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New Fiction

  • Home Safe - Elizabeth Berg
  • Sunnyside - Glen David Gold
  • It Will Come to Me - Emily Fox Gordon
  • The Language of Bees - Laurie R. King
  • The Family Man - Elinor Lipman
  • The Bellini Madonna - Elizabeth Lowry
  • Winter Vault - Anne Michaels
  • Mr. and Miss Anoymous - Fern Michaels
  • 8th Confession - James Patterson
  • Lion in the Valley - Elizabeth Peters
  • Death and Honesty - Cynthia Riggs
  • Vision in White - Nora Roberts
  • Miss Julia Delivers the Goods - Ann B. Ross
  • Assegai - Wilbur Smith
  • Brooklyn - Colm Toibin
  • The Pen/O.Henry Prize Stories: The Best Stories of the Year

New Non-Fiction

  • Guide to Wills and Estates - American Bar Association
  • Falconer on the Edge: A Man, His Birds, and the Vanishing Landscape of the American West - Rachel Dickinson
  • Guiness World Records 2009 - Craig Glenday, ed.
  • Lucky Girl: a memoir - Mei-Ling Hopgood
  • The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious and Perplexing City - David Lebovitz
  • Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donale Link's Louisiana - Donald Link
  • What we eat when we eat alone: stories and 100 recipes - Deborah Madison
  • More Extraordibnary Uses for Ordinary Things - Reader's Digest
  • Chosen Forever: a memoir of a Horse, a Book and Finding Love - Susan Richards
  • The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger - Alec Wilkinson

New Audio Books

  • Bad Luck and Trouble - Lee Child
  • Running Blind - Lee Child
  • Without Fail - Lee Child
  • Prey - Michael Crichton
  • Alexandria: a Marcus Didius Falco novel - Lindsey Davis
  • Wild Orchids - Jude Deveraux
  • A is for Alibi - Sue Grafton
  • C is for Corpse - Sue Grafton
  • J is for Judgement- Sue Grafton
  • O is for Outlaw
  • P is for Peril - Sue Grafton
  • The Firm - John Grisham
  • Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
  • Paper Butterfly: a Mei Wang mystery - Diane Wei Liang
  • An Irish Country Doctor - Patrick Taylor

New DVD's

  • Along Came Polly
  • Because I said so
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Birthplace of the Winds: Sea Kayaking Alaska
  • Borderland: Sea Kayaking Croatia
  • Dangerous archipelago: Sea Kayaking French Polynesia
  • Eight Men Out
  • Fargo
  • The Kids in the Hall, Season 1
  • Little Dorrit
  • Little Princess
  • The Lost Coast of Gabon: Sea Kayaking West Africa
  • Melinda and Melinda
  • National Geographic Sea Monsters: a Prehistoric Adventure
  • The Net
  • Oliver Twist
  • Papillon
  • Passion Fish
  • Pineapple Express
  • Sabrina
  • Saturday Night Live: Best of Phil Hartman
  • Saturday Night Live: Best of John Belushi
  • Unfaithful
  • Vito After
  • Wayne's World
  • Wendy and Lucy



Every month in this spot we feature reading suggestions. These include historic fiction, science fiction, mysteries, and more. Many of these titles can be found in the Mid Hudson Library System.

Visit the Library to pick up a copy of the booklist-of-the-month brochure and check out a book from our current display.


1960 - 1979


  • Hawaii - James A. Michener
  • The Leopard - Giuseppe di Lampedusa
  • Rabbit, Run - John Updike
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  • The Violent Bear it Away - Flannery O’Connor


  • Franny and Zooey - J. D. Salinger
  • Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
  • The Winter of Our Discontent - John Steinbeck


  • Ship of Fools - Katherine Anne Porter
  • Pictures from Brueghel (poetry) - William Carlos Williams
  • Pigeon Feathers - John Updike
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf - Edward Albee
  • Happiness Is a Warm Puppy (nf) - Charles M. Schulz


  • Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour - An Introduction - J. D. Salinger
  • The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  • Cats Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut


  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - John LeCarre
  • Herzog - Saul Bellow
  • The Rector of Justin - Louis Auchincloss


  • Up the Down Staircase - Bel Kaufman
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Alex Haley
  • Everything that Rises Must Converge - Flannery O’Connor
  • Manchild in the Promised Land (nf) - Claude Brown


  • Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann
  • The Secret of Santa Vittoria - Robert Crichton
  • The Fixer- Bernard Malamud
  • In Cold Blood (nf) - Truman Capote


  • The Confession of Nat Turner - William Styron
  • The Chosen - Chaim Potok
  • Rosemary’s Baby - Ira Levin


  • Couples - John Updike
  • Myra Breckinridge - Gore Vidal


  • Portnoy’s Complaint - Philip Roth
  • The Godfather - Mario Puzo
  • The Andromeds Strain - Michael Crichton
  • Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (nf) - Maya Angelou


  • Love Story - Erich Segal
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman - John Fowles


  • The Exorcist - William P. Blatty
  • The Day of the Jackal - Frederick Forsyth
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman - Ernest J. Gaines
  • Rabbit Redux - John Updike


  • The Odessa File - Frederick Forsyth


  • Gravity’s Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon


  • Watership Down - Richard Adams
  • Jaws - Peter Benchley
  • Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy - John LeCarre


  • Ragtime - E. L. Doctorow
  • Humbolt’s Gift - Saul Bellow


  • Roots (nf) - Alex Haley


  • The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough


  • The World According to Garp - John Irving


  • Sophie’s Choice - William Styron
  • Smiley’s People - Jophn LeCarre
  • The Stories of John Cheever - John Cheever
  • Going After Cacciato - Tim O’Brien


It’s the Library’s 100th Birthday! Let’s celebrate at the Fair!

Saturday, June 13, 10-3, on the lawn

In many ways, the 63rd annual Library Fair will feature all our favorite things: bargains galore under the Book Tent, local authors signing their work, a silent auction of goods and services donated by local businesses, the fabulous Plant Booth, Eleanor’s Emporium of gently used gifts and tableware and a 50/50 raffle every hour. There will be lots of things to do for the children and teens, and, once again our fiber artist friends and the Stone Ridge Library knitters will demonstrate their crafts to everyone’s delight.

Our mouthwatering menu will include sausage and peppers, hot dogs and hamburgers, vegetarian entrees, lemonade, cotton candy, popcorn, and homemade baked goods. Let’s remember to save room for show stopping strawberry shortcake - the quintessential summer treat - and a taste of birthday cake.

The entertainment lineup will kick off with Spiral Up Kids at 10:15, followed by local talents Zoe Levy-Serrano, and then Sara Perotta. Around noon, Breakaway with Robin Baker will take the stage. Mid-day, we will pause for a ceremony, where we invite everyone to join in singing Happy Birthday to the Stone Ridge Library … and have a piece of birthday cake. The Rondout Valley High School Jazz Band and High School Chorus joined by Roswell Rudd will begin the afternoon’s program, followed by Ask for Lisa (winner of the Rondout Valley 2009 Battle of the Bands). Mr. Rusty, a local funk and rock group will wrap up the festivities.

The Stone Ridge Library Foundation will be offering guided tours of the Library and will host a flag making activity with local artist Barbara Bash to help celebrate the Quadricentennial of the Hudson Valley.


Volunteers are the Heart of the Fair! We are delighted to welcome some new people this year in addition to taking hats off to the veterans who have worked the Fair over the years.

New this year: a virtual information booth for volunteers. It is in the process of being made and will include answers to logistical questions as well as a map of the Fair. There are 4 ways to sign up to volunteer:

The Fair will take place as always rain or shine. Shuttle bus service will be available from SUNY Ulster and the Marbletown Elementary School. For Fair updates, stay tuned to our Library Fair page.


Tea Time Book Group

Wednesday, June 10,
4pm, Biography Room

The book selected for this month is Cold Comfort Farm, a wickedly funny portrait of British rural life in the 1930's by Stella Gibbons.

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


Mystery Lovers
Book Group

Thursday, June 18,
4pm in the Biography Room

The selections for this meeting include: Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters and The Adventure of the Final Problem - a Sherlock Holmes mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle.


The New Yorker Discussion Group

Friday, June 12, at 3:30pm
in the Reference Room

Come to this meeting and join our discussion group.

The following articles were chosen from the New Yorker Magazine for discussion.

1. May 5th, issue P. 50 Letter from Washington Money Talks by Ryan Lizza

2. April 27th issue P. 32 A Reporter at Large Brain Gain by Margaret Talbot

3. April 13th issue P. 54 Life and Letters A Fine Rage by James Wood

4. April 20th, issue P. 56 Annals of Adventure Roughing It by Dorothy Wickenden

Please bring your wish list of articles for discussion for the July meeting from the current issues of the New Yorker Magazine. Please bring any discussion questions or thoughts about the above articles. Our next facilitator (it could be you) chooses from the wish list which articles will be discussed.


Julia Lawrence Hasbrouck
Local History
Lecture Series

To celebrate our Centennial Year, we are inaugurating a local history lecture series and fittingly naming it after Julia Lawrence Hasbrouck whose family donated their family residence to be used as [our] library and whose Julia’s diaries and family portraits are treasured in our historic collection and archives.

This free lecture series will take place on the following Friday evenings at 7:00 pm at the Marbletown Community Center. The public is cordially invited to attend.

July 10

Slide presentation featuring archaeological materials relating to the Hasbrouck Family in New Paltz. with Prof. Joseph Diamond, Professor of Archaeology, SUNY, New Paltz

July 24

Dr. Rhoads will focus on the work of Myron Teller, a local architect in the Stone Ridge Library collection. with Dr. William B Rhoads, Professor Emeritus of Art History, SUNY, New Paltz

August 7

American Indians in the Time of Henry Hudson: The Munsee and Mahican. with Dr. Laurence Hauptman, Professor of History, SUNY, New Paltz

August 21

Eileen McAdam and Jim Metzner (Pulse of the Planet) Directors of the Sound and Story Project Have You Heard? will present Sounds and Stories of the Rondout Valley

Story Booth

Mondays, July 6, 13, 20, 27
11 am – 1 pm.

Eileen McAdam of the Sound and Story Project will record stories at the Library. For information, please contact us on the Library’s program line: 845 687-8726.

Listen to a sampling of Rondout Valley stories on soundandstory


Knitting Group

Every Saturday

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



June 6

1pm in the
Reference Room

The Library has a writers group that meets monthly on Saturday in the Reference Room. They read from their writing and share thoughts. If you are interested in writing you are welcome to join us.


Medieval Book Group

Wed. July 22, 7pm
in the Biography Room

The topic for our July meeting is the Norman Conquest and the Bayeux Tapestry in the 11th - 12th centuries. The Bayeux Tapestry explains the events leading up to the 1066 Norman invasion of England as well as the events of the invasion itself. Following is a list of suggested titles, please choose two books to read for our next meeting.

Bayeux Tapestry interpretive texts

R. Howard Bloch, A Needle in the Right Hand of God: The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry (2006)

  • Andrew Bridgeford, 1066: The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry (2005)


David Bates, William the Conqueror (2001)

Peter Rex, Harold II: The Doomed Saxon King (2005)

Annie Fettu, Queen Matilda (2007)

Pictorial books

Wolfgang Grape, The Bayeux Tapestry: Monument to a Norman Triumph (no date)

David M Wilson, The Bayeux Tapestry (1985)


Julian Rathbone, The Last English King (1997)

Enjoy the 11th century these next few months.



Summer reading more than trivial pursuit

Poughkeepsie Journal 5.3.09
with Ginny Figlia

In which book does an ad reading "Are you a gifted child looking for opportunities?" set the stage for a dangerous adventure for four talented students?

This may be one of the questions asked at the September 2009 Battle of the Books literature trivia competition involving 20 Mid-Hudson Library System public libraries and more than 200 students.

If you've already started reading any of the 10 books from this summer's list, you may know the answer is The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart (ISBN 0316003956). After answering the ad and completing a string of very unusual tests, four very bright students with highly unique talents find themselves on a mission to save the world from a criminal mastermind.

The Mysterious Benedict Society (as they call themselves) go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. Readers will enjoy solving the clues right along with the four sleuths.

Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literature contest in which young people engage in friendly competition by answering trivia questions based on specific books.

The goal is to foster a lifelong love of reading while developing teamwork skills and good sportsmanship. Over the summer, teams engage in activities related to the books and prepare to compete in the final battle against other libraries in September.

Speaking of good literature, No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman (ISBN 0786816015) is making the Battle of the Books circuit for the second time.

When eighth-grader Wallace Wallace begins his book review of Old Shep, My Pal with, "this is the most boring book I've ever read" and ends it with "I would not recommend it to my worst enemy," his English teacher, Mr. Fogelman, gives him detention to rewrite it.

Wallace reports to detention in the gym, only to find the drama club rehearsing Fogelman's adaptation of Old Shep, My Pal. The fun really begins when Wallace refuses to rewrite his book review and is sentenced to time with the drama club and "Mr. F" every day until he does.

Another favorite, Newberry Honor Book Rules, by Cynthia Lord (ISBN0439443830) is also back for a second time. "Keep your pants on in public" is only one of the rules 12-year-old Catherine tries to make her younger, autistic brother understand. Although she loves David, Catherine simply wants to be "normal." Then during one of David's therapy sessions, she meets a boy who only communicates with word cards and her definition of "normal" is put to the test.

Students entering grades 6-9 in September are welcome to join Battle of the Books at participating libraries. They'll give you a complete list of the 2009 titles.

Ginny Figlia has been the youth services librarian at Howland Public Library for more than 18 years. The library serves the Beacon school district. She supervises all of the programs for youths. She is a member of the New York Library Association/Youth Services Section and serves as a mentor for library/information science students.


An Archive of Book Cover Designs and Designers

View hundreds of recent book cover designs "for the purpose of ap-preciation." Browsable by designer, illustrator, photographer, author, and other categories (some categories are under development). Also includes a blog with "industry news, site updates, [and] assorted book cover-related miscellany," and links to related sites. From enthusiasts. more

PBS Video

On this website, "watch your favorite Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) shows and catch the episodes you may have missed, all on your schedule." Browse episodes by PBS program or by topics such as culture and science. Also under the "Topics" tag are current events collections such as "Flu Outbreak" and "Obama Presidency." Includes links to PBS videos for children and podcasts. They even have the new Wallander mystery series, but, a word of warning, they don't stay online forever, Wallander is only on until June 7. more

" is a handy application that let's you search for, store, and manage all your recipes - in one place". It gets its recipes from just about all the food sites, including Gourmet, Chow, Food Network. It gets the ingredients lists, pictures, preparation and ratings and categorizes them to help refine your search. If you download their toolbar the functionality is even better with a recipe box that you can access from any recipe website. You can save recipes with a single click. The site is in beta form, so you have to sign up and log in to use it. Developed by Food Network founder Scripps Networks. more

Libraries' Surprising Special Collections

This article from March 2009 highlights some "unexpected archives and world-class treasures" at U.S. libraries. Learn about the largest collection of Arabic papyrus and paper (University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library in Salt Lake City), nurse romance novels (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), tobacciana (New York Public Library), and more. From Smithsonian magazine. more

Sierra Club Green Home

This site "is dedicated to helping you create a more sustainable home environ-ment." Main topics include reducing energy consumption (and a home carbon dioxide calculator), solar energy, and home health hazards (such as radon, pesticides, and mold). The "Learn More" section includes content organized by subjects such as bath, cleaning, flooring, landscaping, and plumbing. Also includes a video library. From the Sierra Club. more

The Story of Stuff

"From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. 'The Story of Stuff' is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled [video] look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns." Includes full movie, fact sheet, annotated script, reading list, and foreign-language subtitled versions. Sponsored by the Tides Foundation and Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption. more


SnagFilms is a website "where you can watch full-length documentary films for free." Locate and watch over 500 films "from established heavyweights or first-time filmmakers" on topics such as campus life, environment, health, history, international, life and culture, music and arts, politics, science and nature, sports and hobbies, and women's issues. Movies include some commercials. more

The Encyclopedia of Earth

This online encyclopedia has the goal of providing one authoritative information source about the Earth, its environment, the creatures that live on it, and how people interact with and respond to all of the above. Articles are edited and maintained by experts in their respective fields, and they cover a diverse range of topics, usually related to ecological or environmental concerns. Maintained by the Environmental Information Coalition, a group of scientists and educators. more

Digital Karnak

Website devoted to the ancient Egyptian temple of the god Amun in Karnak (near modern day Luxor, Egypt). Features a "timemap" showing the development of the temple complex (view by date or by pharaoh or other leader), video animations of the temple model, modern video footage of Karnak and Luxor, photos, and instructional texts on topics such as daily ritual, architectural features, and construction methods. From the University of California, Los Angeles. more

Car of the Future

Companion website to a documentary in which Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio's "Car Talk," "hit the road in this program for a lighthearted but shrewd take on America's four-wheeled future." Website features discuss transportation policy, historical automobile innovations, the ultra-efficient "Hypercar," and audience-contributed cars of the future using alternative fuels. From Nova, produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation. more

The Smart Set

This is "an online magazine covering culture and ideas, arts and sciences, global and national affairs -- everything from literature to shopping, medicine to food, philosophy to sports." Find columns, essays, memoirs, photography, and more, updated daily on weekdays. The Smart Set is "an independent magazine, generously supported by Drexel University." more

50 of the World's Best Food Blogs

Annotated list from February 2009 of blogs on food, cooking, restaurants, and cookbooks. Most of the blogs include recipes. Includes links to related material, such as an article on the art of food blogging. From the website for the British newspaper The Times.Online. more

The 50th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum

Website for "a yearlong celebration of art, architecture, and innovation to mark the 50th anniversary in 2009 of the Guggenheim Museum's landmark building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright." Features an illustrated chronology of the Frank Lloyd Wright building, and a listing of anniversary programs. Link to the May 2009 opening exhibit, "Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward," to view an online exhibit about the architect. From the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. more


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