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Starting Saturday!

Give back to the community starting THIS SATURDAY at the Putnam Valley Library’s first ever Knit-A-Thon! Join us to knit a scarf to be donated to Jan Peek House, a homeless shelter in Peekskill, NY. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate! Can’t knit but still want to get involved? Keep reading to find out how you can donate knitting materials!


Materials will be provided, however donations of yarn and needles are always appreciated, however for this project we ask that you donate specific items from our Amazon wish list here. Any color of yarn will do, but please be sure to purchase the specified type of yarn, and the specified size needles. You can also purchase these items from Joann Fabrics for cheaper (and with coupons from their website or their weekly flyer).


When: Saturdays, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Putnam Valley Library Community Room, 30 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579

It is with great sadness we acknowledge the passing of George Olsen, a longtime resident Lake Peekskill, who died peacefully on October 8th at the age of 84.

George was born in Hanover, Germany and served in the US Army as a paratrooper. In addition to working for Valad Electric for 50 years, George was a long-time councilman and a dedicated community volunteer. He served for years as Treasurer and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Putnam Valley Library. We’ll miss him tremendously, and we extend our condolences to his wife Betty, his children Erik and Georgette, and his three grandchildren: Heather, Melanie, and Steven.

Visiting hours are on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Heritage Funeral Home at 35 Morrissey Drive in Putnam Valley. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

The library may be closed on Monday, but the Putnam Valley Writers’ Group is open!

Putnam Valley Writers‘ Group
Monday, Oct. 14 | 7 p.m.
Ages 16+
All experience levels welcome

Calling all poets and writers! Strengthen your writing muscles at the Putnam Valley Writers‘ Group. This group will meet monthly on the first Monday of the month to explore the writing process: performing creative writing exercises with prompts, hosting occasional open mics, and listening to local published authors to discuss their journeys. Everyone is welcome!

Please email for more information about how to upload your work ahead of the meeting to receive critiques, or about the group itself.


Congratulations to our newly elected trustees: Ginger Lefurgy, Marilyn Power, Paula Sims, and Terry Raskyn! Thank you to all who voted and attended the Annual Board of Trustees meeting last night. The next Board of Trustees meeting is Monday, Oct. 28 at 6:15 p.m. and it’s open to the public!

Passport Day
Sunday, Oct. 20 | 1-5 p.m.
No appointment necessary

Our Passport Acceptance Agents will be on hand to process your applications. Please note; that we do not take passport photos here and you will need to bring them with you.

We have forms available. See for what you need to bring and to print forms that you can fill out.

Questions? Email

Join us for a FREE Halloween movie night!

Read It & Watch Book Club
Movie Night & Discussion: Wednesday, Oct. 30 | 7 p.m.
Please arrive at 6:45 p.m. to choose your seats.
No registration required
Ages 16+

Join us for a FREE spooky movie night where we will be watching “Frankenstein” (1931, rated TV-PG). Pick up your copy of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley to read in advance of our October meeting, and join us for a discussion of both the book and the film adaptation. We’ll have FREE refreshments.

If you are interested in participating in the movie discussion, please read the book in advance, and stick around after the screening to chat with others about what you thought of both! The movie is rated PG so feel free to bring your children, however the discussion is for ages 16+ only, and this is not a drop-off program.

If you have any questions about this month’s meeting, please call us at (845) 528-3242, stop in, or email

The Putnam Valley Library would like to recognize Sarah Steiner, Esq. and the Eshe Fund for their generous grant to the Library. This grant will help create a Makerspace and fund the Library’s increasing efforts to provide STEAM programs for students and patrons.

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