Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration

Join Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and the Putnam County League of Women Voters for a Read-In of the Women’s Suffrage Declaration of Sentiments – October 3rd at 4pm on the Library Lawn!

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Reopening by Appointment - September 29th

Excited to announce the library will be reopening by appointment starting Tuesday, September 29th! In our next phase of reopening:

  • Patrons can book half hour appointments to browse the collection or use a public computer Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 12-5pm and Thursdays 2-7pm.
  • The children’s room can be booked for half hour appointments for one family/caregiver group at a time during the same hours.
  • Staff will be cleaning high touch surfaces between appointments.
  • Curbside checkout will be available during the same hours but will move to the library’s side entrance.
  • The meeting rooms, program room, and makerlab are closed to the public.
  • We will be hosting a small number of outdoor programs limited to 50 attendees while the weather allows.
  • Face masks are required for all library staff and visitors and physical distancing recommendations must be observed.

Visit our Reopening Page for more details and to book your library visit!

Outdoor Reading Garden Update

Work is underway on the library’s 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.

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

Tue 22

Locked-In Science with Ryan

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wed 23

Sing and Move Zoom With Miss Gabi

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Wed 23

Virtual Computer Help Appointments

September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wed 23

Fairy Tale Trivia

September 23 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thu 24

POSTPONED: Preparing For and Caring For Baby and You

September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 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.