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!

While we are still currently accepting donations, we ask that you limit them five boxes/bags per household per week.
Donations MUST be brought inside the library during normal operating hours.

Weekly Wednesday Storytimes with Miss Julie

Each week we will have a themed craft bag available to pick up in-person at the library. Every Wednesday a new Virtual Storytime with Miss Julie will be posted to our YouTube channel and website.

Swing by and pick up a craft bag each week on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Then tune in for Miss Julie’s Storytime and enjoy the craft to go with the story! Share pictures of your completed crafts with us on Facebook, Instagram, or by email!

Virtual Storytimes will start on Wednesday, February 3rd!
Craft bag pick-up starts on February 1st.

Rocking Painting, by Appointment

Our Community Rock Garden is a little bare these days. So we invite you to schedule a half hour to come in and paint a rock for our Community Rock Garden in our front windows! All ages welcome. This is an IN-PERSON library program. Please do not sign up if you are not able to attend in person.

Online registration required.
*PLEASE NOTE: We have a limited number of appointment times available for families. No-Shows will be assessed a $5 fee UNLESS 24 hours notice of cancellation is given.

Wednesday, February 10th – 1pm to 4pm
Saturday, February 13th – 11am to 1pm
Wednesday, February 24th – 1pm to 4pm

FDR & the Hudson Valley

“All that is in me cries out to return to my home along the Hudson River,” Franklin Roosevelt said near the end of his life. The Roosevelt Estate in Hyde Park, NY was a place where FDR’s ideals, ambitions, and character were shaped. Join Roosevelt Library Education Specialist Jeffrey Urbin as we explore the magic the Hudson River Valley held for him on Wednesday, February 10th at 6:30pm.

Registration is required. Please click here to reserve your spot.
*Please note that registration closes the day before the program. Be sure to sign up early if you would like to attend.

Virtual Yoga Classes with Samantha

CHAIR YOGA – Wednesday, February 10th at 11am
We are so excited to be partnering with Samantha to offer this online chair yoga class. This is an all level yoga class to be held via Zoom on Wednesday, February 10th from 11am to 12pm.

Registration is required. Registration is now done through the library. Please click here to reserve your spot.
*Please note that registration closes the day before the program. Be sure to sign up early if you would like to attend.

GENTLE FLOW YOGA – Wednesday, February 24th at 6pm
Join us and Samantha for this online all level gentle flow yoga class. This class is perfect for beginners as well as more experienced practitioners and will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, February 24th from 6pm to 7pm. Please have ready: a yoga mat, blocks (books or cans of soup), strap (belt, ties, scarf, hand towel), and either a small blanket or bath towel.

Registration is required. Registration is now done through the library. Please click here to reserve your space.
*Please note that registration closes the day before the program. Be sure to sign up early if you would like to attend.

Virtual Meditation Session

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 on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:30pm. All are welcome to join.

Registration is required. Please click here to reserve your spot.

Interactive Movie Kits

A great new activity for families!
Interactive movies provide families an active role in a movie using “prompts” and props. It’s a way to actually become part of the movie instead of just watching it.  Each kit contains the movie on DVD, laminated instructions and “prompt” sheets, props to use throughout the movie, and a craft to do before watching. We currently have two kits available: Toy Story & Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Kits are available starting February 1st. Please call or check at the desk for availability.

Kids Winter Reading Program

Children Pre-K (age 3+) through 5th grade can come register and pick up a reading log at the library starting Monday, January 4th.
Children read five+ days per week, logging their reading each day. After five days and five stickers, kids can come to the library each week for a coupon for TWO FREE BOOKS* from our Friends Book Sale.
Prize pick-ups begin on Monday, January 11th. This is a ten-week program, ending March 20th

*Juvenile and/or Young Adult books ONLY. No Adult books, DVDs, CDs, etc

Reducing Plastics in Our Lives & Our Environment

Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:30pm

This important and informative program will be presented by members of the Pleasant Valley CAC & Climate Smart Task Force. More information coming soon.

Registration will be required, and will open later in February.

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.

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