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First, we’d like to welcome all of our newly registered Town of Ulster library patrons! We have had nearly 100 new library card sign-ups in recent months. Seeing new registrations come in while creating new ways to safely serve our community is a bright spot in these crazy times.

While the building is closed to the public we are taking the opportunity to make improvements; upgrading the computer operating system; deep cleaning the building; performing some overdue landscaping and making other needed repairs and improvements to the safety and appearance of the building. 

Currently, the library is continuing with telephone reference, online or telephone materials ordering and curbside materials pick up, a wide variety of online programming, databases, streaming, and other safely deliverable services. These services are all established as part of LEVEL B of a Phased Plan for Reopening, which can be found on the library’s website. 

At the October Meeting the Library Board of Trustees will vote to move to the next level of service. While the start date and other specifics of LEVEL C are yet to be solidified, some hallmarks of the level include:

  • A hybrid service model - meaning both curbside and in library materials pick up. 

  • Offering both morning, evening and weekend hours. 

  • In library computer access.

  • Online programming will continue.

  • Limited in library browsing at a 25% capacity. 

  • Adjustments to the library interior and enhanced cleaning protocols will be in place, and additional safety equipment (such as plexiglass barriers, physical distancing markers.

Once the board has voted and we are sure we can reopen safely, we will inform the community via the website, social media, newsletter, and signage. We ask for your continued patience as we prepare - and we also want you to know that we will watch carefully the number of cases in the area, follow guidance form the county, state and federal government, and use common sense and caution every step of the way to keep our staff and community as safe as possible. We will not hesitate to temporarily close or scale back a service level if circumstances warrant. 

As per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order, masks/face coverings are required to be worn on library property and while inside the library; patrons or visitors not wearing a face covering will not be permitted to enter and should not interact with staff. 

Given the current situation, we are not accepting book donations until further notice. Please consider that most organizations may also have temporarily stopped receiving items for donation.

Take good care and as always, let us know how we might help -
Tracy Priest

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Virtual Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 27th | 4:00 PM

Concerns, questions or suggestions? We encourage all Town of Ulster residents to attend a Library Board meeting. The board meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 4 PM. Dates are posted on the website calendar.

Please join us on Zoom for an online meeting using the information below:
Meeting ID: 914 8835 0697

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Virtual Programs

Immune Boosting Foods (Online Workshop)

Thursday, November 5th | 6:00 PM

Join Holly Shelowitz in a 90-minute nutrition workshop on immune boosting foods! Holly will be making Lentil Soup with a Twist. Spots are limited and registration is required for this program.

Email Kerry at to register.

D&D Play

Wednesdays, 2PM-4PM

You’ve got an invite to play Dungeons and Dragons with your library! All you need to do is join our Wednesday meetings on Zoom and make an account on, a free site for virtual tabletop gaming.  Journey to the peaks of your imagination… and back again. Ages 14 and up welcome.

Medicare 101 Webinars

Are you currently enrolled in Medicare? Will you be turning 65 over the next year or two? Learn about eligibility, how and when to enroll, when you can make changes, and the insurance options available to you. This program will simplify the choices you need to make, help you make more well-informed decisions and explain what Medicare means for you!

Learn about:
• Original Medicare
• Medicare Supplement Plans
• Prescription Drug Plans
• Medicare Advantage Plans
• (HMOs and PPOs)

Advanced registration is required. Please pick from one of the following dates:

  • Saturday, November 14th at 10AM-12PM – Register here
  • Wednesday, December 2nd at 6PM-8PM – Register here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This program is sponsored by the Ulster County Library Association. Presenter: James Farnham, MS, MBA, Licensed Agent

Fall Virtual Musical Storytimes

Baby & Me Musical Storytime – 10:00 AM -10:30AM
This musical storytime is for children ages 0-3 years and their caregivers. This program will introduce a love for books using songs, movement, rhythm, and rhyme. A hands-on craft will be shared at each program.

Preschool Musical Storytime – 11:00 AM -11:30AM
This program is for children ages 3-5 years and their caregivers. During this storytime, there will be stories as well as non-fiction books. Music is an integral part of this program.  A hands-on craft will be shared at each storytime.

Please email Ms. Kelley for a link on Zoom no later than Friday for the storytime on Monday:

After School Program (Online)

Mondays at 4:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom

After School Program at the Town of Ulster Public Library encourages learning through music, play, crafts and games. Each week is a different activity. Ages 5 to 12 welcome. Check for an updated list of activities for each week.

Email for a link on Zoom and to register for programs.
11/2 - Let's draw animals!
11/9 - Make cards to brighten someone's day for Kindness Day on November 13th! Pick up a kit at the library.
11/16 - Charades on Zoom!
11/23 - Build with Legos or building blocks
11/30 - STEM activity

Introducing Tutor Tuesday! If you or a student you know needs help with Social Studies or English homework send your questions in an e-mail at anytime to Josh at
When articulating your questions, please try to be as specific as possible and refrain from sending any links or files. Once you have asked your question, a grade 7-12 certified Social Studies teacher will respond to your queries via e-mail. These responses will take place every Tuesday from 12-2 PM until the library is re-opened.

Do you need help navigating Overdrive, Libby, or another website? We can help! Email Josh at for answers to basic tech questions. Responses will be given a Zoom meeting call on Thursdays between 12PM-1PM.
New Items
Missing our ukulele program and your new found friends? Here's an option: join the Catskills Ukulele Group on Zoom for weekly jams every Saturday from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM. The session will be available to join 15 minutes before the event starts. Tip: bookmark the session link for easy access in the future!

For more information, please email Lynda and/or join the Catskills Ukulele Google Group.


Book Donations Policy

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Town of Ulster Library is not accepting book donations at this time.Thank you for thinking of us and we appreciate all your continued support!

General Election Deadlines

Absentee Ballots
October 27: Last day to postmark an application for an absentee ballot
November 2: Last day to apply in-person for an absentee ballot
November 3: Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by November 10.
November 3: Last day to deliver ballot in-person to local Board of Elections


Financial and Food Assistance Information

A Guide to COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Relief

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP provides monthly benefits to spend at local grocery stores. You can apply for and use SNAP while keeping a safe distance from other people. Please see flyer for more information.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
PUA has extended eligibility for individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits (e.g., self-employed workers, independent contractors). Please note, you cannot apply for PUA, until you have been determined ineligible for UI benefits. You must apply for UI before you apply for PUA. Click here for more information.

If you are self-employed, you may now file for UI benefits online. See guidance on how to file a UI claim if you are self-employed. 

Free Internet for Students & Families
The Kingston City School District is working with Charter Spectrum to provide our students and families with free internet for the duration of the state-wide school closure. Families can call 1-844-488-8395 to request this free service. Below are the changes made by Charter Spectrum to ease the burden on KCSD households who are not currently Spectrum customers:
  • Past Due Balances are no longer a disqualification for this free service
  • No Credit Card or up-front fees will be required
  • No Federal or State ID will be required, only proof of address to send the modem. 
Charter will also open Spectrum Wi-Fi Hotspots to the public during the closure with no password requirements. Please visit to find the location most convenient to you.

Project Resilience
Project Resilience is an Ulster County-wide community partnership to bring food and other assistance to those who cannot afford it or who cannot leave home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Ulster County is partnering with United Way and many other area organizations and businesses to mobilize food and services.

Ulster County Covid-19 Hotline
: (845) 443-8888
Ulster County Mobile Mental Health: (844) 277-4820 (between the hours of 10AM-10PM)

New York State Covid-19 Information Hotline:
(888) 364-3065

Family of Woodstock 24 Hours Crisis and Food Support Hotline: (845) 679-2485

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
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Town of Ulster Public Library
860 Ulster Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
P: (845) 338-7881
F: (845) 338-7884
Library Hours
Curbside Pickup Only:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 3PM-6PM
Wednesday: 10AM-1PM
Thursday: 3PM-6PM
Friday: 10AM-1PM
Saturday: 12PM-3PM
Sunday: Closed

Board of Trustees
Next meeting: November 24
All meetings are open to the public.
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