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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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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

Candidates Sought
For Trustee Election;
2016 Tax Budget Proposed

The Stone Ridge Library will hold an election Monday, August 10, 2015 to choose three trustees for four year terms, and to submit its 2016 budget to voters.

Board candidates are nominated by petitions, which are available at the Library. Only qualified voters may serve on the board. To be valid, petitions must be signed by at least 10 qualified voters of the Library district. Full directions are on the petitions which are available at the front desk of the library. Completed petitions must be returned by the close of business Thursday, July 9, 2015.

The 2016 tax appropriation would rise 1.78% to $259,390 from $254,854 this year.* To see the budget click here.

For more information about serving on the Board of Trustees or about the election, please call Jody Ford, Library Director, at 687-7023, or Board of Trustee President Rob Miraldi at 687-0792.

* Budget increase is comprised of $536 in newsletter and membership. $2000 in repairs and hardware. $2000 in wages and payroll tax.



Dozens of pictures. more


The Stone Ridge Library is in the midst of the second phase of restoration. To boost these efforts, the Summer Pledge Drive is underway. Supporters are encouraged to make an easy, secure, tax-deductible pledge in the donation form.


Folk Songs of the Early '60s
with Caroline Doctorow

Sunday, July 19 - 3pm
Marbletown Community Center

For her library performance Ms. Doctorow will concentrate on the folk songs of the early '60s, presenting the work of our favorite folk icons, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Donovan, Richard and Mimi Fariña, Pete Seeger, and others. Ms. Doctorow will also present some of her original compositions and discuss the songwriting process, and what it was like to grow up in a home with her father, world renowned author E.L. Doctorow. This program-through song-offers the listener a unique perspective of this significant period in our country's musical history. It's music that audience members of all ages will enjoy and remember. The program is free and open to the public.



Garret before and after restoration

Friday, July 31 – 6pm Reference Room

Our beloved Hasbrouck paintings, portraits of Julia Lawrence Hasbrouck and her husband Garret Decker Hasbrouck, painted in 1840 by Italian Artist Francesco Anelli, have both undergone conservation treatment, thanks to funding from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network. These grants have enabled the Library to preserve these important components of our local history collection for current and future generations. We invite you to celebrate their return home a reception and lecture by Marie Bruno who recently completed the work on the Garret portrait.
Marie Bruno, painting conservator of Arte Artigianato Restauro, Inc. will be speaking on the restoration process of the nineteenth century portrait of Garret Decker Hasbrouck. Her talk will include a discussion of the materials and techniques of the artist as well as explaining the condition of the artwork prior to and following conservation and restoration treatment.


Poetry Reading
Matt Spireng

Friday, July 17 7PM
Marbletown Community Center

Award-winning poet Matthew J. (Matt) Spireng will present a reading celebrating the region, and, in particular the town of Marbletown, its people, places and past. Please join us for a lovely evening of poetry with a reception following th e reading. Matt's books will be available to purchase, and a portion of the sale price will be donated to the Library.



Wednesday, July 8
4pm in the Biography Room

Due to the Library Fair we will not be meeting in June. For our July meeting we will be reading Crow Lake by Mary Lawson. A gorgeous, slow-burning story set in the rural "badlands" of northern Ontario, where heartbreak and hardship are mirrored in the landscape. For the farming Pye family, life is a Greek tragedy where the sins of the fathers are visited on the sons, and terrible events occur–offstage.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, July 15
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is A Drop of Chinese Blood by James Church. North Korean cop Inspector O is living with his nephew Bing in a backwater region of northeast China that borders North Korea. Bing is head of state security for the region, and his skill at controlling corruption at the border is all that allows him to keep his job. But a visit by Madam Fang, "the most beautiful woman in the world," draws Bing and O into a bizarre quest for an almost unknowable objective, a quest that becomes increasingly more mysterious and hazardous.


A History Reading Club

Wednesday, August 5
7pm in the Biography Room

The book choice for the August meeting is David Benioff's City of Thieves. This historical novel, set in Leningrad during the WWII siege by the German army, has received accolades including the following quote from the NY Times Book Review: "No recent novel…travels so quickly and surely…from humor to devastation…[It] reminds us what a beautifully ambiguous world we live in."


Conversational Spanish
with Cliff Rockmuller

Tuesday, July 7,
August 4
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, July 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, July 9, 23
1.30-3:30 in the Bio Room

Join us for an afternoo n 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 29,
July 13, 27

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.


The Library Hosts Summer Exhibit of Jim Smith's Photography

We are pleased to announce a summer-long exhibit of celebrated local photographer Jim Smith's work. The photographs are hung throughout the Library are available for purchase.

"We are delighted to be hosting Jim Smith's wonderful photographs at the Library this summer," said Director Jody Ford. "They are so beautifully done, and look like still life paintings. We hope that the community will come in to enjoy them."

For most of his life, Jim has dedicated himself to the world of photography. From the moment Jim picked up his first camera in seventh grade, he never looked back. His first roll of film was a 12-exposure black and white and he shot Central Park, NYC. Those twelve pictures sit in his mom's attic; tens of thousands of his other photographs since then sit between the covers of hundreds of books on people, food, travel, museums and art.

Jim wouldn't start off a conversation talking about his work, but if asked he'll humbly go on to tell you about his adventures in Africa, photographing everything from Maasai warriors to lions on the Serengeti plains. He might also tell you about making a book called Fathers: A Celebration, a study on the celebration of fatherhood. The book itself was widely praised and rewarded him an interview on the Bravo Television Network. You may even coax him into talking about his travels around America, searching for individuals that embody the quintessence of what it is to be Irish-American for his book, The Irish Face in America. Jim would photograph them in their environments, be it home, office, cattle ranch, and in some cases, from their surfboard. It's not everyone that gets thrown out of Beverly Hills for taking a picture of an Irish actor, whose name he will not mention.

Professionally, Jim also has worked on the best-selling series of cookbooks created by Wayne Gisslen, for the publishing house of Wiley and Sons. On those particular shoots Jim not only took all the pictures, but he tasted and enjoyed every food item.

Jim has also created books on famous historical figures. If you were to ask him, his favorite is that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the National Civil Rights Museum. Though everyone at the Museum would agree that it's great working with Jim, he himself would say that it was one of the great privileges of his life to work on the subject of the National Civil Rights Movement. "I stand in the shadow of those heroes and heroines, and always will."

You can find Jim's photos in over 300 different titles, as well as periodicals such as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Destinations, New York Magazine, Vogue, Memphis Magazine, Hibernia, and The Washington Post.

Jim has also had the great fortune of working with the Disney family, creating Picturing the Walt Disney Family Museum, a book which showcases the life and legacy of Walt Disney.

Most recently, Jim has delved further into his fine art. He shoots most of his pieces in his studio located in the Stone Ridge area where he has lived and worked for more than 30 years. He works closely with The Wired Gallery, a wonderful art gallery to be found in the neighboring High Falls. Jim's work has been featured in many art shows, finding success in a variety of venues, including Mohonk Mountain House. Jim has recently been awarded the privilege of being part of a group show of 12 national and international artists to be hosted this year in an extended show to benefit the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in New Jersey.

Jim is honored to have the Stone Ridge Library show some of his most recent photographs. Including a best-selling piece Well Read, a magical shot of spectacles resting on an aged bible from bygone years. It was taken thanks to the generosity of The Ulster County Historical Society at the Bevier House.



Marbletown Biodiversity Presentation

Thursday, July 9, 6:30 to 7:15
at the Marbletown Town Hall

Find out about the plants and animals you're likely to see in your own back yard, and which parts of Marbletown have the most interesting biodiversity. Gretchen Stevens from Hudsonia Ltd., Kathleen Nord, and Stuart Greenfield will present a "Biodiversity Assessment of 7500 Acres in Marbletown" study which they conducted along with several others. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be presented by the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission at the Marbletown Town Hall from 6:30 to 7:15 on July 9th. For more information contact Stuart Greenfield ( or ECC Chair Tom Konrad (



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Construction Updates

The newly painted entryway. more


A Reminder

The Library will be closed on Saturday, July 4th. However our WIFI is always available in the yard. Also, Overdrive's downloadable ebooks and audio books are available 24/7.


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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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!



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