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Big Read Author Talk: Daniel James Brown

Saturday, October 14 at 2:30 PM Spackenkill High School Auditorium 112 Spackenkill Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Free and open to the public. Registration required, click here. The 2023 Big Read flagship title is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, the true story of the University of Washington rowing crew who represented the United States at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, against the dual historical contexts of the Great Depression and the rise of Nazism. We look forward to seeing members of the community at Big Read events throughout Dutchess County, as well as those coordinated by fellow Dutchess County libraries, author visits to local schools, and more. Return to Big Read Main Page

Big Read Author Talk: Daniel James Brown2023-09-14T15:16:05-04:00

Big Read Resources

PBS American Experience - The Boys of '36 documentary and additional resources. Penguin Random House Reading Guide The Boy in the Boat FaceBook page View educator resources from the Big Read Professional Development day. Oral Histories of Hudson River Commercial Fisherman History of Bannerman Island Trivia-on-Book: The Boys in the Boat: by Daniel James Brown Available via Hoopla with a PPLD resident library card. Teaching Books - The Boys in the Boat - Online content available for free. Some content requires a paid subscription. LitCharts - Boys in the Boat - Online content available for free. Some content requires a paid subscription. About Daniel James Brown Hudson River Maritime Museum Summary and Analysis of The Boys in the Boat: Based on the Book by Daniel James Brown Summary and Analysis of The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics: Based on the Book by Daniel James Brown. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Reader's Companions. Back to the Big Read Main Page

Big Read Resources2023-09-20T15:49:03-04:00

Finding the Story in History: A Day of Professional Development

This event has passed. Please find the program information below. Links to resources discussed during the day: Freedom trail website: https://dchsny.org/walkway-freedom/ Holocaust Curriculum: https://www.fdrlibrary.org/curriculum-guide-holocaust Poughkeepsie Regatta archives via Marist: https://exhibits.archives.marist.edu/s/regatta/page/about Contact page for the Marist Archives: https://archives.marist.edu/about Links to the speakers' presentations: Multimedia Storytelling as Assessment / Filmmaking in the ELA Classroom Engaging Learners Through Modes of Imagery and Writing from the Senses, with The Ekphrastic Writer  Teacher Training Poughkeepsie Regatta Presentation Celebrating the African Spirit presentation

Finding the Story in History: A Day of Professional Development2023-09-08T12:39:38-04:00

Career / Experience Fair

Career / Experience Fair Feria de Orientación Académica y Experiencias Laborales Saturday, September 30, 2-4 PM Adriance Memorial Library No registration required. High school students! Explore career opportunities in a new way. Over 85 professionals from diverse fields will be present for brief, one-on-one discussions about their current positions and their transitions from previous careers. Discuss the skills and qualifications needed, and receive important advice on how to pursue your career path. Some professionals that are participating are bilingual, and will be happy to speak to students in Spanish. Sábado 30 de septiembre, 2 - 4 p.m. Biblioteca Adriance Memorial No es necesario registrarse. ¡Estudiantes de secundaria! Presentaremos a los estudiantes de secundaria opciones y oportunidades relacionadas con diferentes profesiones y trayectorias profesionales. Este evento se diferenciará de la feria profesional tradicional, ya que los participantes se centrarán en sus experiencias personales y su desarrollo profesional. Esperamos mostrarles a los estudiantes que uno puede experimentar múltiples carreras y que el crecimiento es un proceso continuo. Algunos profesionales que participan son bilingües y estarán felices de hablar con los estudiantes en español. Participating professionals. Participantes etiquetados.

Career / Experience Fair2023-09-12T11:46:25-04:00

The Dutchess Manufacturing Company and The Indestructible Trousers

The Dutchess Manufacturing Company and The Indestructible Trousers Have you ever heard the saying, “they just don’t make ‘em like they used to?” It feels as if we use this phrase when it comes to just about everything these days. Whether it’s appliances or clothing, everything seems to fall apart a lot easier than it used to do. Either we are being harsher on our material things, or they really just aren’t being made that well anymore. Now imagine having a pair of pants that comes with a guarantee that if they fall apart, you’ll get your money back. What? Indestructible trousers, you say? Well, they were made right here in Poughkeepsie and sold all over the country. A manufacturing company known as Lasher & Hull began in Poughkeepsie in 1875, overseen by Warren P. Lasher and J. Frank Hull. Sadly, Lasher died young in 1890 from Bright's disease, and Hull changed the name the following year to The Dutchess Manufacturing Company. At first, the company focused their work on ladies skirts and woolen dresses, which were sold locally. In 1879, they switched their production to the men’s trousers that would make them famous. At the turn of the 20th century,

The Dutchess Manufacturing Company and The Indestructible Trousers2023-04-21T09:02:51-04:00

Most Borrowed Books of 2022!

Click on an image below to open up a PDF that contains links to each title in the library catalog. Adult Titles Young Adult Titles Children's Titles

Most Borrowed Books of 2022!2023-03-23T11:41:46-04:00

A Murder and a Suicide in the Tower Family

A Murder and a Suicide in the Tower Family Albert Edward Tower Sr. had done well for himself and his family. He had made himself a millionaire with his iron industry here in the City of Poughkeepsie. The Falkill and Poughkeepsie Iron works were both operated by him in the mid-19th century, and cranked out thousands of pounds of “pig iron and projects thereof.” His work in the iron industry allowed him to raise a large family, own lots of property, and donate large sums of money to his place of worship, Christ Church. However, wealth does not always equal happiness for all within the family, and in this case there were deadly issues lying under the surface. Albert Tower Jr. had taken over the iron business and fortune after his father’s death in 1891. He also took control of the family’s mansion, which once stood on the west side of North Road (roughly the modern location of the Dutchess Care Assisted Living facility). In 1885, he married Nina Carpenter, daughter of Benjamin Platt Carpenter, a prominent political figure in Dutchess County. In 1887, Nina gave birth to their one and only child, Albert E. Tower III and by all appearances

A Murder and a Suicide in the Tower Family2023-01-10T14:25:09-05:00

Thomas Weeks Barrett Jr. – (1902-1947)

Thomas Weeks Barrett Jr. - (1902-1947)  It's that time of year again! Halloween is here and we are super excited. After all, here in the Local History room we hang around with the dead all day long (well, at least the documents and photos of the dead). One of those long-since-deceased individuals apparently liked Halloween almost as much as we do, and was so inspired that he decided to paint a scene of trick-or-treaters walking down the street. In fact, we have a lot of his artwork thanks to the folks of the Thomas Barrett Art Center, who recently donated the entire collection of paintings, photographs, documents, and more of Poughkeepsie-born artist, Thomas Weeks Barrett Jr. We have decided to devote a lecture to his life and work on November 16th, along with an exhibit of his art which will run through December 31st.   Thomas Weeks Barrett Jr. was born in Poughkeepsie on September 12, 1902. He was the son of Thomas Weeks Barrett Sr, a local prominent banker, and Kate Stoutenburgh, a descendant of some of the area's earliest settlers. The family, which included a little sister named Elizabeth, lived in a lovely Greek Revival house at 55 Noxon Street

Thomas Weeks Barrett Jr. – (1902-1947)2023-05-09T14:12:16-04:00

Teen Tech Helpers Wanted!

Job Opportunity: Teen Tech Helper The Job: Helping others learn about and troubleshoot their digital devices on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm at Adriance Memorial Library. You: A patient, serviced-oriented person with a working knowledge of tech (smartphones, email, Mac, PC, etc.) who is comfortable explaining basic usage to others. Hourly Rate: $12.10 How to Apply: Send a letter of interest and completed application to Martha Farrell at mfarrell@poklib.org.

Teen Tech Helpers Wanted!2022-09-21T15:56:43-04:00

PKX Festival September 15-17, 2022

September 15-17, 2022 The annual PKX Festival, in and around the Trolley Barn Gallery serve as the building blocks for the development of a Youth Arts Empowerment Zone in the City of Poughkeepsie. The Youth Arts Empowerment Zone is a 10-year plan to establish a youth arts district along Main Street. It will focus on youth-driven placemaking in and around the Trolley Barn. In its early stages, The Art Effect will host youth-led arts festivals to engage the community with creative placemaking project support from the National Endowment for the Arts. There will be annual arts festivals around community-inspired artworks, created by local youth and professional artists, all of which will empower the local community. Learn more https://thearteffect.org/event/pkx/

PKX Festival September 15-17, 20222022-08-16T11:37:57-04:00

The Dutchess County S.P.C.A.

The Dutchess County S.P.C.A. Do you have a “fur baby” of your own? That could be a dog, cat, hamster, or even something that doesn’t necessarily have fur like a fish or a bird. Perhaps you raise chickens or you have a horse or a goat that means the world to you? Many people found their fur babies at the Dutchess County S.P.C.A. shelter. Did you know that the Dutchess County S.P.C.A is one of the oldest in the United States? Some of the leading figures of Poughkeepsie were members of the society and worked tirelessly to end cruelty to animals throughout the county.  The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (or S.P.C.A. for short) was the idea of a diplomat from New York City named Henry Bergh. He had once witnessed a man beating his horse that had fallen in the street and pleaded with him to stop. He decided to do more, and created an organization that fought back against those who mistreated animals of all sorts. This was difficult work in 19th century America, where people relied on their animals for work more than companionship. In many places, people considered things like dog or chicken fights

The Dutchess County S.P.C.A.2022-12-05T12:45:19-05:00

Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. Part of their work includes videos about history, criminal justice reform, and more.

Equal Justice Initiative2022-08-16T11:39:17-04:00
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