Upcoming Events

Woodstock Library 2nd Annual Pet Food Drive

Donations for the Saugerties Animal Shelter will be accepted throughout the Month of May!

Here is a list of items the library will accept:

  • Used blankets and sheets
  • Unopened Wet and dry cat and dog food
  • Unopened cat litter
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Gift cards

http://www.saugertiesanimalshelter.com (http://www NULL.saugertiesanimalshelter NULL.com/)


Poetry Workshop for Adults with Susan Sindall

Tuesdays: May 2nd – June 27th, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:45 pm

This class will focus on poems written by the participants, who will be encouraged to read their work aloud. After a second reading by someone else, members of the group will describe what they’ve heard and offer suggestions.

We’ll discuss the process of revision, and the specifics of line breaks, word choices, tone and intention. Our aim is to listen carefully and support each other’s work.

The class is limited to 10 people. Participants should each bring ten copies of the poem they want to share with the group.

To sign up: Please write to Susan Sandal, suesin@earthlink.net, and include two of your poems plus a short (2 – 3 sentences) description of a poem by something else, including why you like it. 

Susan Sindall

Susan Sindall (http://www NULL.susansindall NULL.com/) is an award-winning, published poet who is also known as gifted teacher of poetry and winning. While working towards her degree from New York University, she taught for Teachers and Writers Collaborative. Residencies awarded by the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts provided quiet retreats. In 2005, she earned an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. She is a founding editor of Heliotrope, a journal of poetry and lives in the Hudson Valley with her composer husband. Their son and daughter, with spouses and two grandsons, often visit.

Healthy Ulster Week!

May 6 – May 14, 2017

In honor of Healthy Ulster Week, the Woodstock Library is pleased to
present the following events: A Panel on Holistic Health (May 6), Foundations of Vibrant Health (May 11) and Healthy Living with Essential Oils (May 13)

All classes will be held at:
Woodstock Public Library
5 Library Lane, Woodstock, NY

All events coordinated by Joan Apner, who has over 24 years of training as an Aromacologist and specializes in the use and application of therapeutic Essential Oils. She has studied all over the world and holds an international certificate of study from the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, and is a registered professional member of the International Aromatherapy Association. She travels widely giving keynote presentations, classes and workshops about holistic health, and has been published in numerous publications.

Joan offers Aromatherapy treatments for physical, mental/emotional and spiritual balance, and is a certified facilitator of Mind-Body workshops to help prepare and recover from surgery.

For Joan’s full bio, click here.


Saturday, May 6, from 4:30 – 6:00pm

Panel Participants: TBA

In this panel, local practitioners who donate their time for “Healthcare is a Human Right” free clinics in Woodstock, Phoenicia and Kingston will give an overview of their modalities and how they address holistic health. Healthcare is a Human Right is an organization committed to making holistic wellness education and care available to all, regardless of socio-economic status.

Modalities may include:
Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Chiropractic, Craniosacral Therapy, Energy Healing, Feldenkrais Flower Essences, Homeopathy, Massage, Matrix Energetics, Nutritional counseling, Reflexology, Reiki and Shiatsu and more!~

HOLISTIC HEALTH is actually an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to HEALTH considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit.


TUESDAY MAY 9, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm

Modern life keeps us so busy that we are often overcommitted, juggling multiple priorities and feeling out of control. This lifestyle is exhausting, unsustainable, and can damage health. Research has shown that 70-90% of health conditions can be prevented or adequately managed through lifestyle alone! In this class, we will go over the basics: what constitutes physical, mental/emotional and spiritual balance. Topics will include, healthy eating, stress reduction, connection (quiet time), and finding passion and purpose.


Thursday, May 11, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm

We all know about the everyday power of scent: how a particular perfume reminds you of your mother, or when the smell of your favorite restaurant brings you back to your first date there. But did you know that some scents can actually improve your health? Essential oils can also help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell. Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally.  You can apply them directly onto your skin, inhaling, or use through a diffuser.  In this class we will explore Essential Oil history, production, benefits and safety precautions. We will pass around essential oils for you to experience, and have time for your questions.

Woodstock Library Forum: A Documentary Film & Talk by Marty Klein “Why Can’t We Serve?” Decreasing the Number of Veteran Suicides in the U.S

May 13, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Veterans are not getting the help they need when they return to civilian life after being in harm’s way. The stress of battle causes mental and emotional problems that overwhelm the agencies set up to help. Every year a tragic number of desperate veterans take their own lives. What can be done? Marty Klein the producer and director of this documentary— a work in progress,—will illustrate the problem and explore some possible ways to help our wounded warriors.

Celebrating 3 decades of good talk! The Longest-Running Cultural and Public Affairs Forum in the Hudson Valley!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Woodstock Library.

Woodstock Library Forums: The Longest-Running Cultural and Public Affairs Forum in the Mid-Hudson Valley!

Aging Film Series

Aging in the Movies: Film & Discussion Series

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
With Your Host, Sandi Eppy.

This monthly film & discussion series portrays older individuals aging gracefully, creatively, and with panache.

A film series that meets on the Second Floor on the fourth Wednesday of the month from: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

This month’s film: Calendar Girls. 

A Golden Globe – nominated British comedy based on the true story of a group of women who produced a nude calendar to raise money for leukemia research.

Tea will be available.  Participants are welcome to bring snacks.

Making Music Together with Nathan Brenowitz 

May 31st, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30pm

If you have never played or used to play or currently play an instrument at any level and want to make music together, this workshop is for you. Going in many directions, we will learn exciting simple rhythms and fit melodies to those beats. We will break up into smaller groups and create harmonious ensembles. Along the way there will be an opportunity to learn about scales and write your own songs even if you never played an instrument. Take a chance there may be a Paul McCartney waiting to be unleashed!

Some instruments will be provided or please feel free to bring your own!

Repeating monthly on 4th Friday.

Nathan Brenowitz (http://woodstockrhythmcircles NULL.com/) started out playing piano as a student at the Julliard School and then moved to the trumpet playing in classical and jazz orchestras and then discovered conga drums. He says he hasn’t been the same since! He studied in Cuba, Brazil, and South Africa and has for the past 20 years taught percussion and trumpet in the New York City area. He is currently playing in a blues band and leads music workshops in schools, hotels, and businesses.

Making Music with Nathan Brenowitz

Ongoing Events

The Happy Booker

Happy Booker

Third Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Looking to expand your reading horizons? Join us for The Happy Booker Discussion Group! All choice of books made by participants.

This program meets in the Reading Room on the third Wednesday of each month @ 6:30pm. Please sign up at the Circulation Desk or call, 845-679-2213.

The book for the May 17th meeting is: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, one that will take them through the villages of south China, in and out of the clutch of brutal soldiers, and across the Pacific to the foreign shores of America. At its heart, Shanghai Girls is a story of sisters: Pearl and May are inseparable best friends, who share hopes, dreams, and a deep connection. But like sisters everywhere, they also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. Along the way there are terrible sacrifices, impossible choices and one devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel by Lisa See hold fast to who they are – Shanghai girls.

Woodstock Book Club

Second Fridays from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm across Tinker Street at the Christian Science Reading Room

May’s selection:

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick (http://www NULL.phaedra-patrick NULL.com/). Finding a mysterious bracelet among his late wife’s possessions, 69-year-old Arthur Pepper breaks from his routine life for the first time since her death and embarks on a quest to learn about his wife’s life before their marriage, a journey that leads to unexpected self-discoveries. 

Crocheting and Knitting with Tea and Cookies

Happening on every other Tuesday of each month from 3:00pm-5:00pm. 

Next meetings:  April 18th & May 2nd
Come and craft in the Art Books Room. Browse terrific collections of patterns and do it yourself instructional materials. We will provide some yarn, crochet and knitting needles available for beginners. Crafters welcome to bring projects from home and share your knowledge with the community.

Crocheting and Knitting with Tea and Cookies

Tech Help

Thursdays: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Need help with:

  • A new device
  • Learning about digital borrowing
  • Questions about social media and email
  • Help with Microsoft Office
  • PCs and Macs
  • Something else entirely?

Willy, one of our library clerks, may be able to help you! Sign up at circulation desk for a 30-minute session, or
Schedule appointments by phone at 845-679-2213.

Want to BE a Tech Help Volunteer? Talk to library staff.

Tech Help with Willy

Woodstock Library Show #44 (April 2017)

View on our YouTube Channel (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=qA56wY5fR8E&list=PLYWKCt6PiOlUhp3FMYGg2Smcq1bZPRutk&index=3)


Today & Tomorrow – Jessica Kerr, Library Director, Talks about new staff members, update on Master Facilities Plan process, new Teen program combining technology, music and art, Save the date for 86th Annual Library Fair on Saturday, July 22, 2017, Look for new display with Transition Seeds.

What Book are you Reading? Jackie Kellachan – talking about new books coming in The Golden Notebook.

Live at the Library – Elly Wininger

This show is produced by Barry Miller, Library Board Trustee.