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Explore Mohonk Preserve

Introducing Town of Ulster Library passes to Mohonk Preserve! That means if you check out a pass, you can get in for free! You just need to go to one of the trailheads or visitor center to get your entry wristband. What’s more, we also have museum passes to the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

And we’re not the only ones with museum passes. If you go to our online catalog and search museum pass, you can see all of the passes in the library system. Please note: different libraries have different lending rules. Some libraries only check out passes to members of their  own library. All  of the passes need to be checked out at the owning library.


The History and Mystery of Tarot with Marcy Goulart

The History and Mystery of Tarot with Marcy Goulart

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 6PM

Marcy Goulart is an intuitive psychic who has been reading
the tarot cards for over forty years. Her list of clients would
read like the who’s who in People Magazine. Among her
clients are major industrialists, rock stars, leaders of
fortune 500 companies, writers, politicians, and show business greats.

This program is interactive. Attendees will each pick a card that “speaks” to
them and later will be interpreted within the group as time is allowed.
Attendees are encouraged to have a question ready and be prepared to have fun.

Town of Ulster Library Used Book and Bake Sale Fundraiser Saturday, September 21st, 10AM – 2PM

  • 11AM – 12PM : Special Musical Story Hour with Ms. Kelley
  • 10AM – 2PM: Lularoe Jess Negron pop-up truck (
  • 11 AM – 2 PM Hot dogs & burgers sponsored by the Town of Ulster Kiwanis Club!
  • Register for a Library Card!
  • Time TBD Music from the Library’s Ukulele Club
  • 10AM – 2PM: Book Sale, Awesome Raffles, Bake Sale!


Anatomy of a Research Study

So you’ve connected with your interesting academic paper, but upon approach, it appears rather confusing and full of jargon. Have no fear, papers can be intimidating for the uninitiated. Once you know the lay of the land, they’re easier to understand.

While papers vary across disciplines, scientific studies mostly stick to a particular format:

Abstract: A brief summary of the paper. This is the first place you want to look to make sure the paper has what you’re looking for. Depending on how curious you are, it might be as far as you need to go.

Introduction: An overview of the existing research and the study itself. This will supply helpful information putting everything in context.

Methods: The details of the experiment itself. Unless you’re a researcher or interested in methodology, the casual reader might skip this section.

Results: This will give the details of the statistical analysis and what they found. Again, unless you’re a fellow researcher or want to examine the numbers, this might be skipped.

Discussion: This will tell you what they found and talk about its implications and future potential research directions. This is the part that popular press articles generally focus on.

Papers from the humanities tend to have a more traditional, essay type structure, though they also have abstracts.

Beyond the Academic Paywall with NOVELNY

So you’ve found an academic article that looks interesting, if the article’s open access, all is well, but if it’s behind a paywall, then the library might be able to help.

Enter NOVELNY, the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library. NOVELNY has databases filled academic journals, newspapers, magazines and other reference resources; it’s available free to everyone in New York. Just go to the databases and let it authenticate your location or enter your library card number and pin and look for your article.

How to Fact Check: Academic Studies

Have you ever read a news story that mentions a recent academic study but didn’t name the study? If you’re online, they usually link to it, but what if you’re reading print?

If you’re still curious about the subject but unsure how to find out more, Google Scholar is here for you. Usually, articles mention the name of the researchers, just search their names, the topic of the study, the year, any identifying information. It might take some hunting but you should be able to find the original academic paper. Stay tuned next week for how to peer behind potential paywalls.

So Many Items, So Many Resources

If you have lots of items both on hold and checked out from the library, it’s never been easier to keep track of them. The library provides a few amazing resources to help you keep track of your items:

Auto renewals: Get an email two days before items are due telling you if your things have been renewed automatically or if they are due soon.

Log in online: See what you have checked out, request items, renew items, view holds, see your reading history and make lists of future things to read.

Library ElfSee what you have checked out on multiple library accounts as well as what’s on hold, when things are due and add due dates to your calendar. Get email and text alerts for approaching due dates and when holds are ready to be picked up. Perfect for families where everyone has their own card with lots of things checked out.

Hospice Talk-Tuesday, August 20th, 10:30AM-12:00PM

How to Make a Survey

Have you ever wanted to get feedback from a variety of people on something? Or wanted to make a fun personality quiz for your friends?

Now you can with Google Forms and SurveyMonkey!

Google Forms is free to use with your Google account. SurveyMonkey has a free version and a paid version. Both are easy to use and provide a way to write different kinds of questions to get different feedback. Write multiple-choice type questions, short answer, long answer, ratings and more. Send your questionnaire to people or post a link to it. Check out your responses individually, in a summary chart and/or a spreadsheet.

Check out this fun book rating for a taste!

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

From their website: “Project Drawdown is a world-class research and communication organization which serves as a non-partisan, non-commercial, highly-trusted source of solutions to reverse global warming.”

It is a coalition of scientists and researchers working together to gather, quantify and rank existing solutions that work towards the goal of reversing global warming by reducing greenhouse gases.

Check out their website and book for a list and more information about all of their solutions. Some of the solutions are large-scale things that happen at the community and societal level like farmland restoration and educating girls, others are things individuals and businesses can personally work towards like a plant-based diet, reducing food waste and LED lighting.