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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
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.
Portions of Ancestry.com pertaining to New York are free to New York State residents at home. 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.
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 Foundation is pleased to announce their Second Annual Recognition Dinner, to be held on Saturday, May 14, 2014 at Shadow Lawn in High Falls. The event begins with a champagne reception at 6pm, and continues with dinner, a presentation and dessert. Tickets are $100 per person. Dinner selections include a vegetarian option.
This year's event will honor two long-time and devoted supporters of the Stone Ridge Library—Mr. James Hoover and Ms. Anita Peck. Frequent faces at library events, years of board involvement and community support brought these two dedicated individuals to the forefront of the Foundation's decision to honor them in 2016. more
Join us for the 70th Annual Stone Ridge Library Fair on Saturday, June 11 from 10 am to 3pm, rain or shine on the Library grounds.
In keeping with tradition, we welcome the community to gather for our favorite celebration to ring in the good old summertime. All the familiar favorites—food, plants, gifts, music, kids' games and activities—will be part of the day's festivities.
The main character of the event is the Books! Books galore. You will find them under the large striped tent, with a wide variety of selections to please everyone, from novels to history, cooking to mystery, biographies, poetry, and a nice collection of art and specialty "coffee table" books.
On Sunday, June 12th from 10am to 2pm, we will host the popular "day after" bag sale, where you can grab a whole bag of books for $8.
Under the Plant Tent you will find everything from flowering annuals, to perennials, herbs and heirlooms. Add to that the divisions donated by our botanically gifted patrons, and you will have a great start to the growing season. And then there are the Lilies! In bags, with variety, height, color and growing preferences clearly marked on their labels. All of these at such great prices!
Eleanor's Emporium will be laden with gently used table ware, jewelry, stationery and other gifts to wrap for presents or keep for yourself. And the Saturday Knitters will have their beautiful wares for purchase while they demonstrate their craft.
No doubt you will work up an appetite with all this book buying and gift shopping! Good to know that our traditional picnic menu of hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausage and peppers will be available.
Allison Reidy of Cherries will join us this year as "chef du jour." She will also prepare vegetarian dishes to round out the day's offerings.
Save room for Strawberry Shortcake! Local berries will be picked and our strawberry crew will hull and bake to assure that this mouth-watering treat will be ready for everyone to indulge. And of course we will have lemonade, coffee and tea, root beer floats, home baked cookies, and artisanal bread for everyone to enjoy with friends or take home.
In keeping with tradition, we are fortunate to have music donated by talented musicians to entertain us on Fair Day! Cheryl and Kurt will play at 11, Bloom Women's Ensemble led by Debbie Lan will perform at Noon, and Breakaway with Robin Baker are on board at 1pm. The Rondout Valley High School Jazz Band under the direction of Randolph Loder will once again wrap up the entertainment, starting at 2pm. Steve and Terri Mossardo will provide sound this year.
Children's activities will be provided all day and a selection of children's books and toys will be on sale as well.
The Library Fair is our biggest fundraising event of the year with proceeds going to the operating budget, for books and supplies, heat and other essentials. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who make the Fair possible, and to the community that has supported the event for…69 years and counting!
Works by local poets Tina Barry, Pat Carlin and Lisa St. John... Please check the Library's Facebook page for samples of these poets' work. A reception will follow the reading. Please join us!
The selection this month is The Lady in Blue by Javier Sierra. A curious exploration of the legend of the Lady in Blue, a seventeenth-century nun who, while in a trance state, would (or so the story goes) appear to people far away. The novel focuses on a modern-day Spanish reporter, who, while investigating a story involving the shroud of Turin, discovers a convent founded centuries ago by the Lady in Blue. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.
The selection for this meeting is Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum. At the foot of the imposing Kollen Mountain lies a small, idyllic village, where neighbors know neighbors and children play happily in the streets. But when the body of a teenage girl is found by the lake at the mountaintop, the town's tranquility is shattered forever. Annie was strong, intelligent, and loved by everyone. What went so terribly wrong? Doggedly, yet subtly, Inspector Sejer uncovers layer upon layer of distrust and lies beneath the town's seemingly perfect façade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Saldi has installed a new inner door in the foyer. more
The Stone Ridge Public Library statistics for 2015. 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
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:
To borrow Library materials, you'll need a Library Card. more
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
Our mailing address is:
Stone Ridge Library
P.O. Box 188
3700 Main Street
Stone Ridge, NY 12484