News, Highlights + More

Thank you for your support during our 2022 Year End Appeal!

Our patrons, donors, and Library Friends have made the Library what it is today, and your gift makes a difference in the lives of everyone in our community throughout the year.

We invite you to make a donation to the Library and join or renew your Friends membership for 2023!

Community Conversations - Giving Thanks

Thank you to all the community members who joined us for a community conversation in the past few weeks. We learned a great deal about the dreams we all have for our community, the obstacles in the way, and ways in which the Library can help others help the community.

In the meantime, you can continue to help us as we develop our strategic long range plan for the next five years.

If you missed a Community Conversation and would like to respond to the questions that shaped those discussions, you can do so here. 

If you would like to share more targeted feedback with the Library regarding our programs, collections, and direction, please complete this short survey.

Both of these survey tools will be especially helpful to us as we plan our Library’s future direction for the next five years. Thank you for your interest in helping the Library serve you in the best possible way.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info

The Desmond-Fish Public Library is committed to the health and safety of our community.

Currently, face masks are encouraged for all library staff and visitors over the age of two. Curbside pickup remains available during opening hours. The Library is open its regular hours for visits at full capacity, and indoor, outdoor, and virtual programming is taking place.

For reliable and up-to-date information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our COVID-19 Information & Community Resources page.

Racial Equity and Social Justice at the DFPL

In this time of national and international protest against injustice, inequality, and violence against Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color, the Desmond-Fish Public Library is committed to providing services, resources, and programs that uphold all libraries’ core values of democracy, diversity, and social responsibility. In keeping with these values, the staff and Board of Trustees of the Desmond-Fish Public Library support the statement of the American Library Association condemning systemic racism and social injustice.

The Library’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee continues to evaluate positive steps that can be taken to provide a countervailing force to hate and racism, and welcomes community input.  To assist the Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee with its work, or for further information, please contact the Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee liaison, Ryan Biracree.

Library staff have re-dedicated our efforts to building our shared collection with work that reflects the experiences of BIPOC communities, created by diverse authors and artists. We recommend these reading lists and resources for patrons interested in engaging further with social justice issues.

DFPL Recommended Reads for Black History Month and Every Month

Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice: A List for Parents & Caregivers

Powell’s Books Black History Month 2021

NYPL Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List

Boston Public Library Race, Social Justice, and Civil Rights Guide

Poughkeepsie Library Antiracist Starter Kit

Poughkeepsie Library Guide to Native American Books & Resources