March 2017

March 1st was Library Advocacy Day. The event, organized by New York Library Association, brought together librarians, support staff, and patrons from all over the state. Advocates converged on Albany to talk to our state legislators about the benefits of libraries to the community and ask them to support better funding.

Staff member Amy traveled to the capital by bus and spent the day participating in events and speaking with our district's representatives. We're looking forward to hearing more about her day and seeing the pictures she promised. Thank you Amy and all who support libraries!


What's New

Homebound Services From RHPL

In cooperation with Tivoli Free Library, we are excited to announce the start of our Homebound Services Program.

Any resident of Red Hook or Tivoli who is temporarily or permanently unable to come to the library is eligible to have materials delivered to their home.

Let us know if you or someone you know are interested in these services. For more information and applications, call the library or email us at
February Recap
We Love Saving People Money

Just how much money do you save by borrowing library items instead of purchasing them? Three of our regular customers, Nathan, Sal, and Joe saved a combined annual total of $15,843.

See what you save by borrowing items at the library instead of purchasing them. 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. And you'll be famous!

Write It Out!

Write it Out! was a creative writing workshop that ran for four consecutive evenings in February.

It was designed to encourage participants to use creative writing as a means of sorting through the unique challenges and victories of parenting children with special needs.

Instructor Diana Rush used a variety of prompts and exercises to get words flowing. One was having the class create its own mini version of the recent NYC Subway Therapy sticky note phenomenon that happened last fall.

Pushing The Limits: Survival

Between bowls of chili we discussed Clive Cussler's Arctic Drift as part of our Pushing the Limits series. Red Hook High School teacher Bob Engasser led our discussion as we talked about sailing, technology, and climate change.

Keep an eye out for our next book discussion on March 3rd where we'll be reading Thunderstruck by Erik Larson where we'll be serving "Marconi Macaroni!"

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.

Bill's Robinson's Wild World of Animals

Falcons, Owls, and Alligators, oh my! February marks the time for our annual animal event with the Robinson Family's Wild World of Animals.

This year we got to see a vulture's full wingspan, an owl eat a mouse, and a few lucky attendees even got to hold a python. Those who didn't get to touch the snake got to make their own paper snakes at our busy craft table.

We even got to see a hawk fly across the room thanks to the spaciousness at the new Red Hook Community Center.
Mid-winter Luau!

Aloha! What better way to cope with winter than to have a luau, right?

Everyone donned leis and haku leis as well as grass skirts participants made. Then it was off to bowl down pineapples, limbo, and play volleyball as if we were on the sands of Waikiki Beach. Party goers also made paper plate fishes and enjoyed tropical refreshments.

Did we have fun at our luau? Check out some extraordinary hula-hooping here.

RH Makes @RHHS

We invite students to join us in the Red Hook High School Library for some exciting after-school maker activities. 

This past month we had fun making Jacob's Ladder's and Milk Jug Owls. Thank you to our dedicated students who make it so much fun!

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

Meet Michael

Michael is one of our newer staff members. He is our Youth Services Coordinator, running programs for our littlest patrons, coaching our BOB teams, and dreaming up fun camps and special events.

He comes to us from the Wayfinders program in Kingston where he learned to be extraordinarily clever with improv games and activities. Michael is also adept at new technology, apps, and games.

Best of all, the kids love "Mr. Michael" and look forward to his stories and songs each week.

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

Pushing The Limits: Connection
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
6 pm Friday, March 3

We present the third in our Pushing the Limits series of STEM-related public discussions. The program will focus on Connections, especially its depiction in Erik Larson's book Thunderstruck.


This suspenseful non-fiction mystery tells the story of how the world’s first wireless radio system, largely credited to Guglielmo Marconi, influenced the investigation of Britain’s second most famous murder, just after the turn of the century. 

Discussion will be facilitated by WKZE Radio’s Phil McDougall. A short videotaped interview with the author will also be shown. In honor of Marconi we will be serving macaroni, along with beverages, and dessert.

Several copies of the book are available for loan at the library. The event is free with registration required.

Shakespeare Discussion Group
11 am Friday, March 10

This month's discussion will be on Henry VI, Part 1, the first of Shakespeare's three-part series of plays about Henry VI, the underage boy who was king of England.

The play depicts the collapse of England's role in France, as English nobles fight each other instead of the French and as Joan la Pucelle (Joan of Arc) brings military strength to the French army.

Half-day steaM Camp
1 pm Friday, March 10

Kids off from school for the scheduled Superintendent’s Day will be immersed in the fun side of math.

There will be no worksheets or word problems. Kids will play games and try activities that use math principles in creative ways.

The event will consist of two parallel programs serving kids in grades K-2 and 3-5 separately. Activities will include tangram puzzles, probability games, and more.


Part of the library’s ongoing STEAM programming track, this program is free and open to the public.

Registration is required as space is limited.

Salamander X-ing
A Spring Migration Workshop
11 am Saturday, March 11

Why Did the Salamander Cross the Road? Find that out, as well as how you can help at this March 11th program.

Forests and wetlands in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed recharge ground water, protect streams, and absorb carbon. They also provide critical habitats to a group of amphibians of conservation concern.

Each spring frogs and salamanders travel long distances from their forest habitats to breed in small wetlands, called woodland pools. Unfortunately their migration paths often cross roads, leading to injury and mortality. You can help!

Join us for this training session facilitated by Isaac Yelchin, a Bard College biology student.

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
2:30 pm March 14

Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson

Imagine you could live again and again, until you got it right? That is the premise behind Kate Atkinson's popular novel.

Color Club
5 pm Tuesday, March 14

Our Color Club with Susan meets 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 creatively. It's a great time to socialize and relieve stress. More fun than a new box of crayons!

Spring Into Irish
5 pm Tuesdays, beginning March 14

RHLP presents a four week series exploring Irish language, culture, and history. The course will explore Ireland's linguistic evolution and provide an introduction to Irish conversation.
This fun, no-pressure series is taught by Steve Lowry, current Irish Language Instructor for Bard College's Irish Studies program. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Lifelong learning has never been this much fun!

This program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required by calling 845-758-3241.

Microgreens for St. Paddy's Day
5:30 pm Friday, March 17

Microgreens are tiny edible plants with mighty nutritional impact. They are grown from vegetable and herb seeds, and harvested while still smaller than baby greens but larger than spouts.
Superfoods Collective will present a workshop on growing these bundles of nutrition on Friday, March 17th. Participants will receive kits, plant their first seeds in class, and learn everything they need to know to be successful with growing indoor microgreens at home.

There will be recipes and salad to share as well.

This special indoor gardening workshop is suitable for teens through adults. Space is limited and registration is required.

Motion Madness Physics Camp
4:30 pm March 20 - 24

Grades 3 - 5

Physics rules at RHPL. Do you know a 3rd through 5th grader who can't sit still? Consider our week-long Motion Madness Camp.

We'll learn about how things go and have fun doing it. Taught by the grooviest Bard College Center for Civic Engagement Science Fellow, Moving Mike.

This program is free but requires registration by calling 845-758-3241.

Monday Evening Book Group
6:45 pm March 20

Lilac Girls
by Martha Hall Kelly

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939--and then sets its sights on France.

Women's History Month Story Slam
7 pm Friday, March 24

Taste Budd's Café
40 W. Market St.

Celebrate Herstory! Join us at Taste Budd's for this free event in honor of Women's History Month. 

This is the second annual Women’s History Story Slam, a collaboration between Red Hook Public Library and Taste Budd's Café.

A talented lineup of women writers will read from their works encompassing a wide variety of subjects and genres such as fiction, essays, and poetry.

Please call the library with any questions at 845-578-3241.

Know Early Signs of Alzheimer's
4:30 pm Monday, March 27

Early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s empowers patients and their families to make the best decisions regarding their future care. 

The Alzheimer’s Association will present “Know the Ten Signs: Early Detection Matters.” It is the first installment of a three-part series on Alzheimer's taking place at the library this spring. Subsequent programs will be "Dementia Communications Strategies" and "Understanding Dementia Related Behaviors."

 This event is free and open to the public.  Advanced registration is required by calling the library at 518-758-3241.

Movie Night: Avatar (PG-13)

6:30 pm Friday, March 31
Enchanted Cafe
7484 S. Broadway

James Cameron's 2009 film about a paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, who becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.


... And Don't Forget

La Dolce Lingua
5 pm Thursdays

Our beginner to intermediate Italian language instruction with Patrizia.

Free Flow Fridays
Music, Movement & Mindfulness
10:30 am Fridays

This program is for all who want to get in touch with their inner child or children of any age. Each week has a new and fun theme, maybe it's bubbles, animal noises, or Garden activities.

Spontaneity and self-expression is encouraged. Samantha, from Free Families Forward, leads the group with energy and compassion. Come live in the moment and try something new! Imagination wanted.

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.
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.
Head Start Story Time New
1:15 pm
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, May 29 Memorial Day

April Sneak Peeks

April 7: Pushing The Limits: Nature
April 8: Egg Scramble
April 10-14: Earth Camp
April 11: Tax Prep Help
April 28: Roger & Lenny: Live At The Elmendorph


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Red Hook, NY 12571
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

Seventh Plague
by James Rollins

In a breathtaking blend of scientific intrigue and historical mystery, #1 New York Times bestselling mastermind James Rollins reveals an ancient threat hidden within the pages of the Bible.


A Bang And A Clang
by Emma J. Virján

An easy-reader book in the Pig in a Wig series.


The Most Frightening Story Ever Told
Philip Kerr

Roald Dahl meets R.L. Stine in this spine-tingling and funny tale from best-selling author Philip Kerr.


Carve The Mark
by  Veronica Roth

Living on a violent planet where everyone develops a unique power meant to shape the future, Akos and Cyra, youths from enemy nations, resent gifts that render them vulnerable to others' control before they become unlikely survival partners.


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