September 1, 2017

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Teen Tech Tutors
Saturday, September 2 and September 16 from 10am-12pm

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.

Read to Stella
Saturday, September 2                   from 1-2pm

Read to Stella, a certified reading therapy dog. 
Drop-ins welcome. 
The library will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day!

Library Budget Vote 
& Trustee Election
Thursday, September 7 from 10a m - 8pm

All residents registered to vote in the Town of Saugerties are welcome to vote. Absentee ballots are currently available.

Copies of the proposed budget are currently available by clicking here or may be picked up anytime when the library is open.

Read to Zoey
Saturdays, September 9 and September 23 from 10:30am-12pm

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

Magic: the Gatheri ng
Saturday, September 9 at 1pm

Come to a free casual Magic: The Gathering card tournament!

Bring your own deck, legacy format. 
(No more than four of each type of card in a deck, other than basic land.)

All ages welcome. Booster pack prizes!

Friends of Historic Saugerties
Saturday, September 9 at 2pm

"One Immigrant's Dream: A Funicular Railroad in Mt. Marion"

In the 1940's, Alba LaFiandra's parents bought an old hunting lodge perched on the ridge overlooking the Esopus Creek as a summer residence.  Swimming in the creek and hiking to Glenerie Falls via a "goat's path" were the highlights of everybody's summer.   
Ten years later, when Alba's mother broke an ankle, her engineer father, Philip LaFiandra, an immigrant from Italy, decided to build a funicular/railroad so his wife could still spend her summer days by the creek.   Many local tradesmen from Saugerties, Mt. Marion and Glasco were instrumental in making this dream a reality.  In the fifties and sixties, and even into the seventies, before the trees grew too dense, locals driving along 9W next to the Esopus Creek have marveled at what looked like stairs going up the mountain.  This is the story of how they got there.

Alba LaFiandra spent many summers and most weekend s of her l ife in Mt. Marion until recently when she retired from the world of academia and molecular biology.   Her collection of vintage postcards of the area has grown considerably and she continues to delve into the less-known corners of the area's history.  With time to enlarge her collection of historical ephemera and dig up old papers and blueprints, she will present the story of the cable-car railroad that her father built in the fifties.

Mom'ME' Time
Thursdays, September 14 and 
September 28 from 10-11am

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

Healthy Lifestyle
T hursday, September 14 at 1pm
"Prebiotics and Probiotics Explained"

Good bugs, bad bugs, the foods they love, and the garden that is your gut.  This talk will go through the various types of probiotics and prebiotic foods.  It will also talk about how to choose a probiotic. In addition we will go through  some common misconceptions and dangers that some probiotics and prebiotics pose.
Guest speaker:  Josh Boughton of Village Apothecary in Woodstock.
The Healthy Lifestyle Group is dedicated to exploring topics on all aspects of living well. Each month's meeting will feature a speaker who can share their knowledge with us giving us a better understanding of their specific topic. 

Following the presentation portion of the meeting, a special support group will meet to discuss weight loss and management.
To register and for more information please contact: Susan Kahl.

Artist Reception for Kay Kenny
Saturday, September 16 from 2-4pm

Kay Kenny has been a photography teacher for over twenty years at New York University and the International Center for Photography in New York City. She has won numerous awards for her works and her work has been exhibited nationally and i nternationally and included in many books. She maintains studios in South Orange, NJ. and Saugerties, NY. Her work will be on display in the library from September through October.

Kay Kenny received her BFA from Syracuse University, MA from Rutgers University, and MFA from Syracuse University (all in Visual Arts). Painter, photographer. She writes art criticism and articles on the visual arts for arts magazines.

She won a 2016 NJSCA Individual Artist Award, 2015 Arthur Grifin Legacy Award, Griffin Museum of Photography, 2009 Honorable Mention in FineArts Photography Lucie Awards. NJSCA fellowship awards 1985,1987,1993. Numerous one-person shows, most recently in Hudson NY, Medellin, Columbia, Taipei,Taiwan, Lubbock, Texas and New York City.

Curated several exhibits, including ''Memory & Loss", a five-person photo-based exhibit at the Mary Anthony Gallery in New York City. Her work is in several notable corporate, museum and private collections.

Recent publications about her work include Digital Photography Assignments, Focal Press, 2015 by Steve Anchell, Exploring Color Photography, Focal Press 2011 by Robert Hirsch,Photography's Antiquarian Avant-Garde, by Lyle Rexer, Abrams Publishing, Light & Lens,Photography in the Digital Age, & Photographic Possibilities by Robert Hirsch, Focal Press as well as several other photography books. Photo Insider Magazine featured an interview with her about her work in their June issue 2001.

She co-curated the exhibit "Manifestations: Photographs of Men", at the Southeast Museum of photography in 2004.

Tai Chi for Arthritis
Wednesday and Friday at 4:15pm 
8-week class beginning September 20

What is Tai Chi for Arthritis? This program utilizes Tai Chi's Sun style for its ability to improve relaxation, balance and its ease of use for older adults. The movements are taught to both left and right sides and with turns to move forward and backward to improve mobility and offer a variety of combinations.  

E ach session includes the following: 
  • Warm-up and cool-down exercises 
  • One or two movements per lesson, progressively leading to completing the six basic core movements and six advanced extension movements 
  • Breathing techniques 
  • Tai Chi principles including those relating to improving physical and mental balance Movements are performed at a higher stance to make it easier for older participants and those with arthritis. Movements can be modified to accommodate mobility issues for any participant and can be done seated as a starting exercise. 


Tai Chi for Arthritis has been shown to: 

  • Improve balance 
  • Increase muscular strength 
  • Improve mobility 
  • Increase flexibility
  • Decrease pain 
  • Prevent falls
Target Audience 
The target audience is adults with or without arthritis, rheumatic diseases or related musculoskeletal conditions. The program is appropriate for people with mild, moderate and severe joint involvement and back pain. It is also appropriate for adults without arthritis who have a higher risk of falling.

Space is limited. Register at the main circulation desk or call 246-4317
Defensive Driving
Saturday, September 23 from 10am-4pm

$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
Sponsored by Liberty Mutual.

Human Trafficking
Saturday, September 30 from 2pm

Ulster County Safe Harbour Program Presents:
An Overview of Youth Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

Topics include:
Safe Harbour Law
High risk populations
Associated red flags
Engaging youth in conversation

What would you do if you encountered a youth you believe may be trafficked or exploited?

Teen Club
Wednesdays from 3pm

Grades 7 and up.

Join fellow teens after school for activities about popular books and movies, writing groups, DIY projects and whatever else you decide we should do..

T uesdays at 10am 

This is a beginner yoga class with emphasis on gentle, relaxing, restorative techniques.

Wear comfortable clothes.

All are welcome.

Taught by community member Daniel Guzman. Guzman has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years.

Arm-of-the-Sea Theater presents
City That Drinks the Mountain Sky- Part 2
Friday, October 6 at 7pm
Rain date: Friday, October 13

Through a shimmering tapestry of poetry, puppetry and evocative music CITY tells the story of New York City's ingenious system of aqueducts and reservoirs that provides water from the Catskill Mountains to nine million downstate residents. 

This new sequel to the original 1999 production brings alive the lyrical landscape of the Catskills and traces life's quintessential liquid from mountain top to city tap. 

Arm-of-the-Sea is based in Saugerties and is celebrating their 35th season of hand-made, hope-filled theater.

Little Free Libraries

Friends of the Saugerties Public Library president Elaine White and library board trustee Beth Murphy fill a Little Free Library with books!  The goal of the Little Free Libraries is to promote literacy and the love of reading by creating free book exchanges and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations. 
The Saugerties Little Free Libraries are located:

1.     Hickory Ridge Apartments - 13 Village Drive
2.    Glasco Firehouse/Little League Field - 138 Glasco
3.     Mt. Marion Park - Park Circle
4.    Sunset Woods Mobile Home Park - Timberwall Rd
5.    Pine Grove School Road Subdivision
6.    Saugerties Post Office
7.    Cantine Field Ice Arena
8.    The Birches - 100 The Birches, off 9W
9.    Glasco Riverside Park - Glasco
10.   Emmanuel Church - Partition Street
11.   Price Chopper - Saugerties
12.   Cantine Field - Large Pavillion

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!

Free Classes
Ready to learn something new? Need continuing education credits?  Universal Class offers over 500 online courses. These courses normally cost $75 each, but Universal Class is FREE to anyone with a Saugerties Public Library card.
Click here to try Universal Class! 
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), the Olana (Hudson), and the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum (New York City).  The Friends of the SPL generously provided funding for the museum pass program.
Due Date Reminders

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Online Magazines!
With your library card you can read your favorite magazines on your i-pad, computer, smartphone or other device for FREE. To get started with Zinio for Libraries click here and then click "Create a New Account" in the upper right corner.

Shopping for a new appliance, car, or another big-ticket item? Consumer Reports is also available FREE to our library users! Click here to access it.