Rudolf Steiner Library News, November 2016

Contact librarians Judith Kiely or Jennifer Locke for more information.
(518) 944-7007 
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.


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.

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: or sign up:

NEW BOOKS: Annotations by Jennifer Locke


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.

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