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Olive Free Library

4033 Route 28A

West Shokan, NY 12494



Director's Message
We had a great summer reading kickoff carnival and have lots of kids enjoying reading this summer! The program will culminate with a party and raffle drawing on August 13th.

The 2016 Summer Olympics begin August 5th and we will be airing them on our big screen during times that the library is open (when there are not other programs scheduled in the community room.) We will show the events broadcast on NBC.

The observation hive is finished! This is a major accomplishment for Blake Overton who undertook building a honeybee observation hive for the library as his Eagle Scout project. The hive has live honeybees, very busy doing what bees do. The hive is completely safe, the bees are kept behind safety glass, but can come and go through a pipe that leads outdoors. The hive includes a kiosk with an educational slide show that teaches visitors about honeybees. Please come by to see the hive.

Our book sale brings in much-needed revenue to support the library's programs and collections. We need more book sale volunteers. Consider whether you would like to come help sort books, or offer other talents to the sale such as marketing, or whether you might be able to volunteer for occasional special sales. Email if you would like to help out. Right now we are completely full up with books and cannot accept donations. We have lowered the prices on all books so spread the word and shop!

If you have come for movies at the library you will be happy to know that we recently moved our screen higher so its easier to see from everywhere in the room, and some of our speakers had become detached when we installed the cork floor and they are all hooked up now, so come try out the new movie experience.

The acrylic painting class we had scheduled for August is being rescheduled for the fall, please stay posted for the date.

See you at the library!

Thursday, August 4, 6:00 p.m.
Wet Felting Workshop for kids

Teresa Curtiss will teach the art of wet felting with all its glorious creative possibilities. There is a materials fee of $5 per person for this class.  

(8 speaker surround sound, overhead projector)
Sing Street
Thursday, August 4, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 11, 6:00 p.m.

Born to Be Blue
Thursday, August 18, 6:00 p.m.

August 4
Sing Street
(Rated PG-13)
OFL Staff:
Rated 97% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.
Sing Street is a feel-good musical with huge heart and irresistible optimism, and its charming cast and hummable tunes help to elevate its familiar plotting.

August 11
(Rated R) 
An inspirational speaker (David Thewlis) becomes reinvigorated after meeting a lively woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who shakes up his mundane existence.
Rated 92% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes: "Anomalisa marks another brilliant and utterly distinctive highlight in Charlie Kaufman's filmography, and a thought-provoking treat for fans of introspective cinema."
August 18
Born to Be Blue
(Rated R)   Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon of cool. By the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. In his innovative anti-biopic, director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker's life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback, spurred in part by a passionate romance with a new flame (Carmen Ejogo). Creatively blending fact with fiction and driven by Hawke's virtuoso performance, Born to Be Blue unfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz.
Saturday, August 6, 2:00 p.m.
Fungi Identification Hike with John Michelotti

John Michelotti of Catskill Fungi will explain the underground workings of fungi. Learn about mushroom identification, historical uses of mushrooms, medicinal benefits of common mushrooms, the role of fungi in the ecosystem and even technological advances utilizing fungi.
All ages welcome. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty to drink.  We will meet at the library and carpool to the Kanape Brook Trailhead.  *Please call the library to register for this event. 845-657-2482.   
Monday August 8, 1:30 p.m.
Kids Electronics Workshop

Learn about components and circuitry via various show & tell projects. Led by Adam Funk (a 9-year old with a passion for electronics). Learn how to use inputs, sensors and displays using the Uno Board and make your own projects.
Please call the library to sign up and learn more.  
Monday August 8 & 22, 4:30 p.m.
Model Rail
road Club

Bring your train set or come and watch as others run their model railroads. Please call the library to sign up.    
Tuesday, August 9, 2 p.m.
Olive Couplets Exhibit Opening

Poet and part-time Olive resident Ana Silva has created a placed-based interactive poetry project inspired by Vera Sickler's book. We will put the work on display in the Community room. Please come by for refreshments and to meet the poet.
"When I read Vera Sickler's History of the Town of Olive (1823 - 1973), I was intrigued not only by the history she shares,  but also by the colorful, everyday, descriptive language she uses.  I selected fragments of her text that evoke past times of Olive in visceral and straightforward ways, and invited Olive residents to answer these lines with their own poetic phrasings. Olive Couplets brings together our past with our present, deepening our sense of place." --Ana Silva

Ana C. H. Silva lives in NYC and Olive, NY. Her poetry has been published in Podium, Mom Egg Review, the nth position, Snow Monkey, Anemone Sidecar, Chronogram, and Stepaway Magazine. She won the inaugural Rachel Wetzsteon Memorial Poetry Prize at the 92nd St. Y Unterberg Poetry Center.
Tuesday, August 9, 10:00 a.m.-3 p.m.
Community Quilting

Each month members of the community meet to make quilts together for Project Linus. Last year the group donated 72 quilts to children who are homeless or gravely ill in Ulster County. Bring your sewing machine and pack a lunch, or come and help with other parts of the quilt-making like tying. No materials or quilting expertise necessary. 
Thursday, August 11, 6:00 p.m.
Adult Coloring Circle

This will be the last month that we offer this activity at this time. Please let us know if there is another time that would work for you, or if there is some other program you would like to see in its place. email:  
Saturday, August 13, 11:00 a.m.
Lego Creator Projects

We will use Lego Creator kits to create many types of projects.   
Saturday, August 13 & August 20, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Intro to Art Journaling for Teens and Adults

Grab an old book or a journal and have fun creating layer upon layer of luscious art!  No artistic ability required, you will learn to be loose and enjoy being in the creative moment. This is a two class series for teens and adults, led by Catherine Shultis.  *Call the library to preregister. $10 materials fee.
Saturday, August 13, 1:00 p.m.
Summer Reading Closing Party

We will have games, sundae making, and draw the winning raffle tickets for the summer reading program prizes! 
Monday, August 15, 6:30 p.m.
Beekeeping Support Group


Do you keep bees or want to do so? Come and share information, or learn from experts.

Go to for more information about his monthly group. Each month a topic related to supporting beekeeping is covered. Beginners and seasoned beekeepers are all very welcome!
Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 p.m.
Board of Trustees Meeting

The library board meetings are open to the public, please join us. 
Thursday, August 18, 6:00 p.m.
Lego Creator Projects

We will use Lego Creator kits to create many types of projects.   
Friday, August 19, 2:00 p.m.
Paper Airplane Contest and Movie: Planes

To celebrate National Aviation Day, come make an airplane and watch a movie in the air conditioning! 
Saturday, August 20, 4:00 p.m.
Book Discussion Group

At first glance, William Finnegan's life as a surfer seems incongruent. Known mostly for his work for the New Yorker-where he's been a war correspondent and foreign policy contributor since the 1980s-it's easier to imagine him chasing down sources than waves in remote, international locales.
Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.
We have many copies available of this Pulitzer Prize winning biography. Come check one out!
Thursday, August 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
Free Community Dinner

Come gather with neighbors and enjoy a free meal. Olive Boy Scout Troop 163 invites you to enjoy a monthly community dinner. The Boy Scouts serve soup and fresh bread to anyone in the community who wants to come to the library to have supper. Bread is generously donated by Bread Alone Bakery.  
Saturday, August 27, 7:00 p.m.
Family Movie Night: Kung Fu Panda 3

Living large and loving life, Po (Jack Black) realizes that he has a lot to learn if he's going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor (Dustin Hoffman). After reuniting with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston), Po must transition from student to teacher and train a group of fun-loving, clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters. Together, the kung-fu brethren unite to take on the evil Kai (J.K. Simmons), a supernatural warrior who becomes stronger with each battle.
Certified fresh, rated PG. 
Please preregister for this event by calling the library at 657-2482. 
Local farm food pickup

We are now a Friday drop off location for Rondout Valley Organics, a group of local organic farms in the Rondout Valley. It is similar to a CSA but includes more than vegetables and more flexibility. Please visit the website to learn more about the farms and find out how to join. There are lots of vegetables available during the growing season.
Save the Date
Up-Coming Events and Programs

Mon. Sept. 5, Library Closed, Labor Day
Sat. Sept. 10, Olive Day! Please visit our booth!
Mon. Oct. 10, Library Closed, Columbus Day
Sat. Oct. 15, Local History Hike with Bud Eckert
Sat. Oct. 22, Nature Photography Class
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 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)

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

Ukulele Circle Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.  
A.A. Meeting
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Olive Free Library 845-657-2482
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