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December 2020

From The Director:

Many Thanks

The library is thankful to all the generous donors who have given financial support to the library recently! Your gifts are helping people get services and resources they need, stay connected during the pandemic, and find new ways to learn and grow while maintaining safety restrictions.

We are grateful to the Phelan Family Foundation for funding our growing collection of hotspots for the next two years. Technology is expensive and the library would not be able to offer circulating hotspots and laptops without help.

Thanks to the Mary Norris Preyer Foundation, the library has 3 brand new public computers with larger monitors. This grant is also responsible for the new color printer/copier in the main room. Ask staff how to use it from your personal device, including your smart phone.

Not everyone can contribute financially. We are just as grateful for those who support RHPL by stopping in, calling, emailing, and taking pride in Red Hook’s own public octagon.

Take our new computers for a spin next time you're here!

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

Residential Center Holiday Shop

This holiday season, the library is working with Red Hook Residential Center to create virtual shopping experiences for teen residents to choose gifts to send to their siblings. The library’s Community Room will turn into a “store” and the kids are earning credits to “shop” over Zoom. Sustaining connections with supportive family members is fundamental to these students’ mental health. If you can contribute to this project, $5-$10 donations are appreciated. Email

December Programs for Adults

Do you know the risk factors for breast and/or prostate cancer? Learn more about the issues and about how to get free breast cancer screening if you’re uninsured at this week’s program via Zoom from The Breast and Prostate Cancer Peer Education Program, a state-wide effort using local, peer educators and it’s supported by the New York State Department of Health.

December Programs for Teens

This weekend, 6 - 9 pm on Saturday, Dec 5 & Sunday, Dec 6 Dutchess County Parks are hosting Go Light Your World, a holiday illumination at Wilcox Park in Pine Plains. Different groups from throughout the county are creating light shows, including Red Hook Public Library’s All Abilities Teens who are recreating their HardScrabble float in lights! Drive through the park and experience joyful displays from the comfort and safety of your vehicles. It’s free & fun.

All Abilities Teens finished a five-week Percussion Jam class with Erin Hobson of Rhinebeck School of Music funded by Dutchess County's Think Differently initiative. It was a rocking good time. Saturday afternoon musical fun continues with All Abilities Teens Dance Party. All Abilities Teens will also have two Crafternoons this month. Families can pick up supplies kits at the library. Email Amy for more information.

December Programs for Kids and Families

Nature Walks continue in December! This month we will explore Mills Mansion, Burger Hill and return to Poet’s Walk. We meet in the parking lots of the chosen locations at 10:30 Thursday mornings. Masks are required. Email Amy for more information.

Storytime continues via Zoom weekly on Wednesdays from 10 - 10:45. Have fun while developing early literacy with picture book read alouds, finger plays, and interactive songs. 

Holiday Books

Just a few of the tempting books available in the Children's Library

Curbside is Forever

Curbside is still available. Whether you are concerned about Covid, or are just too busy to get all 5 kids out of the car and into the library, simply call us from the parking lot with your library card number and we'll bring your items out to you.

Remote Tech Help

Do you need help downloading pictures from your grandchildren? Want to have a practice Zoom meeting with a library staff member before you do it with your business colleagues? Give us a call to set up a time for a live remote tech help session. We have new software that allows us to see your screen (with your permission) and guide you through some of these processes. 

New to the Collection
Kid-carrier Backpack
Shopping? Hiking? Check out this recently donated kid pack.

November Snapshot:
Enjoy some cozy food. But wash your hands first.
Library Closing Early at 4pm:
Christmas Eve: Thursday, Dec. 24th
New Year's Eve: Thursday, Dec. 31st

Library Closed
Christmas Day: Friday, Dec. 25th
New Year's Day: Friday Jan. 1st
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, December 17th
**Meetings may be virtual as allowed by law during the pandemic. Links can be obtained from the director.
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