Foundation Event Archives

An enormous and heartfelt thank you from the SRL Foundation to our amazing Library community for making Hudson Valley Gives a big success. Together we raised more than $20,000 for the Library!  Your overwhelming generosity helped us to double our goal of $10,000. We won cash prizes and reached new levels of support for the Library:
  • 1st place ($250) – most donors between 4pm – 8pm
  • 2nd place ($250) – greatest dollar increase from 2019 to 2020
Out of 7 counties and 132 organizations we placed:
  • 2nd for the most donors overall
  • 5th for the most funds raised overall

Wow!

This campaign replenishes what our Library lost due to the cancellation of such beloved fundraising events as the Book Fair / Plant Sale & the Recognition Tea. By coming together as a community we are helping to see our Library through this difficult time.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you!

Hudson Valley Gives will still accept donations through the end of May.

CLICK HERE to contribute to the SRLF’s HV Gives Campaign.

 


Don’t miss these upcoming Foundation-sponsored events in 2020:

Special Collector’s Sale

Hudson Valley Giving Day

Annual Recognition Tea – cancelled

Fall Online Auction

Proceeds from all of these events will support the Library and help fund projects like the Circulation Desk Renovation.

 

 

Thank you for joining us in honoring
Sig Hack & Victoria Schulte
at our Sunday Tea!

Scroll down to see photos from the event!

It was a beautiful day to recognize the efforts and achievements of two of the Library’s most dedicated supporters!   We had a full house of guests here to celebrate Sig & Vicky and their impact on our community.  It was also a successful fundraiser for the Library, as guests generously showed their support on behalf of our honorees. Sig & Vicky spoke from the heart about their passion for books, the importance of libraries, and their love of our own very special Stone Ridge Library.  Read on to see photos from the event and to learn more about our honorees.

Recognition Honorees May 19, 2019

Victoria Schulte and Sig Hack – two former treasurers and continuing trustees of the Stone Ridge Public Library – steered the Library’s finances to meet the existential threat posed by the near collapse of the 1798 building.

That danger loomed not long after voters in August 2000 overwhelmingly approved a referendum that created a tax-supported library district, but nearly a century after the Library opened as a membership association funded by dues and donations.

Voters elected Vicky and Sig to the first Library Board in the 2000 referendum. As a trustee of the previous association, Sig remembers yearly fundraising to finance basic operations. “Having a guaranteed revenue source gave us predictability that we hadn’t had before,” he said. “It made things much easier.”

As the first treasurer, Vicky had to figure out how to work with a new budget and manage cash flow, because town tax allocations usually don’t arrive until March; she shifted money between accounts until revenues arrived.

Soon the Board faced a far bigger challenge: The 1798 building’s stone walls bowed apart – up to 17 inches out of perpendicular – and the 1811 building leaked. In 2006 the board ordered massive wooden trusses to hold up the stone walls, as the trustees sought funds literally to keep the Library from collapse.

The Library Board thought big, seizing the moment not only to preserve and renovate, but also to modernize and modestly enlarge the Library. In 2011 they put up another referendum for a bond issue. But in the midst of the Great Recession, “Disappointingly, it went down,” Vicky said.

The Board approached building repairs piecemeal, on a pay-as-you-go basis. Library director Jody Ford secured grants, while the Stone Ridge Library Foundation, which the board created as its nonprofit fundraising arm, worked for years to raise more than $300,000.

“As soon as serious building started, when we were getting estimates for brick and mortar, I was uncomfortable, because I’d never built a house or run a business,” Vicky said. “But Sig had that experience and was willing to do the work.”

He had grown up in the textile industry, running and fixing machines in his father’s knitting mill when he was 14. After a stint in teaching, he returned to the textile industry and became vice president of a silk weaving firm. He later earned a master’s degree in computer science and developed software for textile manufacturing.

“I might have been the only one with business background on the board,” Sig said. He readily agreed when Board president Jim Hoover (whom Sig called “the real hero of this entire period”) asked him to take over as treasurer. Later, he stepped up again, when Steve MacDonald asked him to replace him as building committee chair.

“My strategy was to become the general contractor,” Sig said. He became deeply involved in the renovations, working with craftspeople from stonemasons to carpenters.

Vicky now serves on the Board’s budget and personnel committees. The latter is a natural, for she had negotiated labor contracts as president of the local teachers union while teaching social studies at Rondout Valley High School.

Fellow teachers had introduced her to the Library years before she relocated to Stone Ridge. “People would talk about the Library and the library fair, and, when I moved in, I joined the Library immediately,” she said. Volunteering at the Library and book sales followed.

Sig began as a borrower after coming to the area in 1995. “Regular visits to the Library were the beginnings of a very different set of life experiences,” he said. “I had been that not-atypical apartment dweller who barely knew his neighbors. Now I was becoming a member of a community. For someone who never joined anything that required my regular attendance — not even the Boy Scouts —

I somehow found myself on the Library Board and now, more than 20 years later, I still am.”

Vicky spoke of the supportive role that libraries have played in her life, such as when she and her husband lived in the rural Poestenkill, near Troy, NY, where the library was a tiny Cape Cod house.

“In each town we lived in, I joined the local library, but none were as cozy, as historic or as welcoming as the Stone Ridge Library,” Vicky said. “I’m grateful that we’ve been successful in preserving and improving the Library,” such as by upgrading the children’s and young adult rooms, relocating the kitchen, improving the back porch, installing a handicapped-accessible bathroom, and creating a multipurpose community room. “The Board favors a few more improvements that we think will make the Library even more user-friendly.”

For more information, contact Aimee Bowe at the Stone Ridge Library Foundation Office at
845 687-7023, ext. 106, or email
foundation@stoneridgelibrary.org.


PAST FUNDRAISING EVENTS:

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

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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.

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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 Ancestry.com 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 foundation@stoneridgelibrary.org 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 www.stoneridgelibrary.org/helpus.html. For other ways to help contact the Foundation office at foundation@stoneridgelibrary.org 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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