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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
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)
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
AncestryLibrary.com which also features the complete 1930 U.S. Federal Census. This collection can only be searched by computer on-site at the Library.
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.
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
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
The Stone Ridge Library is in the midst of the second phase of restoration. To boost these efforts, the Summer Pledge Drive is underway. Supporters are encouraged to make an easy, secure, tax-deductible pledge in the donation form.
Most of us know Marc B. Fried for his five books of Shawangunk region history and nature writing. But Fried is also a columnist: his Notes From The Other Side has appeared every 3 to 4 weeks for the past 8½ years in the Shawangunk Journal, a weekly print newspaper. Now Fried has selected and edited the best of these periodical writings and compiled them into a 339-page book that bears his column's title.
Readers who've enjoyed Fried's regional focus will not be disappointed, for there are a wealth of anecdotes, descriptions and musings here that relate to the Shawangunks and the Wallkill and Rondout valleys, including history, wilderness, farm life and gardening. But Notes from the Other Side is also filled with exotic adventure, social commentary and engaging humor: there are stories of cross-country hitchhiking, winter mountaineering, overseas travel and fascinating personalities and interactions, as well as stories from Fried's earlier years as a professional musician. These span more than half a century and encompass great diversities of geography and culture—an intimate interweaving of action with retrospection, radical thought with rural reminiscing, of microcosm with macrocosm, that readers will find both entertaining and thought-provoking.
The selection this month is Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Leaving her home in post-World War II Ireland to work as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn, Eilis Lacey discovers a new romance in America with a charming blond Italian man before devastating news threatens her happiness. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.
The selection for this meeting is The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon. A detective story set in an alternative history version of the present day. Alaska rather than Israel, has become the homeland for the Jews following World War II, Detective Meyer Landsman and his half-Tlingit partner Berko investigate the death of a heroin-addled chess prodigy in Sitka, Alaska.
The reading selection for October is Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meachum. The fullest portrait to date of the complex emotional connection between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, the two men who led the Free World to victory in World War II. At the time, there had never been anything like the friendship between the two men, and there has not been anything really like it since: a President and Prime Minister spending enormous amounts of time together (120 days during the war), fishing, smoking, and drinking late into the night in places as far-flung as the White House, Casablanca, and Tehran, talking to one another of politics, war, family, and illness.
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.
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.
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.
We are pleased to announce a summer-long exhibit of celebrated local photographer Jim Smith's work. The photographs are hung throughout the Library are available for purchase.
"We are delighted to be hosting Jim Smith's wonderful photographs at the Library this summer," said Director Jody Ford. "They are so beautifully done, and look like still life paintings. We hope that the community will come in to enjoy them."
For most of his life, Jim has dedicated himself to the world of photography. From the moment Jim picked up his first camera in seventh grade, he never looked back. His first roll of film was a 12-exposure black and white and he shot Central Park, NYC. Those twelve pictures sit in his mom's attic; tens of thousands of his other photographs since then sit between the covers of hundreds of books on people, food, travel, museums and art.
Jim wouldn't start off a conversation talking about his work, but if asked he'll humbly go on to tell you about his adventures in Africa, photographing everything from Maasai warriors to lions on the Serengeti plains. He might also tell you about making a book called Fathers: A Celebration, a study on the celebration of fatherhood. The book itself was widely praised and rewarded him an interview on the Bravo Television Network. You may even coax him into talking about his travels around America, searching for individuals that embody the quintessence of what it is to be Irish-American for his book, The Irish Face in America. Jim would photograph them in their environments, be it home, office, cattle ranch, and in some cases, from their surfboard. It's not everyone that gets thrown out of Beverly Hills for taking a picture of an Irish actor, whose name he will not mention.
Professionally, Jim also has worked on the best-selling series of cookbooks created by Wayne Gisslen, for the publishing house of Wiley and Sons. On those particular shoots Jim not only took all the pictures, but he tasted and enjoyed every food item.
Jim has also created books on famous historical figures. If you were to ask him, his favorite is that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the National Civil Rights Museum. Though everyone at the Museum would agree that it's great working with Jim, he himself would say that it was one of the great privileges of his life to work on the subject of the National Civil Rights Movement. "I stand in the shadow of those heroes and heroines, and always will."
You can find Jim's photos in over 300 different titles, as well as periodicals such as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Destinations, New York Magazine, Vogue, Memphis Magazine, Hibernia, and The Washington Post.
Jim has also had the great fortune of working with the Disney family, creating Picturing the Walt Disney Family Museum, a book which showcases the life and legacy of Walt Disney.
Most recently, Jim has delved further into his fine art. He shoots most of his pieces in his studio located in the Stone Ridge area where he has lived and worked for more than 30 years. He works closely with The Wired Gallery, a wonderful art gallery to be found in the neighboring High Falls. Jim's work has been featured in many art shows, finding success in a variety of venues, including Mohonk Mountain House. Jim has recently been awarded the privilege of being part of a group show of 12 national and international artists to be hosted this year in an extended show to benefit the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in New Jersey.
Jim is honored to have the Stone Ridge Library show some of his most recent photographs. Including a best-selling piece Well Read, a magical shot of spectacles resting on an aged bible from bygone years. It was taken thanks to the generosity of The Ulster County Historical Society at the Bevier House.
The newly painted entryway. more
The Summer 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
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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:
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Stone Ridge Library
P.O. Box 188
3700 Main Street
Stone Ridge, NY 12484