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Rouses Point Dodge Memorial Library

144 Lake Street
(518) 297-6242 

The Rouses Point Dodge Memorial Library (RPDML) is a public library which was granted its absolute charter from the University of the State of New York (New York State Education Department) on April 26, 1906.  An amendment to the RPDML charter was granted on January 16, 1948.  The administration of the RPDML consists of a five member board.  One board member is appointed each year to a five year term by the Village's Mayor and Board of Trustees.  It is the responsiblily of the Library Board to run the operation of the Library.  The Village Treasurer is the chief fiscal officer of the RPDML.  The RPDML Board along with Library Technician Susan Sullivan and staff work to encourage and provide for the use of library services in order to meet the educational, informational and recreational needs of Rouses Point.  Services available to meet these needs include the following:  children's programs; classes and seminars; art displays; movie rentals and screenings; and high speed internet access.

Click below for the General Rules and Regulations of the Library as adopted by the RPDML Board of Trustees on November 13, 2012:

Click below for the General Rules and Regulations of the Library as revised by the RPDML Board of Trustees on September 9, 2014:


RPDML Board of Trustees is a five member board elected by the Rouses Point Village Board.  Each Board member serves a five year term.  Below is a current listing of the RPDML Board Members.

     James Gero - President
     Rev. Clyde Lewis - Trustee
     Donna Racine - Trustee
     Wendy Engelbrecht - Trustee
      Mary O'Connor - Trustee 

RPDML Board Meetings are held the second Tuesday at 7:00PM in the library. 


Monday 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The RPDML is closed on the following holidays: New  Year's Day; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; President's Day; Good Friday; Memorial Day; July 4th; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veterans' Day; Thanksgiving, plus the Friday immediately thereafter; December 24 (day before Christmas) and Christmas Day.


                 Click picture below for RPDML calendar:


                 Link to:  CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

Sponsored by the Friends of the RP Dodge Memorial Library

The Friends of the Library work to focus public attention on the library; stimulate use of library resources and services; and receive and encourage library gifts, endowments, and bequests.  The Friends of the Library sponsors the Rouses Point Farmer's Market  and staff a book sale table at the market held on the Library lawn during the summer months.  Other activities sponsored by the Friends of the Library include:  funding the Take A Bite Out of Books school literacy program; sponsoring local author talks and appearances; organizing the annual Easter Egg Hunt for pre-school and elementary children; staffing a large book sale in June; and cooperate with the Library Board of Trustees and staff to develop services, programs and facilities fo the Rouses Point community.

Mary O'Connor - President
Everett Larson - Vice-President/Treasurer
Rose Pandozy - Secretary
Marita Boulos
Wendy Englebrecht
Alice Mossey

The Friends of the Library is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization.  The Friends of the Library meet the last Monday of the month from 7:00PM to 8:00PM at the library.  Want to help the Friends of the Library out on a project or join contact them at the above phone number or email.   .


Dr. Lyndhurst C. Dodge, who was a resident of Rouses Point from 1868 to his death in 1901, bequeathed $10,000 ($6,000 for a building and $4,000 for books) to the people of Rouses Point to establish a free public library.  He stipulated that they should vote whether to accept this gift or not.  By a vote of 45 to 53 the residents of Rouses Point accepted the bequest and the responsibility of supporting the library. The RPDML opened on January 30, 1907 with an annual budget of $300.  Miss Sarah E. Hammond was the first librarian followed by Miss Mary Spear who filled the position for the next 22 years. 


The RPDML's fiscal year commences on June 1st and ends on May 31st of the following calendar year.  Click fiscal year below to view annual report.

Please call the library for more information at 297-6242 or e-mail Susan Sullivan, Library Technician at the above address.
There is always time for a good BOOK at the Rouses Point Dodge Memorial Library.    


View the Rouses Point Dodge Memorial Library's member page on the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System's website.  Click Here

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Village of Rouses Point
139 Lake Street, P.O. Box 185 • Rouses Point, New York 12979
Office Hours: M-F
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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