This Week at the Library: 12/2–12/7

What is #eBooksforAll?

As of November 1, 2019, Macmillan Publishers has changed their policies to allow libraries to purchase only one copy of new e-books for the first eight weeks of their release. Obviously, this change has the potential to significantly limit our patrons’ access to new e-book materials, but if you want to make a difference you are not without recourse. 


By clicking this link you can learn about the American Library Association’s petition called #eBooksforAll, which aims to convince Macmillan publishers to reverse their policies and make their electronic resources readily available to library patrons. If you feel so inclined, you can sign the petition and make your voice heard!

Change of Date for December Meeting of the Board of Trustees


Owing to the holiday, the December meeting of the board of trustees has been moved from the 24th to Tuesday, the 10th at 4 PM. Thank you!


Not Receiving E-mails From the Library? Fear Not!

It’s likely that you actually are receiving our e-mails, but they are not being stored in an obvious place. 

Two ways to solve this issue are:

  1. Add (or your home library’s e-mail) to your e-mail contacts. 
  2. Look for the e-mail in your spam or junk folder.

Big Green Box Recycling Service

Do you have batteries cluttering up your drawers at home because you’re unsure of how to dispose of them? If so, head to the Town of Ulster Library and make use of the Big Green Box Recycling Service. You can dispose of everything from batteries to cell phones, tablets, mp3 players, hand held power tools and more in the box. We simply ask that you bring your batteries in plastic bags!


 Almost all consumer batteries and electronic devices can be recycled in the Big Green Box, but certain items including car and motorcycle batteries, or those that are leaking or damaged cannot be recycled at the library. If you have questions about the service, feel free to ask the library staff before dropping off your recyclables.

Research Your Family’s Military Service with Fold3

Veterans Day is coming up, and if you are looking to pay homage to members of your family who served in the military, the library is here to help. Through our website you can access Fold3, which provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos and documents of the men and women who served. You can find Fold3 by clicking on the Stop Searching Start Finding link on our website and selecting the History and Genealogy tab at the top of the page (or click here) Once there you will have access to various exclusive military records, ranging from the Revolutionary War to Operation New Dawn. 

Also, don’t forget that the Town of Ulster Library will be open this Monday, November 11th, on Veterans Day! Free coffee, bagels, story hour and  crafts will be available.

Celebrate Halloween with your library card!

Looking to end your October in the Halloween spirit with some horror? If so, your library card can be of assistance – and in more ways than one!

If you want to spend Halloween watching some scary movies at home, Kanopy has an entire category dedicated to Twenty-First Century Horror classics. Kanopy Kids also has a number of cartoon Halloween specials. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, IndieFlix has a host of Halloween themed movies. 

If reading horror is more your speed, then make sure to avail yourself of Overdrive. You can check out any of the horror greats, or put a hold on the newest Stephen King novel, The Institute.

Exciting news on the addition of the Reading Room

Dear neighbor,

The construction of the Reading Room is moving swiftly and it is really looking great! In addition to adding a semi private, multi-use and quiet space to the library, it is also adds visual interest and beauty to the building.

This is Phase One of the Library’s Master Plan for the building –  which is guided by a series of community conversations and surveys, a process we began in 2013. You can read more about that process, gain an overview of the process, and learn by reading the letter from Anne Davis, Board President, linked here.

Over the last six years we have applied for grants both large and small, held book sales, bake sales, raffles and other fundraisers and received generous donations from community members and businesses alike. In addition, we wish to thank the Honorable Senator George Amedore and Assemblymember Kevin Cahill, Ulster Savings Bank Charitable Foundation and the Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation for their support of the project.

In order to minimize closures and disruption to library services, the contractors are building a temporary wall to work behind. This requires that a number of  books be placed in storage – but don’t worry, those will be back. We ask for your patience during this exciting process and look forward to grand-opening the new Reading Room with all of you by the end of the year.

Thank you again for supporting your library!

Get Swept Away by Gale

If you’re looking for articles, magazines or newspapers to read online, the library is here to help. Through our website, you’ll have access to Gale, an excellent resource which provides everything from scholarly articles to magazines on pop culture.  


To search for articles, use the “Articles” tab above the search box on the Online Catalog. Once you have searched, you will see a number of results displayed. To see the full text of the article, first click on a result, which will take you to a new tab with bibliographic information. In the new tab click on “Result Search” in the top left above the title. From there, click on the link at the bottom which says “View record from Academic OneFile” to see the full article. 


To search for magazines, go to “Stop Searching, Start Finding” on the right-hand bar of our website; then click the “Magazines” tab.


To find newspapers, go to “Stop Searching, Start Finding” on the right-hand bar of our website; then click the “Newspapers” tab.

Check Out National Geographic Education

If you’re an educator or just have an insatiable appetite for information, National Geographic Education may be the resource for you. The site covers topics from engineering to storytelling and presents information for all age groups. For educators, the site provides activities, lessons, and opportunities for professional development. 

To get started simply click here and start searching. You can refine your search by grade level, subject, and resource type to find exactly what you are looking for.