June 2015
Oh, my goodness. Where has the time gone? Apple Blossom Day has already taken place, our budget referendum passed (thanks Red Hook!), and we're putting the finishing touches on our Summer Reading Program brochure.  

We think the old saying must be true
time really does fly when we're having so much fun. In case you've missed out on any of our great events, don't worry, there are plenty more coming up. Be sure to stop by the ol' octagon and pick up a calendar, check out this month's doings below or go to our online calendar. Can't wait to see you!
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  Recently at the Library
Budget Referendum Passes

A huge thanks to our amazing community for approving this year's budget referendum on Tuesday, May 19. The 1.56% increase will allow us to continue the work we love to do, and serve the greatest community we know!
History of the Hudson Valley Talk

Author Vernon Benjamin spoke about his book,  History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War on May 1 at the Elmendorph Inn.

To learn more about the history of where we live, stop by the library and borrow a copy of his bookit's a great read.
Party Time!

Karen Sipperly, County Legislator Micki Strawinsky, Judge Jonah Triebwasser, Mayor Ed Blundell, Claudine Klose of Historic Red Hook, President of RHPL Board of Trustees Barry Ramage & Vice President of RHPL Board of Trustees Maryelisa Blundell flank the newly installed historic plaque.

We celebrated the 150th birthday of the ol' Octagon—built 1865—Saturday, May 9, during Apple Blossom Day. A new historical marker was unveiled in front of the library thanks to Historic Red Hook securing a grant from the Pomeroy Foundation. It's official—we've made history!

Dawn and Colleen oversee geek stuff during Apple Blossom Day
Birding with RHPL

Seventeen hardy early risers took to Poet's Walk for a morning bird walk led by David Grover on May 12. The group spotted bluebirds, Baltimore orioles and many other species. David identified birds, their nests and their calls. A great time was had by all!
KeyBank Helpers

A bevy of KeyBank employees gave of their time and energy to volunteer at the library in May.

Thanks for the helping hand.
Tick Talk

Andrew Rotans enlightened us with a comprehensive look at zoonotic diseases, especially tick-borne, prevalent in our area.

Mr. Rotans, Senior Public Health Advisor at the Dutchess County Department of Health, also answered questions and gave tips on protection and detection.

Our Minecraft program got underway in May with several eager participants. By the end of May we learned to mine materials and build a bow. One gamer made a house complete with beds so all of us could sleep at night and escape the zombies. Another generously shared food with someone who was hungry.

Sessions continue every other Friday, alternating with Maker Fridays. June sessions will be on the 12th and 26th. Youth in grades 5-8 (or thereabouts) are invited to join us. If you have a laptop with Minecraft already installed, feel free to bring it along and join in our project.
Maker Fridays

Our first Maker Friday found budding techies building cool bristle bots, using the snipped-off business end of toothbrushes fitted with electronics to make them race around.

Join us every other Friday when we combine our love for all things science, technology and engineering into a fun, hands-on program. June 5 & 19.
Live at the Elmendorph!

Roger & Lenny gave an encore performance at the Elmendorph Inn on Saturday, May 23, to a full house. The duo—Library Assistant Roger Cohn and Lenny Sutton—entertained a roomful of music lovers with many blasts from the past and original tunes.
Choose Wisely: Matching Dogs with Humans

A crowd of canine lovers met in the tween room on Tuesday, May 26, to learn about how to select just the right dog for a pet. Rebecca Kent of Canine Corner: From Hair to Heel discussed the characteristics of responsible breeders and rescues, what questions to be sure to ask, and how to evaluate a dog's health and temperament before making commitments.

She also left us with many extra handouts which we will keep at the library while they last.

Casually Constructing Computers

Several technologically savvy folks gathered in the tween room on May 28 for a hands on computer building workshop. Robert Drake, Technology Operations Manager for Mid-Hudson Library System, led participants step-by-step through piecing together the major components.

We learned that building a  custom computer is a practical alternative to buying one when one needs exceptional power for gaming or complex processes like video processing. Thank you Robert and all who attended!

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Unless otherwise noted, all library
programs are free and open to the public.

Coming this Month
RHPL's First Fiction Workshop
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Begins 5pm Tuesday, June 9

Writer Jono Naito aims to create a challenging, but nonjudgmental environment in which writers can improve their work. Over the course of four weeks, the group will examine the elements of short fiction, conduct exercises, and write and revise their own prose.

By the end of the workshop, writers will each have written a full piece of short fiction that has undergone several revisions, as well as a critical reflection on the style of a current literary journal.

For adults 18+. Free and open to the public. Please call the library to register.

Healthcare Navigators Are Here
10am - 3pm June 8, 15, 22 & 29

Healthcare Navigators continue to be available through this month on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Schedule your private appointments by calling 1-800-453-4666.

Job Search Clinic
10am - 1pm Monday, June 8
Employment Clinic sessions are on the second Monday of each month.

Make an appointment for a 45-minute, one-on-one help session writing resumes, online job searches and online applications at Red Hook Public Library. Participants will meet with a Human Resources Consultant, specializing in career development. Please call 845-758-3241 to schedule an appointment.

The Employment Clinic is made possible by Dutchess County One Stop and Red Hook Public Library.
Knitting Without Borders
10am - 3pm Saturday, June 13
Spinning Yarns Knitters will participate in the worldwide Knit in Public Day by knitting on the library's front lawn (inside library if rain). Bring a project and join in the fun!

Battle of the Books
4pm Tuesday, June 9
Our B.O.B. team is always open to new members. It is for youth entering grades 6-9 in the fall of 2015.

Shall We Be Merry
11am Friday, June 12
Do you love Shakespeare? Have a casual fondness for the Bard of Stratford? Wondering what the big deal is?

Join our merry band this month for a discussion of The Taming of the Shrew.

Coming in July

Summer Reading Program Kickoff
with Jester Jim

6:30pm Friday, July 3

Red Hook Firehouse

Juggling, magic, music, and mayhem! Jester Jim is fun for all ages. Join us as we open our Summer Reading Program with this special performance at the firehouse.

Free and open to the public!


Science Camp
10:30am - 12:30pm
Mondays - Fridays, July 13 - 31

In partnership with Bard College's Center for Civic Engagement, the library will once again host several hands-on science camps for children and teens in July.

Science based learning, activities, and games for youth grades 3 through 8 will occur on the following schedule:

July 13 - 17 grades 3 & 4

July 20 - 24 grades 5 & 6

July 27 - 31 grades 7 & 8

Space is limited and registration is required.Please call the library to sign up.

For students entering grades 9 -12, there will be a three-week research program, meeting 2 - 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students will choose, design, conduct and report on their own biology research project.

Space is limited, so call the library to register.

Book Clubs
July's Tuesday Afternoon Book Club
2:30pm Tuesday, July 14
The Dog
by Joseph O'Neill

The author of the best-selling and award-winning Netherland now gives us his eagerly awaited, stunningly different new novel: a tale of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai.
July's Monday Evening Book club
7pm Monday, July 20
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

Narrated by a 15-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.
Film Camp Returns!
4pm July 20 - 24

The amazing Jesse Rolfe is back, and ready to inspire and teach young aspiring filmmakers at 4 p.m. July 20-24. This program is for middle schoolers (grades 6-9). Registration is required.

Call the library at 845-758-3241 to save a space.

... and Farther Down the Road

Mohegan Sun Casino Trip
Sunday, September 27

Don't forget, the Friends of the Red Hook Public Library will sponsor a casino trip to Mohegan Sun on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Check our May 2015 issue for information by clicking here.

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You can pick up a monthly calendar at one of our circulation desks as well as see our online calendar.
Unless otherwise noted all library
programs are free and open to the public.


Join Miss Colleen for story times on Mondays and Wednesdays.

June Story Time Themes
        June 8 & 10 - Ice Cream
        June 15 & 17 - Fish
        June 22 & 24 - At the Beach


10:30am   Toddler Romp & Stomp (stories, music and movement for toddlers)

11am   Toddler FUNdamentals (learning and literacy through play)


10:30am   Story Time


10:30am   Homeschool Discovery Zone

Ongoing Programs


Petite Picasso: 10:30am. For children to explore their creativity with painting. Please note time change.

Read to Buster the Literacy Dog: June 9: 4pm. Our canine reading companion is here now on Wednesdays, eagerly awaiting your child reading to him.


Lego Challenge: Every other Thursday beginning June 4: 4pm. What will we build this week? Lego Challenge is for elementary-aged engineers to meet fellow Lego enthusiasts and tackle a new building project at each meeting. 


Maker Fridays: June 5 & 19: 4:30am. Join us for Maker Fridays, incorporating different types of building projects and materials. Something new each time. We meet every other Friday alternating with Minecraft. A workshop for youth interested in STEAM topics, featuring various science, technology, engineering, art, and math projects.

Minecraft: June 12 & 26: 4:30pm. We are working towards developing a collaborative building project in this ongoing program for tweens.


Animanga Club: June 13 & 27: 1pm. Ongoing club for to fans of anime and manga with new discussion, film, and activities each meeting. Open to tweens and teens.

Library Holiday Closings

Fourth of July: Saturday, July 4


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New On Our Shelves

Here are just a few suggestions of new titles we have for you. Click on the images to take you to our online catalog records.

Adult Fiction

Every Fifteen Minutes
by Lisa Scottoline

New York Times best selling author Lisa Scottoline's visceral thriller brings you into the grip of a true sociopath and shows you how, in the quest to survive such ruthlessness, every minute counts.

Adult Nonfiction

The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly.


Red: a crayon's story
by Michael Hall

Red's factory-applied label clearly says that he is red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he cannot seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective.


Winnie: the true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
Sally M. Walker: illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss


Vanishing Girls
by Lauren Oliver

Sisters Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before Dara kissed Parker, before Nick lost him as her best friend, before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred.

Spinning Yarns Knitters
4pm Wednesdays

Spinning Yarns is back to Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and meets in the tween room.

Bring your latest project and join us at any time. Do not know how to knit or crochet? Not a problem – we will teach you. All levels of experience welcomed.


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