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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!

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. 


Duck Pond Gallery
Opening Reception:
Friday, May 5th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Artist: Neil Ralley
 May 5- 27th


Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30 pm
Join us for a night of unwinding through the relaxation that comes from coloring.  We have adult coloring books and materials to share, but feel free to bring anything you are working on, too!



Friday, May 12th at 7:00 pm
Join us for a night of horror stories from author and scholar of weird, fantasy, and science fiction, Robert Waugh. He will be discussing and reading aloud from his book, The Bloody Tugboat and Other Witcheries. He will discuss his inspiration for the stories, many of which take place in local towns. 

Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30 pm
Join Elinor Levy in learning about military culture, folklore and rituals as well as the history of Memorial Day. She will bring POW bracelets and other military artifacts. Feel free to bring in your own items to show and tell. Please let us know that you’ll attend: 845-338-5580
Elinor Levy is the Folk Arts Programmer at Arts Mid-Hudson. She has a doctorate in folklore from Indiana University, and is working on a book about Vietnam Veterans Memorials.

 Summer Music Series Kick-Off
 with Emily Barnes
Friday, May 19 at 7:00 pm
Tucked away in a town so tiny it isn’t found on most maps, singer-songwriter Emily Barnes can be found sitting on the stone steps of her 200 year old home stitching together the latest melody from the fabric of her mind. For the past few years, Emily has been performing in venues of all shapes and sizes stopping listeners dead in their tracks with a voice that cuts to the bone and songs that pull on the heart strings.
Emily Barnes Music website

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.

Join us in the TEEN ROOM

  Food for Fines

 April 1st – 30th 2017



If you have fines on overdue items, bring in a non-perishable, not expired food item and watch your fees spring away!

  1 food item = $3.00 worth of fines
  up to a maximum of $30

Does not include the replacement fees
      of lost or damaged items.

All proceeds go to the
Port Ewen Food Pantry
at the Town of Esopus United Methodist Church

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.


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.



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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