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Rudolf Steiner Library News, February 2017

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Contact librarians Judith Kiely or Jennifer Locke for more information.
(518) 944-7007
  rsteinerlibrary@gmail.com 
Library hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10 am – 3 pm.

A RUDOLF STEINER LIBRARY CIRCLE OF FRIENDS SPECIAL EVENT

children bandAn Evening of Songs and Tunes with Nathaniel Williams (Guitar) and Madison Shulkin (Mandolin).  Saturday, February 18th at 7 p.m. in the music room of the Hawthorne Valley School at 330 County Rte 21c Ghent, N.Y.  All ages are welcome to attend.
Donations will be accepted to support the library.  www.rslfriends.com.

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On the Radio
Want to know more about the mission, collection and the daily work of the Rudolf Steiner Library? Tune in to WHUC, 98.5 FM/1230 AM at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21 to hear Flo Hale interview RSL librarian Judith Kiely and RSL Circle of Friends representatives, Doug Sloan and Robert Oelhaf.

Renew Materials Online!
Are you a frequent library user?  You can now renew your books and update your personal information right from our online catalog. Go to https://goo.gl/OdGBuq to find out how to renew your books and to https://goo.gl/vjEKr5 to learn how to edit your own personal information. Please note that in order to use these options, you must have an online account. If you don’t have an online account and would like one, please contact the library by phone or email and we will help you.

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If you are affiliated with a Waldorf school in the continental United States, you can still sign up for a FREE individual library membership thanks to a grant awarded by the Waldorf Educational Foundation to the Anthroposophical Society in America.  Waldorf school faculty and staff, teacher trainees, board members, and Waldorf school parents are eligible. Memberships run from September 2016 through August 2017.
For more information: https://goo.gl/blhZ7J or sign up:  https://goo.gl/o87dLr

NEW BOOKS

Sensible Physics Teaching for Grades Six-Eight, Michael D’Aleo and Stephen Edelglass, Waldorf Publications, 2017, 107 pp.
Geared to middle school teachers, this book contains a sequence of experiments focusing on how to encourage students to observe and engage with the world.  Included are experiments on sound, optics, warmth and cold, electricity and magnetism, electrical phenomena, mechanics and others.

 

Three Plays for Small Classes: Robin Hood, The Philosopher’s Stone and The Silver Shoes, Viivan Jones Schmidt, Waldorf Publications, 2016, 124 pp.
Based on classic tales and written by a veteran Waldorf teacher, this book includes the scripts for three innovative plays for elementary and middle school.  All three plays are particularly good for the challenge of casting a play with a small class but can be used with larger groups as well.

The Art of Being Human, Deborah Ravetz, Vala Publishing Co-operative, 2016, 160 pp.
This title is filled with stories of people who have faced their inner struggles and found joy.  The author also shares from her own biography with the premise that it’s only by working through and facing pain and imperfection that a deep, lasting inner happiness can be found.

 

The One of the Emerald: Illuminating Ancient Cryptic Truths, Anna Lups, MBChB, MD, Steiner Books, 2017, 136 pp.
Written by a physician practicing in Columbia County New York, this book is filled with art, insights and unique and inspiring stories from the author’s own personal biography.  The text is divided into sections based around the quality of numbers as well as the vowel sounds.  Touching on topics from alchemy to embryology to gender and sexuality, this is no ordinary memoir as it guides the reader through the process we all experience — one of becoming.

Rudolf Steiner Library News, December 2016

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Contact librarians Judith Kiely or Jennifer Locke for more information.
(518) 944-7007
  rsteinerlibrary@gmail.com 
Library hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10 am – 3 pm.

PLEASE NOTE – Library Closure: In observance of  the Christmas holiday, the library will be closed Saturday, December 24, 2016.

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Waldorf Educational Foundation Grant: If you are affiliated with a Waldorf school in the continental United States, you can still sign up for a FREE individual library membership thanks to a grant awarded by the Waldorf Educational Foundation to the Anthroposophical Society in America.

Waldorf school faculty and staff, teacher trainees, board members, and Waldorf school parents are eligible. Memberships run from September 2016 through August 2017.
For more information: https://goo.gl/blhZ7J or sign up:  https://goo.gl/o87dLr

NEW BOOKS

A Lakota Approach to Biodynamics, Devon Strong, Lindisfarne Books,
2017, 134 pp.
Biodynamic farmer and rancher and ceremonial leader, Devon Strong, worked for years farming, ranching, teaching and connecting the Lakota buffalo ceremony with biodynamic practices.  This book features a collection of articles, Strong’s unfinished manuscript, poems and a section by other authors on the life and work of an amazing man.

Raphael’s Madonna’s:  Images for the Soul, with a lecture by Rudolf Steiner, Lindisfarne Books, 2017, 115 pp.
Featuring beautiful reproductions of Raphael’s Madonna paintings, this book also in includes an contextual introduction by Christopher Bamford and a lecture, “The Mission of Raphael” by Rudolf Steiner.  A great pick for anyone interested in art history or the role of the Eternal Feminine.  A lovely companion for meditative practices.

Form Drawing and Colouring: For Fun, Healing and Wellbeing,
Angela Lord, Hawthorne Press, 2016, 94 pp.
A new addition to the adult coloring book trend, this title by a therapist and art educator takes it a step further by including form drawing patterns.  The patterns are inspired by various cultural traditions plus forms found in nature and are four-fold patterns to form draw and to color.  A great way to inspire and cultivate creativity!

Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World, Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T. Daniel, Ph.D., Grand Central Life & Style, 2014, 338 pp.
A nice companion to the author’s best-selling title, Nourishing Traditions, this book focuses on the healing benefits of bone broth.  Included are sections on the various aliments helped by bone broth consumption as well as recipes for various meals of the day from all over the world.

Rudolf Steiner Library News, November 2016

Contact librarians Judith Kiely or Jennifer Locke for more information.
(518) 944-7007
  rsteinerlibrary@gmail.com 
Library hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10 am – 3 pm.

PLEASE NOTE – Library Closure: In observance of  the Thanksgiving holiday, the library will be closed Thursday, November 24, through Saturday, November 26, 2016.

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LIBRARY EVENT, The University Between the State and Civil Society:  Join us on Friday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. to hear Heinz-Dieter Meyer talk about his new book, The Design of the University: German, American, and “World Class.”  Mr. Meyer also will field questions and speak about his research.

Meyer is a native of Germany who has taught in Europe and the USA. The book is a study of the relationship between civil society, the state and higher education.  In it Meyer follows the emergence of the university in the USA back through England and Germany, and especially to the thinker Wilhelm von Humboldt.  Wilhelm von Humboldt clearly developed the view that quality in educational undertakings required autonomy from the state—an idea much appreciated by Rudolf Steiner.  As anyone who pays attention to current discourse regarding education will notice, these ideas are of immediate significance around the country and the world.

Suggested contribution $15.  Proceeds will benefit the Rudolf Steiner Library.  This event is organized by the Rudolf Steiner Library Circle of Friends.

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Waldorf Educational Foundation Grant: If you are affiliated with a Waldorf school in the continental United States, you can now sign up for a FREE individual library membership thanks to a grant awarded by the Waldorf Educational Foundation to the Anthroposophical Society in America.

Waldorf school faculty and staff, teacher trainees, board members, and Waldorf school parents are eligible. Memberships run from September 2016 through August 2017.
For more information: https://goo.gl/blhZ7J or sign up:  https://goo.gl/o87dLr

NEW BOOKS: Annotations by Jennifer Locke

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Drama at the Heart: Teaching Drama in Steiner-Waldorf SchoolsNell Smyth, Floris Books, 2016, 264 pp.
This book leads teachers through the challenges and the details of bringing drama to children.  Included are everything from breathing exercises and ice-breaker games to choosing the right play for a particular age group to all aspects of rehearsal and staging.

Gardening with the Moon and Stars, Elen Sentier, Earth Books, 2015, 138 pp.
The author, a biodynamic gardener, believes it’s important to make organics and biodynamics available to as many people as possible as a way to support our planet.  This book, written in easily accessible language, includes many tips to help even a novice make and use preparations and work with the star calendar.

Transparent Window Scenes Through the Year, Michaela Kronshage and Sylvia Schwartz, Floris Books, 2003, 86 pp.  Filled with beautiful photos and templates, this book includes step-by-step directions for making lovely, color-layered window scenes for each season of the year.

Children and Nature: Making Connections, George K. Russell, ed., The Myrin Institute, 2014,
143 pp.  A collection of essays about the child’s need and desire for a connection to nature and the danger to our future if these experiences are missing from a child’s life.  Contributors include educators, mothers, poets and scientists.

Festivals of the Southern Hemisphere: Insights into Cosmic and Seasonal Aspects of the Whole Earth, Martin Samson, Floris Books, 2016, 187 pp.  Historically, many of the Christian festivals draw on images from seasons of the northern Hemisphere.  In this title, the author, a Christian Community priest in Australia, considers Steiner’s writing on the subject as well as an exploration of Christian Community liturgy and seasonal prayers.  A guide for creating festivals in the southern hemisphere is included.

Rudolf Steiner Library of the Anthroposophical Society in America
351 Fairview Ave Ste 610, Hudson, NY 12534-1259
(518) 944-7007 (voice & text) | rsteinerlibrary@gmail.com

 

Rudolf Steiner Library News, September 2016

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Contact librarian Judith Kiely for more information. (518) 944-7007  rsteinerlibrary@gmail.com 
Library hours Wed-Sat 10-3

Update: Waldorf Educational Foundation Grant If you are affiliated with a Waldorf school in the continental United States, you can now sign up for a free one-year individual library membership thanks to a grant awarded by the Waldorf Educational Foundation to the Anthroposophical Society in America.

Waldorf school faculty and staff, teacher trainees, board members, and Waldorf school parents are eligible. Memberships run from Sept 2016 through Aug 2017.
For more information: https://goo.gl/blhZ7J or sign up:  https://goo.gl/o87dLr

Note: Library closures The library will be closed Sat Sep 17, and open by appointment only Wed Sep 14 – Fri Sep 16. We will also be closed during the Annual General Meeting of the Anthroposophical Society in America, from Thu Oct 6 – Sat Oct 8.

Overdue Books Notices We’ve been hearing from borrowers that our overdue notices have been ending up in their spam folders. Please mark the library email address rsteinerlibrary@gmail.com as NOT SPAM so you don’t miss our reminders.

Search for new books in our online catalog: rsl.scoolaid.net.

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Report: Volunteer Project Week, August 8-12
Volunteer Margaret Shipman reports: “We were able to make a giant step forward in the organization and preservation of historical materials.  We re-boxed the foreign-language periodicals, mostly German, into 150 gray archival storage boxes, by title and date—and then put all the sets of boxes on shelves in alphabetical order.  They are finally safely archived in a humidity and temperature-controlled environment, and on a single floor!  I told visitors and other volunteers to ‘look at our sea of gray boxes’.  The sea is small as oceans go but the accomplishment feels worthy of the word.”

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Thanks to all who volunteered: : Cecelia Elinson, Branko Furst, Caroline Gordon, PatRick Kiely, Lioba Logan, Martin Miller, Robert Oelhaf, Christina Porkert, Douglas Sloan, Kathleen Williams, and especially Margaret Shipman, who traveled from Los Angeles and worked for the entire week (35 hours!).

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Report: Book Repair Workshop, Sat Aug 20
Bookbinder and Waldorf teacher Lisa Damian held a workshop on Japanese stab-stitching at the library on Aug 20, sponsored by the Rudolf Steiner Library Circle of Friends. Five people participated: John Cunningham, Lioba Logan, Martin Miller, Linda Park, and Christina Porkert. They repaired 14 books, and plan to come back to do more. Thank you!

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Don’t forget: SteinerBooks 50% Discount Offer
Members and friends can purchase books for the library from SteinerBooks at a 50% discount.
Books purchased for the library must be ordered through Marsha Post:
(413) 528‑8233, ext. 2   marsha@steinerbooks.org

Coming in Oct: Annual General Meeting of the Anthroposophical Society in America
We plan to have a small pop-up library at the AGM in October. Day, time & place to be announced. Members of the Rudolf Steiner Library Circle of Friends will be joining us, too. We hope to meet you there!

Rudolf Steiner Library of the Anthroposophical Society in America
351 Fairview Ave Ste 610, Hudson, NY 12534-1259
(518) 944-7007 (voice & text) | rsteinerlibrary@gmail.com

Rudolf Steiner Library Bulletin, July 2016

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Contact librarian Judith Kiely for more information about any of the following items.
(518) 944-7007 rsteinerlibrary@gmail.com

Waldorf Educational Foundation Grant
The Waldorf Educational Foundation has awarded a grant to the Anthroposophical Society in America for the Rudolf Steiner Library to offer free one-year individual library memberships to Waldorf school faculty and staff, teacher trainees, and Waldorf school parents in the United States. Memberships will run from Sept 2016 through Aug 2017.

Library Lending Change
As of September 1, lending periods will be as follows:
 2 months for local borrowers
● 3 months for mail order borrowers
● 6 months for study group borrowers
Materials may be renewed if other borrowers have not requested them.
Due dates for books lent earlier this year will not change.

Search for new books in our online catalog.
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Volunteer Project Week, August 8-12
Come help us finish re-boxing our archival periodicals the week of August 8.
Sign up for a 2‑hour morning or afternoon shift.

Book Repair Workshop, Sat August 20
Learn Japanese stab-stitching with bookbinder and Waldorf teacher Lisa Damian August 20,
930 am – 1230 pm. Help us repair our paperback books, and learn a new skill.

Nadia Bedard Leaving at End of July
Library assistant Nadia Bedard has been accepted to a graduate program at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. We’re sad to see Nadia go, but we’re also excited about her new adventure!
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SteinerBooks 50% Discount Offer
Members and friends can now purchase books for the library from SteinerBooks at a 50% discount. All books that SteinerBooks publishes or distributes are eligible for this discount.

Books purchased for the library must be ordered through Marsha Post:
(413) 528‑8233, ext. 2  marsha@steinerbooks.org

Used Book Donations
If you’d like to donate your used books to the library, we’d be happy to accept your books if they are in very good condition. Books that we don’t need for the collection are sold on amazon.com.

Rudolf Steiner Library Circle of Friends
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The Circle of Friends’ fundraising campaign for the library has been going well! Thanks to the many donations from members and friends, along with the grant from the Waldorf Education Foundation (see above), your librarian will be returning to full-time status for the rest of this year. Thank you to all for your generous support!

Library Notes March 1, 2016

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(Left) Our maintenance worker Travis Henry reading after cleaning the library.
(Right) William Furse checking materials he has scanned for emailing to a library borrower. William has been helping out at the library for over 20 years!

Just a few weeks ago we were still hearing from some members that they didn’t know the library had re-opened. Yes, we are open (since December 2015) and are ready to receive your orders for library materials or requests for help with research.

Library materials are loaned for one year, and can be renewed for an additional 6 months if they have not been requested by other borrowers. We will ask you to return an item you have had for at least 3 months if another member requests it.

For mail-orders, borrowers reimburse the library for shipping costs. You may mail us a check or stamps, but if you have a Paypal account, you can now reimburse the library for postage costs by directing your Paypal payment to: rsteinerlibrary@gmail.com.

For 2016, the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America allocated $60,000 for the library budget, which allows us to operate 15 hours per week (Thurs-Fri-Sat 10 am – 3 pm).

Donations to supplement the current budget for the library can be made online at: https://secure.anthroposophy.org/np/clients/anthroposophy/campaign.jsp?campaign=145

In addition a group of supporters, the Rudolf Steiner Library Circle of Friends, has formed to help the library remain sustainable into the future. The group is in the process of incorporating and will soon be mailing an appeal for donations to augment the current library budget.

Thank you for your support!

P.S. This will be our last blog entry for now—with our current 15-hour/week schedule, it’s not possible to keep up with everything. We will continue to focus on meeting our members’ research and borrowing requests.