How to carpool

Want to carpool but don’t know where to start?

Try using 511NYRideshare! It’s a ridematching service that helps you find people to carpool with. You register with the service, enter some travel preferences and you’re good to go. No car? No worries, you can register as a passenger.

Five Below Fundraiser March 15th – March 21st!




10% of purchases with the flyer will be donated back to the library!

You can print a PDF of the flyer from the left hand column of this page!

March 15, 2018 to March 21, 2018
Mon –Saturday 10am to 9pm and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

Online Support Groups

We all need a little help sometimes. dailystrength is here to connect you with people in similar situations. is a collection of online support groups, allowing you to talk to a group of your peers, no matter where you are. You can search for specific groups by keyword (like depression, addiction, or widow/widower) or by a general category search. You can also see how many people are in a particular group, and see how many people are online at any point in time.

It takes a lot of strength to admit you need some help. makes it just a little bit easier.


We’ve got a (small) supply of 1040 Instruction booklets available for checkout!

They can be checked out for one week with your library card. They must be returned to the Town of Ulster library.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

If no copies are available, you can also find the instructions online here.

Become a Phenology Phenomenon!

Phenology is the study of seasonal changes among plants and animals. Who knew?

Scenic Hudson did! And they’ve got a whole webpage dealing with how people like YOU can contribute, using nothing but a smartphone app or data sheet and your keen observation skills!

According to the website, “The data collected by phenology allows scientists to track changes in climate and monitor patterns.  A long-term database would better allow scientists to understand how the climate is changing and how these changes are affecting species and ecosystems.”

Essentially, you take a mindful walk in nature, and the world of science thanks you for it. A pretty good deal, in our opinion.

For more information and to find local events, check out Scenic Hudson’s website!

Photo courtesy of Luke Price on flickr

The Library is closed today, 3/7/2018

The Library is closed today, 3/7/2018 due to the forecast nor’easter. It’s never an easy decision, but we are trusting the experts! Remember, you still have access to many digital materials right from home! No Baby and Me Story Hour or Field Goods Deliveries. No fines are accrued on days we close for weather.

Thanks to MHLS – We’ve got you covered! eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and renewals are available 24/7 with your library card.

Hello everyone. Here we go again, with snow all over again!

Hello everyone. Here we go again, with snow all over again! If it stresses you out, please take a moment of respite and enjoy this video of a Snowy Owl Riding An Ice Flow.

And please note that: owing the the Nor’easter forecast for tomorrow, there will be no Field Goods pick up tomorrow. Subscribers will receive an email directly from Field Goods.

The Genealogy Interest Meet Up for Thursday is also being rescheduled, and the date will follow shortly.



Good Morning  – we hope that you all fared well in the storm! The library is open, though the patron computers are down due to a server outage issue. We are working to get that repaired ASAP. The rope on our flag pole snapped in the wind, and the flag became tangled at the top. I spoke with Charlotte at Ulster Hose 5, and they’re going to help us get it down safely. But, for now, Ms Kelley is here and story hour starts at 10:30 am, with special guest Samantha, who will play her violin. Hope to see you!

Calling all Birdwatchers!

Want to give back to your (bird-related) community?

There are tons of things you can do locally to help scientists worldwide! Today we’re going to be talking about ways you can help ornithologists, or bird scientists.

First, check out eBird! Through eBird, you can up your birding game close to home while helping out scientists worldwide! Find and Identify birds, and then share your findings online! Easy, fun, and for a good cause: according to the website, the information you help collect is used in “hundreds of conservation decisions and peer-reviewed papers, thousands of student projects, and [to] help inform research worldwide.” Check out their website for more details!

If you’re a real birding fanatic, Mohonk Preserve is looking for bird watchers!  through their website. you can learn how to volunteer for projects like the Peregrine watch, hawk watch, and the Bluebird Trail!

Everybody can participate in scientific discovery. Get out there and play a role!



For Ages 12-16, only

Tuesday, March 13th,  5:30 – 7:00 pm


Tuesday, March 27th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Come learn and draw with talented artist Ana!

Ana will give you a theme for the drawing exercise – along with some basic rules — and then you figure out how to bend and break them

to create your own thing!
Call the Library at 845-338-7881 to register