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April 2023 Newsletter

“Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.” - Khaled Hosseini

News from the Library Foundation

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Help the Library win $2,500!

Click HERE to vote for us in Ulster Savings Bank's Mid Hudson Heroes Program! Answer a fun trivia question, then vote once / 24-hour period from each of your devices until midnight, April 7th!  

Search for us under the EDUCATION category and vote for other wonderful organizations in the other categories too!

What a great way to support the Stone Ridge Library and the community!

Thanks to Ulster Savings Bank for this fabulous charitable giving program!

Classical Guitar Concert with Eric J. Roth

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Thursday, April 6, at 7pm

Marbletown Community Center

Please Register

The Stone Ridge Library will host classical guitarist Eric J Roth, who will perform a concert at the Marbletown Community Center. Eric performs on a beautiful, authentic reproduction instrument modeled after one built in 1830. Eric will also provide information about the instrument, repertoire, composers, and history. The program will primarily include music from the late 18th century through the early 20th century. Composers to be represented include Sor, Paganini, Mertz, Shand, Barrios and others. Eric will also perform his own piece, Sarabande.

Eric Roth specializes in historical instruments and repertoire. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from SUNY New Paltz and has received lessons or master classes from several acclaimed guitarists, including Nicholas Goluses, Gohar Vardanyan, Michael Newman & Laura Oltman, David Starobin, and Patrick O’Brien. Eric frequently performs at public and private venues throughout New York’s Hudson Valley region and beyond. Eric serves as a board member of the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society and as president of the Poné Ensemble for New Music. More iNformation about Eric’s musical work, including videos, background, and information about upcoming performances, can be found on his website: Videos can also be found on his YouTube channel:

After Hours Game Night at the Library

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Friday, March 31, April14, 6-8:30pm  

Ages 15+

Registration Required

The Library is starting an after hours game night for ages 15 to adults. If you enjoy group games, come and join in the fun. Games will include Sushi Go, Just Desserts, Sparkle Kitty and more. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required. The library doors will open at 6pm and close at 6:15pm so be here on time for an evening of fun.

Victory Gardens with Jeffrey Urbin 

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April 24, 7pm Zoom Program

To Register contact:

It has been said that an army travels on its stomach. Never was this more true than during the dark days of WWII. Join us as we present Victory Gardens with Jeffery Urbin, Education Specialist of the FDR Presidential Library.

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This Zoom program will examine the unprecedented contributions made by millions of ordinary Americans. They fought the war literally in their own backyards by growing food for themselves, the army and our allies in small plots known as Victory Gardens. Discussion will include: Where did the idea for these gardens come from? Why were they so necessary? What did the government do to encourage their creation? What was grown in Victory Gardens and how much did they really help?

The Library Poets Read

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Friday, April 28, 7pm

Marbletown Community Center

Please Register

April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating our own Library Poets. Join us for a magical evening with poets Cathy Arra, Tina Barry, Frank Boyer, Fay Loomis, Lisa St. John and Carol Shank. This event will be held at the Marbletown Community Center and light refreshments will be served. more  

Technology Tuesdays

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By Appointment only

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Are you a senior looking for help with your iPhone? We can help. Starting in April you can schedule an appointment and learn how to get the most out of your iPhone. We can help with setting up reminders for appointments, medication schedules, how to manage your photos or how to successfully attend zoom meetings. If you have specific skills you would like to work on we can help with that too.

To schedule an appointment, send an email to: Please include the type of device and model you are working with and what skills you are looking for help with.  

*These appointments are for learning new skills. We cannot fix or repair your device.


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Saturday, May 13


In the Library yard

Join us on the library lawn for our Annual Plant Sale. We will have a variety of donated plants from flowers to vegetables. The Library Knitters will be with us with all sorts of treasures. We'll be having a Plant Accessories Table as well as a Bake Sale. Libraries are magical places so other surprises may just pop-up! This event is rain or shine.

If you can help us with the sale by dividing some of your plants from your home garden, please stop by the library where we will have empty pots waiting for you by the garden gate. Plants can be dropped off at the library the week of May 1st but not sooner please.

Print-at-Home Museum Passes

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The Ulster County legislative funding now provides for TixKeeper, a convenient museum pass system, that allows for reserving and printing select museum passes from home. In addition to the Mohonk Preserve and FDR Library we'll now have the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Olana, Opus 40, the Bethel Woods Museum and more.

Click here for borrowing guidelines and a list of museums available with Tixkeeper. more

Fork in the Road: Art Exhibition

Featuring Work by Incarcerated Artists

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March 2 – April 29, 2023

Reception: Saturday, April 1, 1-3pm

Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) will present Fork in the Road, an exhibition featuring artwork by incarcerated individuals from correctional facilities in New York State. A brief presentation with the exhibition curator, RTA staff and formerly incarcerated artists of RTA’s visual arts program will take place at the reception.

The concept of the exhibition Fork in the Road—a moment of decision in life or history when a choice must be taken—was the vision of incarcerated participants of RTA’s visual arts program. The exhibition will feature 25-30 artworks from three (3) correctional facilities in New York State: Bedford Hills (women’s maximum security); Green Haven (men’s maximum security) and Woodbourne (men’s medium security) Correctional Facilities. The artwork was created in classes taught by RTA teaching artists Angela Tornello and Claire Wasserman, who also curated the exhibition.

The project is being supported in part by the NoVo Foundation and Arts Mid-Hudson (Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund).

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About Rehabilitation Through the Arts:

The RTA model provides an intensive and comprehensive arts program that builds a sense of community, accountability and develops critical life skills so incarcerated participants can meet the challenges of connecting with family and community when released. RTA’s ongoing success is dramatic: Less than 5% of RTA members return to prison, compared to the national recidivism rate of 60%.

Founded at Sing Sing in 1996, RTA helps people in prison develop critical life skills through the arts, modeling an approach to the justice system based on human dignity rather than punishment. With a roster of over 30 professional teaching artists, RTA operates in six maximum and medium-security men’s and women’s New York State correctional facilities within a 150-mile radius of New York City, including Bedford Hills, Fishkill, Green Haven, Sing Sing, Taconic and Woodbourne. RTA teaches theater, music, dance, creative writing and visual arts to over 225 incarcerated men and women at any one time, with plans to expand its programs within New York State and beyond. Learn more at

Planting a Pollinator Garden

with Victoria Coyne

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Saturday, May 6, 10:30-11:30 Rain or Shine

Library Lawn

Please Register

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. That’s one out of every three bites of food you eat." Join us as we learn how to put in a pollinator garden with local expert, Victoria Coyne of Victoria Gardens. You too can learn how to create a garden and feed our pollinators. This program will be held on the library lawn and is rain or shine so dress accordingly. Registration is required. 

More News from the Foundation

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The SRL Foundation works to support our Library so that it can provide vital programs and services at no cost to our community. Your help is needed to help make this happen! One of our most important fundraising events of the year is coming up soon! 

Mark your calendars to support our Library on MAY 17th, Hudson Valley Gives Day! Stay tuned for more information!

Interested in supporting the Library by offering a Matching Gift or creating your own personal HVG Fundraising Page? Contact SRLF Coordinator Aimee Trumbore for more information: | 845-687-7023 ext. 7

Children's Programming

Spring 2023

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Our After School Story Hours

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The Dewey Decimal Classification System categorizes nonfiction books into ten main groups. Sign up to hear stories and create crafts that reflect each category in the Dewey Decimal System.

After School Story Hours

Wednesdays 3:30-4:430 on

April 12, 19 (no story hour on April 5)

A simple snack will be provided. Register by visiting our calendar at, or our online calendar or call 687-7023, email Julianna at

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NOTE: Library programs will follow Rondout School weather cancellations. If school is delayed, morning story hours are canceled, if school is closed or after school programs are canceled the library programs will be canceled too.

A Take and Make option with a pre-recorded video is also available for these story hours.

Sign-up on our calendar to receive updates about pickup times and video links.


Book Groups

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Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, April 12

11am in the Activity Room

The book for April is

The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka. The swimmers are unknown to each other except through their private routines (slow lane, fast lane), and the solace each takes in their morning or afternoon laps. But when a crack appears at the bottom of the pool, they are cast out into an unforgiving world without comfort or relief. One of these swimmers is Alice, who is slowly losing her memory. For Alice, the pool was a final stand against the darkness of her encroaching dementia. Without the fellowship of other swimmers and the routine of her daily laps she is plunged into dislocation and chaos, swept into memories of her childhood and the Japanese internment camp in which she spent the war. Narrated by Alice's daughter, who witnesses her stark and devastating decline, The Swimmers is a searing, intimate story of mothers and daughters, and the sorrows of implacable loss, written in spellbinding, incantatory prose.

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Book Group

Wednesday, April 19

11am in the Activity Room

The book for April is

The Last Detective by Peter Lovesey. The naked body of a woman is found floating in the weeds in a lake near Bath. No one is willing to identify her. There are no marks and there is no murder weapon – a real test of the sleuthing ability of Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond. He is the last detective, not some lad out of police school with a degree in computer studies, but a genuine gumshoe whose heroes wore trilbies and raincoats and solved crimes by question and answer, doorstepping and deduction. Challenged by petty office politics, frustrated by obstructive tactics, Diamond strikes out on his own. Despite disastrous personal consequences, the last detective exposes the uncomfortable truth.

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Clio's Muse

A History

Reading Club

Wednesday, April 26

Zoom meeting at 7pm

In April we will discuss 

Poland: A Novel by James Michener. This novel chronicles eight tumultuous centuries as three Polish families live out their destinies. The Counts Lubonski, the petty nobles Bukowksi, and the peasants Buk are at some times fiercely united, at others tragically divided. With an inspiring tradition of resistance to brutal invaders, from the barbarians to the Nazis, and a heritage of pride that burns through eras of romantic passion and courageous solidarity, their common story reaches a breathtaking culmination in the historic showdown between the ruthless Communists and rebellious farmers of the modern age. Like the heroic land that is its subject, Poland teems with vivid events, unforgettable characters, and the unfolding drama of an entire nation.

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Cooks and Books

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Friday, April 21

12:15pm, Activity Room

Registration Required

This month the Cooks & Books group will be cooking from a theme instead of a cookbook. We are celebrating All Things Spring! Think of new peas, asparagus, deviled eggs and micro greens salads. It's a perfect time to try out a dish you've been longing to make with an appreciative group of foodies. Registration is required. 

Participation is limited so if you are interested in joining this group, please contact Sarah Robertson at or call (845)687-7023 ext. 8.

French Conversation with Claudine Brenner

Tuesday, April 18

1-2 pm - in the Activity 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 offered on the third Tuesday of each month. This group is meeting in-person in the Activity Room. Registration is not required. For more information contact Sarah Robertson at:

Tuesday, April 25

1-2 pm - a Zoom meeting

¿Hablas español? If you would like to brush up on your Spanish conversation skills and meet other language lovers in a friendly and stress free environment, come join our class on Zoom, every fourth Tuesday of the month from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. All levels are welcomed. ¡Hasta entonces!

Francisco Rivera was born and raised in Spanish Harlem in NYC and is a long term resident of Marbletown.

Contact Sarah Robertson at to join the group.


with Rosemary Deen

Thursdays, April 6, 20

on Zoom 1:30 - 3:00

Join us for an afternoon of poetry with Rosemary Deen. Poetry meets the first and third Thursday of the month via Zoom.

Please contact Rosemary at if you’d like to join the group.

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with Cathy Arra


Monday, April 3, 17


Monday, April 10, 24

4:00-6:30pm in the Activity Room

Two separate writers' groups meet on alternate Mondays at the library, with a maximum of 10 participants in each group. This program is designed for those who are actively writing and publishing work and who want to participate in a structured critical feedback process. Cathy Arra, a poet, writer, and former teacher of English and Writing in the Rondout Valley School District, facilitates the groups. If you are interested in participating, please contact Cathy Arra.


Every Tuesday and Friday

at 10am in the Activity Room

If you are a Mahjong beginner, join us for our Tuesday group. No registration is required. We do encourage players to wear mask while entering and exiting the library, but once you are in the Activity Room, it is up to the group’s discretion.

Friday's Mahjong group is for more advanced players. New, experienced players are welcome. Come join in the fun!


Every Saturday

10am-noon, in the Activity 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.

Curbside Service

We are continuing curbside service. Call 687-7023 from the parking lot and we will bring your materials to the return benches by the entrance for you to pick up.

New to the Library

New Fiction

Old Babes in the Wood by Margaret Atwood

Death of a Traitor: a Hamish Macbeth mystery by M C Beaton

The Last Kingdom by Steve Berry

All That is Hidden by Rhys Bowen

Storm Watch: a Joe Pickett novel by C J Box

Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

I Will Find You by Harlan Coben

A Killing of Innocents by Deborah Crombie

The Last Beekeeper by Julie Carrick Dalton

Burner: a Gray Man novel by Mark Greaney

Someone Else's Shoes by JoJo Moyes

Murder at an Irish Bakery: An Irish Village mystery by Carlene O'Connor

The Bullet That Missed: a Thursday Murder Club Mystery by Richard Osman

A Sinister Revenge: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery by Deanna Raybourn

Encore in Death by J D Robb

The Cradle of Ice by James Rollins

The Cliff's Edge by Charles Todd

A Sunlit Weapon: a Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear

New Non-Fiction

New York City by Fodor's Travel

Essential Spain by Fodor's Travel

Essenyial Switzerland by Fodor's Travel

Always Ireland: An Insider's Tour of the Emerald Isle by Jack Kavanagh

The Rough Guide to Vietnam

100 Trails 5000 Ideas: Where to go, When to go, What to see, What to do by National Geographic

Africana by Lerato Umah-Shaylor

New DVDs

Alice, Darling - Anna Kendrick

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Letit

Doc Martin - Season 10

High Expectations - Kelsey Grammer, Taylor Gray

A Man Called Otto - Tom Hanks

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Naomi Ackie, Stanley Tucci

The Whale - Brendan Fraser

Women Talking - Rooney Mara, Claire Foy



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