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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
A special collection of more than 250 home improvement-focused titles created for hobbyists and professional carpenters alike. 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.
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. They are listed under "Homework Support" in the Ulster County HOMEACCESS 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
Our annual Fall Book Sale taking place on Columbus Day weekend will feature book bargains galore and delicious soups donated by local restaurants. And, with holiday giving in mind, shoppers can browse the fabulous hand-crafted items made by the Saturday Knitters, all to benefit the Library.
New to this year's event will be indoor houseplants, nurtured since spring by Library Trustee Rosemary Deen, and potted in containers and pots donated by library patrons. The event will take place rain or shine.
We have reserved 12 seats at the special discounted rate of $24 for the Sunday matinee, October 26, at 2 pm to see the musical SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM.
To reserve your place, please register online, or leave your name, contact information and payment at the Circulation Desk. Since we must guarantee a minimum of 12 people to get the special rate, we ask that you reserve as soon as you can. As we get closer to the show, we will be happy to share information for those who want to carpool to the theatre.
Per the Shadowland, "The sophistication, wit, insight and genius of one of Broadway's most innovative and influential artists is at the heart of this tribute to Stephen Sondheim. This will be a sure delight for all musical theatre lovers, featuring numbers from COMPANY, FOLLIES, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, and WEST SIDE STORY, among others."
Requires Payment: You are not officially signed up until payment is received. See shadowland for more information about the theatre. For information about tickets or carpooling, please contact Diane DeChillo at 687-8726.
"Gravemarkers are not only history written on stone, they are indicative of the culture of the environs," writes Mariruth Campbell in Design, Winter 1973. Join us as Anthony DiGuiseppe, Architect and Co-Chair of Marbletown's Historic Preservation Commission, shares his historic and artistic findings in the local graveyards. Mr. DiGuiseppe will present an illustrated lecture, Gravestone Rubbings in Marbletown, and will bring examples of the rubbings that he has created. A reception will follow the discussion.
The Library is pleased to host a photographic exhibit by local photographer Nate Hauspurg. The show captures the beauty of landscapes, both local and beyond. Growing up in the Hudson Valley, Hauspurg was inspired by the natural beauty it has to offer, but has also ventured beyond, taking in landscapes from around the globe, from Germany to British Columbia. As a child, he was exposed to Ansel Adams, with photos hung throughout his house, and also had the good fortune to experiment with his mother's (an amateur photographer) film SRL's before the digital age took hold.
In college, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he originally intended to be an engineer but switched to graphic design after one semester. "Here I had another avenue to use my photography background to my advantage," notes Hauspurg. Nate is currently work for a commercial photographer in Cottekill and continues with his own work in natural and landscape photography. Speaking about the technical aspects of his work, he notes, "I still hold to some of my film background using a 4x5 format camera as well as my digital Nikon D800." Nate made his public debut in July 2014 at the Marbletown Founders Day event. You are cordially invited to view the exhibit; the photographs are available for purchase.
The Library has been awarded a 2014 Greater Hudson Heritage Network Conservation Treatment Grant for the restoration of a portrait of Garret Decker Hasbrouck, oil on canvas, painted by Francesco Anelli in 1840. Marie G. Bruno of Arte Artigianato Restauro, Inc. in Kingston, New York will do the conservation work. The painting, measuring 70 ¾" x 54 ½", is a companion piece to the portrait of Julia Lawrence Hasbrouck, Garret's wife, painted when the couple lived in New York City. Mrs. Hasbrouck's portrait underwent conservation treatment with funding from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network's 2012 grant.
"The portraits are key components of the Library's local history collection," noted Library Director Jody Ford. After moving to Stone Ridge from New York City, the Hasbrouck family lived in the 1798 stone house that now serves as the community library, donated by their daughter Julia Hasbrouck Dwight in 1909. In addition, the library owns 17 of Julia's diaries written between 1838 and 1879, in which she records daily life and family events. "It is so interesting to read about the family's travels to Stone Ridge to visit relatives, and to hear Julia's opinions about the Anelli portraits as the couple sat for them," she added. The diaries are published in a daily blog, "In My Pen and Power."
The grant was one of 24 awarded to agencies in 18 counties in New York State to assist with the conservation of paintings, textiles, sculpture, paper and decorative objects that demonstrate urgently needed conservation.
"As a small rural organization in Ulster County, we are grateful to benefit from this statewide program," said Robert Miraldi, President of the Library's Board of Trustees. "We are thrilled that both of these lovely paintings, an important part of the Library's history, will be fully restored. The charm of our building will be enhanced even more when this is done," he added.
Work on the portraits coincides with restoration work on the Library's historic buildings. The paintings were stored off site at Westlake Conservators in Skaneateles, New York (who did the work on Julia's portrait) for their safe keeping during the beginning stages of the construction work, and were returned to the Library, Julia post-treatment and Garret pre-treatment, in April 2014 when they were welcomed with a public reception.
The portraits are reported to be in overall stable condition. However, examination under fluorescent light revealed a number of damages that have occurred in the aging process, the most prominent of which, according to Conservator Marie Bruno, include traction cracks and "alligatoring" and oxidation (due to the use of bitumen, a dark paint made from coal tar). Treatment will include cleaning, correcting lined tears, including a one-inch gouge on Garret's chin, and correcting discolored varnish, using techniques that can be easily reversed. A final coat of synthetic resin varnish will be applied to provide protection from environmental pollutants. These methods reflect innovative techniques in the field of conservation that embrace a noninvasive approach.
"The portraits were unframed when we began to investigate the grant application process a few years ago," said Diane DeChillo, who worked on the project. "We don't have any information about frames in our documents. As we learned, through the grant application process, the importance of frames for their protection as well as their obvious aesthetic appeal, the Library Board purchased period reproductions and had the paintings framed by Catskill Art Supply, to complement the professional conservation work being undertaken."
Work on Garret Decker Hasbrouck's portrait will begin sometime in fall 2014 and will take approximately 10 to 12 weeks. Once the work is completed, the Library will host a program to share the conservation process with the public, using photographs that document the work.
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.
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.
The selection this month is Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen. Moving to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career, and self-understanding. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.
The selection for this meeting is The Marble Mask by Archer Mayor. A frozen body is found on top of Vermont's tallest mountain in the middle of winter. Lost hiker? Foul play? Hard to tell until the marble-hard body is thawed out.
The reading selection for September is Blindspot : by A Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in Disguise, a novel of the American Revolution co-written by two notable professors of American History, Jane Kamensky (Brandeis) and Jill Lepore (Harvard). It is a historical romance and murder mystery authentically situated in 18th century America. Set in boisterous Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, Scottish painter Stewart Jameson and his spirited apprentice, Fanny Easton, a fallen woman who has disguised herself as a boy, Francis Weston. When Boston's revolutionary leader, Samuel Bradstreet, dies suddenly on the day Jameson was to paint his portrait, Bradstreet's slaves are accused of murder. Jameson, Weston, and the brilliant doctor Ignatius Alexander set out to determine the truth. What they discover turns topsy-turvy everything you thought you knew about the Founding Fathers.
It is helpful to develop a contextual understanding of the era in which a story is being told. I'd recommend reading a general text of The American Revolutionary period before, or in tandem with, Blindspot. There is a section of "Further Readings" provided by the authors at the end of their novel. If you want a short general history, I would recommend Gordon Wood's The American Revolution: A History or, for a longer, more democratic interpretation, Gary Nash's The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America.
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.
If you would enjoy stretching, moving and dancing to all kinds of music come join us at the Marbletown Comunity center on Thursdays. We don't have a teacher, we wear comfortable clothing, go barefoot or not, and bring CDs or cassettes of our choosing. For more information call 687-7186.
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.
Roof rafter moved back 15". more
The Fall issue of the print newsletter has been published. A copy is available for viewing or printing here.
The Stone Ridge Public Library statistics for 2013. 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
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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:
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Our mailing address is:
Stone Ridge Library
P.O. Box 188
3700 Main Street
Stone Ridge, NY 12484