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Season of Giving

The heart of every library is its community…and we rely on you!

Our patrons, donors, and Library Friends have made the Library what it is today. Please consider making a donation or signing up for a Friends Membership. You may make a monetary donation, or purchase an item for the Library collection from local bookshop Split Rock Books (books only) or Amazon (other collection items and facilities needs).

If purchasing from Split Rock, use the promo code DONATION for 10% off your order; choose “Donation” as the shipping method and the books will be hand-delivered to the Library.

The Desmond-Fish Public Library is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization chartered by the State of New York. Contributions to the Desmond-Fish Public Library are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

Your gifts make a difference in the lives of everyone in our community throughout the year.

Visit our Support page for more details.

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.
    • The children’s room is open for walk-in browsing, but can be booked for 45 minute private 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 while the weather allows.
    • Curbside checkout is available during our regular open hours.
    • We cannot accept any book donations at this time.

Visit our Reopening Page for more details.

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.

Thu 20

Chess Meetup

January 20 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 22

DFPL Board Meeting

January 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tue 25

New Parents Support Group

January 25 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 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

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