May 13, 2021

A New Chapter at Florida Public Library

Madelyn Folino

Meg Sgombick

The Board of Trustees of the Florida Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Meg Sgombick as Director to succeed Madelyn Folino who is retiring at month’s end after 23 years leading the library. Sgombick, who has worked at FPL since 2009, has held a variety of positions from Library Clerk to Library Assistant (Children’s Services) to being in charge of purchasing, publicity and social media for the last five years. She is a longtime resident of Florida and is well-known for her many community activities, serving as PTA president, Girl Scout leader and unit coordinator for Florida. She also served five years on the local school board. She is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and with husband, John, is the parent of five children: three college graduates, one college student and one high school student.

Sgombick was the first co-recipient of the New York Library Association’s Enos Conference Scholarship, named in honor of Randall Enos, longtime Youth Services Coordinator for the Ramapo Catskill Library System. She is currently in NYLA’s 2021 Developing Leaders Program which is limited to 30 participants each year, selected from across New York State. NYLA provides almost 40 hours of training for leaders chosen for the competitive program. She also volunteers for NYLA’s Friends of Libraries section, serving as Marketing Coordinator.

Madelyn Folino was recruited to FPL in 1997 to provide regular children’s programming which she did for a year before being appointed Director. During her tenure, the library moved from an office trailer in which it was housed after a flood of its rented quarters on Bridge St., to its first permanent home at 4 Cohen Circle. She then became FPL’s first full-time Director. Florida has won five Program of the Year Awards from RCLS and numerous ALA, NEA and NEH grants under her leadership. She was honored with NYLA’s Moshier/Wynkoop Award for Distinguished Librarianship in 2003, followed by NYLA’s Intellectual Freedom Award for defense of the First Amendment in 2004.

Before coming to FPL, she was a professional storyteller and writer and initiated the founding of the library’s Black Dirt Storytelling Guild in 2001. She has been a frequent volunteer in local schools, telling stories to all ages to promote literacy, history and culture and has also spoken on intellectual freedom issues, including at her alma mater, Mount Saint Mary College. She met her husband, Ross, a Warwick native, in graduate school and they have lived in Pine Island for 40 years.

“Meg has been my right arm for the last five years and involved in every one of our many programs and services, so she is a natural to be Director” said Folino. “Our staff has always excelled at teamwork and customer service and Meg is already a trusted team leader. In my retirement, I expect to hear many great stories of continued success at FPL.” Folino looks forward to more of everything in retirement: more reading, more writing of book reviews, more gardening, more storytelling and more visits with her four children and seven grandchildren. She said “My time at FPL has been the job of a lifetime. I would highly recommend working in the public library to anyone. My childhood librarian told me that I would work in the library someday, but I didn’t believe her. Then I fell into the library world 30 years ago by inquiring about a Help Wanted ad and feel immensely lucky to have had that idle question turn into such a challenging, rewarding and busy career.”


April 22, 2021

Florida Public Library Receives National Grant for Small and Rural Libraries

Florida Public Library has been selected as one of 300 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities. The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant.

The library, in partnership with Sustainable Warwick and the Warwick Repair Cafe, will be using these grant funds to conduct a conversation with the community on the topic of repairing and upcycling broken household items to keep them out of landfills and help preserve the local environment. “We are so proud to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” said Library Director Madelyn Folino. “Our hope is to expand our Library of Things with tools and materials people can use to give their old or broken items new life, with the Repair Cafe providing expertise for those who are unsure how to go about such a project.”

The library recently acquired and made available for borrowing a Library of Things, a collection of useful items that members of the community might need on occasion but may not have the means or desire to spend money to purchase. This includes cooking supplies, electronics, video & board games, knitting kits, gardening supplies, and more. Most notable in FPL’s Library of Things is a Tool Library, containing a wide range of tools that community members can borrow for repairs or projects around the house.

Since 2014, ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff. Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL.)

For more information on the grant, please contact Librarian Barron Angell at (845) 651-7659. All items in the Library of Things collection are list on the library’s website at


April 8, 2021

Florida Public Library Budget Passed and Trustees Elected

Florida Public Library’s budget for 2021-2022 was approved by the voters on Thursday, April 8. The proposed tax levy of $493,127 received 115 YES votes and 26 NO votes. Three incumbent trustees were also reelected. Stella Kosior (121 votes), Laura Fernandez (120 votes) and Ronald Kamrowski (119 votes) were reelected to full three-year terms. Board newcomer Tyler Carey received 117 votes to win a one-year term. Write-in votes were received for Marie Adams (1), Lee Maas (1), Maria Martinez (1) and M. Mouse (1.) Library Director Madelyn Folino said “We are grateful for the support of the community and are committed to helping our residents register so that they are able to vote in every election. There are several ways to register and library staff are happy to help. If you didn’t vote this time, don’t let another year go by without being registered. The close vote of our trustee election certainly shows that every vote counts.”

December 3, 2020

FPL Opens Library of Things

Items from the Library of Things were displayed on FPL’s deck on a balmy Friday, November 20, and members of the public were invited to drop by to welcome the new collection. ( l to r ) Mayor Dan Harter, Library Director Madelyn Folino, Senator Jen Metzger, and Village Trustee Alyssa Werner were also on hand. Senator Metzger congratulated FPL on having such a unique and valuable collection available for the community to borrow free of charge.

Florida Public Library is pleased to announce the debut of its Library of Things collection. The Library of Things includes a wide variety of useful, entertaining and unusual objects that patrons may need for a project, cannot afford to purchase, don’t have room to store or may just need to use once or occasionally. FPL aims to save Florida residents the cost of purchasing many such items. Senior citizens and new home owners may find the collection of particular use.

Categories include the Tool Library which includes hand tools (hammer, saw, stud finder, rachets, pliers, stapler, clamps, Allen wrenches, grout floater, voltage tester and many more), power tools (drill, circular saw, sander, etc.) and gardening equipment (pruning saw, spade, shovels, rakes, shears, loppers, bow saw, edger and more.) A complete tool box with commonly used tools for home repairs is also available. Stores closed? Forgot that one essential tool that’s needed to finish the project? FPL’s collection is available seven days a week and just might have exactly what you need close at hand.

Other categories include In the Kitchen which offers a 45 cup coffee maker, specialized cake pans, a chocolate melter, a spiralizer, a juicer and more, Entertainment which has littleBits coding kits, Hero and Droid Inventor Kits, board games, card games, ukuleles and more, and Arts and Crafts which includes a pom pom maker, loom kits, a pumpkin carving kit and more. The Miscellaneous category includes recreational equipment such as adult and child fishing poles and tackle, a 10’ x 10’ pop-up canopy and more.

All items are free for borrowing by Florida cardholders in good standing who are a minimum of 18 years old. Check outs are limited to a total of two items and may be kept for seven days. To check items out, patrons must sign the Borrower’s Agreement and Use Policy and a Waiver and Indemnification Form.  Photos and descriptions of all items are available on FPL’s website at and they may be reserved up to three days before check out.

Library Director Madelyn Folino said “We are excited to offer the Library of Things to our patrons, free, just the same as any traditional library collection and we hope it brings new faces to FPL to explore all we have to offer. We are pleased to partner with two well-known and historic local businesses: Roe Brothers, Inc. and Werner’s ACE to make this collection a reality. Scott Bieling at Roe’s and Alyssa Werner at Werner’s have been most helpful in getting this project off the ground with their advice and they saved us money with discounts, too.”

Funds for the Library of Things were provided by special legislative aid in 2019 directed to the library by State Senator Jen Metzger for programs or equipment and by a generous donation from Marc and Victoria Appel of Warwick. The library staff also raised money through their annual Anything But Books yard sale in May and asked that it be used for the new collection. Early support was also provided by the Friends of the FPL. Staff have been busy figuring out how to barcode, label, store and circulate so many objects of varying sizes. The Library’s full basement has come in handy for storing the items in locked steel cabinets.

In addition to offering the Library of Things, program planners devoted many fall program sessions to using items in the collection to build, make, invent and discover for preschool to adult ages. Volunteers are now being recruited to do presentations on how to use tools, kitchen gadgets, arts and craft items and more. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, in-person programs are likely to be rare for the immediate future, but library staff are eager to record how-to programs for online viewing. To volunteer, or if you have a suggestion for a fabulous addition to the Library of Things, please email or call the library at (845) 651-7659. Click here to view the Library of Things Waiver & Borrower’s Agreement.


December 2, 2020

FPL Installs StoryWalk® at Golden Hill School

Florida Public Library is pleased to announce the installation of a StoryWalk® at Golden Hill Elementary School located at 478 Round Hill Road in Florida. StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden posts, which are installed along an outdoor path. As walkers stroll down the trail, they are directed to the next page in the story. StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 13 countries including Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea.

Located along a section of the cross-country course behind the elementary school, FPL’s StoryWalk® consists of fifteen 4” by 4” wood posts displaying laminated pages of a picture book. Florida’s StoryWalk® kicked off with a very special book, S is for Suplex, illustrated by Golden Hill’s own art teacher, Nick Camia. Currently on display is A Special Christmas Tree by Florida resident and author Ed Finnerty that celebrates last year’s Rockefeller Center tree which was provided by a Florida family. The library will continue to change the stories and hopes to have student artwork displayed throughout the year. Local contractor Bob Verblaauw donated his services, as well as some of the materials needed, and he and a group of teen volunteers were responsible for the installation of the project.

“We very much appreciate Mr. Verblaauw’s supervision of this project and his generous donation of labor and materials” said library director Madelyn Folino. “The StoryWalk® is yet one more way that the library is meeting Florida residents out in the community. This completes the trio of outreach efforts we organized this fall.” Other recent FPL projects included the placement of two Little Free Libraries on Main St. and the debut of a Library of Things which offers patrons a wide range of useful, unusual and entertaining objects to borrow. Residents are invited to visit the StoryWalk® on the weekends and when school is not in session. For more information, call the library at (845) 651-7659.


July 27, 2020

FPL Reopens to the Public on August 1

Florida Public Library is pleased to announce its reopening to the public on Saturday, August 1. RCLS cardholders can once more visit the library to check out books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs, video games, magazines and more. The number of people allowed in the building will be limited. All persons entering the library are required to wear face covering and observe social distancing requirements. Patrons are asked to enter through the rear door off the deck and exit through the side door; the front entrance will be closed. Hand sanitizer will be available at both doors. The stacks will be open for browsing, but patrons are asked not to linger so that more people can use the building. No inside seating will be available, except for patrons using limited public computers for 30-minute sessions. Wi-Fi is available on the rear deck and patrons are welcome to sit at the picnic tables.

For patrons not wishing to enter the building, curbside service will be available through Labor Day, or longer, if necessary. Library fines are suspended through Labor Day. Notary public service and computer use are by appointment; photocopying and faxing are available anytime the library is open. FPL will close to the public one hour early to allow staff to clean the building. For more information, call (845) 651-7659 with questions. The staff is eager to see library users return to the library! Please check out our website to see our New Arrivals for all ages.


July 8, 2020

FPL Expands Services

Lucky 13! Three changes are coming to the Florida Public library on Monday, July 13: Regional Inter-Library Loan (ILL) opens up, patrons will be able to use public access computers in the library by appointment and quarantine of returned library materials will decrease from seven to three days.

Regional ILL expands the library materials open to cardholders for curbside pick-up from just Florida’s collections to eleven Orange County libraries plus those of Gardiner and Wallkill in Ulster County. Placing holds on items remains the same. Use the online catalog, the RCLS Gateway phone app, call FPL at (845) 651-7659 or email to reserve materials, then pick them up in the parking lot after notification by library staff. Patrons of other libraries are welcome to pick up items in Florida.

To make a 30-minute appointment to use a library computer, give FPL a call. The number of available computer workstations will be limited by social distancing requirements. All persons entering the building must have face covering. Computers will be cleaned after each use. Wi-Fi is available from the library’s rear deck for patrons wishing to use their own computers or devices outside at the picnic tables. Appointments may also be made for printing, photocopying, faxing and notary public service.

All materials checked out before FPL reopened in June are now due on July 13. They may be returned in the blue book return by the side door. No fines have accrued or are due on any of the many items kept safe at home since the March closure. No overdue fines will be charged through Labor Day. Returned materials will be held in quarantine for three days and will come off the patron’s library record when they are checked back in. Many new books and DVDs have arrived in the last few weeks, so library staff remind patrons to return old items and look for New Arrivals of their favorite authors and series.


June 22, 2020

2020 Summer Reading Program (SRP) Kickoff

The show must go on! The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for us all, but Florida Public Library is pleased to announce that the annual Summer Reading Program will go on this year! We’ll Kick-Off the program with a virtual performance from The Storycrafters called “Just Imagine!” on June 29th

“Just Imagine” is a musical storytelling performance based around fairy tales, folktales, and myths which asks the question “What if we could change the world story by story and song by song…?” Due to the circumstances, this performance will be prerecorded and made available directly via e-mail to any Florida patron who registers. Patrons will receive an e-mail containing a link, and will have the option to view the show anytime between 9am and 9pm on the day of the performance.

Florida patrons can register for this performance on the Events Calendar at or by calling 845-651-7659.


June 5, 2020

Florida Public Library to Reopen in June

Florida Public Library has adopted a reopening plan to bring back library services and programs, beginning Monday, June 8 when staff will get back to work in the building. Full-time, then part-time staff, will report over the next two weeks to organize for a limited offering of essential services to the public. The plan calls for steadily expanding services over the summer.

On June 8, the book return will be open so that patrons can return the library materials they checked out several months ago. No fines have accrued and no new fines will be levied for the foreseeable future. All items now checked out have an extended due date of June 30. Returned items will be quarantined for seven days before being checked in, so they will still appear on patrons’ library records for a week after return.

On Monday, June 22, curbside service will begin and holds may be placed on items in Florida’s local collections. Holds may be made through the online catalog, the RCLS Gateway app, by emailing or by calling (845) 651-7659. Curbside service will be provided to any patron of an RCLS member library with a valid card. Photocopying, faxing and public notary services will be available by appointment. Any patrons using the library for these essential services will be required to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

FPL’s Summer Reading Program, “Just Imagine” will be offered online for all ages. Details will be publicized soon. It is hoped that regular programming can resume in September. In the meantime, during the phased reopening, library users are encouraged to find instant reading material at the Little Free Library on the porch of Roe Brothers, Inc., to use the library’s free wi-fi available in the parking lot or on the deck and enjoy online programming.

“Staff are eager to get back to work in their familiar space” said Director Madelyn Folino. “We have had so many inquiries from patrons who miss the library and want to visit. We miss our patrons, too. Please check our website, social media, or give us a call so we can share the latest news on how we’re reopening safely as quickly as conditions allow.”


May 18, 2020

Florida Library to Partner with Florida Schools for Voting

Due to all the uncertainties related to the Covid-19 closures, the Florida Public Library’s annual budget vote and trustee election will follow a new procedure for 2020 and take place in June instead of April. The Ramapo Catskill Library System, of which FPL is one of 47 member libraries, has recommended that voting take place in as efficient a manner as possible before the start of the July 1 fiscal year. The library will join with the Florida Union Free School District this year and propositions for both the library and school will appear on the same ballot. Governor Cuomo has directed that all voting be by absentee ballot, so voters of the FUFSD and the FPL, which share the same geographic boundaries, will receive the ballot by mail and can return their votes in the postage paid envelope by 5 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, June 9.

All registered voters in the Florida Union Free School District are eligible to vote. Two library propositions will be on the joint school/library ballot: one for the library’s operating budget for 2020-2021 and one for the election of two trustees. The proposed tax levy is $486,058 which represents a total increase of $13,600 over the current year. Estimated tax rates are $1.33 for the Town of Goshen, an increase of 4 cents per thousand and $5.95 for the Town of Warwick, an increase of 17 cents per thousand. “This budget is as lean as it can be and we continue to apply for as many grants as we can for programs. Using absentee ballots only is a new process for us and we’re figuring it all out as we go along. We are happy to partner with the school this year and Superintendent Jehring and her team have been great to work with, especially given the short notice to organize the election” said Library Director Madelyn Folino. Click here for details on the 2020 Proposed Budget.

Two trustee seats are up for election to new three-year terms commencing July 1. The library had completed its petition process before its March closure and only incumbents Nancy B. Scott and Kevin Lundell had returned petitions. Scott has served on the board of trustees since 2006, including as president, vice president and secretary and is the current vice president. She has lived in Florida for 38 years and worked in the Orange County Computer Information Systems Dept. for 33 years. She has a B.A. in Psychology and an A.A. in Computer Information Systems. She also serves as an officer of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1250 and the Flor-Wick Friends, a local senior group. She is a member of the Friends of the FPL, organizing used book sales and chairing the annual Spring Tea fundraiser, and is also active in the Seward-Mapes Homestead restoration group.

Nancy Scott’s favorite thing about FPL is the friendly and helpful staff and the wonderful programs for all ages. She enjoys bringing her experience in Civil Service and her computer background to her role as a trustee. She states “The library is a community center joining all ages with books, programs and technology. My goal is to continue to expand these services and help them grow to meet the needs of the community.”

Kevin Lundell was elected to fill a vacancy on the board in 2019 and is now running for his first full term. He’s a longtime Orange County resident and a graduate of Goshen High School. He has a background in internet technology and currently works as a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate in a local mental health and substance abuse urgent care facility. He lives in Florida with his wife, Nicolle, and has three daughters, two of whom attend Golden Hill Elementary School and one in school in Texas. He served as Golden Hill PTA President for two years and also serves on a NYS PTA Governance Team focusing on male involvement. For the FUFSD, he serves on the District Advisory Team and he also works with youth through the Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition. As a library trustee, he is currently chairman of the personnel committee.

Kevin Lundell’s favorite thing about FPL is the programs offered, the community involvement and the library’s relationship with the school district. He states “I feel that we are at a very important time in the library’s history. It is an exciting time to evolve and grow the already monumental foundation that has been established before us. I feel that as we grow, so can our programs, technology and services. We have a special facility and I am proud to see it grow and be even more successful.”


April 29, 2020

Florida’s Little Free Library Has Books To Go

Got books? Little Free Libraries do and five of them are located in the Town of Warwick. According to the Little Free Library website there is one in the Village of Warwick, one in the Town, two in the hamlet of Pine Island and one in the Village of Florida. The Little Free Library movement prompts individuals and community organizations to install small book depositories with books free for the public to take with the motto “Take a book, leave a book.” Some Little Free Libraries are little more than a couple shelves protected from the weather. Others are wildly extravagant and custom, colorful creations dedicated to a theme, genre or historical building and constructed with loving detail. Registered and recognized Little Free Libraries can be found on the official website’s global map along with their latitude and longitude and information on their registered stewards. Little Free Libraries are helping to minimize the pain that readers of all ages are feeling now that public libraries are closed due to the Covid-19 coronavirus.

There are fourteen Little Free Libraries listed for Orange County, some maintained by individuals at their homes and others maintained in public locations by Scout or 4-H groups. Number 39953, the fifth Little Free Library in the county, is located at Roe Brothers, Inc. at 65 Maple Avenue in Florida and is the only area Little Free Library installed and maintained by a public library. Since 2016, the Florida Public Library, in partnership with Roe Brothers, a family-owned hardware and lumber business, has stocked and maintained the library on the store’s front porch. The library was designed and built by the FPL Tween Club under the supervision of adult volunteers and was installed in time for Roe Brother’s 130th anniversary. Its design echoes the store’s renovated board and batten architecture and features a copper roof made by Roe descendant Tim Bieling, one of the current owners of the store. Two comfortable rocking chairs bracket the library on the store’s front porch and the free selection of books is available 24/7 in a central village location handy for walkers and drivers.

FPL circulation supervisor, Ashley Baroch, usually seen behind the front desk, busily checking library materials in and out and offering suggestions on what to read next, has been stocking the library’s miniature location regularly with books for all ages due to the current high demand. Since Governor Cuomo’s stay at home order in mid-March, Ashley has refilled the Little Free Library seven times with freshly cleaned books. Although the Little Free Library motto usually invites donations, she asks that during these days of quarantine, the motto be changed to “Take a book, leave none.” Due to the cancellation of the April and May Friends of the FPL used book sales, the library has an abundance of donated books in good condition to share and is not taking book donations during the closure. Ashley promises to keep the Little Free Library full with a variety of good choices. For desperate readers in search of their favorite author or genre, Ashley will try to find the perfect book and leave it for you. You can reach her by emailing or by leaving a message at (845) 651-7659. Are you already visiting the Florida Public Library’s Little Free Library at Roe Brothers? Reach out and let us know.  Email your pictures to or tag Florida Public Library on your Facebook and/or Instagram posts.


March 13, 2020

FPL Cancels Library Programs

Due to concerns about the Covid-19 virus, Florida Public Library has announced the cancellation of all library program through April 5. No overdue fines will accrue or be charged during this period. The library plans to maintain regular hours, but patrons are advised to check our website for the latest information. Some library materials, including board games, Launchpads, Nintendos and literacy kits will not be available for circulation and the selection of beloved toys in the Children’s Room are now on vacation for their spring break. Until further notice, no used books or other materials will be accepted as donations.
Patrons are encouraged to stay at home if they are sick. FPL staff will be available on previously scheduled days, March 20, 22 and 31 and April 1, to assist library users with the 2020 Census. As always, give library staff a call at (845) 651-7659 or email for help and information.

March 11, 2020

Update: 16 more blankets have been completed by participants in the FPL Knitting Circle! To date, the FPL Knitters have completed a total of 1,203 blankets/quilts for Project Linus ~ Congratulations, Knitters!

June 25, 2019

Florida Public Library awarded grant for ABCD outreach

This summer, the Florida Public Library will be continuing and reinforcing its partnership with the Agri-Business Child Development (ABCD) Head Start by providing a special grant-funded bilingual outreach program focused on Gardening. This project is supported with funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services Program and these funds were acquired through the Ramapo Catskill Library System. The program will be held on Monday mornings throughout the month of July.

Children’s Library Assistant Maria Martinez will oversee the program, which will focus on the basics of gardening. Included in the program will be hands-on lessons about planting and the chance to plant and tend to their own garden over the course of the summer. They will be provided with child sized tools including rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows as well as seeds for both vegetables and flowers. Lessons will also include the use of newly purchased bilingual books on gardening which will be used to help teach the children the concepts and skills they will need for the hands-on portions of the program.

May 14, 2019

Young Florida patron donates earnings to FPL!

Florida patron Faith Sauka recently donated her earnings of $100 from the TREP$ Program to the Florida Public Library.  Faith, a 5th Grader from Golden Hill Elementary School, made and sold string art.

TREP$, short for enTREPreneur$, is a project-based learning program that teaches kids in grades 4-8 how to start their own businesses. They learn the lessons in afterschool workshops, and apply them at home as they build their businesses with the support of their families. On March 14, 2019, the student entrepreneurs launched their businesses at Golden Hill’s TREP$ Marketplace.

Pictured are Library Clerk Beth Verblaauw, and Faith Sauka along with a sample of Faith’s string art.

October 11, 2018

60th Anniversary for the Florida Public Library

The FPL Board of Trustees would like to thank everyone who helped make our 60th Anniversary Fundraiser on September 29th a success. A special thank you to Glenmere Brewing Company in Florida for providing the venue, the music of guitarist Jim Coleman and an irresistible assortment of craft beers. The delicious array of finger foods and sweet treats were courtesy of local restaurants that include El Azteca Mexican Restaurant, Edenville General Store, Hillcrest Grille, Latino Market and Restaurant, Florida Bakery & Deli, and Shop Rite of Chester. All the prizes and baskets for the drawing were donated by local businesses including Authentic Antique Lumber, Bellezza Hair Salon, bp Sports Memorabilia, Carvel, Chrome Salon, The Computer Guy, Copper Bottom, Country Saab, Down2Earth, FPS Sports Apparel, Frank’s Liquors, Henry’s Deli and Cafe, Hair Craft, Janet’s Quality Baked Goods, KayRa Jewelry Designs, Tom Kelemen Photography, Laundry Shak, Ming Hing Restaurant, Moonstone Melody, Northern Bear Pet and Food Supplies, Orange County Sports Club, Pennyroyal Tattoo, Pizza Express,  Psychic Cyndee, Random Acts of Consignment, Roe Brothers Lumber, Rookies, Jimmy Sturr Entertainment, S&SO Produce, Tin Lune, Werner’s True Value and Wine Time. We also received many donations from local businesses which are listed in our Anniversary Newsletter – thank you for your support! And a special thanks to FPL staff for all their help.  Also, sincere appreciation to County Legislator Paul Ruszkiewicz who presented the Library with a Certificate of Recognition and supports county funding for public libraries.  And finally, a heartfelt thank you to the community who came out to support the Library and its future in Florida.

William Kelemen, President
Board of Trustees of the Florida Public Library

September 22, 2018

September 5, 2018

FPL Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Florida Public Library will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of its founding with programs for all ages during the last weekend in September. The Friends of the FPL will kick off events with their Fall Used Book Sale in the Seward Senior Center on Friday, September 28 with a special preview sale for members only from 5-8 p.m. On Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, the bargain book sale will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there will also be a bake sale of homemade treats both days. Volunteers for the sale are always welcome and may call Bob Scott at 651-7221 to sign up. A potluck supper for helpers on Sunday wraps up the Friends’ efforts for the weekend.

On Saturday, September 29, at 1 p.m., Magician Scott Morley will entertain families with a one-hour program of sleight of hand and amazing tricks. Following the show for all ages, everyone is invited to share anniversary cake and beverages and see the unveiling of a plaque donated to the library by the family of the late Lawrence Furst, a Brooklyn history teacher who enjoyed a happy retirement in Florida. The family recently donated $5,000 in his memory for the library’s future expansion. Visitors are also invited to admire a set of color photographs of local Black Dirt scenery taken by the late John J. Kimiecik, a longtime English teacher at S.S. Seward Institute who was an authority on local history and presented many programs at the library.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Board of Trustees will host an Anniversary Celebration at Glenmere Brewing Company at 55 Maple Avenue in Florida. Admission to the party, which lasts until 9 p.m., is $20 which covers food and music by guitarist Jim Coleman. The food will be donated by a variety of local businesses. Many local merchants have contributed gift items for prize drawings and tickets will be $1 per chance or six tickets for $5. A portion of the evening’s drink purchases will also benefit the library.

On Sunday, September 30, FPL will host a concert by James Emery and Tony Marino of the String Duo of NY who will draw from the Great American Songbook to entertain with selections from George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. This program is for adults and teens who can listen like adults and will begin at 1 p.m.

According to a history of the library compiled by former president Shirley Coughlin who served as a trustee for 23 years, the library was started in 1956 when local Boy Scouts went door to door soliciting donations of books to start a library collection. Local resident William Rosenberg, who had founded the Shop Rite supermarket chain in the Village of Florida, offered free storage space for the books. The library was chartered as an association library serving the village and Pine Island in the fall of 1958 and joined the newly formed Ramapo Catskill Library System in 1959. Margery Mance was the first library director; David Mance was the first board president.  After many years of existing in rented quarters in several places around the village, surviving a disastrous flood in the mid-1990s which closed the library for many months and receiving several extensions by New York State, FPL was granted a permanent charter as a school district public library in April 2002 to serve the residents of the Florida Union Free School District. The full history by Coughlin can be found on the FPL website at Visit the online calendar of events to sign up for anniversary programs or call (845) 651-7659.

August 7, 2018

Visit with Assemblyman Brabenec

Library representatives from local libraries, Orange/Ulster BOCES, Ramapo Catskill Library System and Southeastern Library Resources Council visited Assemblyman Karl Brabenec in his Village of Florida district office on August 7, 2018. Florida Public Library Director Madelyn Folino and Trustee Diane Arcieri presented him with an FPL shirt to show his pride in our award-winning library. Following last year’s door to door outreach campaign, over 60% of FUFSD residents hold library cards. Library cards are free and are issued same day when proof of residence is submitted. Join the library during September’s Library Card Sign-Up Month and enter a drawing to win a prize. For information, please call (845) 651-7659.

October 26, 2017

FPL Receives Grant to Develop Youth Coding Programs

Florida Public Library is pleased to announce that they have received a $2,100 grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to design and implement coding programs for young people. FPL is one of 28 libraries in 21 states, out of over four hundred applicants, chosen to receive a grant funded by Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of ALA sponsored by Google to promote computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) among youth. Click here to read the full press release.

September 22, 2017

Florida Public Library Wins Award

At the Ramapo Catskill Library System’s Annual Legislative Breakfast at Bear Mountain Inn on September 15, the Florida Public Library was announced as the winner of the 2017 RCLS Member Library Adult Program of the Year for its Door to Door Outreach Campaign. The award, an engraved plaque and a check for $500, was presented to FPL director Madelyn Folino by Assemblyman Karl Brabenec.

Click here to read the full story.



July 13, 2017

Master Storyteller, Diane Edgecomb, performs at the Florida Public Library

Master Storyteller Diane Edgecomb recently performed a House Concert to benefit the Florida Public Library.  Diane shared a special preview of “A Thousand Doorways” as she prepares to take this show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland next month. The show focuses on her harrowing, revelatory journey to Turkey to collect the vanishing stories of the people of Kurdistan.  To learn more about Diane’s show please visit her website at\doorways.



 June 8, 2017

Local Business Sponsors Charging Station at FPL

The Florida Public Library recently debuted a new addition to library services: a charging station for a variety of devices including Apple and Android products. The station, provided free of charge to the library by EBSCO, was sponsored by local business owner Jeanine Panarelli of Panarelli Realty in Goshen who is a longtime resident of Florida and the mother of two library users. She decided to make this donation to the library because she knows the importance of communication between parents and children and wants to make sure that local students are able to charge their phones in order to call home, as well as to do their homework, with the help of smart phones and other devices.

The charging station accommodates eight devices at once in several slots and a shelf and will readily charge them while library patrons use the computers nearby, browse the collection and check out books, study in the reference area or wait while their children attend programs. Three chargers are for Android devices, three are for Apple devices, one for older Apple products and one for flip phones.

The self-serve station is located near the reference desk and patrons are responsible for monitoring their own devices. “We are very grateful to Jeanine and Panarelli Realty for sponsoring this service and we look forward to it being a convenience for patrons and visitors of all ages” said Director Madelyn Folino. Pictured: Annette Shaughnessy, Library Assistant, Florida Public Library and Jeanine Panarelli, owner, Panarelli Realty with FPL’s new charging station.

May 31, 2017

Museum Passes Available at FPL

Florida Public Library is pleased to announce the return of its museum pass program. The library now has free passes available for check-out for five museums: Boscobel House and Gardens in Cold Spring, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall, Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum in New York City, Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie and Storm King Art Center in Cornwall. The museum pass program was funded by a special legislative grant to the library from Senator John Bonacic. The variety of museums and free admission will appeal to patrons of all ages, especially during summer vacation.

Florida Public Library patrons, at least 18 years of age, with a card in good standing, may check out one museum pass for three days. Most passes allow free admission to the museum for two adults and several children residing at the same address and require showing a Florida library card to match the pass. There are no renewals of the passes and due to demand, substantial overdue fines will apply. Each pass comes with brochures and information about the museum.

Museum passes are available on a first come, first served basis and may not be placed on reserve. Call the library or search for Museum Pass in the library’s catalog to see what’s available. For more information about the passes, call FPL at (845) 651-7659 or visit online at

April 26, 2017

Florida Resident Appointed Poet Laureate

Congratulations to Robert Milby on being appointed Orange County Poet Laureate 2017-2019! Milby is a lifelong resident of Florida, NY and a catalyst of the growing Mid-Hudson poetry scene. In addition to writing and performing his own poetry, he also hosts numerous readings throughout the region and is a mentor to a host of emerging writers. His works include Ophelia’s Offspring, Crow Weather and Victorian House: Ghosts and Gothic Poems. He has hosted FPL’s seasonal Poetry Cafe series since its inception in April 2006. Our 46th Poetry Cafe will be on Friday, July 21 at 7 p.m. Milby and two featured poets will share their work. Poets of all levels of experience are welcome to read a favorite poem or one written themselves during the open mic session. This program is for adults, age 16 and up. Please register online to attend.
April 6, 2017

2017 Budget Vote & Trustee Election Results

The Florida Public Library’s proposed tax levy of $443,940 for 2017-2018 was approved by voters 101-24 on April 6. The library’s total budget for the year will be $497,640. Incumbent trustees William Kelemen and Nancy Scott were re-elected to three-year terms with 117 and 116 votes, respectively. Newcomer Lee Maas was elected to fill one year of an unexpired term with 109 votes. Trustees will be sworn in at the annual meeting in July. The public is invited to attend board meetings, held on the first Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

June 1, 2015

Our 2015-2020 Long Range Plan is now available.
Thank you to all who participated! Click here to view.

November 2, 2014

3D Printing is Here at the Florida Public Library!

The Florida Public Library has acquired a new kit-built 3D Printer. Click here for more information!

3D printers are used to build 3-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. Currently, these printers are used to make
models of video game characters, parts for home appliances, cell phone cases, medical instruments and prostheses,
and much more.  Technical expert and library volunteer, Bob Persing, built the printer from a kit. Bob is a retired Network Systems
Engineer from Princeton University and is a published author with articles in Popular Electronics and other technical journals.

3d printrbot printer

New 3D Printer at the Florida Public Library!


November 30, 2014

FPL Knitters Awarded Certificates from Project Linus

Project Linus Certificates

Library Assistant Marie Arnstein (left) presented two certificates for outstanding contributions to Project Linus to FPL Knitters Kathleen Braun (center) and Lilly Lang (right.)

Project Linus is a national, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide handmade blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.  New, handmade blankets and afghans created by volunteers known as “blanketeers” provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children of all ages, infants to teenagers.

Florida Public Library’s 2012 adult summer reading theme of “Between the Covers” prompted Library Assistant Marie Arnstein and Librarian Terry Numa to think about the warmth of a blanket or quilt and what the library could do to help. They introduced the idea early last year to the needleworkers of the Knitting Circle at FPL who have been crocheting, sewing and quilting blankets since then. To date, FPL has collected more than 200 blankets for Project Linus.

When Marie noticed the dedication, volunteerism and the number of blankets being produced at the Knitting Circle, she consulted with the Orange County Coordinator of Project Linus, Julia Sullivan, about recognizing the exceptional efforts of two of its members, Kathleen Braun and Lilly Lang.  Kathleen, who leads the group, has knitted many blankets, donated an abundance of yarn and assisted volunteers in choosing suitable patterns and sizes for the blankets. Lily, who is a new Florida resident, was personally responsible for making at least 100 blankets herself!

The certificates were signed by both Julia Sullivan and Carol Babbitt, National President of Project Linus, and were delivered to the library. At the August meeting of the Knitting Circle, Marie spoke to the ladies in attendance about the success of Project Linus and the remarkable contributions of Kathleen and Lilly before she surprised them both with their certificates.

Both Kathleen and Lily have been instrumental in keeping the project going at FPL for almost two years now. Volunteers continue to make blankets at the library or drop them off as donations. Those blankets for Project Linus stay in Orange County as donations to local hospitals. FPL continues to accept donations of yarn. Anyone who wishes to help can stop by the library for yarn or use your own, make a blanket, and then bring it to FPL on any Monday, Wednesday or Thursday evening. Staff members will accept your blanket and take it to a facility where it will be given to a deserving child in Orange County.

FAQs About the Project:

What type of blankets does Project Linus accept?  Project Linus welcomes blankets of all styles, including quilts, crocheted, or knitted afghans in child- friendly colors. Blankets must be new, handmade and washable. In addition, they must come from a smoke-free environment. You don’t have to be an expert to create a blanket that is beautiful to a child!

What about sizes?  Project Linus collects blankets for children, infants through teens. Many sizes are appropriate depending on local needs. For example, blankets could be as small as 36” by 36”. The majority of Project Linus blankets are about 40” by 60”, or what is called “crib size.” Blankets could be as large as twin size for teens.

Where can I find a pattern for making a project Linus blanket?  Patterns can be found at Check the Patterns/Links page to see what is currently available online. There are some patterns available @ FPL or you can use your own.  A limited supply of yarn is also available from FPL.

 For more information, contact Terry Numa or Marie Arnstein at the Library at (845) 651-7659. The Knitting Circle meets regularly on the third Monday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Adults are welcome to join. Check the event calendar for dates and more information.


Five @ FPL Win Certificates of Achievement

NYSLAA Certificate Achievers 2013Florida Public Library is pleased to announce that five staff members have been awarded Certificates of Achievement at the highest level by the New York State Library Assistants’ Association (NYSLAA) and the New York Library Association (NYLA.) The certificates were earned by FPL employees Martha Sullivan, Ashley Baroch, Annette Shaughnessy, Marie Arnstein and Eileen Stelljes who each documented a minimum of 1,000 points to reach the Library Assistant Level IV standing.

To qualify for the certificate, the candidate must be a member of NYSLAA and declare a specialization in one of four areas of library service: Public Service, Technical Service, Automation, Administration/Management, or in General Library Service which includes elements of all areas. At Level IV, the candidate must demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in all four areas. Martha, the library’s website administrator and Director’s assistant, specialized in Administration/Management. Ashley and Marie, who can usually be found right up front at the circulation desk, specialized in Public Service. Marie also works part-time at the Monroe Free Library. Annette, FPL’s computer expert and trainer, specialized in Automation. Eileen, retired from Josephine-Louise Public Library in Walden and now subbing at FPL, chose General Library Service. As a team, these staff members have more than forty years of public library experience.

Points for the certificate are awarded through documentation of the categories of Experience (full time equivalent work in a library or other relevant volunteer work), Education (higher education credit hours) and Other (attendance at workshops, membership and an active role in professional associations, teaching, presentations and publications.) Assembling the documentation included many long hours of developing a portfolio of competency statements that described each activity and the area of specialization for which it qualified. Employees formed a study group for this project and under Martha’s leadership, met on their own time on Friday evenings after the library closed to help each other work on the requirements.

Florida Director Madelyn Folino, Monroe Director Marilyn McIntosh and Walden Director Ginny Neidermier signed many competency statements to verify the materials created for submission. Melissa Tidd, a NYSLAA member who works at Goshen Public Library, volunteered her time as a local consultant on the process. The portfolios were assessed by the NYSLAA review board in time for the certificates to be awarded at the annual conference in Lake Placid in June.

Although the Florida award winners missed the conference, they were celebrated at a staff meeting on August 19. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, President Ian Murphy offered thanks and congratulations and presented each of the award winners with an honorarium to recognize their dedication, persistence and teamwork in achieving the highest level of the award. “These awards represent the recognition and respect of their professional peers,” said Murphy, “but there’s another important aspect to them. There’s no way to earn this honor short of doing good work, across a breadth of disciplines, for years. The points accrued and documented by our employees are a testament to the whole-hearted work ethic they have always displayed.”


October 27, 2013

Jimmy Sturr visited FPL

On Sunday, Oct. 27 at noon, readers and polka fans met local celebrity Jimmy Sturr, who shared some of his life history and stories from his new autobiography. Sturr’s  Polka King: The Life and Times of Polka Music’s Living Legend is his literary debut.  In the book, he recounts often funny and lively stories of his boyhood days in small-town Florida, NY to his professional life as a respected bandleader, entrepreneur and Grammy-winning musical artist. Copies of Jimmy Sturr’s book were available for purchase and signed by the Polka King himself on the day of the program.


Business and Money Resources @ FPL

We have many new resources available for starting and growing a business and making smart money choices. These books are all published by NOLO, a leading publisher of do-it-yourself legal guides for consumers and small businesses.

Stop in today and check out one of these titles:

How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation                                                           by Anthony Mancuso

Legal Guide for Starting and Running a Small Business                             by Fred Steingold

Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home                                                  by Ilona M. Bray

IRAs, 401(K)s and Other Retirement Plans: Taking Your Money Out             by Twila Slesnick

Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won’t Have To       by Melanie Cullen

How to Write a Business Plan                                                                     by Mike P. McKeever

Credit Repair                                                  by Robin Leonard, J.D. & Attorney Margaret Reiter

and many more available now for checkout!

Look at our online database resources available on our website

Gale Business Insights: Essentials provides information on 448,000 US and international companies: histories; chronologies; rankings; statistics; and more. Funded by the NYS Library NOVEL program

JobNow provides you with practical tools to help you get a job. 1. Career Resources: Informative, easy-to-use,
and free Internet resources for job seekers; including personality and career assessments. 2. Resume Builder
3. Ace the Interview   Made possible through the Ramapo Catskill Library System.

EBSCO Masterfile Premiere  provides searchable full-text articles for nearly 1,860 journals, including Consumer Reports and Business Week. Funded by RCLS and the New York State Library NOVEL program

All you need is a library card to take advantage of these and many more databases!



Get ready for a new way to enjoy eBooks and more

With OverDrive’s Next Generation experience, users can borrow titles with just one click!

Ramapo Catskill Library System’s OverDrive digital collection is getting a facelift in the coming weeks with OverDrive’s Next Generation website. See a preview video here.

What is OverDrive? Members of the Florida Public Library can enjoy free access to eBooks! OverDrive is both the name and the provider for this service.

Some of the key features include:

One-Step Checkout™: Once you’ve logged in with your library card number, it just takes one click to borrow a title.

OverDrive Read™: Browser-based technology enables instant access to eBooks, online or offline, with no software or downloading required. All you’ll need is a computer or device with a modern web browser. If the title is available to borrow, you can download the title–as you’ve always been able to–or you can choose to start reading right away in your web browser. If you choose browser-based reading, your progression will sync across devices. For example, if you leave off at page 47 on your computer, you’ll start at page 47 on your iPad®!

A new responsive design optimizes the website for mobile and desktop use. So regardless of what device you use, the experience will be the same.

Powerful discovery tools enable you to find your next book fast with filtered search, personalized title recommendations and more. It’s just like online shopping!

Click here for Ebooks Questions & Answers

How to choose an eReader?

Comparing books and eBooks

We look forward to providing our community with this fast and easy new experience. If you have any questions, be sure to contact us directly at or 845-651-7659.


Florida Public Library awarded Muslim Journeys
Bookshelf collection from NEH and ALA

The Florida Public Library will have a celebratory kickoff program on Wednesday, February 20 to introduce the resources of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys grant that was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. FPL is one of 840 libraries and humanities councils nationwide to receive a special collection of materials aimed at familiarizing public audiences with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and worldwide.

The kickoff will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Leona Harter Children’s Room where the books, DVDs and other resources will be on display. Librarian Terry Numa will introduce the resources and talk a little about the upcoming special programs focused on the themes of the grant: American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith and Points of View.

Scholar Anne Ruszkiewicz will be on hand to familiarize the community with some of the basics of Islam and she will preview the books from the Bookshelf award that will be featured in the book discussions that she will lead over the coming months. Anne was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. She earned her Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and is presently a professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Sullivan County Community College.

Refreshments are included in the kickoff program. Local resident Alexandra Sarki will share her culture and prepare and serve authentic cuisine and a selection of Middle Eastern teas.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is presented by National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with American Library Association Public Programs Office and Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, George Mason University. The program was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Interested community members are encouraged to register either online at or by phone at (845) 651-7659.

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Little Red Wagon Reading Club at the Florida Public Library

The Little Red Wagon Reading Club at the Florida Public Library was successful in its first year and has now come to a close with Kindergarten student James Walsh winning the prize drawing and a wagon full of books.

Parents who brought their children to the Library’s Ready for Kindergarten program in August were invited to see and learn about a large display of early reader books.  Librarian Terry Numa showed them how to find books at various levels to suit the emerging reader and encourage a love of reading.   The parents had an opportunity to register their children for the Library’s new Little Red Wagon Reading Club.  Each week the child and parent read a book together and returned to the library to have their club card stamped and receive a small prize.  All participants were entered in a drawing for the grand prize, a little red wagon filled with books and small toys.

“The Florida Public Library is committed to early literacy and helping parents to raise readers,” states Terry Numa.  “We enjoy the children when they come in for a variety of programs at the library, but the Little Red Wagon Reading Club afforded an opportunity to join with parents to promote the magical time when letters and words come alive on the page for our little ones.”

Plans are in the works to start another Little Red Wagon Reading Club again when a new group of children attend the Ready for Kindergarten in August, 2013.  Many early reader books are available at the library.  Check one out today!



RCLS Launches Mobile App                                

October 17, 2012 Press Release

Boopsie is your One Click Access to library information from any Internet-capable phone.

The Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) puts your library in your hand with RCLS Mobile.  Want to renew a book or place one on hold?  There’s an app for that.  Library hours?  There’s an app for that.  Want to download an ebook or eAudioBook?  There’s an app for that, too.

The Launch of RCLS Mobile puts the library at your fingertips.  From any mobile phone or tablet connected to the Internet you can instantly tap into library resources, anytime, anywhere.  You can search the library catalog, check your account, ask a question, download eBooks and eAudioBooks, find events and more.

To access RCLS Mobile, visit and download the app.

“Nearly 50% of all US mobile subscribers use smartphones, so it’s important for people to be able to access the staff and rich resources available at our libraries,” says Robert Hubsher, RCLS Executive Director.  “RCLS Mobile puts library information just one click away with much faster access than going through a browser.  We encourage everyone to take advantage of this new way to use the library by downloading our app.”

Searching the library system catalog with RCLS Mobile is especially easy. Just type the first few letters of two or three words and search results will begin to appear.  For example, if you’re looking up Mark Twain in the catalog, just type “ma twa.”  Once you find the title you’re looking for, you can place it on hold right from your phone.

The app offers additional features such as BookLook Mobile that lets you scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if your library owns the title.  “This is an amazing feature,” says Hubsher.  “If you’re at a bookstore you can just scan the book’s ISBN, see if we own it and—if we do—place a hold on it right from your phone.”  The RCLS Mobile also has a Digital Media feature which allows people to download eBooks and eAudioBooks to their devices.

If a library has a Facebook page and/or Twitter feed, people can access those through RCLS Mobile.

The mobile app was developed by Boopsie Inc.  More than 250 libraries and universities use Boopsie to increase campus and community visibility.  Easy to implement and affordable for all size libraries, Boopsie solves the problem of unwieldy website viewing on a small screen.


Project Linus @ FPL

What is Project Linus?

Project Linus is a national, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide handmade blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.  New, handmade blankets and afghans created by volunteers known as “blanketeers” provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children of all ages, infants to teenagers.  Project Linus is named for the cartoon character in Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip. Who can forget Linus and his devotion to his security blanket?  You can learn more about the organization at

What’s the Library connection?

Florida Public Library’s 2012 adult summer reading theme of “Between the Covers,” prompted us to think about the warmth of a blanket or quilt. The idea to make quilts for Project Linus was a natural next step. FPL already has a Knitting Circle that meets regularly on the third Monday of every month.  Many of our members also crochet, sew and quilt and have the crafting skills needed to make blankets. To date, FPL has collected 176 blankets and has been recognized with a special certificate from the local chapter of Project Linus for our volunteers’ efforts.

How can I help?

Make a blanket and bring it to FPL on any Monday, Wednesday or Thursday evening.  Our staff members  will accept your blanket and take it to a facility where it will be given to a deserving child in Orange County.

What type of blankets does Project Linus accept?

Project Linus welcomes blankets of all styles, including quilts, crocheted, or knitted afghans in child- friendly colors. Blankets must be new, handmade and washable. In addition, they must come from a smoke-free environment. You don’t have to be an expert to create a blanket that is beautiful to a child!

What about sizes?

Project Linus collects blankets for children, infants through teens. Many sizes are appropriate depending on local needs. For example, blankets could be as small as 36” by 36”. The majority of Project Linus blankets are about 40” by 60”, or what is called “crib size.” Blankets could be as large as twin size for teens.

Where can I find a pattern for making a project Linus blanket?

Patterns can be found at Check the Patterns/Links page to see what is currently available online. There are some patterns available @ FPL or you can use your own.  A limited supply of yarn is also available from FPL.

For more information, contact Terry Numa or Marie Arnstein at the Library!