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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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Wed. 10:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
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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

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.

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

Mira Fink Art Show

Through December 21

The Library is pleased to welcome local artist Mira Fink whose watercolors and landscapes will be on view throughout the Library from September 25 through December 21.

Mira specializes in creating richly colored watercolor landscapes as well as collages and acrylic paintings which capture the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley. Her paintings reflect her "joy of being outdoors, walking by a sparkling river or along a leafy wooded trail." In her paintings, Mira conveys "vividness of color, the energy of living things and what happens when you slow down long enough to truly appreciate it."

Mira's work has appeared in numerous solo exhibitions both locally and regionally, and she has been selected to participate in several juried exhibitions over the last 25 years. Her work can be found in private collections in the Hudson Valley and throughout the country. Her work is on view locally at the Mohonk Mountain House, The Mohonk Preserve or Maglyn's Dream.

Mira teaches watercolor and mixed media art play classes for adults and arts and nature classes for children. Her next Mixed Media "Art Play for Adults" will take place at the Marbletown Community Center starting October 14.

The paintings are available for purchase, and a variety of gift cards will also be available.For more information about the artist, please see Fine Art Inspired by Nature.



The Stone Ridge Library has received an $8,000 grant from the New York State Senate through the efforts of State Senator George A. Amedore, Jr., a Republican representing the 46th Senatorial District. The funds will be used to purchase six new PC workstation computers for public access and two PCs and barcode scanners for use at the Circulation Desk. The workstations will replace the existing public computers that were last upgraded in 2009.

"Current technology needs address two sides of the spectrum for service to our patrons," said Library Director Jody Ford. "On the one hand, a significant portion of our population still relies on standard PCs for research, job applications, and personal email communication. On the other side of the technology spectrum are tech-savvy patrons for whom the 2D scanners will serve to accommodate their library cards held on mobile devices—a trend that we expect to continue."

"We are grateful to Sen. Amedore," commented Robert Miraldi, President of the Library's Board of Trustees. "This funding helps us serve our patrons. We are a small but very busy library, and offering computer services is vital to our mission." "And, with so much money going towards the Library's building restoration and renovation," Miraldi said, "finding money for computers has been difficult. This helps us and our patrons tremendously."

"Libraries are an integral part of our communities, and it's important to make sure they have the resources necessary to continue to provide crucial services to our residents," said Senator George Amedore. "I'm glad I was able to secure this funding for the Stone Ridge Library to replace their aging PCs and purchase new scanners that will be compatible with today's technology. The library already does an incredible job serving the community, and these improvements will create an even better experience for those who visit."



Wednesday, December 9
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection this month is The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth. A middle-aged, accomplished and successful writer recalls his younger self. At 23, Nathan Zuckerman has had four stories published and a small, flattering up-and-coming-author profile. He reminisces about his first meeting with his idol, the famous, but reclusive writer E. I. Lonoff. The first of the Zuckerman novels.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, December 16
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is A Dark-Adapted Eye by Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine. The award-winning author and acclaimed mistress of suspense delves deeply into the heart of a family to uncover the circumstances that lead to murder more than thirty years ago. The story of a family's long-buried secret past is revealed--and the deadly consequences.


A History Reading Club

Wednesday, December 2
7pm in the Biography Room

The reading selection for December is The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam by Barbara Tuchman. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interersts, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance Popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain's George III, and the United States' persistent folly in Vietnam.


Conversational Spanish
with Cliff Rockmuller

Tuesday, December 1
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, December 15
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, Dec. 3, 17
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, Nov. 30, December 14, 28

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.



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Construction Updates

John Saldi is working on the siding outside the computer area. more



A huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers, book sorters, knitters, book luggers, bakers, cashiers, trustees and staff. And a big thank you to all the restaurants that donated soups:


Our Garden

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


2014 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


The Stone Ridge Library has a Facebook page. Check it out and become a fan.



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


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P.O. Box 188
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