tech devices

Smartphones and laptops and e-readers… oh my!

Tech issues driving you crazy? Bring the device that’s got you stumped (plus any related cords, chargers, etc.) on any Tuesday between 11:30AM and 4:30PM and sit with a staff member for one-on-one help. From setting up email accounts to downloading e-books with Overdrive, and pretty much everything in between, our Tech Tuesday advisors will […]

Ready, Steady, Strong! Building a reader just got easier!

We have an impressive collection of fiction for children, and the choices can seem endless. While options are always a good thing, sometimes too many can be overwhelming! And when your child is looking for their “just right” book, shelf upon shelf of selection may be downright off-putting. So, we have re-organized our fiction collection […]

Rackham Elves

Courtesy Notices Update – Even Better

Let Elf help you keep control of your library stuff.

When is a problem not a problem?

“There is a problem with your record. Please see a librarian.” Wait- what?              You have no fines- you just wanted to reserve that new mystery!                   Problem? What problem?! Well, there isn’t actually a problem… it’s just that your library card […]

Come on over… or we’ll come to you!

Looking for a free field trip? Searching for a speaker for a PTA or mom’s group? Out of ideas for a scout troop go-see? What about the library?! We have hosted nursery school classes for storytimes, given Tiger Scouts library tours, made crafts with summer camps, and spoken about community service to High School clubs. Scavenger […]


Having trouble setting up your new device?

Did you know that we offer one on one help? Yep – every Tuesday from 11:30am -1pm and on  Saturdays from noon-3pm! Our technologically savvy staff will assist you with setting up that new phone, Ipad, laptop or tablet. They can also help with specific software if you’ve got a question about Word, Excel or websites […]


Zinio for Libraries – eMagazines

Starting 1/1/16, Zinio for Libraries will be expanded to 90 titles through the magic of shared resources.  Our patrons love eMagazines so much that other libraries took a look and b’gosh, they loved it too.  So all of the libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System banded together to make a group purchase. What does this […]


Come play (and learn) any time, any day!

You bring the kids to choose books to bring home, maybe sit for a few minutes to share a    particularly good one, then check out and go on with your day. But why not stay a bit longer and explore the many manipulatives and activities available 24/7 in the Childrens’ Area? We have been building […]


When Seven & Fourteen Aren’t Enough

Great news for all of you who borrow eBooks and eAudioBooks from the library.  You have a new option of checking out digital material for 21 days.  Twenty-one wonderful days of reading and listening and not having to rush through because the book is going to disappear just when Hercule Poirot says, “And the killer […]


Library Vote Passed! Thank You!

We’re happy to announce that our vote passed with 142 yes votes and 17 no votes.


Homework Help returns!

Our free Homework Help program returns for the 2015-16 school year! Beginning October 5th, any student in grades K-6 is welcome to come to our Childrens’ Area any time between 6 pm and closing (8 pm) to receive assistance in any school subject.   Homework Help will occur each Monday that Wappingers Central Schools are […]


Last Hurrah

It’s still officially summer and we’re still enjoying the long days and sunny skies.  But, in the back of our minds is the knowledge that the change of seasons is approaching and our Fall schedules are gearing up. It feels overwhelming sometimes, but here’s something that you can do that’s kind of fun.  Log into […]


Lyme Disease Info

The Poughkeepsie Journal recently live-streamed a forum on Lyme disease and we were able to broadcast it at the library several days later with the addition of Andrew Rotans, MPH Senior Public Health Advisor with the Dutchess County Department of Health. We’ve had a lot of interest in this topic so we’ve gotten permission to […]

Kodak Scan Station

Easy Peasy Scanning

New to the library is something many of you have asked for – a simple to use, ultra fast scanner.  It scans your original as a jpg or PDF, has an automatic feed, is configured for ease of use without training or staff involvement (but of course, we’re happy to help because that’s what we […]

Zinio for Libraries – Reset Button Engaged

Zinio for Magazines has been refreshed, redone and released.  It’s got a new app and to celebrate we bought a bunch of new magazines. First, go to Zinio for Libraries (which is also the portal for IndieFlix).  If you already have an account, go ahead and log in.  If you don’t have an account, click […]

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Beyond the Bookends

Take a gander at our latest Beyond the Bookends newsletter. Normally a monthly publication that goes directly to your inbox, we’re posting online because as it turns out, most of our patrons with Optonline/Optimum email addresses are being blocked.  It’s nothing we did, honest!  But sometimes big companies don’t play well together and in this […]


2014 Annual Report

Check your mailboxes for the 2014 Annual Report.  Can’t wait?  You can see it online right now.  Prepare to be awed.


Low Vision? Listen Up!

If you have low vision or any other physical handicap that keeps you from reading books the traditional way, there’s a FREE audio-book player just waiting for an invitation to come to your home.  Through a federally mandated program run by the state, the Talking Book and Braille Library in Albany will send eligible participants […]

Library Voice

Quiet Study

Monday through Saturday, the Cross Room is available for quiet study when not in use by community groups or for library programs. Availability will vary depending on scheduling, so please check at the Circulation Desk if you’d like to use the room.  We also ask that you relocate to the main library if informed that […]

Ipad for Kidlets

Introducing iPads for Kids

The library has two iPads for in-house use by kids and they are just filled with fun stuff: ABC Alphabet Phonics Bob Books Lite Cut the Rope Disney Puzzle Packs Dots Fisher Price (various) Frozen Free Fall Bill Nye the Science Guy Lego City: My City Mathmateer Peppa’s Paint Box Reading Rainbow Tic Tac Toe […]

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Tip – Your eBooks..

Two very nice things with eBooks that you borrow from the library: Once your account is set up in Overdrive, you can search and borrow directly from the catalog.  Give it a try – it works with eBooks and eAudiobooks. Your eBook checkouts (“print” and audio) now show in your account – so everything is […]

Card Catalog


Introducing Catalog+. One search will return results that include all of the traditional things that you’re used to PLUS database articles. Another plus, you can now download eBooks straight from the catalog. Read on for more details.



They’re here to help you set up email, learn Facebook, download eBooks and answer pretty much all of your tech questions. So bring it on!  Every Saturday from 12 noon to 3:00 PM you can bring your toughest, most challenging questions to our Geeks and they’ll answer standing tall and with pride as they fight […]

IndieFlix Be Quiet


Cold? What better way to stay warm than to gather round the flickering light of a computer screen and stream independent movies and shorts? Yes! You can do that with your library card!

HeritageQuest Online

We’re welcoming back an old friend – HeritageQuest ™ Online.  You can use HeritageQuest from home, search census records from 1790 to 1940, search books, the Persi Archive, the Freedman’s Banks and more. To access HeritageQuest, you’ll need a valid library card. Stay tuned for library events on genealogy and HeritageQuest specifically!

Health Care

Navigating Health Care? We can help.

Maternal Infant Services Network (MISN) is a designated navigator in our area for enrollment assistance in the NYS Health Marketplace.  You can make an appointment for this FREE service by calling 800-453-4666. If you can’t get an appointment here, MISN will find another convenient place for you to meet with your navigator. Don’t be misled […]

Smart Phones

TIP: Did you know that you can search the catalog from your smartphone?

You can search the catalog and place holds from your smart phone, iTouch, iPad or any other Internet device.  Just go to and you’ll have access to a phone/tablet friendly version of the catalog.

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TIP – Did you know that you can freeze your holds?

Do you ever get frustrated because all your holds come in at once?  Or out of order?  Or while you’re on vacation? Good news – you can freeze your holds so that you have more control over when they arrive – and you don’t loose your spot on the queue. Just go into your record […]



Do you get a lot of your news and information from the Internet?  Are the advertisements and print making it difficult? If so, you might want to try Readability, a free app for your computer and mobile devices. After installation it will add an icon to your toolbar.  When you turn it on by clicking […]