June 1, 2018
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Teen Tech Tutors
Saturdays, June 2 and 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.
Friends of Historic Saugerties 
Saturday, June 2 at 2pm

The Livingstons at Clermont: A Love Affair with the Land

The Livingston family at their home in Clermont, just across the Hudson from Saugerties,  provide the thread that weaves the intricate history of the Hudson Valley. Behind the door of every stately home, up and down the river, the presence of the Livingstons is ubiquitous. Unlike most of these powerful families of the valley, the Livingstons built a dynasty that has lasted over 300 years.

The focus of the family was always the houses and land they possessed. The Livingston story is really the story of a love affair between a family and the land they loved.   This talk will focus on the relationship between landscape, history and a family's story. Together these aspects of long narrative formed a national as well as regional legacy.   

The Rev Richard McKeon has been Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck since August of 2010. A graduate of Middlebury College, he completed his seminary education at the Yale Divinity School.  He currently serves as president of the board of the Friends of Clermont, is a trustee of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and is passionate about the preservation of the beauty of the Hudson Valley.   

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

Kids Day with the Saugerties Society of Little Gardens
Monday, June 4 at 4pm
Come dig in the dirt! Plants seeds and plants in the new children's garden bed and listen to a book about growing a garden.
Gaming Tuesday
Tuesdays at 3pm
Play board games, card games, video games, and more! Grades 7-12
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.
Sawyer STEM Tinker Techs

Wednesdays through June 13 at 4pm
Free program led by high school students.
Drop-ins welcome!

Healthy Lifestyle
Thursday, June 7 at 1pm 
Breast Cancer
How to Lower your risk
How to make evidence based decisions

Learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes to lower the risk of breast cancer and it's recurrence. Learn how to evaluate information and use it to make decisions.
Hope Nemiroff  is Executive Director and founder of Breast Cancer Options, a non-profit organization providing breast cancer support, advocacy and education in the Hudson Valley. She is a 23 year survivor of breast cancer. She created the following FREE programs: Peer-led support programs in 5 counties; Camp Lightheart for children who have a mother with breast cancer or have lost their mother to the disease; Retreat for women with Metastatic breast cancer; Healthy Lifestyles Calendar; BCO E-News- Sign up on our website; Resource page for information;Healthy Lifestyles programs and conference. (see website for all programs)

Read to Zoey
Saturday, June 9 and 16
from  10:30am-12pm

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

Magic: The Gathering Tournament
Saturday, June 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!
Friday, June 15 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. 

Please RSVP at the library by March 12 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.

Tai Chi for Arthritis
Wednesday and Friday at 4:15pm 
Beginning June 20
Ulster County Office of the Aging is sponsoring this free 8-week class 
Benefits Include: 
  • Increase strength 
  • Improve balance and posture
  • Help prevent falls
  • Strengthen mind, body and spirit
  • Reduce stress and support relaxation 

We ask that you are willing to make the commitment  to be at this class twice a week for all eight weeks. This is a program that builds on each class.

Please call OFA for more information: 845-340-3456 or call the library to sign up 845-246-4317.
Intermediate Tai Chi
Third Tuesday of every month at 3pm

Ulster County Office of the Aging is sponsoring a free intermediate 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

The Sound Explorers- Summer Reading Kick-off!
Wednesday, June 27 at 7pm
Explore the science of sound and play some crazy instruments. All ages
Visit Area Museums...Free!
The SPL is  proud  to offer a 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), Olana (Hudson), Hancock Shaker Village (Hancock, MA), and coming this summer Opus 40, Storm King, and Albany Museum of Art and History.  The Friends of the SPL generously provide funding for the museum pass program.
Puzzle Swap
The library will have jigsaw puzzles upstairs in the alcove by the elevator that patrons may swap! 

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.
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!

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!

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.