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CALM COLORING – Wed. Feb. 3 at 6:30 pm

61A6kOG89eL__SX416_BO1,204,203,200_  Come for coloring, conversation and tea.
Supplies will be provided or bring your own.
Relax with your creative side… or not so
creative side and just enjoy.  It’s all good.
Registration appreciated but not required
Call 845-868-1341

New Online Service **E-MAGAZINES**

magazines1  Access over 90 magazine titles online.  Download an app for  your mobile device, or stream on    your computer.  No waiting and no returns!  On the right side Click “New Online Magazines”.  Establish an account and you are good to go!

Reminder –  ebooks and audiobooks are available for a 3 week lending period with the ability to return any time.

Story Time

music-marketing-plan-Storytime-artists-guide-show-and-tellStory Time for Toddlers and Preschoolers
with Danielle Sundberg
Every Tuesday beginning September 29
Toddlers – Preschool – 11 – 11:45 a.m.
Call to Register 845-868-1341

Thursday Afternoon Movie – 2 pm

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Jan. 21 — Max — Max, a precision-trained military dog, serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott.   Rated PG 1 hr. 51 mins

Jan. 28 — A Little Chaos — Kate Winslet stars in this romantic drama as Sabine, a strong-willed and talented landscape designer, who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at the new palace at Versailles in the court of King Louis XIV    Rated R 1 hr. 53 mins

Feb. 4 — Martian — During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew.  Rated PG 2 hrs. 14 mins.

Feb. 11 — Infinitely Polar Bear — As Cam recovers from a manic breakdown, his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) enters a graduate school program in the hopes of building a better life for her family. Cam agrees to become the primary caregiver for his spirited young daughters and quickly finds himself in over his head. Based on a true story. Rated R 1 hr. 28 mins.

Feb. 18 — Woodlawn — In 1973, a spiritual awakening captures the hearts of the Woodlawn High School Football team. Lead by their coach and fueled by the team’s dedication to love and unity in a school filled with racism and hate, the team makes a run at the playoffs. Rated PG 2 hrs. 3 mins.

Feb. 25 — The Intern — A retired successful business owner and widower lands an internship at a fashion website run by a young, career-driven woman. Rated PG 2 hrs. 1 min.




Monday Book Club – Join Us the Second Monday of the Month

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Join Us Monday, February 8 at 4 p.m.
February Selection:
River Horse: A Voyage Across America   by William Least Heat-Moon
Copies are available at the library



Water Color Workshop

 Tueswatercolordays – 6 – 8 PM
 1st, 3rd and 5th of each month
 Learn how to use this medium to express your creativity!
 Call to register and obtain the list of needed supplies  845-868-1341


museumThe Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum

Free family admission. A $30 savings for a family of 4!
Stop in and pick up the pass or call ahead for a reservation

FDR Presidential Library and Museum

Free family day pass – contact the reference desk at the Poughkeepsie Public Library at 845-485-3445 x 3702 with your library card number and the date of visit. They will e-mail you a pass.


First, Third and Fifth Thursday of each Month  

                        7:00 – 8:30 p.m.knitting

Come join us for knitting, tea and conversation

                      All Levels Welcome


                             Every Thursday 10:30 – 12:15 pm

Brain Games

Fun, Stimulating, Invigorating Word Games, Board Games, Card Games, Conversation and Laughter!

Hope to see you there.

Board of Trustees Meeting – Second Tuesday

The library board meets the second Tuesday of every month at  7 pm

The public is welcome to attend.

Updates on New Building



Starting over ten years ago the library board began looking at the problem of lack of space in our busy library.  We have visited other libraries and discussed the positive and negative aspects of their buildings’ designs with their board members and directors.  We have also worked with many consultants at various points in the planning.

During this process we have tried to get as much community involvement and input as possible.  The two public forums held in April and September of 2009 and a feasibility study done that fall were very helpful in giving us useful ideas and an understanding of what the community wants.  Informal input from patrons, friends and neighbors has also been very informative.  We have also gone to the various town boards and organizations in town to discuss the project.

Why do you need a new library?

The library’s usage has grown far beyond the capacity of the present building.  The present building has served its purpose very well for almost 40 years, but it is too small, and non-compliant with ADA regulations and the present building codes.  We expect library usage to continue to grow and need to plan for the next 10 to 20 years. We feel additional space with updated facilities is sorely needed.

  • From 2000 to 2011 our circulation increased 88%!

 Why not add on to the building we have?

Our original intention was to put on an addition. Before jumping into construction we had a feasibility study done at the beginning of 2007.  Some of the factors looked at were our usage, population, holdings and estimated growth needs over the next 10 -15 years. The staff and the board were also interviewed before the recommendations were made.  The report recommended a building of about 7,000 square feet.

We were presented with a number of options:

1.  Adding to our present building

2.  Converting an older building

3.  Building a new structure

4.  Renting

When evaluating these options, we considered many factors, some of which were:

1.  Proximity to theRecPark

2.  Ownership

3.  Accessibility

4.  Interior design – supervision, efficient layout

5.  Structural requirements – books are very heavy!

6.  Maintenance costs

To our surprise, the cost of renovating and adding on to the present building was about the same as a new building (Two and a half million).  The present structure is sound, but would require a total “gut” job, during which we would need to rent and move the entire collection.  The heating, air, electric, plumbing and septic systems would need to be totally redone.  The addition would visually overwhelm the original structure.  Trying to add on to the present building on our oddly shaped lot would not allow for the best design and in the end we would have an expensive building that didn’t really meet the needs of our growing library.

Why did we purchase the new property?

There were not many sites for a new library that met our requirements; until we became aware that the Country Lane Nurseries property across from the pharmacy was available.  We thought the location was ideal and purchased the property on November 25, 2008.

The property has a number of positive features.  It is centrally located in town, is visible and accessible from Route 82, and is located next to the Town Recreation area.  A new library there would be very beneficial for the library and for the town.

Who is the architect?

After an extensive interviewing process, we hired the architectural firm of Butler, Rowland and Mays who specialize in building libraries.  The library board worked with them through our Building Committee to develop a plan that balances the needs of our growing library with the costs. The new library would have 5,200 square feet on one floor along with a partial basement for the mechanical systems.  It will be about twice the size of our present building, have a floor plan that is much more efficient for the functions of a modern library and offer easy access for all.

The rendering below shows the building as it faces Route 82.  Parking is on the west side and in the back.

            New Building Rendering

Next Step

A financial feasibility study was completed in 2010.  The study involved a sampling of community members who met with the consultant and answered a number of questions about how they view the library’s role in the community now and in the future.  Since then the Capital Campaign Committee developed informational materials and strategies to inform the community about the project.

Presently, we are in the “silent” phase of our fund raising campaign.  The committee is working on contacting foundations and “lead” donors who want to see the library thrive and continue to be an important resource for our community.