Library Closed – Friday, January 30

Due to the weather we will be closed today.  We will be open tomorrow our regular hours 10-4.

Master Gardener Lecture – Saturday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m.

486Topic:  Gardening (almost!) Year Round

We often think gardening ends with the last frost, but you can coax greens to keep producing for December holiday dinners, and start again in February.  What are the secrets you need to know?
If you are willing to experiment, this class will teach you to use cold frames and low tunnels and other equipment, along with especially cold-hard varieties, to grow greens and other vegetables most of the year.  With a little luck, a cold frame or low-tunnel and some mache or tatsoi seeds, and other greens, you can have a delicious salad this winter!

Tuesday, February 3, 1:00-3:00 Senior Scam Prevention Forum

A NY State Consumer Protection Services expert will expose the various scams that are targeted toward seniors and how you can protect yourself or a loved one from becoming a victim. This presentation is sponsored by NY State Senator James L. Seward. The program is free, but we request that you call the library to pre-register, 845-657-2482.

New Singing Circle on Wednesdays, beginning February 4th

Beginning Wednesday, February 4th, from 1:30- 2:30, musician Julia Haines will lead The Singing Circle–“A piano bar without the bar.”

Over the past decade, Julia Haines has led Singing Circles at the Cancer Support Community and in educational settings in Philadelphia. She has recently relocated back to Olive and is eager to offer this program in this community.

The Singing Circle will meet every Wednesday and is open to anyone who wants to sing. It is open to all ages and is free to the public.  Participants can request a song or bring a song, and be willing to join in with others.  Reading music is not necessary.  New songs are learned by listening and singing.

This program is free, but we request that you call the library to pre-register at 845-657-2482.

A Beehive for Olive Free Library!

A local boy scout, Blake Overton, is creating an observation beehive for the library! 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.

Groups at Olive Library

Children’s Story Hour: Every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m

MMM Craft Group:  Meets downstairs on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. from September-June.

Homeschoolers Study Group: Meets every Tuesday at 1 p.m

Ukelele Group:  Every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

Scrabble Group:  Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 1 p.m.

Knitting: Every Thursday from noon to 2 p.m.

Yoga: Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m., Thursday evenings at 7 p.m, Saturdays at 10 a.m.

AA:  Every Friday evening downstairs at 7:30 p.m.

Tongore Garden Club: Meets monthly on the second Thursday from April through December.

2014 Holiday Closing Schedule

Wednesday, January 1, New Year’s Day

Monday, May 26,  Memorial Day

Friday, July 4, Independence Day

Monday, September 1, Labor Day

Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, Thanksgiving

Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26, Christmas

Wednesday, December 31, New Year’s Eve