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June 2021

The Octagon Welcomes a Windy Spingtime!
From The Director:

Do you like puzzles? How about treasure hunting? Local trivia? Check out the Great RHPL Scavenger Hunt! Get together a team or your family and register to play. We’ll be using the app ActionBound, which is free to download on your phone. When the game starts, you’ll receive a code to unlock all the sneaky questions. There will be one set of questions for adult teams and another for families with children. You’ll have from 5 pm on June 11th to 5pm on July 11th to fill in all the answers. Winners will be randomly drawn from the top scorers in each division. Adults are $20 or $75 for a four-person team. Families with children play free, but if you’d like to donate, $25 is suggested. More information is available on our website here. Let the games begin!

Farewell Maryelisa!

New Board President, Don, & Director, Dawn, bid Maryelisa (far right) farewell

After 15 years of service, Trustee and most recent President of the Board, Maryelisa Blundell, has retired. When Maryelisa joined RHPL’s Board of Trustees in 2006 there was no Children’s Library! There were no public bathrooms. No elevator. No garden. No a/c upstairs (it’s amazing we survived!) No Community Room or Teen Room. Imagine all that has been accomplished in 15 years, largely due to Maryelisa’s belief in what was possible. We send her warmest wishes at her new home as she looks forward to fun adventures with her family. (By the way, she already has a library card in her new town!)

Are you interested in serving as a Library Trustee? Learn more about it here

Upcoming Programs
See our calendar for more information on programs including dates and times.

Going Shopping? Why not buy a little extra? All Abilities Teens are doing a food drive for the Red Hook Responds food bank this month. Bring your donations to the library’s main floor by June 18 or contact The food bank has asked us to encourage people to donate the following items: diapers of all sizes, toiletries & personal care items, cereal, jars of tomato sauce, peanut butter, jelly & snacks. 

June Programs for Adults

All Abilities Art

Art Outside is an hour of art and creativity in person outside of St. Margaret’s on Thursdays. Make some nature inspired art by using different mediums. Open to teens and adults. Email Renee at to register. 

Try your hand at sewing a summer tote bag. In collaboration with several local libraries, we will be hosting a series of sewing classes on Saturdays in June at St. Paul’s Parish Hall. Bring your sewing machine or use one of ours! The project requires ⅔ yard of cotton home decor fabric. Unsure what that is? Have questions or want to register? Email

This month the Afternoon Book Group will discuss Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming edited by Paul Hawkin. The Evening Book Group will discuss The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Both will meet in the Children’s Garden outside the library, with masks and distancing, weather permitting. Email Paul at for more information.

The Antiracism Discussion Group meets monthly on the second Thursday to talk about how to apply what we’ve been reading and thinking about in our lives and communities. There’s no set reading list as this is a discussion and accountability group. New perspectives are always welcome. Email for more information.

All Abilities Adults will be outdoors in the garden at the library on Fridays in June. Come for an hour of DIY fun and socializing for adults with intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities. Registration is required as space is limited. Email

Meet on Zoom for Spanish conversation practice. From June through August we meet informally on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays for conversational Spanish. For advanced beginners - open to previous participants in Carmen’s Spanish class and new members. Email Renee at to register.

June Programs for Teens

Karate in the Garden!

Does your teen have a lot of opinions? A steering committee of teens is deciding how they want to spend the supplies budget for their summer programs. Think your teen wants in? Email for more information.

All Abilities Teens will be learning ukulele with Erin Hobbes in the Garden at the Library on Saturdays. The library supplies all ukuleles and capos that clip to the instrument to make the chord so you only need to strum!  Spaces & ukuleles are limited! To register email

Libratory 2 continues with science experiments, engineering projects, and other STEM activities for youth ages 11+. This month we will meet in the Children’s Learning Garden with masks. We cover subjects in chemistry, biology, physics, and more. Email Paul at to register, and for more information.

June Programs for Kids and Families

Preschoolers & friends meet us in the Children’s Garden at the library for Bilingual Storytime with Yadira, and Stay & Play on Tuesdays starting at 10 and on Wednesdays at 10 for Storytime with Amy. Meet friends you’ve only “met” on Zoom for stories, songs & fun.

Petit Picasso is back! Amy has really missed painting with everyone, so meet her at St. Margaret’s for outdoor painting on Thursdays at 11:30 in June. We paint with non-toxic, washable tempera paints, but it’s best to come dressed for a mess. For programs at St. Margaret's, parking must be in the far southeastern corner of the lot.  

A group of kids and their families that celebrate gender as a spectrum, The Gender Adventurers are meeting in person at the end of the month. Email for more information.

In the Know:
Empire Passes & Ancestry

Empire Passes

Looking for a place to enjoy the outdoors this weekend? Borrow our New York State Empire Pass with your library card and get free admission to many New York State Parks. Reservations are for 5 days. Thank you Stewart's Shops for providing the funding for these new passes!

Call 845-758-3241 to reserve the pass.

Check out New York State parks.


Access Ancestry with your Library Card! Ancestry is now available to all MHLS cardholders through September 30th, 2021.

Ancestry is the world's largest online family history resource, is home to billions of historical records providing access to fascinating facts about previous generations.

New to the Collection
Playaway Launchpad: Read in English. Read in Spanish.

New Spanish Launchpad

May Snapshot
Main Floor ready for business after some well-deserved TLC.
Thank you for your patience!
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Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

RHPL Board of Trustees
Third Thursday of each month at 7pm
7pm Thursday, June 17th
**Meetings may be virtual as allowed by law during the pandemic. Links can be obtained from the director.
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