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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

Cajun Dance &
Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26th from 5-8pm
Tongore Park in Marbletown

Featuring Hickory BBQ & Smokehouse,
music by Krewe de la Rue, and dance lesson by Buffy Lewis of Cleoma's Ghost.

Dinner is sold out!
Dance only $15.

The Hickory BBQ & Smokehouse will be serving up ½ barbeque chicken, cornbread, and a choice of two sides: roasted red potato salad, Ma's hickory slaw, or bbq baked beans plus a beverage, or a vegetarian option of grilled vegetable napoleon for the same price. A cash bar and locally-prepared dessert items will also be available.

Krewe de la Rue is a local Hudson Valley dance band featuring Maggie McManus on triangle and rub board; June Drucker on drums; Buffy Lewis on guitar; Roger Weiss on fiddle and Laren Droll on accordion.

All proceeds to benefit the Stone Ridge Library Foundation Restoration Campaign
Questions: Stone Ridge Library calendar or call 687-7147.

Grand Central Terminal:
100 Years of a
New York Landmark

Wednesday, July 23, 7pm
Marbletown Community Center

On February 1st, 1913, the brand-new Grand Central Terminal opened its doors to an admiring public. On February 1st, 2013, the beautifully restored Terminal—rescued from destruction by a seminal 1978 Supreme Court decision - celebrates its Centennial, accompanied by exhibitions, events, and a new book: Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark. The Terminal's creation combined engineering bravado (sinking two train yards below ground), technological wizardry (electrifying the trains to eliminate steam and enable their underground functioning), and real-estate savvy (replacing the original street-level train yard with 16 blocks of newly prime Midtown Manhattan real-estate, whose development paid for it all) with innovative planning (interior ramps and looping tracks) and Paris-inspired Beaux-Arts design. This illustrated lecture by Anthony W. Robins, author of the new book, brings the Terminal to life - its remarkable history, stunning architecture, and central role in creating midtown Manhattan. Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities

Election August 11, 2014
to Choose Trustees,
Decide on Budget

VOTE: Monday, August 11, 2014
2 pm - 8 pm at the Library

The election is to fill two four-year seats and one one-year seat on the Board of Trustees and to consider the following proposition:

  • "Shall the budget proposed by the Board of Trustees of the Stone Ridge Public Library, including a tax appropriation of $254,854 be approved?"

Boards of Trustees candidates nominated by petition for the four-year seats are Steve MacDonald and Judith Schneller, and for the one-year seat is Ethan Plank.

For those not able to come to the polling place on Election Day, absentee ballots are available at the library. Absentee ballots must be returned by mail or in person to the Library no later than the close of business on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Those eligible to vote must live and be registered to vote in the Town of Marbletown. For further information contact the library director, Jody Ford at 845-687-7023. To see the budget click here.


Conversational Spanish
with Cliff Rockmuller

Tuesday, July 1, August 5
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 15, 1:30-2:30pm
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 24, August 14, 28
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, August 13
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection this month is This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story of a young man's painful sexual and intellectual awakening that echoes Fitzgerald's own career, it is also a portrait of the lost generation that followed straight on from the First World War, 'grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken' and wanting money and success more than anything else. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, July 16
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody. When the untimely disappearance of Master of the Mill Joshua Braithwaite disrupts the peaceful town of Bridgestead, Kate Shackleton is tapped to discover the missing man's fate, only to stumble on dangerous secrets.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, August 20
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell, the first Inspector Kurt Wallander mystery. Early one morning, a small-town farmer makes the horrible discovery that his neighbors have been brutally attacked during the night. An old man is dead, and his wife lies dying before the farmer's eyes. The only clue is the single word she utters before she dies: "foreign".


A History Reading Club

Wednesday, July 30
7pm in the Biography Room

The next reading selection is Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson. A chronicle of World War I's Arab Revolt that explores the pivotal roles of a small group of adventurers and low-level officers who orchestrated a secret effort to control the Middle East.


A History Reading Club

Wednesday, September 24
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, June 30, July 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.


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

Mysterious brick arch over a window on the north side. 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


Book Donations

The Library is now accepting book donations for the FALL BOOK SALE. Please bring them when we are open.


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


2012 Fact sheet

The Stone Ridge Public Library statistics for 2012. 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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