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March 2021

From The Director:

Introducing the RHPL Kid Card! Kid Cards are available to any child under 13 who requests one and is able to report their full name and address. They are different from our traditional cards for youth which must be co-signed by parents or guardians. Kid Cards are limited to 3 items checked out at once and only from the Juvenile and Teen collections. Kid Cards will, however, be able to access all online resources.

As of today, there will no longer be fines charged to any youth cards. That means items checked out here at RHPL to patrons under 18 will accrue no fines when returned late. Lost and unreturned items will be billed as usual.

Kids can stretch their wings with independent Kid Cards

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

March Programs for Adults

We are hosting our first Virtual Narcan Training. Learn to save a life by knowing how to respond when you suspect an opioid overdose. Led by staff from the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health. Email Renee at for more info and to register. 

This month the Afternoon Book Group will discuss How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang while the Evening Book Group will discuss Becoming Dr. Seuss by Brian Jay Jones. View our 2021 brochure here.

The Antiracism Discussion Group meets on the second Thursday of every month via Zoom . Email for more information and the link.

Art for Adults with Renee & Creativebug explores Blind Contour drawing. Learn some new techniques to train your hand eye coordination. Email Renee at for class link and kit pickup. 

Zoom Spinning Yarns Knitters continues! Join our friendly group of fiber enthusiasts online via web-conference for weekly knitting, crocheting, spinning, quilting, and crafting together at home. Email Dawn at if you'd like to attend.

Art for Adults creations

March Programs for Teens

All Abilities Teens Crafternoons happen Tuesdays on Zoom. Projects are designed for teens and tweens who have intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities. All supplies are available in kits from the library. Email for more information and to register.

Libratory 2 continues with virtual science experiments, engineering projects, and other STEM activities for youth ages 11+ via Zoom. We cover subjects such as chemistry, biology, physics, and more. Email Paul at for the Zoom link.

Playstation and Nintendo Switch are available for use in the Teen Room. Just as at the desk to check out the equipment. 

 A whole stable of horses to check out and bring home


March Programs for Kids and Families

Preschool (and friends) programs for February include Zoom Storytimes with Amy on Wednesdays at 10 and Nature Walks on Thursdays at 10:30. Check the calendar on the library's website for locations for our nature walks.

Family Hands On Try something new together. Join Amy or Dawn on Zoom the second and fourth Saturdays in Feb & March. We'll make books and wet-felted "geodes". Supplies kits available at the library. Email Amy to register.

Manualidades para Familias Pruebe algo nuevo juntos con Amy o Dawn en Zoom cada segundo y quarto sábado de febrero y marzo. Haremos libros y geodas de fieltro húmedo. Obtenga un kit de suministros en la biblioteca. La instrucción será en inglés y español. Yadira interpretará. Email a Amy para registrarse.

Wednesday afternoons are for Science with Yuval!  Kids ages 6 - 9 enjoy hands-on science experiments via Zoom with Yuval the library's awesome intern from Bard College. Email to register and get a supplies kit. 

The Social Justice Family Book Groups have been terrific. The younger group (ages 5-7) meet for a picture book and age-appropriate conversation led by RHPL's Children's Librarian. The older group (ages 10+) selected two books to choose from. Read one (or both) for March's conversation: Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker or The Other Boy by M. G. Hennessey. The library has copies set aside; call to have one put on hold for you.

The Nonbinary Kids & Their Families group meets virtually each month for conversation supporting each other in challenges and sharing joys. 

Interested in any of the above? Email for more information or to register.

Tax Forms, Tax Prep, & eMagazines

Federal & State Tax Forms

Tax Forms

A variety of State and Federal tax forms are now available at the circulation desk. Can’t find your form here? Find them online at the following links: New York State Tax Forms: / Federal Tax Forms:

If you need assistance finding your forms online, ask at the desk. If you print forms, the first copy is free. Printing of instructions is charged at the regular rate of .25/page.

Tax Preparation Information

Want to file your taxes online? The IRS has a “free-file” option to file your Federal taxes online here. The United Way is taking Tax Prep appointments. Call the United Way at 211 to set up an appointment.


Did you know? The MHLS eMagazine collection has moved to Libby and OverDrive. The RBDigital platform access will be ending March 31st, 2021. Access over 3,000 digital magazines titles with your library card! 

Browse all of MHLS’ digital magazines here.

New to the Collection
Hot Wheels Set

Great for kids of all ages, and kids at heart

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Library Hours

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, March 18th
**Meetings may be virtual as allowed by law during the pandemic. Links can be obtained from the director.
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