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Now faster and more intuitive, click for a tour of the new OverDrive. We have thousands of titles for eBooks and Audiobooks, plus over 34,000 always available eBooks. more
Click How to set up OverDrive for a helpful PDF.
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
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
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)
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
AncestryLibrary.com 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 Ancestry.com pertaining to New York are free to New York State residents at home. more
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.
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
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
Our Holiday Gift Wall is stocked with unique hand-crafted items ideal for your holiday gift giving. Hand knitted items, jewelry, woven tea towels and beautiful and functional pottery will be available for purchase. A portion of the sales will support the Library's operating budget (books, supplies, programs, etc.)
We have new colors of our larger bags. Black, Brown, Burgundy, Navy. Still only $12.
The selection this month is Chance Developments by Alexander McCall Smith. Inspired by vintage photographs, these five lyrical stories capture the surprising intersections of love and friendship that alter life's journeys. A smiling girl leading a younger girl astride a pony, and a boy in a kilt on a tricycle beside them, gives rise to a story of a lifelong romance between the two riders. A dapper, roguish-looking man perching on a lady's knee sparks the story of a ventriloquist and an animal handler who work in a circus, and who, under the most delightfully unexpected circumstances, fall in love. The image of a woman halloed by light in a train station becomes the lighthearted tale of a nun's decision to leave the sisterhood and discover what the big city has to offer. Charming and poignant, this collection brims with flourishes of grace and humor. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.
The selection for this meeting is Mercy Falls by William Kent Krueger. In this solid, action-packed procedural, an assassin lies in wait for Tamarack County, Minn., sheriff Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor, and even darker threats loom for him and his family. Cork answers a routine domestic violence call on the Iron Lake Reservation. ("It didn't feel right. A man like Eli might get drunk and riled up enough to kill his wife, but he'd never shoot his dogs.") Rifle fire drops Cork's deputy, and as the manhunt escalates, Cork realizes he's been lured into a trap.
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.
We are pleased to host two groups of Conversational Spanish every month. On the first Tuesday, from 1:30 – 3:00 Conversational Spanish meets—a continuation of the original group. On fourth Tuesdays, also from 1:30 – 3:00, 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!
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.
Join us for an afternoon of poetry with Rosemary Deen. Our meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.
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.
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.
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!
Elf is a web-based and email tool for library users to keep track of their library borrowings. Elf's task is to help with keeping track of what one has on loan from the library. Designed with the busy or avid library user in mind, Elf is ideal for families with multiple library cards.
Keep track of:
This is easier because you can choose:
Elf is supported through subscriptions [the Mid-Hudson Library System has subscribed for 1 year] Without the Library subscribing the basic reminder service is free, but the premium service is for a fee. Sign up
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.
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.
The Stone Ridge Public Library statistics for 2015. more
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
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:
To borrow Library materials, you'll need a Library Card. more
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
Our mailing address is:
Stone Ridge Library
P.O. Box 188
3700 Main Street
Stone Ridge, NY 12484