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

Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Branch Library

Library Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday, Thursday: 1 PM – 5 PM
Saturday: for events only
Sunday: Closed

While the Family Partnership Center is under construction, please return here for updates.

Artist Larissa Alvarado

April 30 – July 2

Larissa Alvarado

Reception: Friday, May 10, 1 – 3 pm
No registration required.

Larissa Pitcher-Alvarado, affectionately known as Lala, was born and raised in the City of Poughkeepsie, NY. She enjoys all creative mediums, including but limited to watercolor painting and the process of surface design on clay. Larissa enjoys making functional pieces, jewelry and hanging art. Her art work consists of natural and organic shapes, flowers, and calming sceneries. Larissa gets tremendous joy every day from helping her neighbors through collaboration with other community members. Her art goes beyond community artists. Larissa is a walking canvas. If you find yourself hanging out with her, you can see her love for spiritual things, art, creation, and teaching others. Every time Larissa learns something, she finds joy in teaching it back to someone. You can find her work at  Dutchess Community College, Kingston Ceramics, Fallkill Creative, Poughkeepsie Farm Project Fundraisers, other community Events and fundraisers, your friends and families homes, Local Pop-ups, ect.


Pokemon Scavenger Hunt
May 6 – June 28

Can you find all nine Pokémon hidden in SPD? No registration required – just grab a sheet! 

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.

Sadie Peterson Delaney at her desk with a sign that reads "Books break the tedious hospital hours and minimize illness". Image courtesy of Tuskegee University Archives