Join us all April long for the Big Read Hudson Valley: Spanning the Hudson River with Words, a dynamic, community-wide reading program offering reading groups, performances, workshops, and events in Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Kingston.


This year’s reads are

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
by Dinaw Mengestu

by Yuyi Morales












You can pick up free copies of The House on Mango Street and The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears at the circulation desk.


We’ve got programs for all ages!  Click on the event title to learn more.

Because this year’s books explore themes of immigration, many of our programs are also in conjunction with the Kingston Immigrant Oral History Project, a collaboration between the Kingston Library and the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History.  Learn about the project and how to share your own immigration story here.


Women’s Issues in The House on Mango StreetAdults & TeensThursday, March 24 • 6:30pm
An Evening with Sandra CisnerosAdults, Teens, CommunityWednesday, April, 6 • 7:30pm
The House on Mango Street Comes to Your Street!All AgesSaturday, April 9 • 2pm
Writing WorkshopAdults & TeensThursday, April 14 • 6:30pm
Kingston Library Book ClubAdultsFriday, April 15 • 1pm
Immigrant Narratives: The Beautiful Things That Heaven BearsAdultsThursday, April 21 • 6:30pm
Dreamers Puppet ShowChildrenSaturday, April 23 • 10am
Interpreting the Immigrant ExperienceAdults & CommunityTuesday, April 26 • 6:30pm
DIY PiñataTeensFriday, April 29 • 3:30pm
In Conversation with Dinaw MengestuAdults, Teens, CommunitySaturday, April 30 • 5pm


This project is made possible by a $19,985 NEA Big Read grant awarded to Bard College from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with Arts Midwest.



To learn more and see the complete listing of events on both sides of the river – including a special event with Sandra Cisneros, visit