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April 2021

From The Director:

Since March 30th, all New York residents aged 30+ have been eligible for vaccination. Starting on April 6th at 8am, everyone 16 and over is eligible. 

You can sign up for County vaccine notifications here. You can sign up for State vaccination here. You can also call the state hotline at 1-833-697-4829 from 7am to 10pm any day. Sometimes, vaccines are available through the phone center that do not appear on the state website. If you are a veteran, call 1-845-838-7668 to schedule your appointment. If you need help getting a covid-19 vaccination appointment, call the library or stop by.

Get connected with Neighborhood Wireless

Thanks to a generous grant from the Ascienzo Family Foundation you can now access library WiFi from Fisk Street to the Village Hall. Log on to RHPL Neighborhood Wireless from your phone or laptop, accept the user agreement, and you are ready to go. This is an open network and we don’t recommend using it to conduct confidential business.

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

April Programs for Adults

Spinning Yarn Knitters stay together via Zoom

This month the Afternoon Book Group will discuss The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel while the Evening Book Group will discuss The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis. Email Paul at for more information and the link. View our brochure here.

The Antiracism Discussion Group meets on the second Thursday of every month via Zoom. Email for more if you’d like to participate.

Art for Adults with Renee & Creativebug continues for two more sessions in April with simple drawing activities designed for creative fun. Supply kits are available. Email Renee at to register. All library cardholders have access to Creativebug.

Spinning Yarns Knitters continues. This friendly group of fiber enthusiasts meet online via Zoom for weekly knitting, crocheting, spinning, or hand-sewing from home. Email Dawn at if you'd like to attend.

Last but not least, join us on Earth Day for Red Hook Cleans Up. With bags and grabbers from the Town, the Library crew will be collecting trash in the Village. Masks are required. Call the library at 845-758-3241 for more details.

April Programs for Teens

Libratory 2 continues with virtual science experiments, engineering projects, and other STEM activities for youth ages 11+ via Zoom. We cover subjects in chemistry, biology, physics, and more. Email Paul at for the Zoom link and supply information.

Are you hungry? All Abilities Teens will be Cooking with Larry for the month of April. Teens and tweens with intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities will have fun making simple recipes and learning some basic cooking skills from RHCSD’s own Larry Anthony. Email to register. Supply kits are available.

April Programs for Kids and Families

Preschoolers have two storytime options this month. Tuesdays meet Yadira on Zoom for Leamos!/ Let’s Read, a bilingual program and Wednesdays Amy has Storytime on Zoom. Springtime is bringing fresh excitement to Thursday Nature Walks; meet Amy at local parks for some fun & learning. Our location changes each week so be sure to check the library’s online calendar before heading out.

If your children are missing hands-on science, STEAM with Yuval offers fun, interactive learning about physics, chemistry and biology every Wednesday afternoon. 

Do you know any graphic novel fans? Red Hook Public Library is excited to host author Don Brown to talk about his newest graphic novel A Shot in the Arm in the Big Ideas that Changed the World series. Ask Don about vaccines or what it takes to write and draw a graphic novel.

Check out the library’s online program calendar for more information about the Social Justice Family Book Group meetings for ages 5-7 and ages 11+ in April, and other fun programs. To register for any of the programs listed here, just email

Behind-the-Desk/In the Know:

Now Hiring!

Sadly, library Custodian Crystal has moved on to new adventures. We will miss her very much.

This does mean that the library has a position open for a part-time cleaner. This position is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for about 2 hours each shift. Please contact Dawn at for more information.  

New to the Collection
Cash Register
Perfect for playing store!

March Snapshot
A sure sign of spring

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Library Hours

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, April 15th
**Meetings may be virtual as allowed by law during the pandemic. Links can be obtained from the director.
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