Calendar of Events


Benefit Concert!
Fundraiser for a Public Address Sound System!
Friday, October 20th at 7:00
Join us at the library for our coffee house and
musical performances by 
Payne’s Grey Sky 
Deb Martin & Lauren Tully
 and Monkey Joe’s Cicale & Malley!  
We are raising money to purchase a P.A. System for future musical performances, children’s programming, and lectures, and we need your help!  
Tickets are $10.00 per person
$5.00 for those aged 12 and under
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the circulation desk in the library.
 Coffee, tea and baked goods will be available for purchase as well.




Focus Groups: Looking Towards the Future

The library is looking for your input! Please sign up to join one of three focus groups to discuss how the library may best serve our community. 
Esopus: Tuesday, October 24th at 7:00 pm
The Esopus Firehouse 1142 Broadway/Rt. 9W, Esopus, NY 12429

Questions that we will be asking:

Do you come to the library and what services are you utilizing?

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?


Space is limited, so sign up today: 845-338-5580

Refreshments will be served.
We also now have an online survey for you to fill out! 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!

Computer Skills Workshops
11:30 – 12:30 pm
Interested in learning about how to use a computer? Need a refresher on your computer skills?
Join us for this FREE workshop where participants will learn about the parts of the computer, turning on/off computers, saving documents, and more!
October 12th – Computer Using Basics
October 19th – Accessing the Internet
October 26th – Online Communication/E-mail
November 2nd – Microsoft Word
Registration is required: 845-338-5580

Chair Yoga 
Mondays at 11:00 am
Oct. 16th – Nov. 20th
Kathy Foley returns for this very popular program! 
Chair Yoga is a very helpful way for those who need extra support to enjoy the benefits of yoga. Using sturdy chairs, Kathy Foley, a 200 hour registered yoga teacher, will instruct you on how to stretch your body to keep limber, strong and healthy. 

Wear comfy, loose clothing and non-skid shoes.

Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30 pm
Please join us for our annual meeting where we will will have a very special speaker, Carla Lesh, who is the Assistant Curator at the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

Dutchess Paranormal
Thursday, October 26th at 7:00
 What does it take to be a paranormal investigator? What equipment does one need to investigate spirits? What are some of the local tales of hauntings?
Join us as the Dutchess Paranormal Investigators answer these questions and discuss their findings of paranormal activity found within the Hudson Valley!


Soft Pretzels & Beer Cheese Dip

Friday, October 27th at 7:00 pm
Join us for this FREE program where we will learn how to create soft pretzels with delicious beer cheese dip. 
This is the perfect treat for Oktoberfest, or any time of the year!
Participants will be preparing and enjoying the meal. 
You must register for this class: 845-338-5580

Halloween Parade
 Family Event:
Halloween Parade
Sat, Oct 28, 1-2:30 pm

  Come listen to some classic Halloween stories interspersed with some songs & followed by a parade with light Trick or Treating around the library.  Come in costume of your favorite book characters. All ages are welcome!

The Esopus Artist Group
Every Tuesday from 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Bring whatever art medium and inspiration you have to this open and welcoming group. Whether you paint in oils, watercolor, sculpt or color in coloring books, bring your tools, and join in the fun!
No sign up necessary.

Great News! 
The library has fishing poles to loan!
The Federated Sportsmen of Ulster County has graciously donated a cabinet filled with fishing poles that you may borrow from the library.  We have free booklets about fishing from the Future Fisherman Foundation and a stocked tackle box to keep.
This project was made possible by a grant from Ulster Executive Office, Michael Hein.  




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.



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, 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, 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.

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    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. 



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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 November 2nd

    Currently reading:

    The Orphan’s Tale  by Pam Jenoff

    NovemberSixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. – Goodreads


    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 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.

    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 Group – Fridays from 1:00-3:00 pm  Join us for our new (started in July) 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! – 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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