Community Conversation: Confronting Racism & Bias

We are asking for your feedback in creating antiracism resources and programs that reflect your concerns and aspirations. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey linked below to share your thoughts and help us continue to create meaningful programming for our community.

News, Highlights + More

Expanded Open Hours and Curbside Checkout

The Library is currently open six hours a day, Monday through Saturday! The children’s room is open by appointment only on Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Patrons are welcome to browse the collection and can book an hour long appointment to use a public computer Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10:30am-4:30pm and Thursdays 1:30 – 7:30pm.
  • The children’s room can be booked for 45 minute appointments for one family/caregiver group on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Click here to book your children’s room visit!
  • Building occupancy is limited. Please ring the doorbell or knock on the front door and a staff member will greet you and let you into the building.
  • 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 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.
  • Curbside Checkout is available during our regular open hours.

Visit our Reopening Page for more details.

Responding to Zoom Incident at the Library

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Community Conversation on Confronting Racism and Bias, co-hosted by the Philipstown Hub and the Desmond-Fish Public Library and made possible by a partnership of community organizations: Haldane PTA’s Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Garrison Union Free School’s Anti Racism and Equity Task Force, and Manitou School.

Bringing people together to learn about important topics is at the core of both the Hub and the Library’s missions and this event was a powerful reminder of this. We are so grateful for all of the open and honest sharing, and look forward to continued work addressing racism and bias and its impact on mental health in our community.

This was the first of many conversations. We are asking for your feedback in creating antiracism resources and programs that reflect your concerns and aspirations. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey linked below to share your thoughts and help us continue to create meaningful programming for our community.

Please know the Philipstown Hub is here to support you and help you navigate the mental health and addiction resources available to the residents of Philipstown, NY. 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.

Introducing Hoopla!

Just in time for winter break and hibernation season – the Library is offering patrons five checkouts per month from Hoopla, a digtal media platform that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows all from the comfort of home.

With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment. With thousands of titles to choose from, hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.

Have your library card number ready and visit to get started!

Outdoor Reading Garden Update

The Library’s new Reading Garden has been put to bed for the winter months but planting will continue in the Spring of 2021. We’ll soon have an ADA-accessible, tree-lined reading space for patrons to enjoy even when the library building is closed. Many thanks to the private donor whose generosity has made this project possible.

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Story Time with Mrs. Merry

January 25 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Mon 25

Virtual Computer Help Appointments

January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Tue 26

Virtual Computer Help Appointments

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tue 26

Kids Craft

January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Homework Help Appointments

One-on-one homework help is available on Monday and Tuesday afternoons for elementary students in need of help with math, reading, and writing skills. Click here for more information and to book your appointment.

We’re All in This Together

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 Board of Trustees of the Desmond-Fish Public Library supports 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 Library Director Jen McCreery.

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.

Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice: a list for Parents & Caregivers

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