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Library Hours




Coming Up: 


June Art Exhibit

Works by Dennis Rush

Saturday, June 22nd at 4pm Ancient Skies in Hudson Valley with Glen Kreisberg. On this summer solstice, Glen will share his research on landscape astronomy in our Hudson Valley. He has found many ceremonial stone structures used by the local Indigenous population to observe the skies. This will be an interesting and powerful program for all. 

Monday, June 24th at 5:30pm: Starr Library Board Meeting. Open to all.

Tuesday, June 25th at 7pm: Starr Book Group. We will be discussing There There by Tommy Orange. The book explores the themes of Native peoples living in urban spaces and the complexity related to Natives’ struggles with identity and authenticity. There There was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize.

Wednesday, June 26th at 7pm: The Legacy of Anne Frank with Author Gillian Walnes Perry. This book presents – all in one place and for the very first time – the inspirational stories of a diverse variety of people from all over the world, brought together by the words of one particularly articulate and inspiring teenage victim of the Holocaust. This program is not to be missed!

Wednesday, July 3rd at 2:30pm: Parkinson’s Support Group.

♦  Tuesday, July 8th at 4pm: Alzheimer’s Support Group.

♦ Tuesday, July 9that 11am: Mysteries Around the World Book Club. This month we will read the Scottish mystery Blood Salt Water by Denise Mina.This book is a Detective Alex Morrow mystery. Copies of the book are available at the library.  Free and open to all.

♦ Wednesday, July 10that 7pm: It’s Not Too Early to Start Writing your College Essay! Meet best selling author Alan Gelb and get tips for writing the best college essay you can.  His book Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Stepsis a consistent top-seller in Amazon’s college prep category. Free and open to all high school students interested in getting a head start on their essay. Registration is suggested on the calendar.

Sunday, July 21st at 2pm to 4pm: Sunday Chill with Guitarist Andrew Baffi Playing Background. Come over to Starr for an afternoon of music and relaxation. Work on a puzzle, read a book, or get cool listening to Andrew. Free and open to all.

♦ Monday, July 22nd at 5:30pm: Starr Library Board Meeting. Open to all.

 Tuesday, July 23rd at 7pm: Rhinebeck Legion Band Concert. Bring a chair or blanket and join us. This is always a great evening of music. Free outside concert.

♦ Tuesday, July 30that 7pm Starr Book Group: This month we will be discussing Transit by Rachel Cusk. Copies available at the library. Open to all.

 Community Qigong: Saturdays 10am. This  is a class for ALL levels of participants…even chair Qigong. This will be held outside or in the Community Room. Free.

♦  Mondays: Mahjong 1:30pm

Wednesdays: Scrabble 1pm

♦  Thursdays: Mahjongg  2:30pm and Brain Games  1pm.

 We are a drop-off point for Field-Goods delivery. Learn  about their fresh foods delivered from local farms.


 Babies Books and Blocks: Wednesdays: June 26th at 10am. This is a playgroup for babies under two years and their caregivers where young and old meet new friends.

Friday June 21st at 4:30pm: School’s Out! Let’s meet for some summer fun at the Rhinebeck Rec Playground. Enjoy the playground, summer activities, a summer snack and sign up for the fun days ahead!

Sunday, June 23rd at 2pm Space Spectacular by Mad Science! Come start the summer reading program with a big bang and learn about the wonders of space!

Saturday, June 29th at 2pm: Space & Gravity- Marble Run & Domino Fun. For ages 5 & up! Learn about space, gravity & motion while building marble runs & creating domino lines! Register on the calendar.

♦ Mondays in July and August 5that 4pm: Rhinebeck Young Writers’ Workshop. If  you are interested in creative writing here’s a free creative writers’ workshop for local & visiting students ages 14 to 18. Welcoming all genres of writing – from personal essays to poetry – this workshop provides an opportunity for young writers to read analytically and write creatively in an inclusive, open-minded setting. There will be six workshops throughout the summer on the following dates: July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, and August 5th. The workshops will culminate in a reading event on August 8 from 7:30-8:30pm, in which students will have the opportunity to share their original work. Registration on the calendar.

Mondays in July at 3pm: Starr Summer Reading Buddy Time! Starr Summer Reading Buddy Time is a program where kids will be paired with a high school reader or a friend. When you register we can fix you up with a buddy. To register email: mlarson@starrlibrary.org.

♦  Wednesday, July, 17th at 4pm: Lego Movie 2

♦ Saturday, July 13that 2pm Kids Nature Art Class with Bobbi Jo Gonzales: Bobbi Jo Gonzales, originally from New Mexico, will be teaching kids how to get Down-to-Earth using nature for art. She will be teaching children how to unite nature, paint, yarn, and rope to create mobiles.  Free. Register on the calendar.

♦  Summer Storytime with Barbara and Maizie our Therapy Dog at 2pm. Ages 6 and up.

♦ Saturday, July 27that 1pm: Obstacle Course and Water Fun! Wear your bathing suit and go through the Starr Library obstacle course and then get wet!  Water play and fun exercise makes for a great summer day!  Free and open to all kids.  Canceled if raining or threatening weather. 

♦  Saturday, August 8th at 2pm: Starr Touch-a-Truck and Starr Reading Program Celebration 

♦  Friday, August 16th at 5:30pm to Saturday, August 17th at 8am: Starr’s 12th Annual Sleepover. Bring your sleeping bag, pillow and PJs for an evening of fun! Enjoy books, crafts, pizza, a treasure hunt, a movie and more! (For children 6-11.) Pickup is at 8 am on Saturday morning.

♦  Family Legos: Wednesdays  at 4pm.

 Storytime with Miss Robbie: Thursdays.  Toddlers 10:15am and Preschoolers 11am.