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March 2020

Fierce library advocates. Hear them roar!
From The Director  

On February 25th, Paul and two tenacious library enthusiasts traveled, with several buses full of others from the Mid-Hudson Library System, to Albany to advocate for sustainable library funding. Paul, Diana, and Ginger met with Assemblymember Kevin Cahill and Senator Sue Serino to tell them a bit about what happens at RHPL and what is needed to keep it healthy. If you would like to advocate for state library funding you can do so here.

Many people now use digital formats as their preferred, or only, access to books and audiobooks. Already extremely expensive for libraries, recent shifts in digital licensing are further threatening patron access. Find our more about the #eBooksforAll campaign here.

Coming this month
Events for Adults in March

Classical guitarist David Temple 

Parents of RHCSD tweens and teens involved in Youth Speaks are invited to come learn more about the Path to Promise Initiative they have been working so hard on since this past fall. See below for the youth meeting, directly beforehand. 

Start March creatively with Hands On: Crochet and learn from experienced teacher Cindy Fildes. We’re not promising anything but who knows what it could do for your blood pressure? 

Expect a mix of new and old board games at Beer & Board Games at J&J’s Gourmet Cafe. The library supplies games and Julianne will have good food and drink available for purchase. Speaking of food, bring your lunch to the Brown Bag Matinee. March’s movie is Judy, with Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland. For those that love history (and lunch), register for Redeeming Sara Roosevelt: Mother of A Nation Mis-Written As A Monster-In-Law by Lexi Kerchner. Yes, Lexi’s back by popular demand!

On the practical side, learn about blogging with expert Christine Powers. This Worklife Today program is supported by the KeyBank Foundation. Also, learn how to protect your assets by avoiding scams. This program, with Brian Jones from the Dutchess County Office for Aging, is for all ages. Protect your health by learning the essentials of Lyme Disease with Mary-Beth Charno, Nurse Practitioner and specialist in the care of tick-borne illness.

Events in March for Teens

Teens can choose from several events this month including Libratory 2, where anything can happen in the name of science, Youth Speaks, where teens tell the county what’s what in their lives, and Teen Gaming in the Community Room. 

All Abilities Teens enjoy Science, Kids & Teens Music & Movement, and Teens READ this month. (They read and bake!)

Events in March for Kids and Families
Lego club!

This month’s Pop-Up Library will be parked outside Hannaford on the 14th, rain date 28th. Stop by for some brain food, a.k.a. free books.

Tweens enjoy creating during Art After School and the Not Just Another Book Club where they have completed their first book trailers.

Bilingual Storytime continues on Monday mornings. Esta hora del cuento es para niños y niñas desde bebitos hasta de edad escolar y para sus padres. Se presentarán libros y canciones en inglés y en español. On Wednesday mornings join us for Nursery Rhythm & Rhyme. And of course families are welcomed on Saturday mornings for our ongoing Saturday Family Storytimes.

March’s family movie is Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Finally, don’t miss a fun time this month at our Bilingual Family STEM night. Learn with hands-on Physics experiments from two Vassar College Physicists! La Noche Familiar en marzo se trata de STEM! Haz experimentos con dos físicos de Vassar College!

Visit the calendar for a full listing of kids’ programs.

New to the Collection 

Tom's bringing home this laptop, and you can too.

In addition to two new 17" laptops for patrons to use in the library, we've added a 15.6" laptop you can bring home with your library card. Ask us how. 

In the know

Changes in Overdrive

Starting March 2nd Overdrive is introducing Hold Redelivery. This new feature eliminates automatic check-out of holds. When your hold turn arrives you will have a 3-day window in which you may check out the book, delay your hold, or cancel your hold. If you take no action, after three days Overdrive will automatically select Deliver Later for you, with a delivery date of seven days later. If you take no action a second time, your hold will be cancelled. Find out more here.

We Have Tax Forms!

A variety of State and Federal tax forms are available now at the circulation desk. Can’t find your form? Find your tax forms online at these links -- New York State Tax Forms: / Federal Tax Forms: If  you need assistance, call the desk and we’ll help you find what you need. 

March Snapshot

Alphia uses the library to feed her prolific reading habit.

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


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RHPL Board of Trustees
Third Thursday of each month at 7 pm
7 pm Thurs, March 19
All meetings are open to the public.
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