April 1, 2018
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Drawing Club: Inspired by the Natural World
Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 24, and May 1 at 10:30am

Open your mind and heart to the beauty all around with the  simple act of drawing. 

For adults, from beginner to experienced artists; all welcome with the promise all will enjoy this playful and inspiring class. Each week we will draw a still life of found materials from the natural world, or art reproductions or a place nearby in nature, and Nancy DeNicolo will offer guidance for experimentation with tools and techniques to free you to draw as you find your own way to translate the beauty of the natural world to paper.

Basic Yoga
Tuesdays at 4pm
This is a beginner yoga class with emphasis on gentle, relaxing, restorative techniques. 

Taught by community member Daniel Guzman. Guzman has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. Wear comfortable clothes. All are welcome.
Positive Parenting
Wednesday, April 4 at 6pm
Debbie Godfrey from Positive Parenting (https://positiveparenting.com/) will host a two-hour workshop that will provide tools to effectively deal with power struggles. Specifically, parents will learn why kids love to power struggle, how to get out of them when you get into one and how to prevent power struggles from happening in the first place. 

You will: 
  • Learn the pitfalls that escalate and turn a power struggle into revenge 
  • Get kids to listen the first time you tell them 
  • How to cure kids that don't listen 
  • Learn how to instill responsibility and teach respect 
  • Learn how to be both kind AND firm with discipline 
  • Create teamwork and fun 
  • Reduce the hassles, tantrums and tears 


This is hands-on learning; the instructor will show you what to do instead of yelling or repeating yourself.

Healthy Lifestyle
Thursday, April 5 at 1pm 

Guided Group Meditation and Chakra Clearing with Dayle Groudine
Dayle Groudine, Reiki Master, will lead us in this Group Chakra Clearing and Guided Meditation.
Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a pillow, blanket or yoga mat if you prefer to meditate on the floor. Should you prefer to sit in a chair, you can also bring a blanket to cover yourself.
IMPORTANT:   PLEASE BE ON TIME!  As this is a meditation, we will not be able to admit latecomers. Please be considerate of the attendees.
Dayle  has been a Reiki Master since 2001.  She routinely teaches meditation to her Reiki clients and since then has taught meditation to groups.  She currently resides in Delmar, NY, with her husband of 44 years and their Sheepadoodle, Nico; is a member of 2 book groups, an avid Y member, and continues her Reiki and meditation practices.

Mom'ME' Time
Thursdays at 10am

Gather with moms, moms-to-be, and their children, ages in utero to 18 months. Learn, play, grow!

Bring something comfy to sit on!
Held in the library's community room.

Read to Stella
Saturday, April 7
from  1-2pm

Come read to Stella, a certified therapy dog. Walk-ins welcome.
Friends of Historic Saugerties 
Saturday, April 7 at 2pm

THE WINSTON FARM ALLIANCE:  How grassroots activism changed Saugerties and slew Goliath

In the annals of recent Saugerties history, the accomplishments of the Winston Farm Alliance are something of great importance and consequence to many.   Over thirty years ago, as word of a decision by the Ulster County Legislature and the Resource Recovery Agency regarding an impending incinerator/massive landfill proposed for the historic 860-acre Winston Farm percolated through the town, a group of concerned citizens convened a community meeting at the high school to discuss a way to fight it.  Hundreds attended that initial meeting, and their energy and commitment gave rise to the creation of the Winston Farm Alliance. 

Join original WFA members Lanny Walter, John Hall, Patti Kelly, Gary Bischoff and others for a discussion of the history of how the Alliance was so successful in keeping the entire town involved in a fight that would last over a decade, how they got other communities to support them, and, most importantly, the lessons they learned that can be helpful to the next generation of activists. 

Space is limited. Please come early to ensure your admittance.

Teen Tech Tutors
Saturdays, April 7 and 21
from 10am to noon.

Have a new device and don't know how it works?

Grab this opportunity to have our teen volunteers answer your questions about smart phones, iPads, tablets, laptops, and more.
Please bring your device with you.
Oral History Workshop:
Stories of Saugerties
Monday, April 9 at 6pm or
Tuesday, April 24 at 6pm

Join us as we continue our collection of oral histories of residents and workers to record contemporary life in Saugerties. Oral historian Lisa Polay will train volunteers interested in conducting interviews. StoryCorps will make the recordings available on their site, archived in the Library of Congress, and will be available in our library as well. 

Thursday, April 19 at 6pm
Digital Tools for doing oral history

Will focus on the mechanics of how to save your story, store it and share it.
  • Downloading and preserving the recording from phone or recorder
  • Sharing with family and friends, using cloud storage, email or flash drive 
  • Basic audio editing on the phone, tablet or laptop to make excerpts or shorts 

Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up for a session.
Safe Harbour Training
Thursday, April 12 at 6pm or
Saturday, April 14 at 10:30am

Ulster County Safe Harbour Program Presents: Be Aware, Know the Signs, Prevent Youth Trafficking! 
Topics Include: 
Safe Harbour Law 
High Risk Populations 
Associated Red Flags 
Engaging Youth in Conversations 

What should you do if you encounter a youth you believe may be trafficked or exploited?
Psychic, Medium Adam Bernstein
Wednesday, April 11 at 6pm  

Adam Bernstein is a Psychic, Medium, Teacher and Spiritual Life Coach with an international following. His path as a Psychic and Medium began at the early age of 4. Adam has professionally worked as a psychic for over 20 years and has an extensive background in martial arts and yoga that has earned him the nickname 'psychic yogi'. Known for accuracy, detail and compassion Adam quickly becomes a favorite at virtually every public venue he works at. Find out more by logging on to www.adambetweentheworlds.com.

Ryan's Case for Smiles
Friday, April 13 at 10am

Ryan's Case for Smiles is pleased to host a pillowcase party at the Saugerties Public Library and you're invited. Ryan's Case for Smiles provides pillowcases to children in local hospitals and other facilities to give them and their families an emotional boost while dealing with their illness. Even if you don't sew, we can use you! There is lots of pinning and ironing to be done. If you do sew, bring your sewing machine, thread, pins, and scissors or thread snips. Bring a buddy with you too! If you can't make it to the event, feel free to drop off your finished pillowcases** at the library before that date. The Albany Chapter of Ryan's Case for Smiles provides all the pillowcase kits, cut and ready to pin and sew. However, we always need more fabric, so feel free to raid your stash (or local quilt shop!) for any kid friendly prints that you would like to donate. We need ¾ yd for the body and 1/3 yd for the cuff of the pillowcase. We also provide the chocolate. It's not a party unless you have chocolate. Please RSVP at the library by April 10 if you will be able to attend. We hope to see you there. 

**Make your pillowcases using the "hot dog" method and French seams, or a serger. No unfinished seams please.
Magic: The Gathering Tournament
Saturday, April 14 from 1-4pm

Come to a free casual Magic: The Gathering card tournament! Bring your own deck, legacy format.  (No more than four of one type of card in a deck, other than basic land.) All ages welcome. Booster pack prizes!
Saugerties Author Event
Saturday, April 14 at 1pm

Listen to some local authors read from their works.   Authors reading will include:

Alessandra Farkas 
Sue Willig
Peter Kearney
Thomm Quackenbush
Emily Ree
Robert Aiello
Tai Chi
Third Tuesday of every month 
at 3pm starting April 17

Ulster County Office of the Aging is offering a free advanced drop-in class  Benefits Include: 
  • Increase strength 
  • Improve balance and posture
  • Help prevent falls
  • Strengthen mind, body and spirit
  • Reduce stress and support relaxation 

These drop-in Tai Chi classes are intended for seniors who have already attended the 8-week intro class to continue their practice.

Please call OFA for more information: 845-340-3456
Get Started Kayaking
Wednesday, April 18 at 6pm

Always wanted to try kayaking but don't know how to get started?

Kayaking is the fastest growing outdoor activity. Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) trip leader Don Urmston will tell you how to get started, what gear you'll need, where to go paddling, where to meet other paddlers and where to get instruction on your technique. See and feel the difference in kayaks, paddles and other equipment with our hands-on presentation. Special attention is given to kayak safety and choosing your first kayak. Whether you just want to paddle occasionally or you want to become an expert sea kayaker, this program will get you started.

This FREE program is presented by: ADK Mid-Hudson Chapter.

Held in the library's community room.

Read to Zoey
Saturday, April 21
from  10:30am-12pm

Read books to Zoey, a certified reading therapy dog.
Drop-ins welcome!

Eleanor Roosevelt: Triumphs and Tragedies
Saturday, April 21 at 2:30pm

Many remember Eleanor Roosevelt's distinguished career in two parts: First Lady of the United States and "First Lady of the World." Her work at the United Nations and the social and political contributions she made are clearly documented. This talk details some of the behind the scenes forces that shaped Mrs. Roosevelt into our longest serving and most actively involved First Lady.

Presented by Jeffrey Urbin, Education Specialist at the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.  

Junior Magic: The Gathering Draft
Saturday, April 28 at 10:30am

Ages 15 and under. Come knowing how to play. Build your own deck with the newest set, Dominaria. Bring your own lands. Registration mandatory. Draft is $5.
Guided Autobiography:
Examing Life
Mondays at 1pm starting April 30 (4 weeks)
An autobiography is the story of a life told by the person who has lived it. Your autobiography is the story of your life-its details, events, and experiences. Using themes, poetry, music, and questions that evoke memories, we will explore and examine how events and experiences in our lives affected us. We will write in the workshop and at home, read aloud, and discuss our life stories in a supportive atmosphere. 
NOTE: This is not a workshop about the technique of writing, and will involve sharing your stories. Please do not sign up if you cannot make the first session.

Space is limited. Please sign up at the main circulation desk or call the library at 246-4317.
Blanket Donations

The library recently donated numerous blankets to Military Veterans as well as the Family of Woodstock domestic violence shelter. 

The blankets were crocheted and knitted by patrons, staff, and Friends of the library through donated yarn. 

If you are cleaning out your yarn supplies, feel free to donate skeins of acrylic yarn to the library. We will make sure to turn them into warm blankets.

Thank you to everyone who participated in creating this year's blankets and to everyone who has provided yarn!

Saugerties Oral History Project on StoryCorps Website 

The Stories of Saugerties Oral History Project is a collection of oral history interviews with people who have lived or worked in Saugerties. The interviews began in the summer of 2017, organized by oral historian Lisa Polay. The first round of interviews is now on the StoryCorps website and part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. These interviews were collected by community volunteers.
Links to the interviews are also available on the library's website.
These stories offer insight into growing up and living in Saugerties from the perspective of ordinary and extraordinary people.
We will offer another training for community members to learn to conduct and record interviews in the spring.
Listen to an interview with Saugerties farmer Ken Snyder, 10/16/1951-12/29/2017.

Gaming Tuesday
Tuesdays at 3pm

Play board games, card games, video games, and more! Grades 7-12

Tuesdays at 4pm

Come test your vocabulary against your friends and family! All are welcome!

Group meets upstairs and to the right.
Step Class
Thursdays at 3:30pm
Fitness Hour
Mondays at 4:30pm
Thursdays at 4pm




Fitness Hour is an aerobic warm-up followed by a combination of band and body work. There will be an emphasis on core strengthening, working both back & abs. It will end with a relaxing stretch.

Classes are instructed by Connie Scuitto. Connie is an RN and certified Reiki Master. Since 1995 she has been certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Cardio-strength instructor and has worked in the fitness industry for 40 years.
Save the Date

May 8 Alzheimer's Association presents Healthy Living for your Brain and Body

May 23 Alzheimer's Association presents Understanding  and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

May 19 Defensive Driving 

May 26 Library Fair
Kindle Paperwhites

Patrons who are 18 or older who live in Saugerties with $5 or fewer in fines can check out a Kindle Paperwhite for two weeks with one renewal. Just see a staff member at the Information Desk and sign your eReader Loan Agreement.
Some of the newly added titles include: 

The Other Mother by Carol Goodman
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The Broken Girls by St. James
Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeney
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Click Here to see the full list of titles preloaded to the Kindles! 

Do you have a Saugerties Public Library card and haven't checked out Universal Class yet? 


All you have to do is log in with your library card and create a free account. You will have access to hundreds of online classes for FREE. 

Earn Continuing Education Credit for free! 

Saugerties cardholders have access to concerts provided free to the residents of Ulster County through the support of the Ulster County Government! Click  here  to create a free account and you are ready to watch!

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Museum Pass Program

The SPL is  proud  to offer a new museum pass program that provides free admission to museums in the region.  SPL card holders can visit these participating institutions using museum passes borrowed from the Library: Mid-Hudson Children's Museum (Poughkeepsie), Museum of Firefighting (Hudson), FDR Presidential Library and Museum (Hyde Park), Mohonk Preserve (New Paltz), and the Olana (Hudson).  The Friends of the SPL generously provided funding for the museum pass program.