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October 2019

From The Director  

Did you see the library's giant purple and red dragon in the Hardscrabble Day parade? (If not, see the September Snapshot below.) We couldn't have done it without the Hand to Mouth Weavers of the United Methodist Church who generously donated yards and yards of bright fabric - and at the last minute, too! Thanks for the rescue, Weavers. 

Say hello to three great new staff members, Ari, Crystal, and Sophie. You will see Ari and Sophie, our new Pages, behind the desk, and sometimes on the floor playing legos with children. Crystal is responsible for the library's new sparkling clean look: She is our first ever Library Custodian! 

Ari, Crystal, and Sophie, new staff members

Coming this month

Halloween Happenings

As usual, there are plenty of Halloween happenings at RHPL. For those concerned with costuming small ghosts and goblins, take note of the Costume Swap. Those who drop off gently used costumes will receive tickets to first selection of the lot. But don’t worry, even if your kids are trick-or-treating for the first time, you will have an opportunity to pick up free costumes at the swap.

If you’re sewing costumes this year, you might want to attend our 2nd annual Hands On: Halloween Costume Clinic. Just because they’re cute, doesn’t mean they are easy to make! Get help with one of the library’s resident sewing experts.

Monster Mash, the annual rocking Halloween dance party, will feature some creative new games and activities this year, including a puppet theater, giant build-a-monster blocks, and raucous costume parade with kid-made noisemakers. If you have a child for whom crowds and noise are prohibitive, sign up for the All Abilities Hour when the lights will be up, the music will be off, no staff will wear masks, and there won’t be a crowd. 

Look for the Pop-Up Library at the Red Hook Halloween & Annual Chili Cook-Off, hosted by Red Hook Ulster Savings Bank. Now that’s a treat!

Events for Adults in October
Since there is no school on Brown Bag Matinee day this month a family friendly movie was chosen: Captain Marvel. Bring your lunch - we provide dessert and beverages. Red Hook seniors in need of rides can call us to set one up.

Something new for retro gamers: Beer & Board Games at J & J’s Cafe! We’ll supply the games but you’ll have to buy your own food, beer, and wine from Julianne’s eclectic menu. 

Worklife Today this month features Google Sheets Basics. Many companies are using this free online platform that can be easily shared among staff. Please register here and come with a gmail account set up.

October’s Local Interest Lunch, funded by the Ascienzo Family Foundation, features Lexi Kerchner from the FDR National Historic Site with a presentation entitled The Roosevelts Were People Too. Register here, or call us. 


Events in October for Teens
Lemonade for graphic novels. (Yes, there is a reason it's spelled that way, but you have to be a reader to know the secret!)
In the Not-so-Stressful Teen/Tween Book & App Club youth read what they want, and talk about themes and ideas with the group. They will also work on an app for recommending good reads to their peers.

By request of the summer Crash Lab participants, Paul will lead a group to erect a Pumpkin-a-pult trebuchet to see how far they can chuck a pumpkin. Can they reach the pond? Please call to register. 

Libratory 2 is for youth aged 11+ who want to take a deeper look at science topics with experiments, engineering projects, and other STEM activities. There is no need to register. 

Teens: Join your peers in the Community Room for Gaming Lounge on most Fridays from 2:30-6:30 pm for use of the large screen TV and the library’s Switch console. Make popcorn or bake cookies while playing. 

 Events for Kids and Families

Paper architecture at Libratory

Rosie’s back! Rosie the literacy dog has been out with an illness but she is feeling better and you can look forward to her warm furry presence returning on Thursdays.

There is a half-day at Mill Road this month and kids in grades K-5 are invited to Half-Day Steam: ‘Round the World’ featuring special guests the Red Hook Stamptrotters. 

Families with kids and teens with intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities will enjoy this month’s All Abilities Kids’ and Teens Music and Movement which will feature line dancing in a comfortable, no-judgment zone. 

The Adoptive Families Group has a special speaker this month. Please join us when author of The Adopted Teen Workbook, Barbara Neiman comes to talk with parents about the unique challenges and opportunities adoption brings to adolescence.

Family Movie Night: The House with a Clock in its Walls is live action PG movie with witches, warlocks, and curses. Kids love the casual atmosphere and parents can relax.

New to the Collection 

Check out this Optical Illusions kit featuring the book by Clive Gifford and cut-outs engineered by Rob Ives.

In the Know

Text Notifications

As of October 1st MHLS patrons have the opportunity to opt into text message notices for holds ready for pick-up, overdue items, and automatic renewals. To opt-in, simply log-in to your account at, go to “My Account”, click “Edit Account,” enter your cell phone number, and click “Submit.”

E-Reader Fonts

Did you know that you can control the font type, contrast color, and size when you use OverDrive or the Libby app to read e-books? This is especially helpful to anyone who might benefit from reading materials in Open Dyslexic, a font specifically designed to increase readability for people with dyslexia. To switch to Open Dyslexic (or make any other font change), simply open your book in Libby or OverDrive and then, in Libby, seek the “Readings Settings” menu or, in OverDrive, tap the “Font Options” button. Once you make this switch for one book, it becomes your default setting.  

Voter Registration

Is your voter registration up-to-date? Did you recently move, turn 18, or just never get around to registering? The last day to register is October 11th to vote in the November 5th general election. To find out more, visit

All library programs are free and open to the public and take place at the library unless otherwise noted.

September Snapshot

Dragons love reading (and tacos)
The library is closed on Columbus Day - Monday, October 14th 


Library Contacts

Library Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

RHPL Board of Trustees
Third Thursday of each month at 7 pm
7 pm Thurs, October 17th
All meetings are open to the public.
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