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October news from Red Hook Public Library:

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Monster Mash Oct 24

monster mash 01Ghouls and goblics should wear their dancing shoes to this year’s Monster Mash, 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 24, at the Red Hook Firehouse. The annual family-friendly dance party hosted by Red Hook Public Library features a DJ, dancing, games, crafts and spooky (but not too scary) activities.

This year we have a Pumpkin Photo Contest. Take a photo of your carved or decorated pumpkin and bring it to the library between October 1 and 22 to enter.  A winner will be announced at the Monster Mash.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring the whole family. Costumes encouraged!

Rotary Book Sale Sat Oct 25

booksaleRed Hook Rotary Club will be holding a giant book sale to benefit Red Hook Public Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 25, at the Red Hook Village Hall. Books of all kinds will be on sale at bargain prices. All proceeds will benefit the library’s early literacy program, in support of Rotary’s campaign to improve literacy.

Rotarians will accept donations of used books from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays: October 4, 11 and 18. Books in good condition are welcome and appreciated; no textbooks or encyclopedias please.

Get Your Mahj On!

mahjong cardLearn to play American Mahjongg on Friday afternoons at 1 p.m. Fridays in September & October at Red Hook Public Library.

Mahjongg, a 4-player game of skill, strategy and luck, originated in ancient China and is making a comeback today.  We’ll teach you to play – all supplies provided. All are welcome to attend this program.

Libraries Transforming Communities Grant

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Red Hook Public Library as one of 10 public libraries nationwide that will undergo an intensive 18-month, team-based community engagement training program as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort.
Through in-person training, webinars and coaching—valued at $50,000— Red Hook Public Library will learn new community engagement techniques and apply them to challenges in the Red Hook area. The library will also receive an $8,000 cash grant to help cover the cost of new community-engagement work.
Libraries Transforming Communities is made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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.