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In Memory of Harris Mandel

Lake Peekskill resident Harris Mandel passed away suddenly last week. A dedicated former library trustee (and regular library patron), Mr. Mandel, along with his wife Bobby, was an active board member who helped with financial planning for the library, as well as at our book sales. He also designed our old library logo which you see here, and created a street map of Lake Peekskill, which we still use in the library.

Over the years, Mr. Mandel crafted various items from wood for the library to sell at fundraisers, including toaster tongs, bookstands for holding a book open, and a set of giant legos we raffled off. He was a wonderful man and will be missed.

FREE Movie Night
Read It & Watch Book Club

Wednesdays, Feb. 19 & 26 | 7 p.m.
No registration required
Ages 16+

Pick up your copy of If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin to read in advance of our February meetings of Read It & Watch. Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 19 for a FREE film screening of “If Beale Street Could Talk” (2018, rated R), and on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. for our discussion of both the book and its film adaptation.

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.

Drop-In 3-D Snowflake Craft
Tuesday, Feb. 18 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
No registration required
Free; Adults and children ages 8+

We haven’t had much snow this winter, so join us to make your own snowflakes! Miss Jen will walk you through creating a beautiful and intricate-looking 3-D paper snowflake that’s actually much easier to create than it looks! To see the final result in person, check out the snowflakes hanging up around our circulation desk next time you’re in the library.

Teen Jenga Tournament
Thursday, Feb. 20 | 12 p.m.
Registration required
Click HERE to register online
Free; Grades 5-12

Come test your Jenga skills against other kids and teens at the Putnam Valley Library! Grab your friends and join us for a Jenga Tournament during Winter Recess. We’ll have FREE PIZZA and raffle prizes! How will YOU stack up?

Black History: The Puppet Show
Saturday, Feb. 22 | 11 a.m.
Registration required
Click HERE to register online
Free; Ages 5-12

Explore Black History with JD Lawrence and his expert puppeteers at this hilarious and educational puppet show about a young girl exploring her roots with her grandfather.

Mardi Gras Pancake Story Time
Tuesday, Feb. 25 | 5:30 p.m.
Registration required
Click HERE to register online
Free; Ages 5-12

We’ll be celebrating by reading fun Mardi Gras stories, making festive masks, eating party pancakes, and having our own Mardi Gras parade!

Join us to take a breather and celebrate National Day of Unplugging with a potluck with your neighbors! Click HERE to register!

Enjoy a night of unplugged fun:

  • Make a “sleeping bag” for your cell phone
  • Learn to make homemade Polish pierogi (bring a rolling pin if you have one!)
  • Share a potluck dinner with your neighbors

National Day of Unplugging is a 24-hour break from all technology, “highlight[ing] the value of disconnecting from digital devices to connect with ourselves, our loved ones and our communities in real time. To learn more, visit:

Why will YOU unplug?

March is Women’s History Month! Join us for a free movie screening of “Suffragette” (PG-13; 2015), and donation drive for Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center. Click HERE to register!

Admission is free with donation of one of the listed items for Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center:

  • NEW single sized bed sheets
  • NEW lightweight fleece blankets
  • Baby wipes
  • Size 4-5 diapers. -Gift cards! Kohls, Walmart, Kmart etc. Can’t make it to the movie? Drop off any time before Friday, March 27.

Age range: Over 13

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.


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!

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.