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If the demands of learning during the pandemic are stressing you or your child out, the library is here to help. Just head over to and enter your library card number to receive support from one of their highly vetted expert tutors (available from 2pm-9pm EST). You can also find study resources, accessible at any time, for a number of subjects, including everything from Elementary English to AP Calculus. And if that wasn’t enough, they offer a number of other services including a paper review as well as a number of test preparation services covering everything from the SAT to the GRE. Over 95% of student users surveyed said that the service helped them improve their grades, so why not give it a try?

The Census Deadline Extended to the End of October

It’s not too late to respond to the census, even if the census bureau itself hasn’t exactly been clear on the matter. According to the Associated Press, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on September 25th which required the census bureau to extend the national tally through the end of the month. This ruling was made to ensure that there was enough time to secure an accurate population count, which will determine how 1.5 trillion dollars in federal spending will be distributed as well as how many congressional seats will be accorded to each state.

So please, make sure you and your community are being represented, and fill out the census if you haven’t already! You have until October 31st to complete the 2020 census; you can find a link to fill out your census information here

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Challenge Reporting: Defending our Right to Learn

This week is Banned Books Week, and what better way to honor those intellectual trailblazers whose works were censored than to fight against information suppression yourself? That’s where the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom comes into play. This Office of the ALA offers a ‘Challenge Reporting’ tool, which empowers individuals with the ability to report acts of censorship with the aim of challenging that practice. You can find a link to this tool on the ALA’s website here. All personal and institutional information submitted in these Challenge Reports are kept confidential. So, if you can, take a moment to defend the public’s right to the freedom of information.

Ebooks and Audiobooks from RBDigital will be moving to Libby

As of yesterday, September 23, 2020, e-books and audiobooks will begin moving from RBDigital to the Libby app. You will still be able to access both ebooks and audiobooks from RBDigital in the next coming weeks during the transition to Libby. You will receive an update from RBDigital when you need to switch to Libby for these resources.

Only ebooks and audiobooks will be moving to Libby at this time, so you can continue to access magazines and the Great Courses through your RBDigital account.

Take note that your holds and wish list from RBDigital will not transfer to Libby during this transition, so you may want to begin placing holds on Libby to prepare!

If you have any other questions, be sure to check out this FAQ.

Fall Virtual Children’s Programs

Explore World History with Gale

That’s right, Gale isn’t just your number one resource for career resources, but also an excellent source for your historical edification! To check out Gale World History, go to our website  and click on the “Stop Searching, Start Finding” icon on the right side of the page. Then click on the ‘Magazines’ tab at the top of the page. Next, click the link for Gale World History, which you can also find here. To log in, just enter your library card number and PIN.


Gale World History offers a number of ways to search for your intellectual inquiries. If you have a specific historical topic that you want to delve into, you can use the Subject Guide Search to look for articles related to that topic. On the other hand, when you’re looking for something new, you can use the Topic Finder to generate a host of topics related to the keyword(s) that you search. The Topic Finder will even sort related topics into a graphic organizer so you can visual navigate the generated results. Finally, there is also the publication search if you are looking for a particular academic journal. With all of these ways to search for information, the history of the world is at your fingertips!

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Medicare 101 Webinars

Are you currently enrolled in Medicare? Will you be turning 65 over the next year or two? Learn about eligibility, how and when to enroll, when you can make changes, and the insurance options available to you. This program will simplify the choices you need to make, help you make more well-informed decisions and explain what Medicare means for you!

Learn about:
• Original Medicare
• Medicare Supplement Plans
• Prescription Drug Plans
• Medicare Advantage Plans
• (HMOs and PPOs)

Advanced registration is required. Please pick from one of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, October 14 at 6PM-8PM – Register here
  • Saturday, November 14th at 10AM-12PM – Register here
  • Wednesday, December 2nd at 6PM-8PM – Register here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This program is sponsored by the Ulster County Library Association. Presenter: James Farnham, MS, MBA, Licensed Agent

2021 Board of Trustees Library Budget & Election Vote is 9/17/2020, 2-8 PM

Board of Trustees Library Budget & Election Vote

The Town of Ulster Public Library Board of Trustees held a public hearing on Aug. 25th on a proposed budget of $322,695.00 (a zero percent increase from 2020).

The election of three (3) trustees, each for a (3) three-year term is also on the ballot. Since no petitions were returned, candidates can be written in. Please visit the library’s website at for information and updates.

Voting on both the budget and candidates will take place at the library from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. on September 17th at the library located at 860 Ulster Avenue, Kingston NY.

Absentee ballots are available at the library during curbside hours:
Tuesday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Thursday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Ballots must be returned by 8 PM on the day of the election and vote. Please do not return ballots in library drop box. For more information, contact