This Week at the Library: 11/30-12/5

Start Climbing Your Family Tree – Online Genealogy Workshop

Monday, December 7th | 1:00 PM
Online via Zoom

Register here

With all the new available resources out there, it is no surprise genealogy has become America’s 2nd most popular hobby! Learn how and where to start planting your family tree. Find out what records are out there and how to utilize Family Search’s free online database.

Help Make Our 2020 Annual Appeal A Success!

2020 Annual Appeal

Dear Friends and Neighbors of the Clinton Community Library,

The Board of Trustees thanks you for everything you do to help the Clinton Community Library. This past year has been challenging for everyone, and knowing that the community is behind us means so much.

Our library services looked different in 2020 than in previous years, as we transformed our offerings to align with the unique restrictions we all faced. We augmented our free online offerings, adding resources like Universal Class and CreativeBug to allow online learning at home. We enhanced our collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks, adding more titles than ever before. We scheduled interesting and informative programs online so patrons could continue enjoying our popular lectures from home. We developed a curbside pickup program for cardholders to safely check out materials. And we continued to offer reference services by phone and email. It was a year of creative problem solving!

Looking ahead to 2021, where the future may seem uncertain, one thing you can count on is the Library’s commitment to meeting our community’s needs. We plan to purchase internet hotspots to lend out, increase the amount of instructional and informative video content we offer, and continue expanding our physical and electronic collection of books and audio and video materials. Because we know you value the Library and the services it provides here in Clinton, would you please consider a year-end gift? Your tax-deductible donation will allow the Clinton Community Library to continue serving you, our community, in the ways you need it most. You can easily donate online via PayPal, or you can mail your gift to:

Clinton Community Library
1215 Centre Rd.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Wishing you health & happiness,
Clinton Community Library Staff, Director, and Board of Trustees


Crafting with Creativebug

December 2020–March 2021
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Let’s get crafty with Creativebug! This winter, teens and adults are invited to pick up a different craft kit each month to make at home. Instructions are delivered via videos on Creativebug, the library’s free resource for arts and crafts classes. You will need to know your library card number and PIN to log in. Ages 14 and up recommended. To register, call the library at 845-266-5530 or sign up online.

*Kits are limited to 1 per person and registration is required.* Kits may be picked up anytime after the first Friday of the month.

Book Club News

Monday Evening Book Club
Monday, December 21st | 7:00 PM
Masonic Hall and Online via GoToMeeting

Our Monday Evening Book Club theme for 2020 is “literary tour of the world”. We are reading and discussing recently translated prize-winning literature from authors based in various countries in Europe and Asia. Books picked for this list are curated by former trustee Zachary Snow. New members welcome.


In November, we will discuss Delirium by Laura Restrepo, a gripping detective story set in Colombia with a searing portrait of a society battered by war and corruption, as well as an intimate look at the daily lives of people struggling to stay sane in an unstable reality.

Call the library at 845-266-5530 to reserve your copy.

***This program will take place in the Masonic Hall. If you do not wish to meet in person, please email for the Go-To-Meeting log-in information.***


Tea Time Book Club
Thursday, December 10th | 2:00 PM
Online via Zoom

Here’s a merry idea: this December, the Tea Time Book Club will split up, read and discuss three different titles by one author. Our author this month is Sharyn McCrumb, who is called one of the finest Southern writers at work today. Pick a title to read from our list below and call the library at 845-266-5530 to reserve your copy. Leave your name, book selection and email to register and receive meeting information.

Homebound Delivery Service

Home Delivery Now Available for Clinton Patrons!

Are you unable to visit the library due to age, illness or disability? Don’t let that keep you from borrowing our materials. We are thrilled to partner with our local seniors’ organization, SSIP (Settled & Serving In Place) to bring home delivery to Clinton Community Library Patrons.

What materials can be accessed?

Any materials that can be checked out can be requested for home delivery.

How can my materials be chosen? 

You may request specific titles from our library or a library within our system. Our staff is also happy to select materials for you based on your favorite authors or interests.

When will I receive my requested materials? 

Materials will be delivered to your door by a volunteer from SSIP. CCL will work with you and the volunteer to schedule a mutually convenient delivery time.

How do I take advantage of home delivery? 

Delivery is available for Town of Clinton residents. If you or someone you know can benefit from this service, please contact the Library at 845-266-5530 or

Thank you to SSIP Taconic for sponsoring this service!

2019 Annual Report

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Currently Available Services

The following services are currently available at Clinton Community Library:

  • Online resources
  • Telephone support reference
  • Online programming
  • Curbside pickup
  • Checkout at the circulation desk
  • Access to browse the collection
  • Public computer access (by appointment preferred; one PC available)

To help maintain social distancing and better serve our community, we ask that you not loiter longer than is necessary to accomplish the above services.

The Mid-Hudson Library System will also resume deliveries on its regular schedule (to libraries that are open) and you will once again be able to browse our online catalog and place holds online.

Masks are required for entry into the library and we ask that you wear your mask covering both your nose and mouth at all times. Please see graphic below for a friendly reminder. Exceptions are only given to those who have medical conditions or are under two years of age.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us. Hope to see you all soon!

Curbside Pickup FAQ

We are excited to now offer CCL Curbside Pickup!

Clinton Community Library offers curbside service, making it easy for you to return materials and safely pick up items without having any direct contact with Library staff or other patrons.

1. Place items on hold.

2. Wait for notification, then let us know you’d prefer curbside pickup.

3. Grab & go!

  • Call us when you get to the parking lot. If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on the door and then step away. Please wait in your car or by the picnic table while we gather your items.
  • Bags will be on a table outside the building.
  • Find your bag labeled with the first four letters of your last name.

Homebound patrons can designate another person to pick up their holds. Please call for more information and to schedule such a pickup.

Our outdoor book drop is available 24/7, so you’re welcome to return books, movies, and other physical items anytime that’s convenient starting that day. All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being processed and circulated. Your items will not be taken off your account until after their 72-hour quarantine period (this will not create penalties or any overdue fines for your account in any way).

Chair Yoga Returns Online!

Chair Yoga Online

Fridays at 12:00 PM
Online via Facebook Live

Join Samantha Free on Facebook Live for Chair Yoga classes online. Learn the basics of breath, meditation, and movement. This class will help you stretch and strengthen.


This program is sponsored by the Clinton Community Library. Funding for this and other Optimistic Aging programs is provided by the Northeast Dutchess Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.