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Summer Reading Program FINALE!
Ice Cream Party.
Sat, Aug 26, 1-2:30 pm
Build a Better World Family & Adult Event. All ages are welcome!
This will be an Ice Cream party in order to celebrate our summer readers.
We’ll have Certificates of Completion for those children 0-8 yrs old who completed one or more of our summer reading challenges. 
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If you are aged 9-12 yrs 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 1 pm to count.  
Prizes will be awarded August 29th at 4 pm.

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 9 am 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

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 back starting August 4th.  We will resume 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!
Aug 4 – Cookies! 
Aug 11 – Bubbles! 
Aug 18 – Electricity!
Aug 25 – Elephant Toothpaste!

STEAM Story Hour
for 5-8 yr olds
Fridays 4-5 pm
  STEAM Story Hour is back starting August 4th!  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.
Aug 4 – Cookie Science! 
Aug 11 – Giant Bubbles! 
Aug 18 – Potato Batteries!
Aug 25 – Chemical Reaction!

Tween Night (9-12 yr olds)
Tuesdays 4-5 pm
Aug 15, 22, 29
Join us for great fun!  Tween Night is a safe place to do some fun activities.
Aug 15 – Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley’s Build a Bridge Program! 
Aug 22 – Introduction to Little Bits.  Create your own electronic inventions!

Aug 29 – Summer Reading Finale!  We will award prizes to our 2017 Summer Reading Competition (9-12 yrs old) winners.  The top prize is a $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Nobles!



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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 September 7th

    Currently reading:

    Hidden Figures  by Margot Lee Shetterly,204,203,200_.jpg
    The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA at the leading edge of the feminist and civil rights movement, whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.” -Amazon

    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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