Update from Akin Hall

by Matt Hogan

The Akin Free Library on Quaker Hill is ready to welcome residents and visitors with events and programs. The Gunnison Natural History Museum, located on the lower level, covers all phases of natural history with outstanding sections on birds, birds’ eggs and minerals. The story of Quaker Hill can be found on the second floor thanks to The Historical Society of Quaker Hill & Pawling exhibit.

The Akin Hall Association is planning physical improvements, such as better lighting and upgraded plumbing. The library space is open and available for use by the public. Tours and group visits can be arranged. The library is now open Friday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment. Our new season is April to November. In winter months we are open Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There is already some news about the autumn schedule. On September 19 and 23 the library will be hosting an exciting local history program, “Views from the Hill: Stories from the Valley.” The project is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

Library volunteers of all ages are welcome. Akin Library is currently seeking docents and needs help cleaning exhibits and helping in the extensive archive of books and materials.

Residents who may be interested in becoming a part of the library or have questions, should email the Director at Director@akinfreelibrary.gmail.com.