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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

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Library Hours




Coming Up: 

Pick up our Starr Drawdown Challenge Card and get started doing your part to save the planet. Once you’ve completed all of our challenges, return the card to the library. We’ll have a drawing on Friday, April 26th at our

Taste It, Don’t Waste It Party.

April Exhibit: Second Annual Community Poetry Exhibit.

♦ CANCELED Starr TalksTED/Stem Cells Tuesday, April 15th at 7pm: We’ll listen to a couple of interesting TED talks on innovations with stem cells and then talk….Open to all.

 Friends Book Sale: Friday, April 26th 10am to 5pm and Saturday, April 27th 10am to 4pm and Sunday, April 28th 1pm to 4pm.

  Final Drawdown Celebration Taste It, Don’t Waste It Party. Friday, April 26th at 5:30pm: This will be our final Drawdown program and celebration. We are hosting a zero waste food party catered by Colleen Bloxham. Join us and if you haven’t already returned it, bring your Starr Drawdown Challenge card. We’ll be drawing one for a prize. This will be a delicious family friendly party!

♦  May Art Exhibit: Just Imagine: Artwork by Rhinebeck Central School District Students. May 1st thru 31st.

♦  Wednesday, May 1st at 10am: Parkinson Support Group.

♦  Tuesday, May 7th at 7pm: How Elections and Campaigns are Financed. Come hear Joan Mandle of Democracy Matter discuss how elections and campaigns are financed, and how big money in politics directly affects us and our communities.

Friday, May 10th 5:30pm to 7:30pm: Reception and Open House for Rhinebeck School District Student Art.

♦  Monday, May 13th at 4pm: Alzheimer’s Support Group

♦  Tuesday, May 14th at 11am: Mysteries Around the World Book Club: The Unquiet Death by Ausma Zehanat Khan. Copies are available at the library.

Wednesday, May 15th at 10am: Embroidery Group Starr Stitchers.

 Sunday, May 19th 2pm to 4pm: Sunday Chill. Join us for a relaxing afternoon of classical guitar music by Andrew Baffi.

♦  Tuesday, May 21st at 7pm Starr TalksTED: Sleep. We’ll hear about three popular theories on why we sleep, bust some myths about how much sleep we need at different ages — and get hints at some bold new uses of sleep as a predictor of mental health. Then we’ll talk!

♦  Monday, May 27th at 5:30pm: Library Board of Directors Meeting. Open to all.

♦  Tuesday, May 28th at 7pm: Starr Book Group. We will be discussing City of Thieves by David Benioff. Copies available at the library. Open to all.

♦  Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30pm: Starr Cookbook Club. Our theme this time around will focus on the foods of the United Kingdom. So bring along your favorite dish from the region: currant scones, curry, colconnon, Irish Soda Bread, haggis, or shortbread, perhaps? We’ll supply the drinks and tableware. Registration is required.

 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.

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, please go to http://www.field-goods.com


 Babies Books and Blocks: Wednesdays,  May 1st, 15th and 29th at 10am. This is a playgroup for babies under two years and their caregivers where young and old meet new friends.

Saturday, May 11th 11am: The Goats Are Here! Visit the goats from Hudson Valley Kinders farm, learn about goat milk, & celebrate Mother’s Day!

Spring Animals Storytime with Barbara & Maizie our Therapy Dog! Tuesday, April 30th and May 14th at 4pm:  Hear some stories read by Barbara & read some stories to Maizie our therapy dog! Maizie is a warm & wonderful chocolate lab who loves children & stories! This program is good for pre-scholers and elementary school children.

♦ CANCELED Earth Day Fun: How can we help the earth? Monday, April 22nd at 4pm: Come to Starr & celebrate earth day! Learn about how we can help the earth and do a fun planting activity. Ages 4 and up. Registration is required.

Tuesdays: Good To Know! This program will provide a fun activities and enrichment for children 7 years of age thru 11. We’ll explore ideas that are Good To Know!   May will focus on Self Care. Sessions will include discussions and practice of compassion, meditation, grounding and manifesting.

 Family Legos: Wednesdays  at 4pm.

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

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming 

Edited by Paul Hawken

Drawdown provides a blueprint for reversing global warming and leaving a better planet for future generations. Along with other communities in New York State, Starr Library will look at solutions that each of us can apply to our daily life to make a difference.

Programs throughout March and April will help us to see concrete ways we can help save the planet…one small solution at a time.  We plan to challenge our community with Meatless Mondays, and more. Complete our Drawdown Solutions Bingo Card and help save the planet!