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The Stone Ridge Library is proud to present a new online catalog with improved search features to connect you with what you want faster than ever! You now have a access to "one-stop shopping" - a single search box that will search across the millions of book, movie, ebook, and audiobook titles available to you through the Mid-Hudson Library System PLUS downloadable articles from over 7,000 magazine and journals!

What you've been waiting for! You can now check out your ebooks and audiobooks right in the library catalog! You will see all items you have checked out – both physical items like books and your downloads like ebooks – in your account.



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Fri. 10:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
Sat. 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Sun. Closed



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:



Online Magazines

Magazines are now available online from the Mid-Hudson Library System. You can download any of over 90 different magazines and keep them for as long as you like. There are also a years worth of back issues to choose from. Here's a quick "how to" video.



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

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.

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

New YorkTimes

The Historical New York Times with Index (1851-1993) provides search capability using subject terms and topics for focused and targeted results in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical New York Times (1851-2007)

Hobbies & Crafts

Offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more.


Search historical records, stories, publications, photos and maps at which also features the complete 1930 U.S. Federal Census. This collection can only be searched by computer on-site at the Library.

Portions of pertaining to New York are free to New York State residents at home. more

For genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s.

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.

Search for Grants

The Foundation Center is an organization dedicated to gathering, analyzing, and disseminating information about foundations and for those seeking grants. For now, this collection can only be searched by computer on-site at the Kingston Library.



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.



"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

2016 Rochester Memberships

The Town of Rochester has contracted with the Stone Ridge Library in 2016 to provide 238 paid family memberships to its Rochester residents. Additionally, the Library is providing free memberships to all Rondout Valley Students.

Rochester patrons can renew their memberships in person beginning January 2016. They are given out on a first come, first served basis. Due to demand for memberships we will not be able to automatically renew 2015 membership cards.

Non-subsidized family memberships will be available after the 238 free memberships have been given out. Non-subsidized family memberships are available at $52.45. per year. The rate schedule below shows the cost of a family membership for the balance of 2016 depending on which month it begins.

  • January - $52.45
  • February - $48.08
  • March - $43.74
  • April - $39.36
  • May - $34.99
  • June - $30.62
  • July - $26.24
  • August - $21.87
  • Sept - $17.49
  • Oct - $13.12
  • Nov - $8.74
  • Dec - $4.37

If you have questions please feel free to email Stone Ridge Library Director Jody Ford.



Wednesday, February 10
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection this month is The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa. Set in the 1860s, The Leopard tells the spellbinding story of a decadent, dying Sicilian aristocracy threatened by the approaching forces of democracy and revolution. The dramatic sweep and richness of observation, the seamless intertwining of public and private worlds, and the grasp of human frailty imbue The Leopard with its particular melancholy beauty and power, and place it among the greatest historical novels of our time. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, February 17
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen. Molly Murphy escapes from her Irish village after inadvertently causing the death of the young laird who tried to rape her. She finds herself in possession of a steerage ticket to New York and the custody of two small children when the kids' consumptive mother begs her to deliver the youngsters to their father in New York. The passage to America and the tumultuous events of Ellis Island, where another murder takes place, are vividly described, as is Molly's negotiation of the Cherry Street Irish ghetto, Hell's Kitchen, and the children's overwhelmed Da and his unsavory relatives. Run-ins with the police and Tammany Hall are only a few of Molly's adventures. The murder is solved in unorthodox ways, Molly finds love and work, and there's promise of more adventures.


A History Reading Club

Saturday, February 27
1pm in the Biography Room

The reading selection for February is The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of Capitalism by Edward Baptist. Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history. It forces readers to reckon with the violence at the root of American supremacy, but also with the survival and resistance that brought about slavery's end--and created a culture that sustains America's deepest dreams of freedom.


Ulster County Historical Society Reading Club

Saturday, March 5
12:45 to 2:45pm in the Biography Room

The Ulster County Historical Society reading club will focusing on sections V to IX (pp. 243-492) of Vernon Benjamin's The History of the Hudson River Valley from Wilderness to the Civil War. Anyone from the Library community interested in attending is welcome.


Conversational Spanish
with Cliff Rockmuller

Tuesday, March 1
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, February 16
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 is held on the third Tuesday of each month.


POETRY with Rosemary Deen

Thursday, Feb. 11, 25
1.30-3:30 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.


Stone Ridge Library
Writers' Group with Cathy Arra

Monday, February 8, 22

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.



Every Saturday
Reference Room

The Stone Ridge Library Knitters meet every Saturday morning from 10am - 12noon. All ages and experience levels can jo in 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.



Online Magazines

Magazines are now available online from the Mid-Hudson Library System. You can download any of over 90 different magazines and keep them for as long as you like. There are also a years worth of back issues to choose from. You'll need to create a account – and then start downloading. They can be read on your computer or, you can download the "zinio for Libraries" app (in the app store) and download them onto your iPad, Kindle or other eReader. To search for them go to the card catalog and look for the "New Online Magazines" button. Here's a quick "how to" video.


Library Hosts
Local Photographer
Susan Sprachman

The Stone Ridge Library is pleased to announce their winter exhibit featuring Kripplebush resident Susan Sprachman's Travel Photography. The show, titled Looking Beyond: Travel Photographs by Susan Sprachman will be on view through mid-March.

Susan Sprachman's travels have taken her to many parts of the world where she has photographed the everyday and the unremarkable—brooms and brushes in Shanghai; laundry hanging from a balcony in Spain; an abandoned cistern in Kerman, Iran; fish with gills inside out in a market along the quay in Istanbul; retirees sitting on benches in a square in rural Sardinia. In 1969 she took her camera to Ghazni, Afghanistan where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer and continued to develop her photography in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Morocco, and China.

A number of her photographs of Iran appear in Elma Schemenaur's Welcome to Iran (Mankato, MN: Child's World, 2008) and Persian Cuisine: Traditional, Regional, and Modern Foods by M.R. Ghanoonparvar (COSTA MESA, CA: Mazda Publisher, 1982). A photograph she took of Band-e Amir in Afghanistan appeared on a website set up by National Geographic to highlight the geological zones of the world.

In 2015 her works were selected for juried shows at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Art Society of Kingston, and Gallery Lev Shalem in Kingston. In July 2015 she gave a photographic presentation about women in Iran for Arts Mid-Hudson. The Stone Ridge Library will sponsor a similar presentation on March 16, 2016 at the Marbletown Community Center.



The Stone Ridge Library has received an $8,000 grant from the New York State Senate through the efforts of State Senator George A. Amedore, Jr., a Republican representing the 46th Senatorial District. The funds will be used to purchase six new PC workstation computers for public access and two PCs and barcode scanners for use at the Circulation Desk. The workstations will replace the existing public computers that were last upgraded in 2009.

"Current technology needs address two sides of the spectrum for service to our patrons," said Library Director Jody Ford. "On the one hand, a significant portion of our population still relies on standard PCs for research, job applications, and personal email communication. On the other side of the technology spectrum are tech-savvy patrons for whom the 2D scanners will serve to accommodate their library cards held on mobile devices—a trend that we expect to continue."

"We are grateful to Sen. Amedore," commented Robert Miraldi, President of the Library's Board of Trustees. "This funding helps us serve our patrons. We are a small but very busy library, and offering computer services is vital to our mission." "And, with so much money going towards the Library's building restoration and renovation," Miraldi said, "finding money for computers has been difficult. This helps us and our patrons tremendously."

"Libraries are an integral part of our communities, and it's important to make sure they have the resources necessary to continue to provide crucial services to our residents," said Senator George Amedore. "I'm glad I was able to secure this funding for the Stone Ridge Library to replace their aging PCs and purchase new scanners that will be compatible with today's technology. The library already does an incredible job serving the community, and these improvements will create an even better experience for those who visit."



Snow Days

Click here for updated closings or delays at the Library. The Preschool Story hours will be cancelled if Rondout closes or is delayed. After school story hours will be cancelled if schools are closed or dismiss early. We will also be posting the information on our Facebook page. more



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Remembering Sandi

We are deeply sorry to report the sad news of the death of long time Assistant Director Sandi Zinaman. Sandi worked at the Library for well over thirty years, spending her time at the circulation desk and also developing our audio, video and DVD collections. She was well known for giving insightful readers advisory to our patrons. Her passing is a huge loss to the staff and the Library community, and we will miss her dearly. Our condolences to her family and to the many friends and community members who will mourn an exceptional woman who left us too soon.


Construction Updates

John Saldi has installed a new inner door in the foyer. more



A huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers, book sorters, knitters, book luggers, bakers, cashiers, trustees and staff. And a big thank you to all the restaurants that donated soups:


Our Garden

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


2014 Fact sheet

The Stone Ridge Public Library statistics for 2014. more


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 are 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


The Stone Ridge Library has a Facebook page. Check it out and become a fan.



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!



To borrow Library materials, you'll need a Library Card. more


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P.O. Box 188
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Stone Ridge, NY 12484

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