A    April 2017

This is the 50th issue of our monthly newsletter, something of a milestone. We've moved things around, with ongoing programs now listed in the sidebar. The library also uses Facebook and Instagram to keep the public informed. That's a primary job of this and every public library.

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Ms. Smith Goes To Albany

Amy and other library colleagues with Sue Serino.

Staffer Amy represented the library on Library Advocacy Day in March.

Amy writes: On March 1, I joined the many librarians, clerks, board members and trustees from Hudson Valley area libraries on a bus trip to Albany for Library Advocacy Day 2017. Every participant had appointments with their state legislators; I met with our state Senator Sue Serino and Assemblymember Kevin Cahill.

We discussed Governor Cuomo's proposed budget that cuts state funding to public libraries.  We explained the many ways in which our infrastructure and programs would be hampered, and thus the many ways in which our patrons would suffer.

Both Senator Serino and Assemblymember Cahill are sympathetic to the importance of public libraries. They were happy to hear our stories and ideas to help them persuade their fellow legislators to oppose further cuts to libraries. Let's hope they succeed!

Budget Vote: Tuesday, May 16

We'd like you to know that we will be requesting a 5.87% increase of our budget with a Chapter 259 budget referendum on the School District’s May 16th budget vote.

This allows the Library to keep up with the demand for services and materials, meet ever increasing operations and technology costs, and maintain our beloved octagonal building in the heart of Red Hook.

The budget referendum would cost the average homeowner in the Red Hook Central School District about $3.55 more per year. We ask you to help us keep growing in a way that supports the needs and aspirations of this unique and vibrant community.
Please support Proposition 3* of the Red Hook Central School budget, in favor of funding Red Hook Public Library.


What's New

3:30 pm Monday, April 10 (middle school)
4:30 pm Monday, April 10 (high school)

From April through mid-September, teens and tweens throughout the Hudson Valley gather at their local libraries to read a diverse selection of novels. But this isn’t a book club, it’s Battle of the Books! At summer’s end, they will compete with teams from all over the region in a grand trivia contest to determine which team has achieved supreme mastery of the material.

Red Hook Public Library is competing this year at both the middle-school and high-school levels. The middle-school team will meet at 3:30 p.m. and the high-school team will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays in the library.  Battlers will decide on team names and reading schedules at the first meeting on April 10th.

In order to succeed, battlers will have to learn to work together as a team, keep cool under pressure, and practice good sportsmanship. They’ll work every week with Michael, the library’s Youth Services Coordinator, who will coach them through book discussions, team building games, and mock battles.

Sign up or request more information at or 845-758-3241.

Sew There!

We now have a Janome 3128 3/4 sized sewing machine to lend to patrons. It's very portable at a mere 10 lbs.

Do you have a sewing project but no sewing machine? Come on in and check it out.

March Recap  

Our musically themed mantel in March. Recognize anyone?

Half-day steaM Camp
What are the odds? This past month we had the math portion of our Half-Day steaM program! We learned about the Fibonacci sequence, symmetry, and probability. John's homemade penny balance was a hit.

Salamander X-ing
A Spring Migration Workshop

Why did the Salamander cross the road? To get to the woodland pool!

Thank you to Bard biology student Isaac Yelchin for offering an informative ecological presentation. We learned about local conservation efforts, the difference between newts and salamanders, and how salamanders travel long distances to woodland pools to avoid predation while giving birth to their young.


This St. Patrick’s Day we got our green on thanks to the Superfoods Collective who taught us how to grow our own microgreens.

Thanks Enrique and Sam!

Motion Madness Physics Camp

We flew, raced, and bunnycoptered through a bunch of engineering projects during our Motion Madness camp.

Thanks to Mike at Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement for running the camp.

What's a bunnycopter, you ask? Check it out here.

Women's History Month Story Slam

Sari Botton and Dara Lurie (l. to r.)

Taste Budd's was overflowing with patrons in support of our second annual Women's Herstory Story Slam!

Thanks to Taste Budd's, Dara Lurie, and our eight diverse and passionate readers who made the evening special.
Spring Into Irish

While the big snowstorm set us back a week, our four-week “Spring Into Irish” series has officially sprung!

Our Irish seminar was busting at the seams. This series is being taught by Steve Lowry, Irish Language Instructor for Bard College's Irish Studies program.

Join us, as we continue to explore Ireland's unique linguistic evolution, culture and history, and learn basic Irish conversation.

Bard Rugby Cleans Up ...

Volunteers from the Bard rugby team cleaned up wood chips left from the removal of a dead tree by the town. Thanks, guys.

... As Does John

Ah, the list of jobs for library staff is never ending. John was out shoveling after the Blizzard of '17 to make sure patrons could get in and out with all the library books and DVDs they needed.

RHPL In The News

Our library programs were featured in two publications in February.

From Mid-Hudson Library System's monthly bulletin:

On WebJunction, "The learning place for libraries," Red Hook Public Library's Homeschool Libratory program was featured: "A program for homeschooling families is something your library can do that is of great value to the community. It costs little. And it drives a lot of traffic and circulation." Check it out here at WebJunction.
Chronogram, a Hudson Valley publication, featured the library's Kidology program. This program is for kids ages 2-5 and "pairs kids' natural curiosity with the scientific method through science-inspired songs, stories, crafts, and games." Library Director Dawn Jardine says that "The idea for Kidology is that it's never too early to start learning about science." Read the full article here: Chronogram.

Alzheimer's Awareness

A group of people gathered in the Community room on Monday the 27th to learn the ten early signs of Alzheimer's disease and the difference between normal forgetfulness and dementia.

Thank you to the Alzheimer's Association for this valuable presentation. They'll be back with two more programs on Alzheimer's on April 24 and May 22.

Meet Patrizia

Library visitors are greeted by the sunny smile of Patrizia on Mondays and Tuesdays. The native of Avetrana, a small town in Puglia, Italy, has worked at the library for five years.
Patrizia began teaching Italian at the library seven years ago, first as a volunteer and now as a staff member. After living here since 1986, she became a U.S. citizen in 2014.

In addition to her circulation duties and teaching Italian, Patrizia presides over our Monday evening book group as well as an Italian conversation club. She enjoys cooking, knitting, quilting, gardening, hiking, and of course reading. "I truly enjoy being surrounded by books, and the library for me is like a candy store," she says.

Meet The Editor

Regular library users probably know Roger, who works the circulation desk on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

He is also the principle editor of this newsletter, holding contributing staffers' feet to the fire as deadlines loom.

Away from the library, Roger is a musician and ping-pong devotee.

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

Coming this Month

Pushing The Limits: Nature
When The Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle
6 pm Friday, April 7

As part of a series of science-related book discussions, the Library presents Pushing the Limits: Nature, a consideration of the T. C. Boyle’s novel When the Killing’s Done. Julia Jardine, Conservation Communicator with Rockefeller State Park Preserve, will facilitate discussion of invasive species and what if anything is to be done about them. The event features a short video interview with the author and a light dinner of soup and bread.

Boyle’s book, set on the Channel Islands off the coast of California, pits two environmentalists against each other. One would eliminate an invasive animal population to save native species. The other fiercely opposes killing the animals for any purpose. This work of fiction closely echoes real events that occurred in the early 2000s.

Several copies of the book are available for loan at the library. The event is free with registration required.

Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing, and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries and made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Egg Scra(m)bble
11 am Saturday, April 8

Linden Avenue Middle School

Rain date will be April 15.

Earth Camp 
1-3 pm April 10, 12, 14

Grades 3-5
Earth Camp 
1-3 pm April 11 & 13

Grades K-2

These camps will lead kids through a program centered on environmental science and conservation. Activities include seed bombs, the pollination dance, and crafting with recycled materials.

Students in grades 3-5 will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while K-2 students will meet on Tuesday and Thursday.

You must register for this free program because space is limited.  Please visit the front desk or call 845-758-3241.

Earth Camp Movie & Pizza Party
5-7 pm Thursday, April 13

Students in grades 6-8 can join in Earth Camp fun Friday night for a pizza party and a screening of Pixar’s A Bug’s Life. Please register so we know how many pies to order.

Shakespeare Discussion Group
11 am Friday, April 14

This month's discussion will be on Henry VI, Part 1, the first of Shakespeare's three-part series of plays about Henry VI, the underage boy who was king of England.

The play depicts the collapse of England's role in France, as English nobles fight each other instead of the French and as Joan la Pucelle (Joan of Arc) brings military strength to the French army.

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
2:30 pm April 11

The Sellout
by Paul Beatty

"A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court"-- Provided by publisher.

Monday Evening Book Group

6:45 pm April 17

Salt To Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

"As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull"-- Provided by publisher


Movie Night: Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)

7 pm Friday, April 21
Enchanted Cafe
7484 S. Broadway

A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe in this 2014 sci-fi action-adventure film.

Alzheimer's Awareness:
Dementia Conversations
& Effective Communication Strategies
4:30 pm Monday, April 24

Dementia Conversations will offer helpful tips to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

The Effective Communications portion addresses changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family and aims to help caregivers decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language so both parties can continue to connect in meaningful ways.  

This event is free and open to the public.  Advanced registration is required by calling the library at 518-758-3241.

Live @ The Elmendorph:
Roger & Lenny

7 pm Friday, April 28
Elmendorph Inn
7562 N. Broadway

Roger & Lenny return to the historic Elmendorph Inn for a concert featuring great tunes from a golden era of pop songs.

Known for their spot-on harmonies, Roger Cohn and Lenny Sutton will have you tapping your feet and singing along to songs made famous by The Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, and others.

We'll have refreshments, candlelight, and tables set up for a relaxed "coffeehouse" atmosphere to savor the friendly musical style of the local duo.

This program is free and open to the public. Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Pick up a monthly calendar at one of our circulation desks or visit our online calendar.

Library Holiday Closings

Monday, May 29 Memorial Day
Tuesday, July 4 Independence Day


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Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
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RHPL Board of Trustees
Third Thursday of each month

7 pm Thurs, April 20
7 pm Thurs, May 18

All meetings are open
to the public.

New On Our Shelves

Here are just a few suggestions of new titles we have for you. Click on the book jacket images to take you to our online catalog records to read synopses and to request a copy.

Adult Fiction

Echoes In Death
by J. D. Robb

As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car.


Juana & Lucas
by Juana Medina

A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities.


The Bolds
Julian Clary

Two hyenas from Africa find a pair of passports (memo: do not go swimming in a crocodile pool), and move to England.


Dreamland Burning
by Jennifer Latham

When 17-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past ... and the present.

Ongoing Programs
and Services

Coloring Club
5 pm Tuesday, April 18*

Our Coloring Club with Susan meets every second Tuesday of the month.

The group is open to people of all ages who want to get their artistic mojo on and express themselves creatively. It's a great time to socialize and relieve stress. More fun than a new box of crayons!

*Please note Coloring Club will meet on the third Tuesday in April.

La Dolce Lingua
5 pm Thursdays

Our beginner to intermediate Italian language instruction with Patrizia.

Free Flow Fridays
Music, Movement & Mindfulness
10:30 am Fridays

This program is for all who want to get in touch with their inner child or children of any age. Each week has a new and fun theme, maybe it's bubbles, animal noises, or Garden activities, led by Samantha, from Free Families Forward.

Teen Tech
10 am - 2 pm Saturdays

Have you got a tech question or problem? Need help with a new gadget? Let our teen techs Meaghan and Jacob assist you. No charge.

Schedule a time by calling the library at 845-758-3241.

Healthcare Navigator
10 am - 4 pm Mondays

Get help in navigating the ins and outs of healthcare coverage. Secure your appointment with Lupe by calling 1-800-453-4666 or 845-561-3575.  

La Tavola Rotunda
Italian Conversation Club

2 pm Mondays

A weekly opportunity to practice your speaking and listening skills on a regular basis. Talk with other advanced beginners as well as with our instructor and native speaker, Patrizia. 

Participants must have a working knowledge of the language; there will be no formal lessons. Come share your stories and practice conversational Italian!

Spinning Yarns Knitters
4pm Wednesdays

Are you crafty with a crochet hook? Do you think knitting is nifty? Join Spinning Yarns Knitters at 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the library.
This lively group of fiber enthusiasts welcomes people of all skill levels, from experienced pros to total beginners. Bring your knitting, crocheting, spinning, quilting, or crafting project and join at any time. Want to knit or crochet but don’t know how? No worries! The group can show you how.

Children's Activities

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


Toddler Romp & Stomp
10:30 am

Stories, music and movement for toddlers.

Toddler FUNdamentals
11 am

Learning and literacy through play.

Kidology: Science For Tots
10:30 am

Linking observation to knowledge through songs, games, crafts, and toys.

Preschool Story Time
10:30 am

Bring your 4-5 year old child to Red Hook Public Library at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday morning, for a dynamic introduction to books and reading during its Early Literacy Program, Story Time. 

Each week, a different theme featuring stories, songs, and movement activities specially adapted to the attention span of 4- and 5-year-old children. Parents will learn how to foster the skills that help prepare children for reading.
Head Start Story Time
1:15 pm

This story time is open to all preschoolers who cannot make the earlier story time. We will meet the second Wednesday of each month through June. All are welcome.

Homeschool Libratory
10:30 am
Ages 6 and up

Homeschool Libratory participants study the world around us using fun activities that utilize the scientific method. We’ll hone our skills of observation, hypothesis, and experimentation, while exploring topics in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.
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