Poughkeepsie

  For over 35 years, the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District have been the leading advocate for the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, promoting the importance of the library as an information and cultural force in the community.

Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District 2015 Big Book Sale will take place next Friday, April 24th through Tuesday, April 28th at 5 Saint Andrews Road at Route 9, Hyde Park, NY – for those of you in the know – that’s the former Hyde Park Stop and Shop.

  Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. It is also the choice for Poughkeepsie’s Big Read.

Courtesy of Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

A project for early childhood education involves a museum in the Hudson Valley.

Elevator Opens At Walkway Over The Hudson

Aug 15, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A new elevator at Walkway Over the Hudson was put into operation Thursday, affording new access and scenic views. Officials hope the elevator helps add to the more than 700,000 Walkway visitors a year.

Democratic State Senator Terry Gipson took the 70-second ride 21 stories up in the elevator that has three glass observation windows.

“It was great,” Gipson remarked. “It’s a very scenic ride. I would highly recommend it. You get to see a very unique view that you can’t see from anywhere else.”

A section of a highway in Dutchess County will be named for a fallen police officer.

    Big Gay Hudson Valley is holding their first-ever Queen City Pride celebration in Poughkeepsie the weekend of June 5th through 8th. They’ve given their classic “Pride Preview Weekend” a new date, new time, and a host of all-new events.

Events include Night Out At Vassar on Thursday June 5th; Big 80s Cosmic Bowling hosted by Trixie Starr on Friday, June 6th; Hudson Valley Gay Life Expo on Saturday June 7th; Beefcake Dinner also on the 7th; and the Big Gay Summer Picnic on Sunday, June 8th.

Here now to tell us more is Stephan Hengst, Co-Founder of Big Gay Hudson Valley.com and the organizer of Queen City Pride.

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A city in Dutchess County is the recipient of a Hudson River Valley Greenway grant.

    The Big Read - Poughkeepsie will take place over the next month where this year’s title to read as a community is Cynthia Ozick’s The Shawl. This book was selected in recognition of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

The Little Read companion program for younger readers focuses on titles related to the Holocaust and World War II era, and features the books Number the Stars and The Devil’s Arithmetic.

In The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick, readers will be moved by the story of Rosa Lublin. While Rosa lived through the Holocaust, her tiny daughter Magda did not. Magda’s shawl symbolizes the past that Rosa cannot escape, a life stolen by those she calls thieves, filled with memories of “the horror of the Holocaust and the unfillable emptiness of its aftermath.”

Big Read Coordinator, Jewel Ratzlaff; Dr. Werner Steger, Professor and guest lecturer for The Big Read; and Stephanie Laffin – representing the Poughkeepse City School District she is a Literacy Coach and English Dept. Head join us to tell us more.

Dutchess County's Oldest Resident Turns 109

Aug 29, 2013
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A Dutchess County native is celebrating her 109th birthday Thursday. County officials say she is the oldest county resident.

Florence or “Flo” Williams, is the oldest resident of both Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County. Joseph Ryan is outreach coordinator for the Dutchess County Office for the Aging. He says that’s according to county records.

Ryan says Williams has shared with him her secret to celebrating more than 100 birthdays.

There will be a party to celebrate the occasion in the main lobby of the Lutheran Care Center in Poughkeepsie, in the afternoon.

Jazz in the Valley

Aug 13, 2013

    Jazz in the Valley in Poughkeepsie began as an afternoon of music when TRANSART received an individual artist commission from the New York State Council on the Arts to commission Ahmad Jamal to create an original composition for the organization. Inspired by the natural beauty of the area he created “Picture Perfect” and it was first heard in a concert in the summer of 2000.

It has grown into an annual festival, showcasing music performed by world-class musicians, fittingly complemented by breathtaking views of the Hudson River Valley as backdrop.

Jazz in the Valley has an intergenerational programming philosophy. Its programming allows living legends and younger voices to continue to expand the jazz idiom. TRANSART’s President Greer Smith joins us for a preview.

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