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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.
Magazines are now available online from the Mid-Hudson Library System. You can download any of over 145 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
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 Library will be sponsoring a program to collect Food for Fines for all materials with the exception of DVDs, from Monday, September 19 through Friday, September 30 (for items due within these dates). The donations we collect will be given to the Rondout Valley Food Pantry.
Items sought include canned goods, pasta and other non-perishable items. We will be happy to collect personal care items as well - toothpaste, shampoo, and soap. Please leave your donations in the baskets provided across from the Circulation Desk.
Please be sure to check that food donations are not past their expiration dates and that personal item donations are unopened. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can do so directly to the Rondout Valley Food Pantry. Thank you!
Rondout Valley Food Pantry
3021 Route 213 East
Stone Ridge, N. Y. 12484
Did you know that our book sale is organized by volunteers? These dedicated library volunteers spend hours and hours sorting through your many wonderful book donations. They sort through them, organize them by category and get them ready for the big sale day... but, if there is mold or another condition that make them unfit for sale, they have to cart them to the dumpster. Let's keep these workers safe from mold, spare the library the expense of filling the dumpster with books that we can't sell, and let these workers know that we value their time... Thank You Everyone!
A review of Original Medicare (Parts A and B) as well as understanding Medicare supplements Plans (Medigap). Discussion of Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans) and how they differ from Original Medicare. Stand alone Part D (prescription drug plans) will also be discussed in detail including the best way to pick one, the Medicare "Donut Hole" and getting help for covering the cost of expensive medications through New York's EPIC plan (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage).
This seminar is aimed at people who are new to Medicare, but those who are already in the Medicare program will find it informative as well.
Dan Calabrese is an independent life and health insurance agent who lives in Lagrangeville with his wife and two daughters. He specializes in Medicare and Long Term Care as well as Life Insurance and represents most of the major as well as smaller insurance carriers in the area.
In addition to Saturday's giant book sale, there will be soups from Davenport's, Hasbrouck House, High Falls Kitchenette, Hillside Friends and Family, Lekker, Lydia's, Saunderskill Farms and The High Falls Cafe at Stone Dock Golf Course. Breads and rolls from the Roost, Ethan's artisan bread, and a bake sale will keep everyone fed as they browse the amazing assortment of newly donated books. Then, on Sunday, also from 10am to 2pm, we'll have the "Bag Sale," with a whole bag of books going for $10. Proceeds will go to the Library's operating budget—utilities, books, supplies, etcetera...
To celebrate the Autumnal Equinox and their fourth year, the Stone Ridge Library Wrters invite you to a public reading of their work. Please join them for an evening of poetry and prose. The event is free. Refreshments will be served.
Catherine Arra is a former English and writing teacher. Her poetry and prose appear or are forthcoming in The Timberline Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Gloom Cupboard and Sugared Water. Her chapbooks are: Slamming & Splitting (Red Ochre Press, 2014) and Loving from the Backbone (Flutter Press, 2015). Catherine facilitates the Stone Ridge Library Writers' Group.
Frank Boyer began writing poetry in his early 20's, and has one way or another kept his hand in ever since. He published one chapbook of early poems, Jumping Out of My Skin, in 2009 and is presently working on a book of five long poetic texts that retell/reuse the Orpheus and Osiris myths. He is always happy to be where poetry is being written or read.
Sheila Finan is an Ulster Co. resident who has worked for decades as a teacher in the Adult Learning Center and as clinical social worker for U.C. Mental Health, now retired. She spent years living and raising children in France, England, Spain and Italy, working for public education here on foreign policy as an internationalist, and is active in current movements in the U.S.A.
Fay L. Loomis lives in the woods, which qualify her as a nemophilist: a haunter of the woods, one who loves the forest, its beauty, and its solitude. An active member of the Stone Ridge Library Writers, her poems, flash fiction, and articles have appeared in print and online publications, including The Beacon, Soul-Lit, Pan's Shadow, Twisted Endings, and Healing Power of the Imagination Journal.
Cliff Mallery began his professional career as a lawyer, first as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn then as in-house counsel for an investment bank. For eight years, he managed the San Francisco office of Bear Stearns. He's also been an adjunct instructor at Mount Saint Mary College. In retirement, he's done volunteer work for the Ulster Literacy Association and the Rochester Food Pantry. He is presently writing his first novel. He lives in Accord with his wife and her dog.
Mike Polcari grew up in Stone Ridge and returned to country living after residing in Boston, San Francisco and Las Vegas. He spends his summers in Northern California running a kid's camp that also inspired his second book. As a former professional poker player, he found many characters on the felt who stoked his creative fire. He writes popular fiction in the thriller genre and has completed two novels.
Carol Shank writes for children, but she's open to writing in many forms and for all ages. She's written work-for-hire picture books for Reading A-Z and Capstone Press. Her poetry has appeared in Cricket, Ladybug, and High Five magazines. Before retiring, she taught elementary school for twenty years, and before that she had many adventures she will soon write about.
Jose Sotolongo is a retired physician, born in Cuba. His fiction has appeared in Turk's Head Review, The Rusty Nail, Ray's Road Review, and The Write Room. He lives in Accord with his spouse and the head of the household, an Australian Labradoodle.
Scott Woods has fond memories of his boyhood on the family tree farm in Sullivan County New York. He's worked as an illustrator of young adult novels for Simon & Schuster, Doubleday, and Bantam Books and spent ten years in Los Angeles working at DreamWorks Animation. Scott's first book, We Hillfolk, recounts his return to the mountains and the creation of the Catskill farmstead he shares with his husband. Scott is presently working on a second book.
The written word is Cecilia Worth's response to pitting herself against adversity. Her topics range from empowerment and dignity for women giving birth and for individuals with AIDS to living in an uninsulated waterless Alaska cabin. She has been published by McGraw-Hill, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Travelers' Tales. Awards include Travelers' Tales Solas Grand Prize for Best Travel story of the Year and the UAA/Anchorage Daily News Grand Prize For Fiction. A book for expectant fathers is her current project.
The selection for September 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.
The selection this month is The Witch of Exmoor by Margaret Drabble. Freda Haxby Palmer, author of the feminist classic The Matriarchy of War, was always more popular with her readers than with her own children. Her three offspring, now married and middle-aged, lead respectable lives, but Freda's behavior has gone from bad to worse. She lives like a hippie in a rundown seaside retreat in Exmoor. Her most recent book, a romance novel based on the life of Queen Christina, was universally panned. Lately, she has taken on the British tax code in the courts. But when Freda turns up missing, her estate suddenly seems more desirable. A movie producer has optioned her romance novel, and a sizable fortune may go to David D'Anger, M.P., her black son-in-law, to finance his utopian dream of creating a truly just society, an idea that makes the rest of the family cringe. This novel reexamines one of Drabble's favorite themes, the extent to which political idealism is a luxury of the privileged classes. This combination soap opera/novel of ideas, peppered with daunting Briticisms, is recommended for most Anglophile fiction collections.
The selection for this meeting is The Broken Shore by Peter Temple. Peter Temple is currently being hailed as the finest crime writer in Australia, The Broken Shore, his eighth novel, revolves around big-city detective Joe Cashin. Shaken by a scrape with death, he's posted away from the Homicide Squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and more than a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs, and thinking about how it all was before. But when a prominent local is attacked in his own home and left for dead, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation. The evidence points to three boys from the nearby aboriginal community—everyone seems to want to blame them. Cashin is unconvinced, and soon begins to see the outlines of something far more terrible than a burglary gone wrong. The Broken Shore is a transfixing and moving novel about a place, a family, politics and power, and the need to live decently in a world where so much is rotten.
The reading selection for October is Edward Alper's
The Indian Ocean in World History. The Indian Ocean remains the least studied of the world's geographic regions. Yet there have been major cultural exchanges across its waters and around its shores from the third millennium B.C.E. to the present day. Historian Edward A. Alpers explores the complex issues involved in cultural exchange in the Indian Ocean Rim region over the course of this long period of time by combining a historical approach with the insights of anthropology, art history, ethnomusicology, and geography.
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.
New as of this month, Heidi is now also facilitating the original group on the first Tuesdays. Patrons are welcome to participate in one or both groups; the only pre-requisite being a basic conversational ability in Spanish.
Good News! Heidi Ehrich has offered to facilitate the Conversational Spanish group that Cliff Rockmuller began at the Library beginning in October. Cliff has moved to New Paltz, and we understand that he is meeting with students at the Elting Library. We thank Cliff for starting this fun and interesting group, and we wish him well. The sessions will take place on the first Tuesday of the month as in the past. Cliff's group will meet on the first Wednesday in New Paltz.
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.
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.
On Saturday, October 1st, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the 4th Annual Marbletown Founders' Day celebrates the 313th anniversary of Marbletown's original land patent grant with a display of history, local art, food, and period demonstrations at the Ulster County Historical Society at the Bevier House.
The event, which is free and open to the public, benefits in part the Stone Ridge Library.
The Founders' Day festivities include:
The event is sponsored by the Town of Marbletown.
So, what is the historic link between Marbletown, Scotland and Gibraltar?
The answer is… Queen Anne (1665-1714).
William of Orange and his wife Mary (sister of Anne) assumed the British throne after a successful invasion of England in 1688. Mary died childless in 1694 and William never remarried. After 17 pregnancies, 12 miscarriages and 4 infant deaths, Anne's lone surviving and sickly son, Prince William, Prince of Gloucester died in 1700. The Act of Settlement (1701) put Anne in line for the throne which she assumed at William's death in 1702.
During Anne's short reign, one of many land patents were granted to retired officers and foot soldiers living in the vicinity of what is today Marbletown, dating from June of 1703. Scotland voluntarily joined the British Empire under the Act of Union in 1707 and Gibraltar came into the British Empire under the Treaties of Utrecht (1713) that ended the War of the Spanish Succession.
The first settlers to reside in what is now the Town of Marbletown are believed to have come from nearby Hurley in roughly 1669. Decommissioned British soldiers would build homesteads on the banks of the Rondout Creek, whose name derives from the Dutch word fort or redoubt that was erected near its mouth at the Hudson River in nearby Kingston. The rich soil on these banks would become an important breadbasket for the growing colonial city of New York and its environs, a short 100 mile float down the Hudson River. By 1703, the Town of Marbletown had received a land patent, granted by Queen Anne of England to Colonel Henry Beekman, Captain Thomas Garton and Captain Charles Broadhead on the 23rd of June of that year—which is the anniversary we now celebrate. The original document is on display as part of the permanent collection of the Ulster County Historical Society at the Bevier House.
In 1704, a New York silversmith, Jacob Boelen (1657-1729), was commissioned to design and render the Town stamp, a replica of which is also on display at the Bevier House, on loan from the Town of Marbletown. The original stamp is part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Boelen captured the essence of Marbletown of the period in a simple rendering of deer in the upper register of the seal, signifying the bounty of the nearby forests teeming with game. On the lower register of the seal the artist depicted sheaves of wheat, symbolizing the abundance resulting from the fertile soils that lined the Rondout Creek. With a telling motto, "Be Just/To Trust," which captured both the simplicity and poignancy of the area's Dutch cultural inheritance, the Town of Marbletown was born.
The art of Stacie Flint is all about color; her oil and acrylic paintings complement the warmth of summer. These vibrant works depict figures set in lively, patterned interiors, as well as unique still lifes and landscapes. They combine inventive color, painterly brushwork, playful, animated energy, and create a light and breezy world with a feeling of freedom.
Flint also uses her distinctive colorful style for commissioned work; creating portraits of her clients and their family life. She teaches a workshop at her studio
on creative expression, and in addition to being a member of Roost, is part of the Gardiner Open Studio Tour and the Ulster/Dutchess mobile co-op LongreachArts, and sings in the women's choral group Bloom.
A resident of New Paltz, Flint's paintings and portraits are owned nationally and internationally. She has exhibited extensively throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City, and beyond. Her art has been featured on numerous magazine covers including Chronogram, The Valley Table, The Ulster County Community Guide, HITS Program Guide and The Van Wyck Gazette and has appeared in various issues of The New York Times, Hudson Valley Magazine, Poughkeepsie Journal, New Paltz Times and other publications. Her commissioned public art is on permanent display at Ulster County Area Transit in Kingston. Flint illustrated a children's book "Ten Pigs Fiddling" by Ron Atlas (2005 Amberwood Press), and created work for two music CD covers by the band Grenadilla.
Children from the Stone Ridge Library gathered to thank Senator George Amedore, our representative in the 46th Senatorial District for the $50,000 grant he secured for the Library's children's room expansion.
Calling libraries the "cornerstones of our communities," the Senator praised the Library's programs as "first rate," and added that that the renovation will give our children a wonderful new space to enjoy everything the library has to offer.
The Stone Ridge Library Foundation is initiating a new campaign this fall to raise the remaining money needed to implement the plan, which includes and ADA bathroom and a small kitchenette, utilizing existing storage and keeping within the original footprint of the building. The estimated budget for construction is $97,680, according to Architects James and Karin Reynolds.
Elf is a web-based and email tool for library users to keep track of their library borrowings. Elf is like a personal assistant, whose task is to help with keeping track of what one has on loan from the library. Designed with the busy or avid library user in mind, Elf is ideal for families with multiple library cards.
Keep track of:
This is easier because you can choose:
Elf is supported through subscriptions [the Mid-Hudson Library System has subscribed for 1 year] Without the Library subscribing the basic reminder service is free, but the premium service is for a fee. Sign up
Susanne Warren received twenty five votes and was elected to the Board of Trustees for a four year term. The budget passed 23 yes, 8 no, and is $259,390., the same amount as last year. No budget increase was requested in the 2017 budget.
An anonymous donor's matching grant ignited a fabulous reply from the Stone Ridge Library community. The grant was in the amount of $2500 and was set to be matched by August 1st. Through in-person, mail, and online donations, the generous Stone Ridge Library community contributed more than $7,000 beyond the original grant!
The Stone Ridge Library Foundation Board of Trustees thanks everyone who gave toward this project. The initial project of repairs and paint for the 1811 building will move forward as hoped. We also have a head start on paying for other repairs that that building needs, such as insulating the floor of and building and installing historically accurate windows for that space. For more information or to donate toward the restoration campaign click here.
John Saldi has opened up the northeast corner of the 1811 house to expose one of its problems. more
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.
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
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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
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
3700 Main Street
Stone Ridge, NY 12484