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Downloadable eBooks
& Audiobooks

Now faster and more intuitive, click for a tour of the new OverDrive. We currently have over 1,300 titles for audiobooks, over 2,700 titles for eBooks, plus over 34,000 always available eBooks. more

OverDrive Next Generation:



Enjoy thousands of award winning independent shorts, features and documentary films whenever and wherever you want them. They may be viewed on your computer or on TV with a Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast or Xbox. You'll be asked to create an account using your Library card number. more



The following databases are provided free to the residents of Ulster County through the gracious support of the Ulster County Legislature. Your Library Card barcode is necessary to access these databases.



The following websites can help. more

An online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps.

Current job openings in New York State.

JobNow is an innovative online service that provides expert resume help, real-time interview coaching and career advice. There are services to help with every step of a job search.

This site help you master core business skills, improve your computer skills, prepare for your GED test and other career tests.


Mango Language Learning

Learn a language at your home computer with Mango. Mango languages offers 28 languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dari, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Pashto, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese. Mango also offers 14 ESL courses

Home Improvement Collection

A special collection of more than 250 home improvement-focused titles created for hobbyists and professional carpenters alike. more

Universal Class

Over 500 online non-college credit Continuing Education Courses.

GALE Testing

Study guides and sample tests.


BrainPOP features Science, Math, English, Health and Technology subjects for grades K-8. Your user name is: Ulster, and your password is: Hudson.


TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.



Health information, business data, newspaper & magazine articles and more. Some are listed below. Have your Library card Barcode ready.


The New York Times from 1980 to current, the NYT Book Review and Magazine from 1977. more

Hudson River Valley Heritage Historical Newspapers including The Kingston Daily Freeman (1895;1903 - 1912) more

Gannett Newsstand Complete - Contains over 85 Gannett newspapers, 6 of which are New York newspapers including the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Consumer Reports

From January 1996 to current (delayed 3 months).


Do-It Yourself Auto Repair Information.


There are five new resources that are found through the link to the Grolier databases. They are listed under "Homework Support" in the Ulster County HOMEACCESS databases:

  • Amazing Animals is for elementary school students and includes facts and photos for over 1,200 animals.
  • America the Beautiful is for elementary and middle school students and includes articles on US cities, states and Presidents.
  • Lands and Peoples is for middle and high school students and includes articles on countries, cultures and current events. It also includes an atlas and almanacs.
  • The New Book of Popular Science is for middle and high school students and includes articles in the areas of science, technology and medicine.
  • La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre is a Spanish language encyclopedia written from a Latin American perspective.


Quick Answers for Patrons on the Go

A list of frequently asked questions and answers from the Mid-Hudson library staff. This link brings you to over 100 links on information in the following categories:

  • Smart Buying
  • Healthy Living
  • Travel
  • Personal Finance
  • Business & Legal
  • Find a Job
  • Find Colleges &
  • Educational Programs




"Access information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from your desktop by logging on to NOVELny—the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library. A wide variety of resources − books, magazines, newspapers, research and reference sources and more are available to New York State residents with NO FEES 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." more


You can now enjoy thousands of award winning independent shorts, features and documentary films whenever and wherever you want them for free. They may be viewed on your computer or on TV with a Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast or Xbox. You'll be asked to create an account using your Library card number. more


Mother's Day Tea –
19th and Early 20th Century Clothing

Saturday, April 26
1 – 3 pm
Admission: $15.
The Inn at Stone Ridge

Join us for our annual Mother's Day Tea, co-hosted with Ulster County Historical Society. This year, the event will be held at The Inn at Stone Ridge. Admission is $15 per person. A traditional tea with all the trimmings will be served. Items from the Ulster County Historical Society's clothing collection will be presented by Elaine Hayes, Executive Director of Mount Gulian Historic Site. Representative of the fashions worn by prominent families in the Hudson Valley, the items include ladies' dresses, menswear and children's clothing, and showcase the fine workmanship in dressmaking and tailoring. The event will include a raffle of floral arrangements donated by local florists. Registration is available on the Library's website, as well as by calling the Library's Program Office at 687-8726, and through the UC Historical Society at

Silent Art Auction

Sunday, May 18th from 2-4pm
Marbletown Community Center

This auction benefits the Stone Ridge Library Foundation's Phase Two Restoration Campaign. Mark your calendars to see some great art, visit with friends, and give back to your community library.

To donate artwork email Priscilla, or for more information email the Foundation or call 845-687-7147.

America's Nine First Ladies from New York State

Sunday, May 4, 2 pm
Marbletown Community Center

Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan, Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities
Presented by the Stone Ridge Library and the Ulster County Historical Society

Of the 46 women who have served as America's First Lady, nine were born in New York State. On Sunday, May 4th at 2 PM, historian Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan will introduce the audience to these nine very different women, each one about whom a fascinating tale can be told. Four recent First Ladies from New York State are familiar to most of us; others, less well known, have stories that deserve to be heard. One was the daughter of a New York City Loyalist who had avoided taking part in the American Revolution. Nonetheless, his daughter married a Founding Father. Before her husband became President, she played a dramatic part in saving the wife of the Marquis de Lafayette from the guillotine.

Audiences will enjoy learning answers to questions such as these: Which wife spoke only Dutch with her husband? Who was known as "The Rose of Long Island" before marrying a President 30 years her senior? Which First Lady gave birth to a daughter whose name was affixed to a candy bar, still available in your local grocery store?

This entertaining yet informative talk will provide insight into the social, political, and economic differences among the nine intriguing First Ladies born in New York State.

Mrs. Kaplan, an educator, writer, and lecturer, has written curriculum guides for the New-York Historical Society and for Stony Brook University. She has presented programs at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens and at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Her presentation is co-sponsored by the Stone Ridge Library, the Ulster County Historical Society, and the New York Council for the Humanities. It is free and open to all. Information: 845-687-8726.


How to get Free eBooks

Saturdays, April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Wondering how to take advantage of free e-books and audiobooks from the library? Not sure how to download them? Every Saturday through the end of May, from 1pm -2pm, a staff member at the library will be available to show you how to download. Bring your kindle, iPad, tablet or laptop along and we will show you how easy it is!

Conversational Spanish
with Cliff Rockmuller

Tuesday, May 6
1:30-2:30 in the Bio Room

Basic conversational ability is a pre-requisite for these sessions that provide participants with an opportunity to practice and hone their Spanish language skills in a comfortable and enjoyable setting. Cliff, former language teacher at the Rondout Valley School District, leads the conversation. This program is held on the first Tuesday of each month.


Conversational French
with Claudine Brenner

Tuesday, May 20, 1:30-2:30pm
Biography Room

Want to brush up or improve your French with a conversation hour? Claudine is a native French speaker, born in Paris and raised in Europe; following a 30 year Government career abroad, she chose Stone Ridge to retire in. Culture, medicine, travels, and anything/everything culinary are favorite subjects—which she would love to share and exchange in French.
The program will be offered on the third Tuesday of each month.


POETRY with Rosemary Deen

Thursday, April 24, May 8, 22
1-3pm in the Bio Room

Join us for an afternoon of poetry with Rosemary Deen. Our meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.



Wednesday, May 14
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection this month is The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards.
A healthy boy and a girl with Down syndrome are born at home during a snowstorm. The father, a doctor who delivers the babies, instructs the nurse, to take her to a home and later tells his wife that their son's twin died at birth. Instead of institutionalizing the baby the nurse takes her home and raised her.

Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, May 21
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch. Charles Lenox lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help. One of Jane's former servants, Prudence Smith, is dead – an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison.


A History Reading Club

Wednesday, May 14
7pm in the Biography Room

The selection for the May meeting is Dutch New York: Roots of Hudson Valley Culture by Roger Panetta and Russell Shorto. This lavishly illustrated book, takes stock of the remarkable past created by the settlers of New Netherlands. Although the Dutch controlled the Hudson Valley only until ceding it to the British in 1664, the Dutch established the towns and cities that today define the region - from New Amsterdam upriver to Fort Orange, today's Albany.


Stone Ridge Library
Writers' Group

Monday, April 21, May 5, 19

A writers' group meets every other Monday at the Library, with a maximum of 10 participants. This program is designed for people who are already in the process of writing and publishing work and want to participate in a structured feedback process. Cathy Arra, a poet, writer and former teacher of English and Writing in the Rondout Valley School District facilitates the group. If you are interested in participating, please contact Diane DeChillo at the Stone Ridge Library (687-8726) to place your name on the wait list.


Move to Music with our
Dance and Rhythm Group

Every Thursday,
10:45 to 11:45
at the Marbletown Community Center
All Ages

If you would enjoy stretching, moving and dancing to all kinds of music come join us at the Marbletown Comunity center on Thursdays. We don't have a teacher, we wear comfortable clothing, go barefoot or not, and bring CDs or cassettes of our choosing. For more information call 687-7186.



Every Saturday
Reference Room

The Stone Ridge Library Knitters meet every Saturday morning from 10am - 12noon. All ages and experience levels can join us and drop-in knitters are also welcome. We each bring our own supplies and do our own work, but one of the best things about us is that whatever obstacle or confusion you might encounter, you're likely to receive as much comment and advice as you need to get where you're going with a project. Some of us can help toward the repair of knitted or crocheted items too.

The group is sociable and lively, and our conversation and sharing is just as wide-ranging as our projects. We are especially interested in the UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) that members bring in and love the show and tell of projects under way and being finished, new or old, simple or complex. Though knitting is our love and mainstay, we graciously adapt ourselves to stray crocheters and those of us who simply must take to the hook when the spirit moves. We share articles, magazines and books on knitting. Donations of yarn to the Library get made up into items for sale at the Library Fair and during the winter holidays for the benefit of the Library. Some of us also knit things for local hospitals or for the U.S. troops.




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Julia Blog

Julia, The First Weekender

Julia Lawrence Hasbrouck was one of the original residents to live in the building that houses the Stone Ridge Library today. Julia and her husband Garrett had a home in New York City as well as in Stone Ridge. Her diary entries reflect life in both locations. Follow Julia Hasbrouck's diary as she wrote it in 1840. Entries will be posted on the same date, just 173 years later. more


Library Use Value Calculator

How much would you pay out-of-pocket per month for services you receive from your public library?

Curious how much the services the library provides you would cost if you had to pay for them directly? To find out, just enter the number of times you or your family use each service. The estimated retail value of each service will be calculated on the right, and the total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet, with a yearly total on top. more


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Running your own book club? Thinking of starting your own book club? Check out a Book Club in a Bag kit – it comes with 10 copies of a book, discussion questions and tips for leading your club. With over 140 titles to choose from there is something for everyone! Just visit BCB, it's as easy as 1-2-3! Just:

  1. Browse: choose from more than 140 titles – everything from fiction to non-fiction, mysteries to history!
  2. Schedule: pick a month, you may reserve a kit up to a year in advance!
  3. Reserve! All you need is your library barcode and PIN!



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2012 Fact sheet

The Stone Ridge Public Library statistics for 2012. more


Our Garden

The Library gardens are designed and maintained by the wonderful Garden Makers of Accord. more photos


Contact Us

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Stone Ridge Library
P.O. Box 188
3700 Main Street
Stone Ridge, NY 12484


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