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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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Tues. 10:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
Wed. 10:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
Thur. 10:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
Fri. 10:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
Sat. 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
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
Click How to set up OverDrive for a helpful PDF.

OverDrive Next Generation:



Magazines are now available online from the Mid-Hudson Library System. You can download any of over 145 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. Click How to set up Zinio for a helpful PDF.



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.

Portions of pertaining to New York are free to New York State residents at home. more

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

Fall Book Sale

Thank you to all of our wonderful Volunteers! The book sorters who work year round!! All who baked for us, including Ethan's famous breads. Our Stone Ridge Library Knitters! The many people who donated books and plants, sorted bulbs and helped with yard set-up and break-down. Thank you to the local restaurants for donating your fall soups:

Thanks also to Gen-Tech Environmental Services Emmanuel's, the Community Center and High Meadow School. Thank you to the muscle: The Bruderhof and UC Probation; we really couldn't do this without you. Also, the Library Trustees and staff. And thanks to all who came out to support us.



Saturday, November 5
9am - Noon
In the Library
Parking Lot

Examples of items you may bring for on-site shredding include:

  • Bank Statements
  • Medical/Insurance forms
  • Tax forms
  • Receipts
  • Personal Files
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Credit Cards

Please bring paper only; no binders. Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed. The shredded paper will be recycled.
Limit of 3 boxes.


Reading, Book Signing
by Local Author

Wednesday, November 2 at 4pm
in the Reference Room.

Local author Julie Jacobsen Deck will read from her new book, You're Still Sick? on Wednesday, November 2 at 4pm in the library's Reference Room. The book, a novel, deals with the subject matter of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, a chronic illness which has affected the author personally, as her daughter suffers from this chronic disease, which is a form of dysautonomia, Kirkus Reviews had favorable comments: "…the story does an excellent job of portraying the relentless difficulties of suffering from hard-to-treat, chronic illness… a sometimes-exhausting but realistic portrait of life under physical duress." The program is free and open to the public.


This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

From October 13-27, the eBook This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp will be available for every patron that wishes to read it—no holds, no wait lists. Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun. Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, October 19
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is The Broken Shore by Peter Temple. Peter Temple is currently being hailed as the finest crime writer in Australia, The Broken Shore, his eighth novel, revolves around big-city detective Joe Cashin. Shaken by a scrape with death, he's posted away from the Homicide Squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and more than a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs, and thinking about how it all was before. But when a prominent local is attacked in his own home and left for dead, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation. The evidence points to three boys from the nearby aboriginal community—everyone seems to want to blame them. Cashin is unconvinced, and soon begins to see the outlines of something far more terrible than a burglary gone wrong. The Broken Shore is a transfixing and moving novel about a place, a family, politics and power, and the need to live decently in a world where so much is rotten.


A History Reading Club

Wednesday, October 19
7pm in the Biography Room

The reading selection for October is Edward Alper's
The Indian Ocean in World History. The Indian Ocean remains the least studied of the world's geographic regions. Yet there have been major cultural exchanges across its waters and around its shores from the third millennium B.C.E. to the present day. Historian Edward A. Alpers explores the complex issues involved in cultural exchange in the Indian Ocean Rim region over the course of this long period of time by combining a historical approach with the insights of anthropology, art history, ethnomusicology, and geography.



Wednesday,November 9
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection this month is A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. The Whitshanks, a Baltimore clan whose history is told through several generations in this sensitive and empathetic novel, is no different than most. As Abby and Red age, their children are drawn back to their sprawling house. When the second part of the novel moves back in time, the shift is jarring at first; but after a fifty year writing career (this is her 20th novel), Tyler has the end in sight. This is a book about the stories we tell each other and the little moments that make up our lives.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, November 16
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is The Blackhouse by Peter May. A Scottish sleuth, in a shotgun blast of a debut. Two bodies are found hanging from trees: one in Edinburgh, the other on the Isle of Lewis, the most northerly isle in the Outer Hebrides. Edinburgh cop Fin Macleod, originally from Lewis, is assigned to the case for no more reason than that he speaks Gaelic. Two narratives vie with each other. One involves Macleod's struggles with confronting people whom he left behind years ago. The other, which eventually informs the first, is Macleod's first-person memories of his life on the island. The reader knows that Macleod, against all odds, overcame poverty and bad schooling to win a spot at the University of Glasgow and that he threw it all away in his sophomore year and became a cop, a decision he's regretted ever since. The two narratives are brilliantly executed until they converge in an absolute stunner of an ending. The isolation and desolation of Lewis is an apt metaphor for Macleod. For once in crime fiction, a detective confronting demons from his past is not merely a stock plot device. May gives it an urgency that, by novel's end, makes perfect sense. A gripping plot, pitch-perfect characterization, and an appropriately bleak setting drive this outstanding series debut. First in The Lewis Trilogy.


A History Reading Club

Saturday, December 17
12:45pm in the Biography Room

The reading selection for December is The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph Ellis. The unexpected story - brilliantly told - of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.
The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their individual autonomy. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible.


Conversational Spanish
with Heidi Ehrich

Tuesday, October 25
Tuesday, November 1 and
Tuesday, November 22
Biography Room

We are pleased to host two groups of Conversational Spanish every month. On the first Tuesday, from 1:30 – 2:30 Conversational Spanish meets—a continuation of the original group. On fourth Tuesdays, also from 1:30 – 2:30, there is a gathering for those who want to go at a slower pace. Both sessions take place in the Library's Reference Room. Gracias, Heidi!


Conversational French
with Claudine Brenner

Tuesday, October 18
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, Oct. 27, November 10
1.30-3:30 in the Bio Room

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


Stone Ridge Library
Writers' Group with Cathy Arra

Monday, October 17, 31

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 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.


Children say "Thank you" to Senator Amedore for help with Children's Room Project

Children from the Stone Ridge Library gathered to thank Senator George Amedore, our representative in the 46th Senatorial District for the $50,000 grant he secured for the Library's children's room expansion.

Calling libraries the "cornerstones of our communities," the Senator praised the Library's programs as "first rate," and added that that the renovation will give our children a wonderful new space to enjoy everything the library has to offer.

The Stone Ridge Library Foundation is initiating a new campaign this fall to raise the remaining money needed to implement the plan, which includes and ADA bathroom and a small kitchenette, utilizing existing storage and keeping within the original footprint of the building. The estimated budget for construction is $97,680, according to Architects James and Karin Reynolds.


Pat Kelly's Art on Display
at the Library

Pat Kelly's love of drawing began at a very early age, with an equal love of horses. "I drew horses as long as I can remember," she says. "I even failed algebra because we were given little pieces of paper at the beginning of each class with which to solve the day's problems, and I couldn't resist filling them with horses." The love of drawing and of horses led, in time, to fulfilling careers as a professional horsewoman and as an artist whose oil and pastel paintings are included in many private and corporate collections in the U.S.A., as well as in Europe and South America. "I had the good fortune of beginning my formal studies at the Art Students League in New York with the renowned anatomy teacher, Robert Beverly Hale. "He refined my drawings of horses by comparing their anatomy with that of the human figure and opened up many avenues for me with his encouragement and input. As a result, I love drawing the figure and all animals. A good thing, too, as my first commission was of buffalo!"

Developing her artistic skills while attending the Art Students League in Woodstock (which eventually became the Woodstock School of Art) she also began her career as a professional horsewoman. Working with horses, which she considers "living works of Art," Pat assembled a large number of drawings and photographs which served as references for future work. She drew on her professional experience in co-authoring the best-selling book, Horse Around the House, for which she also did over 200 illustrations. She has illustrated numerous articles, magazines, book covers and posters as well. In recent years, she has expanded her work to include figures drawings and plein aire painting, often with people in contemporary life situations. In landscapes, she found herself drawn to water scenes, which she attributes to her childhood growing up in Connecticut next to Long Island Sound. "I spent my youth as a 'water rat,' living in a bathing suit and swimming daily during the season. That has left me with a real nostalgia for the water. Since these waterscapes seem to sell well," she says, "I assume other folks have the same love." A resident of Kerhonkson, Pat has been included in numerous juried shows as well as group and solo shows, both regionally and nationally, including a successful one-woman show at the Art Society of Kingston. She is an active member of the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, the Pastel Society of America and the Art Society of Kingston ... as well as an enthusiastic member of the Stone Ridge Library!




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Remembering Sandi

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.


Our Garden

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


2015 Fact sheet

The Stone Ridge Public Library statistics for 2015. 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



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:

  1. Browse: choose from more than 140 titles – everything from fiction to non-fiction, mysteries to history!
  2. Schedule: pick a month, you may reserve a kit up to a year in advance!
  3. Reserve! All you need is your library barcode and PIN!



To borrow Library materials, you'll need a Library Card. more

2016 Rochester Memberships

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


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