What Does The 414 Mean For You?

The Clinton Community Library will be putting forth a question on the November ballot regarding our operating budget. You may be asking, “What does this mean for me?” To answer, we have put together a list of questions and answers. View the FAQ here. Our Library Director and our Trustees are happy to answer any questions you have or explain any information that might be unclear. Please come in to the library! We want to make sure that everyone has the correct information.

Library Fall Silent Auction

Our online silent auction is LIVE! We have some great items available, just waiting for bids:

  • 60″ Sharp LED-Liquid Crystal Display TVAquos Quattron 3D
    Value: $1,400.00
  • Baseball Card Collection
    Value: $100.00
  • Bicycle, Generously Donated by Sharon & Bob Trzcinski,
    Value: $500.00
  • Dutch’s Spirits Basket
    Value: $125.00
  • Taconic Distillery Bourbon & Pelican Case
    Value: $200.00

Head over to the auction site and place your bid today!

Join us for scones and a spot of tea as we discuss The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. Reserve your copy by clicking here or call us at the library!

New Books, September 2017

Check out some of the great books we added to our shelves in September! Many of these are very popular, so if you do not see our copy at the library, ask one of our staff members to add your name to the hold list for the book you want!

October Book Club Information

October’s Book Club selection is The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II by Jan Jarboe Russell. Click here to reserve your copy. The Book Club meeting will be held on Monday, October 15th at 7 p.m. New members are welcome!

Book description:

The New York Times bestselling dramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR-approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II: “A must-read….The Train to Crystal City is compelling, thought-provoking, and impossible to put down” (Star-Tribune, Minneapolis).

During World War II, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The only family internment camp during the war, Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called “quiet passage.” Hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City were exchanged for other more ostensibly important Americans—diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, and missionaries—behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany.

“In this quietly moving book” (The Boston Globe), Jan Jarboe Russell focuses on two American-born teenage girls, uncovering the details of their years spent in the camp; the struggles of their fathers; their families’ subsequent journeys to war-devastated Germany and Japan; and their years-long attempt to survive and return to the United States, transformed from incarcerated enemies to American loyalists. Their stories of day-to-day life at the camp, from the ten-foot high security fence to the armed guards, daily roll call, and censored mail, have never been told.

Combining big-picture World War II history with a little-known event in American history, The Train to Crystal City reveals the war-time hysteria against the Japanese and Germans in America, the secrets of FDR’s tactics to rescue high-profile POWs in Germany and Japan, and above all, “is about identity, allegiance, and home, and the difficulty of determining the loyalties that lie in individual human hearts” (Texas Observer).

Program Proposal Form

Do you want to get involved with the library? Do you have a great idea for a program or library event, but aren’t sure how to get started? Now you can simply fill out our online Program Proposal Form. We read through submissions monthly and will contact you if your program is a good fit.

Thank you so much!

Thank you so much to our fabulous yoga instructor Samantha Free for organizing donations of NEW yoga mats and blocks! Our Friday afternoon Chair Yoga class was the first group to try them out.

Annual Appeal – There’s Still Time to Donate!

2017 Annual Appeal

There is still time to donate to our 2017 Annual Appeal! Anything you give helps us provide our patrons with new books, audio books, DVDs, and more. Plus, it allows us to continue providing you with quality programming.

Please mail your donation to:

Clinton Community Library
1215 Centre Rd.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

And don’t forget to check if your company will match your gift — many do!

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Pass

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum Library Pass
We are pleased to share that we now offer our patrons a pass to the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum! The Pass allows for free general admission during public hours for the entire family. The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum defines “family” as up to two adults and all children under 18 years old from one household. Library card AND photo ID must be presented when entering the museum, per the Museum’s rules. The Family Pass may be borrowed during the week for 5 days. Passes must be returned to the Clinton Community Library and handed to a staff member.
A Family Pass may NOT be renewed, and there is a late fee of $5.00 per day, and a fee of $10.00 for a lost membership card. For more information, call the library or stop by the circulation desk!

eBooks for Kids!

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.

Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.