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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

OverDrive Next Generation:



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.

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

When the Dust Finally Settles...
Strategies for the Long-Term Caregiver

Joel Goldstein, Author, "No Stone Unturned: A Father's Memoir of His Son's Encounter with Traumatic Brain Injury"
Saturday, March 7, 2 pm –
Marbletown Community Center

By tragic necessity, Joel Goldstein became a lay expert in traumatic brain injury after his teenage son suffered severe TBI in an auto accident in 2001. In his talk, Joel will share the strategies his family used to manage and cope with the consequences of ongoing care-giving while preserving their balance, optimism, resilience and zest for life. The talk will be followed by a lively question and answer session and book signing.

Joel Goldstein's critically acclaimed book No stone Unturned: A Father's Memoir of His Son's Encounter with Traumatic Brain Injury (Potomac Books, April 2012) has been embraced by health and rehabilitation professionals, universities, and civilian and military caregivers. It offers profound insights into what survivors and their families must face. Considering every possibility in their search for remedies to their son Bart's catastrophic injuries, the Goldsteins explored several promising alternatives, including craniosacral, hyperbaric oxygen, sensory learning, and vision restoration therapies. Bart's remarkable recovery resulted from a combination of conventional medicine and alternative and emerging therapies. Persons struggling with any grave medical condition will find the book, and Joel's talks, insightful, inspiring and useful. His message, full of humor and practical techniques on navigating life's toughest challenges, offers a thoughtful hand-drawn map for the journey which, inevitably, so many of us must travel.

Joel has written for Exceptional Parent Magazine,, Adoption Today, and Military Special Needs Network. He has spoken about TBI and recovery form grave illness on National Public Radio, public television and to audiences from the YMCA to the Hellenic Medial Society of New York. A distinguished transportation and logistics executive at Cambridge Corporate Services in NYC, Joel resides in New Paltz with his wife of 40 years, Reiki Master Dayle Groudine. Together they have left no stone unturned searching for remedies, both conventional and alternative, to Bart's grave injuries.


Zumba Gold - Pilot Program*

Tuesday, March 10, Noon – 1:00pm - Marbletown Community Center
Juliet Gould, Certified Aerobics Fitness and Group Exercise Instructor

*Pilot Program: If we have people who would like to continue, we will meet on Tuesdays through April 21. The programs are free, but registration is requested. Register here.

ZUMBA GOLD® uses Latin and World Rhythms to create an effective and easy-to-follow dance fitness workout, combining all elements of fitness--cardiovascular, muscle conditioning, balance, range of motion, coordination and flexibility. The class is perfect for active older adults, beginner participants, people who need modifications, and those who are seeking the original ZUMBA FITNESS® workout at a lower intensity. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers, and bring a water bottle.

Juliet Gould is a licensed ZUMBA GOLD instructor and certified personal trainer. She has been training for the better part of a decade and uses her unique experiences with diverse clients as a basis for her individualized approach to fitness. Juliet has helped clients achieve diverse goals including athletic conditioning and injury rehabilitation. She holds certification through the American and Aerobics Fitness Association of America in Group Exercise Instruction and Personal Fitness Training. She also maintains knowledge of current wellness trends and research by attending workshops such as AFAA Practical Pilates™ Training and AFAA Fighting Obesity: The Practical Way.



Let's welcome Spring with these interesting and timely programs!

Sunday, March 15, 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Marbletown Community Center

Honeybees in the Garden: A Dance With Evolution

with Chris Harp and Grai St. Clair Rice, HoneybeeLives
Marbletown Community Center, 2:00 pm

During the course of evolution, pollinators and plants have been involved in a seductive
relationship that has been instrumental in creating the luxuriant world we live in today.
Honeybees are the most productive of the pollinators, and yet their well-being is
threatened by contemporary influences.

Chris and Grai share their insights into the complex world of the honeybee and their health in our contemporary society. The presentation will encourage an understanding of how individuals can help the honeybee through simple garden/landscape elements, and a love and respect for these pollinators. HoneybeeLivesʼ Natural / Organic Beekeeping Classes nurture beekeepers who nurture their bees. The winter weekend workshops, to start hives in spring, are held each year in Rosendale and Brooklyn.

Creating Gardens for Native Pollinators

Francis Groeters, Ph.D., Catskill Native Nursery
Marbletown Community Center, 3:30 pm

Many of our food plants like blueberries and tomatoes are efficiently pollinated by native bees, such as social bumble bees and solitary mason bees. Butterflies, flies and beetles also act as pollinators. Francis will discuss how to attract native pollinators by creating gardens of native plants that support them throughout their life cycle.

Francis holds degrees in Biology and Zoology and has done extensive research on insects that feed on plants. He has a lifelong interest in studying flora of various areas, and now focuses on Catskill Mountain plants.


Artist Judy Stanger to exhibit at the Stone Ridge Library Winter 2015

Winter - Spring
Throughout the Library

Judy Stanger studied fine art during her undergraduate years, and has undertaken coursework at both The Woodstock School of Art and The Cape School of Art. She has been painting with pastel as her medium for more than 25 years while pursuing a career in the human services. Subjects of interest have been Seascapes in Cape Cod and other Atlantic coastlines, and Landscapes in the Hudson Valley as well as in Arizona.
She draws her inspiration for Seascape rendering from the sheer beauty that is expressed through the poetic character of light and color in seaside settings. Landscapes inspire a distinctly different sensibility by distilling images represented in nature such as mountains, rivers and barns through their interactions with light and color. She lives in Stone Ridge, NY and is a graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York at Albany with a Doctorate of the Arts, an interdisciplinary degree in the Humanities.



Wednesday, March 11
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection this month is The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, March 18
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is The Princess of Burundi by Kjell Eriksson. When a jogger finds a dead body in the snow, the members of Sweden's Uppsala police force uncover a victim with an unsettling history. John Jonsson, known to everyone as Little John, was a respectable family man and a local expert on tropical fish. But he had been quite a troublemaker, and his delinquent past seems to have caught up with him. Despite being on maternity leave, Inspector Ann Lindell is determined to find John's murderer. The cruel cat-and-mouse game that follows leads Ann to a deadly confrontation with a treacherous killer.


A History Reading Club

Wednesday, April 8
(note date change)
7pm in the Biography Room

The reading selection for our April meeting is Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and faith in the New China (2014) by Evan Osnos. "A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation. From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy--or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don't see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes." Written by the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker.


Conversational Spanish
with Cliff Rockmuller

Tuesday, March 3
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.


Conversational French
with Claudine Brenner

Tuesday, March 17
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, March 12, 26
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, March 9, 23

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 join 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.



Before moving to New York in 1992, Joanne Averill worked for many years writing technical manuals for large industrial machinery in Massachusetts. She had a BA in Economics from Franconia College in New Hampshire and an MA in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She also worked at Bard College for the Levy Economics Institute as a researcher. Since retirement, Joanne became active in the Stone Ridge Library, as a patron, volunteer, and trustee.

As a patron, Joanne was an active participant in the Tea Time Book Discussion Group, the Mystery Book Group, Clio's Muse History Book Group and the Poetry Group. She also regularly attended special library programs throughout the year. As a volunteer, Joanne not only gave her time, but also created systems that continue to be used for the ongoing benefit of the Library with her special focus as co-chair of the Book Tent at the Library Fair and the October Book Sale. She taught us how to look for simple and effective solutions to problems and created templates that can be used over and over by staff and volunteers. She did this cheerfully, with humor and remarkable energy. As a trustee, Joanne made major contributions to the Futures Committee and the Five-Year Plan. When she began her tenure on the Board, Joanne said, "I love the Library and its people and believe it is an important local resource and would be pleased to work with others to make this community treasure a continued success."

Library Director Jody Ford, remembering Joanne, said, "She was a dear friend to the Library, and we will miss her."


Snow Days

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Construction Updates

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Fall Newsletter

The Fall issue of the print newsletter has been published. A copy is available for viewing or printing here.


2013 Fact sheet

The Stone Ridge Public Library statistics for 2013. 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!



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Our Garden

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


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Stone Ridge, NY 12484


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