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Get BallotReady!

So you’re looking forward to voting in November, how do you find out who’s on the ballot?

Try BallotReady!

BallotReady is a service that allows you to see the candidates you’ll be voting on this November, separated by federal, state, and local levels. It also offers judicial offices and referendums, though their availability does vary by state and county. All you need to do is enter your address. That, combined with the resources we provided last week, should give you a good start towards being a well-informed voter.

Library closed Monday 10/8

The library will be closed on Monday, October 8 and reopens Tuesday, October 9th at noon. No fines are accrued on days that the library is closed.

Register to Vote!

With Midterm elections coming up in November, it’s important to get registered before October 10th so you can vote! Luckily, New York State offers online voter registration. Click here to get started. We also have paper ballots here at the library. Fun fact: when registering on paper, you only need the last four digits of your Social Security number or your DMV ID number. (Compared to online where you need both.)

If you want to see how your congressperson has voted in the last few years, make sure to check out GovTrack, a website detailing every issue that reaches congress and how your representatives vote on them. Make sure you stay educated!

Only 36.6% of eligible Americans voted in the 2014 midterm elections. Voting is a fundamental right. Exercise it!

Also, make sure you check out our previous voting resources post for information on polling places and other important information.

Book and Bake Sale Fundraiser Saturday, September 29th, 10AM – 3PM


Town of Ulster Library

Used Book and Bake Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, September 29th, 10AM – 3PM

  • 11am -12pm : Special Autumn themed Musical Story Hour with Ms. Kelley
  • Lularoe Jess Negron Three Wishes pop-up truck!
  • Snack bar sale sponsored by the Town of Ulster Kiwanis Club!
  • Grilled hot dogs & hamburgers for sale!
  • Voter registration table
  • Library card sign ups
  • Music from the library’s Ukulele Club at 1:30 pm
  • ALL DAY: Book Sale, Awesome Raffles, Bake Sale!



Take a chance on our Library Fundraiser Raffle! Just $10 per ticket

… and over 30 chances to win, new prizes added weekly and bonus drawings! Limit 10 tickets per customer.  We pull a ticket Monday-Saturday in October. Fridays are a $75 cash prize and Saturdays are a Mystery Prize! Grand Prize is $150! Thank you for your support!

You can buy tickets at the library 🙂

Print a PDF of the flyer here.



How to Fact Check! Part 11: Spotting Fake Reviews

Do you look at reviews on Amazon? Look harder!

FakeSpot points out bad Amazon, Yelp, Tripadvisor, and Apple App Store reviews of products, letting you know if a large percentage of the reviews are fakes. Sometimes bots flood the reviews with five-star reviews. Sometimes Amazon removes negative reviews. Whatever the reason, the review section is not always the most as reliable as it first seems. Use Fakespot to double check!

From their about page:

How to Fact Check! Part 10: Wikipedia?!

This week, for our ongoing series on digital literacy, we’re going to take a look at the fact-checking power of Wikipedia!

We know what your English teachers are saying, but hear us out: Wikipedia may not be a viable source for academic papers, but when it comes to quickly checking the credibility of a claim or reading laterally to evaluate a website, it’s a good place to start.

Wikipedia has come a long way since its founding to become a reliable source of information. Its editors follow a strict protocol of neutral writing and sourcing for all articles. The quality of individual articles will still vary, however, so make sure to follow the sources they provide at the bottom of any page to investigate further.

As with the other resources we’ve shown off, Wikipedia should not be the only source you use. Reading laterally means, well, reading laterally. Use a breadth of sources in your quest for greater understanding. If you’re looking for more information, remember to check the Web Literacy for Student Factcheckers handbook. They’ve got a great section on the benefits of using Wikipedia.

Simple Dinners for Busy Days- Tuesday, September 11th 6PM

Tomorrow: Join Holly of Nourishing Wisdom Nutrition for a fun workshop on ideas for healty, delicous meal ideas for busy days! Do you find yourself wondering what to make for dinner each day?
Join Holly Shelowitz, Nutritional Educator and Chef, for this informative cooking class. She will show you how to make some simple dinners, sure to satisfy everyone at the table.

Culinary Nutrition Counselor and Real Food Educator
Holly Shelowitz

How to Fact Check! Part 9: Checking website bias

So we’ve figured out how to check an individual claim, but we haven’t really touched on the idea of media bias. Luckily for us, Media Bias Fact Check is here to help!

Media bias fact check is a website that ranks other websites based on their tendency for biased reporting. For example, is considered to be mostly non-biased. If you’re curious about their conclusions, here’s their Methodology.

It’s important to note that a website’s bias is not necessarily indicative of their article’s accuracy. Reality is complex. There are many sides to every story. Two articles can cover the same event, tell different stories, and still both be factual. Everyone has an opinion. Media Bias Fact Check, like many of the other websites we’ve provided over the last few weeks, is a tool to help you make informed decisions online and should be used in conjunction with claim-checking sites to get a full picture of a website’s veracity.


Town of Ulster Library Budget passed 48 Yes/10 No

Town of Ulster Library Budget passed, 48/10
Bruce Engholm was reelected to 3 year term (44 votes)
People that received write-in votes for the remaining two full terms will be contacted to confirm their willingness.