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July 2020

A bit of summer on the library's picnic table

From The Director  

The library continues with its staged reopening plan.Currently, you can reserve a 45-minute slot to visit the stacks, study, or use computers. This plan minimizes the number of people inside at any one time. As the state continues to reopen, the library's next phase will be to open the doors for at-will use, with limits on the number of people on each level. The entire staff and I appreciate your continued cooperation with our efforts to keep library use as safe as possible. 

You may have noticed work being done on the library building. Children have definitely noticed the giant cherry-picker trucks moving around the building like lumbering dinosaurs! Frank J Ryan & Sons, Inc are working on the wooden trim around the original octagon. All the rotted sections are being replaced and the woodwork is getting stripped and repainted.

We'd like to extend special thanks to the Mary Norris Preyer Foundation. With their grant of $5,000 we will purchase new desktop computers for public use, as well as more laptops and hotspots for circulation.

We have also received a $2,000 grant for Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, provided by the ALA and Google.  This money allows us to hire expert professionals to teach skills such as optimizing your small business website, writing a resume, job searching, and interviewing as well as purchase additional laptops and hotspots.
 

The library needs your help!

RHPL is applying for the Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize. The award is $250,000 and, well, we need a new roof. If you or anyone you know would like to send a short video, 30 seconds or less, describing what the library means to you, it would help make our case. The prize is for a library that:

  • Offers creative programs and services for everyone in the community

  • Cooperates with other local organizations, institutions, and businesses

  • Listens to their community and works to meet their needs

Be creative, be yourself, and have fun! Videos are due by July 10th and will be edited together into one short video to be submitted with the application. Email Amy@redhooklibrary.org to get help with filming or to send finished video clips. Thank you!

Hardscrabble
 
For over 40 years, Red Hook's annual Hardscrabble Day has been a festive celebration of our small-town community with live music, food, kids' activities, animals, and games. This fall the tradition continues. The Village of Red Hook and its Hardscrabble Committee have teamed up with Historic Red Hook to produce an online celebration of local talents, history, and traditions. For the event, RHPL and the Red Hook Community Center will be coordinating a reverse parade in which local individuals, families, businesses and organizations are invited to create stationary floats in support of our community.
 
The event committee is looking for creative proposals, especially live stream video or interactive workshops up to 20 minutes long. Share your farm animals, bread baking techniques, or artistic skills with your neighbors. Behind-the-scenes sneak peeks of local businesses are also welcome. Please send your ideas to media@historicredhook.org for review.
 
New Programs for Teens and Adults
Looking for new job opportunities? Instructor Elia Singer helps with resume & cover letter writing and online job search. Elia Singer has been teaching and developing expertise in the at times exciting, at times challenging task of changing your career. Register now for these virtual classes via the calendar on redhooklibrary.org. Need to borrow a laptop or hotspot? Email Renee: programcoordinator@redhooklibrary.org. Funded by Libraries Lead with Digital Skills.
 
RHPL presents a recorded viewing and discussion of TMI Project's Black Stories Matter: Truth to Power, a live storytelling performance in Kingston which featured a cast of storytellers who participated in a Black Stories Matter weekend intensive writing workshop.  Black Stories Matter is TMI Project’s way of making an impact in addressing incidents of hate, bigotry and racial injustice in our local community while also participating as an organization in the national outcry of injustice. TMI Project’s mission with Black Stories Matter is to elevate the underrepresented stories of the Black experience in America – the triumphs, humor, beauty, and resilience. Learn and discuss with Red Hook Public Library. Email Amy@redhooklibrary.org for the link to participate. Special thanks to TMI for sharing their work.

A new monthly program for adults, the Antiracism Reading Group will be having honest, non-judgmental conversations about what we’re reading & learning about race, racism and antiracism and discuss how we might apply these lessons to how we live and what we advocate for in our community. Read any book that directly addresses racism and/or antiracism. Don’t know where to start? Consider any of the titles suggested below. More information can be found on this blog post. Thanks to a generous donation from a local patron, multiple copies are available for many of the titles. Email Amy if you’re interested in participating. (Amy@redhooklibrary.org)
 
New Programs for Kids and Families
This year’s Summer Reading Program is Our World: Big, Small, Near, & Far. There are 4 themed weeks, presented via Class Dojo or paper packets available for pick-up from the library. Class Dojo is a safe online platform where kids and their parents can learn, explore activities, show their projects, and interact with their peers and Youth Librarian Amy. Most activities are completed offline and include citizen science, art, games, and collaborative mapmaking. 

Amy will be going through the activities week by week starting with small, then near, big, then far. The periodic virtual meetings via Zoom where kids can share what they’re learning and doing will also follow that pattern. But your children can do as many or as few as interest them in whatever order they please. Sign up on our website or email Amy if you have any questions.

In the Know

Staff are now trained in the use of Quick Assist, a Microsoft app that allows for remote computer assistance. This means that you can call the desk from the computer carrels in the library on your cell phone and we can help you from a safe physical distance. It also means we can more easily help you with computer problems at home. Any computer running Windows 10 can use Quick Assist. We can help you navigate the web, use email, download or upload documents, print, load ebooks on your Kindle, or use Word.


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Library Hours

The library building is closed to the public during this time.
However, RHPL will begin curbside delivery on Monday, June 1st. Orders may be placed online or by calling the library. Staff will be on site between 11 am and 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. However pickups will only occur between 12 pm and 4 pm. Virtual programs and eResources are available 24/7 on our blog, website, and social media. Feel free to email us anytime, or call during our regular hours, below.
 
Monday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

RHPL Board of Trustees
Third Thursday of each month at 7 pm
7 pm Thurs, July 16th
Questions? Email: director@redhooklibrary.org
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