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January 2021

From The Director:

Happy New Year! May 2021 bring health and prosperity to all in our community. 

The Board of Trustees and I would like to extend our gratitude to those who helped create a path for the library’s development over the next 5 years. More than 100 people took the time to fill out the survey, send emails, or talk with committee members on the phone, zoom, and the front porch, to help us understand what the community needs and wants. RHPL’s New Long Range Plan can be found on our website here

We are grateful for the generosity of the Ascienzo Family Foundation. They have granted RHPL $25,106 to advance its digital access efforts over the next two years. This has already allowed the library to upgrade its broadband to 1 gigabyte per second. Plans are also in the works for outdoor wireless access points on the building, long-term lending of laptop/hotspot sets, remote tech support, and 2 weeks of student study time at the VFW in case of school closures. 

Did you upgrade your tech this winter holiday season? Your old, working computers - desktops, laptops and Chromebooks - can get new lives with Red Hook students through our Rehoming Tech Program. 12-3pm on Sunday, January 10th bring your old devices to the library’s back door (in the parking lot) and follow directions posted on the door. Email for more information.

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

January Programs for Adults

This month the Afternoon Book Group will be discussing Educated by Tara Westover while the Evening Book Group will discuss The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. Check out our 2021 book club brochure here.

The Antiracism Discussion Group continues to meet on the second Thursday of every month via Zoom. Bring your thoughts and reflections on the antiracism resources you’ve been reading, listening to and/or watching to join in discussion of how to turn our thoughts into actions. Email for more information and the link.

Meet Renee on Zoom for some creative fun at her Art for Adults sessions. Taking inspiration from Lisa Congdon’s “messy sketchbook” ideas on Creativebug, Renee will guide you with four weeks of creativity as you turn a discarded book into a work of art. This program is for adults and interested teenagers ages 15+. Email Renee at to register and pick up your supplies kit.

Our popular Spanish Language Class restarts and continues weekly for 10 weeks online via Zoom. Become acquainted with Spanish through weekly classes with Carmen. This is a running class so it is recommended for advanced beginners. Registration is required as space is limited. Please email Renee, at to reserve your spot. Funded by the Ascienzo Family Foundation.

January Programs for Teens

All Abilities Teens created this rock and roll light display for the Holiday Illumination Weekend at Wilcox Park.

Join Amy on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, for the first meeting of the Social Justice Family Book Club, which will meet monthly on Zoom.  We’ll discuss the ideas in the books we select and related actions we can take in our communities.  While we will focus on books typically read in grades 5 - 7, they may appeal to older and younger readers. Each month Amy will also recommend related picture books for families who want to include younger siblings at home.

All Abilities Teens will continue with their Crafternoons, meeting on Zoom starting mid-January. Email Amy to register for kits and to get the link.

Nonbinary teens and their families are invited to join a Zoom group for conversation and mutual support in a judgment-free environment. 

Email for more information about any of the upcoming Teen programs.

January Programs for Kids and Families

Go on a hilarious adventure; try our new Storywalk throughout the village. Start at Village Hall.

The first full week of January includes the return of the library’s Zoom Storytime with Amy on Wednesdays at 10 and Nature Walks on Thursdays at 10:30. Mild winter weather won’t deter us from having fun hiking together; be sure to dress appropriately. Our first walk in 2021 will be at Mills Mansion. Check the RHPL online calendar for the different locations each week. 

The Nonbinary Kids and Their Families group continues meeting on Zoom in 2021! Join in for supportive conversation and general celebration of awesome kids. 

Family Hands On will help you get through the doldrums of winter with Saturday morning craft activities. The second and fourth Saturdays of January and February will have Amy or Dawn leading you in crafty fun. Kits of supplies will be available at the library. 

Email for more information or to register for any programs for Kids and Families.

New Color Printer & Scanner
New color printer

Next time you are in you might notice a new WiFi printer/copier/scanner on our main floor. You can now print in color, as well as black and white. Printouts are $.25 per page. You'll be able to access this printer from the library's computers, or your own. Ask at the desk for help.


New to the Collection
Additional Hotspots
Access the internet on your wireless device with one of our 10 new hotspots.

Our collection of hotspots is growing thanks to generous grant support from the Phelan Family Foundation and Ascienzo Family Foundation. 

CD Players

Take home a CD player.
We now have three CD players available for check-out with your card.  They provide a simple way to listen to music or audiobooks on CD. 
Library Closed
New Year's Day: Friday, Jan. 1st
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, Jan. 18th
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, January 21st
**Meetings may be virtual as allowed by law during the pandemic. Links can be obtained from the director.
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