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The Friends of Starr Library support the library with book sales, annual art auctions and more!

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To gain access to the best resources in the area, pick up your library card today.

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Donate, volunteer, or join the Friends of Starr Library!

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on-going programs

Starr library offers weekly and monthly programs for people of all ages

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discover history

Trained volunteers are available to help you research your family, your house and Rhinebeck's rich history

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Library Hours




Coming Up


Starr Library will be closed on

Monday, February 15th in honor of Presidents Day


♦♦ Special Program with Jane Bryant Quinn Sunday, February 21st at 3 pm.  Best-selling author and prominent financial journalist, Jane Bryant Quinn, will discuss her new book, “How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide,”  Oblong Books will be at Starr to provide books for Jane to sign. Program is free.  To register call 876-4030 or go to the calendar.


 Art Exhibit: Paint What You Feel by children from Astor Services for Children and Families. February 2nd thru February 29th.


♦ February is Jack Nicholson Month. Join us for a Friday night movie at 6pm. 2/5: Five Easy Pieces, 2/12 Chinatown, 2/19 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Programs are free. To register go to the calendar or call 876-4030.


 Bill Robinson’s Wild Animal Show at Starr. Saturday, February 20th at 2:30pm. Bring the family for a great hour of fun with unusual animals. Program is free. To register go to the calendar or call 876-4030.


♦ Starr Book Group: Tuesday, February 23rd at 7pm. As part of the Neighborhood Community Read, we will be reading The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball. Check for more information about our Neighborhood Community Read: Local Farm to Local Table…coming soon to a library near you!


♦ ♦Special Program with Author Kristin Kimball: Tuesday, March 15th at 7pm. She will discuss her book The Dirty Life and show us photos of her life on the farm.  This is part of the Neighborhood Community Read: Local Farm to Local Table program. Program is free. To register go to the calendar or call 876-4030.


♦ Special Program: Keeping in Touch with Our Local Food. Wednesday, March 2nd at 7pm. An enlightening discussion led by Eric Steinman Editor of Edible Hudson Valley Magazine. Participants include Chef  Serge Madikians of Serevan Restaurant, farmer Kimberly Hart of Starling Yards Farm, and Patricia Wind of F2T. This program is part of the Neighborhood Community Read: Local Farm to Local Table. To register go to the calendar or call 876-4030.


 Seeds: Touch, Learn, Decorate and Plant. Saturday, March 5th at 2:30pm. This is a hands-on workshop for children with the Farm-On Foundation. Children will learn about seeds, fill and decorate  packets to take home and plant. To register go to the calendar or call 876-4030.This is part of the Neighborhood Community Read: Local Farm to Local Table program.


♦ Mah-jongg is coming to Starr. Every Thursday  2:30pm to 4:30pm starting February 11th. Carol Kleban will be available to teach newcomers to the game. This will be for all levels of players.


♦ Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging. Sunday, March 13th  1pm. Three Ikebana instructors from the Mid-Hudson Japanese Community Association will demonstrate this ancient form of Japanese floral arrangement. Ikebana arrangements give particular regard to balance and harmony. There will be a 30-minute free demonstration open to all. After that presentation, the instructors will give a hands-on workshop with those who wish to participate for a $16 materials fee. The price includes fresh flowers and take-out containers. To make a floral arrangement, you must register and pay $16 before February 26th. Due to the nature of fresh flowers, there will be refunds only if we can fill your place. To register call 876-4030 or go to the calendar