Past Updates

August 2021

We are progressing with our construction of the Library. The foundation has been poured and insulated. Baxter is roughing in plumbing and replacing the septic tank. The trusses have been delivered and as the carpentry begins in the coming weeks, there will be astounding visual progress. Many thanks to all who donated to help this community dream become a reality.

Previous Updates:

We’re in the final stretch!

In mid-November, we sent out a fundraising letter to all Pleasant Valley residents. We are so close to our fundraising goal. To read our letter, please click here!

It’s been a long road, but we are almost ready to break ground and get to renovating! The total cost of the renovation and expansion is 3 million dollars, and due to insurance, private donations, and grants we have $2.7 million. Now we are looking to YOU, our beloved patrons, to help with the final push.
We hope that you will take a look at what we’ve been working towards and help us in our final steps to getting back home; now is the absolute BEST time to donate because of the Dyson Foundation Match. Every donation made right now (up to $25k per person) will be matched by the Dyson Foundation, up to $150,000!

Lots of work went into making our Building Campaign Brochure. This details information about the library, what our plans are, some architectural images, and more!
Want a brief, easy to read list of what the newly renovated library will have? Please click here to see our Building Stat sheet!

Help us reach our goal!

If you’d like to donate to this project, please click the Donate button to give your tax-deductible gift online via credit card.

If you would prefer, you can also download our Donation Form here.
Please print and fill out this form and include it with your check which can be dropped off in person at the library, or mailed to us at
Pleasant Valley Library | PO Box 633 | Pleasant Valley NY 12569

If you are interested in large-scale or multiple donations, or naming opportunities, please contact us at 845-635-8460. You can also click here to download our Large Donor Form.

For more information…

Northern Dutchess NewsPV Library Renovation Nears Fundraising Goal – Sept. 16 – 22, 2020

Poughkeepsie Journal Pleasant Valley Library hopes to break ground on expansion, renovation 2 years after fire – Sept. 16, 2020

PV Library Board of Trustees President Joy Dyson was on Q92s Annie in the Morning show to talk about our plans and fundraising drive. You can listen to her interview here:


Here is an Informal Library Plan video created by a library volunteer.

We’ve also included the Town of Pleasant Valley Planning Board meeting in which we were granted approval to rebuild and expand the library.
Click here to view the Planning Board video.

January 2021

You may have seen a trailer on the front lawn of the library…
As part of the first stage of the rebuild and expansion plan, the library received its long anticipated building permit this week and is beginning interior renovations to the historic 1870s structure.
We are currently in contract with R L Baxter Construction, a local company we are very excited to work with.
We await well approval from the Dutchess County Board of Health in order to complete the sale of the land and begin the expansion portion of the project when the ground thaws in the spring.
We’re sure you are as excited as we are to see things being done on the site while all the paperwork is going on behind the scenes!

If you’d like to donate to this project, please click the Donate button to give your tax-deductible gift online via credit card.

May 2020

The Pleasant Valley Library is pleased to announce that our first meeting with the Town of Pleasant Valley to discuss the library’s expansion project was a success. While held virtually, you can view a recording here. The Planning Board was very enthusiastic about the design and progress while the library building committee was happy to share that the Dutchess County Board of Health was working with the library to allow a well to be installed, giving the newly acquired lot its own water source.
Working with LRC Engineering and BRM Architects, the Library hopes to be able to post design drawings on our website by late spring/early summer.

January 2020

The library is working with the Presbyterian Church to acquire the property behind the library. This will allow the library to build a one story addition, alleviating the need for a costly elevator and sprinkler system. This process takes quite a while, as details are worked out, planning board subdivision is obtained, well work is done, Board of Health approval is obtained and the Dutchess County Supreme Court oversees the sale (necessary for church property). We thank you all for your patience during this time.

Thanks to all our supporters for coming out this past November on our fire anniversary. Large thanks to the Lions Club for their Bike-A-Thon donation and to the Dorothy Albertson Foundation, for their contribution to our future Children’s Programming Space. 

We can’t wait to go before the Planning Board in the late spring with our Project Design once all the behind the scenes paperwork is done and fingers crossed for our groundbreaking in early Fall. Stay tuned to be a part of our One Million Dollar Fundraising campaign!

The Pleasant Valley Lions Club has graciously agreed to sponsor their 35th Annual Bike-a-Thon in honor of rebuilding the Pleasant Valley Library! All proceeds from the Bike-a-thon will benefit the Library’s rebuilding efforts. To view, download, or print the brochure with entry form, please click here.

Stop by 3 Maggiacomo Lane (1600 Main Street) and visit us! You can place holds to be picked up here, browse our collection and check out, use our public computers, AND we have tax forms available!
We are still looking for donations to replenish Miss Julie’s craft supplies that were lost in the fire. You can still purchase items off of our Amazon Wishlist to be sent directly to us. We ask that you only purchase items from this list so that we can keep track of what we have received- personal physical donations of craft supplies cannot be accepted at this time. Thank you so much!

We are officially open in our temporary location! We are so excited to be back and available for the community. We are still accepting donations during our open hours, and be sure to browse our ever-growing booksale! All proceeds benefit the Library’s rebuilding efforts.
Please bear with us as we get up and running at 100%. We don’t have all of our usual services available at the moment, but are still working tirelessly to provide our patrons with everything we used to. For now, you can place holds to be picked up at our temp location (3 Maggiacomo Lane, next to Dollar General), come use our public computers, and most importantly check out items! We may not have the collection we used to, but thanks to the generosity of our community we’ve been able to add thousands of new items, all donated by you!
Come down, say hello, and check out the new space! We can’t wait to see you!

We have new hours for the donation center located at 2B Maggicaomo Lane (the former karate studio located between Amore’s Pizza and Cotter’s Wine and Liquors). The donation site will be open now Monday through Thursday from 12:30pm to 7:30pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. We are still accepting very good/excellent condition books, audio books, DVDs, and CDs. We ask that you do not donation VHS tapes or cassette tapes, anything outdated, or in poor condition.
We are working hard to get the temporary library up and running. It takes a lot of time to coordinate everything to get us up and functional. Thank you all so much for your patience- we can’t wait to be open to the public and serving our community once again.
The Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library are auctioning off a signed, dated and numbered copy of “Records of the Town of Hyde Park” by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to help raise funds to rebuild the library recently devastated by fire. For more pictures and information about the auction and bidding, please view the Friends’ Facebook post. We are incredibly excited about this find!

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. We are excited for what this year will bring.
We’d like to remind our patrons that the temporary library location at the former market is still under intense construction. We ask that you do not enter the building at this time.
Traditional Okinawan Karate of Pleasant Valley is hosting a fundraiser for the library! On Wednesday, January 9th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, they will be offering a Karate Cardio class. This $10 class is open to ages 18 and up, or ages 13-17 with a parent sign-up as well. All proceeds will be donated to the library’s rebuilding fund. To register call 845-635-1426 click here to sign-up online.
Mr. Redl has graciously lent us use of the former karate studio in the same plaza, 2B Maggiacomo Lane located between Amore Pizza and Cotter’s Wine and Liquors, to use as a space to collect and sort donations. Please continue reading for more details about donating items.

From the Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library:
“The Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library are beginning to accept donations of media items to replace items lost in the recent fire. IMPORTANT: Because of limited space, we are ONLY looking for items in excellent condition. Please read the instructions carefully.

DROP OFF DATES: Wednesday, January 2nd from 10am – 3pm, ANY SATURDAY IN JANUARY from 10am – 3pm
(More dates and evening hours coming soon)
We can accept: Books (in excellent shape ONLY), CDs  and DVDs, Graphic Novels, current Textbooks (nothing out of date)
We CANNOT accept: dirty/damaged/outdated/yellowed books, VHS tapes, magazines, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest books, LPs/records, puzzles, cassette tapes, etc

PLEASE – Drop off items ONLY during the times listed. Items CANNOT be dropped off and left outside the building or to other stores in the plaza! PLEASE!!! This space has been generously donated to us and we want to respect our neighbors.

DROP OFF YOUR DONATIONS to the temporary space at 3 Maggiacomo Lane, Pleasant Valley located between Amore Pizza and Cotter’s Wine and Liquors. Do not drop off items at the temporary library location (that space is under renovation at this time).

Books and other media items that we do not use for the library collection will be available to the public to take during the hours we are open. All we are asking in return is any size donation to help rebuild our library.

Message us if you have a large collection you want to donate so we can make arrangements. Thank you!!”

The library is excited to begin taking donations again, and we thank you so much for your support and generosity. We are also incredibly thankful for our amazing Friends group for putting in the time to help sort all of the donations.

With the New Year coming up quickly, we are getting super excited about being able to open in our temporary location at 3 Maggiacomo Lane! We are still working diligently behind the scenes, preparing for opening in (hopefully) mid-January. Please check back for updates as to our reopening, as well as when and where we will be able to start accepting book donations.
If you are interested, we have been periodically posting interior photos of the library on our Facebook page. We understand that the outside of the building does not look that bad, but the interior damage is quite extensive. Some may find the photos upsetting or disturbing, so we ask that you keep that in mind when viewing them.
Also, in case you missed it, the Poughkeepsie Journal wrote a fabulous article about the library and our efforts to reopen. You can read it here.
We hope you and your families had a wonderful holiday season and wish you all the best for the coming year. We cannot wait to see our patrons again soon!

We are incredibly grateful for everyone who has donated in some way to support the library. The following businesses have donated in kind, alphabetically:
Arnoff Moving and Storage
Brick Barn Furniture Thrift Shop
Country Thistle Pop-Up Holiday Shop
First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley
Guardian Self-Storage
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Hable Bookkeeping
Harlin Computer Services
Herb Redl Properties
Hudson Valley Office Furniture
Pleasant Valley Department Store
PV Knights of Columbus
Quick Signs
Village Restaurant

We would also like to take a moment to thank the following businesses who have made monetary donations to our rebuilding efforts:
Arlington High School
Beijing Chef
Bondus Financial Services
Brookside Meadows
Century Museum Village Collectors Association
Christopher J. Wimmer’s Hudson Valley Karaoke <3 Cause
Cotter’s Wine and Liquor
Dinsmore Golf Ladies
Dover Plains Library
Dr. James J. DeLorenzo
Dutchess County Rug Hookers Guild
Dyson Foundation
Frank McKenna and the Nassau County Library Association
Halliday Construction
Harmon & Castella Printing
Haviland Middle School
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
Hudson Valley Floral
Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby
James Street Home Bureau
JP Morgan Chase & Co
LaGrange Middle School
Lilymoore Farm
Madison’s Pizza Cafe
McCabe & Mack LLP
Mid-Hudson Trout Unlimited
MidHudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Mrs. K’s Workshop
Oblong Books & Music
Photo Graphics
Pleasant Plains Presbyterian Church
Pleasant Valley Brownies
Pleasant Valley Chapter Home Bureau
Pleasant Valley Historical Society
Pleasant Valley Lions Club
Pleasant Valley Meditation Group
Pleasant Valley Stone
Pleasant Valley Township Health Committee
Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
Publick House 23
Schwartz & Patten DDS
Taqueria Los Ortiz
Tivoli Free Library
Traditional Okinawan Karate of Pleasant Valley
Traver Road School
West Road School
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Yesterday’s Silhouette

Spectrum News did an video interview with us about how we are handling reopening after the fire and processing donations. You may view it here.

We have compiled a list of the news articles regarding the fire at the library:

FDR-book Auction to Aid Library That Burned in Pleasant Valley – Poughkeepsie Journal, January 29
Pleasant Valley Free Library Regroups After Fire – Library Journal, November 29
NYLA Disaster Relief Fund to Benefit Pleasant Valley Library – NYLA
Library Will Recover From Fire with Community Help – Poughkeepsie Journal, November 16
Community Rallies in Support of Pleasant Valley Free Library – Poughkeepsie Journal, November 8
Community Organizes Fundraising for Fire-Ravaged Library – MidHudson Valley Patch, November 8
Historic Pleasant Valley Library Burns, Voters Approve Referendum to Increase Town Funding – MidHudson News, November 7
Here’s How You Can Help the Pleasant Valley Library – WRRV, November 7
‘Heartbreaking’ Fire Destroys Pleasant Valley Library – Poughkeepsie Journal, November 6
Pleasant Valley Library Fire Causes Delays in Morning Commute – WRRV, November 6
Two-Alarm Fire Damages Pleasant Valley Library, Route 44 Remains Closed – Southwest Dutchess Daily Voice, November 6
Fire Damages Pleasant Valley Library Tuesday – MidHudson Valley Patch, November 6
Fire Damages Pleasant Valley Library – Daily Freeman, November 6

Also, in case you missed it, there is a new Katie the T-Rex video out!

The Pleasant Valley Library has won Hudson Valley Parent Magazine’s Spirit of Giving Sweepstakes! Many thanks to everyone who nominated us to win $500 worth of children’s books. We are so humbled and excited to receive this generous gift. You can read the article, including numerous comments from those who nominated us, on the HV Parent Magazine website.

We would like to give a shout-out to Zoe Spagnoli, a local budding author who has written a book she is now selling to raise funds for the library! We are so impressed by her creative spunkiness! Many thanks, Zoe! We can’t wait to see you again soon!

We’d also like to give a shout-out to Billy Hayes and his family for sending us this awesome gingerbread house he made of the library! Here is his mom’s message: “Hello all, Last night our family took home the prize for “best theme” at a gingerbread house design competition. We based our design on the library, and coincidentally (or not), the prize was a firefighter nutcracker! I just wanted to share the pictures with you all. Have a happy and healthy holiday season!”