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Library Card

All the submissions have been reviewed and the name of the library card fish is:

 Finn McKoi the Esofish!

 Thank you to all who submitted a name and colorful drawing.
 If you would like to get a library card, please bring photo ID and proof of residency (like mail).
Children aged 4 -18 can get a library card with a parent present, and the parent must have a library card, too. Replacement cards cost $2.00.

Summer Reading  

Thank you all for Reading!

 Congratulations to all of our 0-8yr old readers!  If you didn’t make it to our Summer Reading Finale Party, please see Mr. Alex to get your certificate & prizes.
Congratulations to our Top 3 Readers in the 9-12yr old category:
1st: Shiana Holmes
2nd: Rachel Pitt
3rd: Josh Garcia.
Together our 9-12yr olds read 11,255 pages this summer!  A point is 1 page with all writing on it.  For Picture Books or graphic novels, each page counts as 1/2 a point.  


 October Family Events:


Family Program: FIRST Lego League Info!

Sat, October 14, 1 – 2:30pm


 Come find out about the FIRST LEGO League!!

  We have acquired last year’s FIRST LEGO League challenges & playing board so you can see what the FIRST LEGO League is all about.  Come out and try to solve some of the challenges!  In order to compete in the FIRST LEGO League, you’ll need to be 9-14yrs old.
  For our program here on Saturday though, you can be any age!  We’ll have activities appropriate for every age level.   We’ll have supplies to help you create.  We’ll have LittleBits, LEGO Mindstorms and a laptop you can use for programming the Lego Mindstorms robot.

  Parental supervision is required for our younger patrons as some of the activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

Halloween Parade

Sat, Oct 28, 1-2:30 pm

Family Event! 



  Come listen to some classic Halloween stories interspersed with song.  After that we’ll march in a costume parade with a few Trick or Treating stations around the library.  
  Come in costume of your favorite book characters. All ages are welcome!


Congratulations to our Battle of the Books Team!
  On September 16th our Battle team (the Town of Esopus Knock Outs (or K. T. O. E.)) went to Dutchess Community College, and competed against 26 teams.  It was double elimination, and our first battle against the Brewster Gummi Bears was super exciting.  It went into overtime, with 1 question as the tiebreaker, 9 – 9.  The MC started to read the question, and then was interrupted.  The buzzer system had not been reset, and the question had to be thrown out!
  Our team had tried to buzz in to answer it, because they knew it, but it was too late, the question was thrown out, and we weren’t quite as lucky with the next question.  
  We ended up winning our next round against Coxsackie Virus, and that put us up against the Nerd Herd from Claverack.
  The Nerd Herd won the next round by only 2 points.  I’m really proud of our team!  Usually first year teams just lose their first two rounds.  We made it through three rounds- and were so close to a fourth.
  A great time was had by all, and we learned a ton about strategy, and how to prepare for next year’s battle.  Some of us stayed for the final battle, between the Patterson Turrets and the Staatsburg Suckers.  It was incredible.  The teams would buzz in after 1 or 2 relevant words and guess the book based on that one word.  In one instance the MC read, “In which book did the father…”  Patterson buzzed in right after “father” and then they guessed the correct book.
  I’d like to give a shout out to all those who participated and the parents and families that supported our team.  THANK YOU!  We’ll see you next year in January.
  Please feel free to contact Mr. Alex Ferguson if you’re interested in the Middle School Battle of the Books.  To qualify you must be in grades 6-9 when the Battle occurs in September of 2018. You can ask for him at the library.
Many Thanks!


Storytime for 0-3 yr olds

Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 am

   Interactive time with the parents and kids. We’ll read stories, play, sing songs, feed the fish (weather permitting), visit the garden (weather permitting), and have a musical parade around the library led by Mr. Alex and his purple trombone.

Little Brainstormers 
for 3-5yr olds
Fridays 10:30-11:30 am
  Little Brainstormers is our weekly story time followed by a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activity.   Sing songs, read books, feed the fish, water the garden, play with science experiments, and parade around the library with Mr. Alex!
Oct 6 – Crystals! (start your own sugar crystals)
Oct 13 – DIY Toys ( Use straws and paper to make your own toys)
Oct 20 – CandyLand (collect your own sugar crystals & play CandyLand and eat cotton candy)
Oct 27 – Talking Monsters (make funny noises with a balloon & a nut)



STEAM Story Hour
for 5-8 yr olds
Fridays 4-5 pm
  STEAM Story Hour will continue. We will read a book or two followed by a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activity. We read, sing, play, and have fun!  Come on out and join us.
Oct 6 – Rock Candy
Oct 13 – Halloween Shooters
Oct 20 – Charlie & the Chocolate Factory with Cotton Candy
Oct 27 – Screaming Ghosts




Afterschool  STEAM time  (9-12 yr olds)
Tuesdays 4-5 pm
Join us for great fun!  Afterschool STEAM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) time
 is a safe place to do some fun activities.

Our schedule this month is:


Oct 3 –   Retro Gaming

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Oct 10 – Crystal Science
Oct 17 – Tiny Piñatas! 
Oct 24 – History of Cotton Candy- try some.
Oct 31 – Happy Halloween!
Celebrate by watching The Nightmare before Christmas with us.

Tween Nights (9-14 yr olds)
Wednesdays 6-7 pm
Join us for great fun!  Tween Nights are a safe place to relax
 and do some fun activities with your friends.
Our schedule this month is:  
Oct 4 –   New Board Games
Oct 11 – Goosebumps
Oct 18 –   FIRST LEGO League Meeting
Oct 25 – Animation Club- Howl’s Moving Castle


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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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