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Help us out! Tell us what types of virtual programs you'd like to see at the library by filling out our virtual programming survey. It only takes 5 minutes, and will greatly help us tailor our offerings to your needs.
If you also happen to know someone who is interested in a hosting a virtual program, go ahead and send them our program proposal form.

Thanks for your help, and we can't to hear from you!

New Titles on Overdrive

Tip: Don't be discouraged by waitlists! As a patron of Clinton Community Library, your hold will have priority over patrons of other libraries on our purchased titles.

Adult Programs

Monday Evening Book Club - Virtual Meeting

Monday, May 18th | 7:00 PM

Our Monday Evening Book Club theme for 2020 is "literary tour of the world". We will be reading and discussing recently translated prize-winning literature from authors based in various countries in Europe and Asia. New members welcome. In May, we will be discussing Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, a story about three women and their families, their losses and loves, unspool beautifully against a backdrop of a rapidly changing Oman, a country evolving from a traditional, slave-owning society into its complex present. Through the sisters, we glimpse a society in all its degrees, from the very poorest of the local slave families to those making money through the advent of new wealth.

***This program will take place online. Please email for the log-in information.***

WE Well-Being Playbook & Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 20th | 7:00 PM
Facebook Live Event

Explore the impact of connections on our lives and their integral role in our well-being on Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm. Hear from author Leysa Cerswell Kielburger (founder of WE), mental health experts, and parents about how to focus on our well-being as we navigate this challenging time together.

Open Mic Night Online

Friday, May 22nd | 6:30 PM
Online via Zoom

Open Mic Night returns online! If you want to sing, play music, recite the spoken word, or share a talent, give us a call at 266-5530 or email to get on the list! Instructions will be given via email.

Community Playwriting Workshop

Saturday, May 30th | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Online via Zoom

Everyone has an idea for a story, and this is your chance to bring that story to life. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's playwriting workshop will feature exercises that will teach you the basics. Following the workshops, all participants are invited to submit a short play to be considered on the evening of readings known as the HVSF Bake-Off. This year's Bake-Off theme is Mahican tuck, "The River that Flows Both Ways."

Created by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, the Bake-Off is a community playwriting event in which participants (this could be YOU) are given a list of “ingredients” surrounding a theme to incorporate into their play (for example: a kitchen sink, a front porch, and a withheld secret) to inspire creativity.

Christine Scarfuto will be leading the playwriting workshops for the Bake-Off. Scarfuto is Acting Director of the MFA playwriting program at Hunter College. Prior to her role with Hunter College she served as the Literary Manager at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT.

Virtual Tech Help

Do you need help with your Kindle, tablet, smart phone or computer? Would you like to know how to check out eBooks and audiobooks on Overdrive or Libby and magazines on RBDigital? Do you need assistance using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Craigslist? 
Our teen tech expert Samantha will help answer your questions via a virtual meeting through Zoom. Email with your name, phone number, email address, and tell us what you need help with to schedule a 30-minute appointment.

Youth & Family Programs

Storytime Online

Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
Online via Facebook Live

Listen to stories with Miss Susan and Miss Marie.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month Celebration

Thursday, May 21st | 3:30 PM
Facebook Live Event

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, PBS Books presents a live discussion with author Minh Lê and illustrator Dan Santat about their book Drawn Together in an interactive event. Join us for a fun afternoon as they share about their book, their experience, and their collaboration. Recommended for ages 5-12.

Drawn Together is the first collaboration between Minh Lê [LAY] and Dan Santat, and it received six starred reviews and won the APALA (Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association) Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in 2019. It was also on over 24 best-books-of-the-year lists in outlets like The Wall Street Journal and NPR. It’s been called everything from a “must have” to “phantasmagoric” by its reviewers and readers.

Author Visit with Kathryn Leslie

Wednesday, May 27th | 2:00 PM
Online via Zoom

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a collaboration of local northern New York libraries will host a virtual author visit with Kathryn Leslie, author of Gracie: A Bilingual Adventure In The Blue Ridge Mountains, a fun, colorful children’s book written in both Spanish and English. 

Libraries participating in the event are the Morton Memorial Libraries in Pine Hill and Rhinecliff, the Mountain Top Library in Tannersville, the LaGrange Association Library in Poughkeepsie, the Clinton Community Library in Rhinebeck, the Brewster Public Library in Brewster, and the Rosendale Library in Rosendale. 

This Zoom virtual visit will include an interactive presentation for children of all ages and activity sheets featuring characters from this award-winning Spanish/English version of “Gracie”. Those who would like to purchase an autographed book can do so at the Aunt Katie’s Place virtual book shop. For shoppers who use the promo code: PINEHILL10, Aunt Katie’s Place will donate 10% of each purchase to a local New York food bank!

Please register by May 25th. Zoom meeting link will be emailed to participants on Tuesday, May 26th.

About the Author
Kathryn Leslie is a resident of Lansing, North Carolina. She is a hobby farmer, budding gardener, amateur seamstress, full-time auntie, and part-time whatever pays the bills. She is currently obtaining her Master’s of Library and Informational Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with aspirations of becoming a children’s librarian. She has always loved children’s picture books, and dogs, and has a small collection of her own- both dogs and books!

Clinton Community Outreach Facebook Group

Join Here  |  Hotline: 845-773-9264

This Facebook Group aims to connect volunteers in the Town of Clinton, NY with people in our community who may be in need of assistance during the COVID19 outbreak. For more information, please visit the group's page or directly email

Services offered (based on volunteer capacity)
  • shop for & deliver groceries
  • run errands to the library, pharmacy, etc.
  • check in on at risk neighbors
  • help to organize volunteers & manage outreach requests

Online Tai Chi Classes with Vince

Learn how to lower stress and keep calm with Tai Chi. Join our Tai Chi instructor Vince Sauter for free online classes at any of these times: Mondays at 2:30 PM and Wednesdays at 9:30 AM. Class will focus on breathing in the calm and breathing out the tension. Check out Vince's video below to get started. New comers will need to sign up for an account with

4/6 Update:
Please come to class a few minutes early. Vince will manually verify each person before they may join the session, a process that will not continue once class has started. Join the class on Zoom with meeting ID: 5372920968 / password: 196685, or simply visit the meeting room here. For further questions about the class, please contact Vince at

Online Chair Yoga Classes with Samantha

Our amazing chair yoga instructor, Samantha Free asked us to post a quick note to let everyone know she has you in her thoughts! If you are in her chair yoga class, she invites you to reach out to her via email: or via phone: (917) 710-2125 if you’d like to check in and say hello.

Samantha is doing LIVE yoga on Facebook on her Facebook page several times a week.

*** Please check Samantha's Facebook for class schedule updates. ***

Dutchess Responds

Dutchess County Government has set up a webpage to rapidly respond to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. Dutchess Responds can connect you whether you need help getting food, medications, or household essentials or you want to offer assistance through monetary donations, collecting or donating goods, volutneering, or more. Call 845-486-3555 or email More information can be found directly on their website.
Absentee Ballots
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he will allow all New Yorkers to cast an absentee vote in June's Primary amid the coronavirus pandemic even if they don't meet the usual legal requirements. You may wonder how to get an absentee ballot. Here's how to do it:
  • The easiest way is to simply download and print the application here.
  • You can send a letter to your county board of elections (and the letter must be received no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election) with your registered address, an address where your ballot will be sent, the reason for the request and the signature of the voter.
  • You can pick up the application in person at your county board of elections. Some town offices have the application on hand, so you may want to give them a call.
  • You can check off "temporary illness or disability" if the reason for your application is due to the pandemic.
  • Complete your application in blue or black in and mail it in. Your ballot will be mailed to you.
Census 2020
It's Census time! and you may have already received a questionnaire in the mail. While some operations have been adjusted in interest of "protecting the health and safety of our staff and the public", the Census is still available online and so far, the last day to complete the Census questionnaire is still July 31, with the understanding that this could change should circumstances change. Read on for an Census 2020 FAQ:


Why should I take the census?
  • By participating you are securing additional funding for your community’s hospitals, fire departments, schools and roads as well as other social services.
  • You are also ensuring greater political representation for your community.
Is my privacy violated by the census?
  • Title 13 Section 9 ensures that all census data must be private, and cannot even be shared with other governmental organizations under penalty of law.
  • Strict policies and IT infrastructure safeguards maintain data security.
  • Questions about citizenship status WILL NOT appear on the 2020 census.
How can I respond to the census?
  • You can respond online at
  • You can respond via phone by calling 844-330-2020.
  • You can respond through mail by sending a completed census form to the US Census Bureau.
Who needs to be counted when I respond to the census?
  • You should include everyone who regularly sleeps at your residence, even including: roommates, young children, newborns and anyone who is renting a space in your home. This includes non-citizens.
  • You DO NOT need to include students who dorm at a university, active military personnel, people in nursing facilities or people in correctional facilities.
How long do I have to respond to the census?
  • July 31, 2020 is still the last date for households to respond to the 2020 census.
Help The Library When You Shop Amazon
Amazon shoppers, consider doing your shopping through
AmazonSmile and helping the Clinton Community Library! With each purchase you make, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the library. 
When asked to pick an organization to support, choose Clinton Community Literary Association Inc. Shopping at AmazonSmile is no different from shopping at Amazon, with the sole exception being financial support for the library. There is no additional cost to shop through AmazonSmile.
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Thursday: 9-5
Friday: 11-7
Saturday: 9-1

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