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The Census is Coming!

March is nearly upon us, and with it comes the census. But what exactly does that mean? Is the census just another chore? Is it a portend of doom… After all, the census starts in mid-March, and aren’t we supposed to be wary of the Ides of March? 

Well, if you’re curious about what the 2020 census holds in store for you, then check out its official government website, here. The site details the purpose, important dates and methods of response for the 2020 census. It even provides information on the security systems in place to ensure that your census data is protected as well as the community benefits that result from participating. You count, so make sure you’re counted!

Take a Virtual Tour of a Presidential Library!

This week kicked off with President’s day, and if you’re finding yourself getting into the executive spirit, why not take a virtual tour of a presidential library? Why tour a presidential library? Well, these locations are not only repositories for historical documents related to their associated presidents (including presidential papers) but also museums exhibiting episodes of their executive’s administration. 

If you visit this link, here, you can take a look into all presidential libraries, from Hoover to Obama, with the ability to take a tour, field a question to a curator, and even acquire educational resources all from the comfort of home. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn from our government’s past in order to make sound judgments about its future. 

Special thanks to Jessica Sherman for sharing these resources.

Puzzle Club

Do you like working on puzzles? We would like to start a puzzle club at the library for ages 13 and up. If interested, please contact Kerry at or call the library at 845-338-7881 and leave your information with a staff member.


Become a Voice for Your Local Library

Recently the 2020-2021 Executive Budget proposal for New York State was released, and for the fourth consecutive year the governor is attempting to slash the budget of our libraries. The current proposal would see approximately 5 million dollars cut from Library Aid and 20 million dollars cut from Library Construction Aid. Needless to say, if these suggestions are finalized, our libraries will be limited in their capacity to serve their patrons needs. 

But there is something that you can do to help your local library, right now! If you go to this link, you will be presented with a pre-constructed letter by the American Library Association calling for the restoration of funding to our libraries. All you need to do is provide your name, address, and e-mail to become a champion of your library. So make your voice heard and let New York know that you stand by your library!

T(w)een Labs!

The Town of Ulster Public Library will expand its program offerings for teens/tweens! Teen program activities will include Tech, Maker Lab and Art/Craft projects. The first program will take place on Thursday, February 20th at 5:30 PM. Please see flyer below for details.

*Parents and guardians must either be present at the start of the program or sign in with contact information.*

Check Out Black History Month in Kingston

February is here, which of course, means a return to Black History Month. And while there are a plethora of resources on the topic available here at the library, if you’re looking for more of an experience you should check out Black History Month Kingston, here. This site provides information on the various activities celebrating Black History hosted in Kingston this year. Events include the Sankofa, a day for traditional African Arts featuring basket-weaving activities, as well as Workshops for Teens by Teens! which focuses on educating audiences grades 9-12 on the history of slavery in Ulster County and even the Nubian Cafe where a panel of extraordinary African American will discuss salient women’s issues.

Blind Date With a Book

Take a chance on love this February and stop by the library for a “Blind Date with a Book”! You pick and choose a wrapped book based on clues alluding to its contents. Read it, return it, and tell us how your date went!

Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program

Bags purchased in February from our local Hannaford located at 1261 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY will generate a $1 donation for the library. Help the environment by investing in reusable bags and support your library at the same time: a win-win!

Visit the Albany Institute of History and Art… with your library card!

That’s right, the Town of Ulster Library is now carrying passes for the Albany Institute of History and Art! Each pass allows up to two adults and two children entrance to the museum for free! If you’d like to find out more information, including what’s on exhibit, visit the institute’s website, here

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.

Study of Nature, Dresden, Lake George, David Johnson (1827–1908), 1870, oil on canvas, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Rockwell, 1971.29.1

Take Your Child to the Library Day Saturday, February 1st, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

9:30 am = Free Ukulele program, ages 10+.

Direct your questions to Uke Coordinator LYNDA at

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. = Special Story Hour

open to all ages. Stories, songs, and a craft!

Debbie and Zoey, a certified therapy dog, are visiting the library during our story hour!

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. = Legos!

Bring your imagination make a Lego creation!