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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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Sun. Closed



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

The third graders from High Meadow have been busy cleaning the chairs for the Library Fair. They do a great job every year!





Both days: 10am to 3pm on the Library Grounds


We are getting ready behind the scenes, and we'd love your help.
We are excited about the festivities—Books Galore, a Huge Plant Sale, Wonderful Food and Drink, Music all day, the Saturday Knitters, Gifts, and lots of Children's Books and activities. Can you help by volunteering, or donating some items for the Fair? Your donations are tax deductible, and you can request a donation slip at the Desk.

Donations sought:

  • Books in salable condition, with the exception of textbooks, encyclopedias, and dated medical and travel guides (nothing moldy, please).
  • Gift items: tablecloths, tea service, vases, holiday decorations, tableware—new or gently used. We'll help you regift these for a good cause!

Volunteers are the Heart of the Fair!
Returning and New,
we want YOU…

There are sign-up sheets near the Circ Desk with all the tasks that take place on Fair Day. Barbara Cazakoff, our Volunteer Coordinator, has been in touch with returning volunteers, and will contact new volunteers before the Fair to help you get settled in. Jobs include distributing Fair posters around town, working at the many booths… books, plants, strawberry shortcake, beverages, bake sale table, as well as set up Friday and cleanup after the Fair on Saturday, and help on Sunday for sales and setup. There is something for everyone!

We could also use help with:

  • Baking Cookies or your specialty for the Bake Sale Booth. Please deliver Friday or early Saturday. This booth was so successful last year, it paid for the cost of a tent!
  • Picking up Plant Donations. If you have a suitable vehicle or pickup, we could use some help on the Thursday and Friday before the Fair. Please call Diane for details: 687-8726.
  • Book Setup, Thursday, June 11 and Breakdown, Tuesday, June 16
    9am-2pm - Come for part or all of the day
    This is where we do the heavy lifting. This is where the expression, "Many hands make light work," comes into play. Please call Diane at 687-8726 if you'd like to be part of this effort.
  • Bag Sale, Sunday, June 13
    Perhaps you are not available on Fair Day, but would like to help. Welcome! We'd love to have your help.



Saturday, June 27 - 10am – 6pm
Bevier House, Route 209, Marbletown

The Third Annual Founders Day event continues the celebration of Marbletown's history and will feature a dazzling display of local art, history and locally produced wares that are hallmarks of the Rondout Valley. The event is free and open to the public, and will benefit in part the Stone Ridge Library.


Stone Ridge Library Awarded Legislative Grant

Thanks to Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, a Kingston Democrat, the Stone Ridge Library has received a $5,000 grant that has enabled it to replace its 20-year-old telephone system. The funding comes through a Special Legislative Project that was initiated by Assemblyman Cahill. The grant was used to replace an antiquated phone system—which often caused inconvenience for patrons and staff—and to fund publicity materials to advertise library programs.

"The grant will help us fix various technical problems that we now experience with our very old telephone system," said Library Director Jody Ford. Last year the Library had 3,745 borrowers, circulated 73,595 library materials and had 79,204 visits to its website. And increasingly patrons use the phones to learn about programs and register for various services the Library offers. "The upgraded telephone system will provide more efficient service to our patrons and other callers, with voicemail and an intercom system. And we are grateful to Assemblyman Cahill for this assistance, and for his ongoing support of our children's summer reading program," added Ford.

"This funding helps us at a time when the Library budget and fundraising efforts are stretched thin as we accommodate the extensive, ongoing restoration work that we have been undertaking on our two historic buildings," said Board President Rob Miraldi. Because of the grant, the Library will produce a print newsletter to announce spring and summer programs and it will also provide details and instructions pertaining to the new telephone system.


Community News...
Collect Water Samples
for Riverkeeper

"Are you interested in your local water quality? Riverkeeper is looking for community scientists to test the water in the Esopus Creek. We partner with local residents in several Hudson River tributary watersheds to test for the presence of Enterococcus, a bacterial indicator of fecal contamination. In partnership with samplers, we use the data to advocate for clean water and solve contamination issues in their communities. Sampling occurs once per month from May to October, on Friday afternoons. To sign up or obtain more information, contact Jennifer Epstein, Water Quality Program Associate, at"


The Stone Ridge Library Foundation First Annual Recognition Dinner Honors Bill & Tildy Davenport

The Elm Rock Inn Bed & Breakfast was the site of a Recognition Dinner held on Friday, May 1 where friends and colleagues gathered to honor Bill and Tildy Davenport in recognition of their many years of support for the Stone Ridge Library, and for their efforts toward the restoration of the Library's historic buildings.The Library Foundation's President, Eileen McAdam, welcomed guests with a champagne toast, and Rob Miraldi, President of the Library's Board of Trustees, served as Master of Ceremonies, thanking attendees for their participation in the Restoration Campaign, now in its second and final phase.

Speakers for the evening included John Parete, Chairman of the Ulster County Legislature, who presented the Davenports with a plaque to commemorate their long service to the Stone Ridge Library and the community, and County Legislator Rich Parete who presented the couple with a local history book and commemorative certificate on behalf of Assemblyman Kevin Cahill. In his remarks, Parete, a childhood friend of the Davenports' sons, reminisced about Mr. and Mrs. Davenport's kindness and hospitality to him on sleepovers at their home, and recalled a fishing trip with the family where he made his first catch.

Shelley Wyant, Former Foundation President, wished Bill & Tildy well as she recalled the early days of working together when the daunting task of launching the capital campaign lay ahead of them.

Bill and Tildy spoke about early Library days. Bill recalled that as soon as he was old enough to hold a book he became involved with the Stone Ridge Library. The Library was open for only a few hours a week. His mother, Whitt, was the librarian from 1951 to 1964, and she firmly believed that although you might find like-minded people by joining a church, a political party or another specialized group, only the library could bring all of those people together.

The Davenports married in 1963 and frequented the Library with their three young sons for children's hour. Tildy, an elementary school teacher, worked the Library Fairs and was quickly recruited for the Library Board. In the 1980s she was President and chief negotiator with the Town of Marbletown, resulting in the Library's becoming a special district. In the 1990s Tildy co-founded the Friends of the Library. Over the years, she also volunteered with an extensive array of community organizations, including Benedictine Hospital.

Bill, meanwhile was working in the family's home heating business, and in 1974 became co-owner of Heritagenergy. For almost forty years, he served on the board at Benedictine Hospital and later the Benedictine Health Foundation, among other charitable and civic activities. When the Library faced physical collapse some years ago, he helped launch a fundraising drive that now seeks a cumulative $600,000 to restore the historic buildings. They are dedicated to preserving the Library for future generations.

The Davenports thanked everyone who attended their celebration dinner and acknowledged that, without their donations, the Library would not be so far along in the restoration effort. The Library Foundation extends thanks to the Elm Rock Inn Bed and Breakfast for hosting the event, to Green Cottage and Rebecca Kalin for beautiful floral arrangements, and to Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, Legislators John and Rich Parete for their kind words, and to all the attendees of the Recognition Dinner for their ongoing support of the Stone Ridge Library.

For more information about the project, its progress, and how to get involved, please see



Due to the Library Fair we will not be meeting in June.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, June 17
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is A Chill Rain in January by L.R. Wright. A small town on the Pacific coast of British Columbia provides the evocative backdrop for this work of striking clarity and forcefulness. After Zoe Strachan's ne'er-do-well, blackmailing brother "tumbles" down her basement steps to his death, she searches his house unsuccessfully for incriminating notebooks, and shelters his previously unknown adopted son. Zoe--aloof, beautiful, and truly bizarre--challenges all the resources of Mountie Karl Alberg, who only half-believes her story. Apparently effortless but finely crafted prose supports the narrowly focused plot, wonderful characters, and gorgeous descriptions.


A History Reading Club

Wednesday, June 3
7pm in the Biography Room

The reading selection for this meeting is Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved an Empire in the New World in their Quest for Treasure, Religion, Freedom and Revenge (2009) by Edward Kritzler. At the end of the fifteenth century, in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition many Jews had to flee Spain and Portugal. The most adventurous among them took to the seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as the Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther, and Shield of Abraham, they attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding. Filled with high-sea adventures–including encounters with Captain Morgan and other legendary pirates.


Conversational Spanish
with Cliff Rockmuller

Tuesday, June 2
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, June 16
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, May 28,
June 11, 25
1.30-3:30 in the Bio Room

Join us for an afternoon of poetry with Rosemary Deen. Our m eetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.


Stone Ridge Library
Writers' Group with Cathy Arra

Monday, June 1, 15, 29

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.


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.




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Construction Updates

New structural steel posts in the basement. more


Our Garden

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


Summer Newsletter

The Summer 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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  1. Browse: choose from more than 140 titles – everything from fiction to non-fiction, mysteries to history!
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