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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. 


Weekly Local Produce Delivery!

Library Fundraiser

Field Goods is a year-round local produce delivery service.  Once you sign up, you will 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! 

It’s flexible!

 Bags can be put on hold at any time (for example, if you plan to be out of town that week). 
 At check-out, $1.00 will be added to your total as a fundraiser to support the the Esopus Library.
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.


By participating in  this fundraiser, you’re contributing $1.00 for each delivery, to support the fine efforts of the Esopus Library.  Thank you!




Art Opening!

Friday, March 3rd at 5:30 pm

Ulster County Photography Club
This is an open photography group which meets monthly at the Town of Esopus Library on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm



Friday, March 10th at 6:00
Join Pat Manfrates and Catskill Mountain Pipes and Drums to learn how bagpipes work.
 They will be playing bagpipes in full regalia and answering any and all of your questions. It will be a rousing, loud time! Free
Please RSVP. 845-338-5580

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Friday, March 17th at 7:00 pm
This is a screening of an Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell concert which was performed at the Damrosch Park Bandshell, which is located on the south side of the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC, on August 6, 2015.
Emmylou’s stirring silver-voiced interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs changed the sound of country music. Crowell has redefined the genre’s songwriting, penning and performing some of the music’s best-loved songs. Together again, the long-time band mates and Grammy-winning duo unite their strengths, uniting roots and fresh approaches. Free.
Please let us know that you’ll attend: 845-338-5580

Author Talk! Micheal Gold 
Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:30 pm
Join us for a fascinating discussion with author and photographer, Michael Gold. He will be talking about his book, Earn That Vote, in which Gold interviews many local politicians to describe the process of running for public office. It includes 107 photographs of  the American flag. 
Additionally, Mr. Gold will be discussing his new book, Modern American Manners: Dining Etiquette for Hosts and Guests  with its co-author Fred Mayo, professor of Hospitality and Hotel Management at NYU. 
Please let us know that you will attend: 845-338-5580



This is a new “book club”! Instead of reading one book, though, we will have to opportunity to immerse ourselves in an entire fictional phenomenon. 
The first fictional world that we will discuss is…


Monday, March 27th at 6:30

Check out the annotated bibliography that we put together listing the films, novels, support materials, videos, web site’s and conventions: click here
Please feel free to bring your ideas, books, fanfiction, action figures, memories and more! Come in costume if you’d like. This program is intended for ages 16 and up.
The next FAN OF FICTION subject will be:

Chair Yoga 
Mondays at 11 am.    ~      March 6th -27th
Chair yoga is a very helpful way for those who need extra support in enjoying the benefits of yoga. Using sturdy chairs, Kathy Foley will instruct you on how to stretch your body to keep limber, strong and healthy.  Please wear loose and comfortable clothing, and non-skid shoes.


 The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held in April instead of May this year!
April 21st, 22nd and 23rd will be the dates of the book sale. Please plan accordingly, and if you have book donations to make, please bring them over before the sale…in April! 

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. 


FREE Computer Instruction for Spanish Speakers!

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The Town of Esopus Library is collaborating with the Ulster BOCES,
here in Port Ewen, to offer free basic computer instruction to Spanish speakers.
There will be 5 one hour sessions of instruction on day-to-day computer use. These classes will be held on Tuesday evenings: May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30th from 6:30 -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 Ewen de Port, Career & Technical Center. Consta de 5 sesiones de una hora, reunidas los días 2, 9, 16, 23 y 30 de mayo de 18:30 a 19:30 horas. El pre-registro es requerido llamando al (845) 331-5050 ext. 2243.


The Friends of the Library 

Bus Trip to New York City!

Whitney Museum

Lots of choices:

Do your own thing or walk the High Line, shop the Chelsea Market or visit the Whitney Museum. All of these options are within blocks of each other. 

Wednesday, April 26th.

Leave Kingston Plaza at 8 am. ~ Leave NYC at 3 pm.

$30.00   Funds help to support your library . 

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 For more information, call Jo: 845-331-9463



Join the Town of Esopus Library Board of Trustees!

Have you ever considered becoming a member of the Board of Trustees? There will be three open positions in this June!

For more information, contact the Library Director, Brooke Dittmar,
at 845-338-5580,, or just stop by her office!


Writers Write!

Writing Group
Saturdays, March 4th and 18th 
at 10:30 – 12:30 pm
This writing group will offer weekly practice exercises to improve writing technique, and the opportunity to share work-in-progress for feedback. The group is a supportive environment in which listeners respond positively and affirmatively to one another

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.



The Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of Ulster County has restarted its Lend – A -Pole program, with area libraries. With funding assistance from the Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and the Ulster County Legislature, we can offer this terrific program to the community.

Come in and leave with a fishing pole and a tackle box!



Amateur Guitar Group

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Mondays at 3:30 pm

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


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




 Scheduled Board and Committee Meetings*

Board of Trustees Meeting: Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:00. Katie Zahedi, President; Research and Development Committee: 2nd Thursday at 5:30, Carol Benson, Chair; Finance and Buildings & Grounds Combined Committees:  Thursday, March 9th at 4:00, Marion Zimmer, Chair; Governance & Personnel Committee: 2nd Tuesdays at 4:00, Marion Zimmer, Chair.  Trustee Training Committee: First Friday, 3:00 3:00, Marcia McManigal, Chair. *All meetings are at the Library, unless otherwise noted.

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    The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd



    Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. –

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