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August 2020

Library shutters & molding get some much needed TLC

From The Director:
Help Determine the Future of the Library! 

It’s time for RHPL to update its 5-year plan. The last time this assessment was completed our community priorities included programming for preschoolers, teens, adults, and seniors; making technology readily available; and creating a community space for gathering and study.

What will the library focus on in the coming years? Please provide your thoughts and suggestions by filling out this survey or writing or calling us directly. Paper surveys are also available at both checkout desks and can be mailed in, dropped in the drop box, or sent back with your books. There are no limitations here and you needn’t confine your suggestions to books, DVDs and programs. Please share your aspirations for the Red Hook community as a whole. 

Library Hours & Updates
Circulation desk is open for business!

Things have been changing fast lately given the pandemic and exterior building renovations. Current hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The library is open with reduced occupancy limits for safety. A sign on each entrance will indicate if the floor limit has been reached, or you can always call ahead. 

The front porch is currently being repaired so the front entrance is temporarily inaccessible. Please enter the library through the rear entrance during this time. The dropbox has temporarily been moved to the rear driveway side of the building. 

Hardscrabble Day Reverse Parade & Virtual Celebration

For over 40 years, Red Hook’s annual “Hardscrabble Day” has been a beloved community celebration and festival. On September 12th, the tradition will continue in a variety of different formats.

Red Hook Public Library and Red Hook Community Center will be coordinating a town-wide reverse parade where  local individuals, families, businesses and organizations will have the opportunity to create stationary floats to show off all they have to offer. Interested? Email 

Historic Red Hook is working with the Hardscrabble Community Association and the Village of Red Hook to produce an online, virtual festival. The event committee is currently looking for creative proposals -- from arts and crafts, to music or animal shows. Proposals should be sent to 

This year will bring new meaning to ‘Hardscrabble,’ but we’re excited!



Kids in the library’s summer program Our World: Big, Small, Near & Far have been doing some amazing science experiments and creative work. They’ve contributed information on ant and moth populations in our area for a citizen science project from entomologists, mapped their communities, and traced their connections to places all around the world. They've even learned about the moon and why their weight would be different on Saturn. 

The work of a young cartographer

Though live participation in this program has ended, the activities and projects remain available through September. Email for a link to downloadable projects and ideas. 

The Antiracism Discussion Group meets again this month. Bring your thoughts and feelings about what you’re reading, listening to and watching as you expand your understanding of race and racism in the U. S. Email for a link to participate.

New to the Collection

New laptops and hotspots for borrowing.

Chromebooks & Hotspots for Borrowing
The library has obtained 4 new chromebooks and 5 additional hotspots available for checkout now.

New toys to take home

Toys for Borrowing

Thanks to a generous grant from Stewart’s Shops, there are a host of new toys for your family to check out and bring home. From STEM to imaginative play toys, there is something for your child, including two new American dolls. Meet Lewis and Jordan!

In-the-Know: Hiring

Email Due Date Slips

As of this month, due date slips can be emailed! Before check out, just let staff know if you’d prefer an email slip, paper slip, or no slip at all. If you don’t have an email, we can add one to your account. This email can also be set as your hold pick-up preference.

July Snapshot

We're going to need a bigger box..
Nancy to the rescue!

Library Blog
Library Contacts

Library Hours

The library is now open for for at-will visits, without appointments, between 11 am and 4:30 pm. Contactless pick-up service of library materials continues. Number of patrons per floor is limited due to Covid-19. When floor limits are reached, you will be asked to wait until someone leaves to enter which will be indicated by a sign near each entrance. Virtual programs and eResources are available 24/7 on our blog, website, and social media. 

Monday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday: Closed

RHPL Board of Trustees
Third Thursday of each month at 7 pm
7 pm Thurs, August 20th - contact Dawn at for meeting link
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