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Since 1909

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”

― William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets

April 2024 Newsletter

Did you know?

April 7-13 is National Library Week. For more information click here.

April 5 is National Library Workers Day. Click here to learn more.

April is National Poetry Month. Click here for more information.

Did you know New York has a Poet Laureate? Click here to read about her.

April 12 is Drop Everything and Read Day. Want to know more? Click here.

April 22 is Earth Day. What does that mean? Click here.

Dahlias Demystified!

with Jessica Williams

Dahlias Demystified

with Jessica Williams

Thursday, April 4, 7-8pm

Activity Room

(an after hours program)

Dahlias Demystified! Learn how easy it can be to grow these garden divas! We'll cover everything from starting with seeds or tubers to the best varieties for cutting, to pollinators and pots. You'll discover which organic fertilizer to use, proper pinching methods, how to save seeds and store tubers for the winter. Get your garden started by potting up a tuber to take home!

Jessica Williams has been gardening since she was three (which was a long time ago) and growing dahlias for almost as many years. She loves to share her enthusiasm for all things plant related and can be found on Instagram @odduckfarmhighland. The spring issue of This Old House features a photo of her pollinator garden!

Register here

After Work Yoga with Laura Brown

Wednesdays April 3, 10, 17 & 24


Marbletown Community Center

Our partnership with Town of Marbletown Parks, Trails & Rec. Dept. continues in 2024 with continued free Wednesday yoga classes. Classes will be held at the Marbletown Community Center. All classes will be taught by Laura Brown and we are grateful to be working with her and the Parks and Rec. Dept. to bring these classes to our community.

*This is a very popular program so if you register for a class and cannot make it, please cancel your registration or email us so we can fill the spot with someone on the waitlist.*

Participants must register for each class. To register click on the links below:

Questions? Contact: Programs

Laura loves bringing yoga into people’s lives, encouraging her students to welcome space, breath, and movement to reset their bodies and minds. These classes are perfect for the absolute beginner, the curious, the seasoned yogi and everybody in-between! All are encouraged to move at their own pace in this hour-long class.

Please be sure to bring your yoga mat and any blocks or straps if you use them. The library will have extra mats, blocks and straps if needed. As with any exercise class, be sure to check with your doctor before starting.

Zumba Gold


April 6, 13, 20


Rondout Municipal Center (In the former Bistro Space)

1921 Lucas Ave

Cottekill, NY

Get your Saturdays off to a great start with a new 3 week session of Zumba Gold Classes. We are again thrilled to be collaborating with the Town of Marbletown Parks, Trails and Recreation Department to offer you these exercise classes free of charge.

Join Zumba Gold instructor Donna Ebanks for a dance fitness program suited for those needing lower impact classes. This class is slower paced and will focus on balance, coordination and flexibility. Its a great way for seniors, anyone with mobility issues or those just starting out on their fitness journey to get started.

*This is a very popular program so if you register for a class and cannot make it, please cancel your registration or email us so we can fill the spot with someone on the waitlist.*

*You should check with your doctor before starting this or any exercise program.*

Registration is required for each class.

April 6 register here

April 13 register here

April 20 register here

*New* German Conversation

with Suse Volk

German Conversation Group

Friday, April 19, 4-5pm 

Activity Room

The Stone Ridge Library is expanding our language conversation groups to include a German conversation group which will meet on the third Friday of each month.

Participants should have some background in German language as this is a conversation group meant to improve and brush up skills.

Suse Volk is a native German speaker ready to discuss a variety of topics including culture, travel and food. This first meeting will be an organizational meeting.

If you are interested in joining this group please contact Sarah Robertson at:

Retirement 101: Understanding Medicare and Your Future

with Susan Diamond

Retirement 101: Understanding Medicare and Your Future

Wednesday, April 24


Activity Room

Are you turning 65 in 2024, preparing for retirement, and seeking clarity on how Medicare can work for you? This presentation is designed especially for you. It's time to gain valuable insights into the world of Medicare and set the stage for a secure and fulfilling retirement.


Key Takeaways:


 Learn how Social Security and Medicare work together to keep you financially stable

 Gain insights into the complexities of Medicare

 Discover strategies to optimize your finances

 Navigate the maze of Social Security benefits


Main Subtopics:

  1. The Interplay of Social Security and Medicare: Understanding the relationship between these vital programs to ensure your financial stability during retirement.
  2. Mastering Medicare Complexity: Unraveling the intricacies of Medicare, including coverage options, enrollment guidelines, and potential pitfalls to avoid.
  3. Financial Optimization Strategies: Empowering you with expert advice and strategies to optimize your finances and make well-informed decisions for your retirement.
  4. Navigating Social Security Benefits: Equipping you with the knowledge to confidently navigate the labyrinth of Social Security benefits and maximize your entitlements.

Don't miss this opportunity to equip yourself with the essential knowledge to make informed decisions about your retirement. By doing so, you can ensure financial security and peace of mind for the future.

Register today and take the first step toward a secure and prosperous future!

Register here.

An Evening of Poetry with the Stone Ridge Library

An Evening of Poetry with the Stone Ridge Library

Friday, April 26, 7pm

Marbletown Community Center

Join local poets Catherine Arra, Tina Barry, Fay Loomis, Lissa Kiernan, Carol Shank and Matthew Spireng,

for an evening of poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Light refreshments will be served.

Mindful Aging: Living Life Fully as an Older Woman

with Stephanie Speer

Mindful Aging: Living Life Fully as an Older Woman

Monday, April 29, 2-3:30pm

Activity Room

*This is the final session of Mindful Aging. Stephanie will be offering different mindfulness programs in the future*

May I meet this moment fully. May I meet it as a friend. This is an opportunity for women over 55 years of age to come together for contemplation and connection to use the tools of mindfulness to meet the joys, sorrows, fears, pleasures and challenges of aging with greater ease, balance, and control. Our time together will include conversation, information, and participation in simple mindfulness meditation practices provided in a safe and supportive environment.

Registration is required. Register here

As an instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Stephanie Speer has been teaching mindfulness practices to individuals and groups for over 30 years. She received her Masters in Humanistic Education from Goddard College and completed her MBSR professional training from Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Her professional work and personal life has been informed by 35 years of meditation practice and Buddhist studies. As a long term resident of Ulster County, she continues to enjoy the beauty, serenity, and simplicity of living in this rural area which has helped to sustain her meditation practice and enabled her to enter the busyness of the world with greater calm and ease. 

Let's Move with the Library

Let's Move with the Library

2nd and 4th Thursdays each month

from 12-1

Various Rail Trails

The Stone Ridge Library Saunterers are back in action walking various rail trails on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month from 12-1.

All are welcome as we talk and walk, getting in our steps and getting to know our neighbors. There is no registration necessary. Just show up with your walking shoes on.

All walks are weather permitting. Any cancellations will be posted on social media and on our website.

*Please check with your doctor before starting this or any exercise program.*

Thursday, April 11, 12-1 O&W Rail Trail parking lot on Leggett Road.

Thursday, April 25, 12-1 Wallkill Valley Rail Trail parking lot at the Women's Studio Workshop.

Dogs Who Love A Great Dump:

The Dogs of the Marbletown Transfer Station

a photography exhibit by Alex Kahana

Art Exhibit

Dogs Who Love A Great Dump: The Dogs of the Marbletown Transfer Station by Alex Kahana


Artist Statement

I started using a camera at thirteen which started my exploration of the world. My photographs are not planned or staged, but found. It’s instinctive. If something pulls at me, I’ll photograph it. There is something meditative when I am in the zone, a moment of being one with the universe. No thinking, just doing your thing, being aware of your body and surroundings, able to move around objects. It’s almost as good as sitting in meditation for more than an hour. I work for the Marbletown Transfer Station and always visit the dump on my days off. Last summer I thought it would be fun to photograph the dogs that people bring to the dump. So many of them have great back stories and are adopted from rescues. I would go to Center of Photography of Woodstock (a great resource- hi Sarah!), print a few photos and stick them on the door at work. People enjoyed seeing them, so I got a decent printer and made a mockup of a calendar and for fun, titled it “The Dogs that Love a Great Dump.” People loved it and here I am, exhibiting at the Stone Ridge Library.

Alex Kahana

Born in Brooklyn, Alex Kahana’s Jewish roots go back 16 generations to a well-known Jewish Rabbinical Family. Cousin Meir Kahane was the founder of the Jewish Defense League. Cousin Moshe Cahana organized a delegation of Rabbis and marched arm in arm with Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery. Another cousin, Rabbi Martin Freedman was one of the “Tallahassee Ten” who in 1961 rode with the Interfaith Freedom Riders to challenge segregation and was arrested while integrating a segregated restaurant. “For me, orthodox Judaism didn’t work, and while I have now found balance, breaking away while younger was extremely difficult. Thanks to the love of Howlin’ Wolf’s guitar player Hubert Sumlin and his wife Willie Bea, who said to call her mama, I started feeling comfortable with myself. Without their love and support I would not have made it. Because of my relationship with them I was able to photograph many blues musicians. Soon I will be digitizing those photos and putting them in book form. In my career I’ve worked in photo labs and started up a juice bar/cafe called Mama B’s, in Brooklyn but whether at a photo lab, my cafe or the Marbletown Transfer Station, my work is always about building community.

Portrait of Alex by Fred Hatt.

News from the Library Foundation

We are thrilled to be participating in Hudson Valley Gives again this year! Mark your calendars to support the Library on this important and exciting day of community-wide online giving to be held on May 15th.

Stay tuned for more news about HV Giving Day Deals, Prizes and Donation Match opportunities!

Teen Activities

Teen Game Night

Friday, April 5


Teens 15+

Join us for after hours game night for teens. If you enjoy group games, come and join in the fun. In honor of National Poetry Month we will be playing the collaborative poetry game, Exquisite Corpse, a game that traces its roots to the Parisian Surrealist movement.

Other games will include HerStory, Flamecraft, Bring Your Own Book, Apples to Apples 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.

Register here

Children's Programs

Reading Dragons and Friends is a card collecting, independent reading, incentive program through the library.

This is a fun card collecting & reading INCENTIVE activity where children can earn a new dragon card for every 30 minutes of reading.

How do you get started and acquire a Reading Dragon?

Pick up a free Reading Dragon tracker, instructions, and some special starter cards at the library.

The more you read, the more dragons, unicorn, and griffin cards you can collect!

Each set includes an egg, a baby, a teenager, and an adult form of your dragon, unicorn, or griffin.

Take home your tracker, READ!! Then bring your completed tracker to the front desk to choose your cards!!

Collect them ALL!

Book Groups

Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, April 10

1pm in the Activity Room

The book for April is The Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foley

From London to Corsica to Paris -- as a young woman pursues the truth about her late mother, two captivating love stories unfurl in this captivating novel from the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Paris Apartment and The Guest List . Kate Darling's enigmatic mother -- a once-famous ballerina -- has passed away, leaving Kate bereft. When her grandmother falls ill and bequeaths to Kate a small portrait of a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Kate's mother, Kate uncovers a mystery that may upend everything she thought she knew. Kate's journey to find the true identity of the woman in the portrait takes her to some of the world's most iconic and indulgent locales, revealing a love story that began in the wild 1920s and was disrupted by war and could now spark new love for Kate. Alternating between Kate's present-day hunt and voices from the past, The Book of Lost and Found casts light on family secrets and love -- both lost and found.

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Clio's Muse

History Book Group

Wednesday, April 17

7pm via Zoom

The book for March is The Great Mistake by Jonathan Lee

 Andrew Haswell Green is dead, shot at the venerable age of eighty-three, when he thought life could hold no more surprises. The killing--on Park Avenue in broad daylight, on Friday the thirteenth--shook the city. Born to a struggling farmer, Green was a self-made man without whom there would be no Central Park, no Metropolitan Museum of Art, no Museum of Natural History, no New York Public Library. But Green had a secret, a life locked within him that now, in the hour of his death, may finally break free. A work of tremendous depth and piercing emotion, The Great Mistake is the story of a city transformed, a murder that made a private man infamous, and a portrait of a singular individual who found the world closed off to him--yet enlarged it.

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Book Group

Wednesday, April 17

11am in the Activity Room

The book for March is The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Jess needs a fresh start. She's broke and alone, and she's just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn't sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn't say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up - to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? - he's not there. The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother's situation, and the more questions she has. Ben's neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it's starting to look like it's Ben's future that's in question. The socialite - The nice guy - The alcoholic - The girl on the verge - The concierge Everyone's a neighbor. Everyone's a suspect. And everyone knows something they're not telling.

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Cooks & Books

Friday, April 19

12:15pm, Activity Room

Registration Required

In April Cooks and Books is going to Italy! The Mid-Hudson Library system has 384 books to choose from for our Italian theme this month. Members should pick a favorite and have fun! Our meeting can't help but be delicious.

The Cooks & Books group is a cookbook group. We meet the 3rd Friday of each month and take turns choosing a cookbook or theme to cook from. Each member then makes a chosen dish to bring to the meeting where we feast and discuss the cookbook and recipes. It’s a whole lot of fun and great food. 

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 16

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 23

1-2 pm on Zoom

¿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 in the activity room or 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 4 and 18

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.


with Cathy Arra


Monday, April 1, 15 & 29


Monday, April 8 & 22

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

10am-noon, in the Activity Room

If you are a Mahjong player, join us Tuesdays from 10-12 in the Activity Room. No registration is required. The group is playing with the 2024 card. If you have a 2024 card be sure to bring it. All levels 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.

New to the Library

New Fiction

Speculations in Sin by Jennier Ashley

Death of a Spy by M. C. Beaton

In Sunshine or in Shadow by Rhys Bowen and Clare Broyles

The Hunter by Tana French

Daybreak by Matt Gallagher

Saving Michelangelo's Dome by Wayne Kalayjian

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

The Perfect Passion Company by Alexander McCall Smith

The Number One Lawyer by James Patterson and Nancy Allen

After Annie by Anna Quindlen

The Underground Library by Jennifer Ryan

Never Too Late by Danielle Steel

No Better Time by Sheila Williams

Zero at the Bone by Christian Wiman

New Non-Fiction

The Fragrant Flower Garden: Growing, Arranging & Preserving Natural Scents by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis

Everyone Who is Gone is Here: the United States, Central America, and the Making of a Crisis by Jonathan Blitzer

I Thought I Heard You Speak: Women at Factory Records by Audrey Golden

I Heard Her Call My Name: A Memoir of Transition by Lucy Sante

The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg

The Lede: Dispatches from a Life in the Press by Calvin Trillin

New DVDs

All The Beauties The Bloodshed

The Color Purple

Four Daughters


The Holdovers

Immediate Family

Joan Baez: I Am A


Poor Things

The Royal Hotel

Story Ave

Waitress The Musical

New! We are now listing our new E-books and Audio Books

*Recently purchased E-books and Audio Books are available to all Mid-Hudson Library Patrons*

New E-Books

After Annie - Anna Quindlen

The Atlas Maneuver - Steve Berry

The Bee Sting - Paul Murray


Black Box - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 

A Chateau Under Siege - Martin Walker 

The Dead Letter Delivery - C J Archer 

Death Comes to Marlow - Robert Thorogood

House of Flame and Shadow - Sarah J Maas

My Name is Barbara - Barbara Streisand


The Wager - David Grann

The Women - Kristen Hannah 

New Audio Books

Absolution - Alice McDermott

After Anna - Anna Quindlen

Dead Letter Delivery - C J Archer 

First Lie Wins - Ashley Elston 

Heaven and Earth Grocery Store - James McBride 

Lantern's Dance - Laurie R King 

Murder at an Irish Chipper- Carlene O'Connor 

Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity - Peter Attia MD 

Three Inch Teeth - C J box 



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