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The Stone Ridge Library is proud to present a brand 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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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

Home Improvement Collection

A special collection of more than 250 home improvement-focused titles created for hobbyists and professional carpenters alike. more

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.



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. They are listed under "Homework Support" in the Ulster County HOMEACCESS databases:

  • Amazing Animals is for elementary school students and includes facts and photos for over 1,200 animals.
  • America the Beautiful is for elementary and middle school students and includes articles on US cities, states and Presidents.
  • Lands and Peoples is for middle and high school students and includes articles on countries, cultures and current events. It also includes an atlas and almanacs.
  • The New Book of Popular Science is for middle and high school students and includes articles in the areas of science, technology and medicine.
  • La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre is a Spanish language encyclopedia written from a Latin American perspective.



"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

Connect to Your Spirit Guide with One Light Healing Touch

October 22 6:00 —7:30 pm
Reference Room

Nancy Plummer, certified OHLT Master Practitioner will lead us in an evening of meditation, chanting and breath work designed to tune into the wisdom and guidance of our Spirit Guides. The program is free and open to the public.

One Light Healing Touch is an International Energy Healing and Mystery school, which offers training in Shamanic, Holistic and Esoteric healing techniques. OLHT is accredited by the NYS Nurses Association, and is tailored to those seeking personal growth, holistic healers and to health care professionals.
Nancy Plummer, MS, is an intuitive energy healer and long time Kripalu yoga teacher. She is the co-founder of Women with Wisdom. For more information, visit


Congratulations Rob!

A year ago, Rob Miraldi, President of the Library's Board of Trustees and an author, gave a presentation for the Library on his then just-released book, Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist, a biography of a famous American investigative reporter.
Recently it was announced that the book was named the best journalism biography in America in 2013. He will receive the Ann Sperber Biography Award in New York City on November 19.
Congrats to Rob!


Sunday, October 26
2:00pm Matinee
at Shadowlands Theatre,
157 Canal Street, Ellenville
$24, special group rate, with reservation

The Shadowland Theatre has offered the library a group rate for our patrons!

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.


Gravestone Rubbings
in Marbletown

Anthony DiGuiseppe, Co-Chair, Marbletown Historic Preservation Commission
Thursday, October 30 - 7pm
Marbletown Community Center

"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.


Ulster County Chamber Music Series Raffle

Our raffle for the 2015 Ulster Chamber Music Series begins on Saturday Oct 11, at the Fall Book Sale. All concerts will be held Sunday afternoons at 3:00 o'clock at the Church of the Holy Cross, 30 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston. Each performance will be followed by a reception with an opportunity to meet the artists.

Artists for the season include:

Madison String Quartet, February 22

Borealis Wind Quintet, March 29

Garry Kvistad and Friends, including Paul Winter and Prana, April 19

Raffle Tickets will be on sale at the Library beginning Saturday the 11th, and are $5 each, or 5 for $20. The face value of each subscription is $100. Winners will be selected on December 1.


The Poetry of Place:
Native American Place Names in Ulster County

Evan Pritchard,
Director of the Center
for Algonquin Culture

Wednesday, November 19 - 7pm
Marbletown Community Center

Join us for an educational and fun-filled evening as Professor Evan Pritchard, author and a descendant of the Algonquin-speaking people, presents an illustrated lecture where he will discuss the various layers of poetic meaning in the Native American place names in Ulster County.

Algonquin place names tended towards clever wordplay and purposeful ambiguity since before contact. In fact, some are more like poems than sentences. Frequently, the Dutch joined in the process and reshaped these words to have a similar sound and meaning, but in Dutch. Then in some instances the English did the same to the new Dutch words. While there are Algonquin place names from North Carolina to the Maritimes similar to our own, New York is the only place where one finds these "Double Dutched" place names, literary time capsules for those who want to understand the ancient history of our region. In any case, the exploration of the poetry of place here in Ulster County is a fascinating study.

Professor Evan Pritchard, of Celtic and Algonquin descent, is an author of over twenty critically acclaimed books about Native American culture, including Native New Yorkers, (Council Oak) No Word for Time, (Council Oak) Bird Medicine (Inner Traditions), Native American Stories of the Sacred (Skylight Paths) and the newly released book of poetry, Greetings from Mawenawasic! (Foothills) which incidentally features a poem about Ulster County's poetic place names (and features a poetic Native American place name in the title!) Pritchard studied the Munsee language with Canadian elder Beulah Timothy, and others, the native language of Ulster County, and Old Dutch with Dirk Tang of the Hague, its second language. He has been a professor of Native American Literature at Pace, Marist, and Vassar Colleges, and has lectured at dozens of major universities in Eastern US. He had appeared on the History Channel, Manhattan Cable and MSNBC, to name a few, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio shows, including those on ABC, New Dimensions, Pacifica and NPR networks. His website is and features a detailed list of his many books and future lectures.


The A, B, Cs and Ds
of Medicare

Thurs., November 20
1:30pm in the Biography Room

Peter J. Rein, Licensed Health, Life and Medicare Insurance Specialist will present a free seminar: The A, B, Cs and Ds of Medicare. He will discuss the various plans available: Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Supplement Plans, LIS (Low Income Subsidy) and EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage). For more information, contact Diane DeChillo at 687-8726.


OverDrive Big Library Read:
Anatomy of a Misfit

October 13 - 28

Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title during the program dates, creating a virtual, global eBook club. Interested patrons will be able borrow the new Young Adult title Anatomy of a Misfit using a valid library card, and read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period (one or two weeks - your choice), and best of all, there are no late fees!

Love or popularity? Anika Dragomir has done her best to hide the fact that she's a freak. In fact, she's climbed the social ladder to third most popular girl in school. But her romantic interest in former geek Logan McDonough could seriously jeopardize her standing – no matter how hot or mysterious he's become. What's a girl to do? Find out in this endearing, though-provoking, funny-yet-tragic young-adult debut novel from Andrea Portes. more


Local Photographer
Nate Hauspurg Exhibit

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.


Conversational Spanish
with Cliff Rockmuller

Tuesday, October 7
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, October 21
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. 23
1.30-3:30 in the Bio Room
The Oct 9th session has been cancelled.

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



Wednesday, November 12
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection this month is Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis. The story of two men, their incredible friendship, and the importance of living life to the fullest. Zorba, a Greek working man, is a larger-than-life character, energetic and unpredictable. He accompanies the unnamed narrator to Crete to work in the narrator's lignite mine, and the pair develops a singular relationship. The two men couldn't be further apart: The narrator is cerebral, modest, and reserved; Zorba is unfettered, spirited, and beyond the reins of civility. Over the course of their journey, he becomes the narrator's greatest friend and inspiration and helps him to appreciate the joy of living.

Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, November 19
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan. American travel writer Poke Rafferty has seen—and survived—some of the worst Bangkok has to offer. But now, finally married to his longtime love, Rose, and raising the young daughter, Miaow, they adopted from the streets, Poke believes his life is stable at last. Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world, threatening their peace, their love, their home, their lives.


A History Reading Club

Wednesday, December 3
7pm in the Biography Room

Doris Kearns Goodwin's, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism is the Clio's Muse selection for discussion on December 3. Goodwin's biography and history of early 20th century America was selected by numerous newspapers as one of the Best Books of the Year in 2013. It examines many issues of American society 100 years ago that resonate in our culture in the early 21st century.


Stone Ridge Library
Writers' Group with Cathy Arra

Monday, October 6, 20

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.


Move to Music with our
Dance and Rhythm Group

Every Thursday,
10:45 to 11:45
at the Marbletown Community Center
All Ages

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.



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.



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Construction Updates

Roof rafter moved back 15". more



Our thanks to local restaurants for delicious soups for our Saturday, October 11 Book Sale:
Davenport Farms
Hoffman House
High Falls Café
Inn at Stone Ridge
Lydia's Country Deli and Café

A big thank you to all of our Library Trustees and to our volunteers. Special thanks to Rosemary Deen for the new indoor plant sale and to Ethan Plank for delicious homemade bread. And thanks to Express Tech for the printing!


Fall Newsletter

The Fall 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


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


Our Garden

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


Contact Us

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Stone Ridge Library
P.O. Box 188
3700 Main Street
Stone Ridge, NY 12484


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