalog for books, movies and more How to Video
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Group meets to discuss books on the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM
Our next meeting will be on September 1st.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel’s sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, it’s a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form.
Meet Alison’s father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family’s Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter’s complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned “fun home,” as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescense, the denouement is swift, graphic — and redemptive. – Amazon.com
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