February 1, 2018
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Healthy Lifestyle
Thursday, February 1 at 1pm 
Getting to the Heart of the Matter
This program will present and discuss those factors that help us better understand how our heart works. For example, we will look at the electrical forces within the heart, the mechanical components of the heart and how do they work together to make our heart healthy and strong.  Secondly, we will discuss the most important things that each individual can do to support a healthy heart. There will be time for questions and answers.

Margaret L.  Gagnon RN, MS, CNS - Marge has an Associate's Degree in nursing from SUNY Ulster, a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mount St. Mary College and a Master of Science Degree in nursing from Pace University.  Her experiences include 40+ years as an RN working within hospital systems and the community.  She was the nurse manager of the Intensive Care Unit at Kingston Hospital for 12+ years and worked for 10+ years as the RN manager of the Ulster Senior Caravan.  As the Executive Director of The Rose Women's Care Service, her current works include participation on the Healthy Ulster County Council, The Wawarsing Council of Agencies, Mano a Mano, and the Maternal Infant Services Collaborative.  Her educator roles with the senior population include The Nurse Is In, CPR and First Aid instructor, as well as Advanced Directives and Chronic Disease Management Program facilitation.

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.

Friends of Historic Saugerties 
Saturday, February 3 at 2pm
Unearthing our Past: The Archaeology of Kingston, NY

As far back as 12,000 years ago and lasting until contact with the Dutch in 1609, Native American tribes thrived here in Ulster County.  Thanks to ongoing archeological digs, we are still learning about their lives.  Joseph E. Diamond, Associate Professor of Anthropology at SUNY New Paltz is currently working on a project to synthesize the archaeological data that has been accumulated within the City of Kingston since the early 20th century. The talk will provide an overview of the sites that have been investigated as well as a more in-depth discussion of specific sites that he feels are the most significant.   He will also discuss unearthed Colonial-era Dutch and English materials as well as later industrial materials from the 19th century.  

Joseph  Diamond holds a Masters degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from SUNY Albany and has taught at SUNY New Paltz since 1990.   He has an extraordinary background as a teacher, field researcher, and writer whose specialities include historic and prehistoric archaeology, prehistoric ceramic analysis, and, historic glass and ceramic analysis.  His articles have appeared in numerous journals and publications including a recent piece on the Late Prehistoric Period in New York State published by the New York State Museum. 

Left to right Dr. Leonard Eisenberg (SUNY New Paltz), Alvin Wanzer, Frank Parslow and Art Carver.

Read to Stella
Saturday, February 3 
from  1-2pm

Come read to Stella, a certified therapy dog. Walk-ins welcome.
Teen Tech Tutors
Saturdays, February 3 and 17
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.
Book Club Grades 9-12  

Monday, February 5 at 6:30pm

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King 

Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she's sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they'll know what to do with it. Maybe it'll make them happy. Maybe they'll need it. Her mother doesn't want it, her father's always stoned, her perfect sister's too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee. There's no one Astrid feels she can talk to about this deep secret or the profound questions that she's trying to answer. But little does she know just how much sending her love--and asking the right questions--will affect the passengers' lives, and her own, for the better. 
Read to Zoey
Saturday, February 10 and 24
from  10:30am-12pm

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

Magic: The Gathering Tournament
Saturday, February 10 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!
Library Board Meeting

The monthly library board meeting has been moved to 
Tuesday, February 20th at 6pm. 

Public comment is welcome at 6pm.

Book Club Grades 5-8

Monday, February 12 at 6:30pm

Masterminds by Gordon Korman 

A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment.

Chinese Brush Painting
Friday, February 16 at 10:30am

Chinese Brush Painting is a simplistic and meditative way to paint.  Using the "Four Treasures": the brush, the ink, the ink stone, and the paper, one can learn the painting techniques to create the "Four Gentlemen": the bamboo, the orchid, the plum and the chrysanthemum.  Each "Gentleman" introduces a new stroke or idea and reinforces techniques already learned.  Come and watch a demonstration and try your hand at it.

Instructor Linda Schultz is a retired art educator.  She holds an MS in art education from the State University of New York and a Certificate of Completion from the Art Farm Gallery for Studies in Chinese Brush painting studying with Professor I-Hsiung Ju. Additionally, she has studied with Leigh Wen in Albany, NY and with master painters at the Art Institute in Jang Yin, China.

Class size is limited. Please sign up at the main circulation desk or call 246-4317.

Junior Magic: The Gathering Draft
Monday, February 19 at 10am
Ages 15 and under. Come knowing how to play. Build your own deck with the newest set, Rivals of Ixalan. Bring your own lands. Registration mandatory. Draft is free.
Apply for solo show in library gallery
We are now scheduling exhibits for the library gallery for the end of 2018 and all of 2019. Please fill out an application from the library's website to be considered, and pass the word along to any artists that you know!
Art Discussion Group
Tuesday, February 20 at 10:30am
Do You Love Art?

Join this new group. They will meet on the third Tuesday of every month in the upstairs study room  .

Saugerties Oral History Project Launches 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 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: 

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The Power by Naomi Alderman
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

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