September 2018 Newsletter


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Budget Vote and Trustee Election 


 The Budget Vote and Trustee Election will be at the library on

Thursday, September 6 from 10am to 8pm.


Absentee ballots are available at the library.


Residents must be registered to vote in the Town of Saugerties in order to cast an absentee ballot or to vote in person.


Two five-year terms and a three year term are up for election.  Candidates running for election are Katie Cokinos, Elizabeth Stegmayer, and Timothy Scott Jr.


 Voters will also be asked to approve a 2019 library operating budget of $639,144 of which $580,144 shall be raised by taxation. The 2019 budget proposal calls for 6.58% tax levy increase, which comes to less than one cent per $1,000 assessed property value. Copies of the proposed budget are available by clicking here.


Teen Tech Tutors

Saturdays, September 1 and 15

from 10am to noon

Have a new device and don't know how it works?


Grab this opportunity to have our teen volunteers answer your questions about smart phones, iPads, tablets, laptops, and more.
Please bring your device with you.


The library will be closed on

Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.


Drawing Club: Inspired by the Natural World

Tuesday, September 4


Experience various drawing materials and techniques and find your muse in Mother Earth’s creations and your own heart. Art heals and lifts your spirit; come and play and discover or reawaken your innate gift to make art! Materials will be supplied, but you may bring your own supplies that you love.


Space is limited. You must sign up at the main circulation desk or call 246-4317 to register.


Contact Nancy for more information at My website is



Gaming Tuesdays


Tuesdays at 3pm


Play board games, card games, video games, and more! Grades 7-12


Teen Club


Wednesdays at 3pm


Join fellow teens after school for activities about popular books and movies, writing groups, DIY projects and whatever else you decide we should do. There's frequently food. Grades 7-12.


Artist Reception- Raymond Steiner


Friday, September 7 at 4pm


RAYMOND J. STEINER is an art critic/reviewer for ART TIMES, a literary journal he helped found in 1984 and for which he serves as Editor. He has profiled approximately 100 American and European artists for various publications and regularly critiques and/or reviews exhibitions, art books and art videos for ART TIMES. In addition to his articles, Mr. Steiner has written introductory essays for several catalogues and regularly lectures on art and art-related subjects both in the U.S. and abroad. His published works include: The Vessel of Splendor: A Return to the One; The Girl Who Couldn't See (a book for young adults); 23 Woodstock Artists; Quarry Rubble (a book of poetry); Heinrich J. Jarczyk: Toward a Vision of Wholeness; Heinrich J. Jarczyk: Etchings 1968-1998; The Art Students League of New York: A History; and a novel The Mountain. His works have been translated into German, French, Italian, Chinese, Polish, and Czech.

Landscape painting has been an avocation of his for some years and his method has primarily been to paint on site, alla prima, and, in an effort to capture the spontaneous impression, to confine himself almost exclusively to the use of the palette knife. He has been exhibiting his work since 2004.


He is a member of the American Society of Aesthetics, The Salmagundi Club, Artist Fellowship, Inc., and the International Association of Art Critics  (AICA).


Read to Zoey

Saturday, September 15 and 22

from 10:30am to 12pm 


Read books to Zoey, a certified reading therapy dog.

Drop-ins welcome!


Friends of Historic Saugerties


Saturday, September 8 at 2pm


Hudson River Linkage and Legacy - In Two Chapters: Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana

Valerie Balint will discuss the interconnectedness between these two iconic artists and the houses they lived in on opposite sides of the Hudson River. She will introduce the historic relationship between these artists and the development of the Hudson River School, while also explaining how these two sites were preserved and ultimately opened as public museums. Balint will also explore how these sites continue to evolve through innovative stewardship and interpretation, and how they collaborate together to continue their narrative of a unique joint history into the future.


Valerie Balint is a longtime advocate for recognizing and valuing the important place American artists’ homes hold within the greater context of cultural history in America. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Balint Program Manager of the Historic Artists Homes & Studios Program (HAHS) in 2017. HAHS is a coalition of 40 independent museums that preserve artists homes and creative spaces throughout the country.

Valerie’s experience also includes serving as a longtime curator and later interim director of collections and research for The Olana Partnership, working at the Frelinghuysen Morris Foundation and at Chesterwood on special curatorial projects, and work on the Save Outdoor Sculpture project among many other accomplishments. Currently she is the co-vice president of the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, New York.



View of the Main House across the ten-acre man-made lake, an element in Frederic Church’s 250-acre, artist-designed landscape at Olana.
Photo credit: © Larry Lederman, 2010, all rights reserved.


Pillowcase Party


Monday, September 10 from 10am - 2pm


 Ryan's Case for Smiles provides pillowcases to children in local hospitals and other facilities to give them and their families an emotional boost while dealing with their illness.  Even if you don't sew, we can use you! There is lots of pinning and ironing to be done. If you do sew, bring your sewing machine, thread, pins, and scissors or thread snips. Bring a buddy with you too! If you can't make it to the event, feel free to drop off your finished pillowcases** at the library before that date. The Albany Chapter of Ryan's Case for Smiles provides all the pillowcase kits, cut and ready to pin and sew. However, we always need more fabric, so feel free to raid your stash (or local quilt shop!) for any kid friendly prints that you would like to donate. We need ¾ yd for the body and 1/3 yd for the cuff of the pillowcase.

Please RSVP at the library by (day before) if you will be able to attend. We hope to see you there. 

**Make your pillowcases using the "hot dog" method and French seams, or a serger. No unfinished seams please.



Interesting Readers Society


Monday, September 10 at 6:30pm


Warcross by Marie Lu


When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


Ages 13-18


Tai Chi for Arthritis


Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:15 for eight weeks

beginning on Wednesday, September 12


Ulster County Office of the Aging is sponsoring a free class.


This program utilizes Tai Chi's Sun style for its ability to improve relaxation, balance and its ease of use for older adults. The movements are taught to both left and right sides and with turns to move forward and backward to improve mobility and offer a variety of combinations.



Please call OFA to register: 845-340-3456.   Space is limited and registration is required.


Healthy Lifestyle


Thursday, September 13 at 1pm


Topics to be discussed:


  • What is the criteria for addiction
  • How to speak to a loved one re: substance abuse concerns
  • What in-patient and outpatient treatment like
  • How Family and Friends can participate in treatment


 Lauren Widmark is the Clinical Supervisor/Admissions Director at Step One in Highland. Lauren receive her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in clinical/counseling from St. Rose in May of 2010. Lauren then moved on to SUNY New Paltz to receive her Master of Science in Mental Health graduate degree in May of 2014. Lauren interned at Step One beginning in August 2013 and was hired as a primary/intake therapist upon completion of her graduate degree. Lauren received her NYS license

in Mental Health Counseling in May of 2014. In August of 2017 Lauren became the Clinical Supervisor/Admissions Director of the Step One Highland Site.


Assertive Communication for Women: The Path to Integrity and Dignity 


Monday, September 17 at 1pm


We’re living in a time when women are becoming more noticeable and notable in politics, in the workplace, and in relationships. Where do you stand in your communities? Do you sometimes feel you are not heard? Do you lack confidence and are afraid to speak up? Do you say YES when you mean NO? Are you having trouble setting boundaries? Are you angry all the time? Assertive communication is about expressing yourself effectively and standing up for your point of view, while also respecting the rights and beliefs of others. Taking charge of your emotions and expressing yourself honestly and directly will help you value yourself and earn respect. Learn when to be assertive, how to be assertive and why you need to use assertiveness skills. Through the use of discussion, role-play, and practice you can build your confidence and self- esteem. You must be present for the first session.


Bio: Arzi McKeown MS/MA As a psychotherapist and dance therapist, Arzi has utilized the healing force of the creative arts to bring about physical and emotional change. She has led workshops that explore the challenges, issues and creativity of the aging process, the relationship between mothers and daughters, meditation, assertive communication, and negotiating the separation process with dignity.


Special Story Time


Tuesday, September 18 at 11am


Author Darcey A. DeMatte will read her book and share her Princess of Argyle puppet doll. Follow the adventures of a mismatched sock from the top drawer to parts unknown! Ages 3-6


Internet Safety


Tuesday, September 18 at 12pm

Learn how to make a complex password

Learn about phishing and trolls

Learn what kinds of links are okay to click through, and more


Please register at the Circulation Desk or call 246-4317


A, B, C and D's of Medicare


Wednesday, September 19 at 6pm


In this FREE and informative seminar, we will discuss:

  • Medigap
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Parts ABCD


Barry Feldman from Wallace and Feldman Insurance in Woodstock is the presenter.


Death Cafe


Thursday, September 20 at 1pm


The Death Café will be preceded by a brief presentation and questions on “The Wisdom of Writing Your Memoir” presented by Hudson Valley author Ann Hutton.


You don’t have to be famous to write your memoir. You don’t even have to be a writer. What’s important is to create a document in your own voice—a “legacy letter” or “ethical will”—in which you share your accumulated wisdom and life experiences with the next generation. They will love you for it! And you might just uncover things about yourself that you did not expect to learn! 

Ann Hutton, facilitator of the memoir writing group at Health Alliance’s Oncology Support Program, will host this month’s Circle of Friends for the Dying presentation and Q&A titled “The Wisdom of Writing Your Memoir.” Ann will talk about what a memoir is and what it isn’t. She will show you how to use prompts to remember events from the past and get them down on paper or in a file in your laptop. This presentation will inspire you to be the author of your life and to gift your loved ones with your heartfelt stories. Don’t miss it!


While the Circle of Friends Death Café has no theme and is not a grief support group, it does offer a safe space to openly discuss thoughts, feelings, and experiences regarding dying and death. Death Cafés help us move toward what CFD envisions as being “a society that mindfully accepts dying and death as a part of everyday life.” Come mingle and enjoy our cakes, coffee, and tea. No need to register, no fee, though donations for future Death Cafés are greatly appreciated. All are welcome.  For more information and details on future Death Cafés:; or call 845.802.0970.

Circle of Friends for the Dying is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the Mid-Hudson Valley chartered to bring compassionate, competent care to individuals and their families by providing a Home filled with a circle of community support. Circle Home will provide access to quality end-of-life care in a warm and supportive setting.


 Basic Yoga


Tuesdays at 4pm 


This is a beginner yoga class with emphasis on gentle, relaxing, restorative techniques.


Taught by community member Daniel Guzman. Guzman has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. Wear comfortable clothes. All are welcome.



Intermediate Tai Chi 

Third Tuesday of every month at 3pm 


Ulster County Office of the Aging is sponsoring a free intermediate drop-in class Benefits Include:

  • Increase strength
  • Improve balance and posture
  • Help prevent falls
  • Strengthen mind, body and spirit
  • Reduce stress and support relaxation

These drop-in Tai Chi classes are intended for seniors who have already attended the 8-week intro class to continue their practice.


Please call OFA for more information: 845-340-3456


New Museum Pass

Albany Institute of History & Art

Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the oldest museums in the United States. It also is the major repository for the region's heritage, with nationally significant collections. The genesis of the Albany Institute of History & Art began with The Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, Arts, and Manufactures, founded in New York City in Federal Hall.

The Institute’s museum and library holdings form the best collections in the United States documenting the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region from the late seventeenth century to the present day.

This pass checks out with your library card for 3 days and allows free admittance to the museum for 3 adults and children under 18 years old.


Visit Area Museums


The SPL is proud to offer a museum pass program that provides free admission to museums in the region. SPL card holders can visit these participating institutions using museum passes borrowed from the Library. The Friends of the SPL generously provide funding for the museum pass program.



College Application Help


Getting ready to apply for college? College essay help is available for free for Saugerties students! It's never too early to start writing your application essays. Send you essay to along with the application due date and expect helpful feedback within a week.


Step Class

Thursdays at 3:30pm

Fitness Hour

Mondays at 4:30pm

Thursdays at 4pm 


Fitness Hour is an aerobic warm-up followed by a combination of band and body work. There will be an emphasis on core strengthening, working both back & abs. It will end with a relaxing stretch.

Classes are instructed by Connie Scuitto. Connie is an RN and certified Reiki Master. Since 1995 she has been certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Cardio-strength instructor and has worked in the fitness industry for 40 years.


Puzzle Swap

The library has jigsaw puzzles upstairs in the alcove by the elevator that patrons may swap!


Kindle Paperwhites


Patrons who are 18 or older who live in Saugerties with $5 or fewer in fines can check out a Kindle Paperwhite for two weeks with one renewal. Just see a staff member at the Information Desk and sign your eReader Loan Agreement.


Do you have a Saugerties Public Library card and haven't checked out Universal Class yet?


All you have to do is log in with your library card and create a free account. You will have access to hundreds of online classes for FREE.

Earn Continuing Education Credit for free!


Saugerties cardholders have access to concerts provided free to the residents of Ulster County through the support of the Ulster County Government! Click learn more to create a free account and you are ready to watch!


Date Due Reminders


Sign up with Library Elf to receive text and/or email reminders before your library it ems are due to be returned! Click here to get started!


Saugerties Oral History Project on StoryCorps Website


The Stories of Saugerties Oral History Project is a collection of oral history interviews with people who have lived or worked in Saugerties. The interviews began in the summer of 2017, organized by oral historian Lisa Polay. The first round of interviews is now on the StoryCorps website and part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. These interviews were collected by community volunteers.
Links to the interviews are also available on the library's website.


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