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Thank you to the Stanford community for your overwhelming support of our budget proposition!

HOLIDAY ART SHOW Dec. 4th to Jan. 5th


Reception Friday, December 4th from 6pm to 8pm

Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments



International Games Day – Canceled

Family Time At The Library
Board games will be provided but you are welcome to bring one to share.
Registration appreciated but not necessary – 845-868-1341

Chess Club is Back! Starting Wednesday November 18

chess   Wednesday Afternoons  — 3:45 – 5 p.m.
   November 18 — December 23
Nov. 25 — canceled  Dec. 23 to be decided
Third Grade Students and Up
Call the library to register 845-868-1341

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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December 3rd – Seymour: An Introduction – Meet Seymour Bernstein: a beloved pianist, teacher and true inspiration who shares eye-opening insights from an amazing life. Ethan Hawke helms this poignant guide to life.  Rated PG 84 minutes

December 10th Far From The Madding Crowd — Carey Mulligan stars as a headstrong Victorian beauty in this sweeping romantic drama, based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy. Bathsheba Everdene is an independent woman who attracts three different suitors: a sheep farmer; a dashing soldier; and a prosperous, older bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s passions explores the nature of relationships, love and resilience.   Rated PG-13 119 minutes

December 17th — The Age of Adaline — After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.   Rated PG-13 109 minutes



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

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Join Us Monday, December 14 at 4 p.m.
December Selection:
Deep Down Dark     by Hector Tobar
Copies are available at the library



Water Color Workshop – Starting September 15

 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.

The Great Books Book Club

inch wormTemporarily Suspended


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.