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Morton Memorial Library



August 18, 2016


A Message from Morton:

Every week, the Central Library issues a reference tip to MHLS libraries.  The current one is called The American Presidency Project.  It makes for interesting browsing in this season leading up to November.

Please scroll down to see more of Morton's Enewsletter promoting events honoring the National Parks Centennial, particularly one taking place this evening, August 18.  And pick up a copy of Being Mortal for a thought-provoking River Read series discussion on August 25.

Note:  The meetings of the Morton Board are held on the first Thursday of every month at 5:00 p.m.  The public is always welcome.

Shelby Morgner Johnson Art Opening
"Hidden Worlds"
Exhibition:  August 5 - 27

My paintings are about the inner emotion of a life observed and universal human longing, reflected in still life, interiors, that harbor some element of the personal. Figures are, when they appear, more aligned to memory. Time no longer represents an exclusive, finite commodity, but a multitude of shared experiences.  A traveler is perennially the outsider wherever he/she goes, and that allows for a kind of freedom, a kind of insight, through lack of familiarity. The paintings depict a moment
caught between arrival and departure, departure and arrival.
In my motel postcard series, I am looking for quality of the “air," not just space. The rooms are not empty, they are present. The rooms are full of the “air” of inspiration and feeling.
Shelby Morgner

Library open hours for exhibition.

Admission is free:  purchases of art and donations for the library are welcome. 

Shelby Johnson

Morton Celebrates the National Parks Centennial
Frank Futral Presents "Important Acquisitions--the Museum Collection at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, 1945-2016"
Thursday, August 18 @ 6:00

Frank Futral, former resident of Rhinecliff, is curator at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites.
He will present an illustrated lecture on important and interesting acquisitions to the park collections since opening to the public in 1940.

"Return of the Mayflower" by Bernard F. Gribble. An original painting from FDR's personal naval collection, acquired by the National Park Service and returned to his home in 2001.

Richard's Rhinecliff Acoustic Show
Friday, August 19 @ 8:00

Featuring:  Hudson Crossing, Mike Cole with Annie Fox, Tom Holsapple, Ron Renninger, Me 2.

Donations to benefit Morton are suggested.

Refreshments provided by China Rose and
The Rhinecliff.

Sponsored by
Technology Solutions & Design

Richard's Acoustic

Morton Celebrates the National Parks Centennial
National Parks at Night:  Photographing Our Natural Treasures in a New Light
with Gabriel Biderman
Saturday, August 20 @ 7:00

2016 marks the 100-year anniversary of our National Park System.  Many of us have stamped our passports and experienced several of these natural treasures either as a child, parent, or adventurer.  Our country chose to preserve these “epic landscapes” for us and our future generations but what they have also done is preserve some of the finest places in the United States to witness and photograph the dark night skies.  Once the sun sets, most people head back to their hotels, but for photographer, Gabriel Biderman, that is exactly when it is time to really capture and create stunning night images. 

Gabe, a 20 year veteran of night photography, will share his nocturnal images of National Parks with you as well as go over how to scout, what gear to bring, and how to hone your night visions and come away with incredible images of these crown jewels of America.

Gabriel Biderman

Morton's River Read Presents:
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
A book discussion with Marion Power
Thursday, August 25 @ 5:30

Presenter:   Marion Power - Marion has been an RN for 35 years, working in areas of surgery, emergency room, hospice, and  home health. She also has a BA in Arts and Cultural Studies, focusing on giving art tours to people with dementia and their care partners.  Marion has started a business in geriatric care management.

Subject:  This will be a discussion of the book and a continuation of the workshop on July 23rd.

Please join us; registration in advance would be appreciated.

For information and to RSVP:  845-876-2903.

The River Read is a program of Morton Memorial Library in partnership with AT&T.

Being Mortal

Morton Celebrates the National Parks Centennial
Kayla Altland, National Park Ranger
"Gardening for Abundance at the FDR Home"
Thursday, July 30 @ 6:30

The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt is restoring the vegetable garden that provided sustenance for the family at Springwood in Hyde Park.  Mostly managed by FDR's mother, Sara Roosevelt, the garden allows a look into her life as caregiver for Franklin and Eleanor's children.   The garden illustrates Franklin's connection to his home in the Hudson Valley and evokes his belief that connection to the land was important for everyone, which showed in his policies and actions as President.  "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." 

Park Ranger, Kayla Altland, will present a program about the history of the garden and the park's plans for programming and interpretation in the future.  This program will invite the audience to participate in a discussion surrounding home food gardens in our lives today.

HOFR Orientation Map

River Read Tivoli Bays Canoe Trip
Friday, September 2 @ 1:00 p.m.

Irene Di Maio has rescheduled the canoe tour of the Tivoli North Bay due to July's weather

Environmental Educator James Herrington of the Department of Environmental Conservation will lead the 2 1/2 - 3 tour.

22 people maximum.
Children 6 or older.
Maximum of 2 children under 12 per adult.
Must wear shoes that can get wet.

For more information and reservations contact Irene at 845-773-9251 or idimaio[at]

Act quickly, this trip fills up very quickly!

The River Read is a program of Morton Memorial Library in partnership with AT&T.

Tivoli Bays Canoe Trip

Carol Pepper Cooper Art Opening
"Still Growing!"
Opening:  Friday, September 2, 6:00 - 8:00
Exhibition:  September 2 - 30

After sixty years of making art, and of growing through various styles and approaches, I've begun to wonder: What would it look like if samples of my work from all those years were shown in one room? Would there be anything about them, such as composition, color and/or  rhythm which would suggest a relationship? I hope the viewers will have fun seeing if they can find any common visual, emotional and/or intellectual approach, in short a sensibility, which leads them to recognize that this is all work from the hand of Carol Pepper-Cooper.

Library open hours for exhibition.

Admission is free:  purchases of art and donations for the library are welcome.  Refreshments will be available.

Carol Pepper-Cooper

Morton Book Club

Everything I Never Told You
Tuesday, September 13 @ 6:30

Read, ponder, discuss, broaden your horizons,

have fun . . .

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

Copies available now at Morton Library.

Call 845-876-2903 to register and pick up your book.

We'd love to have you join!

Everything I Never Told You

Fiber Arts/Textiles/Creations
Morton's Homage to the Fiber Creators
Call for art

There is a wealth of talented fiber artists in our area as is evidenced by the popularity of the Sheep and Wool Festival.

We are asking knitters, quilters, rug hookers, embroiderers, crocheters, weavers, spinners, etc. to share their creations with the Morton community for an art opening and exhibition.  The opening will be the week before the Festival so there will not be a time conflict but will be an 'appetizer' to the S&W festival (October 15 and 16).

It would be lovely to see creations ranging from freshly carded wool, to colored skeins of yarn, to quilts, rugs, handbags, scarves, and embroidery.

You will have until October 1st to create and/or gather your piece.

This is open to everyone; kids' creations are welcome!

Please e-mail:  sandy.mortonlibrary[at] if you have questions or are interested in participating.

Fiber Arts

"Treasures" OR
"What I've Found in My Backyard"
Call for art

Hasn’t everyone been working in the yard, perhaps weeding, digging, or even just raking leaves and all of a sudden, something unexpected appears?
Perhaps it’s not a Mastodon bone or buried gold coins – though perhaps it is!  Maybe it’s just a piece of old glass or an odd or old piece of metal.
We are asking people to share their discoveries with the community this November.  Morton would like to have a show of people’s finds with an opening reception and art exhibition.
If you don’t feel comfortable bringing the piece for display, you are more than welcome to bring a photograph of said object.  This will be a fun way to see what Rhinecliff’s underground landscape is willing to share.
You will have until November 1st to learn about and display your piece.

This is open to everyone; kids' finds are welcome!

Please e-mail:  sandy.mortonlibrary[at] if you have questions or are interested in participating.

Treasures in Your Back Yard

Hudson Valley Playwrights
Workshops for writing plays
Weekly meetings

A creative venue for local playwrights to develop
new works, from first inspiration to final
production. The goal is to promote local talent and increase production of new plays in regional theaters and beyond.

Admission is free; donations for library are welcome.

RSVP or for more information:  (845)-217-0734,
email hudsonvalleyplaywrights[at], or visit


Reading of the Work of Jacques Lacan
Weekly meetings (Please call to confirm)

Hosted by the Lacan Reading Group and
Morton Memorial Library.

Moderated by Dr. Anna McLellan, member of the Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association.

Subject: Lacan's Seminar XII:  Crucial Problems for Psychoanalysis.

Please call the library to register,
or for more information,
call Dr. McLellan at 917-270-8280.

Jacques Lacan

Morton Memorial Library & Community House
82 Kelly Street, Rhinecliff, New York 12574
Phone: (845) 876-2903

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