News, Highlights + More
The Library is currently open our regular hours, Monday through Saturday! The children’s room is open by appointment only for one family at a time.
- Patrons are welcome to browse the collection and use the public computers Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 10am-5pm and Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-8pm.
- The children’s room can be booked for 45 minute appointments for one family/caregiver group. Click here to book your children’s room visit!
- 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.
- Staff will be cleaning the library at the start and end of each day and high touch surfaces regularly throughout each day.
- Curbside checkout will be available during the same hours.
- The meeting rooms, program room, and makerlab are closed to the public.
- We will be hosting a number of outdoor programs limited to 50 attendees while the weather allows.
- Curbside checkout is available during our regular open hours.
- We cannot accept any book donations at this time.
Site Plan Status
The Library’s Master Site Plan was adopted in 2020 after a two year community-focused design process to integrate our goals for off-setting our energy needs with solar with expanding the public’s access to the beautiful natural habitats on our property. As of May 12, we have postponed the solar project part of the plan.
The Board voted on May 12 to purchase credits from a local community solar farm to offset 100% of the Library’s electrical requirements.
We are currently in the process of seeking Planning Board approval for a walking path around the property. The large scale Master Site Plan drawings are available to view at the Library.
Responding to Zoom Incident at the Library
Do racism and bias exist in our Hudson Valley communities? Sadly, the answer is yes. Many of us witnessed this first hand during a recent children’s program at the Library that was Zoombombed with hateful and hurtful language. Others read about it in the papers, and many participated in our Community Conversation on Racism and Bias that was a first step in providing a safe place for open dialogue around these difficult issues. One of the witnesses of the Zoom attack says it best in her impassioned statement: “We are not exempt because of the warmth of many in our community. The ugliness and hatred reside here, and we need to find a way to not let anger pass onto yet another generation.”
Two of the speakers at our Community Conversation have agreed to share their very powerful statements with the wider community. Their words define the pain inflicted by racist and biased behaviors and language, and yet they offer hope that we can and must listen, learn, and take action to combat racism in our own lives, our towns and cities, our country and our world. They remind us, “It’s all important — each action we take individually and collectively – and takes us closer to creating a society where racism is not tolerated.”
We invite you to read these statements, to share them with your family and your neighbors, and to join us in this community-wide effort to do our part in ways large and small as we seek to end the scourge of racism and bias in all forms. The Library is working with other community groups to be sure we heed the wisdom shared here, and you will be hearing from us soon about ways you can become involved in this critical work.
Please follow this page and Philipstown Hub for more antiracism resources and information on continuing the conversation.
Click here for the DFPL Board of Trustees’ Public Statement regarding the January 2nd Zoom Program Incident at the Library.
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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.