January 2017

Happy New Year to all of you!
Question: Do you think there are more Walmarts or libraries in this country? How about McDonald’s restaurants? Post Offices? Well, guess what? There are more libraries in this country than any of those organizations. Think about how much floor space that is, and how much human energy. It uniquely positions libraries—institutions dedicated to open access, learning, and empowerment—to contribute to the health and vitality of our communities. This library belongs to all of us. Let’s put it to good use in 2017! (Huber, John J., and Steven B. Potter. "The Purpose-Based Library." 
American Libraries Magazine. American Libraries, 20 July 2016. Web. 29 Dec. 2016.)

January brings new weekly programs to the Children's Library, a special family story time with Buster the Literacy Hound, and a free screening of the sci-fi classic The Matrix (R) at Enchanted Cafe. Also, we've introduced quiet study times in the new Community Room on the third floor. Bring your book, laptop, or sketch pad and get comfortable. 

The library's Dewey Decimators are looking forward to our annual Trivia Contest fundraiser this year at Cancun's Family Mexican Restaurant on January 29th. Competition is fierce AND fun. Form your own team and sign up. We'll see you there!
On a frosty note, please keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter feeds for information regarding library delays or closures when the weather is iffy. Stay safe out there, folks!

Red Hook Hannaford Helps

We want to give a shout out to Hannaford Supermarket. The store
has once again dedicated its Hannaford Helps Reusable Bags program to us. Thank you, Hannaford and all of our neighbors who purchased bags.

We'll be buying a few extra books with the proceeds.

H.A.S. Beane Books

And we also thank H.A.S. Beane, on S. Broadway, that has a special rack of books from which they donate the proceeds from sales to the library. Old books beget new books!

Pushing The Limits: Knowledge
An inclusive group of geeks gathered over pizza and soda on December 5th to discuss the virtues of human knowledge as portrayed in Kurt Vonnegut's classic work, Cat's Cradle.

We mused over the benefits versus dangers of scientific discovery and the resulting technology. We didn't come to any ground breaking conclusions, but we did expand our minds and contribute to humanity's discussion of our own development.

Sound lofty? It's not. You can be a geek too! Please join our next Pushing The Limits conversation in early February when we'll discuss Clive Cussler's Arctic Drift, a speculative adventure story that addresses global warming (over chili, of course).

Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing, and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries and made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

International Ninja Day

Young patrons came to the library on December 5th to celebrate a love of all things ninja.

After constructing throwing stars (both origami and foam) and donning their new masks, they stalked the children's section in search of hidden ninja pop-outs and practiced their stealth skills with several spirited rounds of the Sardines hiding game.

Cookies & Carols

Roger & Lenny got us into the mood of the season by leading a group in holiday songs on December 9th. Songs included John and Yoko's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" and a rousing "Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" that got faster with each round, keeping singers on their toes.

Participants also enjoyed cocoa and cookies.

Check out a bit of one of the tunes here.

After-School Makerspace

This month our collaborative after-school library makerspace effort with Red Hook High School Library continued full steam ahead, tackling two different but related activities.

On Friday December 2nd we tried our hands at free-form embroidery, learning about and using various stitches. We also learned about the parts of a typical sewing machine from feed-dogs to bobbins.

At our next session on Friday December 16th we returned to traditional hand-stitching but with an nontraditional bent: sewn circuits! Using metallic thread, LEDs, and batteries we made felt Christmas trees and snowmen both with accents that lit up.

We hope to see you highschoolers at our next session: Friday, January 6 @2:15 p.m. for more exciting maker projects!

Real Men Sew

Paul is our new assistant director, taking over from Dawn, who is now the director. Are you following this?

Paul also leads the after-school makerspace at the high school, which might find him using a sewing machine. And something tells us he just might be having fun doing it.

Susan's Paper Snowflakes Workshop

A wonderful, creative bunch showed up for snowflake making on Tuesday the 20th. Amazing designs with artists of all ages and abilities. Led by Susan and Marika, more than a few samples of paper treasures now decorate library windows. The group was treated to cookies and holiday music recorded by Susan's son Christian.

Come to the library and see examples of our paper snowflakes!

Monday Book Group

The Monday Book Discussion Group held a year end party at their final gathering of 2016.

Are you looking for an outlet to discuss engaging books? We have two book discussion groups, our Monday evening group and our Tuesday afternoon group. The Monday group meets the third Monday of each month, and the Tuesday afternoon group meets the second Tuesday of each month.

Call the library for details or check our online calendar.

Ascienzo Family Foundation

Mill Road School K-2 Librarian Barb Shoemaker, RHPL staff members Dawn, Susan, Paul

Library staff Dawn, Susan, and Paul and library board members represented the library at the Ascienzo Family Foundation reception, held at the new Red Hook Community Center, on December 22nd. The event was held to raise funds for the Pop-Up Library (a joint project of RHPL, Mill Road School Library, and Bard College Center for Civic Engagement) and two other local organizations—Red Hook Harvest and the Red Hook Faculty Association.

The evening highlighted young people and local organizations that are making a difference in the lives of less fortunate neighbors. Each organization had an opportunity to make an appeal for donations as attendees enjoyed an elegant spread of hors d'oeuvres and cocktails served by local students and young adults.

Our own Susan labored for hours to produce two dozen giant snowflakes that contributed to the festive ambiance. Thank you to all who came out. There was a warm feel of community spirit in the air. 

Gingerbread House Making

Making gingerbread houses is apparently a popular pastime. New staffer Amy jumped right into the fray, along with Paul and volunteer Emily to lead a very successful gingerbread making evening up in our new meeting space on December 23rd. We hope to make this an annual event on the last Friday before Christmas.

And speaking of gingerbread houses, how about a gingerbread library? This fabulous creation is by Bellinda Francis Mulpeter, who is obviously a library lover. We're so glad she shared it with us!

Welcome Amy Smith

Amy is our newest staff member. You will come to know her by her smile and cheerful efficiency. Amy has worn a lot of hats and comes to us with a lot of varied education under her belt. She also likes sewing, knitting, cooking, and hanging with her two adopted dogs Stella and Casey. Amy is already fitting right in. 

Check out our online calendar to see where the action is taking place. And please share our newsletter with your friends.

Upcoming Events

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

Coming this Month

Introducing Two New Programs

Kidology: Science For Tots
10:30 am Tuesdays beginning January 10

Linking observation to knowledge through songs, games, crafts, and toys. Designed for the preschool set.

Homeschool Libratory
10:30 am Thursdays beginning January 12
Ages 6 and up

This weekly program will let young participants study the world around them with fun activities using the scientific method. We'll hone our skills of observation, hypothesis, and experimentation, while exploring topics in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
2:30 pm January 10

The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Ekumen of Known Worlds has sent an ethnologist to study the inhabitants of the forbidding, ice-bound planet of Winter, where there is no gender. The Gethenians can become male or female during each mating cycle, and this is something that other cultures find incomprehensible.

At it's heart this classic sci-fi story is about connection, respect, and deep friendship that any species can relate to.

Shakespeare Discussion Group
11 am Friday, January 13

We will discuss Shakespeare's Pericles this month. This work follows the tale of king Antiochus and his daughter, who are engaging in incest.

Antiochus has kept suitors from marrying her by requiring that they answer a riddle correctly or die.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, is successful in answering the riddle but discovers that its answer reveals the incestuous relationship between father and daughter.

Half-Day steAm Camp
1 pm Friday, January 13

Grades K - 5

Join us for a 90-minute camp focusing on the art in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. We'll be making charm bracelets, portrait paintings, self-portrait collages, and Osmo Ipad drawings. Kids should come dressed for using paints and other messy materials.

Please register for this program by calling 845-758-3241 or stop in.

Library Closed
Monday, January 16

"The time is always right to do what is right."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

This is a good day to reflect on how we can all work toward social justice and equality. And please stay tuned for a special opportunity for kids to give back on Saturday the 14th when we team up with Bard College on their MLK Jr. Day of Engagement.

Monday Evening Book Group
6:45 pm January 16
(Please note the book group will meet even though the library will not be open during our regular hours.)

by Kristin Hannah

In the quiet village of Carriveau, in 1939 France, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France ... but invade they do.

Movie Night: The Matrix (R)
6:30 pm Friday, January 20

Enchanted Cafe

The 1999 fantasy-action film, starring Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss, in which a computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Please note this film begins half hour earlier than usual due to its length.

Furry Family Story Time
5:30 pm Friday, January 27

Join us and Buster, our furry reading buddy, for a special story time. We'll be reading children stories that will appeal to all ages, enjoying hot cocoa, and indulging in a little canine-inspired crafting.

Trivia Trivia Trivia
1 pm Sunday, January 29

Cancun's Family Mexican Restaurant
7483 S. Broadway

Get friends and family members together into a trivia team to compete in our 15th annual trivia fundraiser. We'll be at Cancun's this year. The competition is fierce, but it's a ton of fun. And you might surprise yourself at how much useless information you have packed away in your head.

Open 12:15 for choice seating. There'll be a cash bar and appetizer menu. Parking will be available in the village parking lot. 

Contact library board member Karen Sipperly at 845-758-0277 or for information and to register your team of five or six. Tickets are $75 for a table of five and $90 for a table of six (maximum). Checks should be made out to "Red Hook Public Library," and mailed to: Karen at 294 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571.

... And Don't Forget


Teen Tech
10 am - 2 pm Saturdays

Have you got a tech question or problem? Need help with a new gadget? Let our teen techs Jacob and Meaghan assist you. No charge.

Schedule a time by calling the library at 845-758-3241.

Healthcare Navigator
10 am - 4 pm Mondays

Get help in navigating the ins and outs of healthcare coverage. Secure your appointment by calling 1-800-453-4666 or 845-561-3575.  

La Tavola Rotunda
Italian Conversation Club

2 pm Mondays


A weekly opportunity to practice your speaking and listening skills on a regular basis. Talk with other advanced beginners as well as with our instructor and native speaker, Patrizia. 

Participants must have a working knowledge of the language; there will be no formal lessons. Come share you stories and practice conversational Italian!

Children's Activities

You can pick up a monthly calendar at one of our circulation desks or visit our online calendar.

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


Toddler Romp & Stomp
10:30 am
Stories, music and movement for toddlers.

Toddler FUNdamentals
11 am

Learning and literacy through play.

Kidology: Science For Tots New
10:30 am (beginning January 10)
Linking observation to knowledge through songs, games, crafts, and toys.

Buster's Back
4 pm January 17 & 31

That's right. Our furry reading buddy is back on two Tuesdays this month.



Preschool Story Time
10:30 am

Bring your 4-5 year old child to Red Hook Public Library at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday morning, for a dynamic introduction to books and reading during its Early Literacy Program, Story Time. 

Each week, a different theme featuring stories, songs, and movement activities specially adapted to the attention span of 4- and 5-year-old children.  Parents will learn how to foster the skills that help prepare children for reading.
An adult caregiver must remain with the child during Story Time. This event is free and open to the public.

Homeschool Libratory New
10:30 am (beginning January 12)
Ages 6 and up

Homeschool Libratory will study the world around us using fun activities that utilize the scientific method. We’ll hone our skills of observation, hypothesis, and experimentation, while exploring topics in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Library Holiday Closings

Monday, January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February Sneak Peeks

Pushing The Limits: Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler
Shakespeare Discussion Group: Taming of the Shrew
Tuesday Afternoon Book Group: Go Set a Watchman and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Monday Evening Book Group: Underwater by Maris Reichardt
Beer History, Tasting, and Brewing
Bill Robinson's Wild World of Animals


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7 pm Thurs, January 19
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New On Our Shelves

Here are just a few suggestions of new titles we have for you. Click on the book jacket images to take you to our online catalog records to read synopses and to request a copy.

Adult Fiction

by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell

When husband and wife treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo try something new, a relaxing vacation, a detour to visit a rare bookstore leads to the discovery of a dead body. All signs point to a book in the store that may contain a secret map, an actual, ink-on-paper guide to a historic fortune.


We Found A Hat
by Jon Klassen

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat . . .
For ages 4 - 8.


Women In Science
by Rachel Ignotofsky

Charmingly illustrated and educational, this book highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world.


The Midnight Star
by  Marie Lu

The thrilling finale to the Young Elites series. For ages 12+.

Yarns Knitters
4pm Wednesdays

Are you crafty with a crochet hook? Do you think knitting is nifty? Join Spinning Yarns Knitters at 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the Library.
This lively group of fiber enthusiasts welcomes people of all skill levels, from experienced pros to total beginners. Bring your knitting, crocheting, spinning, quilting, or crafting project and join at any time. Want to knit or crochet but don’t know how? No worries! The group can show you how.

This program is free and open to the public.



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