Local Author Event – Debby Mayer


On Saturday, April 26, at 1 PM, we invite you to join us for a reading of Riptides & Solaces Unforeseen, a memoir by Debby Mayer, at Stephentown Memorial Library on Saturday, April 26, at 1:00 pm. The event will include a short reading and a discussion of how writing can be used to work through grief.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served.

Life is full of small moments that signal big change. Sometimes you know when it happens, sometimes you can only tell in retrospect when you’ve encountered one of those moments.  Part mystery, part love story, part report from the medical front in the United States today, Riptides relates the fast-onset brain cancer that ripped through a strong, healthy man and led to his death four months later at the age of fifty-six. The book is a searing chronology of the effects of devastating illness, of being caught in the maw of hospitals, of unthinkable decision-making and small, unexpected solaces. Tightly written, fact-based, it is never maudlin, and it offers an element of hope without sentimentality.

Debby Mayer’s blog, 2becomes1: widowhood for the rest of us, can be found at debbymayer.blogspot.com. An excerpt from Riptides was awarded a grant in creative nonfiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Debby Mayer is also the author of Sisters: A Novel (Putnam’s, Berkley). Her short fiction and journalism have been widely published. She retired from the Publications Office at Bard College as editorial director and is now a contributing editor at The Columbia Paper. She lives in Hudson, N.Y.

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Join the fun – Zumba returns to SML on May 7



Zumba Classes at SML – Weekly on Wednesdays at 7 PM    

Zumba will resume on Wednesday, May 7  - spread the word and invite your friends to join the fun.

Zumba is an exhilarating Latin-inspired dance fitness class designed to benefit anyone, regardless of age or fitness level.

Zumba Instructor Kim Conley is also a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer who works with people of every age and ability all over the Berkshires.  She will lead us in a 1 hour weekly class.  Each class is $6.00 per participant.  Purchase a 5 class punch card, payable in advance.  Class will be held in the main room of SML.  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.  Additional parking at the school across the road.

Zumba is a blast – Come join the party!  Class size is approximately 8-10.  

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SML Seed Exchange Program

The Seed Exchange at the Stephentown Memorial Library is now open!

Whether you have been gardening for decades or are just starting out, please come check out our selection of donated vegetable, flower and herb seeds. We have old favorites, as well as some unusual varieties.

The seeds are free, and you are welcome to take as many or as few as you would like.

If you are a beginner and would like some planting advice, leave your name and contact information at the desk and we will try to connect you with an experienced gardener to answer your questions.

If you have some seeds you would like to donate, please drop them off at the front desk during library hours.

Let’s get growing!

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Attention!! Stephentown Graduating Seniors and Their Parents!!


The Board of Trustees of the Stephentown Memorial Library is offering one scholarship of $250 to a graduating senior who will enter a two-or four-year college in the fall. The scholarship fund results from gifts and bequests made to the library specifically for scholarship purposes.

Applicants for the Stephentown Memorial Library Scholarship must be residents of Stephentown, New York.

Applications are available at the library, on our website – www.stephentownlibrary.org, and at the guidance offices of local public and private schools attended by Stephentown students.

Application deadline is May 23, 2014.

Weekly Story Time for Preschool Children

Story Time is on Wednesdays at 9 AM in the SML Community Room

**PLEASE NOTE:  In the event of inclement weather, if Berlin Central School District is closed, then Story Time is cancelled.**

Calling all preschoolers (and their caregivers)!   Join us each Wednesday for some story time fun! In this half-hour session, we read aloud, sing songs, move about, and explore the world around us through literature. Parents and children are encouraged to stay after story time so children have time for free play while grown-ups browse for books and socialize.   Story Time is led by Jane Halleck, a retired local teacher.

Registration is encouraged but not required. For more information, stop by the Library or call us at 733-5750.

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