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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
Senator George Amedore, Republican representative in the 46th Senatorial District, has announced that he has secured a grant for $50,000 for the Stone Ridge Library Children's Room Expansion Project. The project is the centerpiece of the Library's renovation and restoration work in the 1811 building that houses the children's wing.
"Libraries are the cornerstones of our communities, and it's important that they have the necessary resources to continue to provide vital services to our residents," said Senator George Amedore. "Instilling an early love of reading in our young children is especially important, and I am so happy to secure this funding for the Stone Ridge Library's Children's Room expansion. Their programs and services are already first rate, and this renovation will give our children a wonderful new space to enjoy everything the library has to offer."
The Children's Room Expansion project reflects approximately one-third of the $300,000 anticipated budget for the completion of Phase Two of the Library's overall restoration—the restoration and repairs of the Library's 1811 building.
The proposed design includes an expansion and renovations to the existing space dedicated to children's group activities and will also provide a gathering space for approximately 20 people for library programs. The plan includes an ADA bathroom and a small kitchenette utilizing an existing storage area. Repairs to the exterior steps and porch are also included in the plan. The estimated budget for the project is $97,680, according to James and Karin Reynolds Architects.
"We were so pleased when the Senator called to say that he had secured funding for the Library," said Director Jody Ford. "This generous award of $50,000 makes a significant contribution to our fundraising efforts, boosting our budget as well as our spirits as we move forward in our library restoration work."
The first phase of restoration project, also budgeted at $300,000, now completed, concentrated on the stabilization and restoration of the "older" building, a 1798 stone house, where Circulation and public program activities take place and public access computers are located.
"Children's services are fundamental to the Stone Ridge Library's mission," said Library Board President Susanne Warren. "In 2015 the Library hosted 121 children's programs, attended by 2,221 children and 881 young adults." "We are delighted to learn of Senator Amedore's support in our ongoing effort to serve the community.
The Stone Ridge Library, chartered in 1909, is situated on historic Main Street, Route 209 in Stone Ridge and is a member of the Mid-Hudson Library System.
The selection this month is The Luminaries by Elinor Catton. This novel is a murder mystery set in a remote gold-mining frontier town in 19th-century New Zealand. Arriving in New Zealand in 1866 a weary Englishman, Walter Moody, lands in a gold-mining frontier town on the coast of New Zealand to make his fortune and forever leave behind his family's shame. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to investigate what links three crimes that occurred on a single day, events in which each man finds himself implicated in some way. Moody finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.
Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.
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 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 Conversational Spanish session every fourth Tuesday at the Library at 1:30. The only pre-requisite being a basic conversational ability in Spanish.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Our mailing address is:
Stone Ridge Library
P.O. Box 188
3700 Main Street
Stone Ridge, NY 12484