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The Stone Ridge Library is proud to present a new online catalog with improved search features to connect you with what you want faster than ever! You now have a access to "one-stop shopping" - a single search box that will search across the millions of book, movie, ebook, and audiobook titles available to you through the Mid-Hudson Library System PLUS downloadable articles from over 7,000 magazine and journals!

What you've been waiting for! You can now check out your ebooks and audiobooks right in the library catalog! You will see all items you have checked out – both physical items like books and your downloads like ebooks – in your account.



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Downloadable eBooks
& Audiobooks

Now faster and more intuitive, click for a tour of the new OverDrive. We currently have over 1,300 titles for audiobooks, over 2,700 titles for eBooks, plus over 34,000 always available eBooks. more
Click How to set up OverDrive for a helpful PDF.

OverDrive Next Generation:



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. Click How to set up Zinio for a helpful PDF.



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

Current job openings in New York State.

JobNow is an innovative online service that provides expert resume help, real-time interview coaching and career advice. There are services to help with every step of a job search.

Mango Language Learning

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

New YorkTimes

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)

Hobbies & Crafts

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 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 pertaining to New York are free to New York State residents at home. more

For genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s.

GALE Testing

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.

Search for Grants

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

Gannett Newsstand Complete - Contains over 85 Gannett newspapers, 6 of which are New York newspapers including the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Consumer Reports

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


Thank you to all the Library Fair Volunteers!

We did get rain this year, then the sun came out. Thank you to all who braved the storm. Lots more pics!


Free Program of
Irish Music and Dance

Saturday, August 6th
7 pm
High Meadow School

We are most fortunate to have performers from overseas who bring with them the authentic Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic traditions. The songs and airs that you will hear range from truly ancient to modern compositions, from heart wrenching laments to the joy of newfound love & beauty, from tragedy to the awesome appreciation of Nature's beauty and beyond. The tone and emotion of the songs and music truly transcends language, everyone present will understand the meaning contained in each piece presented regardless of what your own mother tongue is.

An Crann Og

From the Donegal Gaeltacht, this is a group of young people who play every musical instrument under the sun, sing beautiful and happy Gaelic songs as easy as breathing and dance to the fairies delightful airs! They must be seen to be believed, you will go home feeling like a new person after time spent watching them, and perhaps dancing with them too!

Joy Dunlop
Crowned Traditional Singer of the Year & Traditional Dance Champion at the 2015 Pan Celtic Festival, Joy Dunlop is a Gaelic singer from Argyll, Scotland. Joy presents shows on BBC ALBA and makes frequent appearances on Radio nan Gàidheal. Joy is a happy and positive person and during her performances the audience will be immersed in her sharing of the hauntingly beautiful Scottish Gaelic singing and dancing tradition. As one critic wrote, "Joy Dunlop has a voice that will enthrall anyone … yes, she is that good!"

Noeleen Ní Cholla
Noeleen is an award-winning sean-nós singer from Gweedore in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Noeleen sings in Irish Gaelic, in Scots Gaelic and in English. Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore) is steeped in sean-nós (old-style) singing and in traditional Irish music. Noeleen inherited her love for music from her family, the older generation around her, her teachers and sean-nós singers in the locaility. Noeleen has won many awards in Ireland and overseas for her singing. She also represented Ireland at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient in Brittany in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Noeleen's singing is joyous and uplifting like that of the birds in the Spring as they herald in the return of the Sun and the growing season. Treat yourself to some instant happiness by seeing her perform live!

This collaboration with the Irish Cultural Center of the Hudson Valley will be a delight. For information, please call Diane in the Library Program Office, 687-7023, Ext. 108


The Landscape & Language
of Creative Writing

Wednesday Evenings, Sept. 7 through Oct. 26
6:30 - 8:30 pm
at the Marbletown Community Center
Fee: $96.00 (A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Stone Ridge Library)
Open to ages 18 and up. Limit: 15 participants.
To Register: Contact Catherine Arra: or call 845-687-0678

A class for beginning and practicing writers looking for structure, exercise and helpful feedback.

This 8-week class will focus on the fundamentals of creative writing: keeping a writer's journal, understanding and using the elements, techniques and devices of poetry and prose, active listening and constructive feedback.

Each two-hour session will offer specific instruction with models, writing exercises, prompts and time for feedback. Participants will explore the inner and outer landscapes of the the creative process and become familiar with the vocabulary of writing.

Catherine Arra is native of the Hudson Valley and a former English and Writing teacher. Her poetry and prose have been published in various journals online and in print. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in The Timberline Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Naugatuck River Review, Ishka Bibble, Pioneertown, and Sugared Water. Her chapbooks are: Slamming & Splitting (Red Ochre Press, 2014) and Loving from the Backbone (Flutter Press, 2015). She facilitates the writers' critique group at the Stone Ridge Library.



Wednesday, August 10
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection this month is
An Equal Music by Vikram Seth. A powerful and deeply romantic tale of two gifted musicians. Michael Holme is a violinist, a member of the successful Maggiore Quartet. He has long been haunted, though, by memories of the pianist he loved and left ten years earlier, Julia McNicholl. Now Julia, married and the mother of a small child, unexpectedly reenters his life and the romance flares up once more. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, July 20
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is The Death of an Irish Lover by Bartholomew Gill. Beautifully written, brilliantly plotted and cleverly concluded, Gill's 14th Peter McGarr mystery is an uncommon pleasure. Ireland's chief homicide cop responds to a call from Tim Tallon, whom he used to know as a schoolyard bully, but who's now an innkeeper in the Shannon River town of Leixleap. Two bodies have turned up in a guest room at Tallon's inn. McGarr pursues the elusive truth with a combination of official and unofficial police methods that, however unorthodox, proves effective.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, August 17
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg. Erica, a thirtysomething biographer struggling with her latest book, deals with her grief over her parents' untimely death and her mixed feelings about returning to her hometown after years in Stockholm. On a whim, she visits her childhood friend Alex only to find her dead in the bathtub. The grieving parents ask Erica to write an article about Alex for a local newsletter, which forces her to try to make sense of her friend's life and death. As Erica delves deeper into Alex's past, she begins to work with a local police officer, Patrik, another childhood friend, and together they uncover secrets that some people would greatly prefer were left secret.


A History Reading Club

Wednesday, August 10
7pm in the Biography Room

The reading selection for this meeting is Sara Moliner's The Whispering City. In Barcelona 1952 General Franco's fascist government is at the height of its oppressive powers. When wealthy socialite Mariona Sobrerroca is found dead in her mansion the police scramble to seize control of the investigation. Eager young journalist Ana Martí Noguer is surprised to be assigned to this important story, where she must shadow Inspector Isidro Castro. But Ana soon realizes that a bundle of strange letters unearthed at the scene of the crime points to a sequence of events dramatically different from the official version.


Conversational Spanish
with Cliff Rockmuller

Tuesday, August 2, September 6
1:30-2:30 in the Bio Room

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.


A New Conversational Spanish Offering
with Heidi Ehrich

Tuesday, July 26, August 23
Biography Room

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.


Conversational French
with Claudine Brenner

Tuesday, July 19, August 16
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. 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.


POETRY with Rosemary Deen

Thursday, July 28, August 11, 25
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.


Stone Ridge Library
Writers' Group with Cathy Arra

Monday, July 25,
August 8, 22
July 11, 25

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.



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. 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.




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Library Foundation Recognition Dinner a Success

Historic Shadow Lawn in High Falls was the site of the May 14 Stone Ridge Library Foundation second annual recognition dinner, where honorees Anita Williams Peck and James Hoover were celebrated for their longstanding support of the Library. Library Foundation Trustee Rebecca Kalin welcomed guests and introduced last year's honorees, Bill and Tildy Davenport, who spoke about the history of the Library—"the heart of the community"—and introduced the guests of honor. more


Construction Updates

John Saldi has installed a new inner door in the foyer. more


Remembering Sandi

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.


Our Garden

The Library gardens are designed and maintained by the wonderful Garden Makers of Accord. more photos


2015 Fact sheet

The Stone Ridge Public Library statistics for 2015. more


Julia Blog

Julia, the first weekender

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


Library Use Value Calculator

How much would you pay out-of-pocket per month for services you receive from your public library?

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:

  1. Browse: choose from more than 140 titles – everything from fiction to non-fiction, mysteries to history!
  2. Schedule: pick a month, you may reserve a kit up to a year in advance!
  3. Reserve! All you need is your library barcode and PIN!



To borrow Library materials, you'll need a Library Card. more

2016 Rochester Memberships

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


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Stone Ridge Library
P.O. Box 188
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Stone Ridge, NY 12484

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