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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.
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 annual Fall Book Sale, takes place on Columbus Day weekend, rain or shine, on the Library grounds. The Book Sale, boasting many new selections since the June Library Fair, is scheduled from 10am to 2pm on both days.
Saturday's event will also feature soups donated from local restaurants. This year's offerings include samplings from Davenport Farms, The Roost, Lekker, Lydia's Café, Hillside Friends & Family, Saunderskill Farms, Depuy Canal House, The Eggs Nest, High Falls Kitchenette and The High Falls Café. Coffee and tea, artisanal bread, cookies, bars and other sweet treats will also be served. On Sunday grab a bag or two of books for $8 a bag.
New this year is the addition of Spring Flower Bulbs! Allium, Tulips, Hyacinth and Daffodils will all be available to bring home to plant or spring blooming, or to give as gifts to gardener friends. Seasoned gardeners will love the varieties; newcomers will find the instructions useful.
The Saturday knitters will be on hand to demonstrate their craft and sell their handmade gift items. Hand-woven tea towels, jewelry and books will also be available. Our Fall Artist, Mira Fink's watercolors, paintings and greeting cards will be on display throughout the Library and available for purchase.
The Fall Book Sale has become a welcome addition to the myriad events and happenings that are part of life in the Hudson Valley. It is also one of the Library's most important fundraising events, rivaling the June Library Fair. The proceeds, once expenses for tents and tables have been met, go directly to the Library's operating budget, helping buy books and supplies, and keeping the heat on in the upcoming winter days. Fundraising for the building restoration and capital campaign is conducted ongoing by the Stone Ridge Library Foundation.
Claire Nic Ruairi is an Irish traditional singer from Derry, Ireland. She is the singer in residence at 'an tSeanbheairic', Falcarragh, Donegal, having been awarded the prestigious Eamonn Ghrainne Scholarship. In 2013 Claire won First Prize in Irish language traditional singing at Fleadh Choeoil na hEireann, the largest traditional Irish music festival in existence which is held annually in various locations throughout Ireland.
In addition to performing in and organizing traditional music events, Claire is a member of several traditional Irish language choirs. An Irish and French teacher, she is currently on a career break from a full-time post to concentrate on her singing. She is currently touring the area and performing at a number of local venues.
Experienced in early music, concert and opera, tenor James Ruff has, since 2005 worked to master Scottish Gaelic language, traditional Gaelic Song, and the early Gaelic wire harp. He presents concerts highlighting the haunting beauty of the historic Gaelic music and poetry of Scotland and Ireland, playing the historic music of the harper bards. Music Director of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge, Mr. Ruff will perform with Claire Nic Ruairi for this special occasion.
Bob McDonald, Gaelic Irish language teacher and event promoter, thanked everyone for making the event a reality. "It will be a wonderful opportunity for us to provide a window for the audience through which they can experience a rarely presented cultural jewel of Gaeldom, songs and melodies of great antiquity and beauty. It will be readily apparent that one does not have to speak Gaelic to appreciate the breadth and depth of human emotion and spirit contained within the songs and music."
The concert is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. For information, please contact Diane DeChillo, Library Program Manager, at 845 687-7023, Ext. 108.
Examples of items you may bring for
on-site shredding include:
Join the fun! Big Library Read is the first-ever "global eBook club," connecting readers around the world who read the same eBook at the same time. Over the past year, thousands of libraries, schools and millions of people around the world have embraced the program. From October 7-21 these titles will be available for every patron that wishes to read them—no holds, no wait lists.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (Abrams, eBook) Set against the backdrop of the Spanish influenza outbreak and World War I, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black is forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death when her first love – who died in battle – returns to her in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley (Open Road, eBook) Ensorcelled princesses . . . a frog that speaks . . . a magical hind—Newbery Medal winner Robin McKinley opens a door into an enchanted world in this collection of original and retold fairy tales.
The Library is pleased to welcome local artist Mira Fink whose watercolors and landscapes will be on view throughout the Library from September 25 through December 21.
Mira specializes in creating richly colored watercolor landscapes as well as collages and acrylic paintings which capture the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley. Her paintings reflect her "joy of being outdoors, walking by a sparkling river or along a leafy wooded trail." In her paintings, Mira conveys "vividness of color, the energy of living things and what happens when you slow down long enough to truly appreciate it."
Mira's work has appeared in numerous solo exhibitions both locally and regionally, and she has been selected to participate in several juried exhibitions over the last 25 years. Her work can be found in private collections in the Hudson Valley and throughout the country. Her work is on view locally at the Mohonk Mountain House, The Mohonk Preserve or Maglyn's Dream.
Mira teaches watercolor and mixed media art play classes for adults and arts and nature classes for children. Her next Mixed Media "Art Play for Adults" will take place at the Marbletown Community Center starting October 14.
The paintings are available for purchase, and a variety of gift cards will also be available.For more information about the artist, please see mirafink.com Fine Art Inspired by Nature.
The selection this month is The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim. A discrete advertisement in The Times, addressed to "those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine," is the prelude to a revelatory month for four very different women. High above a bay on the Italian Riviera stands the medieval castle San Salvatore. Beckoned to this haven are Mrs. Wilkins, Mrs. Arbuthnot, Mrs. Fisher, and Lady Caroline Dester, each quietly craving a respite. Lulled by the gentle spirit of the Mediterranean, they gradually shed their public skins, discovering a harmony each of them has longed for but none has ever known. This book is in the always available public domain eBooks on the Overdrive website.
The selection for this meeting is The Anodyne Necklace by Martha Grimes. The third novel in Grimes's bestselling series. Scotland Yard's Richard Jury solves a bizarre murder in an even stranger town and follows a treasure map to yet another chilling crime.
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.
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
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
Our mailing address is:
Stone Ridge Library
P.O. Box 188
3700 Main Street
Stone Ridge, NY 12484