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July 2024

LaGrange Association Library

1110 Route 55, LaGrangeville

A Note from the Director

Mary De Bellis

The Children's Room renovations have been

completed just in time for our busy

Summer Reading Program!

We are thrilled to have the entire collection of children's materials out of storage and on the shelves for young patrons and their families. Kids have their own activity room for story times and programs, there is a cozy play area with a variety of toys and puzzles for the little ones, plus additional tables, chairs, and comfortable seating for curling up with a good book.

The Library is a great place to beat the heat, read, relax, and unwind, so please come check out this beautiful new space and sign up for our Children's, Teen, or Adult Summer Reading Program where reading comes with rewards.

Thanks for your support and happy summer!

2024 Summer Reading Program!

Visit the Library today to sign up for our 2024 Summer Reading Program- Adventure Begins at Your Library! Open to all ages, we offer exciting ways for adults, teens, and children to participate through reading, attending programs, and completing activities at home.

Drop by and chat with our staff to learn more!

Join us for an exciting week of art and creativity with our week-long Library Art Camp in partnership with the Northern and Southern Dutchess County Community Coalition (NDCC and SDCC)!

Kids, teens, and their adults are invited to learn about the upcoming week of creativity and fun. Andrea C., the youth coordinator for NDCC and SDCC, will discuss their summer art initiative and how you can win prizes by creating art in any medium.

Whether you are a seasoned artist or just beginning your creative journey, Art Camp workshops and open studio sessions have something for everyone. Don’t miss this chance to explore your talents and have fun with fellow young artists this summer. 

Information Session is on Wednesday, July 24th at 5:30 p.m. Whether you are a seasoned artist or just beginning your creative journey, be sure to join us to learn more

Art Camp is for ages 5-18

Join Gary Robusto, founder of the New York Bigfoot Society and Tri-City Paranormal Society, for a talk about cryptids and bigfoot in New York State. Gary has been a paranormal researcher for 26 years and has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, Nat Geo, Travel Channel, Destination America, and on international TV. He is a boots-on-the-ground field researcher whose love for the outdoors and skills in mountaineering/animal behavior drives him to be out in the field gaining possible evidence and information from a logical and realistic point of view.

Friday, July 19th at 6:00 p.m.

For Adults.

Be sure to register here.

Library Book Clubs

July's selection is First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston. Our book club meets both in person and virtually every month.

This month we will be meeting on Wednesday, July 10th at 7:30 p.m. 

To reserve a physical copy with your library card click here.

For Adults

Be sure to register here.

Bring your own lunch and join our new afternoon book club, A Novel Lunch! We'll be reading The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young. Bring your thoughts, insights, and appetite for discussion! Coffee and tea will be provided.

This month we will be meeting on Thursday, July 25th at 12:30 p.m.

To reserve a physical copy with your library card click here.

For Adults

Be sure to register here.

Upcoming Program Highlights

Participants must attend both dates, on July 24 & 25, in order to complete the 6-hour course and receive credit from their insurance company. You'll automatically be enrolled for both dates upon registration. Completing the course may provide a 10% discount on your auto insurance, as well as eliminate up to 4 point from your NYS license. Payments (see below) must be made upon arrival on the first day of class. Please bring your driver's license and AARP membership card, if applicable.

Wednesday, July 24th and Thursday, July 25th

at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Be sure to register here.

The LaGrange Library Hiking Club will meet on the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting, and subject to change. The location of this month's hike is Shaupeneak Ridge Trail, in New Paltz, NY.

All hikers are required to have a signed waiver on file before they're able to join our hikes. Contact Danielle Haight-Mueller at dhaightmueller@laglib.org for more information.

Saturday, July 13th at 9:00 a.m.

For adults.

Be sure to register here.

Join us for a fun, relaxing evening as you learn to paint a fantasy-inspired painting! No previous experience required.

Monday, July 15th at 6:00 p.m.

For Adults.

Be sure to register here.

Unleash your inner witch or wizard and embark on a mystical journey to create your very own wands and potions, casting spells, and brewing concoctions of your own design.

For ages 13-18.

Please be sure to register here.

Create your mythological creature using clay and other art materials

Monday, July 8th at 3:30 p.m.

For ages 8-12.

Be sure to register here.

Artist and author Logan Kline will be visiting the Library for a reading of his picture book Finding Fire and a torch-making craft project.

Thursday, July 11th at 3 p.m.

For Ages 4-10.

Be sure to register here.


Please stop by and peruse the selections!

Tech Help

Our Digital Navigator, Danielle, is at your service with free tech help. From mastering device usage to navigating online forms and understanding digital security, Danielle can guide you through various tech issues. Explore topics like safeguarding your online privacy and discovering budget-friendly internet or phone services.

Sign-up for a 30-minute one-on-one session today! 

Go to our online calendar here to

find an appointment date and time that works best for you.

To learn more about how these trained, trusted guides are helping people in libraries visit hvconnected.org.

Reading Recommendations

Looking for a book? Want to know what title is next in a series? Like an author and want to read something similar? Need a recommendation for your book club? We can help!

Click here to fill out the request form.
You can also find it by going to laglib.org and clicking "Reading Suggestions"

Questions? Call 845-452-3141 or email dhaightmueller@laglib.org

Want to know what we're reading here at the library?

Click here to go to the Staff Picks page on our website.

Alternatively, you can go to laglib.org and click "Reading Suggestions"

The Library Board needs the time, talents, and skills of LaGrange residents to ensure the Library’s success as a vital resource in the community. The work is rewarding and the impact is great!

For more information, please contact Mary De Bellis, Director, at mdebellis@laglib.org or Ginnie Genovese, Board Nominating Chair, at gingen424@gmail.com

Adult/Teen Programs

Tranquility in a Bag:

Celestial Wall Hanging

Monday, 07/01

Pick-up @ Info

Fiber Arts Club


07/01, 07/08, 07/15, 07/22, 07/29

12 p.m. | Community Room

Adult Craft; Pinch Pots

Wednesday, 07/10

6 p.m. | Community Room

On the same Page Book Club

Wednesday, 07/10

7:30 p.m. | Community Room

Chair Yoga (8-week series)


07/12, 07/19, 07/26

10 a.m. | Community Room

Level-Up! Teen Game Night

Friday, 07/12

5 p.m. | Community Room

LaGrange Library Hiking Club

Saturday, 07/13

9 a.m. | Shaunepeak Ridge Trail

Adult Paint Night:

Mystical Mermaids

Monday, 07/15

6 p.m. | Community Room & Zoom

Bigfoot & Cryptids

with Gary Robusto

Friday, 07/19

6 p.m. | Community Room

Wizardry Workshop:

DIY Wands & Potions

Monday, 07/22

5 p.m. | Community Room

AARP Smart Driver

Wednesday, 07/24 and Thursday, 07/25

3:00 p.m. | Community Room

Art Camp Interest Meeting*

Wednesday, 07/24

5:30 p.m. | Community Room

A Novel Lunch

Thursday, 07/25

12:30 p.m. | Community Room

Teen Art Camp Workshop

Monday, 07/29

5 p.m. | Community Room

Teen Art Camp Open Studio

Tuesday, 07/30

2:30 p.m. | Community Room

Adult Craft: Steampunk Art

Wednesday, 07/31

6 p.m. | Community Room

Questions? Email dhaightmueller@laglib.org

Children's Programs

Lightsaber Workshop

Monday, 07/01

2 p.m. | Children's Programming Room

Tiny Dragons in the Park

Storytime (drop-in)


07/02, 07/09, 07/16, 07/23, 07/30

9:30 a.m. | Freedom Park

Book Dragons in the Park

Storytime (drop-in)


07/02, 07/09, 07/16, 07/23, 07/30

10 a.m. | Freedom Park

Mini Death Star Paint Project

Wednesday, 07/03

3 p.m. | Children's Programming Room

Movie Night: Star Wars

Episode IV - A New Hope (drop-in)*

Friday, 07/05

5:30 p.m. | Community Room

Clay Creatures

Monday, 07/08

3:30 p.m. | Children's Programming Room

LEGO Free Play (drop-in)


07/10, 07/24

3 p.m. | Children's Programming Room

Tater Tots Playgroup (drop-in)


07/11, 07/25

9:30 a.m. | Children's Programing Room

A Visit with Children's

Author Logan Kline

Thursday, 07/11

3 p.m. | Children's Programming Room

Kid's Toga Ice Cream Party!


Friday, 07/12

4 p.m. | Community Room

On the Farm - Chickens & Ducks

Monday, 07/15

2 p.m. | Community Room

Cryptid Footprint Fossils

Wednesday, 07/17

4 p.m. | Freedom Park

Bigfoot Mask

Thursday, 07/18

3:30 p.m. | Freedom Park

Wizard Wand Making

Workshop (part 1)

Monday, 07/22

5 p.m. | Children's Programming Room

Potion Commotion!

Wednesday, 07/24

4 p.m. | Children's Programming Room

Wizard Wand Making

Workshop (part 2)

Thursday, 07/25

4 p.m. | Children's Programming Room

Movie Night: Harry Pottery and

the Sorcerer's Stone (drop-in)*

Friday, 07/26

5:30 p.m. | Community Room

Kid's Art Camp Open

Studio (drop-in)

Tuesday, 07/30

2:45 p.m. | Children's Programming Room

Build a Balloon Car

Wednesday, 07/31

4 p.m. | Children's Programming Room

Primary Kid's Art Camp Workshop

Wednesday, 07/31

5:30 p.m. | Children's Programming Room

Intermediate Kid's Art Camp Workshop

Wednesday, 07/31

6:30 p.m. | Children's Programming Room

*family programs

Questions? Email


For more information and to sign up for any of these programs, click here.


The library will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day

Library Hours

Monday 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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