The 71st Annual Stone Ridge Library Fair was a huge success

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who pitched in to make this one of the best Library Fairs ever (including the weather angels!). We said hello to some new volunteers this year, welcomed back our hearty veterans and our booth chairs who go above and beyond, and will say goodbye and thank you to our Volunteer Coordinator Barbara Cazakoff who has served in that role so capably.

Stone Ridge Library Board of Trustees Election

The Stone Ridge Library will hold an election Monday, August 7, 2017 to choose two trustees to serve four-year terms, and to submit its proposed 2018 budget to voters.

Candidates are nominated by petitions which are available at the Library. Only qualified voters may serve on the Board of Trustees.

Story Hour for Grades K – 5th

Tuesdays 3:30-5:00
July 11, 18, 25

Build a better world through reading! Grow your mind while discovering a great story. Share ideas and understand different perspectives. Books are the tools you need to learn new things, get inspired, and find ways to help our communities.

Grades 6 & up

Teens and tweens can participate in a special independent summer reading program. Read books, listen to books, read graphic novels, volunteer, spark your interest in stories of your own choosing and accrue points toward prizes. Sign-up by emailing and we will send you everything you’ll need to participate.

Battle of the Books Team

Teens should also consider joining our Battle of the Books Team. Battle of the books is a program in which teenagers entering 9th-12th grades participate in a reading and trivia game competition. All the students can read all or several of the selected five books.

Babysitting Workshop with Amanda Tucker

June 27

In this introduction babysitting course students will learn interview tips, communication skills, ages and stages of young babies and toddlers, safety and first aid tips, and feeding and caring for children. A simple test will be administered at the completion of the course and certificates will be distributed.

Telling Stories through Music & Movement

July 13

Join Ms. Beth for some story-telling, music, and dance! This program is a basic introduction of dance and stretch combined with sharing of rhythm instruments and some accompaniment of music from around the world. Beth Jacobs has developed songs and dances over the years as a music and movement teacher.

Exploring Connections between Art and Literature (masks)

July 13

In today’s program participants will start with the book There’s a Nightmare in my Closet by Mercer Mayer. Participants work on Monster Masks using techniques with colored paper, scissors, glue and oil pastels. Jill taught art at Rondout Valley Middle School and Kerhonkson Elementary School for over 18 years.

Exploring Connections between Art and Literature (figure)

July 27

In today’s program participants will read the book The Seven Chinese Brothers by Mou-sien Tseng and Jean Tseng, and will be introduced to Giacometti style metal sculptures. Participants will create their own figurative sculptures using aluminum foil. Jill taught art at Rondout Valley Middle School and Kerhonkson Elementary School for over 18 years.

Mad Science –Summertime Rocket Show

July 24

Take to the skies as this introduction to rocketry explains how and why rockets fly. You’ll witness real model rocket launches that soar several hundreds of feet into the air and deploy parachutes for their return. (for children of all ages) Register

Pony Tales with Cori Nichols

August 3

HolyMac, a miniature Shetland Pony, courtesy of Hudson Valley HorsePlay, in Kerhonkson is coming to the library. HolyMac’s visit will offer all ages an introduction to ponies across multiple dimensions. There will be stories read, a sign language interpreter will also be on site to share stories with the hearing impaired.

Spring and Summer Art Exhibit

Ellie Anderson was born in Queensland, Australia and trained as an art teacher. She taught for a number of years before catching the travel bug. In the late ’60s she left Australia to travel and work in England and Europe. After marrying an American and starting a family she completed a BA in Fine Art at George Mason University and taught high school art in Fairfax, Virginia.

Children’s Room Expansion Project Gets Big Boost

Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation and Stewart’s Shops award grants to the Library

Great News!  We are delighted to announce that Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation has awarded the Library $7,500 toward the Children’s Room Expansion Project. On Tuesday, March 22, USCF President and CEO William Calderara with Officers Jeffrey Wood, Sue Benz and Pat Hickey visited the Library to present the check to Library Director Jody Ford.


The June session is cancelled due to the Library Fair

Wednesday, July 12
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for July is The Circle by Dave Eggers. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime.

POETRY with Rosemary Deen

Thursday, June 22, July 13, 27
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. Poetry is not meeting on the 8th of June.

Stone Ridge Library Writers’ Group with Cathy Arra

Monday, June 19, July 3, 17, 31

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.


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.

Conversational French with Claudine Brenner


Tuesday, June 20, July 18
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.

Conversational Spanish with Marie Barnes


Tuesday, June 27, July 25
Reference Room

Conversational Spanish is held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, from 1:30 – 3:00 in the Reference Room. Basic conversational ability is a pre-requisite for these sessions.