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Board thanks community

January 13, 2018 05:15 am

To the editor:

As we embark on a new year, the board of the Red Hook Public Library would like to thank the community and celebrate the Library’s 2017 achievements.

This community values the RHPL. Patrons and guests of all ages and from all walks of life offer suggestions, participate in programming, donate time and expertise, and make full use of the Library’s space and resources.

Libraries are changing and the RHPL is on the forefront of those changes. Nationwide, circulation of physical materials is decreasing while use of digital materials and demands for programming are increasing. RHPL is allocating resources accordingly. We are buying more digital books and downloadable audiobooks, adding unusual circulating materials like sewing machines and learning toys to the collection, and dedicating ourselves to the highest quality programming.

As a direct response to patrons’ requests for varied programs, we created events for families with special needs, made more opportunities for seniors and teens, and increased our hands-on arts programming for all ages. Community response to our programing efforts was tremendous, and attendance at RHPL programs hit an all-time high in 2017. Expect our dedication to responsive and quality programing to continue in 2018, right alongside our ongoing STEAM programming.

Recognizing our community collaboration and innovative programing, the Library Journal, once again, awarded RHPL a 5-star rating. This recognition places RHPL among the top 1% of libraries nationwide. Thank you for making 2017 such a successful year. We couldn’t have done it without you.

We wish all our neighbors a happy new year, and look forward to serving you in 2018.

The Board of Trustees of Red Hook Public Library

Maryelisa Blundell

Sally Dwyer-McNulty

Beth Goldberg

Jill Hall

Amy Husten

Don O’Shea