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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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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

An online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps.

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.

This site help you master core business skills, improve your computer skills, prepare for your GED test and other career tests.


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.


Quick Answers for Patrons on the Go

A list of frequently asked questions and answers from the Mid-Hudson library staff. This link brings you to over 100 links on information in the following categories:

  • Smart Buying
  • Healthy Living
  • Travel
  • Personal Finance
  • Business & Legal
  • Find a Job
  • Find Colleges &
  • Educational Programs




"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

Crime Detectives: From Sherlock Holmes to CSI

Wednesday, September 17
5:30pm in the Reference Room

Did you know?

  • When Arthur Conan Doyle sat down to write A Study in Scarlet, there was already a real life Scottish detective whose memoirs were selling like hot cakes. He influenced not only Doyle but Poe and Wilkie Collins as well.
  • The father of modern criminology was a French criminal-turned master detective who inspired Victor Hugo and Balzac, among others. The prestigious Vidocq Society, founded in his name, is made up of world leaders in criminology.
  • Sherlock Holmes was ahead of his time in many forensic techniques, including the use of footprint and fingerprints, as well as the analysis of trace evidence.
  • The first recorded use of forensic entomology (study of insects) was in ancient China, in 1325!

Carole Bugge is back by popular demand! She will discuss this and more in the program Crime Detectives: From Sherlock Holmes to CSI. The program is for everyone - readers, writers, and the general audience.

Carole Bugge (CE Lawrence) has nine published novels, six novellas and a dozen or so short stories and poems. Winner of both the Euphoria Poetry Competition and the Eve of St. Agnes Poetry Award, she is a First Prize winner of the Chronogram Literary Fiction Prize, among many others. Her plays and musicals have been presented in New York City at several theatres and locally by Actors and Writers and the Byrdcliffe Theatre. Two Sherlock Holmes books among Bugge's work are The Haunting of Torre Abbey and The Star of India are in the library's collection. For more information, please see


Conversational Spanish
with Cliff Rockmuller

Tuesday, Sept 2
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, Sept 16
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, August 28, September 11, 25
1.30-3:30 in the Biography Room

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



Wednesday, September 10
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection this month is
The Observations
by Jane Harris. An extraordinary historical novel about a peculiar friendship between the mistress of a Scottish estate and her irresistibly appealing housemaid in 1863 Scotland. In an attempt to escape her not-so-innocent past in Glasgow, Bessy Buckley, a wide-eyed and feisty young Irish girl takes a job as a maid in a big house outside Edinburgh working for the beautiful Arabella the missus. Bessy lacks the necessary scullery skills for her new position, but as she finds out, it is her ability to read and write that makes her such a desirable property. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, September 17
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin. John Rebus returns to investigate the disappearances of three women from the same road over ten years. He is back as a retired civilian, reviewing abandoned files. Necessary work, but it's not exactly scratching the itch he feels to be in the heart of the action. This meeting will be followed by Crime Detectives: From Sherlock Holmes to CSI with Carole Bugee. See above.


A History Reading Club

Wednesday, October 1
7pm in the Biography Room

The reading selection for September is Blindspot : by A Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in Disguise, a novel of the American Revolution co-written by two notable professors of American History, Jane Kamensky (Brandeis) and Jill Lepore (Harvard). It is a historical romance and murder mystery authentically situated in 18th century America. Set in boisterous Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, Scottish painter Stewart Jameson and his spirited apprentice, Fanny Easton, a fallen woman who has disguised herself as a boy, Francis Weston. When Boston's revolutionary leader, Samuel Bradstreet, dies suddenly on the day Jameson was to paint his portrait, Bradstreet's slaves are accused of murder. Jameson, Weston, and the brilliant doctor Ignatius Alexander set out to determine the truth. What they discover turns topsy-turvy everything you thought you knew about the Founding Fathers.

It is helpful to develop a contextual understanding of the era in which a story is being told. I'd recommend reading a general text of The American Revolutionary period before, or in tandem with, Blindspot. There is a section of "Further Readings" provided by the authors at the end of their novel. If you want a short general history, I would recommend Gordon Wood's The American Revolution: A History or, for a longer, more democratic interpretation, Gary Nash's The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America.


Stone Ridge Library
Writers' Group

Monday, August 25, September 8, 22

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

Removing debris from the attic. more

Stone Ridge Library Awarded New York State Library Construction Grant

The Stone Ridge Library has been awarded a $7,730 grant from New York State toward the restoration of its historic buildings. more

Thank You 2013 Donors



Saturday October 11
& Bag Sale on Sunday October 12

Book Donations

The Library is now accepting book donations for the Fall Book Sale. Please bring them when we are open.

Ceramic Pots Needed

We have a new feature coming to the Fall Book Sale! We're preparing house plants for sale in October and right now we need 4", 5", and 6" ceramic pots and interesting containers. We plan to dress up the house plants Rosemary Deen is nurturing for the Fall Book Sale. Please bring your containers to the Library. Questions:


2013 Fact sheet

The Stone Ridge Public Library statistics for 2013. more


Print Newsletter

The March issue of the print newsletter has been published. A downloadable copy is available for printing.


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!



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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