Get Cozy December 11

snowmen cookiesSip cocoa, share your favorite treats, and sing along with local duo Roger & Lenny at Red Hook Public Library. This casual event, starting at 6 pm on Friday December 11, promises fellowship with friends and neighbors.

Local musicians Roger & Lenny have performed for the Library twice before and often include some audience participation in their shows. This time they’ll leave their amplifiers at home and lead the group with the help of a few acoustic instruments. Fans of all ages will recognize their favorite holiday tunes. All voices are welcome!

Bring a batch of wintertime treats to share at our Cookie Bar as well as food and personal care items to share with local food banks. We get your donations to those in need!

Cool Critters & Rabbits Dec 5

rabbitsRed Hook Public Library is pleased to host 4-H group Cool Critters at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 5. This group of animal experts will present a program about the different breeds of rabbits and how to care for them. There will be  a variety of soft creatures for participants to see and touch.

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please call the library at 845-758-3241 to reserve a space.


Paper Ornament-Making series begins Dec 2

accordion ballsRed Hook Public Library is presenting a three-part series dedicated to slowing down, using our hands, and creating something new from something old – and making hand-crafted paper ornaments at 5 p.m. Wednesdays, December 2 through 16, at Red Hook Public Library. A different ornament will be made at each session using a variety of folding and cutting techniques. Treat yourself!

These classes are free and all materials will be provided, but space is limited. Please call the library at 845-758-3241 to register.

Art of Cheese Making Dec 8

chaseholm farm cheeseLearn how to make farmstead cheeses when Chaseholm Farm Creamery presents “The Art of Cheese” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, at Red Hook Public Library. Participants will learn the science behind this delicious dairy item. Several artisanal varieties will be discussed, followed by a live demonstration of cheese making. Participants will leave with a recipe to try at home.

This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required; please call the library at 845-758-3241 to reserve your spot.

Anime & Manga Club

animeStudents from Bard College’s Anime Club will be sharing their passion for the popular genre with younger students beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 17, and continuing every other week at Red hook Public Library.

In addition to viewing anime (films) and discussing manga (books), kids will learn about Japanese culture, practice Japanese language, draw comics, play related card games like Yu-gi-oh, and do traditional activities like making onigiri (themed rice balls). The students have also designed an interactive blog for partcipants.

This program is designed for tweens and teens, free, and open to the public. No registration is required.

Petite Picasso Tuesdays at 10:30 am

Toddler-paintingCould your child be the next Matisse? Find out during Petite Picasso, a toddler painting class at 10:30 am Tuesdays. Children ages two through six will have a hands-on painting experience. This program is free and open to the public. Come dressed for a mess!

Get Your High School Equivalency Degree @ the Library

degreeRed Hook Public Library is partnering with Dutches BOCES Adult Learning Center to schedule one-on-one tutoring sessions to help you pass the TASC (High School Equivalency Exam). Call 845.483.3640 ext. 6127, to make an appointment.

NYS Health Exchange Navigators

nysoh-logo-mainRed Hook Public Library will be offering sessions with Navigators to help citizens sign up for the various health plans from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Monday. These are private sessions; please call 1-800-453-4666 to schedule an appointment. This service is free and open to the public.

eBooks for Kids!

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.

Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.

We’re Seeing Stars!

five-starsFive stars … nope, not from Michelin (although sometimes we do have mighty fine snacks). Red Hook Public Library has been awarded five stars by Library Journal once again, based on the number of items we share, attendance at programs and how many people use our library. We’re thrilled to be recognized and delighted to serve a community that values libraries! Come check us out and see why we rate five stars!