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September 2019

Celebrating the last days of summer with Music on the Porch and Carole White

From The Director  

Next time you stop in you will notice some significant changes. The front foyer has been opened up, and there is fresh paint on the stairway. The public computers have moved to the elevator alcove where there is more privacy and less distraction. In the main room, we are working on a seating area for reading or quiet conversation. You will find chairs and a coffee table on which to set your drink and laptop. Forget your laptop? Borrow one of ours by asking at the desk. All of the new materials will soon be on display in this area. In addition, all fiction but large print, and graphic novels has been shelved together. This means that if you are looking for John Grisham, you will find all his books together on the shelf. Mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy are still labeled as such on their spines. 

A lot has changed in the Children’s Library as well. Amy has organized picture books into subject categories such as “All About Me” and “Field and Forest.” This means, if you want to quickly grab several books on, say, dinosaurs, you will know just where to find them. Not only that, but kids can find them too; they are labeled by pictures as well as words. Computers, tablets, DVDs and non-fiction have also moved. Hopefully you’ll notice a cleaner look in the rear entrance way as well; it has been freshly painted. 

Lastly, we have received a grant from Preserve NY to have a Building Condition Report done. Donald MacDonald, an architect specializing in historic buildings, is in the process of studying the octagon. We will receive a report detailing building needs that will help us plan for the future. You can read more about this process here. 

Trupti tackling our main floor re-organization project.

Coming this month

Events for Adults in September
It’s fall and there are exciting new programs as well as the return of old favorites! 

Quiet Time in the Community Room resumes and we have also added Afternoon Study Hours

Hands On this month features embroidery for beginners, where you will make a denim patch. Also for the creative, a new Adult Artists’ Group begins this month. Bring your materials of choice and create in the company of like-minded people. Spanish with Perla also returns and is accepting new students. September’s Brown Bag Matinee* will be Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018.) 

We are pleased to announce a new monthly series funded by the Ascienzo Family FoundationLocal Interest Luncheons.* September’s talk will be by Dutchess County Historian William Tatum. Enjoy a sandwich lunch while learning about the stills and speakeasies of Red Hook during Prohibition. Registration is required. 

It’s getting close to bedtime for your garden. Victoria, the Frugal Gardener, will show you how to do it right, while also teaching you to grow garlic for next year. Please register.

If you are a businessperson with a WordPress website, this is your chance to get help from an expert! This month’s Worklife Today will be a WordPress clinic with website designer and computer programmer, Chris O’Neal, who is back by popular demand. Thanks go to Key Bank for supporting this series. Space is limited so please register.

All Abilities Adults will be making customized photo magnets and fall wreaths this month. Thank you to the Mary Norris Preyer Foundation for funding these programs. 

Find information about our Afternoon and Evening book groups, Community Navigator, and Healthcare Navigator on our website calendar. 

*If you are a senior living in Red Hook who needs a ride to these programs, please call and let us know. 


Events in September for Teens

Teens explain sewing techniques at Discovery Day.
The Community Room is reserved on Friday afternoons for Teen Gaming Lounge. Stop by, make popcorn, and enjoy gaming on the large screen TV.

Teens After Hours: Escape the Room features a bank heist mystery. Find the missing money and escape the library before the alarm sounds!

All Abilities Teens Read will feature books from the library’s new Hi-Lo collection and will be appropriate for youth aged 10+ with cognitive and/or intellectual disabilities. Participants do not need to be able to read to enjoy this program.


Events in September for Kids and Families

Lego Metropolis at Lego Camp
The kids’ favorites all return this month including Preschool Play & Learn, Tiny Tots Theater, Petit Picasso, Homeschool Libratory, All Abilities Teens & Kids Science, and Lego Club. Rosie the lovable therapy dog is also back! Of course, this being September, there are also new additions to the schedule. 

For kids 10+ there are two after school options: Engineering Art, a fusion of art and math; and Sewing with Amy. A new Libratory starts, Libratory 2, similar to Paul’s popular science-based Homeschool Libratory, but designed for ages 11+ and taking place during after school hours. The Not-So-Stressful Tween/Teen Book Club will be sharing their favorite books (no assignments!) and working towards creating an app to help others choose their next books. 

For families, check out the Pop-Up Library at September’s Friday Night Lights downtown. We’ll be there from 6 until dark. Free books for all! Saturday Storytime continues into fall. Adoptive Families Group is back. And Family Movie Night The Secret Life of Pets 2. Enjoy a stress-free movie with the kids. 

There are also two special family events in September. First, help us build the Dragon Float for the Hardscrabble Day Parade! There is plenty to do for big and little hands alike. Then, enjoy Hardscrabble Day games and activities on the library lawn, followed by the traditional parade. 

New to the Collection 

New to the collection is this awesome Weather Backpack.

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

August Snapshots

Trish painting the trim at the entrance to the children's library

Roger inspecting the paint job


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, September 19th
All meetings are open to the public.
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