Join the Friends of the Desmond-Fish Public Library for a small-scale community book sale on the library lawn this weekend, weather permitting.

Help us keep everyone safe and healthy! Masks and gloves are required for anyone visiting or working at the sale. Tables will be limited to one shopper/family group at a time.

The Library building remains closed to the public but we hope to see you outside this weekend!

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The Library may be closed but we are here to help!

Click Here to get the latest news on virtual programs, online resources, and how you can keep in touch with your friendly library staff.

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Outdoor Reading Garden Update

We’re excited to start work on our new outdoor Reading Garden! Flowering dogwoods have been planted and native pollinator-friendly plants and benches are soon to follow. We’ll soon have an ADA-accessible, tree-lined reading space for patrons to enjoy even when the library building is closed. This project has been fully underwritten thanks to the generosity of a private donor.

Our lavender beds, donated and cared for by our friend Christopher Radko are finding homes at the St. Philips Nursery School and in the gardens of our friends and neighbors until they can be replanted in the new garden this Fall.
Click here for more information about this project and the library’s Master Site Plan.

Summer Reading Begins!

It’s that time of year again, and even though the library building remains closed to the public, we’re excited to bring you a great lineup of summer reading programs this year! For more information about all our virtual events, and for updates and information on how to sign up for fun activities, read great books, and win prizes all summer long, just visit our Summer Reading page!

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 Board of Trustees of the Desmond-Fish Public Library supports the statement of the American Library Association condemning systemic racism and social injustice.

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. Please stay tuned for more information and recommendations. In the meantime, we recommend these reading lists for patrons interested in engaging further with social justice issues.

NYPL Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List

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

Poughkeepsie Library Antiracist Starter Kit

Sun 20

Pop-Up Community Book Sale

September 19 - September 20
Mon 21

Virtual Storytime

September 21 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Mon 21

Virtual Computer Help Appointments

September 21 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tue 22

New Parents and Infants Online Support Group

September 22 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tue 22

Highlands Knitters – Online Meetup

September 22 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info

The Desmond-Fish Public Library is committed to the health and safety of our community. After careful consideration and, in keeping with mandates by NY State Government, we will be closed to the public until further notice to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Limited curbside and delivery services will resume the week of June 15th.

For more information about the library’s response and for reliable and up-to-date information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please visit our resources page.