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Beginning Guitar Classes For Adults!
Thursdays at 2:00 pm 
April 6th – May 25th

If you have always wanted to play the guitar, but never learned how to, this class is for you. Charlie Seymour will be teaching a FREE eight week class. You will need to bring your own acoustic guitar. This is not a drop in class, and space is limited, so sign up today! 845-338-5580



American Naturalists: A Series of Discussions
Aldo Leopold, Henry David Thoreau and John Burroughs. 
How do the philosophies of naturalists affect the way park lands and sensitive environments are handled in the Hudson Valley? Join us this month for weekly discussions about specific naturalists and how we can help the environment. 
Friday, April 7th at 1:00 pm: Aldo Leopold
Friday, April 14th at 1:00 pm: Henry David Thoreau

Friday, April 21st at 6:00 pm: John Burroughs
This session will be held upstairs in the evening as a part of the Friends of the Library Book Sale and to honor our local naturalist, John Burroughs. 

  Friday, April 28th at 1:00 pm:  An informed way forward.
Deborah Medenbach will lead these discussions. She is a Henry David Thoreau Bicentennial event ambassador for the Thoreau Society. 

Art Opening!
Friday, April 7th at 5:30 pm
Artist: Mary Belliveau
Acrylic and Watercolor paintings.

Chair Yoga 
Mondays at 11 am.    ~      March 6th -April 10th
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.

Global Art in a Cross-Cultural Context

 Friday, April 14th at 6:30
Local historian, Dr. Mounkhall will be discussing how art is influenced by the events of the times in which it was made. Using specific artworks as an indicator, Dr. Mounkhall will  explain the history of that time. 
We will look at artworks from Ancient Rome, the Byzantine Empire, Medieval Western Europe, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. 
Please let us know if you’d like to attend: 845-388-5580

Tai Chi Chih! with Ann Sherry
Mondays at 11 am  ~  April 17th – May 22nd
 Do you need a low impact form of exercise that also calms the mind? Why not give Tai Chi a try? There are 19 easy and slow movements that you will learn over 6 weeks. 
If you can’t make each week then come when you can.  Ann Sherry is an accredited Tai Chi Chih teacher.

Global History Regents Exam Test Prep

Tuesdays, April 18th & 25 and May 2nd & 9th at 4:00 pm
Do you need to pass the Global History Regents and need some additional help in figuring out how to do so? Come to these sessions at the library and Dr. Mounkhall will
 help you do that. He will be discussing:

Basic Skills – How to read political cartoons, maps, charts, graphs

Reading Skills – Specific vocabulary, verbs and nouns that are used in these tests

Writing Historical Arguments – How to write an outline or rubric

Documents – Reading the questions before reading the actual documents to find the answers.

Space is limited, so please contact the library to let us know that you’ll attend 845-338-5580

Author Talk with Ellen Messer and Joanne Michaels
Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30 pm 
Join Ellen for a thought-provoking program.  She will read selections from Back Rooms and will then open the forum for sharing experiences, history, questions, and commentary.

Ellen Messer is an organization development consultant who has been hired for extensive corporate speaking engagements throughout the United States. She has a B.S. degree in professional nursing.

There will be copies of the book for purchase and signing.

Please let us know that you will attend: 845-338-5580
Programs held in the community space do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Esopus Board or Library.



The Friends of the Library Book Sale 

Friday, April 21st  5 – 7:00 pm
Opening night! This year there will be no charge to be the first to peruse the books on sale. Additionally, upstairs in the library at 6:00 pm, we will be having a very special discussion about our local naturalist, John Burroughs as a part of our American Naturalists discussion series. 
Saturday, April 22nd  9 – 4:00 pm
Sunday, April  23rd  9 – 4:00 pm 
Bring a bag and fill it to the brim for only $4.00!

Thursday, April 27th at from 4-7:00 pm. 
 Come join our group of volunteers to cut back the growth around the pond and solar array, cut back last year’s growth in the beds, help secure our compost bin, and finish the
anti-deer cages for our new garden beds.
Special thanks to the Starbuck’s volunteers! 
Please let us know that you will join in: 845-338-5580

Heritage Blues Trio
Friday, April 28th at 7:00 pm
Another stellar recording of a live performance by the Lincoln Center. Come to the library to see
guitarist and harmonica player Bill Sims, Jr., vocalist and percussionist Chaney Sims, and guitarist and vocalist Junior Mack who perform as the
 Heritage Blues Trio. 

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.


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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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 There are just a few seats left! To sign up, please contact the library.




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.



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, April 1st and 15th 
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. 



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: 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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