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 The library will be closed Monday, May 29th in honor of Memorial Day.
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Duck Pond Gallery
Artist: Neil Ralley
 May 5- 27th

Create Your Inner Butterfly
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Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 pm
Come and have fun creating your own unique butterfly. Choose colors in answer to simple questions. See the patterns formed from your choice of acrylic paint.  You will have an opportunity to share if you see something interesting appear in your butterfly or in the other participants’ butterflies.

Max class size: 12 Please pre-register: 845-338-5580

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“The Nance”
Friday, June 2nd at 6:30
This program runs 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Nathan Lane gives the performance of a lifetime as Chauncey Miles, a comedian of the 1930s who plays gay men for laughs – at least on stage. With a touching love story at its core, Douglas Carter Beane’s Tony Award-nominated play is also a fond and funny tribute to the golden age of burlesque.
This is a screening of “The Nance” which was performed at the Lyceum Theater on August 11, 2013.
FREE! RSVP: 845-338-5580

In June, we will be beginning our summer reading program! Keep track of all that you read this summer, attend fun and educational programs and win great prizes.
Children! Tweens! Teens and Adults! We will have summer reading programs for everyone! 
See below for details about the adult program. The youth  e-newsletter will have details about children, tween and teen summer reading or stop in the library for more information!

Learn to Make Fresh Pasta
Monday, June 5th at 7:00 pm

Do you like cooking things from scratch? Do you like knowing exactly what is going into your food? Do you enjoy eating what you make? 

In this FREE, hands-on class, you will learn how to make fresh pasta and gnocchi. We will be mixing, kneading, rolling, forming, and cooking two different pasta recipes.
 Afterward, everyone will gather together to eat the fruits of our labor and “mangia”! 

Registration is required!  845-338-5580

The Library Trustee and Budget Vote
 Tuesday, June 6th from 10 am – 8 pm. 

 This year, we have four candidates for the Library Board of Trustees. Below is a list of names of people running. 
Jill Abrahamsen
Susan Leiching
Wilt McClain
John Miller
More information about the candidates and budget will follow in a separate e-newsletter. Additionally, feel free to stop in the library for more details about the vote. 

Art Opening!
Stacie Flint
Opening Reception For This Month Only On the Second Friday Of the Month Instead of the First Friday.
Friday, June 7th at 5:30 pm

Chronic Disease Self-Management
Thursdays, June 15th – July 13th at 1:00 pm
The Ulster County Office for the Aging is offering a 6-week workshop focused on putting LIFE back into your life. Topics covered will include:
  • Developing & maintaining a safe, long- term physical activity program
  • Fatigue management
  • Dealing with anger, depression & difficult emotions
  • Cognitive management of pain and stress
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends & health professionals
  • Using prescribed medication appropriately
  • Healthy eating
  • Decision making & problem-solving skills
  • Making informed treatment decisions
You MUST pre-register through the library (845-338-5580) or through the Office for the Aging (845-340-3456)

Local Author Talk with Thurman Greco
Friday, June 16th at 7:00 pm
Do you wonder what your body is trying to tell you?  Are you looking to make some positive health changes this year? 
 Join author, Thurman Greco, as she guides participants in understanding the core element of wellness, the 4 things necessary for good health, and physical, mythical, symbolic, and energetic healing.  She will also be signing copies of her book, A Healer’s Handbook.

The Summer Reading Program for Adults!
Kick off event!
Friday, June 23rd from 2:30 – 5:30 pm
Drop in when you can or stay the whole time!
Come in and enjoy the relaxing and creative activities of scrapbooking, coloring, creating magazine flower bouquets, and card making. 
Snail mail cards can be made to Operation Gratitude (support for soldiers) and Cards For Hospitalized Kids. Every adult who attends will automatically be signed up for the Adult Summer Reading Program and will receive a prize!  
For the Adult Summer Reading Program, read all that you can, fill out book review forms (that you can pick up at the circulation desk) for each book read, and add it to the lottery. 
At the end of the summer, we will draw 3 lucky winners from the lot who will then win prizes! The last day for adding reviews is 7:00 pm on Friday, August 25th! 

Live Music Series

 Lydia Adams Davis
Friday, June 23rd at 7:00 pm
Join us for a night of FREE musical entertainment by the singer-songwriter Lydia  Adams Davis.  Lydia delivers captivating musical renditions whether it’s improvised on the spot, her own compositions, or those of the great folk masters like Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, and Dar Williams.
Lydia has asked for short stories, poems, or reflections about the Hudson River or the lighthouse. She will create original songs from your writing and sing them at the event! 
If you have any you would like to submit, please send to Maryann at Please do NOT contact the artist directly.  Thank you!

Get involved with the Friends and the Book Sale!

Do you love books? Do you love your library? Consider joining the Friends of the Library and meet other like- minded folks. We sort book donations, hold book sales twice a year, and plan other fundraising events to support the library.
Meetings- 3rd Wednesdays at 3:30 PM
 If you would like more information, 
please call Connie Spoth at 845-338-0803. 


¡Instrucción de computadora gratuíta para hispanohablantes!

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La biblioteca del pueblo de Port Ewen con colaborando en el Ulster BOCES, para ofrecer basíca instruccion de computadora gratuíta a los hispanohablantes.

There will be 4 sessions of instruction on day-to-day computer use. These classes will be held on Tuesday evenings: May 9, 16, 23 & 30th from 6:15 -7:30 pm.
Registration is required: (845) 331-5050 ext. 2243.
Las operaciones báscicas y las funciones del uso cotidiano de la computadora se ofrecen en el Ulster BOCES de Port Ewen, (Career & Technical Center). Consta de 4 sesiones, reunidas los días 9, 16, 23 y 30 de mayo de 18:15 a 19:30 horas. El pre-registro es requerido llamando al (845) 331-5050 ext. 2243.


Weekly 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.  Field Goods purchases everything directly from over 80 small farms in the region. All of the produce is non-GMO, and most is organically grown. Customers receive 5 to 8 different fruits and vegetables, in one of the four different bag sizes that you choose.  There are also optional extras.

We have $5.00 off coupons for new subscribers! 

 Bags can be put on hold at any time (for example, if you plan to be out of town that week). 

The order deadline for the Wednesday delivery is Sunday at 11:59 pm

  •  Click this link:
  •  Click “Order Now” 
  • Select “Public Locations” and pull down the menu for Port Ewen 
  •  Click the “Find Location” button
  •  Choose “Esopus Library – Fundraiser” and follow the prompts.


Library Elf

Do you have difficulty remembering when your library materials are due? Does your family have many library cards and take out lots of wonderful items all at once? 

Perhaps Library Elf can help you! This program will send you email notices before you have items due and remind you of overdue fines. When you sign up, you will have access to the Premium Subscription for a limited amount of time, then it will revert to the Basic Subscription. If you prefer the Premium version, there is a fee for that version.

Click HERE or click on the logo above. 


 Mah Jongg

 Wednesdays at 2:00 pm
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  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 is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation, but also involves a degree of chance. This group is for the beginner or advanced player.

  Amateur Guitar Group

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Mondays at 3:30 pm

 The guitar group continues!
Bring your guitar and join in the fun. 




The Town of Esopus Library now offers patron access to the genealogy website, To access the site, you MUST come to 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 on the logo above to get started. 


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




 Scheduled Board and Committee Meetings*

Board of Trustees Meeting: The April Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:00 pm. The May Board meeting will be held on May 24th at 6:00 pm. Katie Zahedi, President; Research and Development Committee: 2nd Thursday at 5:30, Carol Benson, Chair; Finance and Buildings & Grounds Combined Committees:  Thursday, April 13th at 1:00, Marion Zimmer, Chair; Governance & Personnel Committee: For the month of May, the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00, Marion Zimmer, Chair.  Trustee Training Committee: First Friday, 3:00, Marcia McManigal, Chair. *All meetings are at the Library, unless otherwise noted.

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    The Island at the Center of the World  by Russell Shorto


    When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed: 12,000 pages of its records–recently declared a national treasure–are now being translated.
    The Dutch colony pre-dated the “original” thirteen colonies, yet it seems strikingly familiar. Its capital was cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic, and its citizens valued free trade, individual rights, and religious freedom. Their champion was a progressive, young lawyer named Adriaen van der Donck, who emerges in these pages as a forgotten American patriot and whose political vision brought him into conflict with Peter Stuyvesant, the autocratic director of the Dutch colony. The struggle between these two strong-willed men laid the foundation for New York City and helped shape American culture. The Island at the Center of the World uncovers a lost world and offers a surprising new perspective on our own. –

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