Help the Library to Serve

Thanks to tax-deductible donations from people like you, the Library has completed the restoration phase of repairs. Now these walls once again stand on their own – we hope for another 200 years or more – and we can focus on interior projects.

The redesign and enlarging of the Circulation Desk will alleviate congestion near the entrance to the Library. (Although we admit a crowd of people at the library is a GOOD problem to have!) Checking books in and out will be easier and you will have plenty of elbow room to chat with neighbors about what they’re reading.

Read more about our past projects.

For information, please contact Aimee Bowe at the Stone Ridge Library Foundation:

Phone: 845-687-7023 ext. 106

Other Ways to Donate

Online via “Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley”

“Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley” (CFHV) accepts credit card donations with the specification of “Stone Ridge Library Foundation” on the Fund line.

To give via CFHV, please click here.

By Mail

Checks made payable to the Stone Ridge Library Foundation directly and immediately benefit the Library. Mail to:

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

Sustaining Support

Many donors find that giving over time is easier to commit to. Making a pledge to give on a regular basis is a win-win. The Foundation knows we can count on you, and you can give at a level that is comfortable for you. Our online donation form above allows you to choose the intervals: weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, or annually. If you’d like to set up regular giving another way, please contact us.


The Foundation has several opportunities for people who want to help support the library. Whatever your availability and interests, we will work with you. The Foundation provides several fundraising events every year as well as outreach projects and community building. The first step is to get in touch with us and see how we can work together. Thank you!

Gifts in Honor/Memorial

Giving in honor or in memory of someone is a wonderful way give tribute to those who deserve it most. Checks can be mailed with a note or memo noting the person who you would like to recognize. Online donations can be made above with a note that reflects your wish to remember someone special.

Stocks or Bonds

Gifts of appreciated stock or bonds, can be of particular value to donors. Donations would be made by transferring stock via the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Details provided upon request.

The Stone Ridge Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
All gifts are tax deductible.

November 23, 2016

Dear Friend of the Library,

The Stone Ridge Library Foundation campaign for renovation of the Children’s Library project has gotten off to a solid start. Thanks to a generous $50,000 grant from State Senator George A. Amedore Jr., it is halfway to its goal of $100,000 needed to preserve, repair, and improve the 1811 structure that is home to the children’s collection and programs.

Even greater news is that we have already raised $20,300 toward the remaining $50,000 needed to complete the project. The challenge we are facing now is to match that by the end of the year. more


Marbletown Community Surpasses Challenge

An anonymous donor’s matching grant ignited a fabulous reply from the Stone Ridge Library community.

The $2,500 challenge grant had to be matched by August 1st. In-person, mail and online donations not only met the deadline, but also more than doubled the challenge amount. 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. With these funds, the Library can move forward with repairs and paint for the 1811 building, which houses our children’s library. 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.


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.

The honorees referenced their early connection to the Library, Ms. Peck having become treasurer of the Stone Ridge Library and serving in that position for several years. She recounted the days before the library was a special district library (meaning community-tax-supported) and the Library Book Fair in June of every year. Formerly of Stone Ridge and a now resident of Rosendale, Ms. Peck runs Hudson River Valley Tours and is currently involved on the board at SUNY Ulster’s Foundation and the Rosendale Theater.

For his part, Mr. Hoover commented on joining the library Board of Trustees, and becoming its President. Having ushered the library through a Historic Preservation Report process that foreshadowed the restoration effort, Mr. Hoover turned his attention to creating a library foundation in 2006, where he served as a founding member and Treasurer. Other endeavors include service on the Mid-Hudson Library System Board and the Mohonk Preserve as the current President. Both honorees shared fond memories of working together with like-minded individuals, and each contributed strong and abiding leadership.

The Stone Ridge Library Foundation’s Restoration Campaign is in the second phase of fundraising, having already completed the first half of the cumulative $600,000, and working toward the second $300,000 goal. Taxes cannot be used to repair or maintain the historic 1798 and 1811 buildings that Julia Hasbrouck Dwight bequeathed in 1909 to serve as the community’s library. The Stone Ridge Library Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation’s mission is to support the Library.

Despite threatening cloud cover, attendees enjoyed a magical evening at Shadow Lawn accompanied by dinner catered by Harvest Real Food Catering. The tables were adorned with arrangements given by The Green Cottage. Other contributions to the evening were provided by Emmanuel’s Marketplace, Stone Ridge Wine and Liquor as well as the Wine Hutch. Worthy of special note are Sue Ellen Sheeley and also the enchanting historic venue, Shadow Lawn in High Falls thoughtfully provided by Dan Giessinger and David Cavallaro. Guests concluded the celebration with a bonfire and dry skies.

To find out about the projects currently happening at the Stone Ridge Library and how you can get involved, or for more information about Ms. Anita Peck and Mr. James Hoover, click here. To make a donation specifically in their honor, you can do so securely and easily here.


December 7, 2015

Dear Friend,

When you’ve visited the Stone Ridge Library this fall, you may have noticed the bulletin board across from the circulation desk. As always, it has been filled with library notices and community announcements, but recently there also has been something else: a special notice with a small picture of a smiling older woman, Kay (Kathryn) Oates.

A longtime Stone Ridge Library volunteer and a librarian and teacher in the Rondout Valley School District from 1958 to 1980, Kay passed away in August just three months shy of her 98th birthday. She was a familiar figure at the Library’s front desk after her retirement, doing what she had always done: with charm, warmth and wisdom, helping the public find books and materials that they sought for pleasure, curiosity or the demands of school or work.

Kind and generous in life, Kay remained so after she was gone. Her obituary asked friends and family to give to the Stone Ridge Library Foundation in lieu of flowers. The resulting outpouring of donations, many accompanied by messages and cards relating fond memories of this wonderful woman, touched the hearts of all who knew her in the Library and the Foundation and testified to the impact she had made on so many lives.

Kay Oates’ final thoughts of the library she held so dear – and the good wishes of all who gave in her memory – are inspirations in this holiday season, as the Foundation asks the Marbletown and Rochester community to give generously to support the continuing restoration of the two historic buildings that house the Stone Ridge Library.

By law, tax dollars can pay only for library operations like salaries, electricity and book purchases. Believe it or not, taxes cannot be used to repair or maintain the historic 1798 and 1811 buildings that Julia Hasbrouck bequeathed in 1909 to serve as the area’s library. To raise funds for such capital projects, the Library board created the Stone Ridge Library Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation whose sole purpose is to support the Library. The Foundation board, like the Library board, is composed of volunteers who serve without compensation.

Over the past five years, the community has generously given more than $400,000 to prevent the 1798 stone building from collapsing and to preserve it, with historical accuracy, for its second century of service as a library.

The two enormous wood buttresses that for years supported the walls are now gone. Steel rods and new windows now tie together and support the stone walls, which are now 10 tons lighter than before. In the basement, a steel beam now supports the weight of 25,000 books. Rotting clapboard is gone from the main entrance, there’s a new furnace and the toilet now works in the children’s area.

But more critical repairs remain to be made – at least $200,000 worth – and the funds to pay for them need to come from the generosity of the community.

In 2016, the Library will finish critical work in the stone building and then address the needs of the 1811 wood-frame building that houses the children’s library. The Library replaced that roof in 2015, but a good deal of the siding, particularly in the rear, needs repair – and in any old house you never know what you’ll find when you begin looking beneath the surface. The kitchenette area was damaged by a roof leak. The back door and porch also are in poor shape; the Library intends to update that entrance, ideally providing an entrance and exit that is accessible to people with handicaps.

The Library board also has asked the Foundation to raise funds to pave the parking lot, which could cost up to $40,000; to refinish the northern wall of the stone building so that it matches the look of the others (about $9,000), and to replace all of the aged and drafty windows that remain.

The Library has received much-needed, but strictly limited, support from the state. State Sen. George A. Amedore, Jr., helped secure an $8,000 state grant to buy six new computer workstations for public access and two PCs and barcode scanners for use at the circulation desk. Another $6,000 grant paid for the library to replace an antiquated phone system. Welcome as these grants are, they are one-time only.

The Stone Ridge Library sees some 70,000 visits a year. People come not only for access to current best-sellers, audios and DVDs, but also for the local history collection, reference information and a growing array of online databases, including and HeritageQuest. They come to access the Internet and for a Wi-Fi connection to use their own devices. They come for history, mystery and literary book groups; poetry discussions; the chance to meet neighbors who share a passion for hobbies like knitting; discussion groups in French and Spanish; and much more.

The Stone Ridge Library needs your continuing support to make all this happen – support such as we received from Julia Hasbrouck back in 1909 and from Kay Oates just this year. They shared a vision of the Stone Ridge Library being central to the life of our community. We hope you share their vision and, with a generous donation, acknowledge just how special our old library is to making Stone Ridge a community we call home.

You can make secure online donations below. For other ways to donate, contact the Foundation office at or call (845) 687-7147. We also accept donations of stocks and bonds, and provide resources for planned giving.

Thank you for making a difference in our community. Wishing you the best of health and joy this holiday season.

Very truly yours,

Rob Miraldi
President, Stone Ridge Library Foundation

November 26, 2014

Dear Stone Ridge Library Supporter:

The other day when I visited our library, I took a moment to notice the activity around me. Standing by the circulation desk, I could see every computer was being used. Excited children were running from the children’s area carrying stacks of books. Students just off the bus were piling past me to the back rooms. Looking through the doorway into the old stone building, I saw adults reading in cozy chairs by the fireplace as a small group sat at the big table discussing the latest book group selection. Just a typic al day at the library.

Will you take a moment to consider what the library means to you?

With the holiday season upon us and a new year fast approaching, we asked some of our donors to reflect on what our library means to them. Here’s what some of them said:

“There is one thing in life that cannot be taken from you, and that is your education. I believe that learning should be a lifetime challenge and local libraries are the ‘hub’ of this learning. I am happy to support the amazing efforts of so many to maintain this very important part of our community.”
–Anita Williams Peck

“The members of Troop 60216 graduated from Rondout Valley High School this year with some funds remaining in their troop treasury. Each girl chose an organization in our community to which to donate these funds and the Stone Ridge Library is one of the recipients…. The Stone Ridge Library has been supportive of Girl Scouts in our community through participation in programs as well as providing opportunities for community service hours and projects. We appreciate that support and are happy to pay it forward.”
–Girl Scout Troop 60216
Kasmira Demyan, Hope Gallo, Lauren Brown, Meghan Roosa, & Mary Roosa (leader)

“I give to the Stone Ridge Library because one of the great simple pleasures in my life is to get that email notice that the book I’ve ordered is waiting for me; because it is such a treasure in our community, with so many interesting offerings (such as a number of book clubs and foreign language conversation groups, among many others); and because it is such a wonderful, historic building that must be preserved and maintained. I give in gratitude.”
–Miriam Frischer

Whatever their reasons, all of our donors are filled with an appreciation of the unique library we are so pleased to support. Right now the Stone Ridge Library faces significant challenges and we are working hard on how to best use limited resources to meet them.
We can’t do it without you.

Thanks to tax-deductible donations from people like you, our library has completed the first phase of repairs. We removed the second set of buttresses that for years held up the south wall; removed some of the stones and replaced them with wood framing and siding, and re-mortared the stonework. Now these walls once again stand on their own – we hope for another 200 years or more. We also did the mundane: The toilets flush. The heating system works. We redirected rainwater away from the building.

But many more physical repairs remain to be done if the Stone Ridge Library will be able to continue delivering for our community. In Phase Two, we need to replace part of our roof, finish the parking lot, repair and paint the building’s clapboard exterior, replace inefficient windows, update our antiquated phones and upgrade our electrical system.

We’re doing all of this work in a way that meets historic preservation requirements while maintaining access to regular library hours and programming for more than 80,000 visitors per year.

You can be a part of this historic library’s future by giving generously today. The library needs you, just as time and again you’ve needed the library. As the end of the year approaches – a time when many people make charitable contributions – we hope you’ll consider just how special our old library is to making Stone Ridge a community we call home.

Secure online donations can be made at For other ways to help contact the Foundation office at or call (845) 687-7147. We also accept donations of stocks and bonds, and provide resources for planned giving.

Thank you for making a difference in our community. Wishing you the best of health and joy this holiday season.

Very truly yours,

Eileen McAdam
President, Stone Ridge Library Foundation

The Stone Ridge Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are tax-deductible.

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