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August 2019

Beekeeper Katie Gibbons visits Farm Lab at Hardeman Orchards
From The Director  

The library was buzzing with youthful energy in July. Participants in Surrounded by Science did everything from petting honey bees to building cars for watermelons. They constructed working muscles with balloons, made ice cream, analyzed the physics of video game fights, and performed cupcake dissections. We’d like to send out a huge thank you to all the community members that gave the kids and teens their time and attention: John Hardeman of Hardeman Orchards; Jane Keller from Jane’s Ice Cream; Anne Odoherty from Annabelle’s Village Bake Shop, Theresa Burke, Highway Superintendent for Red Hook;  Bob Braunlich of SunCommon, Don Triebel of Triebel’s Garage; Dr. Rupal Parikh of Rhinebeck Pediatric Associates; Elizabeth Halpern of Modern Print Craft; and Tom Clare and Kelz Kirker of The MMA Collective in Red Hook.  


Coming this month
Programs for Adults

Musician Debbie Fisher's Sunshine Bus at July's Music on the Porch

August is a time to slow down and enjoy the fruits of summer. But when you’re ready to cool off with good company, there are things to do at the library. Drop in at Solar Energy 101 where SunCommon will explain how the new Red Hook solar array can benefit your household. All Abilities Adults will have some summery fun with egg drop challenges and solar bug robots. Adults are also invited to August’s Brown Bag Matinee. This month features the 2018 version of A Star is Born

For those who enjoy talking about what they read there are three options this month. There are two sessions of our genre series - Guilty Reads: Romance, and Guilty Reads: Graphic Novels. The regular Afternoon Book Group is reading Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker.The Evening Book Group is on holiday in August.

Lastly, don’t miss the third and final Music on the Porch concert of 2019. This month we will be treated to performances by Carole White, Dennis Douglas, Pete Santora, and Steve Beer. Once again our local VFW will be grilling up a delicious dinner. One thing is for sure - it just has to be cooler outside than it was at July’s concert! 


Events for Kids and Families

Explaining newly acquired skills at Discovery Day

First off this month enjoy All Abilities Kids and Teens Music and Movement. Please call to register. Summer storytimes continue throughout the month: Mondays at the rec park and Wednesdays and Saturdays at the library. There are a few spots left in Lego Camp - but not many! And lastly, enjoy a stress-free movie in the community room. This month Paul is showing Pokemon Detective Pikachu

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

July Snapshots
Experimenting at Crash Lab

The MMA Collective addresses the difference between video games and reality
Pediatrician Dr. Rupal Parikh visits Solar Lab
Making friends at Hardeman Orchards


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, August 15th
All meetings are open to the public.
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