Imagine Your Underwater Story

August 10th-August 14th
1:00 PM

It’s time to get wet and wild with this underwater comedy show featuring everyone’s favorite small but mighty superheroes, Melvin the Mantis Shrimp and Agatha the Axiotl. Kids at home will learn tons of weird watery fun facts when they play our trivia game show, GET SOAKED. And everyone can cool off with our sandpaper craft, paper towel tube rainsticks, and bubble art. Older kids will love Hydro-Dipping as they create one-of-a-kind designs in this creative craze that’s sweeping Youtube.

We have two amazing writers this week. Author, poet, storyteller, and former librarian, Shutta Crum will make it rain with her book THUNDER BOOMER and Author/Illustrator Janeen Mason will wow us with her OCEAN COMMOTION series of picture books. Our guest performer, Burl the Bubble Guy comes to us all the way from Cologne, Germany! And he will blow your mind with an awesome bubble show.

Email Kelley at to register.

In alignment with the NYS Executive Order 202.8, ordered to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Town of Ulster Library is offering curbside pickup starting July 1st.

Curbside pickup begins July 1st! Read our post below for more information on this service.

Virtual Science & Storytelling Show:
Aliens: Escape from Earth

During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky — but it’s not a shooting star. Two curious kids investigate and find themselves mixed up with visitors from another planet! Pursued by a wacky space scientist, they must get the aliens back to their spaceship — before it’s too late! An exciting, out-of-this world adventure! Go to  You can view the show through August 31st.

The Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center is an online educational resource which raises awareness for under-reported global issues and supports quality journalism through programs, lesson plans, and other resources. You can check out the link, here. Both children and adults can learn a great deal from the site’s material, which includes a series of articles written by student fellows which cover topics ranging from the fight to preserve biodiversity in Ecuador’s rain forests,  to the legacy of colonial violence in Guyana, to even the difficulties of studying whales during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Pulitzer Center has also launched several e-books on topics such as environmental degradation and humanitarian crises which are available for free on iTunes and Atavist, you can browse those titles here. There are also a treasure trove of lesson plans, activities and handouts for educators to utilize in classrooms, including printable worksheets, essay ideas, extension activities and additional resources for research. One excellent example is this lesson plan on the legacy of slavery in American prison systems, but there are many other building blocs for lesson plans which you can look at here


Summer Reading Kick-Off

Summer Reading Kick-Off – Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress is here!

UNESCO’s Digitized Photographs of Our Shared History

If you’re craving some visual inspiration or want to connect with your human heritage, you should check out UNESCO’s online collection of photographs, linked here. If you didn’t know already, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a branch of the United Nations which oversees the cultivation of the world’s educational, scientific and cultural heritage. UNESCO’s photo archive is a timeline of human achievement reaching from 1945 to the present and includes over 5,000 images capturing moments such as the Campaign to Safeguard the City of Venice and the Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia. During these trying times, it’s easy to feel isolated, but these images offer the opportunity to connect with the greater tapestry of our humanity. 

Virtual Summer Reading Program 2020


Programs begin June 27th and run through August 15th

Join in the fun this summer as we guide you on a virtual journey designed to encourage you to Imagine Your Story with a celebration of fairy tales, folklore, mythology and sharing your own unique story and voice. Our varied and fun interpretations of the theme range from exploring the classics, Time Travel, Dungeons and Dragons, a Trip Down the Rabbit Hole and more! This year, we are adding three new programming levels: T(w)een, Teen and Adult, so programming covers all ages, from 0 on up!

Participants earn points for reading and will receive prizes upon completion of the program. Register online through ReadSquared.

The program kicks off Saturday, June 27th with Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress, a special county wide virtual program with Science Tellers. Library programs run Monday through Thursday, with a few added special events scattered throughout. Then, we invite you to join in the fun of our Summer Reading Finale Parking Lot Car Parade on August 15th at 10 AM. It’s a celebration of you and your reading achievements! Drive through, pick up your prize and for added fun: Can you guess which library staff members are dressed as literary characters?

But wait, it gets better! Ulster County Libraries are working together and partnering with Mohonk Preserve, Woodland Playhouse, the Ashokan Center, Opus40 and DRAW Kingston on county wide activities for children! Families can also view wonderfully exciting shows with PageTurners Adventures and ScienceTellers for several weeks online after they premiere!

Participating children can have fun filling out BINGO cards with a variety of reading, art, STEM, Nature, and Museum activities. Visit for more information and to download your bingo card. If you are unable to download, please visit the library during our curbside service hours to pick one up.

The Digital Public Library of America

Libraries are re-opening soon across New York state, but if you’re feeling impatient to scratch that intellectual itch, there are a bounty of free online resources for you to access. For example, take the Digital Public Library of America (linked here), which is a free compilation of informational resources ranging from American archives, museums and cultural heritage sites. This digital library provides everything from online exhibitions to primary source sets to free e-books. If you’re looking to examine the historical roots of contemporary issues, there is currently an online exhibition on America during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic as well as an entire curated digital archive topic on the Civil Rights Movement. So go check it out, and learn a little!