Upcoming Events

OverDrive Big Library Read

June 12 – 26, 2017

From June 12th-26th, ‘The Other Einstein’ by Marie Benedict’ is available for every patron that wishes to read it—no holds, no wait lists.

By participating in the Big Library Read, we are joining a global movement of passionate readers and library patrons who support the availability of eBooks at libraries – and it’s a great way to increase circulation.

The title will available for instant unlimited access on the MHLS Digital Download page at http://mhls.lib.overdrive.com/ (http://mhls NULL.lib NULL.overdrive NULL.com/) from June 12-26.

Book Sale

Saturday, June 24th from 10:00am – 3:00pm

In addition to hardcovers and paperbacks, we have CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, and audio books on CDs for all ages and interests. Because we receive and process donations throughout the year, each sale features many new items. Be sure to check out our ‘table books’ which we think may be of particular interest.

We don’t just set out boxes of donated books; we clean them, sort them, and shelve them by category, to make browsing more enjoyable. Our hardcover Fiction and Mystery sections are shelved alphabetically. Our Children’s and Young Adult Books are sorted by age group and genre. Our volunteers are big readers and are happy to make suggestions or try and help you track down a particular title. So come out to the Book Barn; you are sure to find something special!

Sponsored by The Friends of The Library of Woodstock, NY Inc.

Woodstock Library Forum: Donkeys at the Library! Donkeys: The Most Misunderstood and Under-Appreciated of our Domestic Partners A Talk by Steve Stiert with His Live Donkeys

Saturday, June 24th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Donkey Time – front lawn: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Presentation – reading room: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Contrary to public perception, the donkey is a very sweet, calm, smart, playful and affectionate animal. Because they are strong and hardy, for millennia the donkey has been one of man’s most valuable companions.

Featuring Live Donkeys!

Steve Stiert is a former IBM software engineer. He is the founder of Donkey Park in Ulster Park, a non-profit community service organization dedicated to enriching the lives of donkeys and the human communities with which they interact.

Reach for the Stars!

Join Woodstock Library’s Summer Reading Program for Fun, Learning and Fabulous Prizes!

June 29th – August 26th

Watch, read, or listen to any three items.

Hand in the list of titles with your name and contact information to be entered into our weekly drawing for prizes.


For 1 star – Relax with a magazine, listen to a music CD, or watch a DVD

For 2 stars – Enjoy a book or Audio CD

For 3 stars – Read to someone you care about (this includes pets)

For 4 stars – Use Zinio to browse through a magazine

For 5 stars – Download an Audio book or E-book

For 6 stars – Go to a library event, the Library Fair, or a book club meeting

For 7 stars – Read a book about Woodstock, libraries, or stars (either astronomical or Hollywood)

Accumulate at least 25 stars. 

Hand in the list of titles with your name and contact information to be entered into our August 26th drawing for spectacular prizes.

Making Music Together with Nathan Brenowitz

Thursday, June 29th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Making Music with Nathan Brenowitz

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!

Workshop Writing to Heal the (w)Hole: Writing Your Recovery Story

Wednesday Evenings Upstairs: July 5th, July 12th, July 19th and August 2nd, 6:00pm – 7:45 pm

A 4 week long writing workshop for those who have been addicted to drugs or alcohol. The power of telling our story , externalizing our narrative through writing it down, is widely acknowledged


Workshop facilitators:


Peter Blum, C. Ht., C.I., M.S.C: Hypnosis instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists since 1993, Peter is currently a columnist for the Quarterly ” Unlimited Human” and he believes strongly in the power of writing and storytelling. He has a special interest in helping those dealing with the problem of drug addiction.


Deeber Berk, LMT, CASAC-t. Deeber was a wholistic body worker for 27 years and worked at The Wellness Center at the Omega Institute for 6 years. She has worked with thousands of people in public and private practice. Her interests are in addiction, recovery, brain science and what we can do to improve outcomes.



Ongoing Events

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 Sindall,  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.

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!     Choice of books made by participants.

This program meets in the library’s Reading Room on the third Wednesday of each month @ 6:30pm. All are welcome, join us!

The book for the July 19th meeting is: Nemesis by Philip Roth

  • Book for July, 2017Nemesis by Philip Roth
  • Book for August, 2017: TBA

Set in a Newark neighborhood during a terrifying polio outbreak, Nemesis is a wrenching examination of the forces of circumstance on our lives.
Bucky Cantor is a vigorous, dutiful twenty-three-year-old playground director during the summer of 1944. A javelin thrower and weightlifter, he is disappointed with himself because his weak eyes have excluded him from serving in the war alongside his contemporaries. As the devastating disease begins to ravage Bucky’s playground, Roth leads us through every inch of emotion such a pestilence can breed: fear, panic, anger, bewilderment, suffering, and pain.


Woodstock Book Club

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

July’s selection: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan (https://www NULL.jennycolgan NULL.com/).

Nina is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile — a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.


Aging Film Series

Aging in the Movies: Film & Discussion Series

Wednesday, June 28, 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: Camilla. 

Screen favorite Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy) stars with Bridget Fonda (Kiss of the Dragon) in this feel-good comedy about an unlikely pair who set off on the road to do everything they always wanted! On their madcap journey together, they find themselves losing their car in a lake, being duped by a con man, staging a kidnapping- and having the time of their lives! It’s a delightfully entertaining story that shows that friendship, fun and adventure are all just part of the ride!

Crocheting and Knitting with Tea and Cookies

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

Next meetings:  June 27th, July 11th, & July 25th 
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 #46 (June 2017)

View on our YouTube Channel (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=lsIhAygvTMs&list=PLYWKCt6PiOlUhp3FMYGg2Smcq1bZPRutk&index=4)


Today & Tomorrow: Jessica Kerr, Library Director, Discussing May programs, ADG/Cohn Master Facilities Plan Draft Report and Meeting May, 24th 2017, June Programs and mention of Summer Reading Program

Michael Hunt: Information on the upcoming 86th Annual Library Fair, Saturday, July 22nd 2017

What Book Are You Reading? : Jackie at the Golden Notebook

Live at the Library : Peter Einhorn, Travis Shook, Veronica Nunn

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