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The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest men of past centuries. [Descartes]

New Fiction

  • The Sixth Man - David Baldacci
  • Pulse: stories - Julian Barnes
  • A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Lawrence Block
  • Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks
  • A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman: complete short stories - Margaret Drabble
  • The Bride's House - Sandra Dallas
  • A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
  • Dead Reckoning: a Sookie Stackhouse novel - Charlaine Harrie
  • Mystery: an Alex Delaware novel - Jonathan Kellerman
  • Blood Trust - Eric Van Lustbader
  • A Turn in the Road - Debbie Macomber
  • The Snowman - Jo Nesbo
  • America Pacifica - Anna North
  • Sixkill - Robert B. Parker
  • 10th Anniversary - James Patterson
  • Toys - James Patterson
  • The Devil's Light - Richard North Patterson
  • Buried Prey - John Sanford
  • Save Me - Lisa Scottoline
  • The Final Storm: a novel of the War in the Pacific - Jeff Shaara
  • Those in Peril - Wilbur Smith
  • Bel-Air Dead - Stuart Woods

New Non-Fiction

  • Robert Redford: the Biography - Michael Feeney Callan
  • Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America - Jonathan Dixon
  • William & Catherine: Their Story - Anderw Morton
  • Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise - Michele Owens
  • Tender: a Cook and his Vegetable Patch - Nigel Slater
  • Ancient Grains for Modern Meals - Maria Speck

New Audio Books

  • Emma - Jane Austen
  • Pulse: stories - Julian Barnes
  • Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  • a Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
  • Middlemarch - George Eliot
  • Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Mrs. Dalloway - virginia Woolf

New DVD's

  • Any Human Heart - Matthew MacFadyen,
    Jim Broadbent
  • Biutiful - Javier Bardem
  • Blue Valentine - Michelle Williams, Ryan Gosling
  • The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, season 5
  • The Promise: the Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen

Some Recently Donated DVD's

  • All the King's Men - Sean Penn, Jude Law
  • Analyze That - Robert DeNiro, Billy Crystal
  • Ashtanga Yoga - Richard Freeman
  • Bella - Eduaro Verasyegui
  • Big Fish - Ewan McGregor
  • Campion, series 1-2 - Peter Davison
  • Chinatown - Jack Nicholson
  • Dandelion Dead - Michael Kitchen, David Thewlis
  • The Deal - William H. Macy, Meg Ryan
  • The Family Stone - Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Freedomland - Samuel L. Jackson
  • Hanging Up - Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton, Walter Matthau
  • The Lake House - Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock
  • Man on Fire - Denzel Washington
  • Message in a Bottle - Kevin costner, Robin Wright Penn
  • Red Dragon - Anthony Hopkins
  • Say Anything - John Cusack
  • Slap Shot - Paul Newman
  • The Terminal - Tom Hanks
  • Tristan & Isolde - James Franco



We feature reading suggestions here every month. Visit the Library to pick up a copy of the booklist-of-the-month brochure and check out a book from our current display.

Local Authors

The Hudson Valley is loosely defined as north of Westchester, south of Albany. Thank you to Nina Shengold for this list. Nina adds that this list is far from complete, and apologizes for any oversights. If you'd like to be added to the Library's Local Author list, please contact Nina Shengold at

Be sure to visit the Local Authors Booth at the Library Fair

Stone Ridge Vicinity

  • Barbara Bash -
    True Nature, Tree Tales
  • Jennifer Belle -
    Little Stalker, The Seven-Year Bitch
  • Jon Bowermaster -
    Wildebeest in a Rainstorm, Descending the Dragon
  • Matthew Cantello -
    Communing With Music
  • Steve Clorfeine -
    Field Road Sky
  • Laura Shaine Cunningham
    - Sleeping Arrangements, A Place in the Country
  • Maya Gold -
    Cinderella Cleaners
  • Steve Hamilton -
    Misery Bay, The Lock Artist
  • Wendy Hollender -
    Botanical Drawing in Color
  • Dave Horowitz -
    Five Little Gefiltes, The Pretty Pretty Bunny
  • Keith Kachtick -
    Hungry Ghost
  • Roger Kahn -
    The Boys of Summer
  • Richard Klin -
    Something to Say
  • Casey Kurtti -
    Three Ways Home
  • Elaine Lee -
  • Bruce Littlefield -
    The Bedtime Book for Dogs
  • Jana Martin -
    Russian Lover & Other Stories
  • Peter McCarty -
    Henry in Love
  • Bruce Morrow -
    Rock & Roll... and the Beat Goes On
  • Bruce Murkoff -
  • Jon J Muth -
    Zen Ghosts
  • Jean Naggar -
    Sipping from the Nile
  • Mary Beth Pfeiffer -
    Crazy in America
  • Melissa Holbrook Pierson -
    The Place You Love is Gone
  • Nicole Quinn -
  • Charley Rosen -
    The House of Moses All-Stars, Bullpen Diarie
  • Nina Shengold -
  • Matthew Silverman -
    Baseball : the Biographical Encyclopedia
  • Matthew J. Spireng -
    Out of Body
  • Nancy Van Laan -
    Busy Busy Moose
  • C.L. Watson -
    Eating the Shadow
  • Mary Louise Wilson -
    Theatrical Haiku
  • Scott Wolven -
    Controlled Burn
  • Kim Wozencraft -
    The Devil's Backbone, Wanted

Hudson Valley

  • Thelma Adams -
  • David Appelbaum -
    Nieuw Pfalz
  • Susannah Appelbaum -
    The Poisons of Caux
  • John Ashbery -
    Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems
  • Shalom Auslander -
    Foreskin's Lament, Beware of God
  • Scott Ian Barry -
    Wolf Empire, Castles of New York
  • Emily Barton -
  • Jo Ann Beard -
    In Zanesville, Boys of My Youth
  • Larry Beinhart -
  • Helen Benedict -
    The Sand Queen, The Edge of Eden
  • Judy Blundell -
    What I Saw and How I Lied, Strings Attached
  • Fergus M. Bordewich -
    Bound For Canaan
  • Gwendolyn Bounds -
    Little Chapel by the River
  • John Bowers -
    Love in Tennessee
  • Wesley Brown -
    Push Comes to Shove
  • Ann M. Burg -
    All the Broken Pieces
  • Akiko Busch -
    Nine Ways To Cross a River, Patience
  • Mary Caponegro -
    All Fall Down
  • Kris Carr -
    Crazy Sexy Diet
  • Benjamin Cheever -
  • Da Chen -
    Colors of the Mountain, Sounds of the River
  • Bruce Chilton -
    Abraham's Curse
  • Audrey Couloumbis -
    The Misadventures of Mad Maude March
  • Elizabeth Cunningham -
    The Passion of Mary Magdalen
  • John Darnton -
    Almost a Family, Black & White & Dead All Over
  • Nina Darnton -
    African Adventure
  • Jeff Davis -
    Journey to the Center of the Page
  • Lydia Davis -
    Varieties of Disturbance
  • Jennifer Donnelly -
    Revolution, A Northern Light
  • Cornelius Eady -
    Hard-Headed Weather, Brutal Imagination
  • Maggie Estep -
    Alice Fantastic
  • Nick Flynn -
    The Ticking is the Bomb, Hide Your Eyes
  • Sean Michael Flynn -
    The Fighting 69th
  • Elizabeth Frank -
    Cheat and Charmer
  • Martha Frankel -
    Hats & Eyeglasses
  • Mary Gaitskill -
  • Mary Gallagher -
    Father Dreams
  • Alison Gaylin -
  • Jean Craighead George -
    My Side of the Mountain
  • Holly George-Warren -
    Public Cowboy #1
  • Gail Godwin -
    Queen of the Underworld
  • Jonathan Gould -
    Can't Buy Me Love
  • Eamon Grennan -
    Out of Sight
  • James Gurney -
  • Carey Harrison -
    Egon, Freud: a Novel
  • Mikhail Horowitz -
    Rafting Into the Afterlife
  • Marilyn Johnson -
    This Book is Overdue, The Dead Beat
  • Hillary Jordan -
  • G. Brian Karas -
    Young Zeus
  • Marshall Karp -
    The Rabbit Factory
  • Bobbi Katz -
    Once Around the Sun
  • Robert Kelly -
    The Logic of the World
  • William Kennedy -
  • Elizabeth Cody Kimmel -
    The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt
  • Dave King -
    The Ha-Ha
  • Michael Korda -
  • Amitava Kumar -
    Nobody Does the Right Thing
  • Alisa Kwitney -
    Sex as a Second Language
  • Dakota Lane -
    The Secret Life of It Girls
  • Michael Lang -
    The Road to Woodstock
  • James Lasdun -
    It's Beginning to Hurt, The Horned Man
  • Barbara Lehman -
    The Red Book
  • Carleton Mabee -
    Sojourner Truth
  • Ann M. Martin -
    The Babysitters Club, Main Street
  • Peter McCarty -
    Fabian Escapes
  • David Means -
    The Spot
  • Edie Meidav -
    Lola, California
  • Daniel Mendelsohn -
    The Lost
  • Sarah Micklem -
  • Bradford Morrow -
    The Diviner's Tale
  • Ron Nyswaner -
    Blue Days, Black Nights
  • Stephen O'Connor -
    Here Comes Another Lesson
  • Greg Olear -
    Totally Killer
  • James P. Othmer -
    The Futurist
  • Djelloul Marbrook -
    Artemisia's Wolf
  • Valerie Martin -
    Trespass, The Confessions of Edward Day
  • Malachy McCourt -
    Singing My Him Song
  • Will Nixon -
    Love in the City of Grudges
  • Susan Orlean -
    The Orchid Thief
  • Leila Philip -
    A Family Place
  • Daniel Pinkwater -
    The Neddiad, The Yggyssey
  • Gretchen Primack -
    The Slow Creaking of Planets
  • Francine Prose -
    Reading Like a Writer
  • Erin Quinn -
    Pride & Politics
  • David Rees -
    Get Your War On
  • Susan Richards -
    Chosen by a Horse, Saddled
  • Brent Robison -
    The Principle of Ultimate Indivisibility
  • Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
    - The Storyteller of Marrakesh
  • Ed Sanders -
    Tales of Beatnik Glory
  • Jerry Sander -
    Permission Slips
  • Luc Sante -
    Kill All Your Darlings
  • Esmeralda Santiago -
    When I Was Puerto Rican
  • Gene Santoro -
    Myself When I Am Real
  • John Sayles -
    A Moment in the Sun
  • Edward Schwarzschild -
    The Family Diamond
  • Bar Scott -
    The Present Giver
  • Pete Seeger -
    Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
  • Danny Shanahan -
    Bad Sex!
  • Russell Shorto -
    The Island at the Center of the World
  • Zachary Sklar -
  • Michele Slung -
    A Treasury of Old-Fashioned Christmas Stories
  • Charles R. Smith, Jr. -
    My People
  • Scott Spencer -
    Man in the Woods
  • Rebecca Stowe -
    One Good Thing
  • Sebastian Stuart -
    To the Manor Dead
  • Nova Ren Suma -
    Imaginary Girls
  • Hudson Talbott -
    River of Dreams
  • Mark Teague -
    Funny Farm
  • Abigail Thomas -
    A Three Dog Life, Thinking About Memoir
  • John Thorn -
    Baseball in the Garden of Eden
  • Gioia Timpanelli -
    Sometimes the Soul
  • Iza Trapani -
    The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life
  • Pauline Uchmanowicz -
    Sand and Traffic
  • Daphne Uviller -
    Hotel No Tell
  • Lois Walden -
    One More Stop
  • Nancy Willard -
    In the Salt Marsh
  • Daniel Wolff -
    How Lincoln Learned to Read
  • Rebecca Wolff -
    The King: Poems

The 65th Annual

Saturday, June 11 from 10 – 3.

The Stone Ridge Library Fair boasts a long tradition—65 years! Although many of the features have changed over time, the spirit of the Library Fair endures.
Once again, the Library will host the most popular community event of the year, featuring the Giant Book Tent with bargains galore, the Plant Tent brimming with locally grown annuals, perennials, vegetable seedlings and daylilies.

Local authors will have their work available for sale and autographing—the ideal gift for bibliophile buddies. Eleanor's Emporium will offer sparkling tableware and lovely textiles at bargain prices, and the Saturday Knitters will join with other fiber artists to demonstrate and sell their homespun wonders. For teens and children, there will be lots of books, games, and activities for a full day of F.U.N.

Fairgoers can select from our mouthwatering menu of traditional Fair delights: sausage and peppers, hot dogs and hamburgers, vegetarian entrees, lemonade, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, and homemade baked treats—with strawberry shortcake topping the list of favorites. Ah, summer!

Live music will be provided all day, starting at ten o'clock with The Kurt Henry Band, followed by Wet Paint, Fuzzy Lollipop, and Breakaway with Robin Baker. The Rondout Valley High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Barbara Wild will wrap things up, performing from two o'clock to Fair's end.

Indoors on Fair Day, Architect Paul Mays will invite members of the community for an interactive discussion about the Library's restoration plans for its historic buildings.

Raffle to feature Tea with Actress Melissa Leo and other great prizes!

We are excited to announce some fabulous raffle prizes this year, beginning with Tea for Two with Academy Award winning actress Melissa Leo at Jack and Luna's;
Encaustic on panel painting by Priscilla Derven, value $800; Chinese Covered Jar from the Stone Ridge Trading Company, value $395; Color Nook from Barnes and Noble, value $250; a Basket of Cheer from Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits; a Basket of Gift Certificates from the Rondout Valley Growers; See our Raffle page for more

Tickets on sale at the library NOW and on Fair Day. Tickets are $5 each; 5 for $20. Patrons do not have to be present to win.

Pancake Breakfast
& Bag Sale,

Sunday, June 12
from 9 – Noon.

On Sunday morning, we'll host a Pancake Breakfast and Bag Sale ($3 for a bag of books). The menu will include pancakes from scratch, pure local maple syrup, sausages, potatoes, orange juice, coffee and tea—served on the Library lawn. Tickets are $7 at the door, $6 for seniors and children under 12. We hope that you'll join us!

The Fair will take place rain or shine. On Saturday shuttle bus service will be provided by Arthur Mulligan Bus Company, from SUNY Ulster (Lots B & E) and the Marbletown Elementary School. Parking Sunday is available at High Meadow School and the Marbletown Town Hall.


We would love contributions of books, gently used gifts and tea accessories, plants (closer to Fair time) and garden accessories.


Volunteers are the key to the Fair's success! Please sign up at the Library, on line, or by calling 687-8726. It's a lot of fun! We'll find just the right job for you.

Check our virtual information booth for volunteers. It includes answers to logistical questions.


Keeping Fit
From the Neck Up

Wednesday, June 22 – 3:00-4:30 pm

Join us in the Biography Room to learn about the latest research about ways that might prevent Alzheimer's disease in a power point presentation entitled "Keeping Fit from the Neck Up," by Wendy Rudder of the Alzheimer's Association of Dutchess and Ulster County. Please call the Association at 340-8474 or 471-2655 to register.


Birds & Bugs

Sunday, June 26 – 9:00 a.m.
High Meadow School Nature Trail

Naturalist Ann Guenther will lead a nature walk for the Library on Sunday, June 26 on the High Meadow School's nature trail. We'll meet in the High Meadow School Parking lot at 9:00 a.m. In this program designed for both adults and children, we'll be looking and listening for birds and checking out bugs and other critters. In the event of heavy rain, we will meet at the Library for an indoor program.
Ms. Guenther is a naturalist with the Mohonk Preserve and the Mohonk Mountain House.


Mystery Lovers
Book Group

Wednesday, June 15,
4pm in the Biography Room

The selections for this meeting include: Borkmann's Point by Hakan Nesser. A Swedish mystery full of fascinating, quirky characters and deep motives. The Sherlock Holmes mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle is The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier.


with Rosemary Deen

Thurs, June 16,
1-3pm in the Bio Room

Join us for another afternoon of poetry with Rosemary Deen.



Monday, June 6,
6-7:30pm in the Biography Room

Our Chess Club for adults, scheduled for the first Monday of the month, from 6 - 7:30pm. Bring your own board if possible, and come join the fun!



The Memoir Writing Group will be taking the summer off. Anyone interested in joining in the fall should contact Brian Drabkin by email, or at 687-4711 or Diane in the Program Office at 687-8726.



Our next meeting will be in July,
Wednesday, July 13
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection this month is Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell.

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


Book Group

Wednesday, July 20,
7pm in the Biography Room

The book for the July meeting is 1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies. Based on 15 years of in-depth research, 1421 traces the voyages of an extraordinary fleet of Chinese ships who actually charted America 70 years before Columbus.



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.


Important meeting about the Library building

Wednesday, June 8,
7:00pm at the
Community Center

Don't miss this meeting if you've been wondering about the Library butresses

Paul Mays, the library's architect, will facilitate a presentation/workshop at the Community Center on what is happening with the building renovation plans. In addition to previewing initial design concepts for the building, Mays will ask attendees to participate in an interactive design session to find out what you'd like to see in the renovated library.

Mays, is a principal in the architecture firm, Butler, Roland, Mays. BRM has been working with the library since 2008 on short and long-term architectural planning to maintain the historic significance of our treasured building while keeping it structurally sound until we're ready to begin a renovation program.

Hope to see you at the meeting!

For more information, please call Jody Ford, the Library's Director at (845) 687-7023 or e-mail her at


Library Fair Raffle

Go to our Raffle page to check out our prizes, beginning with Tea for Two with Academy Award winning actress Melissa Leo. more

Plant Booth

New Plant Booth Chair Allyson Levy wants to remind folks that they can leave plant doantions at the library garden gate. If anyone has plants that need to be dug out to be donated and cannot do the digging, she can arrange to have someone dig them up. This only (the digging) applies from 5/25- 6/3. Please email Allyson directly at to make arrangements.




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