In April we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. Also in April, the New York Library Association is promoting a nationwide effort called the Drawdown EcoChallenge. As part of RHPL’s efforts we are using real cups and cutlery, printing less, and printing on both sides of the paper when we do. We also reuse cardboard, envelopes, and program supplies. It is not only ecological, it’s economical. We invite you to join us. As an easy start, when you come to a library program, bring your favorite mug or cup. For programs that include food, why not bring a fancy plate and cutlery? You’re worth it!
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Coming this month
Programs for Adults
We’ll kick off April with a celebration of Earth Day and the Drawdown EcoChallenge. Hands On: Sew to Save the Earth will feature ways to repair, reuse, and repurpose. We’ll help you repair holes in jeans, or cut them up to make bags as well as make sturdy reusable shopping bags with dog and bird food sacks. Later in the month, Worklife Today: WordPress is a great opportunity to learn how to create or tweak your small business website. You need only basic computer skills such as using email or Facebook. Please register for these programs. At All Abilities Adults in April, we’ll celebrate Spring with our annual cupcake decorating party.
Teens' Escape the Room
On Wednesdays at Teen Drawing Club
in April, teen artists share their drawing works-in-progress and develop their work with Tim. Some work on storyboarding for graphic novels while others are focused on character drawings. April’s Teens After Hours
program is all about gaming. We’ve got Nintendo Switch on the big screen in the Community Room and old-school games on the TV screens. The Teen Book Club
chose They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera for their April read. It’s an engaging novel that’s realistic except for the fact that the app Last Friend connects you with others who will die on the same day as you. Two such last friends navigate their last days together. Pick up a copy at the Red Hook High School library or RHPL.
Events for Kids and Families
Kid-created "Dragon Club"
April includes two family programs. First is Adoptive Families Group
that meets the second Friday of every month in the Children’s Library. Adoptive families get together; kids do Legos and make art projects; parents talk & play too. On the second Friday of April we have the Family Movie Night
and we’ll be screening Spider Man - Into the Spider-Verse, an animated feature about everyone’s favorite web-slinger.
On the first Saturday in April there’s All Abilities Kids & Teens Music & Movement
. Designed for children and teens with intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities, we stretch, sing, dance and enjoy local musician Maggie Rothwell’s guitar playing. All Abilities Kids & Teens Storytime
is on the 19th this month. Enjoy a story told in multiple modalities with songs and an adaptive craft project too. Registration is required for both of these programs.
Don’t miss the annual Red Hook Egg Scramble
on the lawn in front of Linden Avenue Middle School presented with the Village of Red Hook and Red Hook Police Department! Children up to age 12 can enjoy the fun-filled family event. Please bring your own basket or bag. This is followed at 1pm by the All Abilities Kids Egg Scramble
. This egg hunt will be non-competitive in that each participant will have the same number of eggs to find. If additional adaptations would allow your child or teen to enjoy an egg hunt, call Amy at the library for details and to register your child.
All library programs are free and open to the public and take place at the library unless otherwise noted.
Hands On: Pet Portraits
Parents learned about the options for helping their children and teens to receive uninterrupted services from Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center’s Joyce Hawk at an evening program called “Transitioning from Special Education to Adults Services.” Adults gathered at Taste Budd’s Cafe for the Women’s History Month Story Slam where women read original poetry and stories to a rapt audience and each also shared a brief reading from her favorite female author. Also in March, Red Hook families gathered at the Village Hall to learn about what to do in the event of disaster at the Citizen Preparedness Workshop, with officials from Dutchess County. Finally, at the local history lunch, “Ready-Made Red Hook” Historic Red Hook's Claudine and Chris Klose taught us about catalog houses in Red Hook and gave tips on researching your own house or neighborhood in the Historic Red Hook archives. Thank you to Historic Red Hook for the interesting presentation and the Ascienzo Family Foundation for providing a nutritious lunch!
Lunch with Historic Red Hook
March brought a special Teens After Hours program: Escape the Room. Presented with the staged 1939 scene of Red Hook’s surveyor Frank Teal’s murder, teens raced against a time-traveling villain, tracking clues and assembling maps. They succeeded in solving the mystery and unlocked a fridge full of brownies!
Teens solving a 1939 Red Hook murder mystery.
Homeschool Libratory: Catapults
Every Thursday at the library is filled with learning and creativity. In Libratory, homeschooled children ages 6 to 11 experiment with science. In March, they built hovercrafts, learned how soap works by investigating surface tension, and explored mechanical propulsion with catapults. Meanwhile in the Children’s Library, young artists express themselves in tempera paints at Petit Picasso. Most weeks the toddlers stick to painting the paper - but not always!