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Dear Hyde Park Library Patrons,

    I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and say a few words about my intentions for this mausoleum to knowledge that the Roosevelts and others built for their hometown nearly a hundred years ago. First of all, I must thank Gregory Callahan for his years of service and dedication. He handed me the reins of an organization that runs smoothly, day after day, week after week and that is huge. It means that the changes that Hyde Park Library must undergo to complete its transformation into a true 21st Century library will not be such a struggle to accomplish. While I am at it, much gratitude is also owed to the Board of Trustees and to the staff as well.

    I come to this position from not too far away. For nearly eighteen years, I worked across the river at New Paltz’ Elting Memorial Library. That library, unlike many but just like Hyde Park Library, must fulfill two missions at the same time. First and foremost, public libraries must strive to provide free access to information in all its forms and foster an educational environment. However, at the same time Hyde Park and Elting Libraries both inhabit historic buildings and must also strive to respect and preserve that legacy. I have a lot of experience integrating those two missions and can assure you that my drive to modernize Hyde Park Library will never overshadow my respect for its rich history.

Jesse D. Chance, Director

Hyde Park Library

PS. All are welcome to join me on the 25th for a meet and greet and some oral history about your lovely town...

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In these troubling times, we hope that you will understand that masks and social distancing are yet again required to use the main library and at most library events.

For the Kids....

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Mother Goose Story Time

Early literacy program for infants through 36 months

Mondays at 9:30AM starting September 13th

followed by Stay and Play

Pre-K Discovery Time with Mrs. B

Thematic programs in Science, Nature, and Art


Tuesdays at 10:30AM starting

September 14th

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!


Doodle the Dragon wants you to get a library card and get eBooks today.

Click to get started.

Adult Programming

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Thursdays at 2PM in the library annex starting September 23rd

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Over the centuries, many scholars have accused the Bard of Avon of rewriting history in some of his plays to win favor with the Tudors who had taken power in England 80 years before his birth. Join Jesse in the annex each Friday at 5PM from 9/24 through 10/8 to watch a film based on the plays in question and then (hopefully) discuss how these so-called slanders have evolved on the stage and screen over time.

Friday, September 24th @ 5PM: Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight

Friday, October 1st @ 5PM: Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho

Friday, October 8th @ 5PM: Sir Ian McKellen's Richard III

Click for Details

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Join us in the courtyard between the library and the annex each Saturday for some live music, cider and donuts, and a little relief from pandemic fatigue. From 2pm to 2:45 we will play some lawn games (Bocce ball, corn-hole, &/or croquet) and then at 3pm a local artist or artists will treat us to a concert. Click here to see concert calendar.

Click anywhere on this flyer to see what's happening at all participating Dutchess County Big Read libraries

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Don't forget to come let your voice be heard on October 14th


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Hyde Park Library 2 Main Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538

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