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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 next time you're in the library take a minute to stop by the fireplace where a portrait of MLK will be on display until the end of February. The painting was made by Kripplebush resident Victor Kalin (1919-1991), husband of former Library volunteer Kate (1919-2004) and father of Rebecca, current member of the Stone Ridge Library Foundation.
Victor was best known for his illustrations and his skills of both technique and concept. Beside his commercial work, he was a professional jazz musician, photographer and fine artist. During World War II, he served as an artist correspondent for Yank magazine, the most widely read magazine in the history of the U.S. military; it was published at facilities around the world, for a total of 21 editions in 17 countries, and had a global circulation of more than 2.6 million. It was while there, at the Azores army base, that Vic met Kate Bryan, a Red Cross volunteer from Oklahoma.
In post-war Greenwich Village, Victor began his illustration career, working for the "big magazines" -- Esquire, Collier's, American Weekly, and Liberty. In the 1950's and '60's, when inexpensive paperback books were the rage, Vic was hailed as an innovative and versatile cover artist for Avon, Signet, Berkley, Dell, Ace and Pocket Books. In the 1960s and '70s, when the record industry was king, his work was seen on album covers for RCA Victor, Decca Jazz, Impulse, Flying Dutchman, Brunswick, and Philco.
Though portraiture was never a commercial pursuit, Victor immortalized his heroes, particularly musicians (aka, his "Jazz Greats") and civil right figures, such as King. Unframed, museum-quality prints are available for purchase at $200. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Judy Stanger studied fine art during her undergraduate years, and has undertaken coursework at both The Woodstock School of Art and The Cape School of Art. She has been painting with pastel as her medium for more than 25 years while pursuing a career in the human services. Subjects of interest have been Seascapes in Cape Cod and other Atlantic coastlines, and Landscapes in the Hudson Valley as well as in Arizona.
She draws her inspiration for Seascape rendering from the sheer beauty that is expressed through the poetic character of light and color in seaside settings. Landscapes inspire a distinctly different sensibility by distilling images represented in nature such as mountains, rivers and barns through their interactions with light and color. She lives in Stone Ridge, NY and is a graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York at Albany with a Doctorate of the Arts, an interdisciplinary degree in the Humanities.
The book selection for our February meeting is, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty (2012) by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson. This critically acclaimed and readable economic history addresses the issue of the disparate wealth and poverty of nations in the world. By illuminating the past the book provides a new way to understand the present and discuss the future.
The selection this month is The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. The story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds -- Mexico and the United States in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s -- and whose search for identity takes readers to the heart of the twentieth century's most tumultuous events. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.
The selection for this meeting is The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett. Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him? Dashiell Hammett's tour de force of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness.
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 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
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