Governor Cuomo has put New York State “on pause. ” Now in effect, 100% of the non-essential workforce must stay home.  This includes the library staff.  The Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library will be closed until the governor gives permission to libraries to resume service.  Fines for this period will be waived. 

All in-person services, programs and meetings have been suspended.   E-mailing us at is your best communication option.

You can make use of our on-line services, and help dispel “cabin fever.”  Please visit for further details and to check out all our online streaming entertainment, educational and database(s) services.  Take a look at the Ulster County Infoportal by clicking the icon.  This site describes the on-line services, and has some quick tutorials on how to get started streaming movies through Kanopy and Acorn, for instance.

HOT LINE INFORMATION:                                            

The Ulster County Department of Health Hotline number is 845-340-3150





Movies that Matter









LEGO CLUB — Eight Mondays — February 24  March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  April 13, 20

4:00 to 5:00 pm  — Grades 1 through 5

Facilitator:  Jessica Cohen


CERAMICS — Five Tuesdays — February 25  March 3, 10, 17, 24

4:00 to 5:00 pm — Grades 3 through 6

Instructor:  Ashleigh Thomas, BFA/Ceramics; BS/Art Education; MA/Art & Design Education

Learn basic techniques of hand-building & glazing.


Adults:  Register for your own evening of pottery painting —

Join Ashleigh on Monday, March 30, 6:30 to 8:00 pm.


DRAWING  MEDIA — Five Thursdays — February 27  March 5, 12, 19  April 2

4:00 to 5:00 pm — Grades 3 through 12

Instructor:  Corissa Appler, MS/Art Education

Learn how to use various drawing media to create your own masterpieces and improve your skills.



Movies that Matter

Playing on SELECT FRIDAYS at 7:00 pm

With host and moderator:  TIMOTHY LAWTON

 Refreshments and Discussion follow the screening

February 28 — Biggest Little Farm  (2018, PG)

March 27 — The Pollinators (2019)

April 24 — Bombshell (2019, R)

May — No Movie due to Holiday

June 26 — TBD


Tea, Talks & Workshops



Do you love reading and sharing books?  Join fellow bibliophiles in exploring a number of genres.  Check the library’s website for book selections and special author visits.

 The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott, is about Tess, an aspiring seamstress,  who has had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be her personal maid on the Titanic.  But on the fourth night, disaster strikes, and amidst the chaos, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat.

The survivors are rescued and taken to New York, but when rumors begin to circulate about the choices they made, Tess is forced to confront a serious question. Did Lady Duff Gordon save herself at the expense of others? Torn between loyalty to Lucile and her growing suspicion that the media’s charges might be true, Tess must decide whether to stay quiet and keep her fiery mentor’s good will or face what might be true and forever change her future.



Explore Interests



Wednesdays, 12:30 to 2:30 pm Ongoing

All welcome!  Come join us for creative endeavors in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.  Bring your art projects.



Wednesdays, 3:00 to 5:00 pm – Ongoing

Adults and teens, beginners welcome!  Knit hats, mittens and more for charities, or work on your own project.  Share expertise.  Some instruction available.  Bring your needles.



1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 Ongoing

Do you love reading and sharing books?  Join fellow bibliophiles in exploring a number of genres — fiction and non-fiction.  Check this webpage for the current book selection and special author visits.



Mondays/Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:00Ongoing

Jessica Cohen, library staff, helps you with Internet, Facebook, E-mail, Word-processing and other computer basics.  Sign up for a half-hour consultation.




Last Friday of the Month, 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Ongoing

Exercise your writing muscle!  Group encouragement and close readings in a constructive environment.



1st and 3rd Saturdays, 2:15 pm – Ongoing

Age 13 and older.  Anime, manga, cosplay and more.