About the Library

Photo courtesy of Wayne Beaumont

Grinnell Library Mission Statement

The mission of the Grinnell Library is to provide free access to a variety of informational materials, library services, and programs using its resources and those of the Mid-Hudson Library System, to meet the educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the community.


We do have notary services, free of charge; however, the notary public requires photo identification and the notary must visually observe the signature(s) on the document(s) to be notarized.

In other words, if you already signed the document(s), a notary public is not authorized to notarize the document.


Grinnell Library Contacts

Main Number: (845) 297-3428

Circulation Desk (to place holds, for renewals or to register for programs) — ext. 801 or 802

Director & Notary Services: Fran Harrison — ext. 807 or director@grinnell-library.org

Youth Services & Children’s Programming: Molly Stevens — ext. 804 or mstevens@grinnell-library.org

Volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Wendel — ext. 806 or events@grinnell-library.org

Interlibrary Loan Clerk & Readers Rendezvous: Lacey Snowden — l.snowden@grinnell-library.org

Reference, Programming & Digital Literacy Librarian: Craig McMahon — ext. 805 or cmcmahon@grinnell-library.org


Take a look at a fun PDF slideshow about the Grinnell Public Library
– complete with photographs of our renovated Children’s Room!


Microfilm Archive Collections

Grinnell Library owns microfilm of several local newspapers; please ask at the Circulation Desk for the rolls you wish to view.
Local Newspapers Older Local Newspapers
Poughkeepsie Journal:
January 1986 – March 1987
May 1987 – June 1987
January 1990 – October 2001
December 2001
Southern Dutchess News:
Assorted issues from 1956, 1957, August 1957 – December 2011
Wappingers Chronicle:
June 1910 – September 1928
February 1935 – June 1938Wappingers Herald:
September 1928 – June 1936Wappingers Falls Shopper:
November 1953 – August 1958Wappingers Post:
February 1939 – November 1939

Local History Collection

Grinnell Library’s Local History Collection includes historic texts and pictorial works. This collection is for in library use only.

Special Collections

Grinnell Library’s Special Collection is available for researchers to view by appointment only. Click here for a listing of what is currently cataloged. Please also take a look at our Policy.

The Bird Display

The Bird Display, donated by Martense Cornell, has been in the Library since at least 1923. The birds are all local species, and at least one, the passenger pigeon, is now extinct!

John R. Ferris Civil War Collection

In 1947, John R. Ferris (1929-1988) was given his great-grandfather’s Civil War discharge papers. This acquisition triggered his interest in Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, and led to the formation of his book collection, which he donated to the Grinnell Library in 1977. It is available to researchers by appointment and is now located next door at Mesier Park & Homestead.

The Clapp Paintings

Clinton Wilde Clapp was born in Wappingers Falls in 1831. He had a technical education– today he would be an engineer. As a Sunday School teacher, he was noted for his “chalk talks” and when he retired in the 1880s he took up painting. Clinton Clapp created at least ten paintings of local scenes between the years 1883 and 1884, six of which are housed at Grinnell Library.