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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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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:



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


Saturday, June 11
10am to 3pm on the Library Lawn


Sunday, June 12
10am to 2pm on the Library Lawn

The Stone Ridge Library will host the 70th Annual Library Fair on Saturday, June 11 from 10 am to 3 pm, rain or shine, on the Library grounds. The festivities will include a huge book sale, plant sale, children's activities, craft and gift booths, food and drink, and entertainment all day.

The main event of the Fair is Books! Displayed under the large striped tent, the selection will include everything from novels to history, cooking to mystery, biographies, poetry, and a collection of art and specialty "coffee table" books.

The Plant Tent will be laden with flowering annuals and perennials, herbs and heirlooms plus plants donated from botanically gifted patrons. An interesting assortment of daylilies, labeled by variety, height, color and growing instructions will also be available.

Shoppers will find gifts and tableware, art, and jewelry at Eleanor's Emporium, and the Saturday Knitters will be on hand to demonstrate their craft and sell their wares.

Traditional picnic fare will be served, with Cherries of Stone Ridge joining the Library team this year. Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and peppers plus vegetarian dishes will be available. Fair favorites--home made strawberry shortcake and root beer floats will also be on the menu, along with coffee and tea, artisan bread, and home-baked desserts.

For children, lots of games, face painting, and children's activities will be provided. There will also be a large selection of children's books for sale.

Entertainment will be provided all day, beginning with a debut of selections from local playwright Edward Schoelwer's March in the Parade: A Play with Music for Young Audiences under the musical direction of Andrea Shaut.

Cheryl and Kurt of the Kurt Henry Band will play at 11. Henry's lyrics have been likened to fine poetry (Music Machine).

Bloom Women's Voice Ensemble under the direction of Debbie Lan will perform at Noon, with original arrangements of songs by Peter Gabriel, James Taylor, Sweet Honey in the Rock and more, as well as some original compositions.

Then, at 1pm Breakaway with Robin Baker at will take the stage, bringing in their great mix of rock, funk, pop and ballads. The Rondout Valley High School Jazz Band with Randolph Loder directing will take the stage at 2 pm, wrapping up the day's entertainment with a high-energy, creative performance.

Profits from the day's events go to the Stone Ridge Library operating budget to pay for books, supplies, salaries, utilities, etc. Funds for the capital campaign and building restoration are raised separately by the Stone Ridge Library Foundation.

On Sunday, the popular Bag Sale will be open from 10am to 2pm, with a bag of books selling for $8.

There will be no shuttle bus service this year, but parking will be available at the High Meadow School, Key Bank, Express Tech Printing, George Moylan's Funeral Home and the Marbletown Community Center and the Marbletown Elementary School. Traffic control will be provided by the NYS Troopers, Kingston Barracks.

"We hope that everyone will come out to enjoy the festivities on this 70th Anniversary of the Library Fair," said Director Jody Ford. "People have wonderful remembrances of meeting their friends at the Library Fair, and we are happy to keep the tradition going strong."



Wednesday, June 8
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection this month is The Once and Future King by T.H. White. A masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur, a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, June 15
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Tracking down a candidate's secret mistress days before a pivotal Senate election, reporter Jane Ryland discovers links between her story and a serial killer investigation by detective Jake Brogan, with whom she partners to stop a killer in the face of dirty politics and betrayal.


A History Reading Club

Wednesday, June 15
7pm in the Biography Room

The reading selection for June is SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard. World-renowned classicist Mary Beard narrates the unprecedented rise of a civilization that even two thousand years later still shapes many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury, and beauty.


Conversational Spanish
with Cliff Rockmuller

Tuesday, June 7, July 5
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.


A New Conversational Spanish Offering
with Heidi Ehrich

Tuesday, May 24, June 28
Biography Room

For those of you who would like an opportunity to practice your Spanish language skills at a slower pace, Heidi Ehrich will be facilitating a second Conversational Spanish session every fourth Tuesday at the Library at 1:30. Cliff Rockmuller's group will continue to meet on the first Tuesday at 1:30. Patrons are welcome to participate in one or both groups, the only pre-requisite being a basic conversational ability in Spanish.


Conversational French
with Claudine Brenner

Tuesday, June 21
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, May 26,
June 9, 23
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, June 6, 20

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.


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.




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Library Foundation Recognition Dinner a Success

Historic Shadow Lawn in High Falls was the site of the May 14 Stone Ridge Library Foundation second annual recognition dinner, where honorees Anita Williams Peck and James Hoover were celebrated for their longstanding support of the Library. Library Foundation Trustee Rebecca Kalin welcomed guests and introduced last year's honorees, Bill and Tildy Davenport, who spoke about the history of the Library—"the heart of the community"—and introduced the guests of honor. more


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


Our Garden

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


2015 Fact sheet

The Stone Ridge Public Library statistics for 2015. 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


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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!



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


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P.O. Box 188
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Stone Ridge, NY 12484

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