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Libraries offer much more than books these days

Libraries offer much more than books these days

“From the minute customers found out Ancestry.com existed,” says Mid-Hudson Library System executive director Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, “they were hoping their local library would have it.” The digital genealogy service is available for free on-site at certain branches, like Poughkeepsie’s Adriance Memorial and Boardman Road Libraries, as well as in Kingston.

Rip van Winkle II comes to the Rondout

Rip van Winkle II comes to the Rondout

The recently refurbished Rip van Winkle II, set to take over her touring duties this month, is described by Hudson River Cruises general manager Kevin Buckel as “an upgrade in every way from the Rip van Winkle, in terms of comfort and accommodations,” providing “a more authentic riverboat experience.” The new Rip has three decks instead of two, accommodating 400 passengers instead of 300.

New Paltz youth director receives Hudson Valley Heroes Community Champion Award

New Paltz youth director receives Hudson Valley Heroes Community Champion Award

“I think what we do here is more important now than it’s ever been,” says director Jim Tinger. “The struggle with anxiety and other mental health issues has been more prevalent for kids in recent years than I’ve ever seen before. And isolation is our big battle now. Before electronics, I used to say we were combating boredom, because kids get in trouble when they’re bored. And that’s still true, but now battling isolation is the new war.”