Category Archives: Volunteers

News and information about volunteers that are contributing to the library move effort.

Rudolf Steiner Library News, September 2016


Contact librarian Judith Kiely for more information. (518) 944-7007 
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: or sign up:

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 as NOT SPAM so you don’t miss our reminders.

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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.”


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!).


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!


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

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
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Volunteers in Action: 6 Weeks! 19 People! 120 Hours!

Volunteers Martin Miller and PatRick Kiely hang our sign.

… Yes, our library is back. And we couldn’t have done it without the generous and capable support of all our volunteers. In the six weeks from when we moved into our new location in Hudson, NY on November 10, 2015 until the Christmas holidays, nineteen volunteers from the community worked to get the library up and running.

We started tracking volunteer hours with the online program Track It Forward (free for under 50 volunteers), and the total hours people contributed over those 6 weeks was 120!

Thank you to all of our volunteers: Ann Finucane, Raimond Flynn, William Furse, Branko Furst, Caroline Gordon, Karin Haldeman, Mary Haley, Mary Linda Harrington, Seth Jordan, Tom Jordan, Emma Kiely, PatRick Kiely, Martin Miller, Tommy Moore, Christina Porkert, Maggie Paholak, Tim Paholak, Nathaniel Williams, and Jen Zimberg.

The 120 hours does not include all the time that the new Friends of the Rudolf Steiner Library group have been working to get established so they can raise funds to supplement the $60,000 budget allocated for the library in 2016.

Thanks to the Friends for their diligent labors: Harold Bush, Raimond Flynn, Joyce Gallardo, Karin Haldeman, Martin Miller, Robert Oelhaf, Christina Porkert, Margaret Rosenthaler, Douglas Sloan, and Nathaniel Williams.

Thanks also to General Council member Dwight Ebaugh and Director of Operations Katherine Thivierge for their careful work as the Council’s new library committee.

The work continues, and we still need you. If you’d like to volunteer, contact the library or fill out our online application form. There’s a variety of jobs you can help with.

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Library assistant Nadia Bedard checking out a book for mailing; Martin Miller sanding the sharp corners of the plexiglass surface of the service desk. Volunteer Tommy Moore sorting new periodicals.

Volunteer Tim Paholak re-shelving pamphlets. Martin Miller troubleshooting the computers.

Post written by Judith Kiely and Nadia Bedard.
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