who will talk about her recent book Silver Dollar Girls Saturday, Sept 30 at 1pm Skene Memorial Library,
Set in a farming valley, very similar to that of her home in Halcott Center, a young woman living alone in her grandparent’s farm house during the pandemic discovers a box that contains papers describing how her great-grandmother Ruth became a pilot at a young age and then joined the prestigious Women Airforce Service Pilots.
Peg has written many of her mothers’ flight experiences into this fictional account about heritage and women of strength. Using occurrences from her own youth on her family’s dairy farm, along with valley lore, she weaves a realistic tale of life in a rural farming town–the friendships, hardships and rewards.
In this talk you can learn more about Halcott Center’s aviatrix heroine, Ruth Franckling Reynolds, who, with over a thousand other WASPs, contributed to the WWII war effort by ferrying almost every type of WWII transport and combat aircraft from manufacturing plants to air bases around the country.
Books will be available for $10 each.
In addition to being an author, Peg is the Chair of the Board of Directors of:
The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, a Trustee of the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve, and Advisor to Catskill Neighbors, a volunteer organization that helps seniors who wish to remain safe and comfortable in their own home.
Peg is also the author of Ebony Bear, a children’s book about a black bear new mother of three cubs, and their adventures as they learn to share the world with humans.
The DPQ is Back in Town!
The Digital Patchwork Quilt (DPQ) has returned after a long hiatus. An extensive database of stories, photographs, newspaper clippings, the DPQ was first published online in the early 2000s by the Skene Memorial Library but was forced off-line due to extensive, unwanted hacking.
Thanks to a generous grant from The O’Connor Foundation, the DPQ has been upgraded and is now available at www.skeneLib.org/DPQ. The DPQ is a broad history of Fleischmanns, covering the many early events that made Fleischmanns a vibrant and active Catskills community. You’ll find accounts of boarding houses, cemetery ramblings, vintage postcards, unique photographs, personal stories of our many residents and more [WikiPedia once used the DPQ as a resource.]. Once again, read all about Fleischmanns and its many ‘avenues’!
Skene Memorial Library
Catalog is Now Online
In response to the mandate by the State of New York that all public libraries be automated, Skene Memorial Library volunteers spent many hours over the past two and a half years entering Skene’s 8357 books, DVD’s and audio books into the data base of the Four County Library System.
All Skene’s Library’s collections have been digitally catalogued and bar coded, and are now included in the Four County Library On-Line Catalog (4CLS). Skene patrons can now borrow books, DVD’s and digital media from any of the 42 Four County Library facilities that are included in the on-line catalog. Downloadable e-books and audio books are accessed directly through the 4CLS website and books and CD’s reserved from other libraries are delivered to Skene for pickup on Wednesdays and Fridays.
To use the on-line system and to borrow books from Skene Library shelves, you will now need a 4CLS bar-coded library card with its new number. If you don’t already have one, stop by the library to get one.
New 4CLS Library Card
In order to expand our services we continue to need help from our patrons with DONATIONS – to pay for the barcoding materials and printers, as well as the ongoing cost of participating in the 4CLS online system.
Please contact Linda Rodgers our Librarian at 845-254-4581 or come by.
Skene Memorial Library 1017 Main Street Fleischmanns, NY 12430