Calendar of Events



Cookie & Recipe Exchange
Friday, December 15th at 7:00 pm
Looking to share one of your favorite, holiday cookie recipe? 
Looking to learn some new ones, too?  Come to the Town of Esopus Library
Cookie & Recipe Exchange!  Please bring ONE batch of your favorite holiday
cookie to share AND the recipe to the exchange.  We will be swapping recipes,
sampling all the different cookies brought in, and even learning
to make one cookie recipe together!

All ages welcome! 
Holiday Games
Saturday, December 16th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm
We will be playing games from different cultures, and jumping about by playing charades! 
Homemade latkes will be served.  Yum!

Crafty Coasters
Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00 pm
Come in for a night of relaxation and craft-making.  We will be making decorative coasters.  This craft is simple, easy, and fun!  Decorative coasters can make great decorations for your house or be the perfect holiday gift for a friend or loved one.


Duck Pond Gallery
Art Show and Sale!
local artists / multi media


December 1st – December 30th 




If you have fines on overdue items, bring in a non-perishable,
not expired food item and watch your fees disappear.
We will be offering this program for the month of December.
  1 food item = $3.00 worth of fines
  up to a maximum of $30

This will not include the replacement fees of lost or damaged items.
All proceeds go to the
Port Ewen Food Pantry
at the Town of Esopus United Methodist Church

The library is holding a fundraiser to raise funds for fantastic programming for children! Come into the library to meet Rory, a medium sized plush toy. With each purchase of a Rory the Lion ($20.00), Avon will donate a portion of the sale to the library. 
Sign up for your Rory at the library, and our local Avon representative, Dina Zager, will contact you to process your purchase. When your Rory order arrives, you may pick it up at the library!  
This fundraiser will be offered from November 1st through December 31st, 2017

The Friends of the Library 
Book Cellar Gift Certificates!
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Would you like to give the gift of a book, DVD, CD or Audiobook, but aren’t sure what title to get? What about a gift certificate for the Book Cellar here at the library? 
Certificates are available for purchase at the circulation desk for any amount.

The Book Cellar
To show our deep appreciation for service to NY State and this country,
the Friends are proud to join the Ulster County F.A.V.O.R program.
We offer all active, veteran, retired and reservist military personnel
the same eligibility with a valid service ID at check out: 
Books, CD’s, DVD’s and Audiobooks.

In January, 2018!
Vintage Book Sale!
at the
 Duck Pond Gallery Art Opening
The art show:  Women of Note in Ulster County  
 Friday, January 5th 5:30 – 8:00 pm 
This art show will consist of 18 posters, each depicting a brief biography of notable women from the 19th and early 20th century, who lived in or were associated with Ulster County. 
Friday, January 5th from 5:30 – 8:00 
 Saturday, January 6th from 10-4:00 pm
Speaker on Saturday, 2:00!
Topic: Historic Women of Ulster County
Presented by Suzanne Hauspurg, the Director of the Ulster County Historical Society.
Offered by The Friends of the Library 


SURVEY: Looking Towards the Future

 The library is looking for your input! 
 Please fill out our online survey! The questions on the survey are:
Do you come to the library ?
 How do you hear about programs offered at the library?
 Tell us how you use the library collection?
What would you like to see happen at the library?
Does the building and grounds meet the needs of the community?

   PLEASE CLICK HERE to fill out the survey. 

There will be paper copies of the survey available at the circulation desk to fill out as well. We would like to hear from as many people as possible, so please spread the word!





Please consider the Town of Esopus Library as a part of your charitable giving strategies.




 Scheduled Board and Committee Meetings*

Board of Trustees Meeting: 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm. December only: 1st Friday, December 6th, Rhea Paniesin, President; Research and Development Committee: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 4:00, Marcia McManigal, Chair; Buildings and Grounds Committee, 2nd Monday of the month at 4:00 (December only: Monday the 18th at 4:00), Anne O’Neill, Chair; Finance Committee:  2nd Thursday of the month at 3:30, Marcia McManigal, Chair; Governance & Personnel Committee: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 4:00, Susan Leiching, Chair.  Trustee Training Committee: 2nd Friday of the month, 3:00, Susan Leiching, Chair. *All meetings are at the Library, unless otherwise noted.

 Member of the Mid-Hudson Library System



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    Tumblebooks will read your book to you or you can read it on your own! Stories are followed by games or puzzles! Click HERE to read online children’s books.

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    If you need to create a simple, legal document, click on the link above to access the Ulster County Library portal which is offering access to this FREE online service.

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    Do you have difficulty remembering when your library materials are due? This program will send you email notices before you have items due and remind you of overdue fines. You will have access to the Premium Subscription for a limited amount of time, then it will revert to the Basic Subscription.  Click HERE or click on the logo above. 

    ancestry2The Town of Esopus Library now offers patron access to the genealogy website, To access the site, you MUST be in the library. If you have your own laptop or device, you may use the library’s WiFi to access the site, or you may use one of the library’s public computers.  Once you are in the library, please click HERE to get started. 



    Esopus Library Weather Station 

    We have installed a weather station on the library property which is taking weather data as you read this message! Click on the link above for the most recent information!

    Reader’s Choice Book Club

    Our next meeting will be on January 4th at 7:00 pm. THERE IS NO DECEMBER MEETING!

    Currently reading:

    The Goldfinch  by Donna Tartt Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Tormented by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. – Goodreads

    Field goods logoWeekly Local Produce Delivery: 


    Library Fundraiser

    Field Goods is a year-round local produce delivery service and fundraiser for the library.  A $1.00 donation is added to every order, and you pick up your produce at the Town of Esopus Library. Bags can be put on hold at any time (for example, if you plan to be out of town that week).  TO SIGN UP:  Click this link:,  

    Ongoing Programs

    Amateur Guitar Group: Mondays at 3:30 pm
    This group plays well known, popular songs. Bring your own guitar and join in the fun.

    Esopus Artist Group – Tuesdays from 1 –3:30pm                                   Everyone is welcome to join this ongoing session of art making. Whether you would like to use charcoal, watercolors, oil paint, acrylics, fingerpaint or pastels…whatever medium you prefer is what the artist group is about. We meet year round in comfortable and friendly surroundings. Please bring your own supplies.

    Esopus Stitchers–Wednesdays at 12:30 pm – except for the first Wednesday of the month.
    Cross-stitch, needlepoint, surface embroidery, crewel… whatever! Always wanted to try embroidery? We’ll help you get started with fabric, floss, needles, patterns, etc. Or, bring your current project and come stitch with us!

    Mah Jongg: Wednesdays at 1:30 pm 
    Mah Jongg is a game that is played 4 to a group.  It is similar to the card game “Rummy”, except used small ceramic tiles, instead of cards. This group is for the beginner or advanced player.

    Needlework Group–Mondays at 1:00 pm
    The Needlework Group is comprised of knitters, crocheters, rug hookers, stitchers of all types. Membership is free, and anyone can casually drop in whenever they like. All skill levels are represented, and if a beginner needs help, we will try our best to help them. We also have a nice supply of yarn and needles for those who don’t yet have supplies but would like to give knitting or crocheting a try!

    Scrabble Club – Fridays from 1:00-3:00 pm  Join us for our Scrabble Club!  Bring your extensive vocabulary and your enjoyment for games to our Scrabble events.  Scrabble boards will be provided for players, though anyone is welcome to bring their preferred Scrabble board as well.  

    Ulster County Photography Club–Second Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm
    Photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join this group. Monthly meetings include presentations, member competitions, and the sharing of information. Please check out our page for more details.

    Writing Group / Writer’s Write! – 1st & 3rd Saturdays – please check here for dates. This writing group will offer practice exercises to improve writing technique, and the opportunity to share work-in-progress for feedback. It is a supportive environment, in which listeners respond positively and affirmatively to one another. By doing so, participants will develop a deep understanding of those elements of their work that are effective and powerful, becoming better writers in the process.

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