New Year, New Space Red Hook Public Library begins renovation; hours change during construction


(RED HOOK, NY) – In order to better serve the community, the Red Hook Public Library will begin the renovation of its second floor on January 19, 2016, creating a multi-use room for programs and meetings. During construction, the main floor will be open daily as follows:

  • 4:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
  • 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

The Children’s Library will be closed entirely for at least one month; a limited selection of children’s books will be available on the main floor. Children’s programming will continue in offsite locations.

The library has received the following grants, awards and donations toward the building project: a $50,000 grant from Assemblymember Kevin Cahill, $20,000 from the New York State Aid for Library Construction Grant, $4,000 from State Senator Sue Serino, $1,000 from the Shubert Library Excellence Award, and a $10,000 Best Small Library in America award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Altogether, the library has raised $130,000 for the project to date, and is currently working to raise an additional $50,000. Tax deductible donations may be sent to Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571 – please make checks payable to “Red Hook Public Library” and put “Capital Campaign” in memo.

For more information about the project, please visit

Red Hook Public Library has been serving the community of Red Hook and its need for lifelong learning since 1898.. In 2013 and 2014, it was designated a five-star library by Library Journal. The library was chosen as a finalist for the Best Small Library in America award, given by Library Journal and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in 2015.

For more information, call the Red Hook Public Library, 845-758-3241. The library is located at 7444 S. Broadway in Red Hook and on the Web at

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