Tivoli at Home

12/2/20: 2020 Sip & Swap Cookbook – Just in time for the holidays! We’ve included all the recipes from our Sip & Swap. Click below to download.

10/22/20 Sugar Skull Pumpkin Painting: Registering now here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkc-qpqj0oE9DLirEjXB4BnqY6wyNF8yEg

Summer Reading Sign Up: https://forms.gle/ZaDCgMP9eTEWZzGs6

“Share Your Story” Summer Reading SIGN UPS!

Get ready for Summer Reading 2020 with fun activities and new programs. Sign up students K-12 and join us for KICK OFF on Saturday, 6/27 with packet pick up and BINGO night! More to come…

Calligraphy 101: Faux-ligraphy!


Noelle Morgan, Programmer

Fauxligraphy (or fake calligraphy) is an excellent way for beginners to try out calligraphy. And the best part: you can use any pen!


Calligraphy 101: Envelopes

Customized envelopes are fun to receive and fun to create. Here are a few pointers as you begin an envelope project:

Measure out envelope specs on paper. Now you can play with the layout without wasting actual envelopes.

Measure text spacing and write out in pencil. This is helpful for centering. Here I’ve mixed calligraphy and block lettering.

Complete a few practice runs in pen and ink, then proceed on stationery. If you have a lightbox, the sample can also be cut out and inserted into the envelope for tracing.

Have fun! Mix up styles, pens, fonts and fun details.

Calligraphy 101: Helpful Links for Beginners


Sending a few links your way to some of the best resources I’ve discovered through friends and workshops. See below and let me know what you think!

Begin here with this beginner’s guide from the Postman’s Knock: https://thepostmansknock.com/beginners-guide-modern-calligraphy/

Blogs and Social Media:

Suz Cunningham: Her Instagram page is filled with inspiring classic Copperplate calligraphy demos that are mesmerizing to watch and often filmed in real time: https://www.instagram.com/suzcunningham/?hl=en

Molly Suber Thorpe: A veteran in the world of calligraphy, Thorpe has authored several books and offers online courses: https://mollysuberthorpe.com/

The Postman’s Knock: A beautiful site packed with colorful visuals, creative drills, courses, and a terrific blog for beginners: https://thepostmansknock.com/

Professional Organizations:

IAMPETH: Here you’ll find instructional videos, discussions and downloadable guide sheets: https://www.iampeth.com/home

Society of Scribes: Check out the NY chapter for workshops located in NYC, a blog and more: http://societyofscribes.org/

Calligraphy 101: The Alphabet


This week, we practice the alphabet in Modern Calligraphy. See below for a full size, printable attachment you can use for practice. Use a Crayola marker or any pointed pen or market you have at home.

Keep in mind that there are many different letter styles in Modern Calligraphy. If you don’t love the way a letter looks, feel free to improvise or research one you like better. The attached guide is just a starter.

Have fun! Take your time. Practice alternating the thin and thick strokes with each letter. The more you practice the more confident your lettering will become.

Download your practice guide here: Calligraphy_Alphabet and don’t forget to email with any questions as you work your way through your drills: tivoliprograms@gmail.com.

Calligraphy 101: Let’s Practice Basic Drills


If you’re interested in learning the art of calligraphy, join me here on Fridays for meditative practice, calligraphy drills, helpful links, and more! I’ll post updates each week with new ideas to practice at home.


Today’s lesson is introductory drills:

The best way to master calligraphy is to practice daily and increase muscle memory. I’ve created and attached practice sheets that you can print at home. Or you can follow the strokes shown here and create your own guidelines. See below for next steps:

(1) Draw your guidelines: Using a ruler, draw out 1″ wide lines, with a dashed center line so there is space 1/2″ above and 1/2″ below. The top line will be the “cap-height”, bottom line will be “baseline” and the dashed line will be the “x-height.”

(2) Find a pointed pen or marker: a crayola marker works great! Practice the 8 basic strokes shown at left, adjusting your pressure to capture a thick and thin line. Go slow! Take your time with each stroke.

(3) Set aside time for daily practice and continue practicing. Check out how improved your strokes become as you develop confidence!

For a fun spin on drills, check out this drills sheet from The Postman’s Knock. The Postman’s Knock blog is an incredible resource for beginners with tips, tricks and free printables!

The Postman’s Knock “Not Your Average” Drills Sheet

You can download the 8 basic strokes here:


Happy practicing!!

Congratulations to our creative Nailed It 2 Gingerbread House contestants and grand prize winner “The Irish Pub!”

Nailed It 2! Registering now: call or email us at tivoliprograms@gmail.com

Grab-n-Go Wood Slice Craft Kit: Create your own handcrafted ornaments – each kit includes 4 wood slices and everything you need. Perfect as a family activity or as gifts. Available at the library 11/14/20. Limit one kit per family.

11/19/20 , 7-8PM Thanksgiving Recipe Swap & Sip: Grab your favorite recipe (+ beverage) and join us online! FREE. Ages 21 and up. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ucu-oqjgsGtQhEVOJwOhCr-s1CqPpjQf4

7/25/20 Tivoli Free Library Poetry Slam Winners!!

Please congratulate this summer’s Poetry Slam winners: Sushmita “Nanu” Gelda (Adult Category Winner) and Adeline Carr (K-12 Winner.) See below for their winning entries. Thank you to all participants – we reviewed many strong entries making this a tough decision!

Praise is Overrated by Sushmita “Nanu” Gelda

The Real Me by Adeline Carr

7/31/20 Mystery 5 Ingredient Bake

Come bake with Arobi! Pick up the ingredients form the library to make a mystery treat with Arobi on Zoom. Once you have the ingredients, tune in on July 31, at 3:00pm for a live recipe tutorial hosted by Arobi.

Free. For ages 6-12 with parental supervision. Must register through zoom link. If you are not registered, you may not pick up ingredients. Event not friendly for anyone with a peanut allergy. Email us tivoliprograms@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding the event.

Pick up for the ingredients will happen Monday, July 27, 2020 10am – 2pm or you can schedule a time after Monday. 
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

*Event will not happen if less than 5 people register. 

7/8/20 Backyard Field Trip: Art Omi

This week we explore Art Omi, a 300 acre outdoor contemporary art and architecture park. Open daily from dawn to dusk. FREE.

1405 County Route 22 in Ghent, NY.

7/23/20 Meet Emily Majer, White Clay Kill Preservation, LLC. Thursday, 7/23/30 from 6-7PM. Registration open: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsc-qurDoiG9KdACn7-3Jl0C8-80Uulhld

Tune into our webinar with Emily Majer: Historian, Deputy Mayor of Tivoli Village and member of Historic Red Hook’s Board of Trustees.

Learn how White Clay Kill Preservation began, what inspires Emily and how she is navigating current challenges. White Clay Kill Preservation specializes in exploring the social and architectural history of properties and assists in making decisions about preservation, restoration and renovation while providing sustainable solutions. Q&A following. FREE. All ages welcome.

6/24/20 Backyard Field Trip: Millbrook Tribute Garden

SIGN UP: Bollywood Workshop on Zoom

Sundays, June 28, July 26, and August 23 at 2:00pm

Come learn fun Bollywood routines with Arobi!

Free. For all ages. MUST REGISTER.

Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

6/10/20 Backyard Field Trip: Siegel-Kline Kill with Noelle

Check in every other Wednesday for a new Backyard Field Trip posting. Off-the-beaten-path outings in your own back yard!

Dungeons & Dragons with Doug

Saturday, June 13, July 11, and August 8 | 11:00am – 2:00pm

D&D&D: Dungeons and Dragons and Doug! Happens on the 2nd Saturday of every month on Zoom. No experience necessary, all skill levels welcome and materials will be provided. All you need to bring is your love for the game!

Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Originals, A book club for 6th-9th graders with Noelle

Register by Wednesday June 3rd https://forms.gle/siLhkj51U2TF5Xoz7

Bollywood Dance Workshop with Arobi Recordings


4/6/20 – Badi Mushkil Dance Tutorial

4/13/20 – Aaja Nachle Dance Tutorial

Pressed Flower Bookmarks: a simple craft for Spring

With spring flowers popping up everywhere, we couldn’t resist this beautiful pressed flower craft. It’s an easy process and we love the end result! See below for the steps:

Pressed Flowers2

Pick and press flowers. We picked crocus blooms and pressed them in a heavy book for 4-5 days. You can also microwave for 1-2 minutes to dry out more quickly.

Cut bookmarks out of a heavier paper or card stock.

Cut bookmarks out of a heavier paper or card stock.

Lay out your pressed blooms. You could also paint, draw, or write on the bookmark. We kept ours simple.

Lay out your pressed blooms. You could also paint, draw, or write on the bookmark. We kept ours simple.

Cover both sides of the paper with clear packing tape. Smooth over flowers and cut off excess around the paper.

Cover both sides of the paper with clear packing tape. Smooth over flowers and cut off excess around the paper.

Punch a hole at the top of the bookmark and add a bit of lace or ribbon. And voila!

Punch a hole at the top of the bookmark and add a bit of lace or ribbon. And voila!

What We’re Reading at Home:

Blended by Sharon M. Draper



Hi guys!

Like many of you, we’ve been busy catching up on reading at home. I’ve heard from many of our younger patrons at the library and at school about the book Blended. This book happens to be one of the six titles selected for the Battle of the Books summer trivia contest, so I was eager to read it!

Blended is one of those books that’s hard to put down. It’s fast paced and easily forges a connection between the reader and the main character, Isabella. Eleven-year-old Isabella’s parents are divorced and she has to switch lives every week. Her mom’s house is very different from her dad’s house, and Isabella feels pulled between the two worlds. Isabella is also biracial and questions how she fits in within the context of these two worlds. There were some weighty topics explored in this book. The pithy dialogue and quick moving plot make this novel a must read!

Quote from my middle schooler: “I like how the author blended (no pun intended) the topics of divorce and race.”

Have you read this book? If so, what were your thoughts?

Storytime Yoga with Miss Beth

Click here to view 7/21/20 recording.

Click here to view 7/14/20 recording.

Click here to view 7/7/20 recording.

Click here to view 6/23/20 recording.

Family Yoga Mindful Minis with Beth!

Beth guides you and your little ones through some fun yoga exercises!

Mindful Mini #7: A Trip to the Farm!

Mindful Mini #6: Bees!

Mindful Mini #5: Animals!

Mindful Mini #4: Earth Day!

Mindful Mini #3: More yoga fun!

Mindful Mini #2: Outer Space!

Mindful Mini #1

Make a Seed Bomb!

Click here and Beth will show you how to make this fun way to grow some flowers!

What are We Reading?


Here’s a short video of the staff talking about what they’ve been reading while at home!