Thursday, July 28, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Free Community Dinner

*Saturday, July 30, 2-4 p.m., Nature Photography Class for Teens & Adults

sally delmericoSally Delmerico, a professional photographer with twenty years of experience, will show you how to sharpen your photographic skills. Learn how to get the most from your digital camera in order to take great outdoor photos

At this class, you will discover many important techniques which will help you master your camera.  The program is packed with information on how to access and use the different settings in your own camera.  You will get valuable tips on exposure, lighting and composition, You will become much more comfortable with your camera.

Time will be allotted for you to go outside and practice. Sally will provide hands on guidance.  Be sure to bring your camera with a charged battery and be ready to have fun taking nature pictures.

*Preregistration required.

Save the Date!

These are upcoming events you won’t want to miss:

Wednesday, August 3, 10 & 17, 6:00, Acrylic Painting Class*

Thursday, August 4, 6:00 p.m., Wet Felting Class for Kids*

Saturday, August 6, 2:00 p.m. Fungi Identification Hike*

Saturday, August 13 & August 20, 11:00-1:00, Intro to Art Journaling*

Saturday, August 13, 1:00 p.m., Summer Reading Closing Party*

Saturday, August 27, 7:00 p.m., Family Movie:  Kung Fu Panda 3*


*Preregistration required, call the library at 845-657-2482


Pollinator Flower Report

The Pollinator Garden is really starting to come to life!



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.


UPDATE: A Beehive for Olive Free Library!

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. Below is a picture of the main part of hives so far, minus the kiosk.  You can visit his website and learn more about the project 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.