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In June, we will be beginning our summer reading program! Keep track of all that you read this summer, attend fun and educational programs and win great prizes.
Children! Tweens! Teens and Adults! We will have summer reading programs for everyone! 
If you are aged 9-12yrs old:  Log every book you read this summer, please fill in a book review slip or the online form below and submit in back to the Town of Esopus Library for your chance to win wonderful prizes at the end of the summer!  Slips must be submitted by August 26th at 1pm to count.  Prizes will be awarded August 29th at 4pm.

 Build a Better World Through Reading & Science In JULY!

 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:


Battle of the Books
See below for our Meeting Schedule
  The Town of Esopus Library is competing in the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS)
Battle of the Books this summer.  Information and sign up forms are available at the Circulation Desk- or contact Mr. Alex at 

Our next meetings are the following Wednesdays from 6-7pm:
Aug 2– Focus on The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
Aug 16– Mock Battle with Kingston
Aug 23– Focus on The Roar by Emma Clayton
Sept 6– Mock Battle with Kingston
Sept 13– Last Battle Practice!
Sept 16– BATTLE OF THE BOOKS at Dutchess Community College 9am ALL DAY!
In order to participate you must be entering grades 6-9 next year.  The Battle occurs on
Saturday, Sept 16th, throughout the day starting at 9am at Dutchess Community College. 
 Please feel free to contact Mr. Alex Ferguson if you’re interested in the Battle of the Books.  You can ask for him at the library, or email him at

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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 August 3rd

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    Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?  by Roz Chast

    “Better than any book I know, this extraordinarily honest, searing and hilarious graphic memoir captures (and helps relieve) the unbelievable stress that results when the tables turn and grown children are left taking care of their parents. . . [A] remarkable, poignant memoir.” – San Francisco Chronicle

    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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