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HPFL Book Club

General Book Club Selections 2014

Mystery Book Club Selections 2014

 To inquire about joining either the General or Mystery Book Club ask at the Circulation Desk or call the Library Director at 845-229-7791 Ext. 205!

 2015 Book Club Book Nominees


Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

The Hyde Park Free Library is proud to announce its participation in the annual celebration of great books, The Big Read. This year’s Big Read Book is Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.  Fahrenheit 451 is the General Book Club’s selection for the month of October.

The Hyde Park Library will be hosting a variety of “Big Read” inspired events during October. There’s something for everyone. Check them out!

10/31 @7:15 PM ~ Ray Bradbury & the Movies: “The Illustrated Man”.


 For more Big Read events check out this link!

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Thank You Hyde Park Teachers Association!


Our heartfelt thanks go out to the Hyde Park Teachers Association for running their September Golf Outing Fundraiser, an event that raised $2,200 this year for the Hyde Park Library and an equivalent amount for the Staatsburg Library. Three Cheers for all who participated in is remarkable event, and especially to organizer Tim Daniels!

October Newsletter

Read Hyde Park Library’s October Newsletter

Hyde Park’s “Little Free Library!”

The Hyde Park Free Library is proud to announce its participation—in partnership with the Hyde Park Rotary—in the “Little Free Library” initiative!

What is a Little Free Library?

It’s a cooperative  “take a book, return a book” community gathering place where neighbors freely share their favorite literature and stories.

Hyde Park’s “Little Free Library” is located in the Stop & Shop Plaza in the Hyde Park Mall where anyone may stop by, peruse our selection, and pick up a book (or two). Then, simply return at your leisure, and donate another gently used book that you’d like to share!

The Hyde Park Observer
Courtesy of The Hyde Park Observer – Wednesday, July 30th 2014

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New Library Catalog

Introducing Our New Online Catalog

The Hyde Park Free Library is proud to present a brand new online catalog with improved search features connecting you with what you want faster than ever!

At you now have access to “one-stop shopping” – a single search box that will search across the millions of book, movie, music, ebook, and audiobook titles available to you through the Mid-Hudson Library System and Overdrive PLUS downloadable articles from over 7,000 magazines and journals from our HOMEACCESS databases!


  • Focus and filter your search results easily from a hyperlinked menu that now can be seen on the left-hand side of the search results page.
  • Under the “Catalog Plus Articles” tab enjoy a more comprehensive search by quickly accessing database articles from more than 7,000 journals, newspapers and magazines.
  • Ebook and downloadable audiobook checkouts from Overdrive are now incorporated into your patron account display, within the new catalog, so no more keeping track of what you have checked out across two platforms!

You will see all items you have checked out – both physical items like books and downloads like ebooks – in your account.  Try the new catalog today at

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The Friends of the HPFL


The Library Wants YOUR Help!



The ‘Friends’ work closely with the Library in a variety of capacities, such as:  Book Sales, Community Day, The Book Nook, The Quilt Raffle, Children’s Activities, Special Events & much, much, more!


2nd Tuesday of Each Month @4:30pm in the Library Annex


$5 Senior OR Student / $10 Individual / $25 Family / $25 Business

Download your membership form here: Friends Membership Application

Make your check payable to:  “The Friends of the Hyde Park Free Library”

Mail your check to:  P.O. Box 768 Hyde Park, NY 12538

Please include: Name, Address, Phone & Email


eBooks for Kids!

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.

Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.

History of the Hyde Park Free Library

The Hyde Park Free Library can trace its origins all the way back to 1895, when Mr. James Roosevelt, FDR’s father, made a donation of 75 books to the Hyde Park Union Free School. These books were placed in the basement of the school under the care of Miss Ida Dumont, a teacher there and the Hyde Park Union Free School’s first librarian.

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