7/17/20 Friday Night Paint & Sip for Adults! July 17th at 7PM. Registration open: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrf-CqqjwqG9KHUc5v5Ii0HUkyEWGnydtu
Grab your favorite beverage and get creative with this fun & interactive online watercolor event! Our programmer Noelle will include an image in the take-home packets, or you can paint your own image.
Register in advance by Monday, July 13 at the link above.
Take home packets will be ready for pick up the week of July 13th during library hours or pick up curbside. Packets will include paints, watercolor paper, an inspiration image – everything you need to create your masterpiece!
FREE, ages 18 and up. 12 person maximum.
Summer Reading Sign Up: https://forms.gle/ZaDCgMP9eTEWZzGs6
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
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/
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: email@example.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!
You can download the 8 basic strokes here:
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
6/22/20: Summer Reading KICK OFF this weekend! Friday 6/26: Join us for BINGO at 5pm. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uc-uvpjIpGtBL9XxFWv1_3TjCSEtFxfuz Saturday, 6/27: Pick up your Summer Reading packets 10-12:00 curbside at the library. This year’s theme: Share Your Story!
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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
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?
Toddler Storytime & Yoga with Miss Beth. And crafts too!
Join us here for a story and yoga too! Starting Tuesdays June 23rd. Segments will be posted here. Follow along at home! FREE. For preschool ages and up.
Storytime Yoga with Miss Beth
Click here to view recording.
Family Yoga Mindful Minis with Beth!
Beth guides you and your little ones through some fun yoga exercises!
Make a Seed Bomb!
Click here and Beth will show you how to make this fun way to grow some flowers!
Hey Grownups, You’re Home Too! Go on a Literary Scavenger Hunt!
Use all the resources you have at your fingertips to answer the questions on our Literary Scavenger Hunt! Most are pretty easy, some are a little less easy. And the kids might be some help on a few of the questions. Deadline: May 31st. Submit your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRIZES!! Yes! We will award prizes to the first 10 correct submissions. We don’t know yet what they will be, but you’ll get them when the Library is open again – good luck!
What are We Reading?
Here’s a short video of the staff talking about what they’ve been reading while at home!