Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Branch Library

New Hours!

Monday – Friday: 1 – 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 2 PM
Sunday: Closed

While the Family Partnership Center is under construction, please return here for updates regarding any changes to the entrances. 

Wednesday, August 9:

The North Entrance to the Family Partnership Center is open.

Please be mindful and remain within the designated fence/caution tape corridor as you proceed to the North Entrance.

We truly appreciate your continued support and understanding throughout the completion of this critical project. Our Safety & Security Team will be standing by to help direct and assist those needing additional support getting to the rear entrance of the FPC.

Upcoming Events at Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Branch Library:

Summer Bug Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, July 1 – Thursday, August 31
No registration required – just grab a sheet!

Can you find all 9 bugs hidden inside SPD?

The ____ Was Better

Wednesday, August 16 at 2 PM
Registration required, click here.

Join us for a new program series where we’ll compare and contrast a book and its movie adaptation. Please come to the program having had read the book, we’ll watch the movie together, and then discuss.

The Cider House Rules (PG-13) Book Author: John Irving The film follows the life of Homer Wells, a precocious orphan who leaves his lifelong home and his loving tutor, Dr. Larch to explore the world.

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Office of Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson Pop Up Office
Thursday, August 31 from 3:00-4:30
This event is first-come, first-served. No registration required.

The Office of Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson will be holding pop-up office hours at the Library. A representative will be available to help assist with any state-related issues you may be experiencing, such as unemployment, EZ-Pass/DMV issues, healthcare, Heating and cooling assistance, utility issues, and more.

For more information, contact (845) 562-0888 or email

Rows of Manga books laid out on a table

Manga Madness
Friday, September 15 at 3 PM
No registration required.

Are you mad about manga? We’re so mad about it, we’ve added 100+ new manga volumes to our collection at the SPD! To celebrate, we’ll make candy sushi, learn how to use chopsticks, and compete in the Chopstick Challenge for a chance to win our Manga Madness drawing!

Illustration of a campfire

Campfire Stories
Wednesday, October 11 at 4 PM
Registration required.

The campfire for a spine-tingling story time! Recommended for grades PreK-2.

Illustration of a happy pumpkin

Halloween Paper Crafts
Thursday, October 19 at 4 PM
Registration required.

Halloween is coming! Join us and make some spook-tacular Halloween-themed crafts. Recommended for grades K-5.

Parent reading a book to her child at the new Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library

About Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Branch Library:

The Family Partnership Center building was formerly Poughkeepsie High School and later Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School. The library occupies the same space that housed the schools’ libraries. The branch will have a particular focus on early literacy as an important developmental step for children. The original African Roots Library collection that occupied this space is curated through a partnership between the Library Action Committee and the Poughkeepsie Public Library District.

The branch is named in honor of Sadie Peterson Delaney, who attended Poughkeepsie High School and was active in the Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church. She went on to serve as Chief Librarian at the Veterans Administration Hospital Library in Tuskegee, Alabama, where her work in Bibliotherapy received international attention.

Learn more about Sadie Peterson Delaney via our Local History Blog or by visiting Dutchess County Historical Society‘s recording program about Sadie P. Delaney.