Staff  + Board

LIBRARY STAFF

Pam Read

Pam Read

Interim Library Director

she/her

Ask me about my grandsons.

Nancy Young

Nancy Young

Interim Library Director

she/her

Ask me about running and goats.

Ryan Biracree

Ryan Biracree

Digital Services Librarian

he/him

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

Justice McCray

Justice McCray

Assistant Programming Librarian

they/them

Ask me about activism, mutual aid, story structure, and intersectionality.

Lucille Merry

Lucille Merry

Youth Services Librarian

she/her

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

Libby Penner

Libby Penner

Cataloging and InterLibrary Loan Librarian

she/her

Thomas Sacca

Thomas Sacca

Circulation Clerk

he/him

Ask me about history.

Lina Sharifi

Lina Sharifi

Page

she/her
Janice Soler

Janice Soler

Circulation Clerk

she/her

Ask me about guinea pigs.

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson

Programming Librarian

she/her

Ask me about Nepal.

Beth Vardy

Beth Vardy

Teen Services Librarian

she/her

Ask me about graphic novels and dioramas.

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
Erik Brown
Sundance DiGiovanni
Eliza Mackenzie Fish
Hamilton Fish
Kyle Good
Peter Hofmann, MD
Derrick Hopkins
Jonathan Kruk
George Lansbury
David Lilburne
Frank E. Lucente, MD
Stacy Morrison
Frederick H. Osborn, III
Tim Rasic
Michael Rauch
Jennifer Schmalz
Kristin Sorenson
Neal Zuckerman
Patricia Adams, Honorary Trustee

Upcoming Meetings

Sep 13

DFPL Executive Committee Meeting

September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oct 09

DFPL Board of Trustees Meeting

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nov 15

DFPL Executive Committee Meeting

November 15 @ 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 a state-of-the-art makerspace and education center focused on the intersection of technology and the arts and dedicated to promoting social justice and information literacy through free access to 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.

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.