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December 2007

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

New Fiction

  • Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon
  • The Tomb of Zeus: a Laetitia Talbot Mystery - Barbara Cleverly
  • A Free Life - Ha Jin
  • Amazing Grace - Danielle Steel
  • Murder on K Street: a Capital Crimes Novel
  • Now & Then: a Spencer Novel - Robert B. Parker
  • Pandora's Daughter - Iris Johansen
  • The Ghost - Robert Harris
  • Something Rotten: a Horatio Wilkes Mystery - Alan Gratz
  • The Indian Clerk - David Leavitt

New Non-Fiction

  • Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery thet revolutionizes Home Baking - Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
  • Easy Home Makeovers: "Before" and "After" Tranxformations for Any Living Space - Mervyn Kaufman
  • No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach - Anthony Bourdain
  • American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic - Josepy J. Ellis
  • Cooking: 600 Recipes, 1500 Photographs, one Kitchen Education - James Peterson
  • Popular Mehcanics When Duct Tape Just isn't Enough: Quick Fixes for Everyday Disasters - C.J. Petersen
  • Crescent City Cooking: Unforgettable Recipes from Susan Spicer's New Orleans - Susan Spicer

New Audios

All CDs unless noted
  • American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic - Josepy J. Ellis
  • Fall of Troy - Peter Ackroyd
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - anonymous
  • The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett

New DVD's

  • Ocean's Thirteen
  • Sicko
  • Ratatouille
  • A Dance to the Music of Time
  • Radiant Heart Yoga
  • Pagnol: the Fanny Trilogy
  • Time Without Pity
  • This is England
  • La Vie en Rose
  • Whose Line is it anyway? Uncensored!
  • No End In Sight: Iraq's Descent into Chaos
  • Spiderman 3
  • Amazing Grace
  • Rescue Dawn
  • Shiva Rea: Radiant Heart Yogs
  • This is England
  • The Namesake
  • Waitress



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.

Holiday Ideas

· Vegetarian Celebrations: Festive menus for Holidays and other Special Occasions – Nava Atlas 641.563

· Christmas in Plains : memories - Jimmy Carter B carter

· Christmas decorations from Williamsburg's folk art collection : step-by-step illustrated instructions for Christmas ornaments that can be made at home - staff of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection 394.2 CHR

· The Christmas Revels songbook : in celebration of the winter solstice : carols, processionals, rounds, ritual and children's songs - John & Nancy Langstaff 782.28 CHR

· Classic crafts and recipes for the holidays- by the editors of Martha Stewart living 745.594 cla

· An old-fashioned Christmas : American holiday traditions - Karen Cure 394.268 CUR

· Inventing Christmas : how our holiday came to be - Jock Elliott. 394.6 ell

· A Foxfire Christmas - Eliot Wigginton 394.268 FOX

· I'll be home for Christmas : the Library of Congress revisits the spirit of Christmas during World War II - Tom Spain, Michael Shohl 940.548 I'l

· Images of Christmas - Dorothy Boux ; Eliane Wilson 394.2 IMA

· Emeril's Creole Christmas - Emeril Lagasse with Marcelle Bienvenu 641.568 lag

· Faye Levy's international Jewish cookbook - Faye Levy 641.5 LEV

· A very merry handpainted Christmas - Carol Mays. 748.5 may

· InThe Jewish holiday kitchen - Joan Nathan 641.567 Nat

· Adventures in Jewish cooking - Jeffrey Nathan 641.5 NAT

· The gift of Christmas past : a return to Victorian traditions - Sunny O'Neil 394.2 ONE

· Happy holidays from the diva of do-ahead : a year of feasts to celebrate with family and friends - Diane Phillips 641.568 phi

· Easy & elegant Christmas crafts : 25 simple projects with step-to-step instructions - Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell. 745.594 sch

· The Christmas tree book : the history of the Christmas tree and antique Christmas tree ornaments - Phillip V. Snyder 394.268 SNY

· The spirit of Christmas all-time favorite gifts from the kitchen - Jane E. Gentry 641.5 spi

· Christmas with Martha Stewart living. 641.568 ste

· Handmade Christmas : the best of Martha Stewart living Martha Stewart. 394.2 ste

· Vanessa-Ann's 101 christmas ornaments 745.59 VAN

· The fireside book of Christmas stories - edited by Edward Wagenknecht 394 WAG

· The Whole Christmas catalogue : the complete compendium of Christmas traditions, recipes, crafts, carols, lore, and more - Meg Crager, Margaret Grace 394.266 WHO


    Silent Auction, Hand made gifts, Local Author works help raise funds for library

    Sunday, December 9 from 1 - 5pm
    at the Library

    "This year we are bringing the event back to the Library," said Library Director Jody Ford. The library’s winter fundraising event, known for many years as Author! Author! and most notably held at t Williams Lake with plays, dinner and dancing, this year’s incarnation, COLONIAL HOLIDAY, will be a little more home spun. Nevertheless, it will feature much of what has made it so popular over time—hand made gifts, local authors’ books, and a Silent Auction of gifts and services reflecting the talent and generosity of the community. Punch and cookies and other holiday delights will be served.

    The library, housed in two historic buildings, one a stone Colonial built in 1798, the other a stone and wood structure dating to 1811, will be festooned and garlanded with an eye toward the period. With its Colonial heritage reflected in music, food, and costumes, the event is a fundraiser event for the library, second only to the annual Library Fair that takes place in June.

    An array of fine art, pottery, jewelry, antiques, and a variety of services—from haircuts and massages to dinner at one of our local restaurants, tickets to cultural events, Christmas trees, wine, and other beautiful and useful items will be up for bid. Hand knit gifts, made by the library’s knitting group will be available for purchase as well. The traditional Gift Wall laden with jewelry and textiles for purchase will be available during the entire month of December, providing an ongoing opportunity to take home a thoughtful holiday gift or two. The Silent Auction items will be on view beginning Friday, Dec. 7.


    Martin Puryear

    The Library has recently learned that local resident, Martin Puryear, is having a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. This link takes you to his MOMA exhibit site. more


    Tea Time Book Group

    Wednesday, December 12th,
    4pm in the Reference

    The selection this month is Time and Again by Jack Finney. Simon Morley is invited to join a secret government-sponsored project, to test the theory that the past still exists.

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

    Books are available at the library.


    Book Group

    Wednesday, Dec. 12,
    at 6:45pm,
    a dinner meeting at the Global Palate

    We will be discussing the Fourteenth Century.

    Our book is: The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer by Derek Pearsall. If you have time to read more than one book, consider focusing your reading on the 14th century in order to give more context to your understanding of Chaucer's life. For more information call Mike at 340-9643.



    Mondays, December 3, 10, 17
    6-8pm in the
    Reference Room

    Scrabble players meet every Monday in the Library's Reference room. Newcomers are welcome!


    Knitting Group

    Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    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.



    Poughkeepsie Journal 11.4.07
    On the Shelves with Margaret Quick

    First-Timers' Works Worth Cracking Open

    On the Shelves is a monthly column by a rotating list of mid-Hudson Valley library directors who comment on notable books coming to your local public library.

    Has your reading fallen into a rut? Are you tired of the same authors with formulaic plots? There are some excellent new writers who have written debut novels you should read.

    All of these titles can be found at your local library.

    What You Have Left, by Will Allison; Free Press. Will Allison has written an engrossing story told through the voice of a young woman named Holly, who, at the age of 5, must live with her grandfather after her mother, an aspiring NASCAR driver, dies (not in an automobile) and her father abandons her. Holly's grandfather is determined not to die of Alzheimer's as so many of the men in the family have before him. Holly is determined to find her lost father, and there is an eventual reunion, though perhaps not the reunion everyone hopes for. Holly also must make a decision about marriage and starting a new life, but is unable to face that until she has confronted her past. The story moves through time rapidly and in a non-linear fashion, but is satisfying and stays with you long after you have closed the book. This is good Southern fiction that is funny, tragic and a little crazy, but definitely a winner.

    The Night Birds, by Thomas Maltman; Soho Press. The Night Birds by Thomas Maltman is set in the post-Civil War Midwest and traces the history of European and American Indian conflicts through a family's mysterious past. Asa Senger's Aunt Hazel (his father's sister) is released from a state mental hospital and brings to his home the hidden family history (its connection between German and Dakota peoples) through her storytelling. The writing is excellent and the reader finds herself effortlessly immersed in the setting.

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz; Riverhead. Oscar Wao is a family saga of a Dominican family with Wao in the center of the story. Oscar is obese, uncouth and a nerd, but Diaz moves Oscar and the women, who are the real heroes of the book, around him through the Dominican Republic, New Jersey, poverty, immigration, a family curse (to mention only a few plot twists) with wonderful humor and a terrific voice.

    The Bright Side of Disaster, by Katherine Center; Ballantine Books. Center tells the story of pregnant Jenny Harris from Texas who is abandoned by her fiance before the birth of their child and the wedding. Jenny must cope with her new life as a single mother, and her trials and tribulations are told with charm, humor and warmth. This is a quick and satisfying read.

    Keeping the House, by Ellen Baker; Random House. Baker explores the old Mickelson house in Wisconsin and moves the story from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1950s.

    Dolly Magnuson, a restless housewife, falls in love with an abandoned house and is determined to find out why it has been empty and what is the story behind the Mickelson family.

    Margaret Quick is the Director of the NorthEast-Millerton Library, which serves the Town of NorthEast and the Village of Millerton. She serves on the Mid-Hudson Library System's Marketing and Programming Advisory Committee.

    Can't decide on what to read? Visit
    Mid Hudson for links to lists of titles that might attract your interest.




    HELP THE LIBRARY: Buy Books, Gifts, and More

    The Stone Ridge Library has a partnership with the New York Public Library that can make your shopping fast, easy and beneficial to the Library. Purchase items at the Library Shop by clicking on the link below and the Stone Ridge Library will receive a 15% commission. More

    The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations

    "Have you ever wondered 'Where did they film that?' ... The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations is the essential travel guide to filming locations of Hollywood blockbusters, indie cult films and arthouse cinema throughout the world." Browse by movie name, actor or director, or location. Also includes an interactive map for movies filmed in North London. From an author who has published books on the subject. more

    Wired for Books

    Author interviews from Don Swaim's New York radio program, Book Beat, from the 1970s through the early 1990s. Features video clips of the interviews and of celebrities and authors reading poetry and literature. "Wired for Books is a production of the WOUB Center for Public Media Ohio University." more

    The Story of Christmas Seals

    History of Christmas Seals, labels originally placed on mail during the holiday season to raise funds for tuberculosis and now benefiting lung disease programs. Discusses the events leading up to the sale of the first Christmas Seals on December 7, 1907. From the American Lung Association. more

    World AIDS Day

    Material related to World AIDS Day (December 1), which "is not just about raising money, but also about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education." Includes a list of World AIDS Day themes back to 1988, suggestions for ways individuals can support World AIDS Day, and links to related information and sites. From Avert, an international AIDS charity based in the UK. more

    Doris Lessing

    Collections of book reviews and articles about British author Doris Lessing, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in literature, and known for writing books with feminist, political, mystical, and science fiction themes. Includes reviews of books back to 1950 (most free, some require a fee) and articles mainly from the 1980s and 1990s. From The New York Times. more Doris Lessing: Book by Book Profile This 2004 article provides background about author Doris Lessing. From Bookmarks magazine. more

    The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

    Website for this television show that "takes a [humorous] reality-based look at news, trends, pop culture, current events, politics, sports and entertainment with an alternative point of view. In each show, anchorman Jon Stewart and a team of correspondents, ... comment on the day's stories." Features a searchable archive of video clips from the show back to 1999. From Comedy Central. more

    Cruel and Unusual: Sentencing 13 and 14 Year-Old Children to Die in Prison

    This 2007 study "has documented 73 cases where children 13 and 14 years of age have been condemned to death in prison. ... This report is intended to illuminate this cruel and unusual punishment inflicted on children, particularly for those who have been without legal help for so long." Includes profiles of some of the children, data, and photos. Opens directly into a PDF file. From the nonprofit law organization, Equal Justice Initiative. more

    25 Secrets of the Mona Lisa

    This October 2007 article discusses how scans with a multi-spectral imaging camera of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" peel away "centuries of varnish and other alterations, shedding light on how the artist brought the painted figure to life and how she appeared to da Vinci and his contemporaries." Provides images of her left eye, descriptions of several other revelations, and links to related material about da Vinci and Mona Lisa's smile. From LiveScience. more True Colors of the "Mona Lisa" Revealed
    This October 2007 press release describes and illustrates how "hidden knowledge of the true colors [of this Leonardo da Vinci painting] was revealed by multispectrally scanning the painting in thirteen channels -- from Ultra Violet to Infra Red." This resulted in "the virtual removal of years of accumulated varnish." Also includes links to citations for recent studies and a presentation. In English and French. From Lumiere Technology, the company that scanned the painting. more

    National Farm Toy Museum

    Website for this Iowa museum that houses "thousands of toys and exhibits. ... of tractors, implements, trucks, miniature farm dioramas, toy manufacturing information, and pedal tractors." Its site features photos of dozens of toy tractors from the museum's collectors tractor series, a "Kids Corner" with a tractor-part identification guide, and links to related sites. more

    Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

    Website for this Santa Fe, New Mexico, museum "dedicated to the art of Georgia O'Keeffe and to the study of American Modernism (1890-present)." Features a short O'Keeffe biography and chronology, selected images from the permanent collection (such as of O'Keeffe's paintings of flowers and mesas), and a list of temporary exhibits. The "Research Center" includes a bibliography of recommended readings on O'Keeffe. more

    UNICEF: Water, Environment and Sanitation

    Background and updates on drinking water and sanitation issues around the world, focusing on child and family health, hygiene, and access to sanitation facilities. Features stories about the impact of sanitation improvement activities, water and sanitation country profiles, statistics, video clips, and general and technical documents. From UNICEF. more

    The Works of Norman Mailer

    Companion to a fall 2007 exhibition of materials associated with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer, who died in November 2007. It "highlights some of the major works of Norman Mailer housed in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Thomas Cooper Library [University of South Carolina]." Includes images of book jackets (such as for "The Naked and the Dead"), and a self-portrait. From the University of South Carolina. more

    Jack London: Author and Adventurer

    Companion to a collection of material about fiction and nonfiction author Jack London. Features a London chronology, an overview of the voluminous papers in the collection, and highlights of images (such as a photo of London as a teen, a page from the manuscript for "White Fang," letters, and a photo of London and his wife Charmian aboard their ship the "Snark"). From the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. more


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