Continuing to promote local history as part of the community’s tourism enhancement goals, the Port Jervis Free Library announces the opening of a permanent photographic exhibit on famed 1890s author, Stephen Crane.

    Conceived, sponsored, and curated by local Crane authority, Robert Eurich, owner of the community-oriented PortJervisNY.com website, the exhibit primarily uses photos from the archives of the Minisink Valley Historical Society to tell Crane’s story though images of Port Jervis as he would have known it.

    In commemoration of Crane’s 145th birthday, the exhibit opened to the public on November 1, 2016 and is available for viewing anytime during the library’s normal business hours.



    30+ languages available to you with your Library card

    Port Jervis Free Library offers free access to Rosetta Stone, a leading provider of online services designed to help people master a new language.
    Rosetta Stone is based on the idea that everyone has the ability to learn a new language. This service offers libraries and their patrons the proven immersion method that more than 20,000 schools have trusted for more than 20 years.

    Rosetta Stone language-learning unlocks that potential with instant feedback, fun activities and expert guidance to keep you engaged and motivated. With a simple log-in through the Library, you can: 
    • Learn at your own pace on almost any device with the mobile app.
    • Interact with software that tracks your progress and automatically adjusts to your learning needs.
    • Take core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.



    Why You Should Join the Port Jervis Free Library's Online Book Club? Let me tell you why…it’s fun, it's free and you don’t have to leave your house!

    If you or someone you know is interested in joining, please feel free to email Caitlyn for more information at ctreuting@rcls.org.


    Sign Up for One-on-One Job Consultations

    Career Development Counselor, Ann Marie Buckley, will provide participants with tools to help secure a job in today’s difficult employment market, covering topics such as creating a job-ready resume, removing barriers to employment and acing an interview.

    Mon., Jun. 5 from 4:30—7:30PM
    An appointment is required. To register for your one-hour consultation, call 845-856-7313 x 6.

    This program is funded by the Ramapo Catskill Library System 2016 Coordinated Outreach Grant. 


    The Port Jervis Free Library was one of 100 libraries in New York State to receive a gift of 100 new children’s books, ranging from pre-kindergarten to early readers. The books were a donation from the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation in New York City whose missions are to foster early reading and a love of books, and encourage parents and children to read together.

Port Jervis Free Library’s 2017/18 Operating Budget & Trustee Election

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 12:00-8:00PM

The Annual Vote for the Port Jervis Free Library’s 2017/2018 Operating Budget and Trustee Election will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017.  The vote will take place at the Library at 138 Pike Street in Port Jervis, NY. Polls open at 12:00-8:00 p.m. Our public hearing meeting to discuss the proposed budget will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
INCOME                    CURRENT                            PROPOSED
                                (FYE 2016/17)                      (FYE 2017/18)
Taxes                         $ 998,770                              $1,011,350
Library Charges         $   32,750                              $     55,300
Gifts                            $        350                              $          500
Grants                         $   22,250                              $     65,000
Fund Balance              $   63,280                              $     83,750

TOTAL:                       $1,117,400                            $1,215,900
Salaries/Benefits         $ 806,000                              $ 826,800
Services/Materials       $ 120,000                              $ 121,500
Bldg Maintenance       $   47,500                               $ 117,500
Operating Expense     $   56,800                               $   59,700
Contract Services        $   87,100                               $   90,400

TOTAL:                       $1,117,400                            $1,215,900
Residents of the Port Jervis City School District who are registered to vote may participate in this election. Voter registration forms can be requested at the Library, Department of Motor Vehicles, and the School District Office Voting by Absentee Ballot can be requested at the Library. For Information, call 845-856-7313.


Are you interested in making a difference in the future success of your public library?  Are you prepared to represent the interests, concerns, and attitudes of your community? Are you willing to become more aware of the bigger picture by learning about public library issues and concerns?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should consider running for a position on the Port Jervis Free Library’s board of trustees.  
The Port Jervis Free Library trustee is an elected position so residents in the Port Jervis School District get to vote on the candidates. If you are a library advocate that is at least 18 years old, a resident within the Port Jervis School District, and not employed by the library, then you are qualified to run.  In order to be on the ballot for the June election, you will need collect signatures from residents on a nominating petition form, which can be picked up at the library, located at 138 Pike Street.

The Port Jervis Free Library is governed by a five-member Library Board of Trustees, made up of community members who are elected to five-year terms.  Overall, trustees invest about two or three hours a month in the organization, which includes the monthly meetings. Library trustees guide and advise the library administration on the big picture decisions. The members of the board also help craft library policy and oversee the budget.  If you are interested in what a board meeting is like, feel free to attend one of our monthly meetings.  We meet the third Tuesday of the month at 10:00AM in the library. 

You may contact the library director at barlequeeuw@rcls.org if you want to know more about what it means to run and serve as library trustee. You can also check out the library’s website at www.portjervislibrary.org for more information about the library.

Serving as a library trustee is one rewarding way you can give back to your community. We hope you consider it.