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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.
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
We did get rain this year, then the sun came out. Thank you to all who braved the storm. Pictures will be coming soon...
For a two-week period Stone Ridge Library users will be able to borrow the eBook, A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain, from Overdrive (the link will go live on June 23) and participate in a worldwide version of a local book club. There will be no waitlists for this popular mystery with a twist. A Murder in Time is an intricate mystery about a brilliant FBI agent, Kendra, who finds herself transported back in time to the 1800s. Relegated to the servant class, she stumbles across a gruesome murder, and she alone recognizes they have a serial killer in their midst. Kendra scrambles to solve the case before it takes her own life – 200 years before she was ever born. At its core, Julie McElwain's debut novel is a puzzle, a hunt for a murderer and a quest for justice.
The Big Library Read is the world's largest digital Book club through public libraries. It connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time.
The selection this month is The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. A forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro the Father of Impressionism. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Stone Ridge Library is pleased to announce their winter exhibit featuring Kripplebush resident Susan Sprachman's Travel Photography. The show, titled Looking Beyond: Travel Photographs by Susan Sprachman will be on view through mid-March.
Susan Sprachman's travels have taken her to many parts of the world where she has photographed the everyday and the unremarkable—brooms and brushes in Shanghai; laundry hanging from a balcony in Spain; an abandoned cistern in Kerman, Iran; fish with gills inside out in a market along the quay in Istanbul; retirees sitting on benches in a square in rural Sardinia. In 1969 she took her camera to Ghazni, Afghanistan where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer and continued to develop her photography in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Morocco, and China.
A number of her photographs of Iran appear in Elma Schemenaur's Welcome to Iran (Mankato, MN: Child's World, 2008) and Persian Cuisine: Traditional, Regional, and Modern Foods by M.R. Ghanoonparvar (COSTA MESA, CA: Mazda Publisher, 1982). A photograph she took of Band-e Amir in Afghanistan appeared on a website set up by National Geographic to highlight the geological zones of the world.
In 2015 her works were selected for juried shows at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Art Society of Kingston, and Gallery Lev Shalem in Kingston. In July 2015 she gave a photographic presentation about women in Iran for Arts Mid-Hudson. The Stone Ridge Library will sponsor a similar presentation on March 16, 2016 at the Marbletown Community Center.
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
John Saldi has installed a new inner door in the foyer. 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