News and Events – Summer

Universe of Stories – Summer Reading Program, June 28-August 9 – All patrons are welcome to sign up and track their progress.

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Not yet a patron? Not a problem! It’s easy and takes just a few minutes to complete a library card application. Bring a photo id and proof of residency to our circulation desk for assistance.

Launch Party for Summer Reading Program on Friday, June 28, 2:00pm-4:00pm. Come in to sign up and join in the fun learning to tie-dye. One book bag per family – supplies are limited. You are welcome to bring your own item to tie dye.


Blood Drive, Monday, July 1, 1:00pm-7:00pm. Give the gift of life by donating blood on Monday, July 1. As a thank you from the New York Blood Center, each donor will be given a voucher for either 2 Mets tickets or a $5 Dunkin card. Donors who are between the ages of 16-19 years old, will receive a $15 Dunkin card.

Essential Oils for Children, Monday, July 1, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Learn how the benefits of essential oils may help children sleep, focus better, stay healthy and much more! Please call to register you and your child. The lecture is free. Stay after and participate in our Make & Take activity: Essential Oil Infused Play Dough. There is a $10 fee for optional make and take.

Adult Basket Weaving – Saturday, July 13, 9:30am-3:00pm – Welcome back to Robin Ingram as she teaches us how to make a continuous weave basket. Limited class size. This class is filled. Call to be included on the wait list. Next basket weaving class is scheduled for November 2, 2019!


Cupcake Decorating Demonstration & Make and Take, Thursday, July 18, 10:30. Watch Bear Mountain Bakery bakers decorate cupcakes, then try one on your own!

Read With Rosie, Our  reading therapy dog – Tuesday afternoons from 3:30pm-4:30. Call for an appointment.

Summer Writing Essay Contest – Writers of all ages welcome! Stop in at the library for contest rules. All submissions must be received by August 1. Everyone will receive a gift for submitting an essay and a prize will be awarded for best overall essay within each age group. The theme is the Appalachian Trail.

Poster Coloring Contest – Stop at the Circulation Desk to ask for the Universe of Stories poster to color for a fun contest!

Students Book Buzz – Join 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students each Wednesday at 3:30pm to talk about the cool books you are reading. Come in to see which mystery HFIS staff member will lead the conversation each week! Not reading anything right now? Not a problem, come anyway and join in some fun games!

Story Time for ENL Families – Come to the library on Wednesdays at 3:30pm for a very special story time led by a mystery HFIS staff member.

Special Book Buzz, Thursday, July 18, 6:0opm – Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery. Join in the conversation about this extraordinary true story about a grandmother’s journey as a thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail. It is a great opportunity to explore Stan Goldblatt’s photo exhibit in the library community room.


PreK Summer Time Story Time – The next 4-week session of  PreK Story Time begins on Wednesday, July 17, at 10:30am. Sign up now for July 17, 24, 31, and August 7.

August Book Club – The August book club selection is Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. The book club is always looking for new members! Join them for their next meeting on Tuesday, August 6, at 1:30pm.



Learn to Sew a Lavender-Scented Sachet Bag, Thursday, August 8, 3:30pm – Sit with librarian Jane Reilly as she teaches students how to sew a lavender-scented sachet bag. Students will work on both the sewing machine and learn to use a needle and thread. Please call to register for this free event.

Thinky Dinky author talk with Angie Sommerfeld Johnson, Tuesday, August 13, 4:30-5:30pm. Angie will discuss her mindfulness activity book, written for students in K-5th grade. She will also show us the interactive e-book. This book is a great introduction for children to explore and talk about their feelings. This is a family event and guaranteed to be fun! Books will be available for sale.

Hobby Quest’s Flying Machines – Wednesday, August 14, 3:30-4:30pm. Build a model airplane from scratch that actually will fly! Registration must be received by August 5. Cost per child $6.

Watch for more Summer Reading Event announcements – coming soon!

July Book Club – The July book club selection is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The book club is always looking for new members! Join them for their next meeting on Tuesday, July 2, at 1:30pm.



Parking Lot Construction Update: Many thanks to all our patrons for their patience and cooperation during the parking lot construction. The work is nearly completed but the lot is open for library patron parking.

Thank you West Point-Highland Falls Rotary Club!  If you noticed the cleaned up gardens and beautiful plants, be sure to thank the members of the West Point-Highland Falls Rotary Club for all of their help with the gardening work earlier this month.

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