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February 2020

Where did all this snow go?
From The Director  

Congratulations to Team Boca, who took home the trophy at the 18th Annual Red Hook Public Library Trivia Contest, finishing with 314 points. The Dewey Decimators finished with a cool 2 points, though, as they like to point out, they were not last.

Thanks to all who came out for good food, lots of laughs, and friendly competition. Special thanks go to Karen Sipperley, master coordinator, Dave Moss the emcee, and brave scorekeepers, Doug Strawinski and Ed Blundell. Also thanks to our teen volunteers Jack, Anila, and Sean. And of course the food, drinks, and service at Cancun's Family Mexican Restaurant were spectacular!

Team Boca

Coming this month
Events for Adults in February

Hands On: Sewing Reusable Bags

Thanks to a grant from the Ascienzo Family FoundationSpanish as a Second Language returns to RHPL this month. Register soon because this class fills quickly!

If you work from home, you know that a change of scene can be crucial for productivity (and sanity). RHPL offers Co-Working Hours on Mondays & Tuesdays. Get some work done in the Community Room - or drink a cup of coffee in peace. 

Adult artists gather twice a month in the Community Room to work on their own projects surrounded by other creative folks in the community. And, if you’ve always wondered how your favorite creative hobbies might bring you income come learn from Melody Navarez at Worklife Today: Craft Making as a Business, made possible by a grant from Key Bank.

Looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day? RHPL offers a concert of Romantic Era Classical Guitar with David Temple at the Elmendorph Inn. The concert is free but you must register and pick up tickets at the library as space is limited. 

At the end of the month, learn about local architectural history from restoration and conservation expert, Emily Majer at Local History Lunch: Uncovering Your House’s History. Lunch is provided. If you are a senior in Red Hook who needs a ride, give us a call. This program is made possible by the Ascienzo Family Foundation.

Did you know RHPL book club members choose the books they’ll read each year? Check out their picks for 2020 listed online.

Events in February for Teens

A bridge challenge at Libratory 2

Red Hook area teens have been very active in the library’s Youth Speaks! Meetings as part of Dutchess County’s Path to Promise initiative.  The meetings are the first Wednesday of every month and... there's pizza! New teens are always welcome to come and add their ideas to the recreation projects we’re working on.

The Pop-Up Library will be at an RHHS Women’s Basketball Game. Come by, cheer for the Raiders and get some free books.

Homeschooled teens interested in hands-on science experiments should try Libratory 2 a program for youth ages 11+. Teens with intellectual or cognitive disabilities who are interested in science experiments can sign up for All Abilities Teens Science. And, if story-telling and baking are their thing too, try All Abilities Teen Read (you don't need to be able to read to participate in the program.)

Finally, Teen After Hours is back - this month work to solve the clues and prevent a bank heist. Can you get the safe unlocked? Registration is required. For teens 13-17.


Events in February for Kids and Families
Kids busy inventing bio-luminescent deep sea creatures at Half--Day: Under the Sea

You may have noticed new bilingual, Spanish-English programs on the calendar. With support from the Ascienzo Family Foundation, the library offers a Bilingual Storytime/ Hora de Cuentos en Dos Idiomas  every Monday for little ones. There’s also a monthly family program; in February it’s a Family Game Night at J&J’s Cafe in the village. We’ll play bilingual bingo! Come practice counting in English and Spanish.  

There’s also Mason Bee Houses: a family program this month. These insects are vitally important to the fruit orchards in our area. Learn about them and make a “house” for them to use when they come out of hibernation in early March!

If your children are looking for activities after-school, the library has choices for them. On Tuesdays, there’s Art Afterschool where kids ages 9+ get creative with Amy. Kids 8-11 are invited to join Ivonne for the new Spanish Club where they can learn some language, play games, and enjoy other cultural activities. And finally, there’s, Not Just Another Book Club on the first and third Tuesdays of every month where kids ages 9+ share their favorite books. In February, we’re working on short movies  - “book trailers” - as a way to have video reviews.  

Finally, don’t forget there’s a half-day of school at Mill Rd in Feb, so the library has Half-Day: Up in the Air where we will investigate flight, the atmosphere and everything sky!

New to the Collection 

RHPL's ball winder and yarn swift waiting for check out.

You Asked....

What’s all the hoopla about Hoopla?

You may have noticed digital books, audiobooks and movies listed in the catalog that are only available to patrons of a particular library. Several libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System have chosen to subscribe to Hoopla, a pay-per-use service for digital content. Because the subscribing library is charged a direct fee (usually $2) each time one of these items is checked out, they limit access to their own patrons. 

To control costs, libraries limit items per patron per month, and they usually have a spending cap. For example, a person from Library X can use 2 Hoopla items per month unless the library’s account has already reached the maximum amount for that month. 

RHPL has 4800 cardholders and currently there’s no plan to subscribe to a service like Hoopla.  As options change and new services arise, RHPL will continue to make the decisions that best serve our community members and the budget. Questions? Call Dawn!

February Snapshot

Board President Maryelisa has taken the Read Around the World Challenge!

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

Upcoming Closings

Closed Monday, February 17, 2020


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RHPL Board of Trustees
Third Thursday of each month at 7 pm
7 pm Thurs, February 20th
All meetings are open to the public.
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