Upcoming Events

Big Library Read 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015-Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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The Big Library Read (http://biglibraryread NULL.com/) is back! As we have done several times before, all MHLS libraries (http://midhudson NULL.org/libraries/member-libraries-county/) will be participating in the next worldwide OverDrive (http://mhls NULL.lib NULL.overdrive NULL.com/) Big Library Read, and for the first time ever there are two titles to enjoy: The Door in the Hedge (http://www2 NULL.overdrive NULL.com/e/28502/-2013092-the-door-in-the-hedge/451jpv/502860549) by Robin McKinley (http://www NULL.robinmckinley NULL.com/) and In the Shadow of Blackbirds (http://www2 NULL.overdrive NULL.com/e/28502/14-in-the-shadow-of-blackbirds/451jpx/502860549) by Cat Winters (http://www NULL.catwinters NULL.com/). Readers from around the world can enjoy the same eBook titles at the same time, creating a worldwide book club. The eBooks will be available for simultaneous use, meaning no holds or waitlists for users! More info.

Book Sale: Bag Sale

Saturday, October 10, 2015 @ 10:00am-3:00pm

Books and more for all tastes and ages. Bag Sale! $8 to fill up a bag! Happens in the Book Barn!


Woodstock Library Forum: Solarize Woodstock

Saturday, October 10, 2015 @ 5:00pm, Free!
Polly Howells of Woodstock Transition (http://woodstocknytransition NULL.org/) will speak about Solarize, a non-profit community education and group purchasing program that makes solar electricity simpler to understand and more affordable for homes and small businesses. This program ends on November 15, and the more people who go solar, the lower the costs for all. An opportunity to learn about solar, and lower energy costs. Sponsored by NYSERDA, Community Solar NY, Woodstock Environmental Commission, Sustainable Hudson Valley, and Woodstock Transition.

Library Forum

Dates are on web calendar. Check out the online brochure or pick up one at the Circulation Desk!

October Events for Children

Events listed on website calendar! Download a print calendar or come to the library for more info! Some events require signing up. Please see Lesley in the Children’s Library.

New for fall:
Homework Club on Wednesdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm.


Volunteers (teens and adults) are needed for the: 3rd Annual Halloween Journey on Saturday, October 31, 2015. Please let Lesley know if you can help with planning, set-up, journey participation, or clean up.

Introducing Janet Dymond, New Director of the Woodstock Library

Appointed September 17th, 2015

The trustees of the Woodstock Public Library District approved at their Board Meeting the appointment of Janet Dymond as new Library Director.

She will begin on September 28, 2015.

A native of the Catskills, Janet Dymond grew up in Grahamsville in Sullivan County, After earning her BA in English and Master of Science in Information Science at SUNY Albany, Dymond worked first for her local Daniel Pearce Library in Grahamsville and at the SUNY Sullivan college library before becoming Senior Librarian at Eastern NY Correctional Facility for seven years, and then transferring to the same post at Ulster Correctional Facility, where she has worked since May 2014. Dymond is active in her community, coaching children in basketball, serving on the school board, and heading up the local cemetery association.

Dymond succeeds Amy Raff as Woodstock Library Director. When Raff left in May 2015, the trustees began a search which had to be conducted within the parameters of the Ulster County Civil Service Commission.

Stuart Auchincloss, head of the Library trustees, commented: “As an experienced librarian and a leader in her own community, Janet Dymond is just the director we need to take the Woodstock Library into the future. The trustees were impressed with Janet’s passion for public libraries, her understanding of small town life, her boundless energy and enthusiasm, her strong work ethic and her willingness to tackle new challenges. She demonstrated tremendous ingenuity and creativity as Senior Librarian in a challenging prison environment. Whether it’s mastering a new technology or squeezing the last penny out of a budget, Janet is more than up to the task.”

The new director Janet Dymond added, “I am excited to become the next director of the Woodstock Public Library and look forward to working with the staff, the library board and the public to build a library that the community is proud to call their own. I envision the Woodstock Public Library as an information and community hub for the town. My hope is to expand library services and create new opportunities and innovative ways to serve the community. The library will be dynamic and responsive to the ever-changing needs of the community while valuing the traditions and vibrant culture that has made Woodstock the most famous small town in the world.”

Since Raff’s departure in May 2015, Woodstock’s research librarian Jessica Kerr has been serving as Interim Director. Kerr remarked, ”I look forward to working with Janet and introducing her to our community. I am also excited to work more closely with our library patrons again while starting some exciting new projects and programs.”

Auchincloss and the trustees thanked Jessica for her outstanding performance and total dedication as Interim Director.

Please help us in welcoming Janet to our community!

Community: Woodstock Library Portrait Project with Claire Lambe (Fall 2015)

Fridays @ 12:00pm-4:00pm in the Art Books Room
In January 2015, Woodstock-based artist Claire Lambe (http://www NULL.clairelambe NULL.net/) began a portrait project entitled, “Community,” at the Woodstock Library.  Her intention was that the portraits should be painted as much as possible from life. She hopes to catch up with some of the people who signed up that she didn’t get to yet.

Claire Lambe Community Portrait