Grand opening of Red Hook Public Library’s renovation



(RED HOOK, NY) – The dust has settled, the paint has dried, and Red Hook Public Library is ready to welcome visitors to the new program/meeting space created in the mid-nineteenth century octagonal building that it calls home. A grand opening of the space will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 14, at the library.


“This renovation gives us better space to host the wide variety of programs our community values,” said Board President Maryelisa Blundell. “We are thankful for the $50,000 secured by Assemblymember Kevin Cahill, the $4,000 grant from Senator Sue Serino, and to the supporters of the library who gave so generously to make this happen.”


Additional money for the project came from a Public Library Construction grant and a $10,000 award for being a finalist for the Best Small Library in America from Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Music will be performed by John Halle, the Director of Studies in Music Theory at Bard College Conservatory of Music, and violist Marka Gustavsson, who teaches at Vassar College and Bard College’s Conservatory of Music.


This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Red Hook Public Library has been serving the community of Red Hook and its need for lifelong learning since 1898. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, 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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