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The Town of Esopus Library will be open on Monday, July 3rd, and closed on Tuesday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day.


 Build a Better World Through Reading & Science

Science Storytimes for 3-5 year olds
Fridays: 10:30 – 12:00 pm
July 7, 14, 21 & 28
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This is a special 4 week program where we will read together about the weather and plants. Great small group reading practice!
Outdoor activities! We will be watching the plants in our garden grow and looking at our weather station to observe how nature works.
 Please register for this program at the library! 
This program is funded by a grant from the:


Science Explorers for 6-8 year olds
Fridays: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
July 7, 14, 21 & 28
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Do you enjoy reading? Do you enjoy science? In this 4 week program, we will be reading, observing and writing about the weather and the plants growing in our garden. We will have a nifty weather station to gather data with and each participant will receive a FREE journal to keep track of all the observations we discover every week. 
At the end of the program, we hope that everyone will feel more comfortable reading, excited about science and have journal full of ideas, data and even creative writing. 
Please register at the library!
This program is funded by a grant from the: 


Secrets of Nature for 9 – 12 year olds
Tuesdays: 4:00 pm
July 11, 18, 25 and August 1
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In this 4 week program, we will read together about weather and plants, gather data about the weather with our new weather station, and study the plants growing in our garden. We will keep track of observations, thoughts and creative ideas through writing in a journal (FREE – provided by the library) and with “speech to text” computer technologies.  
There are only 8 spots available for this Science and Reading Program. Please register at the library!
This program is funded by a grant from the:




Adult Summer Reading Contest
Do you love to read?  Do you want to enter for a chance to win prizes just for reading this summer?  Then sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program at the Circulation Desk.  
How do you enter for a chance to win a prize at the end of the summer?
  1. Read or listen to a book.
  2. Fill out an Adult Summer Reading Program Book Slip form.
  3. Put your Book Slip form into the Adult Summer Reading Book Slip bin by the circulation desk
  4. Make sure all your Book Slips are returned by FRIDAY, AUGUST 25th at 7PM!


At the end of the summer, the TOP 3 Readers will be called to receive their prizes!

 Come into the library to see what 
great prizes you may win!

Sips & Salads
Wednesday, July 5th at 7:00 pm
Summer is the time to enjoy the fresh flavors of the season. Join us for this FREE program in which we will explore how to bump up the flavors of water and salad dressings to make staying hydrated and eating summer vegetables enjoyable.  Participants are encouraged to taste all that we create.
Registration is required so that we know how many ingredients to bring!  
Please call 845-338-5580.

Art Opening!
Friday, July 7th at 5:30 pm
Vicky Gore
Acrylic, Pencil and Pastel

Weekly Scrabble Club

Friday from 1:00-3:00 PM
 beginning July 7th
 Join us for our new 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.  

Sinatra: Voice for a Century:
a Lincoln Center Screening.
Friday, July 14th at 7:00 pm


The New York Philharmonic celebrates the legacy of Frank Sinatra in an all-star concert hosted by Seth MacFarlane, with performances by Christina Aguilera, Chris Botti, Fantasia, Sutton Foster, Kyle Dean Massey, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, and Sting
Artists will be covering Sinatra classics such as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “On The Sunny Side Of The Street”, “I’ve Got The World On A String”, “New York, New York”, and more!

This concert was recorded at David Geffen Hall with the New York Philharmonic on December 3, 2015.


Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, July 27th at 1:00 pm
We are proud to host a Red Cross Blood Drive at the library. Did you know every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood? Come donate blood today to help keep blood available when people are in need.

Please feel free to call ahead and schedule an appointment time (845-338-5580), register online (, or walk-in on our blood drive day!

Singer / Songwriter: Justin Tracy
Join us for a night of FREE musical entertainment by singer-songwriter Justin Tracy. Justin was born and raised in London and currently divides his time between New York City and the Catskills (but with 330/365 days in Ulster County!) He is a multi-instrumentalist with a focus on guitar and voice. He is also a record producer, composer, arranger, and vocal coach.


Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:00 pm
Want to learn more about bees and the importance they play in the Hudson Valley?  Have you thought about raising your own colony of bees and are looking for advice?  Join Chris Layman, owner of Fox Farm Apiaries, as he discusses the nutrition,  habitat, and environment of honey bees.
Please let us know that you’ll attend!


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



 Good News!


to 3 different venues:


Boscobel House & Gardens

Cold Spring, NY

Built between 1804 and 1808, Boscobel is considered to be one of the finest examples of Federal-style architecture in New York. The mansion was dramatically rescued from demolition and is open to guided tours.  The Museum Pass provides: A FREE pass for 1 adult and 3 guests of any age (children under the age of 6 are free), and a 10% discount in the gift shop for all members in the party.  Restrictions: Not valid on Tuesdays or during Special Events. For more information, visit their website:     (Normal admission prices- $8 to $17)


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The Guggenheim Museum

Manhattan, NY

The Guggenheim Museum was created to publicly house the somewhat eclectic private collection of Solomon Guggenheim’s nonobjective art, and the building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Museum Pass provides:  FREE entrance to the museum for up to 4 adults (or students) and 1/2 price tickets for additional guests (children under the age of 12 free), a 10% discount at the Guggenheim store and restaurants, and discounted parking ($23 for 12 hours on Park Ave). For more information visit their website    (Normal admission prices- $18 to $25)


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The Mystic Aquarium

Mystic, CT

Explore habitats featuring sharks, stingrays, jellies, thousands of colorful fish, frogs, exotic marine animals, and more. In marine habitats from around the world, you can look through, crawl under, and even reach into their unique displays. See shows in 3 theaters (1 is included with admission). The Museum Pass provides: A DISCOUNTED admission fee, saving $5 off per person for up to 4 people (children under the age of 2 free). $10 off new Family or Grandparent memberships, $5 off other categories.  For more information, visit their website:  (Normal admission prices- $26 to $36)




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.


Thank you to all Town of Esopus residents who voted to pass our 2018 budget!

Book Sale



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




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Board of Trustees Meeting: 4th Wednesday of the month, at 6:00 pm. Katie Zahedi, President; Research and Development Committee: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 4:00, Marcia McManigal, Chair; Finance and Buildings & Grounds Combined Committees:  2nd Thursday of the month,  Marion Zimmer, Chair; Governance & Personnel Committee: 2nd Tuesday of the month, at 4:00, 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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    Reader’s Choice Book Club

    Group meets to discuss books on the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM

    Our next meeting will be on July 6th

    Currently reading:

    Small Great Things  by Jodi Picoult

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    Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? –

    Ongoing Programs

    Mah Jongg:  Wednesdays at 2:00 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.

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

    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!

    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!

    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! – Every other Saturday – 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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