Thanksgiving Holiday

The Library is closed Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday – and reopens at 10 am on Saturday, the 24th. We are grateful for all of you and happily offer you library services.

Take Flight with Kapwing

Feeling frustrated with iMovie or other basic video editing software?

Try Kapwing!

Kapwing is a free online video editor that touts itself as being “Faster… simpler… [and] more accessible” than other editors, like iMovie. It’s a great way for people of all skill levels to have fun editing their favorite videos in a variety of different ways. You can filter it, reverse it, add music, add text, change the video speed, and more!

Oh yeah, it also allows you to make memes:

Know Your Judicial Candidates

So, you probably know your congressional candidates, but do you know your New York Judicial candidates?

Make sure with! shows you New York judicial candidates, ordered by county. They’ll also give you any information candidates have chosen to provide, including a biography and party stances. It can be a good quick resource to go to, even if it’s not quite exhaustive.

Remember to vote on Tuesday, November 6th. Polls open at 6AM and stay open until 9PM.

Remember to check the back of your ballot! Special Referendum for Ulster County

Just in case you haven’t heard, there’s going to be a special referendum for Ulster County residents this coming midterm: The opportunity to make redistricting efforts for the Ulster County Legislature nonpartisan! The purpose of nonpartisan redistricting is to prevent gerrymandering.

According to Wikipedia, gerrymandering “is a practice intended to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries.” If this resolution is successful, Ulster County would be the first county in the state to combat this issue. Regardless of your political stances, this referendum is just another reason why it is important for you to go out and vote on Tuesday, November 6th.

For more information on this referendum, check out this Daily Freeman article, or see the referendum for yourself at the Ulster County board of elections website.

Annual Halloween Party


Town of Ulster Library

Annual Halloween Party

Friday, October 26th, 6-8 PM

Wear your costume! Prepare to eat treats! Stories! Music!

Crafts! Games! Fun times!


Have Health INSURANCE Questions? Ask Myrna and Eleanor! Tuesday, October 23rd at 5:30 pm

Need Health Insurance? Have Questions? Join us Tuesday, October 23rd at 5:30pm

Come for a general information session with NY State of Health Marketplace Certified Healthcare Navigator Myrna Capaldi and Medicare Outreach Coordinator Eleanor Minsky.

Ask questions regarding:

  • Medicaid 
  • Child Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Qualified Health Plans
  • Medicare
  • Medicare Saving Programs
  • Medicare Advantage Plans.

One to one appointments in the weeks following the presentation might also be available.

How to Fact Check Part 12: Campaign Finance

Where do campaigns get their money?

Find out with!

Open Secrets is a website dedicated to cataloging the breakdown of political candidates’ campaign finances. They also have explanations of terms like PACs, so you can have some idea of what the rest of the website is talking about. You can start with the basics here. No matter your political alignment, this is a vital resource for documenting the monetary interests of your candidates.

According to NPR, this year’s midterm election could hit record voter turnout. In purple districts (like New York District 19, which includes the Town of Ulster) your vote is especially important. This makes it all the more vital that you educate yourself and become an informed voter using all sources available to you. Make your vote count!

Computers and WiFi are now up and running 10/17/18

Get BallotReady!

So you’re looking forward to voting in November, how do you find out who’s on the ballot?

Try BallotReady!

BallotReady is a service that allows you to see the candidates you’ll be voting on this November, separated by federal, state, and local levels. It also offers judicial offices and referendums, though their availability does vary by state and county. All you need to do is enter your address. That, combined with the resources we provided last week, should give you a good start towards being a well-informed voter.

Library closed Monday 10/8

The library will be closed on Monday, October 8 and reopens Tuesday, October 9th at noon. No fines are accrued on days that the library is closed.