Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Branch Library


The Family Partnership Center’s main entrance is under construction, the new entrance is to the left of the construction wall.

Upcoming Events at Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Branch Library:

Family Story Time!

Saturdays, July 9 – August 13, 10 – 10:30 AM
Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library
No registration required.

Join us for stories and songs followed by a craft.

Note: No story time on Saturday, July 30

Coming Fall 2022: African Rag Doll Workshop for families with children 6 years old and up (parent must participate).

The National Black Doll Museum will be leading this special program of doll-making based on the techniques of the traditional art form rooted in18 century African American culture. The workshop offers a hands-on introduction to this process. Participants will create their own three-dimensional figures used over centuries to enhance storytelling. Check out the National Black Doll Museum online.

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 branch is located in the Family Partnership Center at 29 North Hamilton Street, Room 224.


Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 1 – 5 PM
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 10 AM – 2 PM

The Family Partnership Center building was formerly Poughkeepsie High School and later Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School. The new branch will occupy 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. This new library will be within walking distance of the area’s two elementary schools, Morse and Warring. 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.

¡Ya está abierta la nueva sucursal de la biblioteca!

La Biblioteca Sucursal Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots está ubicada en el edificio del Family Partnership Center en 29 North Hamilton Street, segundo piso, oficina 224.

El horario de la sucursal es lunes, miércoles y viernes: de 1 pm a 5 pm y martes, jueves y sábado: de 10 am a 2 pm. Los programas irán aumentando en los próximos meses.

El edificio del Family Partnership Center anteriormente fue Poughkeepsie High School, y más tarde pasó a ser Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School. La nueva sucursal ocupará el mismo espacio que albergaba las bibliotecas de las escuelas. Esta sucursal se centrará especialmente en programas de alfabetización temprana como un paso importante en el desarrollo de los niños. La nueva biblioteca estará a poca distancia de las dos escuelas primarias de la zona, Morse y Warring. La colección original de la Biblioteca de Raíces Africanas que ocupó este espacio está curada a través de una asociación entre el Comité de Acción de la Biblioteca y el Distrito de Bibliotecas Públicas de Poughkeepsie.

La sucursal lleva el nombre en honor a Sadie Peterson Delaney, quien asistió a Poughkeepsie High School y fue feligrés activa en la Iglesia Smith Metropolitan AME Zion. Luego se desempeñó como Bibliotecaria Jefe en la Biblioteca del Hospital de la Administración de Veteranos en Tuskegee, Alabama, donde su trabajo en Biblioterapia recibió atención internacional.