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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
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
A special collection of more than 250 home improvement-focused titles created for hobbyists and professional carpenters alike. more
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
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:
"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
The Stone Ridge Library welcomes Nicole Quinn who will read from her newest work, It's a Nightmare, on Monday, November 3 at 6:30 pm in the Reference Room. It's a Nightmare is the first in the Gold Stone Trilogy set a million years in the future. Nicole will introduce her characters--polar opposites Dream Weaver and Night Mare, as they battle to prevail in their one-continent world of Blinkin. All are welcome. For information, contact the Library Program Office at 687-8726.
A year ago, Rob Miraldi, President of the Library's Board of Trustees and an author, gave a presentation for the Library on his then just-released book, Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist, a biography of a famous American investigative reporter.
Recently it was announced that the book was named the best journalism biography in America in 2013. He will receive the Ann Sperber Biography Award in New York City on November 19.
Congrats to Rob!
Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win six tickets to the concerts in the 2015 Ulster Chamber Music Series. You can use them in any combination: 2 tickets for each concert, 3 tickets for any two concerts, etc. All concerts will be held Sunday afternoons at 3:00 o'clock at the Church of the Holy Cross, 30 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston. Each performance will be followed by a reception with an opportunity to meet the artists.
Artists for the season include:
Madison String Quartet, February 22
Borealis Wind Quintet, March 29
Garry Kvistad and Friends, including Paul Winter and Prana, April 19
Raffle Tickets will be on sale at the Library and are $5 each, or 5 for $20. The face value of each subscription is $100.
Winners will be selected on December 1.
Join us for an educational and fun-filled evening as Professor Evan Pritchard, author and a descendant of the Algonquin-speaking people, presents an illustrated lecture where he will discuss the various layers of poetic meaning in the Native American place names in Ulster County.
Algonquin place names tended towards clever wordplay and purposeful ambiguity since before contact. In fact, some are more like poems than sentences. Frequently, the Dutch joined in the process and reshaped these words to have a similar sound and meaning, but in Dutch. Then in some instances the English did the same to the new Dutch words. While there are Algonquin place names from North Carolina to the Maritimes similar to our own, New York is the only place where one finds these "Double Dutched" place names, literary time capsules for those who want to understand the ancient history of our region. In any case, the exploration of the poetry of place here in Ulster County is a fascinating study.
Professor Evan Pritchard, of Celtic and Algonquin descent, is an author of over twenty critically acclaimed books about Native American culture, including Native New Yorkers, (Council Oak) No Word for Time, (Council Oak) Bird Medicine (Inner Traditions), Native American Stories of the Sacred (Skylight Paths) and the newly released book of poetry, Greetings from Mawenawasic! (Foothills) which incidentally features a poem about Ulster County's poetic place names (and features a poetic Native American place name in the title!) Pritchard studied the Munsee language with Canadian elder Beulah Timothy, and others, the native language of Ulster County, and Old Dutch with Dirk Tang of the Hague, its second language. He has been a professor of Native American Literature at Pace, Marist, and Vassar Colleges, and has lectured at dozens of major universities in Eastern US. He had appeared on the History Channel, Manhattan Cable and MSNBC, to name a few, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio shows, including those on ABC, New Dimensions, Pacifica and NPR networks. His website is algonquinculture.org and features a detailed list of his many books and future lectures.
Peter J. Rein, Licensed Health, Life and Medicare Insurance Specialist will present a free seminar: The A, B, Cs and Ds of Medicare. He will discuss the various plans available: Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Supplement Plans, LIS (Low Income Subsidy) and EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage). For more information, contact Diane DeChillo at 687-8726.
Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title during the program dates, creating a virtual, global eBook club. Interested patrons will be able borrow the new Young Adult title Anatomy of a Misfit using a valid library card, and read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period (one or two weeks - your choice), and best of all, there are no late fees!
Love or popularity? Anika Dragomir has done her best to hide the fact that she's a freak. In fact, she's climbed the social ladder to third most popular girl in school. But her romantic interest in former geek Logan McDonough could seriously jeopardize her standing – no matter how hot or mysterious he's become. What's a girl to do? Find out in this endearing, though-provoking, funny-yet-tragic young-adult debut novel from Andrea Portes. more
The Library is pleased to host a photographic exhibit by local photographer Nate Hauspurg. The show captures the beauty of landscapes, both local and beyond. Growing up in the Hudson Valley, Hauspurg was inspired by the natural beauty it has to offer, but has also ventured beyond, taking in landscapes from around the globe, from Germany to British Columbia. As a child, he was exposed to Ansel Adams, with photos hung throughout his house, and also had the good fortune to experiment with his mother's (an amateur photographer) film SRL's before the digital age took hold.
In college, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he originally intended to be an engineer but switched to graphic design after one semester. "Here I had another avenue to use my photography background to my advantage," notes Hauspurg. Nate is currently work for a commercial photographer in Cottekill and continues with his own work in natural and landscape photography. Speaking about the technical aspects of his work, he notes, "I still hold to some of my film background using a 4x5 format camera as well as my digital Nikon D800." Nate made his public debut in July 2014 at the Marbletown Founders Day event. You are cordially invited to view the exhibit; the photographs are available for purchase.
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.
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.
Join us for an afternoon of poetry with Rosemary Deen. Our meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.
The selection this month is Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis. The story of two men, their incredible friendship, and the importance of living life to the fullest. Zorba, a Greek working man, is a larger-than-life character, energetic and unpredictable. He accompanies the unnamed narrator to Crete to work in the narrator's lignite mine, and the pair develops a singular relationship. The two men couldn't be further apart: The narrator is cerebral, modest, and reserved; Zorba is unfettered, spirited, and beyond the reins of civility. Over the course of their journey, he becomes the narrator's greatest friend and inspiration and helps him to appreciate the joy of living.
Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.
The selection for this meeting is The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan. American travel writer Poke Rafferty has seen—and survived—some of the worst Bangkok has to offer. But now, finally married to his longtime love, Rose, and raising the young daughter, Miaow, they adopted from the streets, Poke believes his life is stable at last. Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world, threatening their peace, their love, their home, their lives.
Doris Kearns Goodwin's, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism is the Clio's Muse selection for discussion on December 3. Goodwin's biography and history of early 20th century America was selected by numerous newspapers as one of the Best Books of the Year in 2013. It examines many issues of American society 100 years ago that resonate in our culture in the early 21st century.
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.
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.
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.
Richard Phelps and John Saldi. more
A big thank you to all of our Library Trustees and to our volunteers. Special thanks to Rosemary Deen for the new indoor plant sale and to Ethan Plank for delicious homemade bread. And thanks to Express Tech for the printing!
The Fall issue of the print newsletter has been published. A copy is available for viewing or printing here.
The Stone Ridge Public Library statistics for 2013. more
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
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:
To borrow Library materials, you'll need a Library Card. more
Our mailing address is:
Stone Ridge Library
P.O. Box 188
3700 Main Street
Stone Ridge, NY 12484