Building Update 01/02/19

In order to keep our updates about the library in a centralized location, we have created this page to keep our patrons up to date on what is going on behind the scenes while we work on opening in our temporary space. We hope to update this page every few days with what we are up to. Please keep checking back!


Update 01/02/19
Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. We are excited for what this year will bring.
We’d like to remind our patrons that the temporary library location at the former market is still under intense construction. We ask that you do not enter the building at this time.
Traditional Okinawan Karate of Pleasant Valley is hosting a fundraiser for the library! On Wednesday, January 9th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, they will be offering a Karate Cardio class. This $10 class is open to ages 18 and up, or ages 13-17 with a parent sign-up as well. All proceeds will be donated to the library’s rebuilding fund. To register call 845-635-1426 click here to sign-up online.
Mr. Redl has graciously lent us use of the former karate studio in the same plaza, 2B Maggiacomo Lane located between Amore Pizza and Cotter’s Wine and Liquors, to use as a space to collect and sort donations. Please continue reading for more details about donating items.

From the Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library:
“The Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library are beginning to accept donations of media items to replace items lost in the recent fire. IMPORTANT: Because of limited space, we are ONLY looking for items in excellent condition. Please read the instructions carefully.

DROP OFF DATES: Wednesday, January 2nd from 10am – 3pm, ANY SATURDAY IN JANUARY from 10am – 3pm
(More dates and evening hours coming soon)
We can accept: Books (in excellent shape ONLY), CDs  and DVDs, Graphic Novels, current Textbooks (nothing out of date)
We CANNOT accept: dirty/damaged/outdated/yellowed books, VHS tapes, magazines, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest books, LPs/records, puzzles, cassette tapes, etc

PLEASE – Drop off items ONLY during the times listed. Items CANNOT be dropped off and left outside the building or to other stores in the plaza! PLEASE!!! This space has been generously donated to us and we want to respect our neighbors.

DROP OFF YOUR DONATIONS to the temporary space at 3 Maggiacomo Lane, Pleasant Valley located between Amore Pizza and Cotter’s Wine and Liquors. Do not drop off items at the temporary library location (that space is under renovation at this time).

Books and other media items that we do not use for the library collection will be available to the public to take during the hours we are open. All we are asking in return is any size donation to help rebuild our library.

Message us if you have a large collection you want to donate so we can make arrangements. Thank you!!”

The library is excited to begin taking donations again, and we thank you so much for your support and generosity. We are also incredibly thankful for our amazing Friends group for putting in the time to help sort all of the donations.


Update 12/26/18
With the New Year coming up quickly, we are getting super excited about being able to open in our temporary location at 3 Maggiacomo Lane! We are still working diligently behind the scenes, preparing for opening in (hopefully) mid-January. Please check back for updates as to our reopening, as well as when and where we will be able to start accepting book donations.
If you are interested, we have been periodically posting interior photos of the library on our Facebook page. We understand that the outside of the building does not look that bad, but the interior damage is quite extensive. Some may find the photos upsetting or disturbing, so we ask that you keep that in mind when viewing them.
Also, in case you missed it, the Poughkeepsie Journal wrote a fabulous article about the library and our efforts to reopen. You can read it here.
We hope you and your families had a wonderful holiday season and wish you all the best for the coming year. We cannot wait to see our patrons again soon!


We are incredibly grateful for everyone who has donated in some way to support the library. The following businesses have donated in kind, alphabetically:
Arnoff Moving and Storage
Bastian Lawn and Landscaping
Brick Barn Furniture Thrift Shop
Country Thistle Pop-Up Holiday Shop
First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley
Guardian Self-Storage
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Hable Bookkeeping
Harlin Computer Services
Herb Redl Properties
Hudson Valley Office Furniture
Pleasant Valley Department Store
Quick Signs
Village Restaurant

We would also like to take a moment to thank the following businesses who have made monetary donations to our rebuilding efforts:
Arlington High School
Bondus Financial Services
Brookside Meadows
Century Museum Village Collectors Association
Cotter’s Wine and Liquor
Dinsmore Golf Ladies
Dover Plains Library
Dutchess County Rug Hookers Guild
Dyson Foundation
Halliday Construction
Harmon & Castella Printing
Haviland Middle School
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
Hudson Valley Floral
Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby
James Street Home Bureau
LaGrange Middle School
Lilymoore Farm
Madison’s Pizza Cafe
McCabe & Mack LLP
Mid-Hudson Trout Unlimited
MidHudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Mrs. K’s Workshop
Oblong Books & Music
Photo Graphics
Pleasant Valley Brownies
Pleasant Valley Chapter Home Bureau
Pleasant Valley Historical Society
Pleasant Valley Meditation Group
Pleasant Valley Stone
Pleasant Valley Township Health Committee
Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
Schwartz & Patten DDS
Taqueria Los Ortiz
Tivoli Free Library
Traver Road School
West Road School
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Woolpierogi
Yesterday’s Silhouette


We would like to give a shout-out to Zoe Spagnoli, a local budding author who has written a book she is now selling to raise funds for the library! We are so impressed by her creative spunkiness! Many thanks, Zoe! We can’t wait to see you again soon!

We’d also 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!”