Monday 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am–5:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am–7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–4:00 pm
The Library will be closing on the following days for 2017:
November 23rd, 24th and 25th
December 25th and 26th
* Please note: The circulation computers shut down 10 minutes before closing. Plan to check out library materials in advance of that time.
We close in inclement weather.
Notification of closing will be on the home page of our website,
and will be announced to those that call on the phone.
Mailing & Delivery Address
P.O. Box 1167
128 Canal Street
Port Ewen, NY 12466
Phone & Fax
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Brooke Dittmar, Director
Jennifer Russell- Assistant Director
Maryann Donadio- Library Assistant
Marlene Cowan- Library Assistant
Chelsea Marino – Library Clerk
Mary Beth Jacks- Clerk
Alex Ferguson- Youth Program Coordinator
Board of Trustees
Rhea Paniesin – President
Anne O’Neill – Vice President
Marcia McManigal – Treasurer
The Town of Esopus Library, through a team of friendly, knowledgeable, and well-trained Staff, Volunteers, Friends, and Trustees, is dedicated to providing people of all ages with innovative lifelong learning and leisure opportunities through information, education, technology, and entertainment. Adopted by the Board of Trustees: October 25, 2006
The Town of Esopus Library strives to reflect and enrich community life in the Town of Esopus and the surrounding areas. As a focal point, the Library works in partnership with its patrons, community groups, and the Mid-Hudson Library System to stay in the forefront of local needs and trends. Library programs and facilities are designed to complement the unique characteristics of the Town of Esopus. Adopted by the Board of Trustees: October 25, 2006
The Friends of the Esopus Library is a group of dedicated volunteers that work to promote community awareness of the Library and its programs, provide additional financial support, promote special events/programs, and encourage volunteer participation at the Library.
The Town of Esopus Library Foundation was created as a result of the generosity of Mr. Donald W. Taylor in memory of his mother, Bessie Houghtaling Taylor. The Foundation works to provide a continual financial source for the benefit of the Library, as well as promote its works and causes.
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Download free audio and ebooks
NEW! You may choose a 7, 14 or 21 day loan period for e-books.
Tumblebooks will read your book to you or you can read it on your own! Stories are followed by games or puzzles! Click HERE to read online children’s books.
You will need to create an account to view a wide variety of magazines!
You will need to create an account to read online comics, if you don’t already have an account to read online magazines.
Click on the button above, then click on ConsumerReports.org which will direct you to the website.
You will need to create an account to view recorded concerts, if you don’t already have an account to read online magazines.
If you need to create a simple, legal document, click on the link above to access the Ulster County Library portal which is offering access to this FREE online service.
Learn how to renew your items yourself by clicking the link above…
or join LIBRARY ELF:
Do you have difficulty remembering when your library materials are due? Does your family have many library cards and take out lots of wonderful items all at once?
Perhaps Library Elf can help you! This program will send you email notices before you have items due and remind you of overdue fines. When you sign up, you will have access to the Premium Subscription for a limited amount of time, then it will revert to the Basic Subscription. If you prefer the Premium version, there is a fee for that version. Click HERE or click on the logo above.
The Town of Esopus Library now offers patron access to the genealogy website, Ancestry.com. 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.
We have installed a weather station on the library property which is taking weather data as you read this message! Click on the link above for the most recent information!
Group meets to discuss books on the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM
Our next meeting will be on August 3rd
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
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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