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July 2008

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

Library Fair

Link to lots of photos from the 2008 Fair. more


New Audios

All CDs unless noted
  • Fearless Fourteen - Janet Evanovich
  • The Lincolns - Daniel Mark Epatein
  • Somebody Owes Me Money - Donald Westlake

New DVD's

  • Band of Brothers
  • The Barkleys of Broadway
  • Big Love, Season 1
  • Charlie Bartlett
  • Follow the Fleet
  • Honeydripper
  • John Adams
  • The Other Boleyn Girl
  • Persepolis
  • Shall We Dance
  • Swing Time
  • Top Hat
  • Weeds, season 3



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.

Favorite Book Group Titles

  • Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  • The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
  • The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim
  • Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker
  • The Clothes They Stood Up In and The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett
  • Open House by Elizabeth Berg
  • Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
  • Breathtaker by Alice Blanchard
  • Before you Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian
  • Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
  • All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
  • Girls by Frederick Busch
  • Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Sarah: Women of Genesis by Orson Scott Card
  • The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter
  • Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
  • River, Cross My Heart by Breena Clarke
  • What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage
  • Nine Horses by Billy Collins
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  • The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat
  • Raising Fences: A Black Man's Love Story by Michael Datcher
  • House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • White Oleander by Janet Fitch
  • A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
  • Ellen Foster and A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons
  • The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  • Replay by Ken Grimwood
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh
  • A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
  • The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
  • Eventide by Kent Haruf
  • You Are Not a Stranger Here by Adam Haslett
  • Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes
  • The Great Fire : A Novel by Shirley Hazzard
  • Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
  • Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman
  • The Mammoth Cheese by Sheri Holman
  • Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley
  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • The Captain's Wife by Douglas Kelley
  • The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
  • A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
  • The Ha-Ha by Dave King
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
  • I Know this Much Is True by Wally Lamb
  • She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  • Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
  • Absolutely American by David Lipsky
  • Jewel by Bret Lott
  • The Photograph by Penelope Lively
  • Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • The Way the Crow Flies : A Novel by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Shadow Baby by Alison McGhee
  • While I was Gone by Sue Miller
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore
  • The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
  • Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
  • Paradise by Toni Morrison
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • Sula by Toni Morrison
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell
  • Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
  • The Dogs of Babel : A Novel by Carolyn Parkhurst
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
  • The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds
  • Bury the Lead by David Rosenfelt
  • Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage
  • Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • The Sleeping Father by Matthew Sharpe
  • The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  • Balzac & the Little Chines Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  • Cane River by Lalita Tademy
  • The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  • So Help Me God by Larry Thompson
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • Felicia's Journey by William Trevor
  • Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay
  • Montana, 1948 by Larry Watson
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

The following titles are available as part of the Book Club in a Bag kit. The Kit consists of a tote bag which has ten copies of a book title, as well as a list of discussion questions to get your book club started. Each bag can be borrowed for six weeks. This service is available to all patrons in the Mid-Hudson Library System.

For more information on available titles, click here. If you find a title you would like, ask for help at the circulation desk and a staff member will book the kit for you.

  • Atonement, Ian McEwan
  • Back When We Were Grownups, Anne Tyler
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Sijie Dai
  • Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
  • Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
  • The Black Madonna, Louisa Ermelino
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • The Book of Flying, Keith Miller
  • The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak
  • The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
  • Coast Road by Barbara Delinsky
  • Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
  • The Color of Water by James McBride
  • Crossing the Mangrove, Maryse Condè
  • Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  • Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles
  • Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund
  • Fierce Attachments, Vivian Gornick
  • Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • Go With Me, Castle Freeman Jr.
  • Half-Past Nowhere, Joseph Cavano
  • The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
  • Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
  • Here on Earth by Alice Hoffmann
  • Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
  • The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
  • House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III
  • Impulse, Frederick Ramsay
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  • Jewel, Bret Lott
  • The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossein
  • The Ladies of Garrison Gardens, Louise Shaffer
  • The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Laramie Project, Moises Kaufman
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, James L. Swanson
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Murder Off the Books, Evelyn David
  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Northern Borders, Howard Frank Mosher
  • Nory Ryan's Song, Patricia Reilly Giff
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • The Orchid Theif by Susan Orlean
  • A Painted House, John Grisham
  • The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger
  • Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
  • The Pilot's Wife, Anita Shreve
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Queenmaker: A Novel of King David's Queen, India Edghill
  • The Rainmaker, John Grisham
  • The Reader by Bernard Schlink
  • Redemption, Julie Chibbaro
  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  • The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
  • Silk, Alessandro Baricco
  • Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend, Robert James Waller
  • Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See
  • Stones From the River, Ursula Hegl
  • Suite Française, Irène Némirovsky
  • The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo
  • Tara Road, Maeve Binchy
  • Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
  • The Turtle Warrior, Mary Relindes Ellis
  • Vinegar Hill, A. Manette Ansay
  • Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
  • We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates
  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Peter Hedges
  • While I Was Gone, Sue Miller
  • White Oleander, Janet Fitch
  • White Teeth, Zadie Smith
  • Wicked, Gregory Maguire
  • The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan
  • In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, Bette Bao Lord
  • You Kill Me, Alison Gaylin

Parts in new film to benefit library

Slap and Tickle

Local screenwriter Nicole Quinn will cast two parts in Slap and Tickle, her newest movie, scheduled for filming this summer. The parts will be auctioned to benefit the Stone Ridge Library Restoration.

Based on a true story set in 1929 Small Town America, Slap and Tickle features 16 year old Maggie Turpin’s coming of age. Maggie, a young woman of color believes that the only two jobs available for women of color are teacher and prostitute. Maggie’s family has both, and she will have to decide her fate.

On her blog, SlapandTickleMovie, Nicole Quinn invites “valiant thespians with checkbooks” to step up to the plate for the library and take on the characters of Mr. Sneed and Lucy—“charming speaking parts, one for either gender, taking place in a large pool hall scene.” The minimum bid for each part is $500.

Slap and Tickle stars Gloria Reuben, Linda Powell, Adam Lefevre and debuts Caitlin Quinn as Maggie. The story, by, for, and about women and specifically women of color, goes before the cameras this August. Sophia Raab Downs (Racing Daylight, 21 Below, Gospel Hill) will produce and Nicole Quinn (Racing Daylight), the script’s author, will direct. Indepix, whom Quinn describes as “the champions of the little guy filmmakers,” is on board as Executive Producer.

Bidding will open July 15 and extend through August 1 at 5 pm, and will be available on the library’s website, (coming soon) or in person at the library.


Candidates Sought for Trustee Election

The Stone Ridge Library will hold an election Monday, August 11, to choose two trustees and to submit its 2009 budget to voters.

Board candidates are nominated by petitions, which are available at the Library. Only qualified voters may serve on the board. To be valid, petitions must be signed by at least 10 qualified voters of the Library district. Full directions are on the petitions. Completed petitions must be returned by the close of business Monday, July 14.

For more information about serving on the board of trustees or about the election please call Jody Ford, Library director, at 687-0094, or Library President Suzanne Hausperg at 687-0736.

Poetry Reading

Friday, July 18, 6 pm
in the Reference Room

Award-winning poet Matthew (“Matt”) J. Spireng will present a reading celebrating the Town of Marbletown, its people, its places and its past. Copies of books will be available for signing and purchase, with a portion of proceeds donated to the Stone Ridge Library. Refreshments will be served. One of Matt’s poems, Evening, Lomontville, can be found on the library’s website, along with more details about his work


Tea Time Book Group

Wednesday, July 9th,
4pm in the Reference

The selection this month is Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith. The latest installment of The popular No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

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


Bus Trip and
August Tea Time:

Emily Dickinson
A Little About Her Life

Wednesday, August 13, 4pm, Reference Room

Rosemary Deen will discuss Dickinson and will read some of her poems.

Bus Trip to Emily Dickinson’s Home, Amherst, Massachusetts

Saturday, August 16, leaving the Community Center at 8:30am. Co-sponsored by the Marbletown Youth Commission.

The cost for the bus trip, including museum admission is $40 per person. Payments must be made in advance at the Stone Ridge Library or the Marbletown Youth Commission. The deadline for the Amherst trip is July 28.

by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Thursday, August 21
at 4pm
in the Reference Room

The selections for this meeting are: Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey, and a short story: The Yellow Face - a Sherlock Holmes mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle


Medieval Reading Club

Wednesday, Sept. 17
at 7pm
in the
Reference Room

The summer reading book for the Medieval Reading Club is Ken Follett’s World Without End, the sequel to his highly popular Pillars of the Earth. The setting is 14th century England.


Knitting Group

Saturdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26

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.



You can use Your Library Card to Request a Title over the Internet

From your home, or office you can choose from over 2.1 million items, such as books, DVDs, audio books and more, and have them delivered to the Stone Ridge Library.

  1. Go to the Stone Ridge Library homepage.
  2. Click on Log In button at top right.
  3. Type in your Library Card barcode and PIN (make one up if you don't have one).
  4. Select Search the Catalog.
  5. Find the item you want to reserve and click the green Request-A-Title button.
  6. Make sure your pick up location is Stone Ridge and click Submit.
  7. Click Regular Display to continue using the catalog.
  8. Click the red Log Out button when finished with all your requests.



"Wings of Defeat": Kamikaze Stories, Told in Person

2008 article and audio of a radio program about surviving kamikaze pilots ("the Japanese warriors trained to crash their planes into Allied targets in World War II") and a documentary about them "called 'Wings of Defeat,' which examines the frantic, desperate nationalism that engulfed Japan toward the end of the war. The film makes clear that the kamikaze corpsmen weren't volunteers." Includes video clips and links to related stories. From National Public Radio (NPR). more
Kamikaze Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers
Excerpt from a book with diaries from World War II Japanese kamikaze pilots. Describes how "toward the end of World War II, when an American invasion of Japan's homeland seemed imminent ... a navy vice admiral, invented the tokkotai ('Special Attack Force') operation" for which kamikaze were necessary. "Of the approximately four thousand tokkotai pilots, about three thousand were so-called boy pilots. ... Roughly one thousand were 'student soldiers.'" From the University of Chicago Press. more

Tips for Giving in Times of Crisis

This publication offers advice for avoiding scams when donating money to support victims of a disaster, such as giving to an established charity, designating your gift for a specific project, and avoiding telemarketers. From Charity Navigator, a website that evaluates charities. more
Charity Fraud
This site "offers useful tips for consumers, business people and nonprofit organizations" about avoiding charity scams and fraud. It provides fact sheets and consumer alerts, including a May 2008 notice "urging consumers to be cautious of potential charity scams in connection with the devastating earthquake in China and cyclone in Myanmar." Some publications also available in Spanish. Also includes links to related sites. From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). more

Trip of a Lifetime: How LSD Rocked the World

LSD is "the psychedelic drug that inspired Hendrix and The Beatles - and shaped the music, art and literature of a generation. As the world bids farewell to [Albert Hoffman, dead at 102] the bicycling Swiss chemist who created LSD ... [this article] explores his mind-altering legacy." This illustrated May 2008 article describes LSD's influence on movies, music, literature, and design. Also includes video clips. From the British newspaper The Independent. more

Five Best Antivirus Applications

The internet is a glorious and exciting world, but unless you're properly protected with a good antivirus application, it can also be a dangerous one. We've come a long way since the days of Norton, with handfuls of excellent freeware software that can keep your computer safe from malware just as well as their bloated, more expensive counterparts. From Lifehacker. more

The Beats and Beyond: Counterculture Poetry, 1950-1975

Companion to a 2008 exhibit that celebrates holdings of "post-World War II American avant-garde poetry." Features an exhibition checklist with selected images in areas such as the New York School of Poets, Beat poets, the San Francisco Renaissance, censorship, black nationalism and the black arts movement, feminism, and the Vietnam War. Curated by Sarah E. Fass, Rare Book Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. more

The Edmunds Green Car Guide

This buying guide features articles on fuel-efficient cars, alternative fuels and new technologies (such as biodiesel, electric, and compressed natural gas), hybrid vehicles, improving gas mileage (covering "hypermilers," who try to beat the EPA average fuel economy ratings), and oil and gas prices. From Edmunds, producers of consumer automotive information. more

Seasonal Cooking

Collection of resources for seasonal and local cooking, including seasonal ingredients, a peak season ingredient map for the U.S., visual introductions to foods such as peppers and mushrooms, farmer blog, and recipes. From Epicurious. more

FBI History:
Radio Sound Bytes

These interviews of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) historian are "part of a special radio series called 'FBI 100: A Closer Look,' [in which the historian is] sharing his perspectives and insights into various aspects" of the history of the FBI, which began operation in July 1908. Read or listen to the brief interviews on topics such as the early days of terrorism, police corruption, La Cosa Nostra, and Elliot Ness. From the FBI. more

Friends for Faraway Places

In this 2008 reading list, "writers recommend the perfect literary travelling companions." Features book suggestions for Sicily, Los Angeles, India, Chicago, Uruguay, Turkey, Japan, the Caribbean, the Pacific Northwest, Egypt, France, China, and South America. From the British newspaper The Guardian. more

Slate: Reading List 2008

This collection of weekly thematic reading lists includes books on soccer, baseball, parenting, communism, Shakespeare, uncluttering, recessions, and other wide-ranging subjects. Some of the lists also include links to articles and websites. From the online magazine Slate. more

Stewardess Uniform Collection

Images of hundreds of retired and current airline flight attendant uniforms, mostly from the 1980s to the present. Browse though images by name of over 300 airlines such as Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Bangkok Airways, Debonair, Iranair, Kuwait Airways, South African Airways, Tikal Jets Airline, and Virgin Atlantic. From an enthusiast. more

America's Eleven Most Endangered Archive

"Since 1988, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has used its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places as a powerful alarm to raise awareness of the serious threats facing the nation's greatest treasures." Site features a FAQ and an archive listing places by threat, year listed, state, and other factors. Entries provide descriptions and update on endangered status for places such as California's state parks and the Michigan Avenue Streetwall in Chicago. more


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