The Joy of giving

Marilyn Dershowitz Building

P.O. Box 555    48 Main Street   Phoenicia, NY 12464
Phone 845.688.7811  Fax 845.688.5605

December 2023

In 2023, Phoenicia Library hosted lively programming and booming book checkouts. The heart of our mission is to foster a vibrant community.  As our new trustee Sandy Hyun puts it, “The library is like a slice of pizza – it’s warm, comforting and everyone loves it!”

Programs YOU supported in 2023:

  • Enjoyment: Lectures with the FDR Museum, Tai Chi for seniors, Balkan Music Fest, Mah Jong and history of Fly Fishing.
  • Community Needs: Memory Caregivers Group, and book delivery for homebound patrons. Library partnering at town wide events: Touch a Truck, Fallnecia, Miracle On Main and Children’s Art show.
  • Supporting Local Schools: Book giveaways for at risk readers, library program at local preschool,  Phoenicia Elementary school grade 2 and 3 library tours, afterschool Kool Skool, and one-on-one Math Help for kids with a retired math teacher.
  • Fun for Kids: Story Hour in the Garden, six week story & craft program provided by librarians at Shandaken Rec, Summer Reading Contest, Pokemon Club and Chess.
  • *Coming this Winter:* Biweekly Coffee for Veterans, Classics Book Club, Writing with Violet and Grief Group with Elizabethanne.
  • Life Help + Tech: Computer fixer, Medicare counseling, legal info volunteer, CPR classes for residents/businesses, English language tutoring … and so much more!

Please make a gift to the library to ensure that programs like these are still possible for our community.  Your donation directly benefits people in our town – whether a child, a senior or simply a person searching for information or vital practical support.

We sincerely appreciate YOUR love of the Phoenicia Library!

Bernard Handzel (Board of Trustees President), Beth Waterman (Vice President), Becca Frank (Treasurer), Sandy Hyun (Corresponding Secretary), Holly George Warren (Recording Secretary).

Donations to Phoenicia Library can be made:

For questions, please reach out to our director Liz Potter at