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October 2020
A view of RHPL's freshly painted porch & trim.

From The Director:

Book Drive for Red Hook Residential Center
The Great Give Back (GGB) is a statewide library effort to give residents opportunities to give back to their communities. This year RHPL will be collecting book donations for the Red Hook Residential Center, the Office for Children and Family Services home for adjudicated youth located in Red Hook.

The books on the list have been specifically requested by the kids themselves and their teachers, in cooperation with our Youth Librarian, Amy. If you have the means, please consider purchasing a book for their library which is in need of fresh reading material.

New Hours & Holds Update
Library hours have been expanded to include some earlier mornings and later evenings. Starting this week, hours are as follows:

Monday 10-5
Tuesday 10-5
Wednesday 12-7
Thursday 12-7
Friday 10-5
Saturday 11-3

In other news, the work on the front porch has been completed, and the front entrance is accessible once again. The book drop has returned to the porch, as well as the rocking chairs. In addition, holds will be moved back to the main desk as there are fewer curbside pickups now and patrons have requested holds be returned to the main floor.

Thank you for your patience with these changes.

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

October Programs for Adults

A group of intrepid Zentanglers make art at Red Hook Rec Park pavilion.

Looking for good company and something interesting to do? Check out our monthly Afternoon and Evening Book Groups, our monthly Anti-Racism Reading Group, or our weekly Spinning Yarns Knitters

Unique programs this month include Effective Communications Strategies (via Zoom) with the Alzheimer’s Association, and Hands On: Watercolor Galaxy Bookmarks at the Rec Park.

October Programs for Teens

The All Abilities Teens' Music & Movement float rocks the library lawn on Hardscrabble Day.
The All Abilities Teens Dance Party group for teens with intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities is meeting next on the 3rd. Come rock out with Amy and the kids via Zoom. 

October Programs for Kids and Families

Hardscrabble Day butterfly emerges from its chrysalis!

The first Non-binary Kids and Their Families meets tonight. Email Amy for the link. Nature walks continue, with some new locations added; check our calendar for details. Kids love Bard intern Yuval’s STEAM Zooms every Wednesday! You can pick up kits for the projects at the library ahead of time. Paul’s Libratory 2 has also moved to Zoom. Join him for science challenging enough for slightly older kids.

Volunteers Wanted

Looking for a way to get involved in your community? The library’s volunteer program has recently re-started. We are looking for reliable volunteers for morning and after-school help. Covid-19 safety training is required. Contact Paul at if you are interested, or would like more information.

In-the-Know: Voting & Census Info

Voting Information

Looking for reliable voting information? A great website by the League of Women Voters is where you can find personalized ballot information. Compare candidates; see what will be on your ballot; check your registration; find your polling location; and more!

The general election is Tuesday, November 3rd. Polls open at 6am and close at 9pm. Explore the Dutchess County Board of Elections website to find your polling location and make a plan to vote.

Early Voting in Dutchess County

Did you know that Dutchess County offers early voting at five locations from October 24th through November 1st? You can vote early at these Dutchess locations:

  • Rhinebeck Town Hall -- 80 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY
  • Millbrook Fire House -- 20 Front Street, Millbrook, NY
  • DC Board of Elections -- 47 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Boardman Road Library -- 141 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie
  • Fishkill Town Hall -- 807 Route 52, Fishkill, NY

Hours vary, with hours as early as 9 am and as late as 8 pm, but all days (with the exception of the 31st) offer voting between 12 and 5 pm.

Census Deadline Approaching, Monday, October 5th

Have you completed your Census? According to the Associated Press, and the Census Bureau the self-response deadline for the Census is this coming Monday October 5th. The Red Hook household self-response rate is only 67.8%.

The 10-question Census determines your representation in the House of  Representatives, and the allocation of state and federal funds for schools; highways; infrastructure; student loans and pell grants; BOCES and special education programs; programs for the aging; health and nutrition programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, WIC, SNAP; and more.

If you haven’t yet completed your Census yet, you can complete it online at or by calling 844-330-2020 to make sure your family is counted.

New to the Collection
Building Toys

Check out the new toys below for family fun. Chances are, these will keep your kids busy for minutes at a time! We even recommend them for big kids, like Guin.
Guin the Builder tests out our new building set.

Build something satisfyingly stackable with the Keva Contraptions set!

September Snapshot:
Thank you, Patrizia!
Former Clerk, Patrizia receives a framed painting of the library by Theresa Doherty for her years of dedicated service.

Library Closed Columbus Day:
Monday, Oct. 12th
Library Blog
Library Contacts

Library Hours

The library is now open for for at-will visits, without appointments. 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: 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 7 pm
7 pm Thursday, October 15th
**Meetings may be virtual as allowed by law during the pandemic. Links can be obtained from the director.
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