January 1, 2018
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In Memory and Gratitude 
Maria Cabigas, 12/20/1951-12/28/2017 
Library Board of Trustees
Maria Cabigas, Library Trustee and longtime SPL patron will be missed by all of the staff and board at the library. Maria was elected to the library's board of trustees in September 2016. She immediately brought her knowledge and wisdom as an educator to the tasks of setting policy for the library and finding new ways to serve our patrons. She was a library patron of many years, participating in programs and regularly bringing her children to events. She was actively engaged in working to outreach to Spanish speakers in the community, searching for innovative ways to bring library services to under-served populations in the community.
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.

Health Lifestyle
Thursday, January 4 at 1pm 
The Importance of an Exercise Program
Quentin Kromirs, Certified Personal Trainer, will discuss the importance of a healthy lifestyle and why it is beneficial for people, especially seniors, to exercise regularly. Quentin will demonstrate some basic exercises and answer your questions.

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, January 6 at 2pm
Lost Industries of Ulster County:  Brick Making and Ice Harvesting

For over a century, Ulster County was home to industries that were a vital part of the Ulster landscape.  Two of these were brick making and ice harvesting.  Both were essential not only to the prosperity of its populace, but also , ultimately, to the nation. But, no more!  The relics of the area's industrial history lie silent and, in many cases, forgotten.  Learn about these industries, the people involved with them, and what is left of the once thriving landscape.  

Marilou Abramshe  loves local history and has been involved in researching various aspects of it for over 30 years.  Since moving to Ulster County, she has presented at several local historical associations, led classes on Ulster County history for the Lifetime Learning Institute at SUNY New Paltz, and helped to develop educational materials for the Ulster County Clerks office. 

All Friends of Historic Saugerties are open to anyone who is interested in history!  If anyone has bricks from specific local yards or small ice harvesting artifacts, feel welcome to bring them to display on the information table.    Bring your stories and remembrances of relatives who worked in these industries too!

Read to Stella
Saturday, Janury 6 
from  1-2pm

Come read to Stella, a certified therapy dog. Walk-ins welcome.
Teen Tech Tutors
Saturdays, January 6 and January 20  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.
Charity Knit-a-thon Part 2
Tuesday, January 9 from 1-3pm

Missed it the first time or want to help finish the project?

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. 

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.

Birds of Prey
Saturday, January 13 at 11am

Brian Robinson shows off his fierce winged creatures.

Magic: The Gathering Tournament
Saturday, January 13 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!
Artist Reception- Grey Ivor Morris
Saturday, January 13 at 2pm

The Saugerties Public Library is presenting Grey Ivor Morris "Artists & Writers: Portraits in Pencil" from 
January 2 through February 28. Faces as diverse as Bob Dylan, Jean-Michel Basquiat, William Burroughs and James Baldwin will be represented in this show.
Grey is a member of the Saugerties Artist Studio Tour and has been active as an artist (and curator) in the Hudson Valley art scene for the past 14 years, showing at venues in Saugerties, Woodstock, Kingston and Catskill. His street art has been featured for the past few summers in the village of  Saugerties. He works in mosaics, acrylics, photography and his medium of choice for portraits-colored pencil.

While he has always pursued fine art, his commercial Web/print design career has spanned decades. Clients include: American Express, Chase, ClearChannel Entertainment, Fortune, Smart Money, Showtime, People MagĀ­azine, CBS, Disney, Lowes, Home Depot, DKNY, as well as local organizations Ulster Publishing, Aaron Rezny Photography, Catskill Interpretive Center, Business Alliance of Kingston, GoodLife Youth Journal, MountainView Studio and The Solar Energy Consortium,

Grey is the subject of a short film by Stephen Blauweiss that was shown on the local PBS station WMHT and can be viewed at:  http://video.wmht.org/video/3000995887/

His Website -  www.greyivor.com - contains his most recent work as well as links to his Instagram and Facebook pages.

Narcan Training
Tuesday, January 16  at  8:45am

Free Workshop, Pre-registration required.
Naloxone has been fundamental in the efforts to decrease rates of fatal overdoses.
This training teaches first-responders, likely opioid
overdose witnesses and community members to understand, recognize, respond to and reverse opioid overdoses using a naloxone rescue kit. Participants will receive a free naloxone rescue kit after completing the training. This training is modeled after the evidence-based SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit.

The objectives of this workshop are:
  • to increase understanding and awareness of fatal overdoses related to opioids and their impact within the community
  • to identifyrisk factors for an overdose
  • to be able to recognize an overdose
  • to be able to identify the five essential steps for first responders as outlined in the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit in the event of an overdose
  • to be able to correctly use naloxone to save lives
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded states grants as part of the State Targeted Response (STR) to the opioid epidemic. One of New York State's initiatives as part of the grant focuses on addressing opioid overdoserelated fatalities in counties showing very high rates of overdosedeaths and emergency department visits related to opioid usedisorder. Please call the library before  to pre-register for this training.
Thursday, January 18  at 6pm

Animal Communicator, Author and Reiki Master, Cindy Brody, is the originator of CinergE, an energetic healing modality that can be applied to all living beings. Cindy has been working with CingergE for over 30 years and currently lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York. She travels all over the country teaching and building blocks of CinergE: Animal Communication, Reiki, Energy Balancing, Intuition and Muscle Testing. At the age of nine, Cindy discovered she had energy in her hands and learned to tame the wild barn kittens at her grandparent's farm. Cindy's work saves lives and helps people understand their beloved four legged friends. 

Read to Zoey
Saturday, January 27 
from  10:30am-12pm

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

Defensive Driving
Saturday, January 27 at 10am

$22.00 per person.

This class is through the Empire Safety Council and is New York State Department of Motorvehicles approved.

Register for the class at the main circulation desk. You must make payment when registering.

Make checks payable to the instructor: Michelle Paolicelli

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.
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! 

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.