Monster Mash Oct 30

Monster MashLooking to dance the night away while clad in fabulous costume? Good thing, because it’s time for Red Hook Public Library’s fourth annual Monster Mash Halloween Bash at 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 30, at the Red Hook Firehouse. There will be a DJ and dancing, games, crafts, and activities for all ages. Come in costume and see if you can recognize your neighbors or your favorite library clerks. Have some cake and cider. Play a monsterly game, create something dastardly, and join in the slithering conga line. But don’t worry: there’s nothing scary about about this family event.

Free and open to the public.

Sugar Skull Workshop for Teens Oct 24

Sugar SkullAs part of Red Hook Public Library’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, co-sponsored by  La Voz magazine, a workshop on making traditional sugar skulls for teens will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 24, at the library. Finished skulls will be on display on the library’s ofrenda through Día de los Muertos, after which the teens will take their creations home.

Sugar skulls, or calavera de azúcar, are a tradition in Mexico during Day of the Dead festivities. Ornately decorated with colorful icing and sequins, the skulls are made as edible treats for children or as offerings in remembrance of loved ones.

This program is free and open to teens. Registration is required in person at the library.

Roger & Lenny Concert October 23

Roger Cohn and LennyLocal songsters Roger & Lenny are returning for their third concert for Red Hook Public Library. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 23, at the Elmendorph Inn. The duo features sets of favorite tunes from artists such as the Everly Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Beatles, peppered with a few surprises and some original pieces. They are known for their friendly performance style and smooth harmonic sound. Audience members often find themselves taken back, exchanging memories, singing, and swaying to and fro. Smiles guaranteed!

This program is free and open to the public.

Special Board Meeting October 9

Business_BoardMeetingThe Red Hook Public Library Board of Trustees will conduct a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 9, to discuss library business. This meeting is open to the public.

Italian Language Classes

amee-and-mastroianni-la-dolce-vitaBruciare. Bambina. Baciare. These are just some of the words you’ll learn during the beginner’s Italian language classes at 6 p.m. each Thursday beginning September 10 and continuing for eight weeks. The class emphasizes basic vocabulary and conversation.

Intermediate Italian class will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesdays beginning September 16, running for seven weeks. A text book is used and verb conjugations and grammar will be discussed. Intermediate students must have basic vocabulary and  experience speaking and understanding.

Free and open to the public; registration is required. Call 845-758-3241 to register.

Latin Classes for Teens

ceasarLearn the language of Ceasar when Latin classes for students in grades 7 and up at 5:30 p.m. each Monday beginning September 21 through December 7, begin at Red Hook Public Library.

Latin gives kids an advantage with language, literature, science, classics, and even testing. Instructor Ann Patty, editor, fluent speaker, and connoisseur, returns for the popular class.

This program is free but space is limited. Please call 845-758-3241 to secure your space.

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.