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Summer Reading at the Library

Your Adventure Begins at the Library! Participate in our Summer Reading Challenges, and you could win a prize!

Summer Reading at the Library2024-06-13T13:32:51-04:00

Teen Library Card Art Contest

Teen Library Card Art Contest It’s time to update our teen library card. But we want you to design it! The winning design could be featured on our next teen library card! Win some PPLD swag, have a reception this fall, and gain notoriety for your work! Deadline: Friday, August 23, 11:59 pm Submissions must be by PPLD residents aged 12-18. Your submission must include your full name, age, and current grade (if applicable), as well as contact details for both yourself and your legal guardian (if under 18). Bear in mind that some of the library’s information will have to go on the front of the card, such as our logo, so less “busy” designs will have a better chance. We will add these things, however, so please do not add logos or writing to your design. Make your design as large as you want while creating it, but remember that library cards are tiny! Please submit landscape (horizontal) designs. Artwork must be original (and not submitted anywhere else). It can’t include copyrighted material. Both traditional and digital art are welcome. No AI (artificial intelligence) may be used. PPLD reserves the right to make the final decision. All contests or drawings must [...]

Teen Library Card Art Contest2024-06-13T13:22:05-04:00

Early Reader Authors & Illustrators

Early Reader Authors and Illustrators Sort by Age Range: Preschool Middle Young Adult Book Fest Home

Early Reader Authors & Illustrators2024-03-04T12:13:04-05:00

Preschool Authors & Illustrators

Preschool Authors and Illustrators Sort by Age Range: Early Middle Young Adult Book Fest Home

Preschool Authors & Illustrators2024-03-04T12:10:06-05:00

2024 Authors & Illustrators

2024 Book Fest Authors and Illustrators Sort by Age Range: Preschool Early Middle Young Adult Book Fest Home

2024 Authors & Illustrators2024-03-07T07:30:15-05:00

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 Adult Fiction: The Lincoln Highway by Amos Towles The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley Run Rose Run: A Novel by Dolly Parton and James Patterson Sparring Partners by John Grisham Apples Never Fall by Lianne Moriarty Adult Non-Fiction: South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation by Imani Perry The 1619 Project by Nicole Hannah-Jones Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show by Jonathan Karl Plant You by Carleigh Bodrug Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli by Mark Seal Whole Body Reset: Cookbook for Beginners by Nancy Ginsberg Adult Biographies: In Bloom: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Amy Bloom Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis Lost and Found: A Memoir by Kathryn Schulz Born a Crime by Trevor Noah Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir by Bob Odenkirk Crying In H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Young Adult Titles Young Adult Fiction [...]

Most Borrowed Books of 2022!2024-05-09T16:22:20-04:00

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
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