HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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
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.
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
Stories, music and movement for toddlers.
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.
4 pm January 17 & 31
That's right. Our furry reading buddy is back on two Tuesdays this month.
Preschool Story Time
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