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Olive Free Library

4033 Route 28A

West Shokan, NY 12494



Director's Message

Happy New Year! Is it really 2016, already? We have new faces behind the circulation desk beginning this week. Henrietta Shannon will join the staff as a cataloger, keeping up lots of the work Ruth Anne has been doing. Barbara Clare, who used to work at the bank in Shokan will be another smiling face behind the desk, as well as Dan Biley who did his high school community service last year for the library, helping to put together our history exhibit. All the new staff are residents of Olive and will be great additions to the library community! Please give them a warm welcome.

We have many new programs beginning this month that will help make the winter months fun and productive. The beekeeping workshop we've offered the past couple of years is back January 9th. Please consider becoming a beekeeper in 2016. Protecting pollinators is important, and the bees don't mind sharing their delicious honey so it's a win-win relationship. Also, there is a new yoga class series beginning January 4th. The resolutions only count if you act on them! We will also start an adult coloring club this month, and a watercolor class series for adults and teens.

Mark your calendars for some great programs in February, including a local history lecture on February 6; a lecture by herbalist Dina Falconi on February 13; Robinson Wildlife on Febraruy 15; an Etsy Sellers workshop on the 13th; a canning workshop on the 20th; and a poetry reading and open mic night on February 27th.

A special thanks is due to the people who donated items for our holiday fair raffle. Pretty much everyone tried to win Hoppy Quick's carved bear. We had such great things for raffle including the quilt donated by the community quilting group, the hand-knit scarf donated by Evie Konjas, and the library bags that were enhanced by local businesses who donated including Fruition Chocolates, Boiceville Wine and Spirits, and Woodstock Chimes. Thank you for your generosity, and thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets. This was a wonderful community effort.

See you at the library!

[email protected]
Saturday, January 2, 10:30 a.m.
Lego Fun!

Come join us in doing Lego fun projects! Each month we do a new theme.   
Monday, January 4, 7:00 p.m.
New Yoga Session Begins

Gentle Hatha Yoga classes taught by Kathy Carey.
Classes are held: Mondays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 9 a.m., and Saturdays at 9 a.m.
Get a discount by signing up for the 12-week yoga session. You can start the 12 weeks on Monday, Wednesday or Saturday of this week. Special price for Town of Olive residents: 12-Week Class Series $48 ($4 per class)
Otherwise drop-in price is a very affordable $6 per class.

Thursday, January 7, 6:00 p.m.
Arts & Crafts Night for Kids

In this program on the first Thursday of the month, we do an evening of arts and crafts for kids. Please pre-register for this program by calling the library. 

The Walk
Thursday, January 7, 6:00 p.m.

The Martian
Thursday, January 21
6:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 4
6:00 p.m.

January 7
(Rated PG)
Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes: The Walk is the true story of a young dreamer, Philippe Petit, and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible: an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.
The Walk attempts a tricky balancing act between thrilling visuals and fact-based drama -- and like its wire-walking protagonist, pulls it off with impressive Úlan. (RT)

January 21

(Rated PG-13)
Rated 93% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes: Smart, thrilling, and surprisingly funny, The Martian offers a faithful adaptation of the bestselling book that brings out the best in leading man Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.

February 4
(Rated PG-13)
On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.

Saturday, January 9 & 16, 10-3 p.m.
Intro to Beekeeping, Parts 1 & 2

In this free workshop you will learn EVERYTHING you need to know to start keeping bees in the spring of 2016. Please call or email the library to preregister and please bring a bag lunch.

Session 1: Overview of the Honeybee
  • Native pollinators
  • Honeybee caste and races
  • Bee stings / Apitherapy
  • Where to get bees
  • Bees and neighbors
  • Beneficial plants
  • Natural/Organic beekeeping
Session 2: Equipment and Bee Care
  • Protective gear
  • Hive tools
  • Hive types - Framed and Top Bar
  • Predators and pests
  • Hive placement
  • Installing bees
  • Signs of a healthy hive
  • Diseases
  • Products from the hive
  • Winter prep
Sunday, January 10, 1:30 p.m.
Retirement Party for Ruth Anne Muller

Anyone who has visited the library in the past 42 years will probably know Ruth Anne. She is the town historian, the notary, the former library director, the star of some local theater productions, and the church organist among other things. Her many talents and interests have made the library a rich place. Please email [email protected] (or call the library) if you plan to come to the party. 
Thursday, January 14, 6 - 8 p.m.
Adult Coloring Club


Guess what? Coloring is not just for kids anymore! Coloring clubs are forming all over the United States. It's relaxing, it's creative, and it's extra-fun to do with others. The library will have supplies if you don't have any, or bring your own projects. We'll offer this once a month, or more often if there is a demand!

Saturday, January 16, 4 p.m.
Book Discussion Group

Come join the book discussion. The library orders extra copies of whatever book we are reading so you can come in and check one out.
"Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world." (goodreads) 
Monday, January 18, 6:00 p.m.
Stress Reduction Workshop

This workshop will focus on stress reduction using yoga, meditation, and energy balancing techniques. Taught by Kathy Carey, this class will provide important tools for working with stress in daily life. Suggested donation, $10.

Monday, January 18, 6:30 p.m.
Beekeeping Support Group


Go to for more information about his monthly group. Each month they cover a topic related to supporting beekeeping. Beginners and seasoned beekeepers are all very welcome!
Tuesday, January 19, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Community Quilting


Bring your sewing machine and a bag lunch and work with others to create quilts for children in need. Please contact the library to find out additional tools to bring such as rotary cutter and mat.
Wednesday, January 20, 7:00 p.m.
Library Board of Trustees Meeting

The library's board meetings are open to the public!  
Thursday, January 21, 6-8 p.m.
Lego Fun!

Please note we have moved this program to Thursdays for 2016. Come do Lego projects at the library. We supply the Legos and a theme, you supply the creativity!    
Monday, January 25, 6:00 p.m. (Part 1)
(Mon. Feb. 1, and Mon. Feb. 22, parts 2 & 3)
Watercolor Class with Melanie Hall

Come and learn watercolor techniques from artist, teacher, and children's book illustrator Melanie Hall. We have had the privilege of having Melanie teach at the library before and the class participants are always ecstatic because she is such a generous, experienced, and kind teacher. This class has a $25 class fee for the series. Materials are provided, but if you have your own paints or brushes feel free to bring them! This class is for adults and teens. 

Saturday, January 30, 7:00 p.m.
Family Movie Night--Goosebumps (Rated PG)

A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.

We have many Goosebumps books in our collection. R.L. Stine is one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L. Stine has written other series including: Fear Street, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Dangerous Girls. Come check out a book to get ready for the movie!

Save the Date
Up-Coming Events and Programs

Saturday, February 13, Becoming a seller on Etsy Workshop
Saturday, Feb. 13, Lecture by Dina Falconi on the work of Weston Price
Monday, Feb. 15, Robinson Wildlife
Saturday, Feb. 20, Canning Workshop: Apple Chutney
Saturday, Feb. 27, Poetry reading and Open Mic Night
Saturday, February 6, 2:00 p.m.
Local History Lecture: Historic Architecture of Olive & Vicinity by William Rhoads

William Rhoads is the author of Ulster County, NY: The Architectural History & Guide, among other architectural history books. This talk will focus on the historic homes and buildings in and around the Town of Olive, many of which are still standing, and many that are not.  Come check out his books at the library before the lecture! 
Jukebox Jewels Singing Circle
1:30-2:30 p.m.

We sing the most fun songs from a wide timespan! Open to all ages and free. Participants can request a song or bring a song, and be willing to join in with others. Reading music is not necessary. 
Musician Julia Haines is a music therapist and educator. She plays piano, accordion, and harp, among other things.  (This is Julia leading the merriment at our Summer Reading kickoff carnival in July). 
Catskill Ukulele Group
Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Pull up a ukulele and learn a song! This is a friendly group who welcomes all comers. If you do not have a ukulele but would like to participate, you can check one out from the library.  This group stays connected to other players through under the name Catskill Ukulele Group


Tuesdays 10 a.m.
Preschool Story Hour


Come join the fun! Each week we do a craft activity, read some books, do yoga, sing, make music together, and everyone plays an instrument in a parade through the library. All are welcome! 


Library Beehive Project
Update-Safety glass has arrived

Local Boy Scout, Blake Overton, is building an observation beehive for the library thanks to many donations raised in the past year. He is now in the construction phase of the project. The safety glass arrived recently which will allow us to observe the bees. As you can tell from the picture, the hive is quite large! The hive fits into a kiosk which Blake designed, drew in a CAD program and which he is also building.    

Library Hours  

Monday          10-8
Tuesday         10-5
Wednesday     12-8
Thursday         2-8
Friday             1-5
Saturday         10-4

Weekly Groups at OFL

Preschool Story Hour Tuesdays at 10 a.m.    

Yoga - $6 drop-in
Mondays at 7 p.m. (Gentle)
Wednesdays at  9 a.m. (Gentle) 
Saturdays at 9 a.m. (Gentle)

Ukulele Circle Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.

Singing Circle Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Knitting Circle Wednesdays at 11 a.m.(call library the day before to confirm) 
A.A. Meeting
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Olive Free Library 845-657-2482
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