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The Power of Big Oil

Join us on Tuesday, May 31st at 7pm Eastern Time for a Climate Crisis conversation with the creators of the new FRONTLINE PBS series The Power of Big Oil. We are excited to host Andrew Metz and Dan Edge, both of FRONTLINE PBS, Kert Davies of the Climate Investigations Center, and David Gelber, executive producer of Showtime’s Years of Living Dangerously and the host of the Library’s ongoing series of critical conversations on climate change.

The narratives in the series chart in grim detail the efforts of the fossil fuel industry to deny climate change, sow doubt as to the causes and the evidence, and delay remedial action and the transition to renewable energy sources.

Andrew Metz, a former resident of Philipstown, is the managing editor of FRONTLINE. The journalism he has overseen, characterized by fairness, depth, and transparency has received every major award in broadcast journalism and two Academy Award nominations. Andrew lived in Cold Spring with his family for seven years before moving to the Boston area to be FRONTLINE‘s Managing Editor.

Dan Edge is FRONTLINE‘s award-winning senior producer, commissioning editor, and the series producer of The Power of Big Oil.

Kert Davies, director of the Climate Investigations Center, is featured in the series.

For more information and to register, click here.

Expanded Open Hours and Curbside Checkout

The Library is currently open our regular hours, Monday through Saturday! 

    • Patrons are welcome to browse the collection and use the public computers Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 10am-5pm and Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-8pm.
    • Face masks are required for all library staff and visitors over the age of two regardless of vaccination status and physical distancing recommendations must be observed.
    • We will be hosting a number of outdoor programs while the weather allows.
    • Curbside checkout is available during our regular open hours.
    • We cannot accept any book donations at this time.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info

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

Click here for more information about the library’s reopening plans  and for reliable and up-to-date information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please visit our 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 liason, 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