Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Branch Library

New Hours!

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


The Family Partnership Center’s main entrance is under construction. Entrances are detailed in the image on the right.

Family Partnership Map detailing construction and entrances Feb 2023

Upcoming Events at Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Branch Library:

Let’s Get Sustainable! Crafts for Adults: Tin Can Piggy bank
Tuesday, April 11, 2 PM
Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Branch Library
Registration required, click here.

Toss your spare change into your new piggy bank! Bring a clean tin can and all other materials will be provided. Registration required.

CONTACT: Krista Miller (845) 485-3445 x3366

Story Time at SPD!
Thursdays, Now through April 13, 1-1:45 PM
Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Branch Library
No registration required.

Join us for stories, music, and crafts. For families with children ages 1 to 5.

CONTACT: John Torres (845) 485-3445 x3368

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.