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September 2020

Freshly painted cupola. (Best view in town!)

From The Director:

Work continues on the library’s long-range plan and your input is still needed. You can take the survey here. Alternatively, think about the two questions below, jot down your thoughts, and send them to Dawn at Or give a call at 758-3241 and schedule a time to talk. This is your library and your opinion matters. Please consider these questions:

  1. What is the most important challenge facing our community in the next few years?

  2. What would make Red Hook a better place to live in?

Work on the front porch will continue for about 3 more weeks. The end barriers have been replaced and soon damaged floorboards will be replaced and the floor re-painted. Thank you for your patience with the temporarily closed front entrance.

Rainforest Restroom
A new family of felines!
Have you visited the restroom in the Children's Library lately? Program Coordinator and artist, Renee Zhang has transformed it into a colorful adventure! The theme was chosen by young readers during the 2019 Summer Reading Program. They received one vote for each book they read and then cast those votes, in the form of glass beads in buckets, to choose the mural. Contenders were Dinosaurs, Savannah, Ocean, and Rain Forest. Can you guess what won?
Just hanging around.

Upcoming Programs
Our Spinning-Yarns-Knitters relax in the garden.
As always you will find more information on programs including dates and times on
But here are the highlights.

September Programs for Adults:

The Antiracism Discussion Group continues via Zoom on the 2nd Thursday evening of September. Educate yourself, discuss responsibility, and explore meaningful paths towards change in yourself and our community. Contact for the link.

Artist Mira Fink teaches two workshops on using art for stress relief, part of the Worklife Today series sponsored by KeyBank. These workshops will introduce participants to relaxing creative exercises including painting with watercolors and doodling with technical markers. These are in person classes at the Rec Park Pavilion. Call or visit the website calendar to sign up. 

This month the Afternoon Book Club is reading Stopover in Venice by Kathryn Walker, while the Evening Book Group is reading Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe. The Afternoon Book Group meets via Zoom. The Evening Book Group meets in person outside if the weather is nice. Call for details.

The Local History Luncheon series, supported by the Ascienzo Family Foundation, resumes this month on the 30th with guest speaker Bill Jeffway, Executive Director of the Dutchess County Historical Society. This program will take place outside at the Rec Park with masks and social distancing. Take-home bag lunches will be distributed after the talk. Call to register. 

Finally, Spanish with Carmen is back for a second semester. Continuing and new advanced beginners are welcomed to join this Zoom class. Register by emailing Renee at

September Programs for Teens:

The All Abilities Teens group is still rocking out every other Saturday with Amy. This fun program brings teens with intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities together for music, singing, dancing, and friendship. Contact for the link.

September Programs for Kids and Familes:

Introducing Nature Walks for Big Kids and Little Kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Amy. Explore paths at the Rec Park and Poet’s Walk and see what you can find. 

Join the new Non-Binary Kids & Their Families group for social connection and mutual support. The debut meeting will be via Zoom. Contact to sign up.

Virtual Hardscrabble includes a full day of activities for all ages. Check out arts and crafts classes, music, and local history. Then get out and about along the path of the Reverse Parade. See displays including a tent tower by the Boy Scouts, a military encampment by the VFW, RHPL All Abilities Families’ homage to rock and roll, East Gate Motors’ antique cars, RHCC’s bike display, Historic Red Hook at the Elmendorph, and the library’s own big butterfly. You drive around, the floats stay still! Check out our website or call for the map, coming soon. 

Keep your eye on the calendar for weekly Zoom science projects with Bard Intern, Yuval. 

In-the-Know: Job Search Advice

Looking for employment? Find tips on this blog post and take advantage of the JobNow with your library card. JobNow features assistance with resume building, interview skills, job search sites, test prep, writing assistance, and more.

New to the Collection
Spanish Language Collection
Libros en Español

RHPL’s Spanish language selection is growing. Adult items can be found on the new shelves or in the middle of the center room. Juvenile foreign language items are on the display shelves opposite the main doors to the Children’s Library. Thanks go out to the Ascienzo Family Foundation for helping us to build this collection.

Embroidery Kit

Get crafty with our new embroidery set!
Take advantage of more time at home to indulge in a new hobby. RHPL's latest Try-It Kit features hand embroidery and contains everything you need to get started.

August Snapshot
A view from the porch.

Library Closed Labor Day:
Monday, Sept. 7th
Library Blog
Library Contacts

Library Hours

The library is now open for for at-will visits, without appointments, between 11 am and 4:30 pm. 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: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday: Closed

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