Febuary 2017

Mid-winter greetings to you.  We enjoyed seeing so many of you in January. Thank you for coming out to our new programs Kidology and Homeschool Libratory, making scarves, dog toys, and survival bracelets on our first MLK Jr. Day of Giving, and supporting our 15th Annual Trivia Contest. Also the Half-Day steAm camp rocked! We never saw so many beautiful self-portraits or more brilliantly dyed pasta beads.

Did you know Governor Cuomo's proposed state budget calls for a 4 percent cut in aid to libraries? Please advocate for your library with your government officials by clicking here and telling them how vital library services are to our community. It's simple and quick.

Just how much money do you save by borrowing library items instead of purchasing them? This month, we invite you take part in Mid-Hudson Library System’s Real People Real Dollars campaign for libraries. Use the Library Value Calculator here to determine the monetary value of your library use. 

Once you’ve gotten your number, please consider letting us take your picture, as Lucia and John did, below. Their favorite uses of the library are using the computers and finding old movies. We never know what they’ll ask for next, but we’re up to the challenge!


Frequent library users Lucia and John used the Library Value Calculator to figure out the monetary value of their yearly library usage.

Look for many new and exciting things in February. Patrizia’s introductory Italian, La Dolce Lingua, is back. Free Flow Fridays offers yoga and dance for families. Raptors and reptiles will thrill us on the 17th at the new Community Center. And we indulge in a Mid-Winter Luau. Because who says it has to be summer for tropical fun?

What's New

Upstairs Quiet Study Area

Our beautiful, newly renovated meeting space on the third floor is now open for study, computer work, and reading. Drinks and snacks are permitted. Yay!

Availability depends on whether we have programs going on in the space. Check the white board by the staircase or give us a call to find out when the space is available.
January Recap


Our new weekly program with Mr. Michael features fun uses of the scientific method. Preschoolers are not too young to make observations, develop hypotheses, test them out, and draw conclusions with Michael's games and activities. 

Join us at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday.
Homeschool Libratory

As of January 12th we resumed our weekly educational series for homeschoolers. So far we've played science trivia, made our own fizzy lemonade using chemical reactions, and lowered the freezing point of water. The program is designed for ages 6-13 but all ages are welcome. Contact us at the library for more information.

A Is For Art

A budding artist shows his collage creation.

It may have been a half day at Mill Road Elementary, but we had full-on learning here at the library. In the interest of exploring how science and art intersect, we had activities ranging from taking advantage of different paint properties to dying our own macaroni charms. We even used technology to aid our drawing skills. Amy particularly enjoyed teaching the older group about self portraits and making charms. 

In March we'll be focusing on math for a steaM half-day camp. Stay tuned.

Amy and Dawn had their hands full with young artists in our lovely meeting room.

MLK Jr. Day of Giving

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., volunteers from Bard College helped attendees participate in activities to benefit local organizations. Volunteers made scarves for the Duchess County Community Action, dog toys for local shelters, and paracord survival bracelets for soldiers and first responders. Some of the youngest participants kind-bombed the library. You might find a surprise here and there as you browse the shelves.

Furry Family Story Time

We had a great crowd for this event. Lots of folks had a chance to meet Buster and Barbara. Michael read stories and sang songs with everybody. And we had cookies and hot chocolate!

Have you met Buster? He is a Certified Therapy Dog who listens patiently to your child's reading. Adults are welcome to read to Buster too. Or kids can just cuddle. Buster loves it.

Studies show that hesitant readers are less intimidated when reading to a non-judgmental pet than to a parent or teacher. So come read with Buster. Check our schedule down below for Buster and Barbara's Tuesday visits.


Trivia Trivia Trivia


The competition was fierce for our 15th annual Trivia Contest at Cancun's Family Mexican Restaurant. Twenty-one teams battled it out for the coveted trophy, with PO Box 1663, a team from Arlington High School, coming away triumphant. The library's own Dewey Decimators held their own, making a very decent showing.

More important, it was lots of fun as always and raised money for the library. Support for RHPL is evident in the photos. The place was packed.

Our deep thanks and appreciation go to Cancun's Family Mexican Restaurant for hosting and for great food, Karen Sipperley and her minions for organizing and running the show, all the participants, raffle sponsors, and to 50/50 raffle winner County Legislator Micki Strawinski for donating her winnings to the library.

Dewey Decimators Tim, Dawn, Roger, Paul, Amy, and Laura.

RHPL Welcomes Laura To Staff

This is Laura, who we are happy to announce is our newest clerk. She's a Bard Graduate with a degree in music. She likes Dystopian fiction, dogs, and traveling.

Laura was cool as a cucumber during her first Half-day STEAM camp. We were impressed! And she handled herself well as a rookie Dewey Decimator. She's going to fit right in. Say hi next time you stop by.

The MHLS Digital Magazine Collection has 18 new titles, bringing the total to 152 titles for library cardholders of the Hudson Valley to choose from. This unique resource is provided with support from New York State, Columbia County Library Association, East Fishkill Public Library District, Poughkeepsie Public Library District, Putnam County Library Association, and Ulster County Library Association.

Check out our online calendar to see where the action is taking place. And please share our newsletter with your friends.

Upcoming Events

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

Coming this Month

Write It Out!
5 pm Thursday, beginning February 2

We are offering this creative writing workshop for parents of children with special needs. The program will run on four Thursdays this month--February 2, 9, 16 & 23--and be led by writer and homeschooling mom Diana Rush.

She will lead exercises and writing prompts using writing as a means of sorting through the unique challenges and victories of parenting these special kids. This will be a safe space to share and explore our thoughts and feelings. No writing experience is necessary to participate.

Red Hook Makes @Red Hook High School
2:15 pm Friday, February 3

We invite students to join us in the HS library for some nifty after-school maker activities. This past month we got back into the swing of things by trying a few different projects: sketching with Osmo for the Ipad, DIY weaved paper bookmarks, and we even started an engrossing magazine bowl project we hope to continue at our next makerspace, along with DIY Jacob's ladders. 

Join us after school at 2:15 Friday Feb. 3rd for our next session! We usually meet every other week and we try new things every time.

We would like to once again thank Red Hook High School Library for partnering with us to offer this fun makerspace series for teens.

Pushing The Limits: Survival
6 pm Friday, February 3

This session of Pushing The Limits: Survival will feature Clive Cussler's adventure novel Arctic Drift.

This exciting novel is set in the Northwest Passage, Canada, and the northern U.S. amidst the ramifications of climate change.

The event will be facilitated by Bob Engasser, RH High School science teacher and avid Cussler fan.  There will be a short video interview with the author, lively discussion, and chili with all the fixin's.  Please join us! 

Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing, and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries and made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Saturday, February 4

Nadine Lipman, a children's librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, came up with the idea for Take Your Child to the Library Day and selected the first Saturday in February as the annual day of celebration. The idea gained popularity immediately, and librarians started planning special events, programs, and displays.

Come in, stop at the desk, and say hi. We can give you a tour and answer questions.

Tax Prep Help
10 am - 5:30 pm Tuesday, February 7 & April 11

Once again Red Hook Public Library will be hosting sessions with a specially trained counselor from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to help taxpayers file their returns.

Appointments will take place between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on February 7th and April 11th at the library. The counselor will assist with paper or electronic filing. Sessions are 90 minutes, private, and free.


Space is limited so call the library at 845-758-3241 to reserve a spot. And let the library know if you cannot make a reserved appointment so that it may be given to another applicant.

Free Flow Fridays:
Music, Movement & Mindfulness

10:30 am Fridays, beginning February 10

This program offers family-oriented yoga, dance, music, and mindfulness. This free program is open to all, and is a joint effort of the library and Free Families Forward.

For information, call 845-758-3241.

Shakespeare Discussion Group
11 am Friday, February 10

We will discuss Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew this month. One of Shakespeare's comedies about the rocky courtship of Petruchio and Katherina.

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
2:30 pm February 14

To Kill A Mockingbird & Go Set A Watchman 
by Harper Lee

Harper Lee's classic tale, set in depression era Maycomb, Alabama, following the lives of Scout, Jem, Atticus Finch, and Boo.

Twenty years after the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout returns home to Maycomb to visit her father and struggles with personal and political issues as her small Alabama town adjusts to the turbulent events beginning to transform the United States in the mid-1950s.

Color Club
5 pm Tuesday, beginning February 14

Our Color Club is starting back up this month and continuing every second Tuesday of the month. The group is open to people of all ages who want to get their artistic mojo on and express themselves. It's a great time to socialize and relieve stress.

La Dolce Lingua
5 pm Thursday, beginning February 16

Our beginner's Italian classes are starting up again with our favorite native of Italia, Patrizia. This class fills fast, so please call to reserve a spot.

Bill Robinson's Wild World of Animals
6:30 pm Friday, February 17

Community Center
59 Fisk Street

Owls and hawks and snakes, Oh My! Kids and adults alike are invited to enjoy this always popular event with Bill Robinson's Wild world of Animals at the new Red Hook Community Center.

We will be treated to an awe-inspiring up-close look at these amazing creatures. See an owl devour a mouse, a falcon fly just overhead, or even hold a six-foot long snake.

Learn how these animals make their way in the wild, some of them right here in the Hudson Valley. Come early to make a craft and get a good seat. No reservations necessary.

Monday Evening Book Group
6:45 pm February 20
(Please note the book group will meet even though the library will not be open during our regular hours.)

by Maris Reichardt

Library Closed: Presidents Day
Monday, February 20

Mid-winter Luau!
4:30 pm Tuesday, February 21

Looking to beat the heat? Of course not. But maybe it’ll feel a little warmer if we all pretend that we are! Join us on the 21st for an indoor beach party to inject a little summer fun into our dreary winter.


Activities will include limbo, a hula hoop contest, indoor beach volleyball, and oceanic crafts. Refreshments will include a tropical fruit medley. Patrons are encouraged to wear floral shirts and flip-flops, and we will provide a lei to complete your look.

Movie Night: Interstellar (PG-13)

6:30 pm Friday, February  24
Enchanted Cafe
7484 S. Broadway

Disaster, famine, and drought are plaguing humanity in the 2014 film Interstellar.

Join the Red Hook Public Library and the Enchanted Cafe for a screening of the film to find out how NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) tackles these problems.


... And Don't Forget


Teen Tech
10 am - 2 pm Saturdays

Have you got a tech question or problem? Need help with a new gadget? Let our teen techs Meaghan and Jacob assist you. No charge.

Schedule a time by calling the library at 845-758-3241.

Healthcare Navigator
10 am - 4 pm Mondays

Get help in navigating the ins and outs of healthcare coverage. Secure your appointment with Lupe by calling 1-800-453-4666 or 845-561-3575.  

La Tavola Rotunda
Italian Conversation Club

2 pm Mondays


A weekly opportunity to practice your speaking and listening skills on a regular basis. Talk with other advanced beginners as well as with our instructor and native speaker, Patrizia. 

Participants must have a working knowledge of the language; there will be no formal lessons. Come share you stories and practice conversational Italian!

Spinning Yarns Knitters
4pm Wednesdays

Are you crafty with a crochet hook? Do you think knitting is nifty? Join Spinning Yarns Knitters at 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the Library.
This lively group of fiber enthusiasts welcomes people of all skill levels, from experienced pros to total beginners. Bring your knitting, crocheting, spinning, quilting, or crafting project and join at any time. Want to knit or crochet but don’t know how? No worries! The group can show you how.

Children's Activities

You can pick up a monthly calendar at one of our circulation desks or visit our online calendar.

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


Toddler Romp & Stomp
10:30 am
Stories, music and movement for toddlers.

Toddler FUNdamentals
11 am

Learning and literacy through play.

Kidology: Science For Tots New
10:30 am
Linking observation to knowledge through songs, games, crafts, and toys.

Read To Buster
4 pm February 7 & 28



Preschool Story Time
10:30 am

Bring your 4-5 year old child to Red Hook Public Library at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday morning, for a dynamic introduction to books and reading during its Early Literacy Program, Story Time. 

Each week, a different theme featuring stories, songs, and movement activities specially adapted to the attention span of 4- and 5-year-old children.  Parents will learn how to foster the skills that help prepare children for reading.
An adult caregiver must remain with the child during Story Time. This event is free and open to the public.

Head Start Story Time New
1:15 pm beginning February 8
This story time is open to all preschoolers who cannot make the earlier story time. We will meet the second Wednesday of each month through June. All are welcome.

Homeschool Libratory New
10:30 am
Ages 6 and up

Homeschool Libratory participants study the world around us using fun activities that utilize the scientific method. We’ll hone our skills of observation, hypothesis, and experimentation, while exploring topics in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Library Holiday Closings

Monday, February 20 Presidents Day

March Sneak Peeks

March 3: Pushing The Limits: Connection features Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
March 5-11: Teen Tech Week
March 10: Half-day steaM Camp
March 16: Freedom of Information Day


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Phone: 845-758-3241


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New On Our Shelves

Here are just a few suggestions of new titles we have for you. Click on the book jacket images to take you to our online catalog records to read synopses and to request a copy.

Adult Fiction

The Whistler
by John Grisham

John Grisham takes his irresistible blend of legal savvy and page-turning storytelling to a whole new level. This latest from Grisham is filled with an unforgettable cast of characters and his trademark twists and turns.


by Kevin Henkes

A graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise, and an unlikely friendship.


The Warden's Daughter
by Jerry Spinelli

Cammie O'Reilly lives at the Hancock County Prison--not as a prisoner, she's the warden's daughter. She spends the mornings hanging out with shoplifters and reformed arsonists in the women's excercise yard, which gives Cammie a certain cache with her school friends.


The Truth Of Right Now
by  Kara Lee Corthron

"A heart-wrenching debut novel about relationships in its many forms--families, friendships, romance--and how Lily and Dari, coming from different backgrounds and different worlds, strive to find a connection through their differences as they fight against their own individual pasts"-- Provided by publisher.


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