Ulster County Executive Mike Hein proclaims the week of April 12 – April 18 as National Library Week in Ulster County.  Joining him are Officers from the Ulster County Association of Libraries (UCLA) including:  Julie Dempsey, President of UCLA, Director of Highland Public Library; Frank Rees, Treasurer of UCLA, Director of Saugerties Public Library; and Margie Menard, Vice-President of UCLA, Director of Kingston Public Library.

“Libraries provide essential resources, collections and programs for all members of the community.  I am pleased to recognize the many libraries throughout the County who strive to meet the educational, informational, cultural, professional and recreational needs of our residents,” said County Executive Hein. “Libraries are an important part of our community providing many resources including: books, ebooks, computer usage, programming, classes, and so much more.  Ulster County is fortunate to have 21 outstanding libraries meeting the needs and interests of different people of all ages and demographics and I urge residents to visit their local library this week to learn about what they have to offer.”

“County Executive Mike Hein has always been a tremendous supporter of the County libraries,” said Julie Dempsey, President of the Ulster County Library Association.  “We are honored by his proclamation publicly recognizing the importance of libraries.”Libraries

Area libraries, upcoming events, and resources can be found online at the Ulster County Association of Libraries at and the Mid-Hudson Library System website at which also allows members to use participating libraries in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, and Putnam Counties.


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Practice DMV Tests for Patrons

Highland Public Library is pleased to announce a new partnership with, one of the nation’s top sites for driver’s license practice tests. The partnership will strengthen the library’s mission to provide ready access and resources to information to enrich the community.

Highland Public Library is announcing a partnership with, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free DMV practice tests to library patrons, starting April 1, 2015. The new service includes free tests, written specifically based on the state DMV materials, and is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.


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Story Time Registration Now Open

Registration for all of our literacy based story times is now open.  Please register through our online events calendar for any of our story times listed below.

Exploring Stories with Toddlers: an Early Literacy Program for Ages 2 & 3- Wednesdays at 11am- Join us as we explore stories, fingerplays, songs, activities and playtime.  Runs Feb. 4-June 10. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Highland next to the Library

Babes in Bookland for Ages 3-23 Months- Fridays at 11am- Babies and books, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, bounces, and more! Please join us as we explore some of the first steps in early literacy awareness. Runs Feb. 6-June 12.  Location: First Presbyterian Church of Highland

Literacy at Your Library: Story Time for Ages 4 & 5- Fridays at 12:15 pm- Join us as we explore stories, fingerplays, songs, activities and playtime. This story time will help foster language and literacy, mathematical and scientific thinking, and social development.  Runs Feb. 6- June 12. Location: Highland Public Library

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Free Upcoming Events

Dream Time Story Time- Th. April 2nd at 6:30pm- Wear your favorite jammies and join Miss Holly for bedtime stories and craft. Ages 3-5 Register Here.

Junior Room Book Club – Please join us on April 16th, for our new book club for kids in grades 4-6. It will be held the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 pm.. April’s book selection selection is “The Lonely Lake Monster – The Imaginary Veterinary – Book 2 by Suzanne Selfors.” Please read the book selection before the discussion group. If you need for us to get a copy of the book for you, please let us know by calling the circulation desk.  Registration is required.

AFTERNOON STORIES WITH MISS PHYLLIS - On  Monday, April 20th, Miss Phyllis will be reading books about Arbor Day!!! Come join us on the third Monday of each month for stories and a craft. For ages 5 – 11. Registration suggested

LULA’S BOOK CLUB IS BACK APRIL 22ND AT 7:00.In recognition of National Poetry month, Lula’s book selections are Insectlopedia and Mammalabilia both by Doug Florian.  Participants will partake in reading aloud followed by a group discussion. In addition to encouraging children to read more freely and without criticism, we hope to enhance reading comprehension and open dialogue, which can help improve reading fluency and promote a higher self-esteem!  This program is intended for ages 5-11.  Space will be limited.Register here!

All Ages Family Lego Night- Th. April 23rd at 6:30pm- Bring the entire family and get building! Join us each month for an hour of Lego mania, fun for all ages. Registration suggested, walk-ins welcome. Register Here

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