A Library Update – Updated 12/11/18

If you would like to donate to the library, please click below:

If you plan on shopping on Amazon this holiday season, please consider choosing the Pleasant Valley Library as your charity of choice using AmazonSmile! Just click this image to get started!

Library Journal has written a wonderful article about our library and how we are handling this devastating situation. Please read it here.

We are looking forward to opening at 3 Maggiacomo Lane in the New Year! We’d like to thank the Redls for everything they are doing to help us get up and running as soon as possible, as well as Hudson Valley Office Furniture for giving us amazing discounts on the furniture we need to purchase. While we do not have an opening date yet, please know that we are eager to open our doors again soon!

We would also like to thank the members and businesses of our community who have organized fundraising events for the library. We are so touched by everyone’s support and generosity. In no particular order, we would like to extend our gratitude to:
Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby, the PV Brownies and Madison’s Pizza Café, Lilymoore Farm, Taqueria Los Ortiz, the Tivoli Library and Oblong Books, Brookside Meadows, Harmon & Castella.

Our local schools have also been a huge part in fundraising for us as well. Many  thanks to: Arlington High School for placing donation jars throughout the school, the Traver and West Road Schools for collecting donations (and Mrs. Ogborn for matching donations!), and the Haviland Middle, LaGrange Middle, and West Road schools for allowing us to have an information table to thank the community as well as collect donations at their winter concerts.

If you would like to purchase a Rebuilding Together button to support the library, the following local businesses have been gracious enough to sell them for us: Country Thistle Holiday Pop-Up Shop, PV Department Store, The Village Restaurant.

Finally, we would like to thank each and every community member who braved the cold and rain to decorate the fence surrounding the library for the Festival of Lights celebration. The outpouring of support and festivity was astounding to us, and we could not have asked for anything more. We plan to save as many of the decorations as possible.

The Pleasant Valley Library has won Hudson Valley Parent Magazine’s Spirit of Giving Sweepstakes! Many thanks to everyone who nominated us to win $500 worth of children’s books. We are so humbled and excited to receive this generous gift. You can read the article, including numerous comments from those who nominated us, on the HV Parent Magazine website.

Here is a list of upcoming fundraisers and community events that support the library. Please consider joining us!

  • Monday, December 17th 5:15pm – West Road School – library staff will be at the Winter Concert to provide information regarding the status of the library

We’d like to give a shout-out to Billy Hayes and his family for sending us this awesome gingerbread house he made of the library! Here is his mom’s message: “Hello all, Last night our family took home the prize for “best theme” at a gingerbread house design competition. We based our design on the library, and coincidentally (or not), the prize was a firefighter nutcracker! I just wanted to share the pictures with you all. Have a happy and healthy holiday season!”

News Articles Regarding the Fire

We have compiled a list of the news articles regarding the fire at the library:

Pleasant Valley Free Library Regroups After Fire – Library Journal, November 29th
NYLA Disaster Relief Fund to Benefit Pleasant Valley Library – NYLA
Library Will Recover From Fire with Community Help – Poughkeepsie Journal, November 16
Community Rallies in Support of Pleasant Valley Free Library – Poughkeepsie Journal, November 8
Community Organizes Fundraising for Fire-Ravaged Library – MidHudson Valley Patch, November 8
Historic Pleasant Valley Library Burns, Voters Approve Referendum to Increase Town Funding – MidHudson News, November 7
Here’s How You Can Help the Pleasant Valley Library – WRRV, November 7
‘Heartbreaking’ Fire Destroys Pleasant Valley Library – Poughkeepsie Journal, November 6
Pleasant Valley Library Fire Causes Delays in Morning Commute – WRRV, November 6
Two-Alarm Fire Damages Pleasant Valley Library, Route 44 Remains Closed – Southwest Dutchess Daily Voice, November 6
Fire Damages Pleasant Valley Library Tuesday – MidHudson Valley Patch, November 6
Fire Damages Pleasant Valley Library – Daily Freeman, November 6

In Stitches – Drop-In Crochet Group

We love to crochet and have so much fun, we want to share with everybody! We meet every Tuesday at 12:30pm in the front room. If you want to learn how to crochet, we will teach you! If you’re working on a project and need help, we can help you! Or, just bring a project and sit and chat and laugh with us!!

No registration necessary, just drop in!

Chess Club

The Pleasant Valley Library will be offering a drop-in Chess Club! The group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 6pm in the Front Room of the library. Our next session is November 8th! No registration is required! All ages and skill levels are welcome to come meet local chess enthusiasts. We ask that you bring your own chess sets if you have them, though some will be provided.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Robert at wogglenut@earthlink.net

Adult Volunteers Wanted!

Want to make a difference in your community? Love the library and wish to help out? We’re looking for passionate adults to help us out with various tasks in our library!
Some duties could include: shelving, pulling holds, sorting books for the Book Sales, unloading our donation shed.
Volunteers must have the ability to bend and lift [books are heavy and some shelves are low!] and attention to alphabetical detail.
Interested? You can download an application here– just print, complete, and return it to us! Or stop by the library and ask for a volunteer application at the desk. When an opening matches your interests, we’ll give you a call!

Afternoon Meditation Group

We now offer an afternoon session of our popular Meditation Group. This session will meet on the second Thursday of every month at 1pm. This is a FREE monthly meditation group led by certified hypnotherapist and Reiki Master Susan Olin-Dabrowski.  First time and experienced meditators are welcome.  Meditation can help manage stress and improve quality of life.
No registration is necessary, walk-ins are welcome.

We’re on Instagram!

 The Pleasant Valley Library is now on Instagram!Follow us for a glimpse behind the scenes, book recommendations, and much more. Have you taken a great photo in the library? Do you have an adorable photo of your kids reading library books? Email your photo to plvfreelibrary@gmail.com and we’ll feature your photo on our account!
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The library is now a Field Goods pickup location!

Want to support the library building fund and the local farming community? Consider joining Field Goods! This organization works closely with Hudson Valley farms to deliver fresh, local fruits and vegetables to the library where you can pick them up on Fridays. The library building fund gets $1.00 for every bag you order. You can set up an account for either weekly or bi-weekly delivery and you can suspend it at any time. Visit the Field Goods website for more information.


Ongoing Book Sale

The Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library have an ongoing Book Sale of donated items in the Library’s Front Room.
All books, DVD’s, CD’s and audiobooks are only $1!

Teen Geek Help

Need help downloading an eBook? Trying to establish an email, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media account? Having trouble with your tablet? Get the help you need at the library! The library now offers individualized technology assistance from our resident “teen geek”. Call the Pleasant Valley Library at (845) 635-8460 to schedule an appointment, and remember to bring along your device!