December 1, 2017
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Friends of Historic Saugerties 
Saturday, December 2 at 2pm
Ulster County's Forgotten Civil War hero: George Henry Sharpe

Kingstonian George Sharpe wore many hats during his lifetime, from Colonel of Ulster County's 120th Infantry to founder of our modern military intell igence system, from America's first CIA agent and a Civil War spy to the US Marshall that tackled the Boss Tweed Ring.   

Known for his lively and fast-paced presentations, Paul T. O'Neill, Ulster Co. Commissioner of Jurors and a history enthusiast will share his research on Sharpe in an illustrated presentation that will surely provide new and interesting insights on this fascinating local hero.

All Friends of Historic Saugerties are open to anyone who is interested in history!

Teen Tech Tutors
Saturdays, December 2 and December 16  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.
Festival of Trees!  
Sunday, December 3 from 12-4pm 
Craft for kids!
Check out all the trees decorated by families and organizations. Cast a ballot for your favorite tree!

                         All are welcome!
Health Lifestyle
Thursday, December 7 from 1pm 


Do you find yourself wanting to eat better, but having a hard time figuring out how to fit it into your busy schedule? This is an opportunity be part of a discussion on how to make healthy eating a priority and still have resources for all that life brings.

Join Jennifer McKinley, Certified Holistic Health Coach, to gain insight into the practice of preparing for one's health. Jennifer will provide tips and ideas on the benefits of taking time to plan for nourishment each day - benefits that can help build a solid foundation for a full and healthy life.
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.

Charity Knit-a-thon
Friday, December 8 from 1-3pm

Bring your knitting and crocheting skills to the library for a good cause!

Stop by the library and knit or crochet a 7'x9' rectangle that will be pieced together to create an afghan. Bring your favorite needles, the library will be happy to provide yarn to all participants!

Can't make it to our knit-a-thon but still want to give? Drop off your rectangles to the library any time! We will gladly add them.

Our creations will benefit a local charity.

Van Gogh's Starry Night
Saturday, December 9 at 10:30am

"Van Gogh's Starry Night:  From Spiritualized Nature to Higher Abstraction"

Professor Robert Baldwin, Art History Dept., Connecticut College

Inspired by Gauguin's artistic group in Brittany, van Gogh traveled to the south of France to revitalize his art by returning to his early subject matter - pre-modern landscapes and peasants - now painted with a Post-Impressionist abstraction grounded in the artist's private imagination. This talk examines Starry Night in the broad picture of larger artistic trends since Romanticism (1790-1850) and the rise of Symbolism as an artistic movement departing from naturalism in favor of personal vision. With its peaceful village, starry skies, and visionary abstraction, Starry Night moved from traditional community to Romantic celestial community to a distinctly modern community of kindred spirits born from shared artistic experience. Like the inscription chiseled on the façade of two slightly later art museums, Starry Night goes beyond sublime nature in proclaiming: "Art still has truth, Take refuge there."

Read to Zoey
Saturdays, December 9 and 23 from

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

Magic: The Gathering Tournament
Saturday, December 9 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!
Community Toy Exchange
Thursday, December 14 from 5:30-7:30pm

Saugerties Cub Scout Pack 37 is hosting a Toy Exchange. 

Pack 37 is asking patrons to exchange gently used toys with others in the community. Simply bring your toys to the event and exchange them for new (to you) toys!

There is a suggested donation of $3 for anyone bringing in toys to exchange and a $5 suggested donation for anyone just coming to shop. 

There will be baked goods for purchase as well as good company!

Any toys left over at the end of the exchange will be donated to families in need. 
Read to Stella
Saturdays, December 16 from  1-2pm

Come read to Stella, a certified therapy dog. Walk-ins welcome.

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
Tuesdays 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.
Holiday Schedule   

Monday, December 25 CLOSED
Tuesday, December 26 CLOSED
Monday, January 1 CLOSED

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

Shopping for the holidays?

Check out Consumer Reports online for free by clicking  here . All you need is your library card!

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!

Due Date Reminders

Sign up with Library Elf to receive text and/or email reminders before your library it ems are due to be returned! Click  here  to get started!

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), the U.S.S. Slater (Albany), and the Olana (Hudson).  The Friends of the SPL generously provided funding for the museum pass program.