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July Newsletter

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Hyde Park Free Library Concert Series


Sunday, July 24th at 1:30pm
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*All Concerts in Annex Unless Otherwise Noted.

Summer Reading Program


Summer is here and so is summer reading! Stop in to get your reading logs today, and win prizes for reading! With storytimes, book clubs, science demonstrations, clown workshops, puppets, cool critters and more there’s something for everyone! Programs run July 5th – August 5th. Registration requested. Call 845-229-7791 to register. Call “Mrs. B” at Extension 203 to find out more information. We hope you can join us!

Summer Reading Storytimes/Activity Times:

Wiggleworms” Storytime
(Babies – 36 months)
Mondays @9:30

“Team Ninja Turtles” Storytime
(Pre-K – Completed K)
Mondays @10:30

“Team Karate Kids” Storytime
(Completed Grade 1 & up)
Tuesdays @1pm

Summer Reading Special Programs

“Sports Heroes, Famous & Not-So-Famous Book Club”
(Grades 3-5)
Wednesdays @1pm

“Magic & Clown Skills Workshop With Magician Jackie Reynolds”
Grades 6-12
July 21st @1pm

“Puppet Show: Swimmy/Swimmer by the PuppeTree
All Ages Welcome!
July 25th @6:30pm

“Cool Critters Animal Show With Jan Berlin”
All Ages Welcome!
August 2nd @1pm

Thank you Bee Bee (Jackie Reynolds) and all our clowns-in-training for a great Clown Workshop! We can’t wait to start putting our puppeteering, balloon animal making & magic skills to good use around the library!

Film Screenings @Hyde Park Free Library

filmCheck our calendar for the latest and ‘up-to-datest’ times for our upcoming Films. Films are screened in the Library Annex. All films are absolutely free!


We’ll be running a Foreign Film Festival on various Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:30 pm throughout the month of July.  See below for a complete schedule:

  • Tuesday, July 19. “Central Station” (Brazil, 1998), with Fernanda Montenegro and Vinicius Pera. Director: Walter Salles.
  • Friday, July 22.  “The Horseman on the Roof” (1995/France), with Juliette Binoche. Director: J-P Rappeneau.
  • Friday, July 29. “Hour of the Wolf” (Sweden/1968) with Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow. Director: Ingmar Bergman.
  • Tuesday, August 2. “Saint-Laurent” (France/2014) with Louis Garrel. Dir: Bertrand Bonello

More films to be announced in our next newsletter.  Many of these films are rare and not available for ordering through the library system.  If you’re a cinephile, this is a great opportunity to view acclaimed, but seldom screened films and to share ideas with other film buffs. Join us!


Get Ready to Battle! Battle of the Books 2016

If the pen is mightier than the sword, books are an arsenal for the mind!!

Battle of the Books 2016 portrait jpegRecruitment for the Battle of the Books 2016 is now under way!  Every year, the Hyde Park Library and dozens of participating Mid-Hudson libraries participate in the annual Battle of the Books.

BOB is a national Summer Reading Program for middle school students who are currently in grades 5 through 8, and will be in the 6th through the 9th grade in September. Participants in the Mid-Hudson Library System program are asked to read eight selected titles and then participate in trivia battles based on the books.

From April through August the Hyde Park Team will read books, practice as a team, and participate in several preliminary battles with neighboring BOB teams to help prepare for the final battle in September!

The climactic “Regional Battle” will be held the Saturday following Labor Day in September — tentatively to take place September 10th. The Hyde Park Library Team needs you! So join us for a summer full of fun with books and trivia! To get involved, contact Mrs. “B” at 845-229-7791 ext. 203!


Next Session: Thursday, July 14th
From 1:00pm – 4:00pm


The Hyde Park Library, in cooperation with Dutchess One Stop, is proud to offer a FREE career consulting service! Get help with:

  • Job search assistance
  • Resume building tips
  • Interviewing skills
  • Job referrals

Time: 2nd THURS. of every month. 1:00 – 4:00PM.

Sessions are 30 minutes each at the Hyde Park Library. To schedule an appointment email or call Dutchess One Stop Field Coordinator Meghan Lambert, Sr. Career Counselor at :

(845) 249-4644

To facilitate the process, please include your name/phone/desired appointment date & time in your email.

Appointments preferred.

E-Magazines! ~ A New Service For A New Year.

zinioBeginning January 1st, 2016 the Hyde Park Library is pleased to announce our library members now have access to eMagazines through Zinio for Libraries! Zinio for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand, offers full-color, digital magazines for immediate checkout and reading online on desktop and mobile devices via web browser — or download a “Zinio for Libraries” Reader App to download and view your “checked out” magazines for reading offline (PLEASE NOTE: Apps are READERS ONLY). Browse from a collection of popular new and backlist titles with no holds, no due dates, and no limits!

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Book Clubs @Hyde Park Free Library

NEW – General Book Club Reading List 2016

NEW – Mystery Book Club Reading List 2016

Check our calendar for the most up-to-date meeting dates & times. To inquire about or join either the General or the Mystery Book Club call us at 229-7791 Ext. 205!

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