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May 2021

Inspiring, kid-powered art in the Children's Learning Garden
From The Director:

We are grateful for spring and the improvements in the Covid-19 outlook. We’d also like to extend a sincere “thank you” to the world’s best patrons. You worked with us throughout the pandemic, cooperating with necessary safety measures and the library's frequently changing schedules. The library mask mandate continues. As the state guidelines change, our procedures will as well. Thank you - you rock!

Happily, RHPL is resuming some in-person programming now that we can gather outside. However we have also learned a lot about virtual programming in the past year, and understand the increased accessibility it can provide. Our hope is to integrate some of the benefits of virtual programming with in-person programs. 

Exciting news! The vintage floors in the main and teen rooms are being refinished. Please access the library via the parking lot entrance from May 7th through Friday May 14th. You can pick up your holds, use a computer, or request adult items in the Children's Library. 

Please see our Annual Report to the Community for more information about what your library worked on and accomplished in 2020.

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

May Programs for Adults

Let’s Dance Bollywood is a fun way to end your week. In collaboration with several local libraries, Arobi from Tivoli Free Library will be teaching Bollywood style dancing with simple choreography. All ages and skill levels are welcome. It’s over Zoom so even if you think you can’t dance, give yourself a chance. Register by emailing

Antiracism Discussion Group meets to talk about how to apply what they’ve been reading and thinking about to their lives and communities. There’s no reading list as this is a discussion and accountability group. New participants are always welcome. Please register with Amy.

All Abilities Adults is back! Fridays in May, we’ll be meeting in-person at the library for DIY fun and socializing for adults with intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities. Registration is required as space is limited. Email Amy.

Lastly, join us for Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia, presented by Alzheimer's Association via Zoom. Learn basic information on the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages, risk factors, research and FDA-approved treatments. Email Renee at for Zoom meeting link.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. No One Walks Alone is a virtual suicide prevention program by the Public Libraries of Dutchess County. Donna Thomas and Dr. Jaime Arnoff of James’s Warr;ors present this personal and open discussion about depression, mental illness, and suicide and how to talk about it. Registration is required.

May Programs for Teens

All Abilities Teens and their families did some serious cleaning up on Earth Day.

Does your teen have a lot of opinions? A steering committee of teens is meeting this Wednesday May 5 to decide how to spend the Dutchess County Path2Promise grant RHPL received for teen summer hours and programs. Think your teen wants in? Email for more information.

All Abilities Teens will be learning karate Tuesday afternoons in May with Caitlin outside at the library! Caitlin will be teaching intro to karate with adaptations for all participants.  Masks will be required and comfy, loose-fitting clothes are recommended. To register email

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

May Programs for Kids and Families

It's Tiny House season!

Family Crafts is in-person, outside at the library Saturday May 8. Join Amy & Ari to make a foraged terrarium. Bring a jar or container if you’d like or use one we’ll have. All ages welcome; all children must bring an adult with them. 

Preschoolers & siblings are all invited to three programs every week. Tuesday mornings at 9:30 is Leamos! / Let’s Read! - a bilingual Spanish-English storytime program over Zoom. On Wednesdays is Storytime with Amy over Zoom. Thursdays we meet at local parks for Nature Walks! Check the calendar for locations as it changes each week. Masks are required as we get some exercise and learn from nature.

Kids ages 7 - 10 can sign up to do STEM with Yuval on Wednesday afternoons via Zoom. There will be three sessions in May. Sign up to get a supplies kit. 

Social Justice Family Book Groups meet mid-month. The older group will be reading novels with young protagonists with Native American heritage.

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

Email for more information or to register for these programs. 

In the Know: Pay-Per-View Services

Many patrons are asking about Hoopla and other pay-per-view services. It's important to understand that these services work in a different way than physical circulation, or even Overdrive digital collections. These movies, books, or audiobooks are never owned by the library and not shared in a traditional sense.

Hoopla, Kanopy, and RB Digital are pay-per-view services that charge the library a set fee per checkout. $3 is an average cost per checkout. That means if there are 100 checkouts in one month, the library is charged $300, or $3,600 per year. For this reason there would have to be usage caps per individual per month which could be frustrating for users.

As we continue balancing the many demands on the library's budget we will keep these services in mind.

Did you know RHPL has 5,132 cardholders? Go Red Hook!

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Monday, May 31st
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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 7pm
7pm Thursday, May 20th
**Meetings may be virtual as allowed by law during the pandemic. Links can be obtained from the director.
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