Bookplate Project

In celebration of National Library Week, dedicate any book of your own choosing by donating $10 for a bookplate (three bookplates for $25) that will be permanently affixed to the inside cover of any book in the Hastings Public Library’s entire collection!

Museum Pass Program

1) Call or visit the Hastings Library with your library card number to reserve your date in advance. You must be over 18 to reserve.

2) Pick up your museum pass at the Hastings Library on your reserved date.

3) Return the museum pass, in person, 3 days later to the Hastings Public Library during regular hours.

ChildrensFor more than thirty years Children’s Museum of Manhattan has been a destination and resource where families of all backgrounds come to learn, play and grow together. At CMOM, we take pride in our mission to prepare children to succeed in school, help families live healthy lives, and nurture a new generation of creative and global citizens. Each year, we touch the lives of more than 350,000 families—through groundbreaking exhibits, innovative programs and first class performances. We bring the joy of creativity and discovery to each child who walks through our doors on West 83rd Street, as well as thousands served beyond the walls of the Museum. Working with a network of more than 50 organizations across the City, CMOM removes barriers that keep children from accessing the rich educational resources a museum can offer. CMOM is more than a museum—we provide a continuum of experiences that give all children the intellectual, emotional, physical and social skills they need to thrive.

GuggenheimAn internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by museum educators. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-growing institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.

Hudson RiverThe Hudson River Museum strives to be a center of discovery and discussion by offering an array of fresh, thought-provoking learning opportunities. Programs for the public are developed to pique visitor curiosity and encourage conversations about the role that art, history, astronomy, and ecology play in our lives. Programs include lectures, performances, tours, hands-on workshops, and regular community festivals that celebrate the creation and exchange of ideas.

IntrepidNew York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex is a dynamic, interactive and educational journey for all ages. The museum’s mission is to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth. Intrepid is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science and service as related to its home aboard the USS Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. As you explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage, and explore interactive exhibits. Visitors can also ride in the A-6 Cockpit Simulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone, and tour the inside of the world’s fastest commercial airplane, Concorde. Intrepid’s newest exhibit, the Space Shuttle Pavilion, has been engineered to express the shuttle program’s stories of human triumph and technological feats. Dare to dream as you become immersed in this up close experience with Space Shuttle Enterprise.

MCNYThe Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.


The New York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

mansion-imageThe Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art and popular culture, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction. They seek to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, promote environmental stewardship, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience.

Board of Trustees September 13, 2016 Meeting Minutes


Sept. 13, 2016

Present:  Thom Forbes (President), Joan Vaillancourt (Director), Joanna Riesman (Treasurer), Diana Jaeger (Secretary), Lauren Casper; Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman

Minutes:  The minutes of our June 16, 2016, meeting were approved.  Many thanks to Jacquie for her faithful service as secretary (2013-2016).

Funds:  We are still waiting for Village Audit to be completed to see final amount of surplus monies left from the 2015-16 budget.  Part of the surplus money had been earmarked for the new Quiet Reading Room; a portion of the final surplus amount will go to the Library Memorial Fund.  

We have received $750 of the $3000 Abinanti grant and Sue has submitted paperwork to get the rest.  

Personnel:  Debbie Quinn will start Tuesday evening, Sept. 20, working part-time.  Regina has a new position in Pittsfield; she will be missed.

Village Code of Ethics applies to all Library employees; it has been posted in the Library.  

Building in General:  Joan submitted ideas for the 5-year capital improvement plan for the library building to Fran Froebel.  Proposal for 5-year plan includes new chilled water HVAC system (current system is 25 years old) and a replacement of flat roof.  Projected costs of those two projects will be about $225,000 – $250,000 for new HVAC system and $160,000 for new roof.  

We discussed concerns about using the Orr Room as an “art gallery.”  Security for the artwork is an issue, as is who determines what art will be displayed.  New guidelines will specify that proposals for art exhibits must be submitted with sufficient lead time for the Board to review.  

The Library was given a Municipal Security Assessment by the village, and some security measures will be implemented in the building (security cameras, a panic button, etc.).  

Building Repairs:  Roof repair was done in August:  Nick Brown removed the bushes that were growing on the roof and replaced the skylight (acrylic dome) that has leaked many times.  

DeSouza Landscaping weeded area around Library and Village Hall in August.  

More repairs need to be done on shaky staircase railings, including the one from the park to the library, and possibly the ones for the two stairs in front of the building.  The slate on the veranda in front of the library also needs repairs.   

Kitchen:  Traveler’s Insurance estimate is that cost of the damage to kitchen from water leak will be about $9,218 ($7053 is repair; $2165 was for emergency services.  There is a $5000 deductible.  Estimate for improving kitchen with some new cabinets and new appliances is about $18,000.  Applied for $8000 NYS Construction grant to assist with kitchen improvements and repairs; WLS has indicated that the grant may be approved for at least $5000.  

Library Equipment:  A phone has been added at Jeanne’s desk and the Village gave us a new computer for Judy.  

Joan is in discussion with Raf regarding leasing printers under the Westchester contract.  Cost is projected to be the same or lower than we currently spend for buying our own printers and ink supply.

Children’s and Young Adult Area:  We will look into providing equipment to facilitate children’s programs.  Overall plan will include new rug for the program room downstairs and a set of wooden puzzles, plus shelves will be repaired in the picture book room.  

Adult Programs:  Senior Art Workshops will be offered October 10 and November 11.  

Talking Pictures with Harvey will feature “Weiner” on Sept. 18.

Children’s Programs:  Summer reading program was a big success.  

Myles has lots of children’s activities planned for Fall 2016:  There are programs aimed at preschoolers, elementary and middle-school students.  

New Quiet Reading Room:  The new quiet reading room is a big success; it is constantly booked.  

Friend’s Report:  September Used Book Sale on Sept. 10 brought in over $1400.  

The new mailing for the Friends featuring “a kindler, gentler campaign” has gone out.  

Fundraising this year was quite successful.  Decision will be made whether to take a year off from producing the annual June event, as we don’t want to burn out volunteer energy.  

Barbara Morrow led discussion on Dewey series for this year, and we are leaning towards topic of “Dewey on Screen,” featuring local speakers who have been involved with film.  

Next Meeting:  Our next meeting is scheduled for October 18.  

Book Shop Information

The library’s book shop has a donation-based selection of lightly used books for sale. We offer a wide range of genres for adults and children.

Hardcover books are priced at $2 and paperbacks are $1, with all proceeds benefiting the library.


Henri-Cartier-Bresson-here-and-nowHenri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now

Library Price: $65.00

500+ illustrations in color and black-and-white.

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work embraced art, politics, revolution, and war. But more powerful than any of these overarching themes was his evident concern for the human individual at every social level.

This lavishly illustrated monograph—published to accompany France’s first major retrospective since the photographer’s death in 2004—traces Cartier-Bresson’s development as a photographer, activist, journalist, and artist. In addition to some of Cartier-Bresson’s best-known photographs, included here are many seldom seen or unpublished images and some rarities in color as well as black-and-white.

From his earliest photographs in Paris in the 1920s and Africa in the 1930s, Cartier-Bresson’s capacity to conjure coherence and harmony out of a chaotic world appears effortless and innate—a deep-centered attitude rather than a merely learned technique. His observations of the effects of poverty and revolution around the world led directly to his pioneering photojournalism and to his co-founding of Magnum Photos. He became renowned for his penetrating portraits of the most prominent figures of his time, becoming, in the words of his biographer Pierre Assouline, “the eye of the century.”


Call or visit the library to purchase!