A Message from the Morton Board

Hello Friends,

Tis the season to share what we’ve been up to here at 82 Kelly. In a word or two: a lot! Thanks to a Dutchess County “Learn, Play, Create” grant and the ingenuity of art educator Judy Cook, the Morton basement is now a fully outfitted Makers Space—a hive of creativity for the 6 to 13-year-old-set. New cabinets and rolling drawers hold an arsenal of painting, woodworking, silkscreening, sewing and costume-making supplies, which also include iPads and a 3-D printer. No surprise, Judy’s summer camp was an instant sell out, as are her ongoing classes.

We got creative infusions from the outside, as well. Art teacher Cynthia Baer’s junior/senior class at Rhinebeck High School silk screened and sewed pouches to package the garden seeds in our popular seed library. The students also made the silk-screened banners hanging from our porch. Artist Norm Magnusson’s exuberant mural reimagined the walls of our access ramp.

Fostering ecological awareness has long been integral to Morton. This year, with Candace Gallagher and her Pollinator Patrol Club, we engaged young folks with natural phenomena, including the observation of caterpillars as they munched on milkweed, disappeared into their gold-trimmed chrysalises, and emerged as Monarchs to be released in our pollinator garden. We also collaborated with Candace, the Rhinebeck Grange, and the Rhinecliff Fire Co. to plant trees and a garden in Firemen’s Field. Sue Sie, founder of the eco-education group Dirty Gaia joined our efforts with the donation of a state-of-the-art compost bin, available to all.

The Talent Show was virtual again, but still a hit thanks to the lineup of deft and delightfully daffy performances, as well as our tux-and-jeans-clad emcee, Richard Kopyscianski, who’s manned the mic since the show’s 2010 debut. Richard’s Acoustic Nights, art and fiber shows, author talks (in collaboration with Oblong Books), theatre productions, including Joe Baer’s stellar turn in “Tales of Mark Twain,” and concerts rounded out our 2022 presentations.

Once again, the library’s Director, Sandy Bartlett, oversaw and/or spearheaded these programs and events. Never hinting at the busyness of her domain, she, like her small and dedicated staff, greet dogs and their people with equal graciousness (Milkbones for the former, candy for the latter), making the library a routine stop for neighbors and passersby.

We hope this gives you a sense of how Morton Memorial Library creatively serves and supports its community. We hope, too, that you might consider supporting us in turn. We’re so grateful for anything you can give. Feel free to make your contribution via the yellow Donate button on the home page of our website, mortonrhinecliff.com.

We can’t thank you enough,

The Morton Board

Mask use at Morton is optional but encouraged for all visitors.
As always, if you are not feeling well, please stay home.
We continue to offer curbside assistance.
We are offering free Covid tests that have been donated by the County.

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Breath Based Yoga at Morton in November with Kristin: Sunday mornings @ 10 am and/or Wednesday mornings @ 9:30 am

Crisp Cookies and Wry Songs with Tim Davis – Sunday, December 4 @ 2 pm

Oblong Books Presents Leila Philip in Conversation with Susan Fox Rogers “Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America” – Wednesday, December 7 @ 6:30