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November 2020

Life-cycle of the monarch butterfly now on display in the Children's Learning Garden

From The Director:

Coming Soon... WiFi at Red Hook Rec Park!

Coming soon... RHPL has partnered with Red Hook Rotary and Red Hook Rec Park to bring wifi to the Rec Park. A generous grant from our local Rotarians purchased all of the equipment necessary to install a wireless access point at the snack bar with two antennae that will amplify the signal to reach much of the park. Kids will be able to play while caregivers do their work or homework. To log on you’ll look for the network called “Red Hook Rec Park”. A welcome page asks you to agree to rules of use. Once you accept, you’re good to go! This network is protected with a CIPA filter (Child Internet Protection Act.)

Thank you Red Hook Rotary and Red Hook Rec Park! Together we are working towards connecting Red Hook. 

A special thanks also goes out to Dave’s Tree Service. When we called them asking for help with the initial installation process, they immediately arrived on the scene with a bucket truck to help us out. 

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

November Programs for Adults

Galaxy Bookmarks from our most recent artistic adventure at Red Hook Rec Park

This month the Afternoon Book Group will be discussing The Serengeti Rules by Sean Carroll while the Evening Book Group talks about All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage. Brundage’s book is the basis for a film that includes a scene at the library. The film is expected to release this winter. The Anti-racism Discussion Group continues to meet monthly; everyone is welcome to participate in the conversation & reflection. 

Also this month learn some simple & fun decorating tips from Tena - one of the library’s favorite bakers. Join us on Zoom for Hands On: Cookie Decorating, just in time for the holidays. Registration is required; provide your email address so we can send you the ingredients list. All the techniques Tena’s teaching can be done on Slice n’ Bake sugar cookies if you’re not a fan of baking.

Lastly, in early December Join us for a virtual Breast and Prostate Cancer Peer Education Program . This educational program for men and women ages 50-74 examines the risks for breast and prostate cancer, screening options, when to talk to your doctor, and more. RSVP for the Zoom meeting link.

November Programs for Teens

Come check out some of our newly donated videogames

The Teen Room is open for gaming again for 2 gamers at a time. You can reserve a one-hour time slot ahead by emailing, or take a chance and just stop in. Also new this month is a collection of games you can borrow with your library card, courtesy of a donation from Julianne of J & J’s Gourmet

November Programs for Kids and Families

Eli's delighted with his meeting with Miss Amy

Storytime continues on Zoom every Wednesday at 10 am. Intrepid explorers and their grownups meet Amy in local parks for Nature Walks every Thursday at 10:30. Upcoming locations include Greig Farm, Mills Mansion and Rhinebeck Rec Park. Check the calendar for precise meetup spots. 

Nonbinary kids and their families are meeting via Zoom this month for mutual support, conversation and fun. Email to sign up.

Welcome Azal!
Our newest Clerk, Azal, jumps right into our bizarre new Plexiglas world with good humor!


Tidio Virtual Reference Desk
The library’s website now features a virtual reference desk. This live chat is available from 15 minutes after opening until 15 minutes before closing, during our regular business hours. Use it to connect with library staff ready to answer your questions. You can find it by visiting our website: and clicking on the light-blue “Chat with Us” icon on the right hand side of the page.

Laptops Versus Chromebooks

The library has laptops and Chromebooks you can borrow with your library card. What’s the difference? A Chromebook has very little internal storage and is primarily for using the internet. There are no installed programs such as Microsoft Word or Excel. Chromebooks are faster than laptops and ideal for people who are comfortable using online tools such as Google Drive or Office 365. If you’re not sure which machine is right for you, just ask.

New to the Collection
Melissa and Doug Horse & Pony Carrier
Our new ponies take a moment to stretch their legs. Take them home

October Snapshot:
Kids enjoying the new chalk wall in the Children's Learning Garden

Library Closing Early at 4pm:
Thanksgiving Eve: Wednesday, Nov. 25th

Library Closed
Veterans Day: Wednesday, Nov. 11th
Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, Nov. 26th
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, November 19th
**Meetings may be virtual as allowed by law during the pandemic. Links can be obtained from the director.
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