A few quick things…

We are so close to our fundraising goal and are almost ready to break ground. Find out more by clicking the Building Updates page!

Donations MUST be brought inside the library during normal operating hours.

Autumn Activities for Kids

Just like our Summer Reading Program, but in the fall! This program is still going on! Stop by the library to register and pick up your log. Kids earn TWO FREE BOOKS from our Book Sale for every week of reading.
Please click here for more details!

Take your littles on an autumn reading adventure! We have created a Storywalk along the fence around the original library building. Start in front of the front door and work your way to the right to read the story! At the end there is a special surprise for the kids to take home. Please take photos and share them with us if you complete the Storywalk!


Virtual Self-Care Sessions

MEDITATION – Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30pm
Help manage your stress and cultivate balance in your life with meditation. These sessions are a wonderful gathering for both beginners and experienced meditators to explore a variety of meditation techniques. Our beloved meditation instructor Susan will be conducting a virtual meditation session via Zoom. All are welcome to join in some relaxation.
Please click here to register. We will send you an email reminder with the link to the ZOOM meeting the day of the program.

The Great Give Back!

What is The Great Give Back?
The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for the patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.

In conjunction with our fellow Dutchess County libraries for The Great Give Back, we are hosting a Food & Personal Hygiene Product Drive to benefit the Pleasant Valley Food Pantry. Please donate non-perishable food items and/or personal hygiene items in the library in the designated bins. We are continuing to accept donations through the month of October.

We are also partnering with Dutchess Outreach as part of TGGB to collect winter coats for all ages. Please bring you CLEAN, new and gently used winter coats to the library any time during the month of October. We can also accept scaves, winter hats, and gloves.

Thank you so much for your generosity to those in need!

For Children and Parents…

COVID-19 Childcare Relief Scholarship
Dutchess County received $197k funding to assist low- and moderate-income families in need childcare for school-aged children. Please visit the Dutchess County Childcare Council website for more information or click here to be taken to the application for consideration.

The CDC has released a very helpful website with a survey/checklist for parents and caregivers making the decision about their child’s schooling this fall. Please click here to view the website.  Please note that there are many other important subject on the CDC website; we encourage you to explore the links on the sidebar for more scientific information that may be useful to you and your family.
You may also click these links below for specific checklists on a variety of topics:
Back to School Decision Making Tool
Planning for In-Person Classes
Planning for Virtual or At-Home Learning
Navigating Stress and Uncertainty
Non-Government Resources


Scholastic is offering a fantastic FREE health planner for families! Working with the Prevent Cancer Foundation, this kit offers information about vaccinations, tips for healthy nutrition and exercise, as well as a video PSA about how certain viruses can lead to cancer later on. Please click here to get your free planner.

Do Your Duty: Voting Information

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Absentee Voting to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

The deadline for the postmarked return of an absentee ballot has been extended to November 3, 2020 for the general election per Chapter 91 of the laws of 2020.

You can download a PDF version of the New York Sate Absentee Ballot Application Form:

Download, print, and fill out the application. Upon completion, applications must be mailed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.

Early Voting October 24 through November 1

Rhinebeck Town Hall ~ 80 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY
Millbrook Fire House ~ 20 Front Street, Millbrook, NY
DC Board of Elections ~ 47 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY
Boardman Road Library ~ 141 Boardman Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY
Fishkill Town Hall ~ 807 Route 52, Fishkill, NY

Sat. Oct. 24 – 12 pm to 5 pm
Sun. Oct. 25 – 12 pm to 5 pm
Mon. Oct. 26 – 9 am to 5 pm
Tues. Oct. 27 – 12 pm to 8 pm
Wed. Oct. 28 – 9 am to 5 pm
Thurs. Oct. 29 – 12 pm to 8 pm
Fri. Oct. 30 – 9 am to 5 pm
Sat. Oct 31 – 9 am to 4 pm
Sun. Nov. 1 – 12 pm to 5 pm

Information obtained from the NYS Board of Elections and the Dutchess County Board of Elections.

If you are still concerned about the Coronavirus, please feel free to watch these videos. They have been compiled to help you understand the illness, how it spreads, how to protect yourself and family, and how to seek treatment.
*Please note that these videos should not and do not replace medical advice. Always contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns.*


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