Mystery Mondays

This group usually meets on the last Monday of the month from 11 am to noon at the Boardman Road Branch Library, 141 Boardman Road.  Discussions are led by Eleanor Charwat and Suzanne Christensen. For further information, contact Suzanne Christensen.

September 23: To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie

Theme: Detecting Duos

October 28: Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais

November 25: Midnight Fugue by Reginald Hill

December 9: Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

Adriance Honors
Monday, October 21 at 5:30 PM
Locust Grove Estate

Join the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public LIbrary and Honorary Chair, Ann Pinna, in honoring this year’s Adriance Honorees Didi Barrett, Pat Breen, and Sue Serino, for their consistent support for our public libraries.

About our 2019 Adriance Honorees:

Didi Barrett was elected to the New York State Assembly in March 2012. A resident of the Hudson Valley for more than 30 years, she came to elected office after a career as a writer, museum professional and longtime leader of not-for-profit organizations. As a member of the Assembly, her roles include serving as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology. Assembly member Barrett has consistently supported public libraries while in office, most recently by securing funding for the Summer Reading Programs offered by PPLD and other area libraries. She issued the following statement when announcing the grants: “Our local libraries play a critical role in our communities. I am pleased we could provide support to our outstanding libraries in the 106th district with funding for their Summer Reading Programs. I hope it will help launch new lifetime readers.”

Pat Breen has been a Poughkeepsie resident and ardent library user since the early 1970’s. In fact, libraries are central to Pat’s life story. After earning her Masters of Library Science at SUNY Albany, she became a school librarian in the Poughkeepsie City School District.

After retiring as a school librarian in the early 2000’s, she became a volunteer, giving back to the community through several organizations including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum where Pat still enjoys helping at the exhibits and programs.

Pat also joined the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. Her roles have included President and Vice-President, and she has served as a Book Store manager since it opened in 2015.

Sue Serino is a member of the New York State Senate representing the 41st district. She was born and raised in Dutchess County. The daughter of immigrants, she started her own childcare business and in 1996, she joined the real estate industry, opening an office in Poughkeepsie. In 2010, she first won elected office as a member of the Hyde Park town board and in 2011, she was elected to the Dutchess County Legislature.

Since she entered the New York State Senate in 2015, Senator Serino has always been supportive of the Library District’s efforts to improve and expand its services to the people of Poughkeepsie. Most recently, she was very helpful in securing a Special Legislative Grant to help fund the Library District’s new bookmobile.

Reservation details:

  • Reservations: $60/per person (non-refundable)
  • Add a Sponsor Listing to the Event Program: $50

You may make your reservation online here or by mailing a check, made out to:

The Friends of the PPLD, Inc
Attn: Trina Blomquist-Martinez
Adriance Memorial Library 93 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

For additional information, please contact Trina Blomquist-Martinez at 845-485-3445 x 3371.

Big Read Bus Trip with the Friends!

Appalachian Trail: Its Geology and History
Wednesday, October 30 from 9 AM – 5 PM

Inspired by this year’s Big Read, the Friends of PPLD invite you to join us on a trip to the Bear Mountain Inn on Wednesday, October 30. The first section of the Appalachian Trail to be worked on was the section through Bear Mountain Park.

The bus leaves Poughkeepsie (Spratt Park) at 9 am for a day of activities in the Appalachian Ballroom of the Bear Mountain Inn. In the morning, Vassar Professor of Geology, Dr. Jeff Walker, will give a presentation on the geology of the Appalachian Mountains. A luncheon follows from 12:30-1:30 pm (choice of entrees will be taken upon registration.) After lunch everyone will have an hour to enjoy the area around the Inn including the Zoo, the lake, and the trails. At 2:30 pm, back in the Appalachian Ballroom, Matthew Shook of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission will discuss the history of the Bear Mountain Inn and the local sections of the Appalachian Trail. The bus leaves Bear Mountain Inn at 3:30 to arrive at Poughkeepsie by 5 pm. 

Tickets are $63/person and are non-refundable. They can be purchased in person at the Friends’ Book Store (open Tues., Thurs., Sat. from 10 AM – 4 PM) or online at

Holiday Book Sale
November 22-24, 2019
Locust Grove Estate

Friday, 10-8
Saturday, 10-5
Sunday, 10-5

Pick up some great gift-quality books at excellent prices and support the Library District while doing some shopping!

Friends’ Annual Meeting

Wednesday, December 11 from 6 – 8 PM

Boardman Road Branch Library

Free and open to the public.

6 pm – Business Meeting, followed by time to mingle and enjoy light refreshments

7 pm – Perspectives on Change from Dutchess County Historical Society Executive Director Bill Jeffway.