Coronavirus News

Coronavirus News & Resources

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RHPL will begin curbside delivery on Monday, June 1st. Orders may be placed online or by calling the library. Staff will be on site between 11 am and 5  pm, Monday through Saturday. However pickups will only occur between 12 pm and 4 pm. The library building is closed to the public during this time.

To place an order, call 845-758-3241 Monday – Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm or use the online form 24/7.  Only RHPL-owned items may be requested at this time as the Mid Hudson Library System is not delivering yet. Read a brief tutorial on finding Red Hook items here.

You can expect orders placed before noon to be ready the next day by noon. Orders placed after noon will be available on the 2nd day. For example, if you order at 11am on Monday, your order will be ready Tuesday by noon. If you order at 2pm on Monday, your order will be ready by noon on Wednesday.

To pick up items, simply pull into the parking lot and call the library. Once a staff member places your item on a cart in the designated pick-up location, you may exit your car and pick it up. Do not get closer than 6′ to staff or other patrons.

Properly fitting masks are required on library property by those over 2 years of age per the Patron Code of Conduct Safe Practices Addendum.

You can review our New York State Safety Plan here.

You can view our Curbside Delivery Hygiene Protocol here.

You can view our Phased Reopening Plan here.

The Proactive Infection Plan is here.

Returns can be made in the drop box on the porch, or in good weather, the receptacle near the back door.

All staff have been trained in safety procedures including social distancing, safe handling of materials, and proper use of PPE.

Need wireless?

Generally people can connect to the library wireless from the porch, the street, or the parking lot. It is an open network called RHPL wireless.

When accessing library wireless please maintain a safe social distance of at least 6 feet from others, per the NYS on PAUSE Executive Order.

Red Hook Responds

A place to get, or give, help during the crisis. Visit the website or call the hotline: 845-640-4788

Red Hook Senior Services Office 

Town of Red Hook Senior Services Committee and its partners, can help RH Seniors learn about existing resources and services available to them, and even assist with signing people up. We can also pair any RH senior, wishing to receive a friendly phone call, with one of our senior citizen phone call volunteers. Call today, leave your name and number, and one of our volunteers will call you back, usually the same day.


Dutchess Responds 

A place to get, or give, help during the crisis. Visit the website or call the hotline: 845-486-3555

Dutchess County Emotional Support Helpline

Feeling anxious or distressed? This 24/7 helpline will provide support & guidance. Call or text (845) 485-9700 / Call toll-free (877) 485-9700. Or visit the website.

NYS Office of Mental Health Emotional Support Helpline

This helpline provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus crisis. Call 1-844-863-9314. Or visit the website.

Food Assistance

Find a list of local resources here. Update: Community Action will deliver food!

Unemployment Information

Unemployment benefits have been expanded. To apply for these take the steps below:

If you don’t have a computer, call during business hours: 1-888-209-8124

If you have access to the internet, start by creating a NYGov Id as that will make it go more smoothly. Create your Department of Labor NYGov Id here.

Once you have done that, you can file a new unemployment insurance claim. The day you submit your claim is based on the first letter of your last name: A-F on Monday, G-N on Tuesday, O-Z on Wednesday. If you missed your allotted day, submit your claim on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

Any claim you make will be backdated so that you receive benefits from the first day you were out of work.

Use your NYGov Id to apply here.

If this is confusing in any way or you run into difficulties with SNAP, WIC, HEAP and/or unemployment, call Dutchess County Community Action, they’re there to help you: 845-452-5104

More Coronavirus Resources & Links

Trusted sources for Coronavirus information:

Town of Red Hook Coronavirus information

Dutchess County Coronavirus News & Dashboard

New York State Coronavirus News

New York State Regional Monitoring Dashboard

CDC Coronavirus News

Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Dashboard

World Health Organization Coronavirus Dashboard

Dutchess County Covid-19 Hotline:  845-486-3555

State Covid-19 Hotline: 888-364-3065

Support local businesses here and for a comprehensive list of phone numbers, here.

Check out our blog for activities for all ages. Connect with us via Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter.

Additional resources are listed below.

To help children make sense of Covid-19:

For Preschool-aged Children:

PBS Kids videos from Daniel Tiger & Sesame Street to help explain germs

Virtual Storytime from Cincinnati Public Library: Sherm the Germ

Virtual Storytime from Opa’s Corner Storytime: Don’t Lick This Book

For Elementary Children:

Comic for kids explaining coronavirus

Video to explain viruses, in particular Corona viruses (upper elementary to middle school)

For All:

Songs to Wash Your Hands by…. Clever British teenager developed this so you can see how much of your favorite song to sing to ensure clean hands. 

Stay tuned to our website, blog, and our social media for updates and information. We will also be doing our best to post activities and items of interest for you and your families.

We are in this together.

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