Staff  + Board

LIBRARY STAFF

Jen McCreery

Jen McCreery

Library Director

she/her

Ask me about theater, movies, and world travel.

Ryan Biracree

Ryan Biracree

Digital Services Coordinator

he/him

Ask me about poetry, taxidermy & curiosities, and my kids.

Shasta Crombie

Shasta Crombie

Collection Maintenance

Ask me about labyrinths.
Justice McCray

Justice McCray

Circulation Clerk

he/him | they/them

Ask me about activism, color theory, story structure, and intersectionality.

Lucille Merry

Lucille Merry

Youth Services Librarian

Ask me about how to make easy pizza dough with your family.
Libby Penner

Libby Penner

Cataloging and InterLibrary Loan

Thomas Sacca

Thomas Sacca

Circulation Clerk

Ask me about history.

Lina Sharifi

Lina Sharifi

Page

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson

Programming Librarian

Ask me about Nepal.

Beth Vardy

Beth Vardy

Teen Services Librarian

she/her

Ask me about graphic novels and dioramas.

Nancy Young

Nancy Young

Development Coordinator

Ask me about running and goats.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Trustees

Anita Prentice, President
Robert Culp, Vice President
Arthur Ross, 2nd Vice President
Richard Syrek, Treasurer
Susan Landstreet, Secretary
Elizabeth Anderson
Sarah Bayne
Sundance DiGiovanni
Eliza Mackenzie Fish
Hamilton Fish
Kyoko Gelber
Kyle Good
Peter Hofmann, MD
Jonathan Kruk
George Lansbury
David Lilburne
Frank E. Lucente, MD
Stacy Morrison
Carol O’Reilly
Frederick H. Osborn, III
Tim Rasic
Jennifer Schmalz
Kristin Sorenson
Neal Zuckerman
Patricia Adams, Honorary Trustee

Upcoming Meetings

Oct 10

DFPL Board of Trustees Meeting

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nov 16

DFPL Executive Committee Meeting

November 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friends of the Library

Teri Waivada, Friends President
Sarina Tamagna-Hawes, Friends VP
Sylvia Wallin, Friends Secretary
Catherine Lim, Friends Treasurer

Advisory Council

John Winthrop Aldrich
Anita Hall Angelopolous
Liza Bailey
Stephen Kent
Bob McCaffrey
Raymond O’Rourke
Joe Plummer
Russell B. Pyne
Andrew C. Revkin
Katherine O. Roberts
William Sadler
Virginia Sirusas

It is the Mission of the Alice Curtis Desmond and Hamilton Fish Library to provide access to the world of social and cultural ideas to the Community by offering a wide variety of materials and programs. The Library has a special mission to young children and their parents to encourage a love of reading and learning. The Library is committed to preserving the integrity of the collections of the Curtis Desmond and Fish Families.

A Brief History of the Desmond-Fish Public Library

The Alice Curtis Desmond and Hamilton Fish Library (also known as the Desmond-Fish Public Library) opened in 1980.  Founded by Alice Curtis Desmond and Congressman Hamilton Fish, it was designed as a community library for people living in Putnam and adjoining counties. The Library is a member of the Mid-Hudson Library System: anyone with a library card from a public library in Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Greene or Ulster counties may borrow materials from DFPL. 

The Library offers a variety of programs throughout the year that reflect the diverse interests of our community. We partner with local organizations and businesses to provide educational and cultural programs to the public. In April 2018, the Library opened a state-of-the-art Innovation and Learning Center which offers digital literacy programs for all ages, and open access to creative and educational opportunities to learn about the latest in technology.

The Library is supported by an endowment established by Alice Curtis Desmond; state, county and town funding; and fundraising from the community. Every spring the Library Board sponsors the Associates Awards Dinner, which honors area residents and notable contributors to arts and literature. Other annual events include Martin Luther King Day programs and the Friends Book and Media Sale.