A Message from the Morton Board

Dear Neighbors,

The year has sailed by and, despite the ever-changing winds of Covid and its protocols, Morton Memorial Library and Community House can look back on another rich stretch of programming and community engagement.

Initial worries that the time-honored talent show might suffer in virtual form were quickly dispelled, thanks in no small part to the buoyant sales pitches of Joey Pots and Pans (aka Joe Baer), the deft hosting of Richard Kopyscianski, and a roster of acts that will be hard to beat in 2022.

When the library reopened its doors, new air filters in place, the rec area’s hockey and table tennis proved popular, especially on First Fridays. Richard’s Acoustic Nights and its fine lineup of musicians resumed to great applause as did performances by the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society.

Chosen as one of four pilot libraries for the inaugural season of Library of Local, an initiative supporting climate resilience and education, the Morton received a snappy kiosk along with an impressive cache of gardening tools (if you ever need a soil blocker…) and books. Director Sandy Bartlett continued our sustainability programming with expert-led presentations and, on Riverkeeper Sweep day, our team added herbs and signs (thank you, Rhinebeck artist Steve Miller!) to the pollinator gardens planted last year at the Rhinecliff dock. Thanks, too, to Candace Gallagher and the Pollinator Patrol Club for their help and guidance. The Great Giveback saw us dispersing milkweed seeds with an earth-friendly crew.

Morton also participated in the Mid-Hudson Library System’s Turning Outward program, holding Community Conversations to discuss local issues that concern and delight us. We coordinated with our friends at Wilderstein to offer yoga classes, and with our longtime partners at the Grange and the Fire Department for Rhinecliff’s holiday Light Up Night.

So much of what we do as a library is developed in response to our community’s needs and interests and fueled by its enthusiasm and participation. We think of you as members of our inner circle and hope that you might consider assisting us financially this year with a single gift or a monthly contribution. Feel free to donate through our sitemortonrhinecliff.org. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Our 116-year-old building requires periodic refreshing, including improvement of our access ramp and much-needed landscaping. We’d also like to add more programming for younger patrons and get our makers’ area set up—thanks to those who donated sewing machines!

Morton is so much more than a repository of books, CDs and DVDs. It is the very heart of our extraordinary hamlet, a place where all are welcome to visit, inquire, browse and borrow, to rock on the porch, enjoy a show or put on one of your own. Thank you so much for being part of our vibrant, inclusive and creative community.

With warm regards

The Morton Board

According to the CDC, Dutchess County is in the HIGH level of community transmission.
At this time we are requiring masks inside the library for all.  We are still offering curbside assistance if you prefer.

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