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Celebrating Woodstock Summer Closing Event
Saturday, August 24 | 4 – 7 p.m.
FREE Family-Friendly Fun
No registration required

Celebrate the end of summer reading and the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with the Putnam Valley Library! We’ll have tie-dye (BYO white items to tie-dye), food trucks, and a sundae bar sponsored by the Friends of the Putnam Valley Library!

If you’ve participated in our Summer Reading Book Review program, make sure you’re in attendance to use your Book Review slips as raffle tickets for awesome prizes!

Join us for Jurassic Park this month!

Read It & Watch Book Club
Wednesday August 21 & 28 | 7 p.m.

Meets monthly on the last two Wednesdays | 7 p.m.
No registration required
Ages 16+

Join us for a new type of book club: one that satisfies the book nerd AND the film buff in you!

How it works:
1. Read the chosen book on your own.
2. Second-to-last Wednesday of the month @ 7 p.m.: Meet at the library for popcorn and a screening of the book’s film adaptation.
3. Last Wednesday of the month @ 7 p.m.: Meet at the library for a discussion of the book and the film.

Pick up your copy of Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton to read in advance of our August meetings, and join us on Wednesday, August 21 at 7 p.m. for a screening of Jurassic Park (1990), directed by Steven Spielberg, and rated PG-13.

Sit, Roll Over & READ
Wednesday, August 7 | 4 – 5 p.m.
Registration required; 15-minute sessions by appointment only
Ages 6-10

A volunteer from Therapy Dogs International will visit our library twice a month to give children the opportunity to gain confidence and improve reading skills by reading aloud to therapy dog Sunny Boy, a friendly Golden Retriever! Sunny Boy’s last date for the summer will be Wednesday, August 7, but he will be returning in the fall on Wednesday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 25.

Read. Log. Win!

Track your summer reading on ReadSquared. Register here and when you’re all done, show your certificate of completion to the front desk staff and pick a prize! There are programs for all ages, even adults! Register today and start tracking!

Starting Monday, July 8

Starting Monday, July 8, kids and teens 18 and younger will be able to receive free lunches at the library on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. until Friday, August 30. No paperwork and no sign-ups necessary! All you have to do is show up!

Summer Reading Challenges aren’t just for kids anymore!

Click here for a downloadable, printable PDF version of our Summer Reading Bingo card! You can also pick one up at the front desk!

Read books and fill out a bingo card from JULY 1 – AUGUST 30.

If you complete a row, column, or diagonal, you will be entered to win prizes!


  1. All book versions are game. Yes! You can count listening to an audiobook!
  2. No double-dipping! A book title only counts once.
  3. Fill out your titles, name, and phone number on the corresponding blank card on the second page and return to the front desk by Friday, August 30.

Visit, Overdrive, or the Mid Hudson Library catalog to start filling out your bingo card today!

KnitWits: Summer Dates!

See summer dates below!
No registration required
All ages and skill levels welcome

Want to learn the basics of knitting or just come and chat while you knit or crochet? Join the KnitWits Knitting Circle! Please bring your own knitting materials if you have them, and thank you to all who have generously donated knitting materials.

Saturday, June 8 | 2-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18 | 5-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 2 | 5-6:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 13 | 2-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16 | 5-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 30 | 5-6:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 10 | 2-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13 | 5-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 27 | 5-6:30 p.m.

Join us for Putnam Valley’s 2nd Annual Community Read!

Join the discussion! The next meeting will be Sunday, July 14th at 2pm at the Putnam Valley Library. No sign-up necessary; all meetings are open to everyone!

This year, Putnam Valley will be reading Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. She realizes that there are almost no men in town. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit her own “Siete Magníficos” to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over. With compassion and humor, Urrea offers a fresh take on the hero’s journey and explores how we may not be as different from each other as we might think.

Recommendations for Black History Month

Click below to view a list of our recommendations to celebrate Black History Month, all available in our collection. Each title is linked to its MHLS Catalog listing so you can easily find and request the title you are interested in. Head over to our Instagram for highlighted content and more information about Black History Month all month long.

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Miss Carol is retiring after almost 26 years at the Putnam Valley Library. Her last scheduled days are this week: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Stop by to say goodbye!

Can’t make it? We’ll be happy to pass along your cards and notes, and we’d love to hear your stories and memories.

Thank you, Miss Carol!