Category Archives: Moving

Information and news about the library move.

December 8, 2015: We’re back!

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Although we are still unpacking, we are ready to fill new requests for library materials, and receive materials you wish to return. You may also renew items you have checked out unless another borrower has requested them. Just phone, email, or text us (mailing address & contact information below).

Because members were enthusiastic about borrowing books for a full year when we closed in 2013, we will continue this practice. Materials can also be renewed for 6 months. One exception: materials will be subject to recall after 3 months if requested by another borrower.

We had hoped to offer free mail-order lending in the coming year, but are unable to do so. Mail borrowers will need to continue to pay the round-trip postage fees for mail-orders. Library rates range from $2.59 for 1 pound, to $6.91 for 10 pounds. Most orders are within the 1 – 10 lb. range.

We are in the process of updating our Paypal account to accept postage reimbursements, but you may still pay for postage by mailing us a check or stamps.

Research services will be available as time permits. The first half-hour of research is free to members, and thereafter is $30/hour with a $15 minimum charge.

Due to the substantial reduction to the 2016 Anthroposophical Society in America budget, we are in straitened financial circumstances. Please donate what you can:

Our new Friends of the Rudolf Steiner Library group is working to obtain tax-exempt status. Charitable donations to the Friends will directly support library services and programs, along with facility, equipment, and materials collection needs. We’ll keep you updated on the Friends progress.

Mail library materials to be returned to:
Rudolf Steiner Library 351 Fairview Ave Ste 610 Hudson NY 12534-1259
(518) 944-7007 (voice & text) |
Hours: Tue 1-4 pm | Wed-Thu-Fri 9-12 & 1-4 pm (closed 12-1 pm) | Sat 9- 12, and by appt.

New hours starting Jan 2016: Thurs – Fri – Sat 10 am – 3 pm

Moving in, and Robert Logsdon’s Lazuring: Update November 8, 2015

Yes, we’re finally moving into our new home at 351 Fairview Avenue, Suite 610 in Greenport (Hudson), New York, next door to KB Chiropractic, but we won’t be open to the public for a few weeks.


The lazuring of the space was completed by Robert Logsdon and his crew, Nika Dubnansky, Michael Graeff, and Kettil Hoel, on October 22. The photos below just give a hint of the life that the lazuring has brought to the rooms.


Left : A view into the rear of the space (before the floor was cleaned and polished).
Right:  The painting crew at work: (from left) Kettil Hoel, Robert Logsdon, Michael Graeff, and Nika Dubnansky.


Two views toward the front of the space; Michael and Nika at work.


Left: Meeting room exterior in progress; Michael and Kettil.
Right: Finished meeting room exterior.


Left: View from inside the meeting room toward the office.
Right: Office exterior (with recycled window).

photo-10  Finished interior wall of the office.

You are invited to come to our open house on Saturday, November 28 (1-4 pm) to see the lazuring for yourself.



Construction Progress Report, 18 October 2015

Yes, we’re overdue to re-open!


Our move-in dates have been postponed until November, but with good reason—to accommodate a special project in the new space.

Volunteer Raimond Flynn of New Paltz, NY, gathered together a small group of donors who wanted to artistically enliven the space, and they are funding the project in entirety. More information and photos will follow in our next blog entry.

Note to local members: please do not come to get a preview of the space this week, as it is disruptive to those working on the project. Thank you.

Painters applying the final finish coat to the walls on October 12.

Facility fundraiser update: 91 members and friends have donated $11,625 toward rent and utility costs for the next two years. Thank you to all our donors who have helped to make our re-opening possible.

Our new Friends of the Rudolf Steiner Library in the Berkshire-Taconic region held their second meeting on October 15. Members will be helping to coordinate our open-house celebration scheduled for Saturday afternoon, November 28, 1-4 pm. This a drop-in event, so please come by if you’re in the area.

On the morning of Nov. 28, 10-12 noon, we will also hold a review conversation of library committee work over the past two years, based on our survey conducted this past summer.

Once we are moved into the space, there will be plenty of unpacking and re-shelving of materials to do. If you have time to volunteer, please contact Judith Kiely at

Artist Robert Logsdon at work on the special project.



Library Construction Update, 17 September 2015

Progress on our new space at the Greenport Town Plaza, 351 Fairview Avenue, Hudson, NY, continues apace, and we hope to re-open in October.


Once the new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system is installed, the 14-foot dropped ceiling can be closed up, and what’s left to do is install the electrical outlets, clean and polish the tiled floor, and wire the space for internet. Then we move in, and you get to start borrowing books again!


[Photo: Library staff member Nadia Bedard in the doorway of our new office.]

Our immediate neighbors in the plaza include a chiropractic treatment center, with whom we will share an entryway and lavatories, and the studio of artist Robert The
who is known for his gun-books and other sculptures made from discarded books.

The Periodicals Service Company suppliers of back issues of out-of-print periodicals—another endeavor of our busy Premier Riverview landlord Robert Koskey— has offices in the front of the building and warehouse in the rear. Also in the rear is Premier Brands of America suppliers of foot care, health, and beauty products.

Additional tenants include the new Hudson Carpet One Floor & Home store next to the existing Brands Farm Thrift Store; and of course the Price Chopper supermarket at the far end of the plaza. You can combine a shopping trip with your library visits.

With the budget cuts recently announced by society treasurer Jack Michael, we need your financial support more than ever. Please donate online at

Thank you for all your contributions!

Library Construction Progress Report, 16 August 2015

On August 13 Raimond Flynn, Nathaniel Williams, and I visited 351 Fairview Avenue in Hudson to view the progress on our new library space. Nathaniel and Raimond have been instrumental in securing our new location in the Berkshire-Taconic region.

We were pleased to see the many developments:

  • all exterior walls, along with the meeting room and interior office have been framed, and most of the sheet-rocking completed
  • the shared entryway with lavatories has been framed, and the sewer line installed
  • the front windows and door have been cut out.

Here’s a view from just inside the space, by one of the new front windows. The emergency exit door you see will be filled in, and a new 6-foot doorway will be installed to the left of this existing door.


In the photo it looks positively leafy outside beyond the dumpster, but don’t be fooled. Beyond that one tree is an enormous asphalt parking lot whose future the property owners have not yet decided upon. Send us your ideas, and we’ll share them with our landlord.


Unlike at the carriage house in Harlemville and our temporary location in Philmont, parking will be ample as you can see; and we won’t have any hazardous hills to contend with in the winter—all the more reason to come visit when we re-open this fall!

Thank you again for your support.
Donations may be made online at:

Library update: Re-opening Fall 2015

Coming Fall 2015 — Our new location at 351 Fairview Ave, Hudson, NY


The library is still closed, but our staff is eagerly looking forward to re-opening in the fall
of 2015.

We will be moving to 351 Fairview Ave, Suite 610, Hudson, NY, 12534, as soon as the construction of our 2500-square-foot suite is completed. Our new landlord, Premier Riverview LLC, has begun construction of the space, which will be part of a mixed-use plaza.

Our local Berkshire-Taconic community has so far donated nearly $10,000 to help fund the cost of rent and utilities at the new space for 2015-16. That’s $1800 more than we appealed for this year, so these additional donations will be set aside to fund facility expenses for 2016-17.

Thank you for all your support and your patience!

We will be posting updates on the construction as it progresses, and plan to have a re-opening celebration once we get settled in.

Check our online catalog for the new books that will be available when we re-open.

Although we’ve had to change the shelving layout, here’s the floor plan of our new space.
We hope you will visit us when we re-open in the fall.




Video of the Library Move!

Here’s the video documenting the move of the library from its home of 32 years, the Carriage House in Harlemville, NY. The move was made possible by 175 hours of volunteer labor, the efforts of Judith Kiely (our interim librarian), and Seth Jordan (our transition coordinator). Our movers were the good people at Arnoff Moving & Storage & Rigging out of Albany, NY. Check it out:

The Move Accomplished, and We Pause

The move of the library is now fully accomplished and we have been at rest in the new building for about two weeks. The move was so all-consuming in the logistics and effort required to pull it off that we haven’t been able to post here to keep everyone updated on the progress. Now that we have a little space to breathe, it’s time to catch up, reflect on the events that got us here, and look forward to the work to come. Watch this space for frequent updates and musings on the activity at the library, the transformation it is going through, and its role in the life of the Society through research, study, and community.

On Tuesday January 8th, after three months of planning and preparation, we began to roar forward with the library move by building shelving in our new location at 139 Main Street in Philmont, NY. We had a number of facilities-related delays that pushed back our move from December and quite a complex logistical dance to perform. Yet in reflection, everything happened for a reason and just as needed. The story of this move will likely take several postings to tell, which we will weave together through series of updates, stories, video, and photos of about the move and the new space..

Preparing the collection to move has took weeks of intensive activity by Judith Kiely, the Society’s Interim Librarian, and Seth Jordan, our Transition Manager. On December 1st, the library suspended lending services so that the move team could focus on the great task of preparing the collection to leave its home of thirty years. Hundreds of linear feet worth of loose journals and papers needed to be boxed, closets of archives and materials needed to be organized, books needed to be reordered and straightened, and the general accumulation of three decades of serving the membership needed to be swept up and tidied. The original targeted move date was December 21st, with the goal of having the old building clear and empty before the holy nights, leaving a scant few weeks that began to make a steady cleanup operation seem more akin to a herculean task. We’ll post more stories about what it takes to move 36,000 books, journals, and archival papers from their home of 30 years; but for the present, on the excitement of the last couple of weeks.

The library moved from its home on Fern Hill in Ghent, NY just four miles down the road to 139 Main Street in the heart of Philmont, NY. Here is a map of the two locations, and the route that the moving trucks took. (Note that Google mistakenly thinks the address is 147 Main Street.)

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The stone church at 139 Main Street after a snow storm in December.

139 Main Street is a 112-year-old brick church originally built in 1902 for the Catholic Reformed congregation in Philmont. A history of the building tells the background of the building and a little of the story of the congregation. About ten years ago the congregation dispersed and the building remained vacant for some years until it was purchased by the current owner in 2007, who began renovations with the intent of converting it to use as a part of the village’s economic or cultural life. When we discovered the property, the altar and pews had been removed, the roof repaired, and mechanicals updated, and a final phase of renovation was beginning on the floors, kitchen, and bath. The building has the feel of being stout and indomitable, with massive solid brick walls and a foundation made of local field stone. The floor is an southern heart pine with a solid plank subfloor and girders ten inches on center–just right for supporting two thousand linear feet of steel shelving and the weight of 36,000 books and journals.

Moving day at the old library

On the first morning of the move, the Arnoff moving truck in front of the library preparing to move the first wave of books.

Our mover was Arnoff Moving + Rigging, a professional mover based out of Albany, NY, that specializes in moving library, archival, and special collections. A crew of four arrived Tuesday, January 7th, and worked through Thursday to build 112 units of steel book shelving and 8 units of box storage in seven rows across the church. Seth worked with the movers for three days to build the shelving that soon would receive the steady stream of books to roll in from the Carriage House on Saturday. That story will fill our next post.

The Library is on the Move

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Starting in just a few short weeks, the Rudolf Steiner Library will begin a monumental once-in-a-generation journey. Books, journals, pamphlets, manuscripts—all 36,000 items in the library’s care must be raised from the old wooden Carriage House, with its three floors and narrow stair cases, and moved down the road to a stone building with a single, open floor plan—an old church in the heart of Philmont, just four miles away. Once in this new space—where all of the materials can be arranged and seen at a glance in a common area, and where proper work areas can be set up with sufficient space for processing large quantities of material at the same time—the massive project to arrest the forces of decay can begin. Every item will be cleaned, journals will be re-housed in sound boxes, brittle materials will be tested for acidic paper and set aside for deacidification, cataloging will be completed on materials that are currently invisible to the membership, and the whole collection will be reorganized. Of chief importance to ongoing efforts to increase access, the library will make a push to digitize all one-thousand linear feet of journals, which provide an unbroken record of anthroposophical thinking and research dating back to the 1920s.

In order to allow the staff of the library to focus their attention and will on accomplishing this great task, the library will need to close its lending and research services temporarily. The window of opportunity to move the library is rapidly closing—the goal is to have the library completed relocated before the holy nights begin—so we must move quickly.

To meet our goal, library lending and research services will be temporarily suspended on December 1st and the doors of the Carriage House will close to visitors. The library’s intent is to reopen services as quickly as possible. In order to accomplish this mission, library staff need to focus all of their energies on cleaning and caring for the collection, a process that may take from six months to a year. Once the collection is settled in Philmont, the doors will be open to visitors and volunteers, though lending services will remain suspended because of the active cleaning and preservation activities.

We encourage you to request any books that you would like to use over the next year before December 1st. All requests received by the end of the day on December 1st will be honored and shipped immediately. Books will be shipped free of charge with a one year due date. All books that are currently checked out have automatically been extended to a one year due date.

For more information about the planning  behind the transition, please download the transition plan booklet. You will soon receive the Annual Appeal letter, which is focused on support for the library move and preservation activities. The next issue of being human will contain an article about with additional information and context about the library’s move. You can follow every step of the library transition on this blog.

This is an exciting time in the history of the library, a turning point that will provide a renewed foundation for expanded programs, services, and collections to support  research and study in the Society and in the broader anthroposophical community. Thank you for your patience and support as we undertake this endeavor.