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Create With Us This Fall

The magic of autumn is in the air, and so is the joy of learning at your local Library!

This fall, we’re celebrating the creative spirit in our community with a harvest of fun crafting and making events! In September, kids heading back to school can decorate their notebooks with our provided materials, families can construct seed balls and seed ball launchers to help seed our meadow, and anyone can learn calligraphy & origami to decorate a desk or workspace.

We are also introducing three new monthly series for makers big and small. Kids can find season crafts and fun projects in our Make Your Own series, while adults can join our Sustainable Craft Nights to fashion new crafts from reused objects — and any maker, old or young, can learn to use makerspace tools to explore creativity in the new Creators Workshop series in the Innovation & Learning Center.

Whether you’ll join the Hudson Valley Quilters, attend one of our series, or just use our makerspace on your own, there’s something to busy every creative hand this fall at the Desmond-Fish Public Library!

Philipstown DEI Survey Results Are In

This spring, the Desmond-Fish Public Library, the Julia Butterfield Library, the Garrison Union Free School District, and the Haldane PTA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee joined together to craft a survey for Philipstown on issues of racial equity and social justice. The hope of the schools and libraries is that the survey results will help guide programming at each of our institutions to meet the expressed interests and concerns of those who live and work in and visit Philipstown. We are grateful to all of those in our community who took the survey, shared their thoughts and feelings about diversity and inclusion in Philipstown, and made the endeavor a success.

Survey results and analysis are now available. Please refer to this press release describing the project with an overview of the results. For more in depth analysis, all are welcomed to read this Results Summary.

For further information, contact
Dede Farabaugh, Director, Desmond-Fish Public Library

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