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Please note that our quarantine period for returns have increased from 72 hours to 5 days:
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Check out our staff picks for September!

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!
Board of Trustees

Join the Library Board of Trustees!

Library trustees are powerful advocates for libraries. As part of the trustee board, you will serve along with a dedicated group of volunteers tasked with helping to direct the policies and provide financial oversight and ensure a sustainable future for the library. You can be elected or appointed to the library board for a period of time. For specifics on the role your board of trustee has, contact Tracy via email or call the library at 845-338-7881.
Trustees pictured here: Rotena Nippert (Trustee), Allison Organtini (President), Bruce Engholm (recording Secretary) and Susan Hayes (Trustee) Not pictured Anne Davis (Trustee), Annie LaBarge (Trustee)

Board of Trustees Library Budget & Election Vote

The Town of Ulster Public Library Board of Trustees held a public hearing on Aug. 25th on a proposed budget of $322,695.00 (a zero percent increase from 2020).

The election of three (3) trustees, each for a (3) three-year term is also on the ballot. Since no petitions were returned, candidates can be written in. Please visit the library's website at for information and updates.

Voting on both the budget and candidates will take place at the library from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. on September 17th at the library located at 860 Ulster Avenue, Kingston NY.

Absentee ballots are available at the library during curbside hours:
Tuesday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Thursday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Ballots must be returned by 8 PM on the day of the election and vote. Please do not return ballots in library drop box. For more information, contact
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Virtual Programs

Fall Virtual Musical Storytimes

Starting on Monday, September 21st

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, from September 21st - October 26th 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.
9/21 - Make an Autumn craft with Ms. Kelley! Pick up your craft at the library starting on 9/15.
9/28 - Build with Legos, chat and share your creation!
10/5 - Fun science experiments to do at home!
10/12 - Library Closed
10/19 - Paint a kindness rock to display at the library. Paint a second rock to keep!                
10/26 - Halloween Bingo! 

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.
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.
The September BookPage is here! Request your copy from curbside pickup.

General Election Deadlines

Voter Registration
September 22: National Voter Registration Day:
October 9: Voter Registration Deadline
October 14: Change of Address Form for Registered Voters Deadline

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: September 22
All meetings are open to the public.
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