Olive Couplets Exhibit: On display now!

This placed-based interactive poetry project, by Ana Silva in collaboration with the community, was inspired by Vera Sickler’s book, History of the Town of Olive. Copies of Sickler’s book are available for check out at the library. The complete couplet collection can be seen here, or by clicking the below images.


“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. 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.


Saturday, August 27 and Monday, September 5, Yoga Class Cancelled

Pollinator Flower Report

The Pollinator Garden is in full bloom!



Join Rondout Valley Organics

The library is now a drop off location for Rondout Valley Organics. This is a group of local farms in the Rondout Valley who produce a variety of organic foods and food products. The first day you can pick up your food will be Friday, April 22 during normal library hours. If you cannot make it in during that time, the food will stay in an insulated cooler with plenty of ice and you can pick it up Saturday, 10-4.

You must become a member and add money to your account to have food delivered. Membership is $50 per year. Please note that you can start your account with as little as $50 in addition to your membership. Here is a link to the website. The website is “Farm to City” a site that handles the online commerce part for Rondout Valley Organics. There will be much, much more produce to choose from during the growing season.

Rusty Plough

2015 Community Survey Results

The results of our community survey, conducted in December 2014 and January 2015 can be found here.


Hiking Near the Library

There are many hiking opportunities near the library, including the Kenape Brook/Ashokan High Point trail. You can access trail maps, including USGS topographical maps on Ulster County’s REConnect website. Click on Trails and Routes and check the boxes for trail heads and hiking trails and the trails will appear in red.

For those who like to explore the woods without a trail, you can also get a permit to hike in the Ashokan Reservoir property across from the library by applying to the DEP. There is a link to the application here.

Please take safety precautions before heading into the woods. Get hiking safety tips here.

Seeds of change

Please help use expand our pollinator garden. As you deadhead your rudbeckia and echninacea flowers, save them for the library. They are full of seeds that we can use to spread in the hillside next to the road. We can also use milkweed seeds. This beautiful video says it all.

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Children’s Story Hour, Tuesdays 10 a.m.

Join us for our rollicking children’s story hour of books, crafts, singing, music and movement.

2016 Holiday Closing Schedule

Friday, January 1, New Year’s Day

Monday, May 30,  Memorial Day

Monday, July 4, Independence Day

Monday, September 5, Labor Day

Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, Thanksgiving

Friday, December 23 and Saturday, December 24, Christmas

Saturday, December 31, New Year’s Eve

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