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This afternoon at 4:30 p.m., families with children ages 4-8 are invited to join Natalie Arneson on a fairytale adventure at the library! Participants will act out pieces of their favorite fairytales using story and theatrical elements as their guide!

Free, ages 4-8 with caregiver. No registration required.

Please note that participants will not be able to access the library after the program, so if you would like to check out materials, please come before the program starts. Thank you.

Learn about Bats: Register TODAY

Sounds in Silence with Jerry Schneider
Thursday, Oct. 25 | 4 p.m.
Ages 6+
Registration Required; please call or visit the library to register.
Bring $4 or a white cotton t-shirt for a craft
Please come prepared to paint.

Sounds In Silence! brings students into the exotic world of bats, and introduces them to echolocation. What is it? Why do bats echolocate? Why can’t we hear them? Are bats blind? We’ll answer these questions and more.

Via interactive dialogue and slides, children move beyond old stereotypes, to an understanding of the importance of bats for farmers, fruit growers, the rain forest, and us. We will also listen to bat echolocation calls that are slowed down through a bat detector.


Tomorrow at 6 p.m., join us for a Lifestyle Adjustment Forum with Rose Christmas. Participants will learn how to align body, mind, spirit, emotion, and environment with archetypal pursuits: happy, healthy, wealthy, wise, free, organized, serene.

Election Results

Please join us in welcoming the three new members of the Putnam Valley Library Board of Trustees: Janet Dolot, Leslie Martin, and Anthony Williams!

Thank you to everyone who came out tonight to vote, listen to the candidates and ask questions.

We’re excited for the future!

October Book Club Pick

Join our book club!


At the meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., we will be discussing last month’s book, “This Could Change Everything” by Jill Mansell, as well as the selection for October: “Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone” by Phaedra Patrick. Both books are available on, and there are limited copies available through the MidHudson Library System. Please contact us (call us at (845) 528-3242 or stop in) if you require assistance using hoopla.


Hope to see you at our November meeting!

From the Library Board of Trustees:


Condolences to the families of Emily Rose, former Library Director, who worked for years for the Putnam Valley Community.


Our deepest sympathies to the family of Sandy McKechnie, a former Board Member and President of the Library Board who died this past summer.


Our sincerest love to the family of Roger Backus, who died this past week.  Roger was one of the good guys, who for years, fought for and supported the Putnam Valley Library. He was a big man with a big heart and he will be missed.



Please welcome our new Interim Director Dede Farabaugh.  She has recently replaced Marjorie Federici, who has left for personal reasons on Family Leave.  We wish you and your family better times.

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Join us for our weekly Afternoon Storytime in the Community room for children ages 5 and up (with caregiver). When the weather allows, we might also go outside for storytime. No registration required. Come dressed to get messy!

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The Putnam Valley Library is pleased to announce a partnership with to offer free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests to library patrons. The new service includes free tests specifically based on the state’s DMV materials, and is useful for the permit test, driver’s license test and the senior citizens’ refresher test. Also available are motorcycle and CDL practice tests. También disponible en español.
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