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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten for Pre-Schoolers »

Posted: Wed, Aug 31, 2016

If you read just three books a day to your young ones, you will have read over 1,000 in just one year!

September 1st, 2016 to May 31st, 2017: Stop by the library to pick up your first reading log and we'll tell you all about it. Stickers and prizes.

Introducing Field Goods Weekly Produce Delivery to the Piermont Community »

Posted: Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library Introduces Field Goods Weekly Produce Delivery to the Piermont Community.

Field Goods subscribers receive 5 to 8 different types of fruits and vegetables each week, sourced from over 80 small farms – the majority are located in the Hudson Valley. Weekly add-on options include local artisan bread, pasta, local cheese, extra fruit and more. A weekly e-newsletter, In the Bag, provides tips and recipes as a helpful guide for preparing the produce. Customers sign up online at Field-Goods.com, and can put their account on hold and restart it at any time.

Pickup will be on Wednesdays at Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library.

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In Memoriam: Grace Buhl Meyer »

Posted: Mon, Jul 11, 2016

Grace Meyer 1970

1970, Grace at a library event

The library staff and board of trustees are sad to learn of the passing at age 79 of Grace Buhl Meyer who served as Piermont Public Library’s Director for 35 years, retiring in 2004.

Grace was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan in 1937. By 1969 she had taken up her post as Director of Piermont Public Library in its former Hudson Terrace location. In lieu of a salary, she received residency in the apartment above the library, where she lived for seven years. During this time Grace completed her undergraduate degree in Botany and English at Columbia University, then went on to receive her graduate degree in Library Science, also from Columbia, in 1974. Library lore has it that a "cat ladder" hung from a window in the upstairs apartment by which Grace's cats could explore the library and the village as they desired.

Grace Meyer 1979

Journal News, 1979, Grace posing beside a library exhibit

A dedicated and diligent librarian, Grace truly enjoyed working with the public and taking the time to get to know her patrons. Longtime Piermonters often share fond memories of visiting Grace in the library as children or receiving research help as they pursued higher education. She creatively incorporated her love of Piermont environs with her library work by creating the Beachcomber Book Club, a unique summer reading program during which children would receive shells Grace had collected from the edge of the water as their reward for reading. Each week the children would look forward to receiving a bigger shell for reading more books. She also enjoyed pulling out the film projector and offering the community a weekly movie.

She demonstrated her dedication to the profession of librarianship as an active member of the Library Association of Rockland County for many years. After her retirement she continued to be an enthusiastic supporter of Piermont's library and was a faithful attendee of its many art openings and other events. In her spare time, she enjoyed square dancing and visiting friends on Martha's Vineyard.

Grace Meyer 2009

Grace with Library Director, Jessica Bowen, at the 2009 Gift of Art Show

Grace Meyer 2005

Grace with Tom Chapin and her successor, Victoria Lees, at the groundbreaking of the new library in 2005

Grace Meyer 1975

Journal News, 1975, Grace participating in environmental work

Grace’s contributions to Piermont extended beyond her work in the library to tireless environmental advocacy. In 1974 she helped to develop the Piermont Conservation Advisory Commission (CAC), the first CAC in Rockland County, and served on the Village Board from 1979—1982. County Executive Ed Day presented her with the 18th Annual County Executive’s Outstanding Environmental Volunteer Award in April 2015.

They say the heart of every community is its library and the heart of every library is its librarian. Grace Meyer improved the lives of countless Piermont residents both directly through her work at the library and indirectly by preserving the environment in which they live, securing her place at the heart of Piermont for generations to come.

Background information provided by Piermont Newsletter, Number 2, 2015 written by Carolyn Doyle http://www.piermont-ny.com/newsletter/Fall_15.pdf; by friend, Alexis Starke; and from a biography written in 1990.


Posted: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

On Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, Piermont voters will be asked to elect three trustees for the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library. The vote will take place at the Library, 25 Flywheel Park West. Polls will be open from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

At present there are four known candidates for three trustee positions:

  • Cynthia Crippen, an editor, who is seeking a 4th term.
  • Bruce Tucker, a former CEO and musician, who is seeking a 2nd term.
  • Frank Holahan, a lawyer with the New York-based firm, RivkinRadler, LLP, and a longtime Piermont resident, who is seeking a first term.
  • Cara Stepanian, a lifelong educator and doctoral candidate in the Language Literacy and Learning program at Fordham, who is seeking a first term.

Any registered Piermont voter, however, may run for election as trustee. Potential candidates are required to submit a petition signed by twenty-five eligible Piermont voters. Blank petitions are available at the Library and must be returned to the Library by November 18, 2015.

Library Activity Statistics, 2014-2015

  • 1,766 Piermont residents – approximately 70% – hold library cards
  • 268 programs offered, with a total of 4,897 people attending and additional 480 people using our space for meetings
  • 18,501 items circulated
  • 19,879 visitors to the library

Library Resources

  • New releases of adult and children’s books, movies, books on CD, magazines, ebooks, digital audiobooks, digital magazines, and downloadable music
  • Access to the Ramapo Catskill Library System’s extensive resources
  • Access to over 540 online continuing education classes
  • Access to Rosetta Stone online language learning
  • Access to digitized local history materials

Library Community Outreach

  • Wide range of programs for toddlers and older children
  • Monthly free film showings, followed by a discussion
  • Monthly changing exhibits by local artists
  • Book talks, dance performances, game nights, local history exhibits and lectures, poetry reading, bilingual story time, e-book workshop, and student art exhibitions
  • Conference room availability for book clubs and other civic groups

For further information, contact Library Director, Jessica Bowen, at 845-359-4595.

Give a Kid a Book »

Posted: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

Why not kick off the season of giving by sharing the joy of reading with a child?

Bring new, unread children's or teen books to the library by Friday, Nov. 13th for our "Give a Kid a Book" Drive.

The Youth Services Division of the Library Association of Rockland County (LARC) will distribute your donations for inclusion in holiday gift baskets given to families in need by the following organizations:

Center for Safety & Change (Formerly Rockland Family Shelter), People to People, and Jewish Family Services.

Thank you.

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." — Garrison Keillor

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