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February 2021

From The Director:

The launch of the Rehoming Tech Program was a terrific way to start 2021. A project to match Red Hook students with free, refurbished computers donated by the community, this program is a joint effort by the library, Bard College and RHEDI, a local citizen action group. Extra gratitude goes to Enrique Piraces for donating his computer science expertise to this on-going program. Have a computer you’d like to donate? Know a student who needs a computer? Email Amy at

Thanks to a grant from the Ascienzo Family Foundation, we have a new Tech Educator. Melody is available by phone or online to help you download ebooks, figure out Zoom, or open pictures of your grandkids. You can make an appointment by contacting her at, or calling the desk. 

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

February Programs for Adults

Art for Adults creations

This month the Afternoon Book Group will be discussing The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri while the Evening Book Group will discuss The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. View our 2021 book club brochure here.

The Antiracism Discussion Group continues to meet on the second Thursday of every month via Zoom. Email for more information and the link.

Zoom Spinning Yarns Knitters continues! Join our friendly group of fiber enthusiasts online via web-conference for weekly knitting, crocheting, spinning, quilting, and crafting together at home. Email Dawn at if you are interested in attending.

Meet Renee on Zoom for some creative fun at her Art for Adults sessions. Renee will guide you with four weeks of creativity drawing inspiration from CreativeBug tutorials. This program is for adults and teens ages 15+. Email Renee at to register and pick up your supplies kit.

Our popular Spanish Language Class continues weekly with classes with Carmen. This is a running class so it is recommended for advanced beginners. Space is limited. Please email Renee, at to reserve your spot. Funded by the Ascienzo Family Foundation.

February Programs for Teens

All Abilities Teens bug craft

Libratory 2 continues with virtual science experiments, engineering projects, and other STEM activities for youth ages 11+ via Zoom. We cover subjects such as chemistry, biology, physics, and more. Email Paul at for the Zoom link.

All Abilities Teens will continue with their Crafternoons, meeting on Zoom starting mid-February. Teens and tweens who have intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities are welcome for one session or a series. All supplies are available in kits from the library.  Email Amy to register.

All Abilities Teens Dance Parties continue on Saturdays. This program is designed for children and teens who have intellectual, cognitive and/or developmental disabilities. Advanced registration is required. Interested? Email Amy at

February Programs for Kids and Families

Hands On Himmeli star mobile craft

Preschool (and friends) programs for February include Zoom Storytimes with Amy on Wednesdays at 10 and Nature Walks on Thursdays at 10:30. 

Family Hands On Saturday morning craft activities continue on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month with Amy or Dawn leading you in crafty fun. Kits of supplies will be available at the library. 

Science with Yuval is back in February. Kids ages 6-8 enjoy hands-on science experiments each Wednesday afternoon via Zoom. Supplies kits for each series of sessions are available. 

If you missed the first meetings of the Social Justice Family Book Groups, fear not as both groups meet again in February. The younger group (ages 5-7) meet for a picture book and age-appropriate conversation. The older group (ages 10+) will be talking about Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes and Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden. Read one, both, or just come to see what we’re about. 

The virtual Nonbinary Kids & Their Families group meets monthly for conversation supporting each other in challenges and sharing joys. 

Interested in any of the above? Email for more information or to register.

Behind-the-Desk: Teen Cards & Staff Narcan Training

Teen Access Cards - New design!

Teen Access Cards
Our Teen Cards just got an exciting new design. Teen Access Cards allow young adults to check out up to five items at a time, order items from the MHLS catalog, and access electronic resources such as eBooks and databases. Teen Access Cards are also fine-free for Red Hook Public Library items. Acceptable ID includes non-driver IDs, permits, and school ID. Other forms of ID may be acceptable. There is no need for a parent or guardian signatureIf you have questions please inquire at the circulation desk.

Staff Narcan Training
Staff have been trained in how to use Narcan nasal spray for an opioid overdose. Staff learned of the dangers posed by Fentanyl and other opioids, the effectiveness of Narcan/Naloxone in reversing the immediate effects of an overdose, and how and when to administer Narcan nasal spray. We hope this training never needs to be used.

New to the Collection
MathLink Cubes 
Check out this new early math activity set.

Finding elementary math really challenging to teach your kids? Borrow the Children’s Library’s new MathLink Cubes Set. If nothing else, your kids can use the manipulatives to teach you the new math. 

America's Star Libraries

We're excited to announce RHPL has been named one of Library Journal’s 2020 “Star Libraries," with five stars! This past year 5,608 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated resulting in 262 Star Libraries, and 85 receiving 5-Star designations. Thank you to our community for making this possible. Check out Library Journal’s complete index here and the metrics used here.

January Snapshot
Pippa's "Seashells in Blue" monochrome style still life
Library Closed
Presidents' Day: Monday, Feb. 15th
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, February 18th
**Meetings may be virtual as allowed by law during the pandemic. Links can be obtained from the director.
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