Exciting News!

Check out our Building Updates page for the latest information about the library renovation!

We have a lot of great news to share with you! We are so close to our fundraising goal and are almost ready to break ground.
Find out more by clicking the Building Updates page!


Starting September 8th, fines will start to accrue again for any items returned late and fines will not be waived.
We will continue to quarantine and then clean all returns so you may see items on your record even after returning them.
Once they are deemed safe we will backdate them to the date that they were returned to us.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Back to School Storytimes with Miss Julie!

While ‘back to school’ is a bit different this year, Miss Julie is here to help children get excited about the new school year!
Click here to visit our YouTube channel and be sure to subscribe!

Autumn Activities for Kids

Just like our Summer Reading Program, but in the fall! Pick up your reading logs starting Monday, September 14th. Start reading Sunday, September 20th!

  • Children Pre-K (age 3+) through 5th grade can come pick up a reading log at the library
  • 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!
  • This is a twelve-week program, beginning September 20th

*Juvenile or YA books ONLY – no adult materials, CDs, DVDs, games, etc
Please click here for more details!

Children ages 4 to 12 years are invited to schedule a half hour to come in and make some autumn crafts!

Saturday, Sept. 26th   11am to 1pm
Monday, Sept. 28th   11am to 4pm
Wednesday, Sept. 30th   1pm to 4pm

You must register online on our Calendar page to reserve your time slot.
Please click the day you are interested in above to be taken to the registration link.

Virtual Self-Care Classes

Thursday, September 24th @ 6:30pm
This class is great for beginners or experienced practitioners. This all-level classes will be held via Zoom.
To register, you must email Samantha at sfree1928@gmail.com with the class(es) you are interested in.
While we are happy to offer these classes for free, donations to Samantha are always appreciated.
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.

Our beloved meditation instructor Susan will be conducting a virtual meditation session on Tuesday, September 29th 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. All are welcome to join in some relaxation.
Please click here to sign up. We will send you an email reminder with the link to the ZOOM meeting the day before the program.

Friends of the Library YARD SALE

Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library Yard Sale!
Saturday, September 26th ~ 9am to 3pm ~ on the front lawn of the old library located at 1584 Main Street.

Our Friends group has collected a great variety of items that have been donated to the Library. Stop by and peruse these treasures along with books, CDs, and DVDs. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

** This is NOT our usual autumn yard sale. **
Only the Friends of the Library will be selling items. Residents/patrons are not selling at this event. Masks and social distancing are required.


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.

Racial Justice Comic Books for All Ages
Many thanks to the The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association and  the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for assembling this list of amazing graphic novels/comic books so that readers of all ages may learn about the inequalities facing people of color. Many of these titles are available through the library system. Please click here to view the list.

Do Your Duty: Voting & Census Information

Absentee Voting to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

*All info obtained from the NYS Board of Elections website here*
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.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Early Voting Period is October 24, 2020 – November 1, 2020

Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot (Deadlines)

  1. Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day.
  2. Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19).
  3. Unable to appear because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
  4. A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
  5. Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

When is it due?

You must apply online, postmark, email or fax a completed application or letter request for the General Election Absentee ballot no later than 7 days (October 27, 2020) before the election. You may apply in-person up to the day before the election (November 2, 2020). You may file an application at any time before the deadlines, but ballots will be mailed out beginning on or about September 18, 2020. (PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DESPITE THE ABOVE DEADLINES THE POST OFFICE HAS ADVISED THAT THEY CANNOT GUARANTEE TIMELY DELIVERY OF BALLOTS APPLIED FOR LESS THAN 15 DAYS BEFORE AN ELECTION.)

How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot (Deadlines)

You may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:

  • Electronically through our Absentee Application Portal (COMING SOON)
  • By sending an email request to your local county board of elections
  • By sending a fax request to your local county board of elections
  • By going in-person to your local county board of elections
  • By mailing a paper application to your local county board of elections

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

    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.

  • By sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must contain the following information:
    1. Name and date of birth of the voter
    2. the address where you are registered
    3. an address where the ballot is to be sent
    4. the reason for the request, and
    5. the signature of the voter

      If you apply by letter, an application form will be mailed with your ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with your ballot.

    If you cannot pick up your ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the mail, you have the right to designate someone to pick it up for you. Only that person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot.

    If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an Absentee Ballot for each subsequent election without further application. Simply file an application with your county board of elections indicating permanent illness or physical disability.

    You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled.

    If your are visually impaired or have low vision, please use the Accessible Absentee Ballot Application – COMING SOON

How to Cast an Absentee Ballot

  • Once your receive the ballot, mark the ballot according to your choices for each office following the instructions on the ballot
  • Once you have completed marking your ballot fold it up and place it in the Security Envelope. (This envelope will have a place for your signature.)
  • Sign and date the outside of the Security Envelope.
  • Seal the Security Envelope.
  • Place the Security Envelope in the Return Envelope. (This envelope will have the return address of your county Board of Elections on the outside and should have a logo that reads, “Official Election Mail”)
  • Seal the Return Envelope.
  • You may return the ballot in any of the following ways:
    1. Put it in the mail ensuring it receives a postmark no later than November 3rd.
    2. Bringing it to the County Board of Elections Office no later than November 3rd.
    3. Bringing it to an early voting poll site between October 24th and November 1st
    4. Bringing it to a poll site on November 3rd.

The Census deadline has been extended until September 30th.
You should have received a letter in the mail with a unique code for your address. Lost, misplaced, or didn’t get one? No worries! You can visit the Census website and fill it out without the code. Completing the census is a crucial task we all do to help make sure our community receives the proper funding.

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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