A Civil War Surgeon’s Instrument Kit

A Civil War Surgeon’s Instrument Kit

Monday, April 24, 1:00 pm; Boardman Road Branch Library

Join us as we unravel the history behind the instruments contained in this surgeon’s case, donated to the Dutchess County Historical Society by Vassar Hospital. Learn how Civil War medical methods compare to modern practices: was battlefield medicine as grim as it seems from our perspective?

Presenters: Maryjo Russell, Vassar Brothers Hosptial, Lou Lewis, Dutchess County Historical Society, Peter Bedrossian, Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Sam Simon, MD.

Part of the series Decoding the Past: Treasures from Dutchess County, which is an examination of the discovery and “detective” process involved.  Learn now the experts turn over stones, and look for the unexpected.
Meet Author Steve Metzger

Meet Author Steve Metzger

Tuesday, April 25, 4:00 pm; Adriance Memorial Library

Steve Metzger, author of many picture books including Pluto Visits Earth! and Lincoln and Grace: Why Abraham Lincoln Grew a Beard, will make a special visit to the library. Steve will share one of his books with us, tell us all about being a writer, and maybe even share parts of his new chapter book, Toto’s Story: My Amazing Adventures with Dorothy.

No registration required.

Need Some Help with Your Electronics?

Need Some Help with Your Electronics?

Every Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, both Adriance and Boardman Road locations

Are you flummoxed by something your electronic device does, or doesn’t do? Drop by the library on Saturday with your device and your questions, and let one of our talented Teen Geeks help you figure it out.

No appointment necessary.

April in the Wojtecki Gallery: Kalman Photography Exhibit

April in the Wojtecki Gallery: Kalman Photography Exhibit

Adriance Memorial Library – Mary Wojtecki Rotunda Gallery

Photographer Robert Kalman’s show runs from April 1 through 28. The show, entitled Before Your Elders You Must Stand, transports viewers to far-flung villages where Kalman met and photographed a group of elders ranging in age from 70 to 105.  Kalman’s exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours at the Mary Wojtecki Rotunda Gallery on the Main Floor of Adriance Memorial Library.

Free parking and easy access is available from the Noxon Street Parking Lot (GPS locator: 22 Noxon Street).

Library District Trustee Election Information

Click on the links to learn more about the Library District’s tentative trustee election.

Election Resolution:  Identifies the number and type of positions up for election this year.

Nominating Petitions:

Please refer any questions to the Library District’s Administrative Office at (845) 485-3445 x 3306.

92 Street Y Program Continues

92 Street Y Program Continues

Wednesday, April 15; 7:30pm:  Henry Kissinger has traveled the world, advised presidents and been a close observer and participant in the central foreign policy events of our era. His new book, World Order, analyzes today’s ultimate challenge: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historic perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology and ideological extremism.  Adriance Charwat Room.


This is a presentation of a recording of the live event.

Big Read News: Teen Art Contest Winners Announced

Adriance Memorial Library hosted a reception of local civic, business, education and community leaders on Thursday, June 10, to celebrate the news of The Big Read grant received by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District and showcase the diverse talent of thirty-six local high school artists.

Each year the National Endowment for the Arts selects communities to receive funding for Big Read literacy projects based on a specific list of literature.  The Poughkeepsie Public Library District is honored to be one of 77 communities to receive a Big Read grant.  The Library District is awarded $15,000 for a program focused on Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 in the fall of 2014. This will be Poughkeepsie’s eighth annual Big Read.

“The NEA requires that their grant is matched by local support,” says Development Officer Gareth Davies. “This is why the funding provided by local banks and other sponsors is so important.”  Local sponsors supporting The Big Read in 2014 include the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Riverside Bank, TD Bank, Norman and Jeannie Greene, and the Friends of PPLD.

Library District to Host Science Exhibit

NASA - lighteningHere. There. Everywhere. is a collection of high-quality display panels that presents stunning photographs, explanatory text and hands-on activities related to science, engineering, and technology.  Topics covered include shadows, wind, flow of electric charge, bow waves, bending of light, erosion, collision of atoms, spirals in nature, seeds, explosive eruptions, and bubbles large and small.  The exhibit offers a series of visual comparisons of phenomena on Earth’s human scale to some of the largest events in the cosmos.  The traveling exhibit was conceived, designed, and generated by a team at the Chandra X-ray Center, which is part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA, with funding support from NASA.  http://hte.si.edu.

“Our daily experiences reveal much about how our world works, and thinking about everyday examples helps form our basic understanding of physics,” said Patrick Slane, an astrophysicist involved with the project. “This exhibit will help show that these laws of physics have universal relevance.” To enrich the public’s experience of Here. There. Everywhere. the Library District has planned several programs for adults.