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Congratulations to the 2021
Middle School Battle of the Books
Division Champions!

A big congratulations to our middle school Battle of the Books team for being awarded the Division Championship! Way to go Kate, Rita, Clara, Maisie, Ada, Margaret, and coach, Maureen McGrath!

Upcoming Events




ReCycle Tag Sale

On the Library Lawn

County Outreach Services

Benefits for People with Disabilities Presentation 

In an effort to continue to provide outreach services during the pandemic, Putnam Independent Living Services has created this Powerpoint presentation on Benefits for People with Disabilities.  Please contact Meg Valenzuela, Program Director of IL Services with any questions you may have: [email protected], or 845-228-7457 ext. 1104.


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Curbside/Vestibule PICKUP Instructions

How can I schedule a pickup of items I have put on hold?

You can choose curbside pickup where we will deliver right to your car, or we can leave it for you in the Patron Pickup Vestibule.  Call us at 845-265-3040, or email [email protected] and let us know which option you prefer!

How do I return items I already have checked out?

Come inside to the Front Desk, or place them in one of the two return boxes we have - one is in the parking lot, the other is a slot in the front door.

Arden Reads

A Peculiar Peril
by Jeff VanderMeer

A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer is a YA fantasy novel about a young man who inherits his deceased grandfather’s mansion and discovers that the basement holds portals to different dimensions. Chaos ensues when the protagonist, Jonathan Lambshead, enters one of the portals and must start a quest to protect the world from the evil taking over this alternate dimension. Based on the description of this book, I went into it expecting quite a unique plot and odd characters, but I found myself still surprised by the zany events that took place throughout the 600 pages of this book. The characters and writing of this novel reminded me of Alice in Wonderland—ridiculous and absurd characters complete with constant witty, one-liners and hilarious descriptions. I was intrigued by the setting of the story, an alternate universe called Aurora. At first thrown by the feeling that VanderMeer placed the reader in a different world with little explanation, I soon began to realize that that was the nature of this book—to be thrown into the magic and crazy events and be content in the confusion. The chaotic writing and plot of this novel soon grew on me and left me immersed in the story. One of my favorite aspects of this book were the characters—specifically the minor characters. While I did enjoy the protagonist, who I felt showed immense emotional growth throughout the novel, some of the most enjoyable characters were also the most ridiculous. I was endlessly entertained by Rack, who was born as an old man, as well as the golden Sphere—an object that they search for that ends up to be quite a character in itself. These two are one of many that contribute to the very odd atmosphere that makes up this novel. I would recommend this book to somebody that does not mind a ridiculous read and is in the mood for something different. Although A Peculiar Peril is fairly long for a YA book, I can guarantee that readers of all ages will never be bored for an instant.



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A Passport Acceptance Facility

We can accept applications for new passports and renewals for minors.  We can also take your passport photo. By appointment only. One person/family per appointment. Contact Johanna for more information.

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Library of Things

You can borrow some unique things from the Butterfield Library. Here are just a few ...

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Take home the Internet.

Must be 18 years of age or complete a parental agreement form.

Park & Museum Passes

Visit a NYS Park or Museum.

Must be 18 years of age or older.

Hiking Equipment

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