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June 2019

Visit the new playhouse in the children's garden. Thank you Stewart's Shops!

From The Director  

Red Hook Public Library is truly a community library, and a community effort, as shown by your support for the ballot request for increased funding on May 21st. A thriving library benefits everyone, providing educational, creative, and recreational outlets to all regardless of age, income, or ability. It brings people into the village, supporting it economically. And it is a shared space where we can connect with each other, our history, or even reconnect with ourselves. Thank you for voting. Regardless of how you voted - this library belongs to you.

Community Partnership

If your children qualify for free or reduced-price lunches during the school year, your family may qualify for weekly grocery assistance through Dutchess County Community Action Program. This year, the library and CAP are partnering to make it easier to pick up your benefit. If you let us know ahead of time, you can pick up your food on the library’s third floor following the Wednesday morning Summer Storytime (around 11:30). For more information, call the library or visit any Monday morning between 10 - 12 to speak with CAP’s Community Resource Navigator when she’s here at the library!

You can always find detailed information about programs and services on our website and social media pages. Many programs require registration.


Coming this month

Rockin' Roger & Lenny

Music on the Porch Returns!
The popular summer music series returns to the library for its fourth year. On the 3rd Fridays of June, July, and August, from 5-8 pm, enjoy four artists each night as you dine al fresco. New this year: The Red Hook VFW will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs grilled on site, with sides of chips and soda. All proceeds benefit the veterans. Or bring your own picnic. In the case of bad weather, concerts will be on the fourth Fridays.
Programs for Adults

Cindy at Hands On: Watercolor

Events in June for Adults

June starts off with Hands On: Hems and Haws where you can get help making simple repairs and alterations. Honor the 75th anniversary of D-Day at this month’s Brown Bag Matinee, featuring The Longest Day, an award-winning docudrama starring John Wayne and Richard Burton. Get ready for summer reading with a new series called Guilty Reads: Popular Fiction for Adults. This month features two meetups, one for fantasy and one for mystery/thriller fans. Get recommendations from others who love the same kinds of books as you do.

The Spinning Yarns Knitters will celebrate Knit in Public Day on June 8th by - you guessed it - knitting in public! Join them on the library's porch from 10-2 and stitch up something fun.

Adults with disabilities will be making things in June too. At our first session of All Abilities Adults, we will make balloon-powered cars and at the end of the month, we'll tie-dye t-shirts in the Children’s Garden.

If you are a parent or caregiver for a person who has intellectual, cognitive, or other disabilities, The Proactive Caring Project was designed for you. Led by a mom of a teen with an intellectual disability, this free, 3-session workshop starting in June aims to improve stress and coping. Developed by the Center on Aging and Disability Policy at Mount Saint Mary College, the program is funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Registration is required.


Events for Kids and Families


All Abilities Kids & Teens Music & Movement gets our programs started with an hour of stretching, singing and dancing for children and teens with intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities and their families. We’re really excited to welcome Rosie the therapy dog to the Children’s Library. She’ll be around on Thursday afternoons to listen to you read. This month’s Family Movie Night will be The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part; an animated adventure sure to make you smile.

June is a month of transition for kids - even in the Children’s Library! We will wind down our regular school-year programs the week of Monday, June 11 and start phasing in our special summer programs.

Summer programs for Little Kids start in June with 10:30 am Wednesday Summer Storytime as of June 19 and the new 11 am Saturday Stories & Drawing for families starting June 29. And, on July 1, the 10 am Monday Playground Stories will start at the new playground at Red Hook Rec Park.
This summer will be a busy one at RHPL with exciting programs for everyone ages 5 to 18 as part of our Surrounded by Science laboratories. Sign up now for week-long sessions on food, farms, the human body, the sun, crash test dummies, video games and fashion design. Registration is required for these special programs and they fill quickly. Call the library for more information.

The following programs will be going on summer vacation after the week of June 11: Kids Gaming, Tiny Tots Theater, Preschool Play & Learn, Teen Drawing, Petit Picasso, Libratory, Art Afterschool, All Abilities Kids Storytime, All Abilities Kids & Teens Science, and Lego Club.

All library programs are free and open to the public and take place at the library unless otherwise noted.

May Snapshot

Unicornio says goodnight before the Stuffie Sleepover

New in the Collection
Our collection is growing in all directions. Passes are now available by reservation for the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum and the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) in Troy, NY. Our Aerodrome pass provides free admission for two adults and two children. The Aerodrome Museum is open May 1st to October 31st 10am-5pm; airshows are on Saturdays and Sundays June 15th  through October 20th. Our CMOST pass allows free admission for 4; children under 2 are always free.

New to our STEAM collection are a K’NEX Solar Set and an Animal Croquet Set. Look for two new tablets from Playaway: Number the Stars, a fun way to practice math for elementary kids; and Dr. Seuss Favorites, on which beginning readers can listen and read along. 
New Playaway tablet
Behind the Desk
A recurring debate in libraries is about genrefication: the organization of fiction by category, for example, mystery.  People like how easy it is to find books similar to ones they know they like. However, this system of organizing means that people may not find books in other genres they will like just as much. Many authors write books in more than one genre, such as John Grisham. Also, some books fit into multiple genres. Currently, we separate out mystery/thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, and graphic novels. We’re considering shelving all fiction for adults together as a way to keep authors' works together and use our space more efficiently.  What do you think; is genrefication a help or a hindrance?


Library Contacts

Library Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

RHPL Board of Trustees
Third Thursday of each month at 7 pm
7 pm Thurs, June 20th
All meetings are open to the public.
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